Album Feature – Town Mountain – New Freedom Blues

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Oct 312018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Town Mountain are a bluegrass band out of Asheville, NC with influences that take inspiration from the soul of honky tonk and the edge of rock n roll.  They’re back with their new album New Freedom Blues which follows the 2016 release Southern Crescent. This album is a departure from their previous releases which featured more of a pure bluegrass sound.  This record is more bluegrass influenced and features drumming by Miles Miller who has worked with Sturgill Simpson. Let’s take a dive into some of the tracks on this album.

The album kicks off with the title track “New Freedom Blues” and it gives you an idea of what to expect.  I love the banjo work and the riffs in the chorus here. Another favorite is “Life and Debt” which highlights the songwriting on the album.  Life and debt certainly do go together and this is a fun song that plays on that.

The track “Lazy River” also highlights the great songwriting on this album.  It’s a song about the Suwanee River which runs through South GA and North Florida and is a region I’m very familiar with.  “Witch Trials” is another great track. I love the banjo solo right in the middle of a tune that has a great fiddle riff too.  Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention the track many folks will get this album for. “Low Down” is a great feature for Tyler Childers and serves as a good duet between Childers and Jesse Langlais.  If you’re just getting this album for Childers, you might just find yourself with a new favorite band in this record.

New Freedom Blues feels like a new start for Town Mountain and it’s the perfect jumping in point for new fans.  Many will come for the Tyler Childers track, but I hope they stay for the rest of the record and give this great North Carolina band a shot.  New Freedom Blues is out everywhere you can find music so go listen to it on your favorite streaming service and buy a CD if you like. I hope to see them live some time in the near future.      

Favorite Tracks : New Freedom Blues, Life and Debt, Lazy River, One Drop In The Bottle, Witch Trials, Down Low

Town Mountain – New Freedom Blues (2018)

  1. New Freedom Blues
  2. North Of Cheyenne
  3. Life And Debt
  4. Lazy River
  5. One Drop In The Bottle
  6. Tar Heal
  7. Underdog
  8. Witch Trials
  9. Way I’m Made
  10. Pamlico
  11. Down Low (Feat. Tyler Childers)
Oct 272018
 

I have been trying my best to assist different music communities come together and at least TRY to enjoy one an others music , and help every venue that wants to book bands from other areas. There has been a silly and pointless war between Austin and Nashville transpiring for some time now, and I personally made it my onus to promote the Red Dirt music as much as possible. Do you think I can convince the purists on either side the ramifications of maintaining this squabble?

One of the more prominent artists in the Texas and Red Dirt genre is none other than Mr. Aaron Watson who in his eighteen year career put forth eleven albums and just recently, his third live album at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show. Here Is More News on the video that was released and finally the live album has hit the shelves to enjoy.

AAaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show

  1.    “These Old Boots Have Roots” (Aaron Watson)
  2.    “Freight Train” (Aaron Watson, Troy Olsen, Tim Nichols)
  3.    “Real Good Time” (Aaron Watson)
  4.   “Raise Your Bottle” (Aaron Watson)
  5.   “That’s Why God Loves Cowboys” (Aaron Watson, Troy Olsen, Sarah Buxton)
  6.   “That Look” (Aaron Watson)
  7.   “Outta Style” (Aaron Watson)
  8.   “Bluebonnets” (Julia’s Song) (Aaron Watson)
  9.  “They Don’t Make Em Like They Use To” (Aaron Watson)
  10.  “Fence Post” (Aaron Watson)
  11.  “Wildfire” (John Mayer)
  12.  “Getaway Truck” (Aaron Watson)
  13.  “July in Cheyenne” (Song for Lane’s Momma) (Aaron Watson)
  14.  “Higher Ground” (Acoustic Bonus Track) (Aaron Watson)

 

My friends over at Texas Music Pickers Website had this to say:

And Watson’s outpour of support for the largest city in his home state doesn’t stop with the last track. $1.41 from each album sold will go towards the Rebuild Texas Fund, which supports the economic recovery of Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Originally Watson had plans of releasing the album late last year, but after Hurricane Harvey hit, he decided that it wasn’t the right time. Instead, he chose to hold on to it and release it on the one year anniversary in hopes of reminding people that there’s still a lot of work left to do.

This live album represents so much more than one night in Houston. And it is more than another project Watson can put under his belt…

Back to me now!

Personally I myself rather salivate over live albums, because you just never know what to expect even if you are familiar with the tracks, or the band itself. There are so many crowd interactions and mannerisms that help me get more acquainted with them as people. Researching this stuff and learning about it is my passion…meeting people is my passion. I LOVE to sit here and do my website and listen to my records or podcasts or what not.

My goal as a writer is to make YOU feel like YOU WERE THERE right with me, and LIVE albums do just that for me. They make me close my eyes and sit back and pretend I am there in the front row. This new Aaron Watson album does JUST THAT…until this week! BOY DO I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU RED DIRT FANS!

 

From the Ryman Auditorium page:

Amidst a string of sold out shows coast to coast and overseas, Aaron Watson is set to make a rousing return to Music City’s iconic Ryman Auditorium on January 24, 2019, marking his first marquee concert of the new year. Tickets to “A Night of Texas” at the Ryman start at $25 and may be purchased HERE beginning Friday, October 26.  To access tickets before they are on sale, fans can use presale code OUTTASTYLE starting today.  Additional artists to be announced.

“It is such an honor to headline the iconic Ryman stage again.  What a way to kick off the new year,” says Watson.  “We had such a great time last year and we are excited to bring another night of Texas to Nashville in 2019!”

Dubbed “triumphant” (Music Row)  and  “critic’s pick….arena ready country and Southern soul” (Nashville Scene), Watson’s debut headlining date at country music’s Mother Church was hugely successful, leading to the January 24 reprise.  With headlining ticket counts nearing the half million mark and 100+ sellout shows covering 40 states and 8 countries, Watson is gearing up to reveal of a full 2019 tour announcing soon

Oct 272018
 

My regular readers know all about the Grand Opening Of The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame that is currently transpiring in Owensboro Kentucky (home of ROMP). There is a lot of partying up there with bands and workshops, I haven’t had the chance to go visit YET….oh do not worry folks I have BIG PLANS to cover this institution, and other happenings there in the future, but with all of the things happening at BOTH this one and the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, Mr. Ricky Skaggs has a LOT to be proud of!

So allow me to backpedal into the spring of this year while I was concentrating on Memphis and the Ameripolitan Awards the Hall Of Fame was bustling as to WHO would be inducted in 2018?
The time finally came to see Mr. Ricky Skaggs, Miss Dottie West and Mr. Johnny Gimble inducted.

He was heralded and honored this year at the Hall Of Fame as he was handed Mr. Bill Monroe’s actual mandolin, a sixty five year old pillar of the very foundation of the father of Bluegrass that permanently resides within the walls of the Hall Of Fame. He and Mr. Garth brooks began trading vocals on the versus of “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”, which is the traditional song that closes said event yearly.

Being a former member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys at a VERY YOUNG age, he personally promised the Legend that he would do all he could to uphold and maintain the genre of Bluegrass music after Mr. Bill passed away. I firmly think that he would be extremely proud of Mr. Ricky after his 2018 accomplishments.

Then just a few months after this happened it was announced on Sirius XM during alive broadcast of the Bluegrass Junction program that he had been also inducted into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame Calls Of 2018. Along with Mr. Paul Williams, and Mr. Tom T. And Miss Dixie Hall.

In 1997 he founded and formed his own label called Skaggs Family Records and has released MANY great Bluegrass albums, after a short stint in the Country Music genre. Much like Mr. Ernest Tubb did for Country Music, Mr. Ricky Skaggs is nurturing the careers of many artists on his label.

Fast forward to today where he is playing two dates at the IBMA Hall Of Fame in November for tickets please click the link below!

The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is thrilled to announce 15 -time Grammy winner Ricky Skaggs will perform two dates in Woodward Theatre:
  • Friday, November 16th, 2018
  • Saturday, November 17th, 2018
A life full of music.  That’s the story of Ricky Skaggs.  By age 21, he was already considered a “recognized master” of one of America’s most demanding art forms, but his career took him in other directions, catapulting him to popularity and success in the mainstream of country music.  His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.
Skaggs, a Kentucky native, is part of the recently announced 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Hall of Fame induction class, in addition to his recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  
Doors open at 7 pm, shows begin at 8 pm.
Tickets are on sale now!
Buy Tickets
Oct 262018
 

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

Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music.

Amanda Shires
Cory Branan
Southgate House December 1st

Tommy Ash
The Basement December 2nd

The Josephines
The Basement East December 7th

Del McCourry
Woodward Theater Owensboro Ky December 8th

The Blackfoot Gypsies
The A Frame in BG KY December 8th

Wayne Hancock
Exit Inn December 9th

Kristiana Murray
Santa’s Pub December 9th

Aaron Lee Tasjan
3Rd And Lindsley December 9th

Jerry Lee Lewis
Schemerhorn Symphony December 10th

The Local Honeys
Capitol Arts Center Bowling Green Ky November 10th

Sierra Hull
Andrew Peterson
The Ryman Auditorium December 9th and 10th

The Bottle Rockets
3Rd And Lindsley December 11th

Kendell Marvel
Exit Inn December 11th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 11th

Lilly Hiatt
The Basement East December 12th

Sunny Sweeney
Brennan Leigh
Bri Bagwell
Hi Tone Cafe Memphis Tn December 12th

Sunny Sweeney
Brennan Leigh
Bri Bagwell
3rd And Lindsley December 13th

The Bottle Rockets
Southgate House December 13th

Raelyn Nelson
Little Harpeth Brewing December 14th

JD McPherson
3Rd And Lindsley December 16th

Jonny Lee
Mikey Gilley
Huckabee Hendersonville Tn Dec 18th

The Farmer And Adelle
Cambria Hotel And Suites December 19th

Kristina Murray
Radio Cafe December 20th

Alison Krauss
Schemerhorn Symphony Center December 21st

Billy Strings
3Rd and Lindsley December 22nd

The Wooks
Southgate House Revival December 29th

The Blackfoot Gypsies
The Basement December 29th and 30th

Blackberry Smoke
Brent Cobb
Chattanooga Tn Soldiers And Sailors Municipal Auditorium December 31st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

The Royal Hounds
Dee’s country Cocktail Lounge January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24rth, 31st

Fruition
Exit Inn January 5th

The Milk Carton Kids
Ryman Auditorium January 10th

Kristiana Murray
The Basement January 11th

Sean Whiting
Southgate House January 12th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Southgate House January 17th

Greensky Bluegrass
Ryman Auditorium January 17th

Steel Woods
Josh Card
3Rd and Lindsley January 18th and 19th

The Grascals
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Woodard Theater January 19th

The Devil Makes Three
3Rd And Lindsley January 20th

Wayne Hancock
Joe’s Truck Stop
The Southgate House January 24th

Whiskey Myers
Cannery Ballroom January 25th

Aaron Watson
the Ryman January 29th

The Po’ Ramblin
The Station Inn January 30th

Brent Cobb
Ryman Auditorium January 31st

The Grascals
The Station Inn Feb 2nd 2019

Josh Card
The Steel Woods
The Warehouse Bowling Green Feb 2nd 2019

Dead Horses
The High Watt February 6th

The Royal Hounds
Scoreboard Grill Feb 7th

Andrew Leahey And The Homestead
The Royal Hounds
Acme Feed And Seed Feb 9th

Micky And The Motorcars
Exit Inn Feb 10th

The Royal Hounds
Acme Feed And Seed Feb 13th

The Wild Feathers
The Ryman Auditorium Feb 15th and 16th

Radney Foster
City Winery Feb 15th

The Lil Smokies
The High Watt Feb 9th

Sean K. Preston And The Loaded Pistols
Tennessee Brew Works Feb 21st 2019

Travis Tritt
Country music Hall Of Fame Feb 22nd and 23rd 2019

Blackberry Smoke
The Ryman Auditorium Feb 23rd

Tim Atwood
Country Music Hall Of Fame Feb 23rd

Randy Rogers Band
Marathon Music Works Feb 23rd

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Feb 23rd

Kacey Musgraves
Ryman Auditorium Feb 27th 2019

John Prine
Ryman Auditorium December 31st

Kasey Musgraves
Bridgestone Arena March 1 and 2nd 2019

Elizabeth Cook
Chris Shiflett
Kendell Marvel
The Basement East March 3rd

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Basement East March 8th

Infamous Stringdusters
The Great Peacock
Marathon Music Works March 29th

Reverend Horton Heat
Legendary Shack Shakers
Hooten Hallers
Southgate House Revival April 8th

Hayes Carll
The Basement East April 11th

The Grascals
Courthouse Square In Leitchfield Ky July 20th 2019

Oct 262018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Dillon Carmichael’s voice oozes solid country gold, and his sound mixes solid country gold with influences from southern rock.  His debut album Hell On An Angel which was produced by Dave Cobb is a record we will remember for a long time as a standard bearer in good country music.  Dillon Carmichael has two famous uncles that he takes his workhorse approach to country music from. Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry and John Michael Montgomery were both huge influences on him and his style.  However, the record Hell On An Angel is purely Dillon Carmichael and while the other influences are there, he does a lot to carve his own path.

The record starts off with a siren before getting into the opening track “Natural Disaster”.  This is pure outlaw country at it’s finest and focuses on Carmichael’s pure baritone voice. He hits some strong notes on this one that really lets you know what you’re in for on this album.  Another favorite is the Jon Pardi written track “Country Women”. It picks up the pace a bit for this album and highlights the killer duo of Leroy Powell on guitar and Robby Turner on pedal steel.  If there is anything to be said about Dave Cobb as a producer, he certainly knows how to put together an all star studio band.

