3/9 – Steep Canyon Rangers
3/16 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
3/23 – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
3/30 – Dailey & Vincent
4/6 – The Isaacs
4/12 – Sierra Hull
3/9 – Steep Canyon Rangers
3/16 – Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
3/23 – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
3/30 – Dailey & Vincent
4/6 – The Isaacs
4/12 – Sierra Hull
Well it’s been one hell of a crazy 2018, with this past summer being one of the first jobs I ever had to cancel when I blew that car up! I had the opportunity to cover many great new events TWO NEW festivals Master Musicians Festival and for Day 1 click HERE. I was also fortunate enough to have been invited to cover Kickin It On The Creek for day 1 click HERE.
I was invited to cover Whitey Morgan At The Ryman on his first ever headlining show there. I had fun watching him grow as a national act, and you WILL SEE his album down there on the list. I covered Muddy Roots for both days of the event HERE is day 2 of the event. I also covered the Nashville Boogie on both days you can click HERE for day 1.
Mr. Joshua Wallace and I stay in constant communication and stay working to bring YOU THE BEST in Country Music, Red Dirt, Americana (which ain’t no part of nothin) Bluegrass, Newgrass, and many other communities of music like the Appalachian community and mid west K.C. and Denver area. Also, people like Mr. Dallas Moore are booming the Ohio community wide open while maintaining a Texas presence.
Now, I let Mr. Joshua RELEASE HIS TOP 50 before I release mine,and I do NOT impose any rules on him as far as what he prints. I allow him full creativity and control. Because I’ll be honest I HAVE NOTICED how mainstream Country radio has been omitting women from it’s forefront, and why not? It’s target market is women! Well folks I want to say there were SO MANY GREAT albums from Women in 2018 I could make a TOP 50 of JUST women, but I think your palate will be well satisfied with my list…
ONE THING AS ALWAYS I want to stress is that my number 50 and number 2 means NOTHING. If you made my TOP list your album spoke to me as a person, and I LOVED IT! I eagerly listened to over 500 albums this year, and I loved them all.
1. Joshua Hedley Mr. Jukebox
Oh yes by ALL MEANS this album was NUMBER ONE of 2018 for me! I mean it really does describe this man and his extensive plethora of songs he can perform live, you CANNOT stump him on classic Country Music. He knows the melodies and lyrics WORD FOR WORD, and will perform them with flawless precision.
It’s very unique to begin an album with a slow song like “Counting All My Tears”, however it’s such a well written tear jerker that it would be remiss to NOT have placed that song first. This man possesses an extensive arsenal of heartaches..get some Kleenex for this album.
This man deserves EVERY accolade he has earned in music, because he put in so many years playing the Honky Tonks of downtown Nashville. I got to cover him during the Nashville Boogie one year, and with his fiddle he entertained us readily. If you would like to read our review of this album click HERE.
He has the look, the attitude and demeanor to become a Country Music Legend like the ones I watched him perform with on Country’s Family Reunion. He has single hand-idly restored my faith in the future of Country Music with songs like “Weird Thought Thinker” which sounds like I took a time machine to the 60’s…and there isn’t a DAMN THING wrong with that.
2. Colter Wall Songs Of The Plains
My friends over at Young Mary Records outdid themselves on this project along with someone I shall mention several times on this article Mr. Dave Cobb ( I call him a modern day Mr. Owen Bradley). This album is easily his most believable album TO ME he has out now, simply because of his gritty baritone voice and his TRUE cowboy authenticity. He LOOKS like he came in off the range, and sounds like he just herded cattle.
He holds dear to his heart the likes of Mr. Wilf Carter and Legend Billy Don Burns which boasts a cut on this album called “Wild Dogs”. It also contains some GREAT story songs like “John Beyers (Camaro Song)” which I first heard on the square in Madisonville Kentucky. You can read about that HERE. Also he recruited the likes of steel guitar Legend Lloyd Green and MORE to play for him on this album.
You can read more about my thoughts on this album HERE. Now PLEASE don’t get me wrong his second album with Kate McCannon helped usher my father into heaven. My father had Dementia, and we used that album to ease him down the path of it. He LOVED the album and played it over and over.
