2019 Music Festivals NATIONWIDE: Master Musicians Festival.

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Dec 112018


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

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

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Willie Nelson

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


Festival Location

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

Festival Information


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

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

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

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

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

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

Courtyard by Marriott Somerset

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel · 233 Parkers Mill Way
Villager Resort Cottages

Resort · 86 Villager Resort Dr
Woodson Bend Resort

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

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

Motel · 1475 KY-80
Lake Cumberland Resort

Forest retreat with cabins & lake access
Lake Cumberland Resort

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

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

The Nashville Palace Presents Mr. Gene Watson And More.

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Dec 102018

Right now is my second busiest time of the year with my TOP 50 list brewing in my mind as I pontificate my choices for that huge task, along with many of my usual festivals I cover turning in their lineups for 2019. This website is choked full of those festivals nationwide with COMPLETE info you will require to fully enjoy the lineup you choose.

There are so many exciting shows to attend all over Tennessee and Kentucky, and other states as well, and it’s difficult to keep track of them all but we think we do a pretty good job on our complete list. This list updates twice a week and you can find it RIGHT HERE!

A few weeks ago, I went down to the good ol’ Nashville Palace for some familiar friends and some Legends of Country Music as well. It’s always enjoyable to catch a show at the Palace, I love that area more than downtown for the easy parking, also I think the food is better. I would choose John A’s over Jason Aldean’s bee bop emporium ANYDAY!

First up tonight was a name that this website has covered many years ago at Outlaw Fest in 2014, and that name is Mr Kyle Wilson who at that time was solo.This period I met him was directly after the untimely death of Mr. Wayne Mills, who Mr. Kyle played lead guitar for.

Mr. Chad was in Nashville enjoying his own success on his own record deal, before the two brothers collaborated on ten truly fine songs to make up their current Wilson Brothers Band project, with a self titled album.

The Wilson Brothers Band features some truly fine harmonies, and one can easily ascertain they are brothers because lyrically one brother KNOWS where the other one is at all times. This band is debuting on CMT on high acclaim by viewers, and is targeting a more mainstream direction while still maintaining a more traditional sound. Make NO mistake even though it is more radio friendly than other bands I feature on here, there is no be bop bullshit or sparklebritches.

They opened their acoustic set with just the two brothers (note: there is a whole band). But I’ll tell you what, they are solid together vocally. “Permission To Be Me” was first, which was an uplifting song to me, that talks about finding a good spot to relax and be yourself no matter what. MY HOME is that place, it has my eclectic collection of music in all forms, and I face NO criticism…I get it guys…I do.

“It All Looks Good From Here” is the song that is being played on CMT now, and I myself wasn’t grabbed by this song as much as I was the others. That does NOT MEAN it was a bad song, It just didn’t speak to me like others. However their harmonies on this song are exceptionally precise, and their delivery was equally powerful.

The next song they played was called ‘The Coast Is Clear”, which was one of Mr. Kyle’s solo songs from his 2013 album Let The Time Pass. There is also a 2016 album called Look at Me Now.

“Everybody Knows” was another upbeat song that featured exquisite harmonies from the brothers, and was followed by a heavy rocking song called “Loving You Loving Me”. This song featured a video and I’ll embed this video, please go up and click on their band website to purchase their music.

Their strongest song that garnered a bunch of crowd response was called “Alabama Will”. It basically boasts about their home of Alabama, and if you don’t love their music there is a town in Alabama that will!  You know bragging about being from Alabama has become stale in the local music scene, but the direction they take the subject made it quite fun.

This new album was produced by Mr. Chris Rowe and released in early November, and was a GREAT addition to the honorable mentions of 2018 this year! I was really impressed with the new mission that Mr. Kyle has found, and I wish the band a LOT of success on the road. I got to talk with Mr. Chad who was a truly nice fellow, he even took my CD and got it signed, that made me feel appreciated as a fan. Just because I do this for media I BUY CD’s and Vinyls, I BUY merch just like I IMPLORE you too, as my reader.

Mr. Dallas Moore was next up, whom is NO stranger to my website nor is he a stranger to my TOP 50 of the year lists. I try to get out and see him any time he is in town, and tonight he played with Mr. Lucky Chuck on guitar and Mr. Mike on harmonica. Afterwards they played a full band show at the next bar over also owned by the Palace.

He started with some old tunes from his 2008 album as he played “Rollin On” from the album Can’t Tame A Wildcat, and followed it with “Hank To Thank” from Tales From A Road King.

One thing I thoroughly enjoy about Mr. Dallas is the songs he selects to play as cover songs. I mean how many people can blatantly point out he sang “Della And The Dealer”, which is a Hoyt Axton song that reached number 17 only. In 1979 he had it on his album called Rusty Old Halo, and it garnered more success in the UK than it did in America.

His next three songs were from his 2018 offering called Mr. Honky tonk, which was out on Sol Records. Although “Mr. Honky Tonk” is an older song he re recorded it in a different fashion this time around. ‘Home Is Where The Highway Is”was one inspired by his wife.

“Somewhere Between Bridges” was his last song from the new album, as he played ” Up On That Mountain” which I believe was wrote about Altamont where I first met Mr. Dallas. That was a cold, cold weekend. He also covered ‘I’m Gonna Live Forever”.

River Dan was next and believe you me I was BLOWN AWAY by this band here. His vocal delivery of the songs were completely different than the rest, and it was gritty and hardcore. Right upon his release of his new album called Baby Blues in September, he is armed with an arsenal of new Honky Tonk songs that bring out the wild in anyone.