I also really dig the track “That’s What Hank Would Do”.  It’s a track that has been done several times over, but Dillon Carmichael puts his own spin to it and puts out another good track.  He sings with a conviction on this track that makes me think this would fit on a Jamey Johnson record and you know most of Jamey Johnson’s tracks turn into hits.  The final tracks “Old Flame” and “Dixie Again” have more of a southern rock sound to them. “Old Flame” plays like a southern rock ballad with a big crescendo into a heavier chorus.  The electric guitar is blazing on this track. It’s a nice compliment to “Dixie Again” which starts off with a nice piano riff and the track builds to a nice solo from Leroy Powell and crew to bring the album to an end.

This is one hell of a debut record from Dillon Carmichael and he couldn’t have had a better team around him to make it.  My only complaint is that the hit song “Old Songs Like That” which introduced the world to Dillon is not featured on this album.  Maybe we’ll get that on an extended edition or somewhere down the line. This is the kind of debut record that makes me look forward to seeing an artist live and hearing what comes next from them.  Hell On An Angel is available everywhere today so give it a spin on your favorite streaming service and pick up a CD wherever you buy them, it’s a good one.

Favorite Tracks : Natural Disaster, Country Women, That’s What Hank Would Do, Old Flame, Dixie Again

Dillon Carmichael – Hell On An Angel (2018)

  1. Natural Disaster
  2. It’s Simple
  3. Country Women
  4. Hell On An Angel
  5. Dancing Away With My Heart
  6. Hard On A Hangover
  7. That’s What Hank Would Do
  8. Might Be A Cowboy
  9. Old Flame
  10. Dixie Again
Oct 262018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Jamie Lin Wilson is back with her new album Jumping Over Rocks.  It is a follow-up to her 2016 debut Holidays & Wedding Rings. Jumping Over Rocks takes the sound and storytelling prevalent in Holidays & Wedding Rings and fine tunes it for her sophomore record.  

The album kicks off with a slower number called “Faithful & True” which showcases Jamie’s voice alongside an acoustic guitar and low whining of a pedal steel.  More instruments kick in as the song goes, but Jamie’s voice is the star here. I really dig the single “The Being Gone”. It brings in the full band for the first time and has a nice groove that gets you into the flow of things.  Another nice track is “Eyes For You” which heavily features the pedal steel work of Cody Angel on this one.

I really dig the “Instant Coffee Blues” cover here.  It’s an awesome take on the Guy Clark song and features Jack Ingram as a guest vocalist.  “If I Told You” takes the album back to where it started in a way. Just like “Faithful and True”, it’s a slow ballad with acoustic guitar and pedal steel quietly in the background as other instruments kick in.  It ends the album on a note that highlights Jamie’s voice and songwriting.

Jumping Over Rocks is a solid sophomore record from Texas singer Jamie Lin Wilson.  I’m looking forward to seeing her live sometime down the road soon and you should too.  This record is available today, October 26th, 2018. Give it a stream and buy a copy if you dig it even half as much as I do.        

Favorite Tracks : Faithful & True, The Being Gone, Eyes For You, Instant Coffee Blues, Run, In A Wink

Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping Over Rocks (2018)

  1. Faithful & True
  2. The Being Gone
  3. Oklahoma Stars
  4. Eyes for You
  5. Everybody’s Moving Slow
  6. Instant Coffee Blues (featuring Jack Ingram)
  7. Death & Life
  8. Run
  9. In a Wink
  10.  If I Told You
Oct 252018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s are back with their 4th studio album Hard Times and White Lines.  This follows the 2015 release of the highly acclaimed Sonic Ranch album. Every new album from Whitey Morgan is an event, and is sure to top many folks album of the year list.  I am here to tell you, this is another album from Whitey Morgan on par with 2010’s self titled release. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of these tracks.

The first song anyone heard off the album was the epic “Honky Tonk Hell”.  For me, this track draws comparisons to The Eagles “Hotel California”. From the epic and unforgettable intro to the description of the location in the title.  Whitey’s track relies heavily on the pedal steel guitar of Brett Robinson. He creates a killer riff alongside the dueling lead guitars of Whitey and Joey Spina that will make this a memorable track and live favorite for years to come.

Another favorite track is “Around Here” which showcases Whitey’s songwriting ability in a track about drinking yourself out of beer trying to erase a memory.  It’s another great tune that shows that while Whitey can do amazing covers, he’s also a great songwriter. Speaking of amazing covers, two of my favorite tracks on this album are covers.  First up is ZZ Top’s “Just Got Paid” which Whitey turns into an amazing riff heavy honky tonk song that must be heard live. There is also a Dale Watson cover on this record of the track “Carryin’ On”.  This is one of my personal favorite Dale Watson songs and Whitey turns in a great rendition.

“Hard To Get High” picks up the low down on the booze theme from “Around Here”.  This ballad is about how it’s hard to even get high when you’re feeling low. It’s a nice slower number that breaks up some of the heavier stuff on the album.  Another slower track is “Tired Of The Rain” which starts out as an acoustic number before the full band kicks in. This album does have a running theme of hard times throughout the tracks and this one is no different.  Whitey can make good sad country songs like no other.

Hard Times and White Lines comes at a time when the world needed a killer honky tonk album, and Whitey Morgan and company delivers.  It has sad ballads, songs about getting drunk, honky tonks and hard times. It has some killer riffs created by the team of Whitey Morgan and Joey Spina on lead guitar accompanied by Brett Robinson on pedal steel and Tony Martinez on acoustic guitar.  This is an album that flat out delivers everything a honky tonk fan wants and then some. Get your favorite beverages ready and clear out a dancing area in your favorite listening spot. Hard Times and White Lines is out wherever you want to listen to music on Friday October 26th, 2018.     

Favorite Tracks : Honky Tonk Hell, Around Here, Hard To Get High, Just Got Paid, Carryin’ On, Tired Of The Rain

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s – Hard Times And White Lines (2018)

  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
Oct 242018
 

Mr. Nathan Kalish lists my adopted hometown of Milwaukee Wisconsin as his hometown as well. I say adopted because basically….I WAS, and my maternal mother had me in Milwaukee, I was adopted at 12 days old. But enough about me let’s talk about a man I think is VASTLY overlooked by the mainstream media AND EVEN the underground media.

I get busy as all getout, and I have been meaning to catch up with his music to feature it to you, my readers for some time now. Let me share the video first, and afterwards I shall feature his new album more called “I Want To Believe”

Bio:
Nathan Kahlish is a touring singer-songwriter and band leader from the American Midwest, currently calling Nashville home after having spent most of the last decade on the road. His latest album ‘I Want to Believe’ was produced by David Beeman (notably of Pokey LaFarge’s most recent) and is an independently released country-Americana record with a tip of the hat to psychedelic, folk and rock ‘n roll. The songs vary from wistful introspect to knee-slapping social commentary while managing to keep a cohesive familiarity recognizable to fans and followers.

His new album has ten tracks that contain tales of alien encounters and has some comedy as the alien says “complicated my butt” and they want to see Chuck Berry. Apparently the alien plays drums? It goes into a song called “Roswell”, that explains his distaste for today’s society. I myself do not really discuss my personal politics on this blog or on my social media pages, I deem that none of anybody’s business. However on the other side of the coin I do fully understand artists venting their frustrations into their music.

Artists often do unleash their political love or dislike for the current President as often as some did for previous ones. It is to be expected on both sides of the spectrum in many fashions. He expresses his ire in a song called “Bullies Win Again”, to be honest I saw this type of song when every President was elected. These type of songs speak to people no matter what “side” of politics they reside on, as long as a song SPEAKS to someone I hold it’s value high!

The album begins with a dark and poignant tale of a nightly gigging musician, that partakes of the partying and bar fighting lifestyle, and opens his eyes just long enough to see his girlfriend get dressed for work. Even for the ones that do NOT DRINK, I never realized how intense this lifestyle was until I started following them around the country.

One thing I truly enjoy about Mr. Nathan’s vocal delivery here, it is extremely unique on his own right and in every way. He is clearly paving his own way while vividly showing his influences in his lyrics and that signature style of singing.

One of the most well written songs on this album is called “Frail Shadow”, which I related to well being a 21 year clean heroin addict myself. I know all too well about self destructive behavior and loss of loved ones as a result of it all.

I Want To Believe Tracks:
1. Bar Fight
2. Winter Phase Revisited
3. Bullies Win Again
4. Frail Shadow
5. My Best
6. Desert Scene Take One
7. Roswell
8. Do You Ever
9. End Of The World
10. Fly Over State Of Mind

Oct 232018
 

By Joshua Wallace

The Brother Brothers first arrived on the scene with their 2017 EP titled Tugboats.  It featured tracks such as “Notary Republic” and “Cairo, IL” which showcased the duo’s amazing harmonies and songwriting ability.  Fans eagerly anticipated a full LP from the duo and it finally came this month in the form of Some People I Know. The LP holds up to the original EP in quality while throwing in some new sounds to the band’s arsenal.

One of my favorite tracks on the album is titled “Banjo Song” which is a banjo and fiddle tune about playing the banjo and a player lamenting about why they don’t play anymore.  I love the interaction of the banjo and fiddle in this track and it is just a well crafted song. Another favorite is “I Will Be With You” which is a slower number that highlights the haunting melodies of the Moss brothers.  The fiddle solo on this one is amazing as well.

A possible highlight for this album is “In The Nighttime”.  This is a tune that features one brother playing the fiddle and the other brother playing the cello.  The song is pure hill country bluegrass with some great yodeling throughout. One of the longer tracks on the record is the atmospheric “Angel Island” which clocks in at over five minutes.  This song highlights the songwriting ability of the brothers which marks them as excellent story tellers. I look forward to hearing more stuff like this from the duo.

The Brother Brothers have cemented themselves as one of the premier harmony and songwriting duos out there with this album.  The sky’s the limit as far as how far they can go. I cannot wait to hear their harmonies live. Give this album a stream on your favorite digital music service and pick up a cd or LP if you dig it.  It has hit stores everywhere as of Friday October 19th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Banjo Song, I Will Be With You, In The Nighttime, Angel Island, Sam Bridges

The Brother Brothers – Some People I Know (2018)

  1. Mary Ann
  2. Banjo Song
  3. Frankie
  4. I Will Be With You
  5. Colorado
  6. In The Nighttime
  7. Red And Gold
  8. Angel Island
  9. Ocean’s Daughter
  10. The Gambler
  11. Sam Bridges
  12. Goodbye Ol’ Silver
Oct 222018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Whitey Morgan

Alex Williams

This past Saturday night, I had the privilege of seeing Whitey Morgan and The 78s live with Alex Williams opening up the show.  This show was at the Hargray Capitol Theater in Macon, GA which used to be known as the Cox Capitol Theater. It’s a nice venue that looks like a classic theater setup.  It has a very nice balcony area which presents some great views if you do not like to be on the floor. For this night, these are two bands who are at different points in their careers, yet their sound are the perfect complements to each other.  Alex Williams has a trimmed down honky tonk band with a lead guitar player, bass and drums while Whitey has two lead guitars, an acoustic guitar, a pedal steel guitar, bass and drums. The crowd for the show wasn’t fully packed, but it was a good size crowd and a good crowd for the bands.

Alex Williams Rocking Out

Steve Daily on Lead Guitar

Alex Williams was up first and this was my first chance to see him live since Tumbleweed 2018.  I liked this set much better over that one. I have to commend Alex’s lead guitar player Steve Daily.  He did a stellar job on this set and was a big part of the band’s sound across the entire set. Alex opened the night with a track off his debut album called “Hellbent Hallelujah”.  He then followed that up with a newer song called “Drunken Days & Cloudy Nights”. He seems to still be deciding which new songs go on the record as he played a few during his set and said that they may or may not be on his next record.  He also did a cover tune of Terry Allen’s “Amarillo Highway” which featured a guest appearance by Whitey Morgan’s pedal steel player Brett Robinson. He also featured tracks from his new album heavily with renditions of “Freak Flag”, “Pay No Mind”, “Little Too Stoned”, “Old Tattoo” and “More Than Survival”.  Of these tracks, my favorites are “Freak Flag” and “Pay No Mind”. Throughout the set, on tracks like “Pay No Mind”, he made references to the Georgia in the lyrics which was a nice touch. Overall, this was a great set and I can’t wait to see Alex Williams headlining one day.

Alex Williams Singing “Old Tattoo”

Whitey Morgan

Whitey Morgan and Joey Spina on Lead Guitar

Whitey Morgan and The 78s quickly followed Alex Williams on stage.  This band was on fire tonight and for my money one of the best live bands out there.  Whitey kicked off the night with “Bad News” off his self titled 2010 release. The band covered every album on this set and whether it was old or new, every track blended in and sounded like it belonged.  This set did feature quite a few tracks from his new album Hard Times & White Lines. Those were “Around Here”, “Honky Tonk Hell”, “Just Got Paid” and “Tired Of The Rain”. Of these, “Around Here” and “Honky Tonk Hell” were my favorites.  “Honky Tonk Hell” is a killer live track and it is easily a highlight of the night. Another highlight of this set were the cover songs. Whitey does some killer renditions of “Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue”, “Just Got Paid”, “I’m On Fire” and “Fire On The Mountain” to name a few.  It may seem like a cover heavy set, but his renditions of these songs will become your favorite versions. Whitey closed out the show with an encore which featured “Me And The Whiskey”, “Sinner”, and his version of Townes Van Zandt’s “Waiting Around To Die. This is one of those songs that a lot of bands play, but again, Whitey’s version is the best of them.

Tony Martinez On Acoustic Guitar

Tony Martinez, Whitey Morgan, Joey Spina and Alex Lyon rock out during the encore

Whitey Morgan and The 78s are the best I have ever heard them live at this point in their career.  They are a band that is on fire and if they come close to your town, I highly recommend seeing their live show.  Alex Williams serves as the perfect opening act for Whitey as he is at an early stage in his career, but their sounds compliment each other perfectly.  You can check out http://www.whiteymorgan.com and http://www.alexwilliamsofficial.com for dates on where both of these bands will be next.