3. Shooter Jennings Shooter
This album here was one of my favorite album Mr. Shooter ever put out! I had an ecstatic hunger for it ever since he played The Nashville Palace and I got to hear many of the new songs live. One thing I love about Mr. Shooter is that he holds dear many of the things I do from my youth like toys and Hee Haw, as he promoted the album with skits akin to the show. You can watch those HERE.
It begins like an 80’s Hank Williams Junior classic song, that reminded me of the old Jimmy Bowen produced albums he did. I thought “Bound Ta Git Down” was a great launch to an even better record, that I loved in every way. If you ask if you should buy this album it’s a NO BRAIN question like “Do You Love Texas”?
This album is a few songs shorter than his previous albums but I didn’t mind because I loved the direction this one went. One thing Mr. shooter isn’t afraid to do is share his creative desires with his fans, no matter who criticizes him. This album proves that very thing! I also love the closing song called “Denim And Diamonds”, the sound of the vocals were smooth and different, you can read our thoughts on the whole album HERE.
4. Whitey Morgan Hard Times And White Lines
Much like a few of these choices, this album is perhaps my favorite album this man has ever released. His band to me is sort of like The Texas Troubadors back in the day, it has begun to spawn some mighty fine side musicians that have gone their own way with Mr. Whitey’s blessings. In fact one of them is ALSO on this list here!
You cannot take away the fact this outfit tours relentlessly and plays one of the best live acts in local America right now. He just recently (see above) earned some headlining spots at the Ryman, and I’m sure he will make many more.
“Carryin’ On” was a song that related to myself, I never realized how brutal the road was until I myself began following these bands around America, and many have families. Yet, night after night they are miles from home and they do it with seemingly easy power.
This album began with a poignant song called “Honky Tonk Hell” which explores the dark side of Country Music, and continues with “Fiddler’s Inn” which features some truly fine steel guitar work in the back from Mr. Brett Robinson, and tells some awesome stories about a motel that is….quite busy….
5. Craig Gerdes Smokin’ Drinkin’ And Gamblin’
My friends at Sol Records have created many fine albums for us through the years, and as a journalist (actually I’m just a shlub with a website) and as a music patron I myself LOVE old timey Honky Tonk stuff that sounds retro. I love hard sounding steel, and I love Legends, and I LOVE Mr. Jim Vest. This album is choked full of all of those, along with a finely tuned vocal delivery from Mr. Craig.
HERE is my article from the album release party at the Nashville Palace from earlier this year. For Mr. Joshua’s review click HERE. From the opening song of the same title the fancy twisting steel guitar work dazzled my mind, as I listened to the background.
It’s also got that trademark foot stomping rhythm that you used to hear on those iconic Outlaw Country albums in the 70’s. It has well done covers like “Slide Off Of Your Satin Sheets” , which Vest makes sound just as beautiful as when Paycheck cut it in 1977. I think Paycheck would be proud of the direction this young man is tasking his music!
6. Kayla Ray Yesterday And Me
Now here begins the point I was trying to illustrate to all of you, that 2018 was a STRONG YEAR for females that mainstream media ignores. They don’t want you to know about all of this fine music that is coming out of the woodwork on local levels, because it’s GOOD STUFF!
This woman’s background bears great evidence of her relevance within the Texas Country Music scene, and she has done more in her twenties than many artists I could name have done on their couch doing live feeds. In her young age, she managed Jason Eady WITH SUCCESS and also played with the Legendary Johnny Gimble Band.
This album is stuffed overflowing with shuffle melodies that ring true to the sawdust floor Honky Tonk of Texas and all across America. Including the fast paced KILLER SONG called “Pills”, it’s hilarious and probably one of the best songs I heard in 2018.
It has twelve songs on it, and all the songs are great length and accompany one another well. The listener is taken on a rocket ride of Honky Tonk bliss, with a twangy and unique vocal delivery that makes her distinguishable from her peers.
7. Brent Cobb Providence Canyon
This album would be a shame to omit off ANYBODY’S TOP lists of 2018, I mean honestly this man is one of the finest songwriters out there today. You can pick his voice out a HUGE GROUP of artists that exist today, and his music fits NO real genre to be honest. You can classify him as whatever you want as long as it’s good music.