However he began from his first album called Substance Abuse And A Woman On the Loose, which grabbed my attention right away. The opening song called ‘The whiskey” did not, I’m tired of songs called Whiskey, HOWEVER what followed blew my mind. Being a forklift driver for a job, that line made me smile.

“Mr. Can’t Do Right” was one of the feature songs from his new album, which conveyed a very relatable subject for an oddball like me, but one of the songs that stuck out to me was one called “Cowboy Music” which took me back to my childhood.

“She Don’t Love Me Anymore” was a poignant song about loosing a loved one, in fact both of his albums are full of more darkness than your most depressed state you have ever had. They are full of crutches like dope addiction with songs like “Stay Stoned”. This band live will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, and I’m amazed he isn’t covered by more media sources.

We all came to see the man and the Legend himself Mr. Gene Watson. His fifty year career spans over thirty six albums, twenty three top ten hits, and seventy six charted singles. He is one of the few Legends left in perfect health, and he sounds SO PRETTY folks!

He opened with “Raisin Cain In Texas” which was originally released on the Capitol Records era in 1980, and the album was called “No One Will Ever Know”. Followed by his first charting hit from 1974 also from Capitol called “Love In The Hot Afternoon” from the album of the same name, respectively.

As he belted out hit after hit like “Too Much Tequila” and “Paper Rosie” from 1977, he once again proved all he needed to do was stand on one spot and JUST SING…he doesn’t have to jump around and blow stuff up to gain attention. I mean let’s face it with a top notch band like his who needs anything fancy?

From the “Little By Little” album we heard “Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget”, and he followed that up with a Johnny Russell song from the next album Mr. Gene recorded in 1984 called “Got No reason Now For Going Home”. That album was called “Heartaches And Love And Stuff”.

Respectively from 1979 we had the song “Should I Go Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)” followed by the 1980 hit song “Nothing Sure Looked Good On You”.  Also included in tonight’s set was the Mr. Bill Anderson penned hit called “When A Man Can’t Get A Woman Off His Mind”, also sung by many others.

He sung the Hank Cochran beloved hit called ‘Make The World Go Away”, along with the 1979 “Pick The Wildwood Flower”. He closed his set with the Dallas Frazier hit “Fourteen Karat Mind”, and the ever popular “Farewell Party” that included some mighty fine steel guitar work from Mr. Robbie Primm.

I look forward to many many more years of beautiful simple Country Music from this juggernaut of traditional Country music greatness! ALSO Let’s get this fine man into the Hall Of Fame in 2019 shall we?…..Does he not deserve this accolade?…YES, YES HE DOES!



Album Feature – Josh Morningstar – The Plea

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Dec 082018

By Joshua Wallace

Josh Morningstar is back with the follow-up to 2017’s release Whole Lotta Crazy and it’s titled The Plea.  This seven track album is his first release for Young Mary Records which also features the likes of Colter Wall and Ian Noe among it’s growing roster of talent.  This album is not only a good record, it’s one of Morningstar’s best all around. Let’s dive into some of the tracks on this album.

The record kicks off with a great ode to the legendary rock n roller Jerry Lee.  The lyrics of “Jerry Lee” remind me of the episodes of his episode of the HBO series Tales From The Tour Bus.  He was a wild, wild man for sure and this song puts it all out there. Up next is Josh’s version of the song he wrote that ended up being recorded by Cody Jinks.  This version of “Must Be The Whiskey” is more stripped back and rootsy with a fiddle and a banjo taking center stage over Cody Jink’s full band production of the track.  I like this arrangement the song over the Jinks version as it allows the melody to breath more and become a more somber version of the track.

Another favorite on the album is “The Plea”.  I really dig the pedal steel work on this track by Patrick Lyons.  This track finds the narrator pleading to every known avenue to forgiveness from his mother to his lover and even to the Lord for protection from the devil.  I really dig the imagery in this track and it’s a good bit of song writing from Josh. Finally, the album ends with “Sellout” which is a great track that explores the seedy underbelly of the music business where one night you can sell out a venue and the next you’re selling on the street doing anything to make ends meet.  It’s a great track to close out an overall great record.

Josh Morningstar’s The Plea is a great record and I highly recommend you check it out.  It’s a great addition to the Young Mary Records catalog of releases. While I’m sure it will end up everywhere eventually, the only place to buy it now is on Josh Morningstar’s website or at shows.  So do yourself a favor and get out to a show and get this record. I highly recommend it if you’re already a Josh Morningstar fan or a fan of good country music in general.

Favorite Tracks : Jerry Lee, Must Be The Whiskey, The Plea, Pulling Weeds, Sellout

Josh Morningstar – The Plea (2018)

  1. Jerry Lee
  2. Must Be The Whiskey
  3. The Plea
  4. Wishing Well
  5. Damn These Birds
  6. Pulling Weeds
  7. Sellout

My Buddy Mr. Boo Ray Has Made A Holiday Playlist!

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Dec 082018

We have a holiday-themed takeover from Nashville alt-country/outlaw artist Boo Ray, who is gearing up to release his latest LP Tennessee Alabama Fireworks (due Feb 15).

Elizabeth Cook – “All Strung Out Like Christmas Lights”
Dwight Yoakam – “Santa Can’t Say”
Merle Haggard – “If We Make It Through December”
Erin Enderlin – “Cowboy Christmas”
John Prine – “Everything Is Cool”
JD McPherson – “All The Gifts I Need”
Johnny Cash – “Opening Dialogue”
The Band- “Christmas Must Be Tonight”
Little Feet- “Six Feet Of Snow”
Lindi Ortega- “Blue Christmas”
The Mavericks- “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).
Dale Watson- “Santa And My Semi”

Notes from Mr. Boo Ray:

“All Strung Out Like Christmas Lights” Because Elizabeth Cook is the coolest.