 

Oct 212018
 

Blackberry Smoke will be releasing a supplement acoustic album to their latest album Find A Light called The Southern Ground Sessions, and currently there are five tracks released before the October 26th drop date.

This album will contain those five acoustic tracks as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s ‘You Got Lucky” which will feature Miss Amanda Shires. Also on the album will be a live version of “run Away From It All”.

This band is one of the biggest road juggernauts of the Southern Rock circuit like the band I wrote about earlier today the great Whiskey Myers. They have developed a true distinct sound and style all their own, and developed a huge following with good old fashioned hard road work touring.

Each of the five members of the band are talented in their own rights, and trust me they put on one hell of a show live. I’m going to put all of the reported dates on here as well as the video that was included on the press release.

Tue, OCT 23
Cirkus
Stockholm, Sweden
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Wed, OCT 24
Pustervik
Göteborg, Sweden
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Thu, OCT 25
Sentrum Scene
Oslo, Norway
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Sat, OCT 27
De Bosuil
Weert, Netherlands
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Sun, OCT 28
Melkweg
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Mon, OCT 29
Ancienne Belgique
Brussels, Belgium
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Wed, OCT 31
le Cabaret Sauvage
Paris, France
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Fri, NOV 02
02 Academy (w/ Junkyard)
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Sat, NOV 03
02 Academy
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Sun, NOV 04
Rock City
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Tue, NOV 06
The Telegraph Building
Belfast, United Kingdom
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Wed, NOV 07
National Stadium
Dublin, Ireland
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Fri, NOV 09
Tramshed
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Sat, NOV 10
02 Academy (w/ Junkyard)
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sun, NOV 11
02 Academy (w/ Junkyard)
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Tue, NOV 13
Guildhall
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Thu, NOV 15
02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Camden, P5
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Fri, NOV 16
02 Shepherds Bush Empire
Camden, P5
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Sat, NOV 17
02 Apollo
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Fri, NOV 23
Tabernacle (w/ Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown)
Atlanta, GA
Thu, DEC 06
The Fillmore (w/ Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe)
Philadelphia, PA
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Fri, DEC 07
Capitol Theatre
Port Chester, NY
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Sat, DEC 08
Upstate Concert Hall
Clifton Park, NY
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Sun, DEC 09
Zeiterion Theatre
New Bedford, MA
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Mon, DEC 31
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
Chattanooga, TN
Jan 06, 2019
2019 Southern Rock Cruise (January 6 – January 12)
Tampa, FL
Feb 21, 2019
The Fillmore
New Orleans, LA

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Oct 202018
 

The only regret I have in the cover photo is that it hides the star of the show…the cowbell man Mr. Tony Kent, the most wild source of energy on stage tonight. He alone can earn this band my ticket money without anybody else.

I haven’t returned to the Glasgow Plaza Theater since I covered Whitey Morgan there on New Years Eve. Not because I didn’t want to, but I run a pretty fast schedule here, and I cannot be everywhere at once. I have never covered Whiskey Myers live before, I mean one must remember I cover thousands of bands and two hundred festivals on some form of promotions.

The Plaza Theater itself is a VERY NICE venue to see a show, it has SO MUCH parking and is easily accessible from the main roads. The only thing that isn’t controlled is the standing up front, I don’t really mind it at all, but some people get pretty rude with it. I’m not going to elaborate on the opening act today, because he was RUDE to children and fans. That’s all I have to say about him, although some of his songs were not bad at all.

Whiskey Myers is usually loaded in with the Texas Music Scene and the Southern Rock crowd as well, and I don’t normally let that dictate what I cover or ignore. I just choose to focus on what I do like and spend time supporting that I do like.

They began their earlier tenure in Palestine Texas, playing shows around the area thusly generating a following within the Red Dirt/Texas community along with bands like Flatland Cavalry and Jason Boland And The Stragglers. That is a very interesting subject to me, I become infatuated with the bands involved in that.

We haven’t heard any new music from then since the 2016 album called “Mud” , which boasted many of the songs on their set list tonight including the title track itself “Mud”. Also included from that album was the show opener here called “Deep Down In The South”, which is a rocking tune about life down here. This song here on the album showcases that old cowbell you will see on the stage showcased in wild fashion.

“Early Morning Shakes” was next from their 2014 debut album, as the band got more serious and dropped their name Lucky Southern for the now popular Whiskey Myers. Also from that album was the third song of their set called “Headstone”.

They displayed their true southern roots for us tonight, as they played “On The River” and another called “Frogman”. Their distinct swamp type rock could easily assist them in being placed with bands like Blackberry Smoke or The Steel Woods, while maintaining a prominent Red Dirt presence the likes of  the above mentioned Jason Boland And The Stragglers.

You truly get the understanding of being “Cut From A Different Mold” as they blow through all of their heavy rocking songs until they lull the crowd down with the ever popular ‘Ballad Of A Southern Man”,which glorifies the firearms and flag waving genre often laughed at by mainstream people.

That song speaks to me as well, and gives me goosebumps for sure. it’s usually a staple portion of their show I understand, and I’m glad I got to hear it live here tonight. This band is absolutely amazing to see live, they sound good and they have a eclectic stage presence especially Mr. Tony the cowbell man. He marches around like a crazed madman until the audience hollers for more.

They closed their set with “Calm Before The Storm” and a very long, very rocking version of the Rolling Stones song “Jumping Jack Flash”. All together given all of the factors this was indeed one of the better indoor shows I attended in 2018, and I absolutely implore you to catch Whiskey Myers on tour this year…I’ll see you at Tumbleweed boys!

Nov 8 Thu

The Bourbon Theatre
Chris Colston

Nov 9 Fri

Blue Moose
Chris Colston

Nov 10 Sat

Boondocks
Chris Colston

Nov 14 Wed

Georgia Theatre
C2 & the Brothers Reed

Nov 15 Thu

Druid City Music Hall
C2 & the Brothers Reed

Nov 16 Fri

Manchester Music Hall
C2 & the Brothers Reed

Nov 17 Sat

THE RAMKAT – ZIGGY’S PARTY INC.
C2 & the Brothers Reed

Nov 29 Thu

The Paramount
Bishop Gunn

Nov 30 Fri

Westcott Theater
Bishop Gunn

Dec 1 Sat

The Bluestone
Bishop Gunn

Dec 5 Wed

Palace Theater
Bishop Gunn

Dec 6 Thu

Town Ballroom
Bishop Gunn

Dec 7 Fri

Chameleon Club
Bishop Gunn

Dec 8 Sat

The National
Bishop Gunn

Dec 9 Sun

State Theatre
Bishop Gunn

Dec 13 Thu

Cody Cannon Acoustic Show at Dosey Doe

Dec 14 Fri

Cody Cannon Acoustic Show at The Backyard

Dec 15 Sat

Cody Cannon Acoustic Show at Hank’s Texas Grill

Jun 1 Sat

Tumbleweed Music Festival

Jun 21 Fri

Gordy’s Hwy 30 Music Fest
Oct 192018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Malice, Mercy, Grief, & Wrath is Belle Plaine’s follow-up to her 2016 live release The Unrequited Love.  Belle Plaine has created one hell of a honky tonk record with this one. There is something for everyone here and this is an album that is sure to be high on many year end lists.  Let’s take a look deeper into this album.

The album kicks off with a slower number called “For All Those Who I Love”.  The whine of the pedal steel guitar on this track creates a great sound paired with the acoustics here.  This song is about a man who has done some wrong in his life, but swears that he’s done everything for those he loves.  My next favorite is “Taxes And Death And You” which is a play on the popular phrase about death and taxes. You can’t always tell which of the three she is talking about in the song and I like that.

The track “Is It Cheating” is another great example of good songwriting on this album.  It features Colter Wall on backing vocals and his bass is a nice compliment to Belle on this track.  This is not the first time the two paired together, Colter used Belle in a duet on his track “Caroline”.  Finally, “Radio Dreams” is another cleverly written track on this record. I love the use of fiddle and the keyboards here.

Belle Plaine has created a record that plays on all sides of traditional country.  There is something here for everyone and it is bound to find a home in your record collection if you give it a chance. Belle Plaine is currently on tour throughout Canada but she does periodically come down into the US. Malice, Mercy, Grief, & Wrath is out now on your favorite streaming platforms.  Give it a listen and then buy a CD or LP. It’s a mighty fine country record, and you won’t regret it.

Favorite Tracks : For All Those Who I Love, Taxes And Death And You, Is It Cheating, Are We Good, Radio Dreams

Belle Plaine – Malice, Mercy, Grief, & Wrath (2018)

  1. For All Those Who I Love
  2. Golden Ring (Feat. Megan Nash)
  3. Squared Up
  4. Taxes And Death And You
  5. Is It Cheating (Feat. Colter Wall)
  6. Are We Good
  7. Laila Sady Johnson Wasn’t Beaten by No Train
  8. Radio Dreams
  9. Rock Bottom (Feat. Kacy Anderson)
Oct 182018
 

By Joshua Wallace

I recently started seeing the name TJ Hernandez pop up in a few Facebook groups as someone to look out for. I also saw that he had a debut EP out with seven tracks to dig into. You know every time I hear about someone getting buzz like this, I have to check it out.  I’m glad I did because I’m here to tell you that TJ Hernandez is worth your time and money to give a listen to. TJ is out of a small town in southern Illinois called Godfrey, but he traveled to Goldsboro, NC to record this album.  He enlisted fellow troubadour Jonathan Parker to produce the record and it came out a winner. Let’s take a dive deeper into some of these songs.

The album kicks off with a track called “Corporate Man”.  It’s both an ode to the working man and a word of advice to the corporate man.  This track gives us our first taste of the awesome pedal steel work by Clyde Mattocks.  He is all over this album and it truly adds an irreplaceable element to the overall sound.  Another favorite track is the “100 Years Too Late” which highlights the pedal steel on a song about longing for the simple life and a time long gone by.  This is one of two tracks on the album co-written by fellow country singer Bryan James. We will get to the other one a bit later.

I love the soundscape created by the guitar work done by Phil Wise on the track “The Reflection”.  It’s a track about a man reflecting on his past while staring a glass of whiskey in the face and in my opinion is one of the highlights of the album and is worth checking out.  Finally, “One More” is the other track co-written by Bryan James. “One More” is a track about those nights where you just need to let go and take some of the bite out of the daily routine.  It’s an interesting take on the spurned lover and night out with the guys trope in country music.

This album is worth checking out if you’re a traditional country or honky tonk fan.  There is plenty of pedal steel sprinkled throughout this album and the production by Jonathan Parker is top notch.  I’m looking forward to hearing more from TJ Hernandez but for now, Who I Am is a great introduction to this new country singer and it is currently available to stream on most streaming platforms.  You can also get a copy from TJ himself at shows or you can find him on Facebook at TJ Hernandez Music for all the details on how to purchase a copy for yourself.

Favorite Tracks : Corporate Man, 100 Years Too Late, The Reflection, One More

TJ Hernandez – Who I Am (2018)

  1. Corporate Man
  2. 100 Years Too Late
  3. Who I Am
  4. Tumbleweed
  5. Ain’t Gonna Change
  6. The Reflection
  7. One More
Oct 172018
 

The Spillway Bar And Grill has brought us so many great shows in the past, and has been one of the favorite venues for this website food wise. Now sometimes they struggle to book the amount of shows as their competitors, and that is a discussion best suited for your own private opinions. This isn’t the discussion forum like other websites are, I’m just going to focus on the music and how the positive things made this a VERY nice, and enjoyable show here.

The staff at the Spillway is always outstanding in my opinion, and I can understand spending a little extra time for food orders when this many people pile in here. The local community around Bowling Green is outstanding, and if you argue I’ll quickly decree how wrong you are as I implement this young man here Mr. Rye Davis.

I’m going to come out in public and say a few things about this man. For one, he is a terrific friend and always the first to extend his hand for a handshake. He LOVES people and he LOVES his audience in front of him, and he weaves a story in songs that are just as efficient as the big names that dwell on the echelon he is working to get on.

One one hand his music COULD BE deemed somewhat commercial if it had been out ten years ago, but with today’s tractor rap and bro stuff Mr. Rye Davis shines like a diamond in a goat’s ass! I mean the song called “A Heart To Call a Home” sounds like it came from 1988, and dammit that is VERY refreshing. He is one of my go to artists if I want to hear some well written songs, and little references you have to LISTEN to soak in. This is pretty much a show review juxtaposed with his album review, add a little more meat to this one here.

he played a short acoustic set tonight opening for The Steel Woods, but to be honest he is just as entertaining to watch play…at least for me he is. His first song on the set was the opening song on the album called “They All Know My Name”, which is a song of personal hope for him.

His next song was called “Blue Jeans” and I think it’s one of his more elegant songs. All in all I see a song as a paint, and your brain as a canvas and it’s up to the singer to paint a picture in your mind. This song does just that, and I think every man can relate. “She’d Know” was next followed by one called “Save You A Seat”.

His version of the Gary Gentry written song “The Ride” from the David Allan Coe 1983 Castles In The Sand album was truly enjoyable, and garnered involvement from the crowd. More great songs on this album include a song about loosing his virginity called “lavender Candles”, which blew my mind from both the lyrics and the steel guitar tone. It complemented the song almost as vivid as the way he delivered the lyrics.

Another song that blew my mind was called “Color On My Collar” which was a bout an encounter with a woman he met in a bar, and it was too loud to catch her name. He is aimlessly looking to find this woman and get to know her. This album is a MUST BUY!

  1. They All Know My Name
  2. Leave You Lonely
  3. Love You Till Morning
  4. She’d Know
  5. Lavender Candles
  6. Color On My Collar
  7. Sometimes
  8. Heart To Call A Home
  9. Make It Through The Night
  10. Blue Jeans

Van Winkle And The Spirits brought a great big entourage of musicians and a very eclectic sound here. Their influences show as the play their set here, and their EP is out now. They are currently recording a new album in Glasgow Kentucky, as we speak.

This band had some truly fine harmonies, and played very well together. Their first song was called “Heading out West” . This band consists of Mr. Jonathan Tomes, Mr. David Erickson, Mr. David Rich, Mr. Shawn Whitely and Mr. Nathan Johnson.

“Down The Road” was next followed by the song called “live A Dream”. Their best song of the set called “Waiting On The Rain”, and they concluded the set with a cover of Hank Williams Jr. “Dinosaur”.

The Steel Woods are four guys from Nashville Mr. Jason Rowdy Cope (who is currently on break),
Mr. Wes Bayliss, Mr. Johnny Stanton and Mr. Jay Tooke. Every time they roll through town here I try to catch them while they are playing smaller clubs.

You can pre order their new album called “Old News” HERE.

Through their entire set they played only one new song called “Red River”, and still included many covers. Not that I didn’t enjoy the covers, but perhaps now they have enough material to not have the need for covers? Well to be honest if they enjoy playing “Whipping Post” and their version of the Black Sabbath song “Hole In The Sky” I say LET THEM, because I for one surely enjoy their Isbell “Cover Me Up”.

I wasn’t sure how good this show would be without Mr. Rowdy Cope, but I was truly impressed with what they brought tonight. This was one hell of a damn good set tonight, full of fire and energy and the sound was amazing.

They came out to intro tracks and barrelled into “Wild And Blue” with note for note precise fury, and as we piled toward the stage, The Steel Woods began unleashing hell upon the Spillway in the form of  “Better In the Fall”.

The old Steve Young tune that Waylon made famous called “Lonesome Ornry And Mean” was next, as they wove their signature Steel Woods twang upon this song they  returned with another hard hit from the song “Uncle Lloyd”.  They then went into a damn fine cover of the 1981 song “Are The Good Times Really Over” from the Hag album “Big City”.

Some staple songs included in this set were “Straw In the Wind” the dark and poignant song of life back in time in small western towns. “Della Jane’s Heart” “Axe” and they closed with the song “Let The Rain Come Down”. This band is going nowhere but UP in this business, and has a terrific future ahead.

Oct 152018
 

By Joshua Wallace

The Bottle Rockets have been around for 26 years and you could say they’re the fathers of roots rock and the heartland rock sound.  I particularly enjoyed their track “1000 Dollar Car” and this album has a similar feel to it. Bit Logic is the follow up to 2015’s South Broadway Athletic Club so let’s dig into it.

The first single from the record is the title track called “Bit Logic”.  This is a rockin’ track that finds the band trying to cope with today’s ever changing world and the new technology that comes with it.  Another favorite is “Highway 70 Blues” which is a fun track about getting stuck on the interstate. It’s a rut we’ve all been in from time to time and now we have a tune to blast to everyone on the interstate parking lot when we’re feeling those highway 70 blues.  Another favorite is “Bad Time To Be An Outlaw”. This cut laments on the current state of things for outlaws in country music but praises those that keep on doing what they’re doing even in the rough times.

Another favorite track from the album is “Way Down South”.  This is a road song but it’s a slower track about missing the ones you love on the road.  I really dig the guitar solo on this one. Finally, “Doomsday Letter” features another slower groove on a track that bemoans all the doomsday prophets from ancient times to today.

Bit Logic continues a long tradition of great sounding records for Bottle Rockets.  If you’re a fan of this band, the album won’t disappoint and it will make a nice addition to your record collection. Bit Logic is out everywhere on Bloodshot Records on October 12th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Bit Logic, Highway 70 Blues, Bad Time To Be An Outlaw, Way Down South, Doomsday Letter

Bottle Rockets – Bit Logic (2018)

  1. Bit Logic
  2. Highway 70 Blues
  3. Lo-Fi
  4. Bad Time To Be An Outlaw
  5. Saxophone
  6. Human Perfection
  7. Knotty Pine
  8. Way Down South
  9. Doomsday Letter
  10. Stovall’s Grave
  11. Silver Ring
Oct 152018
 

By Joshua Wallace

For me, Larry & His Flask have always been a band that has been hard to give a genre too, but they are just fun music.  You could call them a punk rock roots band, or Americana or any mix of those. They’re a high energy roots band with elements from all of those genres and then some.  Oh and they have a killer horn section. I do enjoy a good horn section. This Remedy is the band’s first album since 2013’s By The Lamplight which I was a fan of so let’s dive deep into this one.

“Atonement” starts off with a ska influenced track with a fast beat and awesome use of the horns.  I’m digging this album from the start. “Ellipsis” keeps the pace hot and heavy but brings in more string instruments.  I’m pretty sure I hear a blazing fast banjo in there but I could be wrong. It’s a nice track that is sure to inspire some mosh pits at live shows.

“Never All The Times” looks to slow things down a bit.  This track has a nice vibe with the keyboards and horns.  It works nicely to break up the faster paced tracks in the rest of the album.  “You Won’t” is a track that features some killer guitar riffs and provides a bit of a rock vibe to the proceedings.

This Remedy provides a lot new tracks that will get the live crowds going for Larry & His Flask.  I’m really digging the variety of genres the band pulls from and still manages to create a cohesive sound.  There are elements of roots, ska, rockabilly, punk and everything in between. You can count on never standing still whether you’re listening to this band live at a bar or on cd in your living room.  Give this album a listen on your favorite streaming service and then buy or download a copy. It is available everywhere October 12th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Atonement, Ellipsis, Never All The Times, Begin Again, Hoping Again, You Won’t, Behind The Curtain

Larry & His Flask – This Remedy (2018)

  1. Atonement
  2. Doing Fine
  3. This Remedy
  4. Ellipsis
  5. Never All The Times
  6. Begin Again
  7. Hoping Again
  8. The Place That It Belongs
  9. Dearly Departed
  10. You Won’t
  11. Behind The Curtain
  12. Three Manhattans
Oct 142018
 

Well now today was somewhat of a milestone for me, in that I had successfully camped for the first time in 10 years. I’m an avid hunter and outdoors man, but the camping I cannot physically handle anymore. Well, this year I was adamantly instructed by many I would have NO choice, and honestly if you read my previous article for day 1, you find that YES there is no way you can come and go at night. Not on those windy hairpin roads unless you KNOW where you’re going!

Also with some of the later bands it was fun to lay on my air mattress and listen, while I sweated profusely in that hot muggy tent. YEP even in the night air it was still hot, hot hot. Now, I’ll be truthful it was truly easier with the sides of the holler having tall trees to block the sun earlier than it set. From noon to 4pm was absolutely BRUTAL, but I want to say this: Mr. Byron personally brought me water several times..not asked somebody from the staff to do it…HE DID IT. Not just for me but for MANY. If that isn’t a giving and concerned soul I’ll eat my left sock.

The bands were all fed and taken well care of, and so was the media invited here. ANYTHING I needed or wanted I could have, and that’s the bottom line! Anything I needed to perform my job here I had at my disposal, and I think by the end of this article you will concur, I did that job well. I got a lot more information to share here for this event. I made myself a damn fine campfire breakfast here complete with hot sauce for my eggs at a vendor called Redneck Hipster Hot Sauce. Mr. Craig McDavid helped me select the style of sauce for me and my palate. The garlic Habanero was what I selected, and I only needed a smidgen of it!

After eating I decided to start my day with another run off the merchandise tables. As usual there were plenty of volunteers all working together in happy fashion, Mr. Byron’s daughter Miss LeeAmber and his wife Miss Kelli once again slayed the job back there. They made buying “stuff and junk” and “junk and stuff” FUN, because it’s important that we do buy things like that to keep gas tanks and bellys full. I want my friends to be able to support their families on their chosen profession of touring musician.

I ran into some wonderful people from the Somerset area that asked me to include them called Buck Creek Adventures where you can rent some canoes and kayaks.They run a really neat looking LLC up there, and offered me a visit for the day sometime for including them. Please go check them out and rent a canoe for the day! I talk to EVERYBODY and immerse myself into the entire deal when I work a festival.

I got some barbecue pieces on a stick from the Roll N Smoke truck, I guess one could call them medallions. just big ass chunks of marinated meat on a stick. I’m not even sure what they were marinated in, but you can carry it around and move around. See that’s a festival food key thing, what can I market to eat that’s profitable and convenient to carry around?

 

So the first band that performed on Saturday I missed a lot of, I did cover them this past spring in Huntington WV for W.B. Walker’s 5 year anniversary show. You can read all about that event right HERE. This band was called The Winetree.

Mr. Ryan Harvey and Mr. Isaiah Muller are multi talented both in their own right as writers and musicians. They found their name from a friend’s old winter sweater, and took a lot of influence in Kentucky where they are from. Just as the song they played here today I caught was called “Kentucky”.

This duo has peaceful harmonies and down home well written country folk ballads, and puts a smile on my face every time I know I’m getting to see them on anybody’s set. I’m thinking of hosting a few Appalachian stages in future festivals, and they are on my MUST CALL list to book.

So this early portion of my article is going to focus on these two people Miss Teresa and Mr. David Prince, who have a wonderful band called Luna And The Mountain Jets and they hail from East Kentucky.I first encountered them a few years back also during the W.B. Walker anniversary shows.

If you’ll recall I did cover them during the Master Musicians Festival in the Somerset area,to which they performed a damn fine show. Well, they did not fail to disappoint here either, with energetic rock and roll with a great influence from the likes of Fleetwood Mack all the way back to the rock and roll evolves into rockabilly era.

I say that because the last song in their set was Blondie cover called “The Tide Is High” from the 1980 Autoamerican album. Like I said I AM an ultimate music NUT, and I enjoy knowing my stuff like albums and dates. But their show began with the song “Thanksgiving Day” from the 2016 album called Telling Stories.

The Luna album boasted the song called ‘That Thing You Said”, and the 2008 Blaine Girl album included the song “Pepsi Girl” which I actually relate to switching it over to a guy. The last time I went back to where I grew up it was like Mr. Joe Huber said my old playground was a battlefield.

They played their epic breakup song called “Walking Away” I believe everybody can pretty much relate to frustrations and hard times on relationship issues. I always, always, always have a terrific time watching this band perform and being around these two folks. Now in just a little bit I’ll be talking about a hilarious man that never seems to be around when Mr. David is, and a crabby lady that is always peeking around corners scowling at you. Ol’ Honey found out she had a fan club here on the creek today!

Here was another time I got a good look at how passionate Mr. Byron was toward the performers here, as he introduced Miss Senora May Lainhart. At this juncture Mr. Byron was weary and worn out, his voice was trembling trying to give out, yet he stood valiant and determined to finish this event by introducing EVERY ACT here.

Mr. Byron explained that he got to watch this young lady grow up from a child, and one could easily ascertain the real and honest family love here. Miss senora and Mr. Tyler Childers both came from this area too, and grew up here, and to this day they still live in these hills and hollers of East Kentucky. Mr. Byron is like a father to so so many of these young people in his community, and is a mentor to them. It almost made me jealous that I never had a role model like him to help raise me like this, to make sure these young adults never forget the Holy Spirit (which to me is most important) and to always be honest, love and respect one another. As I previously stated, this festival is unlike any other…it IS HOME.

Miss Senora May was included on that very first W.B.Walker Anniversary show recorded on his couch in his living room back when we first met. She opened her portion of the show with a song called “Don’t Need A Lot”, which showcased her down home vocal style.

She has indeed created her own style, and explains  how simple she is in this song, she doesn’t need a fancy extravagant lifestyle. Just her home community and her family, and her awesome husband. Also, once again Mr. Josh Nolan played for her as well as nine other acts here..more on that man later on.

She played the title track song called “Lainhart” which includes references of Daddy bitching and shoveling hog shit, which in this area is just a way of life she is sharing with you. It is indeed a term of endearment and a measure of love. Also included in her set was the song called “Only Want You”, which is the last song on her new album. You can get onto her website and buy the album there.

She also played a song for her younger brother who is in the marines called “Semper Fi” . Before I begin talking about the rest of the wonderful acts here today, I wanted to touch on a few more of the wonderful people that helped make this event a success. The wonderful folks over at Country Boy Brewing for all the gift beers and shirts, I still got Cougar Bait in my fridge. One of the founders was camped next to me, and we had some good conversations together, and I got to share some ribeye steaks with them.

I wandered over to the next booth which was a really neat jewelry booth called Talagirl’s Curiosity’s she had some really different wares and things. I’m used to seeing hand made jewelry, but not to the extent of this ladies work. This was a pretty cool addition to the vendors here, can easily see why they chose her to be included.

EVERY food vendor and EVERY merchandise vendor is personally selected by the Roberts family, see they don’t just HOST music festivals they PATRONIZE OTHER music festivals like we all do. They KNOW the same things I do, and they LISTEN to people like me that go from New York to Florida doing this stuff. I been on the phone many times with Mr. Byron giving my input on everything from layout to traffic flow.

We spoke about the food vendor issue, and I found out WHY they got placed back where they did…power. NOT political power, physical voltage power. I never really noticed the generators running the truck, I missed that observation. He explained that to me, you know what, I think he has this whole scheme licked. Just by being the amazing human being that he is, that alone makes Kickin’ On The Creek one of the best. I’ll be honest Miss Tiffany over at Master Musician’s Festival runs an equally special operation that will warm your heart with joy.

I want to talk about the intense amount of community love and help the Robert’s family gets from so many great people and places. The Fire Department, the EMT’s that donate their weekend to help injuries that may occur. There wasn’t many rotten apples, but security was on the ball here.

They were courteous but also meant business, basically all festivals have ONE MAIN RULE. Don’t be a dick. It’s not hard to follow, right? I mean drink all you want but act like an adult, have a little smoke and a TON of food. But, doggone it respect your neighbor, share your shine and enjoy each other’s company. life is too short and too precious to break the only rule we have.