 “Santa Can’t Stay” I love the line “he threw a present really hard and almost hit mama’s new boyfriend Ray”. This song’s full  of Yoakam’s signature rockabilly vocal licks too, which I love. That 80’s production will complement any Christmas sweater, from the gaudiest candy-cane/snowman applique to the homeliest moth eaten Uncle Fester pea-green cardigan.

“If We Make It Through December” Since I was a kid I’ve always liked how contemporary and musical Merle Haggard’s arrangements and songs are. There’s a singer songwriter quality to the Hag and an entire virtuoso ensemble sound akin to the way James Taylor, Leland Sklar and Jim Keltner made music sound.

“Cowboy Christmas” Cowboy songs have some specific criteria for me. The language, vernacular and meter have to be just right. I heard a Tommy Lee Jones interview where said the language of Cormack McCarthy’s characters is perfect. Erin’s Line “Barb wire and fence posts like garland on trees” gets right to me.

 “Everything Is Cool” John Prine’s meter is kind of like what Brandlford Marsalis said about Louis Armstrong’s minimalist trumpet playing, “There’s a whole lot of information in those couple of notes.” “I was walking down the road… man” is so plain t’s actually funny” almost like a Steven Wright bit. In contrast, the next verse “I saw a hundred thousand black birds just a flying through the sky- they seem to form a teardrop from a black-haired angel’s eye” is brooding poet/ bleeding heart romantic territory.  I love that Prine covers those two nearly opposite poles of perspective with complete dexterity.

 “All The Gifts I Need” Great sounding recording. I dig JD’s songs and style, the way his vocal melody rides on Jason Smay’s drum beat is a thing for sure. The songs got a smart lighthearted spirit to it.

Family Christmas “Opening Dialogue” The first thing that really got to me about Johnny Cash was that antique automotive/farm equipment machine sound that he made with his band, seeming to emulate the sound of V-8 motors, tractors, horses hooves, and the click clack of trains. It’s powerful, clever, creative, real singer/songwriter sounding, intricate and simple at the same time. Then I got into his rockabilly look and wearing all black. But it’s always really been about the sound of his voice and his story telling. Even as a kid I’d watch that gospel series he filmed in Jerusalem because I just liked the sound of his voice and listening to the way he’d spin a yarn.

 The Band “Christmas Must Be Tonight” Rick Danko’s bass sound just slays me. It’s the deadest, most flatulent sounding thing ever. I’m damned crazy about it. I dig Danko’s vocal on the verse a bunch and I love how Levon’s accent and tone jump out on “how a little baby boy”… Yeah man this is a perfect ramblin’, good stiff eggnog of a song. Cheers!!!

 “Six Feet Of Snow” It’d makes sense to me if someone called Lowell George a musical humorist. His subtle, clever impish wit is my favorite. The honk, and twang of the guitars on this track are funny as hell to me. It’s absurd and wonderful because of it, and Lowell leans into it too with lines like “It’s raining in stilettos from here clear down to Mexico”. Maybe if you could trace the DNA of a particular kind of humor Lowell George and Billy Gibbon might be kin.

“Blue Christmas” The 6th tuned lap steel/dobro can’t help but suggest the Hawaiian pacific sound. And who doesn’t want to wallow in the extra bitter sweetness on another holiday not spent on a deserted island with Lindi Ortega. Can you imagine what she’d look like wearing coconuts and palm leaves? For real though, Lindi Ortega’s Christmas album “Tennessee Christmas” is a blast.

 “Baby Please Come Home” I’m crazy about The Mavericks and think they’re on fire right now musically. Raul sings with a belting cheers and the Christmas bells and sleigh bells through the whole song deliver a fully manic holiday experience. Their whole Christmas album is a must have.

 “Santa And My Semi” Yep, lets finish off this playlist with a swanky texas sounding Dale Watson number. I dig when certain Texas singers have a particular kind of crooning voice and the way their accent sounds real Trucker. Merry Christmas and shiny side up to all the truckers out there working in to.