If anybody wants the definition of a work horse Mr. Josh Nolan I recently asked him just how many sets he played this weekend and this was his response:   I think I ended up playing 8 sets, most of which happened Friday Chelsea Nolan, Senora, Jeremy Short Those were planned and rehearsed These were not. Lol Ethan Hunt, Sean Whiting ,William Matheny A few songs with Grayson Jenkins

He has a nice album from 2014 called “Fair City Lights” and I had to buy a copy because the first song called “Do It Right” truly grabbed me as a person. I identified it well, and it spoke to my feelings.  I thought it was a well written song for sure! He played a song called ‘East Kentucky Skyline”, and another song I have watched Miss Chelsea Nolan play called “Silver Line”

I did some wandering around again getting crowd shots and watched the fellow artists watching Mr. Josh play, that always does my heart good to see that stuff. There was no trying to outdo anybody here, each act brought a little something different to the table. As he played a song called “Green Bridges”, I gathered my notes and got ready for more.

Mr. Geno Seale released a damn fine album called Times As Dark As These, and he recently played at Miss Chelsea Nolan’s album release party. I had to work and couldn’t attend sadly. Now Mr. Geno was involved in quite a bit of the shenanigans with Miss Honey today, that ornery Ol’ lady done smiled today!

He made a pretty good statement today “This is not a scene, what we are doing here is a community” and to be honest I pretty much agree with him. I’m pretty grateful to be included in their community, and to be so widely accepted by every other community.

He has Mr. John R. Miller, and Mr. William Matheny both helping him play his set today. He played songs off his album the likes of  “The Gospel” originally cut by Goose Creek Symphony, and more. Before he brought out Miss Teresa Prince from Luna And The Mountain Jets to play one with him called ‘Go On In Peace”.

He played a great song called “Found Pennies” which was one I never got to hear before today, It’s not on the record at all. I had to research to find the name, I just had my notes. I just enjoy his rough and raw take it or leave it vocals and style.

The song called ‘Hymns And Praises” is all about the music community being kind of like a religion on some aspects. Mr. Geno said it’s MORE than JUST music here,  and I could see that decree is valid right here tonight.

Mr. John R. Miller stayed on the stage to bring out his next band, who mentored me a few years back The Prison Book Club from Shepherdstown West Virginia.  They don’t know it but they inspired me along with Mr. Dale Watson, Split Lip Rayfield, Ray Wylie Hubbard and MORE!

Their first song was called “Roll It Up” and they went into the song called ‘Eat Your Brains” , before they played some songs off of the self titled album with the deer on it. Mr. William Matheny helped them today along with Mr. Tucker Riggleman on bass and Mr. M Tivis Clark on drums.

‘Six Pack” was followed by the song called ‘White Plain”. The song called ‘Nothing To Loose” is pretty much a good breakup song about loosing everything, now there’s nothing to loose…get it? They played “Coming Down” which Mr. John wrote, I know Mr. Tyler Childers plays it too, but it was originally a Prison Book Club song.

Now it’s time for a really funny story about that clown Laid Back Country Picker. You know as SOON as HE comes around you never see Mr. David, he goes in that damn bathroom for an hour. And of course mean Ol’ Miss Honey was in tow tonight, but THEY GOT HER TO SMILE!

“Partyline” was first, he has thugs after him because he accidentally got on their party line! After playing a new song he played a song called “Maggofin County Cadillac” which takes you on a tour of  his area out there.  Well, he told us a story about traveling with Mr. Tyler Childers out in Weston West Virginia during the annual Carp Festival, and it funny as shit.  That song was called “David Bowie”, and it was a bout the nervous hospital and more!

He went on to play a song called “Truck Stop Sam” but here was the funny story, while they were playing some goobers decided to try to make Miss Honey smile…and they did just that! SEE we all voted her for president. Now AS ALWAYS under rule number one, you leave your politics at the festival gate! But THIS TIME we get a pass, they want Miss Honey for president.

I don’t think she realized she had a fan club, since she’s always so mean looking I think they decided she needs some loving too. So three folks dressed as her and went through the crowd, and got up on stage to stand behind her for a song until she laughed.

But to be honest, we LOVE HER VERY MUCH, you know what? The world needs MORE comedy in music, and laughter is chicken soup for the soul, too many politics and name calling out there. WHY CAN’T we just laugh at ourselves and enjoy one another?  Laid Back is changing that, and I applaud that! AND HEY if it’s good enough for Mr. JJ Waters, and Mr. Tyler Childers, it’s good right?

Let’s revert back once again to a man that released a DAMN FINE ALBUM this year, and it’s a INSTANT TOP 50 inclusion for sure, and that is none other than John R. Miller And The Engine Lights and YES they played a KILLER SET here this weekend.

He opened with “Holy Dirt” which is the opener on the new album, and my favorite song on the album by far. His second song was called “Red Eyes”. I just love his unique sound, it is so different from the Prison Book Club music, he also plays bass for my friend Mr. Pat Reedy.

‘Back And Forth” is a slow and easy song from his first album called Service Engine that is my favorite song from that album. It speaks to me as an individual. He also included the song “Lights of The City” , song has some truly beautiful fiddle on it and the entire album has some really soft steel guitar tones on it, that bring out his vocals in a vivid way.

They also played the song called “Been Here Too Long” ,which pretty much rounded up most of the new album for us. I truly enjoyed listening to the album live here. He did revert back to Service Engine album for the song called “Motor’s Fried”, which was a good choice here. All of his songs flow really well together in a sense, and he has well written lyrics.

‘How It Feels In The Light” and the song called “Whale Party” closed out the show for him here. I am a big fan of ALL of this man’s work, all of his bands and his kick ass songs he does! The Engine Lights today were Mr. harry Clark (from the Wooks) on mandolin, Miss Chloe Edmonstone on fiddle (who did a SWELL JOB here), Mr. John Clay on drums, and Mr. Chris Justice (from Wayne Graham) on bass.

I did not get any pictures of the BAND not the person called Wayne Graham. Instead I’m going to post this from their website to explain their name :

Wayne was a renaissance man. Curiousity and good hand-eye coordination are a deadly combination. He was an electrician, a locksmith, a mechanic, a coal miner, a guitarist, and a singer, but the roles that took the highest priority in his life were husband, father, brother, and son. He approached life with a laughable optimism and proved over time he was right. He made sure to be my earliest memory and I have consulted him, wherever he is, with every major decision in my life. Over the years, I’ve met many strangers who knew him.  Their tall tale is the same as those I’ve heard before. He was a legendary man with more soul than his body could hold.

Graham was the first one of his brothers to own a car. He was able to buy it because he started working when he was very young. When his younger brother graduated from high school, he drove him to college. He left his car with him and headed home to pine creek.

He married my grandmother and bought a small shack on Pine Creek. They moved in in February, a logging trail covered in snow, to a shack with quarter inch slits between the slats.

He slowly bought that mountain, acre by acre, building more rooms on his house for his growing family. He was the neighborhood farmer, old regular Baptist, democrat, World War II vet, coal miner, romance novel patron, Kentucky Wildcats fan. His image flashes in my periphery at least once a day, reminding me his constant refrain when he and Mamaw kept me in my early years, “This boy is gonna make me president.”

Mr. Kenny Miles- guitar, piano, vocals and his brother Mr.Hayden Miles- drums, vocals Mr.Chris Justice – bass and finally Mr. Lee Owen – guitar, vocals, make up this band from Whitesburg  Kentucky. They bring forth a classic rock sound with an Appalachian twist to it.
Their new album called JOY came out September 18th, and according to them the songs are memos to themselves for later, documenting what it felt like to persist and move forward.

Mr. Joseph Huber is one of my all time favorite musicians I know from the (what they call) Roots Music movement or the Muddy Roots crowd. I just called it GOOD STUFF! He has been around for many many years starting out with the .357 String Band, before moving on to his own path.

And on that path he has put out four damn fine solo albums and along with Mr. Jason Loveall on fiddle, he has played just about every festival you could possibly name. He opened with “16-10” from his latest album along with another song that speaks to me especially because Mr. Joseph is from the same place as I was raised, Milwaukee Wisconsin. That song is called “Old playground Is A Battlefield”.

Another song he said he wrote while on the .357 String Band called “Drop In the Bucket” while busking on the streets. A drop in the bucket is all I need to hammer down on the banjo strings.  He played another great song called ‘Old Mountain Tune”.

This community enjoyed his music tonight including the song called “Old Mountain Tune” , and a song called “Diminished Things” from his new album The Suffering Stage. From the album called the Hanging Road he played the song called “Coming Down From You”.

Also from this album he played the song called “Same River Twice”, and they played “Souls Without Maps” and closed with the title track from his album “Tongues Of Fire”. Before some of the later bands tonight I went out for a walk around to see more!

The Tillers were next, a wonderful band from the Ohio area. I equally covered their set from Muddy Roots only a few weeks earlier, and many other times. These four guys truly play wonderful down home folk and bluegrass music.  Their new self titled album will probably be another good possibility for my TOP 50 of 2018.

Mr. Michael Oberst- banjo, vocal, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, kazoo, Mr. Sean Geil- guitar, vocal, dobro, banjo, mandolin, Mr. Aaron Geil- upright bass, vocals and Mr. Joe Macheret- fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals make up this truly Legendary band.

Their first song was from that said new album called “Revolution Row”, also they played the song called “Riverboat Dish washing Song”. One of the greatest and most well written songs I have heard in the years of doing this local music website. The song called “Willy Dear” is absolutely amazing, with a cleverly written ghost story.

“Dear Mother” was another great song from the new album that was included in this set, that showcased their new album truly well. I’m eagerly ecstatic about this band being included into so many other music communities like Mr. Joseph Huber.

Another awesome song they play is called “Tecumseh On The Battlefield” . Also included in their set were the songs “Treehouse”, “Mona”, and ” The Road Neverending”. I have always like the harmonies this band has together, and the way that they light up the stage with their charisma. You can JUST TELL they LOVE to play together and understand one another truly well.

They closed their set with two songs from my favorite album they have called Hand On The Plow, and those songs were called “500 Miles From My Home” and the last song was called “Old Westside”. They always leave us feeling jovial and they have fun up there on stage.

They do not stop and tell stories, because their songs do that FOR THEM. I got to share some camp food with a couple of the guys from the band, and I always try my best to drop money their way to keep them rolling on. And I believe they always will roll on.

As the sun began to set I took a couple good pulls of this wonderful moonshine I was given, and got ready for the next artists here. Some GREAT FRIENDS are coming to entertain us here. The excitement and energy was absolutely  astounding here in the holler.

Mr. Byron was just as proud of the closing acts as he was of the earlier acts, he treated nobody different or less important here. I cannot say enough great things about how he runs this program here, and the new bands I have discovered here proves his top notch attention to music quality. I swear, this door here is like the gates of heaven as you go onto the stage into the lights.

Once again, there it is…Mr. Byron’s love for this community. I watched him go around hugging EVERYONE in the crowd, making ALL the guests feel wanted and welcome. Now mind you MANY directors do this TO A RENTED VENUE….THIS MAN WELCOMED US TO HIS OWN HOME. This was his front yard, you are sitting in!

Arlo McKinely And The Lonesome Sound are another Ohio based band that has been BOOMING in growth lately, so big he is selling out venues nationwide now. he has grown to bigger echelons in the last two years here. Mr. Arlo opened up with “Walking Shoes”, “Don’t Need To Know”, and another great song called “Right Where You Want Me”. Three great songs we all know and were singing along to, and dancing all over. My feet were even moving around but for me it was more of the corn liquor, I was buzzing pretty good. It’s alright I wasn’t going anywhere.

There aren’t many REAL CROONERS out there like Mr. Arlo like he does on the song called “iv’e Got Her” A TRULY smooth and beautiful song, followed by the song “We Were Alright”.  Then the Lonesome Sound took a small break and Mr. Arlo played a few himself.

He played a great song he usually plays called “Bag Of Pills” , and a medley of songs one was called “Man’s Done Gone” and I wasn’t sure about the other song here. He also played “A Song Is Born”, before most of the band came back for the rest of the set.

“Time In Bars” was next from his latest album, and like I was saying about his vocals being so smooth the song “Wild Horses” always hits me right in the feels every time. And the songs I relate to even better with like “Gone For Good” were presented in a true folk and Country way. His vocal delivery is VERY unique and different, in many ways.

“Suicidal Saturday Night” was another song he played on this set before he closed the set with “Dancing Days” and the last song he played was called “Die Midwestern”.  His growth is resulting in harder to attend shows due to the extreme amount of volume of want for ticket sales. It’s truly a great thing to witness for many of these bands I have been writing about for years.

Town Mountain was a BLAZING HOT Bluegrass band that has been around for awhile now. This Asheville North Carolina band that consists of  Mr. Phil Barker – Mandolin, Vocals, Mr. Robert Greer – Vocals, Guitar, Mr. Jesse Langlais – Banjo, Vocals, Mr. Bobby Britt – Fiddle and Mr. Zach Smith – Bass make up one of the hottest Bluegrass bands on the circuit now!

As they played songs like “Up The Ladder” and the GREAT cover of “I’m On Fire” they just steamrolled from one song into another tonight, and got everybody drunk and revved up for Mr. Tyler Childers!  From the new album coming out on October 26th, they played “One Drop In The Bottle”. They also played the song called “Ruination Line”.

Mr. Tyler came out and joined the band for the song “Down Low” that will be on their new album coming out this month, and that garnered a huge response from this audience. I mean, as I stood on that stage ALL I SAW WAS PEOPLE all over. it was absolutely intense how quickly this place went crazy!

I’ll be trying to catch up with them on a later date here on an in town show they have lined up, because I had a camera charger problem here while they played. It was late, I was tired and hot…man was I burned up to a crisp. My whole body was sore form sun walking and my skin was raw from sun lotion, but MAN WAS IT WELL WORTH IT!

The intro for Mr. Tyler Childers was probably one of the longest of the entire festival, mainly because Mr. Tyler was one of the only acts to have played every one since day 1. My. Byron told me many stories of the first one with a hundred people and hot dogs were the only food you could buy.

Parts of the first stage were placed into the present stage much like the Opry did, and he told me of how small the whole plans were…Mr. Tyler still played. Unless you have been living under a rock, you are well familiar with the booming success of Mr. Tyler Childers.

He began his set with a somber and poignant version of “Time Of The Preacher” from the Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson album, and he always does that song justice! He went right into “Banded Clovis” before even acknowledging the crowd, he didn’t have to! this was one of the longest and greatest sets I ever witnessed him play!

Once again he had the entire crowd singing along to “Follow Me To Virgie”, one of his more popular songs that he does and has plenty of crowd participation on it. This young man has spearheaded this music community into one of the largest markets I have ever witnessed.

He played a great “Lady May” that he wrote for his awesome wife Miss Senora, he played a LOVELY version of that song on the Opry. I flat out enjoy this man’s songs and have since I fist heard him on that couch in Dingess WV so many years ago.

He just barreled into songs like “White House Road” and others like the mighty “Deadman’s Curve”.  He also played the song called “Born Again” off of his Purgatory album. I promised him I wasn’t going to write anything about his past comments this summer, and I shall not. I have PLENTY of grounds to cover on him without being cliche.

He played one of my favorite songs he does called “Nose To The Grindstone”, which tells a scary and dark story of the way of life in that area up there. Many of his stories paint vivid pictures of poverty and hunger for the evils of the world. Along with the song “Swear To God”, and “Feathered Indians”.

Now he played a NEW song called “Gemini” I’m not really sure about any new album plans, and I haven’t asked him about anything like that. But, we enjoyed the song. He then played “Charleston Girl” next along with a few more, before closing with “Honky Tonk Flame”, and leaving the place all tore up!

After Mr. Tyler was finished I was completely and utterly exhausted, and on the ride home that Sunday I drank over a gallon of water on the ride home, and had to stop for insulin. I was totally worn out in every possible way. But when I woke up Sunday morning I was in for a surprise, as I planned to stay until about 4pm and jaunt home to work that Sunday night.

I work third shift, and so I had to work at 10pm Sunday, that’s my Monday. So I awoke to the Local Honeys playing a small Gospel set as they announced there was a  heavy rain coming, which makes the creek rise and that everyone has to leave as soon as possible. Now that was NOT being unfriendly…actually it was quite handy!

So I began packing my truck and saying my goodbyes for the weekend, I strolled around and took some last minute pictures of the entire event. All together I took over 1000 pictures and had 30 pages of notes, can’t you tell?

I just have way too many people to THANK for making my Kickin On The Creek experience the most amazing and enriching time I have had in a long long time. I KNOW I missed a TON of great bands but FEAR NOT I have jotted down ALL OF THEM and I WILL remedy this quandary as soon as I can!

Thanks for bearing with me for this long on both of these editions of this article, and I want to thank all the bands and managers that allow me to relentlessly pester them with my questions. I try my damn best to include as many people and facts as I can, and expose my readers to the FULL ASPECTS of the event so they will buy tickets in 2019.

See you on the road somewhere my friends!

 

 

 

Oct 122018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Adam Hood is back with his first album since 2014’s Welcome To The Big World.  That was one of my favorite records in that year and I was eagerly anticipating his follow up when I heard it would be out this year. Somewhere In Between is a worthy follow up to his last album and it continues the great songwriting and great country songs.

There is a bit of a theme that runs through the album about small towns and small town living.  “Alabama Moon” hits at that with it’s infectious chorus longing for a lost piece of paradise. “The Weekend” is another infectious track with a smooth bass groove that will take you straight through the weekend.

“Bayou Girl” takes the listener to the bayou and small town Louisiana where the singer dreams of a small town cajun girl.  “Locomotive” is another love song that features a chugging riff in a nice country rock love song. Finally, “Real Small Town” is a folksy / Americana sounding ode to small town USA.  The imagery paints a deep picture of small towns all across the country and you can visualize the music video that would go along with this track.

Adam Hood has crafted a great follow-up to his stellar 2014 record.  He continues to be a champion for the small man while straddling the line between major artist and still playing the smaller haunts and dives.  I look forward to what the future holds for Adam Hood and hopefully, it’s not another four year wait for a new record. Somewhere In Between is out everywhere today October 12, 2018.      

Favorite Tracks : She Don’t Love Me, Alabama Moon, Bayou Girl, The Weekend, Locomotive, Real Small Town

Adam Hood – Somewhere In Between (2018)

  1. Heart Of A Queen
  2. She Don’t Love Me (Feat. Brent Cobb)
  3. Alabama Moon
  4. Downturn
  5. The Weekend
  6. Bayou Girl
  7. Easy Way
  8. Locomotive
  9. Keeping Me Here
  10. Real Small Town
  11. Confederate Rose
Oct 122018
 

By Joshua Wallace

I was first exposed to Chelsea Nolan and her music through W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show podcast.  Later on, I would see her live as one of the early acts on WB’s 5th Anniversary show. I enjoyed what I heard, but like many artists Chelsea had no recorded output that I could find to dig into after that.  Fast forward to about last week and I saw a Capture Kentucky post on Facebook about a debut release coming soon from Chelsea Nolan. I knew then I had to give it a listen and report back here on it for everyone.  I’m here to tell ya, it’s worth your time and money to check out this record, and here is why.

The album kicks off with a track called “Build A Fire”.  This track sets the mood for the rest of the record. It starts off with just Chelsea’s guitar but quickly builds into a full band country sound.  It’s a great character piece that lets you know off the bat that Chelsea Nolan is an amazing songwriter. The album goes into “Rock Bottom” which is another great example of good songwriting.  It’s a song that roasts it’s subject harshly with lines like “you’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes” and it’s a good lyrical jaunt.

The track “Sugar Hollar” is the ballad of the record and the band is stripped down for this track to really highlight the ebbs and flows of Chelsea’s voice.  It’s one of the highlights of the record. The album closes out with the mellow “If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is”. I really dig the pedal steel work on this track.

Chelsea Nolan is another part of the growing Kentucky country music scene that is spearheaded by the likes of Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers.  I look forward to hearing more from her and possibly seeing her live again in the future. This album is available today and if you would like a physical copy, you can go to https://www.chelseanolanmusic.com/shop and order one there.  

Favorite Tracks : Build A Fire, Rock Bottom, Sugar Hollar, If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is

Chelsea  Nolan – chelsea. (2018)

  1. Build A Fire
  2. Rock Bottom
  3. Green Bridges
  4. Silver Line
  5. Sugar Hollar
  6. If You Think It’s About You, It Probably Is
Oct 102018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Updated 10/17/2018 at 2:45PM:

The festival removed the post which I posted on the 15th and followed up with the following:

Under threat of legal action from the talent agencies, we were forced to remove our previous informational statement. We’ll be updating everyone as soon as possible.

admin@partyinthepines.com

I have reached out to Party In The Pines to find out if they would like the text from that post removed from this article and I will delete it if they respond.  Until then, it will remain printed in the previous update.

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Updated 10/15/2018 at 4:45PM:

The festival posted the following on their Facebook page :

The Bienville Entertainment team is working diligently to facilitate refunds to purchasers of tickets, camping, Party In The Pines sponsors and vendors; as soon as possible! We are seeking professional help to work through this difficult process. As you may know we have paid approximately $1,500,000 to the talent agencies, and their intention is to keep all of it. We appreciate your understanding as we move forward. We will be updating you by email, Facebook and Partyinthepines.com

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Original Story :

This is a developing story.  I will update this as I get more info.  Here is the current statement from Party In The Pines :

It is with heavy heart that we inform you that Party In The Pines music festival scheduled for October 19th – 20th has been canceled due to circumstances beyond our control.  We are working on a plan to compensate ticket holders and sponsors.  Details will be posted to our website and social media pages soon.

We realize this impacts many people in many different ways.  We apologize to our supporters and team members who have worked hard to bring this event to our community.

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I realize that does not give much information or explanation for a cancelation of a major festival 10 days out.  Most of what is posted online currently is unconfirmed.

I did find a story from the Lake City Reporter giving a little more info on this from the owner of Bienville Plantation Robert Morey.  He states that all of the festivals funds are being held by the artists talent agency but repaying everyone is first priority.  That is all I could currently find beyond the press release statement.

I will look for more confirmed information on this once Hurricane Michael has passed through my area in South GA and this article will be updated as soon as I can get it to you.

Oct 092018
 

It’s approaching the close of 2018, and you know what that means, the preparation of my BEST OF 2018 article which always comes out on Christmas Day at Midnight. That piece takes about twenty hours to make and get my facts correct and organized, and all the bands and PR people contacted.

I also have to start pitching for jobs in 2019, to stay relevant. See folks, many of you faithfully read me and I thank you, however many of the public is steered toward the next flashy offering. It’s normal proven science that the public reads MANY websites and forgets old ones. So in order to remain relevant you MUST STAY a step ahead of the game, I heard a few people are “upset” with me because I think it’s a competition…well..it’s NOT I read other people’s blogs myself and I have a truly mutual love for people like Capture Kentucky. But at the same time I MUST stay relevant to continue paying my bills, and the people that are “upset” with me aren’t paying them. On a side note if you would like better pictures than mine you NEED to see my buddy Mr. Jonathan Newsome over at Capture Kentucky.

Festivals….I covered quite a few in 2018, and I choose one or two new ones every year. This year I chose TWO, and they both focused on the Appalachian music community in East Kentucky. It’s one of the few that is rising at a rapid pace, both with performers and patrons. This is becoming a viable, tangible form of music to a much larger audience, with a down home luster that resonates very loudly through the hills and hollers of East Tennessee  and East Kentucky, and portions of Ohio. Many of the performers that are included in this scene are also from Canada, and West Virginia as well. To those that have been there through the years like my friend Mr. JJ Waters, this music community has always been part of their heart and soul, and I feel very humbled to have been invited into it.

I started noticing and enjoying the bands involved here around 2013 when my friend W.B. Walker recorded his very first anniversary show on his couch in his living room. And that introduced me to three prominent forces in that area, Miss Senora May Lainhart, Mr. Tyler Childers and Mr. Justin Payne. Ever since then, I have been hooked on the sound and the format of the music itself, and little did I fathom that it would evolve into the epicenter that it recently has.

This series of articles needs to come with an internal warning about length as it’s going to be quite possibly two of the lengthiest articles I have ever done for two days at any festival. I think I observed more this weekend than the Apostle Paul on the road to Damascus when he was Saul. The good Lord was absolutely in presence here this weekend on this property and in the hearts of the people that came, because I’ll be honest..this was beyond anything I have ever witnessed at a music function of any magnitude, and trust me I have been around music functions for ten years, never before have I not known how to start. I had to STOP and dwell on this very aspect for a week now.

I missed the first day because I have no time left at work, I had a lot of family issues this summer and had to burn it all to tend to my adopted mother. Music is indeed fun, but family comes first. So I was already running a day behind everyone else, my next dilemma leaving the work place was the loss of an hour’s time in the time zone. So, before I even arrived on the interstate I was in the hole on time. But I made pretty good time getting to Somerset where the hotel is I use for Master Musician’s Festival which is a friend of the Roberts family here, and the format I used for them was one of the reasons I was hired to do this.

I’m going to tell you as much as I can about every aspect of this festival from an angle quite different than my usual format, because quite simply this festival itself was different from any other I have ever experienced. From the moment I pulled into the front gate area, I witnessed a totally different vibe and direction of operation.

A music festival is a science, and a business and if it doesn’t function and flow properly it doesn’t make money. But this particular festival wasn’t focused on being tangible. I say that because back on the ticket pre sale he could have easily sold all thousand tickets AND MORE, I mean they could have easily crammed another thousand people on the property and made money…but they didn’t. Mr. Byron and his family instead invited REAL FOLKS here and chose to pay attention to THEM. This event isn’t concerned on commercial feel, and the musicians and bands all watched one another in glee. They had FUN with one another, and interacted with each other on a non professional level here. This was just a big family party, and if you study the HISTORY of the event, THAT IS what started it. A birthday party for Mr. Byron and Miss Kelli’s son Mr. Kenton  Roberts, three years ago began the format and idea for this event. I want to tell you more about the history, but I’m going to tell you as I learned about it myself.

When I got into Irvine Kentucky I could tell JUST WHY they told me to PLEASE CAMP, the roads were hard to maneuver and the instructions I had were EXACTLY like they described. HAIRPIN TURN indeed, wow. In fact as I came in I passed an unfortunate young lady that overturned her jeep down the ravine, but like I said GOD WAS THERE, and THANK GOD she was unharmed, and got to see the show! This was a ride that was so scenic and amazing only pictures could explain it easier.

I had no problem getting through the gate, and actually they asked me off the bat if I was the guy that needed power for a CPAP machine? I thought wow that’s great communication there. They took care of me and checked my I.D. and gave me instructions, however I parked up front until I checked in with the powers that be. I had no idea if I was supposed to drive through the creek, I mean there were people sitting in lawn chairs in the creek. I wasn’t sure where the stage was or anything else, so I parked in an easy spot and went for a walk to meet people and find out what they wanted me to do, but of course I started taking pictures and working a little bit.

The moment I approached the stage area I was greeted by Mr. J Ray Grossman the legendary roadie for the Goose Creek Symphony, whom I met at The Goose On The Lake before the Colonel Jon Hensley died. I got to talk to him for a bit before meeting Mr. Byron and Mr. Kenton who greeted me with open arms..like I was family. We have a great admiration for one another on many levels, and they directed me to a camping spot, where I could get settled in. Now mind you I was doing all this on NO sleep for that Friday! This was about noon I’m about to tell you about the first band I covered for this job here soon, yeah I realize I already wrote the Old Testament.

When I got settled in more I got to meet Mr. Byron and his son Mr. Kenton, the birthday boy! They hugged me tighter than my own adopted parents would. We began talking about the history of the actual festival itself, how the sound booth was part of the original stage and that the stage now currently has a portion of it embedded into the frame.