Boo Ray – Tennessee Alabama Fireworks (February 15th)
Black mirrors and social feeds have damaged our ability to connect on a deeply meaningful level. Alt-country/outlaw guitar-slinger Boo Ray delves deeply into the dire state of communication in the modern world with his new record, Tennessee Alabama Fireworks. The album plays like a southern gothic noir, and in his own words, explores the “nitty-gritty, guts and ugly parts of the human experience today.” These songs creep into the brain with his most poignant lyrics to-date. Boo Ray is every bit a hard-boiled poet as many of the pioneers that came before him, from the likes of Tony Joe White, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Reed.
Boo Ray fervently draws upon the situations and hurdles that make the world such a difficult environment to navigate these days. Continuing the dialogue from 2016’s Sea Of LightsBoo Ray dives head first into even more vulnerable territory as he wrangles themes of heartache, reopened wounds, loneliness and swallowing his pride. With “A Tune You Can Whistle,” a raucous honky-tonk boogie that is as sincere and hopeful as it is macabre and melancholic, he laments about “one nation under the influence” of computer screens that have cast our humanity into a shroud of anxiety and detachment. Always self-effacing Boo Ray confesses in the middle-8 “If the pain of the pain wasn’t worse than the pain of the change, not a single damned thing’d be different I’d still be the same.”
“She Wrote the Song” surveys the scene at ground zero, just after impact as Boo Ray sings about true love mangled by miscommunication, dysfunction and addiction. Boo Ray’s strong unique voice carries with it a warmth and wisdom you trust and believe. “Don’t Look Back” is a reeling road song contrasting a weariness from, and an insatiable love for the highway. Boo Ray conjures cinematic southern gothic imagery when he sings, “Ragtop Eldorado floatin’ down the road / Moon lights up the bayou like a dance floor at a disco.”
Tennessee Alabama Fireworks was tracked live to tape over five days at Nashville’s Welcome to 1979 Studio, which has recently seen the likes of Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Jason Isbell and many more capturing their sounds within. “Making a record at Welcome To 1979 was a real powerful creative experience,” says Boo Ray. Producer Noah Shain, whose pedigree includes work with fellow outlaws Nikki Lane, Nico Vega, Dead Sara and Badflower, among many others, captures Boo Ray’s full-band storytelling style as vivid cinematic soundscapes that hit right at the heart and pull no punches.
Boo Ray grew up in the mountains a couple of hours west of Asheville, North Carolina, where he began songwriting at twelve years old, learned to play the guitar at fifteen and put a band together at sixteen, playing clubs around the region. In 2005, Boo Ray wandered from Athens, Georgia, out to Los Angeles, where he spent a few years working with a slew of west coast musicians before he was picked up by a bondsman and hauled back down south. In a little bit of a tough spot and needing a ten dollar item to hustle, he slapped together the ten best tracks he had for his first album. With the help of Steve Ferrone, Noah Shain, Paul Ill, Monica Ewing and Producer John “Q” Keggler he released 2010’s Bad News Travels Fast out of a halfway house.
Having learned what a one-sheet was from Hollywood actors & models on the west coast, he shipped 100 promos stuffed with CDs, one-sheets and Moon Pies as his first official Americana Music Association Radio Campaign. As a result of Boo Ray’s amazing songs and his tireless work ethic, his record reached the top 50 and stayed in the Top 100 of the Americana Chart and the Top 40 of the Roots Music Report for an entire year.
His first Nashville record, Six Weeks in a Motel followed in 2012 and gained enough attention to lead to a successful publishing deal, plus the recording and release of Sea Of Lights.
In addition to his music, Boo Ray spends some of his free time doing custom leather work, making hand tooled guitar straps and belts for his guitar picker pals, truckers, bikers, cowboys and rock & rollers. His customers have included Johnny Knoxville, Juliette Lewis, Billy Gibbons, and other household names.
Upon returning from tour earlier this year, Boo Ray went straight into the studio with his band to lay down his next record. His creativity hit on all cylinders, and Tennessee Alabama Fireworks was born out of a deep searching desire to address some grim realities of today’s world and it’s constantly-disconnected relationships. The album shifts between joyous, zen-like optimism (“Don’t Look Back”) and devastating critical care situations (“Outrun the Wind”) that can only come from living life and learning to navigate dark waters. Even considering such hard, inescapable truths, Boo Ray eyes a future full of hope and promise with craftsmanship that is built to last.
Boo Ray has been an official endorser of Olathe Boots since 2010 and has a new shirt line coming soon with Western Ranchwear H BAR C.

2019 Music Festivals NATIONWIDE: The Nashville Boogie.

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Dec 082018

Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
High Water festival
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival
The Nashville Boogie

Oh hey, and we booked THE B-52’s for the Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender!! We’re going to make it how it used to be when they started out. That’s going to be one huge dance floor. This is going to be a party, not a concert. And just wait til you find out who is opening for them. We’ll announce that December 17th.
This is the big Sunday headliner for the indoor festival we host at the Opryland Resort. Folks can buy one day passes just to this show or weekend passes to the entire event. There will be attractions at both Opryland and the Nashville Palace all weekend.
Many bands and DJs have been announced with more to come!

So folks I’ll be honest I have to contact Mr. Jason and ask him what the room situation looks like for the Opryland Hotel but here is a list of local hotels in the area for your help. NOW Tomorrow I’ll be in town for some various other reasons and I’ll be researching the area for other venue deals.
NOW MIND YOU some of it will be taking place at the Nashville Palace AND at the Opryland Hotel almost at the same time, ALL THESE SHOWS are included in your one ticket price for the WEEKEND PRICE, you CAN BUY single day tickets, ok?

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

Miss Sunny Sweeney’s Dysfunctional Family Christmas.

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Dec 022018


Dysfunctional Family Christmas (Huntsville)

I have had a truly GREAT YEAR with my friend Miss Sunny Sweeney, last year her fourth album Trophy graced my TOP 50 OF 2017. I also got to cover some of her shows in Bowling Green Ky and Nashville Tennessee.

I discovered her on MySpace upon her first album called Heart breaker’s Hall Of Fame, but now she only performs one or two songs from that album. However she still puts on ONE HELL of a live show, in previous years she played what she called “Hard Candy Christmas”.

Now, I’ll be honest I’m not sure of this show will be acoustic only, or full band..but who cares? MANY of these shows are already sold out, so buy your tickets NOW! Also Mr. Ward Davis and Miss Bri Bagwell both have new albums out, so go pick those up too!

Sunny Sweeney
Brennen Leigh
Ward Davis

Sunny Sweeney
Brennen Leigh
Tennessee Jet

Sunny Sweeney
Brennen Leigh
Bri Bagwell

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Dec 2 – Fort Worth, TX
Magnolia Motor Lounge

Dec 21 – Austin, TX

Dec 11 – St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway

Dec 3 – OKC, OK
The Blue Door

Dec 20 – The Woodlands, TX
Dosey Doe – Big Barn

** Sunny Sweeney and Brennen Leigh Only **


Dec 12 – Memphis, TN
Hi-Tone Cafe

Dec 4 – Tulsa, OK
The Shrine

Dec 13 – Nashville, TN
3rd and Lindsley

Dec 5 – Chicago, IL
Bub City

Dec 14 – Huntsville, AL
Sidetracks Bar and Grill

Dec 7 – Minneapolis, MN

Dec 15 – Decatur, GA
Eddie’s Attic

Dec 8 – Waterloo, NE
Buck’s Bar and Grill

Dec 16 – Decatur, TX
Eddie’s Attic

Dec 9 – Waterloo, NE
Buck’s Bar and Grill

Dec 18 – Kenney, TX
The Kenney Store

Dec 19 – Kenney, TX
The Kenney Store

2019 Music Festivals: Nelsonville Music Festival.

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Dec 022018

Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
High Water festival
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival

As you know my friends I am watching MANY festivals with eagle eye precision, and this is one of them. I’ll have A TON of info coming SOON on this event.

Join us June 6-9, 2019 for the 15th annual Nelsonville Music Festival presented by Stuart’s Opera House and get your EARLYBIRD TICKETS, THEY ARE ON SALE NOW!This is the cheapest tickets will be, you can click here to get your weekend passes to the best 4 days of the year! Camping, motorhome spots, and more are also available.
Lineup announcements are coming soon, but get your passes right now and save some money. And they make great gifts for the holidays too.
Since NMF is turning 15 next year and we decided to celebrate early by keeping our Earlybird ticket prices (and camping, motorhome, and VIP) the same price as 2018. We hope to see you at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College on June 6-9, 2019!

East of Cincinnati Ohio off Hwy 70 The Nelsonville Music Festival is held at Robbins Crossing
historic village on the campus of Hocking College. Hocking College is located at:

3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764

I’ll post some information from their website..
– Raingear (no umbrellas)
– Clothing with a hood
– Extra pair of shoes/sneakers
– Blanket for seating
– Sunscreen
– A hat
– A bandanna
– Sunglasses
– Aluminum or stainless steel containers for water
– Camera WITHOUT a detachable lens
– Extra set of keys to keep with you at all times (Avoid keeping keys in your car!)
– Vehicle Key Code (this will cut down on the time it takes for the locksmith to duplicate your key if you lose it)

If you’re camping, also bring:
– Biodegradable plastic bags for trash
– Extra toilet paper (just in case)
– Lantern/Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
– Portable radio
– Flag or balloon to identify your campsite
– Small luggage lock for your tent (please don’t bring any valuables – if you must, keep them locked in your vehicle out of view)
– Phosphate and sulfate free soaps detergents and shampoos

– No weapons of any kind
– No fireworks
– No illegal substances
– No vending will be allowed
– No bicycles or scooters or personal motorized vehicles will be permitted into the festival grounds.
– No glass containers of any kind! All glass containers will be confiscated upon entry to the festival.
-NO PETS! Pets will be picked up and placed with the local humane society. Please use the local kennels if you are traveling with your pet. If a pet is found in the car you will be turned away -regardless how long you have waited in line or if you have wristband or not. Service animals, trained to assist an individual with a disability, are allowed, of course

– Drinking water on the festival grounds
– Medical assistance
– Handwash stations
– Showers (on a limited basis)
– Portable toilets with toilet paper and hand sanitizer
– Vendors will be selling a variety of foods, beverages, and snacks

– Factory sealed bottled water (non-glass containers)
– Empty water bottles (non-glass containers)
– Non-framed backpacks (they will be subject to inspection at the gate)
– Blankets

– No glass or cans
– No food or drinks – other than factory sealed water bottles and small snacks
– Please note that absolutely no glass containers will be allowed into the event. All glass containers will be confiscated upon entry to the festival and no exceptions will be made.


The 11th annual Nelsonville Music Festival will take place Thursday, May 28 – Sunday, May 31, 2015 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College.

Where is the closest airport to the venue?
The Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is about an hour by car and an hour and forty minutes by bus.

Will you be providing any shuttles to/from the airports?
No, but the Go Bus leaves Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) twice a day. You want to disembark at the Nelsonville Hocking College Bookstore stop.

Where is the closest bus station to the event?
The Go Bus stops at the Nelsonville Hocking College Bookstore stop.

What is your re-entry policy?
Vehicles are permitted to leave and re-enter the site.

Can I leave on foot and return?
Patrons will be allowed to leave and re-enter the event grounds on foot at their leisure while the gates are open.

If I am staying off site, can I leave and come back?

Does the festival off-set its consumption?
The Festival offsets a portion of its carbon footprint.

What do vendors on-site do to help?
Concession food is required to be served with biodegradable wraps, plates, cups, and cutlery manufactured from a renewable resource. We encourage food vendors to source their produce and meat from local farmers.

Can I bring my kids? Do they have to pay?
We love kids! The more, the better. That’s why all children under 12 and under are free (when accompanied by an adult with a ticket)! Children 13 and older will be required to have a ticket and are eligible for a discounted ticket when purchased with adult tickets, please bring legal proof of age to the festival along with your teen.

Will you send my tickets to me?
Yes, for a $2 fee. E-tickets are offered free of charge. There will be no will call this year.

Will tickets be available for purchase at the front gate?
If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. Prices will be higher, though, so buy now!

Can you tell me where I can check the status of my ticket(s)?
For customer service, contact Ellie via e-mail at tickets@nelsonvillefest.org

Can I get a day pass?
Yes, they go on sale by April 1, 2015. But a four-day pass is cheaper on a per-day basis.

Will the entrance to the campgrounds be open 24 hours?
No. Campground closes to vehicular traffic an hour after the last band finishes and opens as soon as our camping coordinator’s kids wake him up in the morning. You can get in and out on foot at any time.