His own home was built with his own two hands and his children were raised on the property, parts of the living room are parts of building that date back to the Civil War, which if you are like me YOU KNOW that’s a interesting historical event. I study the regiments of the Confederacy and the Union all the time, and I found it amazing how intricate the detail to the house was for him to build this. Mr. Byron himself was raised in the area, and stayed where his heart remains.

This man literally threw the largest front yard barbecue party the world has ever witnessed, and don’t get me wrong IT HAS NO SPONSORS unlike everyone else… this wasn’t “brought to you by so and so”, this was brought to you by the Roberts family…all of them and their community.

One of the first bands I got to see myself was a fellow I met a few years ago in Huntington West Virginia on the W.B. Walker Anniversary show, and he is from Saskatchewan Canada. He is none other than Mr. Blake Berglund, and his band the Vultures.He had the lovely Miss Belle Plaine playing with him, more on her later, but the gentleman in the overalls on the guitar was Mr. Bryce Lewis and he plays for both Berglund and Miss Belle Plaine.

Mr. Blake is the real deal folks, with a true western twang and a cattle ranch feel to his songs, that make your heart crave cookie’s chuck off the fire pit. He is a champion bull rider and skilled songwriter, and he played many great songs for us like “Rain Delay”, which I believe was new.

Now from his 2017 album called Realms, he played us “Pretty Good Guy” and another great song called “Moose Mountain” where he reflects on his youth of making mistakes, and a thirteen year old Palomino Mare with the need for a contact high.  It paints a truly splendid picture in the listener’s mind of  gorgeous nature.

His last song was called “Crooked Old Earth”, it was a truly fine closing song to this set. Now before you think wow these were short sets, please remember there was only one stage. And they had to keep it moving along, and EVERY BAND was personally introduced by Mr. Byron himself. He would come out on stage and say a short piece for every act.

Mr. Grayson Jenkins and the Resolutions were next, and he is from Greenville Kentucky MY NECK OF THE WOODS but currently is based out of Lexington Kentucky. he and his band kicked off the set with “If I Was A Cowboy” and another called ” Junior Walker” from his second album. You may recall I covered him on the Master musicians Festival as well.

“Somewhere In Kentucky” was from the album “Cityscapes And Countrysides” which also includes a really good version of the song “Atlantic City” that Mr. Bruce Springsteen released in 1982. That is the aforementioned second album.

They played a truly wonderful version of Don William’s classic song called “Love Me Tonight”, off the album You’re My Best Friend in 1975.  His drummer Mr. Zach Martin was amazing, as was the rest of the band on this set here,let me tell you more about them. Mr. Ryan Allen on guitar, Mr. Tyler Young on bass, and  joining him on vocals was Miss Abby Hamilton. As I ventured off into the vendor area they played a song called “Mockingbird” which was pretty much self explanatory.

Before I go into venturing off into some of the vendors that were here, I want to extend a huge online hug to the folks over at Pickup Country 104.9 FM who I need to publicly THANK for letting me put my stuff by them, and for keeping an eye on it for me. Miss Angela and her crew were some truly friendly folks, and I loved laughing and meeting them. Please go check out what they do music because it is a HUGE labor of love.

I want to talk about some of the food and merchandise vendors, as well as what Miss Kelli Roberts and her daughter spearheaded on the Kickin’ In The Creek shirts, posters and “stuff” department. Those ladies ran a stellar operation selling stuff for artists, and helped make shopping a FUN time.

 

The entire left side of the front yard was filled with many nifty looking things to spend money on, and yummy food to equally liquidate your pocket. I mean WHY NOT spend a ton on food and stuff…I DO. Let’s be honest guys the money goes into the band’s gas tank to make the next show, and hey WHY CAN’T Mr. Justin Wells feed his twins with his merch money? Isn’t that what this is all about?

One of the food trucks I got some WICKED pulled pork nachos from was Mr. Justin Taylor who operates the Roll ‘N’ Smoke rolling smoke truck. I tell you WHAT I got some tasty HOME MADE nacho chips and his sauce was really REALLY good, generous portions of the meat on my nachos.

I also met Mr. Steve Walters, who runs Estill Agate Works and although he has no webpage you can contact him in Irvine Kentucky at steve0244@hotmail.com. Miss Rebecca Thomas operates the True soul Clothing Company out of Huntington West Virginia, and we had a pleasant chat this morning.

Next to her were the folks at Stewart’s music that also said they had no webpage but I thought it was kind of smart to have a music store here in case someone needed strings or a capo, and I had a pleasant time getting to know them as well. drank some shine with them too!

I spent a lot of time watching bands with one of my own band buddies Mr. Pat Reedy, who has a band called the Longtime Goners. He has a REALLY GOOD new album out NOW and you can find out more about it on our review HERE. I also reviewed his set at MUDDY ROOTS see, Mr. John R Miller plays bass for him. See how this is just one big circle of family? Also, I’m going to be talking about his 2019 Ameripolitan Nomination.

Now one of the things I didn’t care for was the one central spot for toilets in the back area. That was a little pressing however I can see the reason, they didn’t want septic trucks driving all over the property. That was an obvious answer to a dilemma MANY patrons were talking about, so to squelch the displeasure that is probably why they did that.

This next young lady is one I have and will be talking a lot about here toward the year’s end, Miss Belle Plaine because her new album is SOLID. You can read my partner’s review of it SOON. You can order the album if you click up there on her band site, so please do that for her.

She opened her set with “Golden Ring” which is the first single off the album out now on Spotify and all else, and had Mr. Blake Berglund playing leads for her. Her work on Mr. Colter Wall’s debut album was equally good, and I have been a fan of hers for some time now.

The song “Good Heart” is featured on her 2016 album The Unrequited Love, and was played at many of the shows I got to see her perform at.  Her other album  called Notes From A Waitress, that album brought forth the next song called “Port Angeles”.  That song is a peaceful and soft ballad with lovely piano on the record, and if features her soulful voice vividly.

The next two songs were offering from the new album called “Is It Cheating” and “Laila Sadie Johnson Wasn’t Beaten By No Train”. I CAN tell you this new album features a fine voice, and in my opinion she has truly evolved her style into a whole new echelon.

After another few good pulls of some of the many flavored moonshines available behind the stage here, on the porch I decided to rest a moment and gather my notes. To bring you the next band up today, and visit with some more friends coming and going.

I got to finally meet Mr. Jonathan Newsome for the first time today and we had a photo showdown…he won..I bow to him. I always have admired good photographers and if you know him or Miss Alexis Faye, they are two truly gifted photographers in their respected communities. I belong to no scene or family, but I am humbled to have been invited into theirs.

All the while these festivities are transpiring, My Byron went personally from group to group hugging people and thanking them for coming to his home. To his domain and to his yard to celebrate something he holds dear to his heart…music. EVERY ACT he personally chose and personally enjoyed.

This festival was carefully planned with intricate attention to detail and every aspect was attended to in a down home family type demeanor. If you weren’t convinced of the sincerity of Mr. Byron Roberts, you weren’t REALLY there. Never before have I EVER encountered a director so in love with people and spirit, and I don’t believe I ever will again.

Mr. Jeremy Short And Company I mean this cat slung one mean assed guitar around. Mr. Jeremy Short is based out of Kentucky and knows no genre really, but he knows how to pull that soul out of that axe. And with Mr. Josh Nolan on guitar (who played for about nine acts this weekend) and Mr. John Clay on drums, he broke out a damn fine set today.

“Bartender” was first from the album Lost In a Spin, which sent the crowd into a huge blistering frenzy. It was already hot as crap here with no relief from the heat until around 4 when the sun began to be hid by the trees on the side of the holler.

“Shake It Off” was one of my favorites because it was well written and genre bending in every aspect. I mean there was NO WAY to classify this music other than it was GREAT!  I didn’t catch the entire set sad to say because I was wandering so much at that time to eat.

I found some wood fired pizza that was pretty good, but the selection was only two types of topping. I think for easier storage they couldn’t offer sausage toppings or ham. The pepperoni was really not bad at all, and to be honest the prices here were all really truly reasonable.

You sort of want the food trucks to be more near the stage area to market the smell to the crowds, and I found that to be somewhat against the norm. But really in the main camping area is where everyone ate, I didn’t see the audience eating while watching music. That’s hard to call if they don’t usually do that…or it was the result of lost sales?

I had many new faces to tell about my website here this weekend, and I met many new friends, and I had some old ones that recognized me. This was a whole new world that I am engulfed in this weekend, and I’m loving every minute of this. Once again, I’m very lucky to be included in this, and this community is very friendly.

This mountain region of America is often overlooked and underappreciated, and I think politically the coal mining industry was hated by the government. I won’t indulge my politics in public…I never do, but I think that it’s not appreciated.  And I think these folks are often rudely stereotyped by others, they were some of the finest upstanding folks I ever met.

many things are going on this weekend for charities and volunteer fire departments, in fact I donated 50 at the door to someone, I think it was volunteer fire dept. This guitar was left to be signed by every act, and it was being raffled off during the show. They also were doing some things for veterans and other groups of folks here.

Mr. William Matheny was next onstage here, and he called his band the Strange Constellations, also another thing about him. The merch booth person kept correcting the public it is prnounced MATHEENIE not MATHANEY. Which I’m sure is a common mistake here, like Mr. Jack Grelle gets mispronounced.

He also had Mr. John R. Miller, and Mr. Josh Nolan playing for him today onstage, I enjoyed his beautiful version of the Bobby Bare classic “That’s How I Got To Memphis”, also I cannot begin to name how many others have recorded that song.

He played an exciting set tonight with a song called ‘Tonight And Every Night From Now On”, which isn’t on either of his albums, but I found it to be one of his better songs…just that it spoke to me. He is a true multi talented young man in many aspects of the craft.

He also included the wonderful song called “Christian Name” which was another well written song with a great melody to it. His voice complements the lyrics and makes them vivid, and when you combine that with his unique delivery you get Mr. William Matheny.

Vintage Pistol I first heard of from hanging around the folks at the Fayetteville Roots Festival in the Arkansas area. Because that’s where they hail from, indeed. And they brought the most energetic stage presence we saw all day so far, until the Wooks came up. But they have also played for my friends in Kansas City at the Westport Saloon.

Mr. Garrett August on the keyboards went absolutely CRAZY for us and his glasses flew off, we had to help him find them! This five piece band of guys went totally nuts for us. I was so busy watching this band perform I forgot to write the songs down, to be honest.

Mr. Taylor Smith- guitar, vocals, Mr. Walt Blythe- lead guitar and Mr. Jake Schaffer – drums make up this band, they had one more member I couldn’t find the name, and my email went unanswered.

The next three acts were Mr. Byron’s pride and joy acts of the day, not that ANYONE was lesser loved or wanted, but by then Mr. Byron’s voice was already giving way to going out. He was already worn out and running like a cat on a hot tin roof…his exact words.

He was still going from group to group personally welcoming all of the people he saw, and hugging EVERYBODY. Playing with kids, and I tell you what he personally went and got me a water at one time. EVERY volunteer worked tirelessly to make this a different kind of event. The fire department, Medics, security, golf cart drivers, gate keepers, ALL OF THEM went the extra mile to make this happen.

The backstage area was equally amazing, there weren’t many new friendships being made because they already knew one another. There was an intense level of mutual respect for each other here in Appalachia, and I admired every waking moment of this despite the intense heat.

Mr. Byron emceed the event with precise care, and loving words for each artist. He knew them all, and some of them he bounced on his knee as children. Some of them he knew all their lives, and was a second father to them. I relate quite well to that, if a gal is under 25 I think….man I got a daughter your age.

The big man from Lexington Mr. Justin Wells made his appearance tonight, and it’s always a treat to watch him perform. I personally love his music very much and I equally enjoy seeing him and getting to talk about things. He is currently playing some new songs in his set lists, I noticed a few new ones.

His first song was ‘The Dogs” and my favorite song called ‘Still No Rain” followed it. He will tell you he is very blessed to be able to feed his family with his music, but I tell you WE ARE the lucky ones to have him around. he does MANY positive things for humanity as well as the music community. RIGHT NOW they are all raising money for  addiction in their community. He always has kind words to lift us all up.

I noticed the Dire Strait’s cover of ‘So Far Away” from my favorite album Brothers In Arms, and he played ‘Three Quarters Gone”. I plan to catch up with him for an interview soon before he goes into the studio for his next album, and PLEASE go buy some stuff from him, to enable him to do this next record.

He just had fun up there tonight, as the sun set and night began to relieve us all of the wretched heat, I got quite settled in to my surroundings, and my camp. I haven’t slept in a tent in ages, but hotel rooms here are not existent. In fact in my 2019 article for this event I won’t even include lodging, just camp.

The last two songs I recognized were called “Going Down Grinnin” and “Another Night Lonely”. Honestly I use his music many times for uplifting me before medical procedures and other things that mentally bring you down in life, because he is a very positive influence.

This is Mr. JJ Waters who helps operate Honky Tonk Heros on Facebook, and for new bands in this area, and events you MUST GO check them out. Currently they are preparing things for their annual Christmas toy drive, for the West Virginia community.  They become involved in many if not all of the local area shows and venues, and take nothing in return for their actions. I think they deserve a lot more credit than they are given for the time and effort they put into making things happen for local music.

Magnolia Boulevard is a five piece band out of Lexington Kentucky, that I missed the last time I had an opportunity to see them. But this time I did not fail seeing them here this weekend. This band consists of Miss Maggie Noelle on vocals, Mr. Ryan Allen on keyboards, Mr. Todd Copeland on drums, Mr. John Roberts on bass and finally Mr. Greg Erwin on guitars.

Their 2018 self titled EP boasted many of the songs they played in their set tonight including songs like “Sister” and many long instrumentals within the songs. This band is extremely energetic and multi sounding within genres. You really couldn’t classify them as anything accept damn good music.