What will you be providing at the campgrounds?
There will be portable toilets and hand wash stations. Make sure you bring drinking water with you! Ice and firewood and other sundry items will be available at the main camping gate. A vendor or two will be selling food, beverages and snacks in the campground as well as in the festival grounds. Access to ATMs is very limited, so we recommend that you bring enough cash for your stay. Please bring enough money for any additional expenses you may have.

What emergency services will be available on site? What should I do if I need emergency assistance (medical, police, towing, locksmith, etc.)?
There will be emergency medical personnel and security personnel onsite around the clock. If you need EMERGENCY medical or police attention, call 911 and tell the dispatcher you’re at the Nelsonville Music Festival, find a uniformed officer, staff person, go to the admissions tent, or medical tent.

Where should I go if I lose my keys, my wallet or my friends?
Lost and found will be located at the admission tent at the main entrance. If you lose something, or someone, check there. If it or they are not there the first time, check again later. If you find something that needs to be returned to its owner, please drop it off there. It is a good idea to bring an extra set of keys. Obtain your key code before you leave home and bring it with you. This will cut down on the time it takes for the locksmith to duplicate your key if you lose it.

What will I be allowed to bring into the campgrounds?
You can bring coolers with a consumable amount of provisions into the camping area; however, they cannot be brought into the festival grounds. Small grills and camping stoves will be allowed and fires within fire rings (not provided-bring one!). No kegs, no funeral pyres, no 55-gallon drums!

PLEASE follow these instructions if you are planning on using a grill. You can use gas/propane fuel sources, charcoal, or firewood bought onsite(cheap!), but scavenging for wood on-site or bringing in outside firewood will NOT be permitted (we have an Emerald Ash Borer problem). No more than 40 pounds of charcoal per grill per car will be allowed. The fire must be entirely contained. Air quality is a concern. Please keep the fires as small as possible and extinguish them as soon as you are finished. When you are done cooking with charcoal, put it out with water before going into the show or going to sleep or leaving your camp, rather than letting it burn out over time. In any case, DO NOT DUMP COALS ON THE GROUND (ever) or in the trash until they are entirely cool. After the coals are COMPLETELY DEAD, dispose of them properly as garbage.

What are the restrictions on bringing alcohol?
Our alcohol and beverage policy in the campgrounds are as follows: no glass containers whatsoever are allowed into the campgrounds or concert areas. Furthermore, no kegs are allowed into the festival either. We will seize ALL ‘excessive’ amounts of alcohol. “Excessive” means more than 2 cases of beer per person per car, 1 1.75 liter of hard liquor per person per car, and 2 boxes of wine per person (i.e. amounts that are clearly for sale). No outside alcohol is allowed onto the festival grounds.

Will there be a quiet camping area for families and such?
Yes, there will be a quiet camping area for families and such.

Will small campfires be allowed in the camping areas?
Yes, if kept contained within a fire ring. Bring one with you, we don’t have any! You will be asked to extinguish any fire not properly contained.

Will there be any electricity in the camping area?
In the RV camping area there is electricity but not in tent/primitive camping. NO GENERATORS ARE ALLOWED IN CAMPGROUND.

Are service animals allowed in the campsite?
Service animals that are trained to assist an individual with a disability are allowed. Other types of animals and pets are NOT allowed.

Is there cell phone service available throughout the festival grounds?
Yes, although due to expected high calling volume, service may not be consistent.

Can I set up a large pavilion tent?
There will be no pavilion tents allowed.

Will pets be allowed in the venue / campground?

Where will we be camping / parking? Can we to camp next to our cars?
Camping space will be provided in front of or behind each vehicle. Each vehicle will have a camping area of approximately 10 feet by the width of your car. You will not be able to save spots. If you plan on parking/camping with your party you must arrive together.

What’s considered an RV?
An RV is defined as any vehicle larger either in length, width or height than a normal 15 passenger van. This includes all towed campers, pop up campers, motor homes, and as well as buses and all other oversized vehicles that will fit inside a 20’ X 50’ spot. This does not include vans (i.e. VW vans) smaller than any 15-passenger van.

Can my friends park their cars next to my RV?
If you can fit it in the spot, go for it.

Can I buy a RV pass for my car or truck to enter the RV campground?
No, only RVs or other vehicles considered as RVs will be allowed to enter the RV campground. All oversized vehicles, trailers, and campers that are towed and busses are considered RV’s and must fit into a 20’ X 50’ space to be allowed in.

Can we park RVs in the same group next to one another?
Yes, as long as the RVs arrive at the same time together in line. You will not be able to reserve spaces or hold spaces for later arrivals in your group.

Where are the RV campgrounds located?
All camping is in the same campground. There is one entrance for both.

Can I park an RV in the Accessible Parking area?
Yes, you will need a RV pass and handicapped placard to access the area as well.

Will we be allowed to move our RV once it is parked?
No, all RVs must remain parked until they exit the festival for good. By moving your RV you will forfeit your spot.

Will there be any gas onsite in case we run out?
No, there will not be gas available onsite. You should be sure to fill the RV before entering.

What can I bring into the show?
Non-frame backpacks are okay. We encourage you to be prepared with sunscreen, a hat, and a water container. Please be aware that your belongings will be searched each time you enter the festival grounds, so you may wish to leave non- essential items at your camp or secure your valuables in your car to speed this process.

The following items will NOT be permitted into the festival grounds(we reserve the right to add items to this list if necessary):
Cans, bottles (other than sealed or empty clear plastic water bottles), food (with the exception of small snacks), beverages, alcohol, video recording devices, professional cameras with detachable lenses (anything other than small personal or disposable cameras), laser pens or similar focused-light devices, beach umbrellas or any other items that might impair the sight of other spectators. There is NO check-in area for prohibited items. All patrons and vendors will be subject to a search by security personnel. Please be advised that the security company, facility, promoters, and performers will not be responsible for any items confiscated during search procedures.

Can we bring water / CamelBaks into the festival grounds?
Factory sealed clear bottled water (non-glass containers) and empty water bottles will be allowed. If you are using a CamelBak, or other personal hydration system, it must be emptied before entering.

Will we be allowed to leave the show and come back?
Yes, your wristband will allow you to go back and forth between the festival grounds and the parking and camping areas during scheduled performance times.

What is the taping policy going to be?
The Nelsonville Music Festival reserves the right to prevent and forbid taping of performances.

Will cameras be allowed in the festival grounds?
Small personal and disposable cameras without additional/detachable lenses will be allowed in the festival grounds. Professional cameras will NOT be allowed.

Will chairs be allowed in the festival grounds?
Yes! We ask that you keep them in the designated areas, and the Nelsonville Music Festival is not responsible if your chair is left and gets moved.

What types of vendors will be on hand? Will they be reasonably priced?
There will be a variety of vendors in the festival grounds and the campground that will provide a variety of interesting, diverse, and reasonably priced food. For health and quality reasons, unauthorized food vendors pose a risk to festival goers. Unauthorized food vendors are not permitted and will be shut down to alleviate that risk.

What types of other vendors will be on-site?
There will be a variety of artisans and vendors selling high quality crafts, merchandise and Nelsonville Music Festival memorabilia. Each year the Nelsonville Music Festival is committed to selecting quality craft and merchandise vendors. The unauthorized sale of merchandise in the camping area is not permitted, and we are committed to ensuring a successful event for the authorized vendors of the festival.

To get info on becoming a vendor at Nelsonville 2015, please go to the contacts section of the NMF website. There, you will be able to download an application form and read all vendor related info. Applications will be accepted until all booth spaces have been filled.

Due to our happy working relationships with vendors from previous years, all food vending spots are filled.

What is the security going to be like at the festival?
Uniformed police officers will be at the main gate area and occasionally patrolling the grounds. If you have an EMERGENCY, find a staff person, go to the main gate admission tent, medical tent, or dial 911 and tell the dispatcher you are at the Nelsonville Music Festival and find the nearest identifiable landmark.

Is there anything else I should know?
Eat enough and drink enough water. Use your common sense. If it’s sunny, wear sunscreen, or you will be miserable the next day. Sunburn is no fun. Also, if you find yourself being annoyed by someone, just stay calm, be friendly, and ask them to stop or tone down whatever is bothering you and they probably will. If they don’t, please see a staff member.

Mr. Ray Stevens Announces “Christmas At CabaRay”

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Dec 022018


Starting last week Country Music Legend Ray Stevens began his Christmas shows at his newly launched entertainment complex called CabaRay. I recently reported on the opening of this event and you can read that HERE. He will be featuring multiple Christmas themed shows until December 29th.

Much like many other artists we are reporting on right now, he is decked out in Christmas garb and ready to bring in the holidays with Christmas songs and decor. Mr. Ray reportedly announced “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”.

At each show, dinner seating begins at 6:00 p.m. with the live concert following at 7:30 p.m. Ticket pricing: $99 seats include VIP seating, dinner and live show / $79 seats include dinner and show on the main dining floor / $59 seats are available in the balcony (does not include dinner).

Tickets are on-sale now at raystevenscabaray.com or by calling 615-327-4630. CabaRay is located at 5724 River Road in West Nashville.

“Christmas at CabaRay” Show Schedule:
Friday, November 23
Saturday, November 24
Friday, November 30
Saturday, December 1
Thursday, December 6
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8
Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15
Friday, December 28
Saturday, December 29

Opened to the public in January of this year, CabaRay is an homage to the producers, musicians, songwriters and artists who “made Nashville Music City,” according to Stevens. The venue’s interior is wallpapered with recording studio photos of sessions where hits like “Pretty Woman,” “El Paso,” “Ahab the Arab,” and many others were born. The showroom features six red leather banquette booths named for esteemed Nashville record producers Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Shelby Singleton, Fred Foster, Jerry Kennedy and Billy Sherrill.

CabaRay features dinner service for 500 patrons downstairs with beverage service for over 200 more upstairs in theatre-style seating. The Bill Lowery High Spirits Emporium is a true piano bar, featuring Nashville favorite John Jonethis on keys. The venue also includes a lobby gift shop, chock full of souvenirs.


Complete List Of 2018 AND 2019 Local Shows!

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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.

Wayne Hancock
Exit Inn December 9th

Kristiana Murray
Santa’s Pub December 9th

Aaron Lee Tasjan
3Rd And Lindsley December 9th

Tracey K Houston
American Legion Post 82 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

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

Rye Davis
Bourbon Barrel Tavern
Elizabethtown Ky 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

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st

The Royal Hounds
Nashville Palace December 31st

The Josephines
Spillway Bowling Green December 31st

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

Exit Inn January 5th

The Milk Carton Kids
Ryman Auditorium January 10th

Kristiana Murray
The Basement January 11th

Sean Whiting
Southgate House January 12th

Ronnie Milsap
Ryman Auditorium January 16th

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

The Lost Dog Street Band
3rd And Lindsley January 20th

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

Whiskey Myers
Cannery Ballroom January 25th

Rye Davis
Mike’s Bar And Grill Clarksville Tn January 25th, March 2nd and April 13th

Aaron Watson
the Ryman January 24th

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

James Carothers
Spillway Bar And Grill Feb 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 22nd and 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

Emi Sunshine
War Memorial Auditorium March 7th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Basement East March 8th

Infamous Stringdusters
The Great Peacock
Marathon Music Works March 29th

Rye Davis
Spillway Bar And Grill March 30th

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

Charley Pride
Carson Center Paducah Ky May 10th

New Location Announced For Podunk Bluegrass Festival.