Their set began with a song called “Without You” and after many instrumentals they went into one called “Call On Me.” Miss Maggie is quite the energetic spirit up there, moving about frantically as she delivers the lyrics out.

“Smooth Sailin” was another great song on display here tonight, and as the crowd began to fill up with anticipation for the next band that I self admittedly originally didn’t like..we were treated to some truly fine musical talents here. Another good song they played was called ‘Strong Willed Woman” , and they closed their set off with the song called “Ride”.

So I’ll start this portion of the article on an honest note here, I did NOT initially care for the music of The Wooks but after about 30 spins of their debut album and seeing them LIVE, I realized how deathly wrong I was. In fact I am downright ashamed of myself for even insinuating that they stunk..

OK well they have a new album coming out in 2018 called Glory Bound, and you can pre-order it by clicking on the name over there. I’m also going put on a cover of the album here for you. The first song from their set was a Steve Earle song called “Tom Ames Prayer”, you can find it on the 1994 album called “Gringo Honeymoon” by Mr. Robert Earl Keen.

Next up was the song called “Out Of Mind” from their debut album called Little Circles, they played almost that whole album as well as a bunch of great covers like Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”, and the Road Goes On Forever. The band consists of Mr.  CJ Cain | Lead Guitar, Mr. Harry Clark | Mandolin, Mr. Arthur Hancock | Guitar, Mr. Roddy Puckett | Bass and finally Mr. George Guthrie | Banjo.

One of the highlights for me during this set was the instrumental called the “Wookie Foot Shuffle” which had us all going insane this late at night. I sat there in my chair amazed at their solidarity together and the fact that they just KNOW what the others are doing at all times. There are some lyrics to the Wookie Foot Shuffle, but it’s pretty much focused on instrumentals.

“County Girl” was another great song followed by ‘Crooked Piece Of Time”. Another great song they played was called “White Lines And Neon Signs”, which was the very first song they do I was exposed to. I just cannot apologize to this band enough for not liking them at first.

Now then they played the song called “Feeling Good Again” and in between that song and the self titled song called “Glory Bound” there was a special appearance by Laid Back Country Picker, and he gave Mr. Arthur some trademark mutton chops!  Mr. Byron put him in a full nelson rasslin hold and O’l Laid Back shaved him because his beard was not up to code.

I want to thank Mr. Byron for making me come up on the stage during this to catch it all as it transpired. I’m pretty sure it was only partially planned because the set list says that Laid Back was coming on, but not this. Everybody enjoyed the comedy of Laid Back and on my part two, I’m going to tell you about a little funny with Miss Honey.

The band resumed playing songs the likes of “Night bird” and also “Spanish Pipedream” among others, like the classic ‘Rollin In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”.  With all this going on, there was some really cool fire dancing going on side stage and other things going on. It truly was a lot to take in at once, upon many different occasions.

So in just a few days I’ll tell you all about Saturday on the Creek from the Robert’s. AND ALSO a little portion of some of what I missed, and other things that need to be told on here.

Oct 092018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Colter Wall is back with the follow up to his self titled debut full length LP.  Songs of the Plains is Colter’s love letter to his home province of Saskatchewan, Canada and the lifestyles you will find of the plainsfolk throughout.  A lot of the album is bare-bones with Colter and his guitar, but where you find instrumentation, Dave Cobb has pieced together an all star band featuring the likes of Lloyd Green on pedal steel guitar and Mickey Raphael on harmonica.  Pair them with regular players Chris Powell on drums and Jason Simpson on bass, add in a couple of special guests and you have the makings of a great sophomore record.

This record is a mix of traditional cuts and originals however you would be hard pressed to guess which are which without looking at the songwriting credits.  There are in fact only 2 cowboy traditionals and one older tune by Wilf Carter. The fact that these blend in nicely with Colter’s originals is a testament to the production of the album and Colter’s performance and song crafting abilities.

One of my favorites on the album is “Saskatchewan in 1881”.  This track has been around as Colter has been playing it live for a while.  For those familiar with the live cuts either in person or on YouTube, the recorded version does not disappoint.  This track heavily features Mickey Raphael on harmonica to provide the appropriate atmosphere for the tale weaved throughout the track.  Another favorite is “John Beyers (Camero Song)”. Colter Wall is very good at telling stories through his songs and this one is no different.  This song is about two guys feuding over a Camaro. It’s a tale of outlaw justice that needs to be heard to do it justice. It reminds me a lot of last year’s “Thirteen Silver Dollars”.

Colter does an amazing cover of the Billy Don Burns tune “Wild Dogs” which previously appeared on the Billy Don Burns album A Night In Room 8.  Colter does an amazing job with the track and I hope he gets around to doing more Billy Don Burns songs as the two have a similar vocal style and Billy’s songs fit Colter very well. I have to mention Lloyd Green’s excellent pedal steel solo on this track which adds to the western feel of the song.  Speaking of the western and plains folk motif of the album, “Night Herding Song” is one of the cowboy traditionals and this track heavily features Colter’s vocal abilities and yodeling. This track is so far the best showcase of Colter’s vocal ability and not to be missed if you love a good yodel.

I really dig the truck driving song “Thinkin’ On A Woman”.  I love songs about truckers and Colter does the tradition well with a song about a lonely truck driver who can’t stop thinking about a woman.  Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the other cowboy traditional on the album “Tying Knots In The Devil’s Tail”. This song features the vocal stylings of fellow Canadian troubadours Corb Lund and Blake Berglund.  It’s a stark contrast to the more serious “Night Herding Song” as this is a more fun affair with a faster shuffling beat.

In closing, Colter has turned in one hell of an album in Songs Of The Plains.  It continues to build on the sound he created with his Imaginary Appalachia EP and his self titled debut LP.  It helps solidify him among the greatest song crafters of our generation as he blends his original tracks with older cowboy traditionals perfectly.  He also stretches his unique vocal ability on this record and shows that he knows how to use it. Songs Of The Plains is out everywhere you can find good music on Friday October 12th, 2018.  

Favorite Tracks : Saskatchewan in 1881, John Beyers (Camaro Song), Wild Dogs, Night Herding Song, The Trains Are Gone, Thinkin’ On A Woman

Colter Wall – Song Of The Plains (2018)

  1. Plain To See Plainsman
  2. Saskatchewan in 1881
  3. John Beyers (Camaro Song)
  4. Wild Dogs
  5. Calgary Round-Up
  6. Night Herding Song
  7. Wild Bill Hickok
  8. The Trains Are Gone
  9. Thinkin’ On A Woman
  10. Tying Knots In The Devil’s Tail (Feat. Corb Lund & Blake Berglund)
Oct 052018
 

By Joshua Wallace

JP Harris is back with another album of hard hitting honky tonk songs.  This album is the first full length since his 2014 release Home Is Where The Hurt Is.  I really dug that album and have been looking forward to hearing his next proper album.

The record kicks off with a barn burner in “JP’s Florida Blues #1”.  It’s a great honky tonk track about the sticky situations you can find yourself in on the road that kicks the album off on a high note.  Another favorite is “When I Quit Drinking“. It’s a slower heartbreak ballad about what happens when you put the bottle down as opposed to the typical drinking heartbreak song.

The title track is another ballad that takes more of a sentimental and reflecting tone.  It features some really nice dobro playing in the instrumental and it adds something different to the album.  Another favorite is the track “Hard Road” which follows the slower title track with a faster honky tonk song and I particularly dig the guitar work on this one.  Finally, the album ends with “Jimmy’s Dead And Gone” which starts out as a rambling acoustic tune but quickly turns into a full band jaunt that ends the album on a fun train song.

JP Harris does not disappoint with this outing.  If you have been a fan of his previous work, especially the Home Is Where The Hurt Is album, you will dig this one.  I’m looking forward to everything JP Harris puts out and hopefully I get to see him live sometime down the road. This album is out everywhere today and you can check out where JP Harris will be on the road at his website at https://www.ilovehonkytonk.com/.  

Favorite Tracks : JP’s Florida Blues #1, When I Quit Drinking, Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing, Hard Road, Jimmy’s Dead And Gone

JP Harris – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing (2018)

  1. JP’s Florida Blues #1
  2. Lady In The Spotlight
  3. When I Quit Drinking
  4. Long Ways Back
  5. Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
  6. Hard Road
  7. I Only Drink Alone
  8. Runaway
  9. Miss Jeanne-Marie
  10. Jimmy’s Dead And Gone
Oct 042018
 

By Joshua Wallace

Josh Card is geared up for a major end to 2018 and who knows what 2019 holds.  He is about to drop an amazing new album titled With A Heavy Heart.  I have heard this record and I can tell you friends, it is a good one.  Along with the new album, Josh Card is going to be featured at the Party In The Pines Festival in White Springs, FL on the Showcase Stage.  He will be playing that festival Friday night October 19th alongside acts like Zac Brown Band, Kip Moore, The Cadillac Three and Adam Wakefield amongst others.  In this feature, we will talk to Josh Card about his new album, the Party In The Pines fest and anything else that happens to come up. Let’s get to it!

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What can you tell us about this new record?

Making this album was no easy task, or walk in the park. I’ve risked everything, sacrificed more than I could explain, and put it all on the line to make this. Therefore, I didn’t take it lightly. I put everything I have into this. Musically, emotionally, creatively, everything. It’s an honest representation of me. The songs are written from who I am and what I’ve lived. Musically, it’s a Country record, and I feel happy saying that. I wanted to write a genuine country music record, and feel that I did. The band performed at a top shelf quality and helped bring my vision to life with the songs. It’s for fans of traditionally styled country music, but has the energy and honesty that I think any music fan can appreciate. I didn’t approach it with a mold. I had a vision but allowed it to naturally develop in the studio without trying to push it to be any expected thing. I’m very proud of what we made and can’t wait for the world to hear it.

How did working with Dean Miller come about?

I was familiar with Dean from some work he has done in the past, and obviously because of his father. Roger Miller was such an incredible talent, so I knew there was no way he didn’t inherit some of his Dad’s musical gift. Then he more recently produced an album for my buddy Dallas Moore and I thought he did a great job with him, so I reached out to Dallas and asked him how the experience was and he had nothing but great things to say about Dean and working with him. Dean and I started talking, and as I explained my vision and ambitions for the album, we just clicked. He totally understood every single thing that I had to say, and was on board completely. He was able to see my vision. It was a great experience start to finish, I can’t say enough great things about Dean as a professional, producer, and person. Getting to hear stories about growing up around all my musical heroes was the cherry on top too!

Tell me about the song “Forgotten Love” on the album.

Forgotten Love is the most sentimental song I’ve written thus far in my career. My grandmother suffered from severe dementia as a result of loss of oxygen to the brain after a massive heart attack. It progressed more and more until we she no longer knew who we were. She would come back time to time, but most of the time her family were strangers to her. Earlier this year was my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, and I called my grandfather to wish them happy anniversary, and I could hear his sadness as he said she didn’t know him that day. I got off the phone and wrote this song. We made a video for the song in hopes of raising awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, and the video told the story of what my grandparents went through along with so many others that suffer from it. My grandmother passed this August, so I’m thankful the song and video got done to carry on in her honor.   


You cover a Neil Young song “Unknown Legend” from his 1992 album Harvest Moon.  What does that track mean to you and how did the cover come about?

My attraction to music comes mostly from two things: lyrical content and the feeling and emotion of a song. Those two things do more for me than any technicality or  impressive playing in a song can. That’s what this song is all about for me, the feeling. This song makes me feel like I’m in a 77 Chevy shorty van, cruising down a Texas highway with the windows down, with one hand flowing in the wind, while a dream catcher dances from the rear view mirror, having no real destination. It’s a great story too about a free living woman progressing through life. It’s an incredible song, I just hope I did it justice with my countrified version of it.


I think we’re both looking forward to the Party In The Pines festival in White Springs, FL later this month, what does appearing on the showcase stage there mean to you?

I was pretty damn excited when I got asked to play on this year’s Party In The Pines festival, as it’s close to my hometown of Jacksonville, FL. I was somewhat surprised by being asked to play, as my music doesn’t really fit in with their line up if mostly commercial, radio country, but that’s part of the appeal to me. I’m hoping maybe some unsuspecting people will be there for the bigger names and hear us and say “Damn, that sounds like country music, I didn’t know people still played that.” Maybe we’ll turn some folks on to the movement of independent artists playing more traditional styles Country music that wouldn’t otherwise know about it. At least that’s what I’m hoping.

What is your favorite song on the record to play live?

That’s a tough one. They each have their own things that I love about singing them. Narrowing it down to one song, though, I suppose it would be Choice To Make. It’s a fun honky Tonk song. Dancin’ folks can cut a rug to it, it’s fun to play guitar on, and it’s kinda my story of chasing this dream I’ve had my entire life. That could change as we progress and start playing more of the new songs as the album comes out, we’ll see.

Any last comments before we wrap things up?

All I can really say is Thank You to every person that has come to a show, bought a shirt or record, taken a picture, sang along to a song, told a friend about me, and helped keep us out on the road. You’re what makes this all possible. I’ve been so grateful for the continued support and as long as people show up I’ll keep coming to your town. That’s what keeps music alive. Not the radio, not the streams, not the awards shows, but the shows. There are a ton of incredible independent artists like myself, putting in the miles and hard work to do this, and we couldn’t do it without you. So, thank you.

There you have it folks, our time with Josh Card is done.  We will be reviewing his new record With A Heavy Heart soon and we will be checking in with him again at the Party In The Pines Festival.  If you would like to pre-order Josh Card’s new album go to his website at https://www.joshcardmusic.com/ and don’t forget to check out the tour dates while you are there.  If you’re interested in the Party In the Pines Festival check out https://partyinthepines.com/ where they have 2 day passes still available and you can even get single day VIP passes to see Josh Card on Friday night.  We will have full coverage of this festival later this month so stay tuned!

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