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Dec 012018

One of the more prominent Bluegrass Festivals I cover The Podunk Bluegrass Festival, has announced a new Connecticut location for 2019. After this year’s festival their five year deal with Hebron Lions Club came to a close, and the venue informed the board of directors that music would not be hosted in august.

Some of the artist contracts and retainer fees prohibited them from moving the festival to July of 2019, and they also reportedly were not wanting to raise ire with the Grey Fox Festival in New York, which garners the same similar patrons.

The board of directors searched until they found the Goshen Fairgrounds in Goshen Ct, which actually offers more amnesties than their previous venue.  This facility hosts many other outdoor music functions, making it a suitable option for a Bluegrass festival of this magnitude.

It is located about an hour west of the original venue and has all sorts of RV hookups and wooded areas for rough camping, which is a new change for 2019. However the festival organizers will be willing to discuss a refund for those that cannot make the longer journey.

Please continue to log on to our website for ALL the best information on over 200 yearly festivals. For more information on this particular festival please click HERE.

2019 Music Festival Series: Podunk Music Festival.

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Dec 012018

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Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival



Pre-sale Prices End
November 30th
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       2019 MAIN STAGE LINEUP       
Zink And Company
Red Molly
Nothin’ Fancy

The Travelin’ McCourys

Pretty Saro
Unspoken Tradition
David Davis & The Warrior River Boys
Pretty Saro
Phil Leadbetter & The All-Stars of Bluegrass

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Gospel Sing with Mike & Mary Robinson
Bill Thibodeau Band


We will be holding all of our usual contests in 2019

The Podunk Band Competition
Sponsored by Telefunken, the Band Competition gives bands a chance to make the jump from a local or regional band to one of national recognition. It gives groups an opportunity to present to a wider audience and establish themselves as a band to be “watched and heard.”
The 2018 contestants were:
Winner & Fan Favorite
Pretty Saro

along with
Collinsville String Band, Blackjack Crossing and River Bones Band
For more information click HERE

The Voice of Podunk Kids
A singing contest for children ages 7 to 17.   This is not a bluegrass music contest. The child chooses the song and the genre. A single accompanying instrument is allowed.   A guitar player can be provided for kids who do not play an instrument.

Participants can be a solo, a duet, a trio or even a quartet. The contest will take place the morning of August 11 at the festival. Kids will perform their songs on the Workshop Stage. to sign up contact Myrna Riquier 860-455-9400 or natchaugmusic@gmail.com

Songwriting Competition
Top three winners receive cash prizes and other amenities, including the opportunity to appear on stage during this year’s festival.  Contest entry deadline is May 1.  Podunk’s competition goes through a two stage judging, first with a panel of professionals to determine the top five songs. They are then sent to three different judges for a blind listening and judging based on seven categories to determine the top three who will receive a chance to perform and receive cash prizes.
For more information click HERE

HERE is a link for a full map of the campgrounds!
From HartfordTake I-84 East towards East Hartford.Cross Connecticut River, take exit number 55, Route 2 East towards Norwich/New London.Take exit number 12 – West Road, Business Route/Marlborough.Turn LEFT onto West RoadWest Road becomes Martin Road in HebronAt end of Martin Rd. turn RIGHT onto Route 85.Lions Fairgrounds will be 1 mile on the RIGHT.
From New HavenTake I- 91 North towards Hartford.Take the exit number 18, Route 66 East towards Middletown/Portland.Follow Route 66 East to Route 85 intersection in center of Hebron.Take a LEFT onto Route 85 North.Lions Fairgrounds will be on the LEFT.
From New LondonTake Route 85 North towards Hartford.Turn LEFT onto Route 82/East Haddam Rd.Take Route 11 North towards Hartford/Colchester.Merge with Route 2 West.Take the Route 16 exit, exit number 18, towards Colchester /Middletown.Take a RIGHT onto Route 16 East.Take a LEFT onto Route 85 North.Follow Route 85 North across Route 85 and Route 66 intersection.Lions Fairgrounds will be on the LEFT.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
It is helpful to have an ID should questions arise at the ticket gate. Children 15 and under are free of charge with an adult.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is parking for 5,000 cars on the grounds. If you need assistance to get from the parking lot to the concert area please ask one of our volunteers or staff members for assistance. There are paved walkways throughout the festival grounds.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Small coolers are allowed into the festival but why bother when we have some great food vendors.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call 860-828-9818 with any questions or by email at info@podunkbluegrass.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you may update and transfer the ticket to someone else.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes you can just go to the ticket site and follow directions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes you should bring your ticket as it will speed up your entry into the festival
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds
Do you sell tickets for one day?
Yes you may purchase individual tickets at any time.
Are senior and children’s tickets the same cost as Adult tickets?
Yes tickets are all the same price. Children 15 and under are free with a paying adult.
Are picnic tables available at our site?
There are tables available for your use as a premium ticket holder. Just let the campground crew know when you pull in.
Is there a dump station?
No dump stations located on the grounds. But you can pay the port a john company directly to dump. Check with our Camping Captain for details upon arrival.
Are fires allowed?
No open fires are allowed on the grounds per the Lions and Fire Marshal.
Is there an after 7 PM Ticket Price?
Yes we have a general admission ticket for $40.00 for anyone entering after 7 PM on Friday or Saturday.

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