The album is named after a nearby gully that he visited often as a young man, and is about life on the run. On the run is exactly what he spent 2017 doing touring with powerhouse Mr. Chris Stapleton and Miss Margo Price.
I think his cousin Mr. Dave Cobb is one of the most iconic producers of our time, and teamed up with Mr. Brent Cobb’s fine musicianship and songwriting skills this man is unstoppable in every way.
It drops upbeat songs like the title track and sways over to funkier styles like “.30-06” as well nine other fine songs to accompany those two, to read Mr. Joshua’s review click HERE. Whatever you do make sure you go out and catch his live show in 2019, because he is steamrolling forward!
8. Ashley McBryde Girl Going Nowhere
This is a phenomenal album in every way,and I think it’s downright shameful the way that mainstream media overlooks her and a few other females out there doing some damn fine Country Music on a hardcore touring basis. It seems no matter how hard they get out and work, they get NO attention from radio.
The opening song “Girl Going Nowhere” is amazing, and well written. It grabbed me right away, and shared her personal struggles with me. She’s evidently had a LOT of doubters and negative people putting her down.
Another good song was “Livin Next To Leroy” which is pretty much a truthful song about rural drug America and how things are around town. However the greatest song on this album was “Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” , this was truly a well written masterpiece and one of the best songs of 2018 in my opinion.
9. Loretta Lynn Wouldn’t It Be Great
Another album that could’ve easily been higher up on the list, but to be honest the numbers on this list mean nothing for importance. In fact I could have easily made a TOP 100 but for GOD’S SAKE I couldn’t build one that big ( you have NO IDEA how long 50 takes).
The title track was the last song she ever wrote for her late husband before he passed away, and to have this album be nominated for a Grammy was heavenly. Followed by the great song called “Ruby’s Stool” which was one of my personal favorite songs of 2018 as well.
The re make of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was vocally flawless and pure gold, despite her age Miss Loretta is one of the finest singers around. True she has had some health issues, but she remains quite active and honors her Opry membership with pride.
At thirteen songs this album was one of the finest album she has released since Van Lear Rose, and it contained more new music than anything she has released in a while. “I’m Dying For Someone To Live For” is a beautiful two step song full of mournful craving for a new loved one.
10. Sarah Shook And The Disarmers Years
Another damn fine album released by a damn fine gal, and I enjoy her live show just as much as anybody’s. Her band the Disarmers is an absolute well oiled machine, and once again we have an artist with a VERY distinct voice. Her style rivals nobody else but her own, and I loved the direction of this album here.
She played ONE HELL of a GREAT set at Muddy Roots this year, and IT WAS HOT, and she was RIGHT IN the sun. Regardless she banged it out and gave us one hundred percent, and one hell of a terrific show. Sometimes when I think of my past marriage I can flip things around and relate to “New Ways To Fail”. That’s a truly well written song of woe is me drama from a shit life. But I built myself back up now!
Another great song here was “Parting Words” even though many may regard her lyrics as negative and sad, I regard them as relatable and REAL. You know Miss Sarah isn’t afraid to speak her mind and support her passionate feelings, and that’s alright with me…it shows in her songs which makes her unique in a good way.
11. The Earls Of Leicester Live At The CMA Theater
I mean how can a Bluegrass super group like the Earls Of Leicester NOT get on the TOP 50? Not only a super group, but a super group modeled after a band like Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs? See, this band is called The Earls Of Lester, just spelled like that.
From the very intro from the warm voice of Mr. Eddie Stubbs, they barrel right into “Salty Dog” and play many other well known Flatt And Scruggs songs. I just LOVE Mr. Jeff White who plays a few off of his solo album called “I Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow”, which features all of their individual talents like the dobro work of Jerry Douglass.
This album boasts a vibrant twenty three song set, well over an hour of music. You get a lot of bang for buck when you buy this album on vinyl, it’s a biggie. It’s also filled with classics like “Rollin In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” and “Black Eyed Suzy”..to read more click HERE.
12. Dallas Moore Mr.Honky Tonk
Although the initial title song here was actually a re make of his own song in a different tempo, many of his newer fans (including myself) didn’t know that at first. I sort of delved into his past to find that out, and then he told me more. To call him a local Ohio Legend would be a correct moniker here, he’s been at this for decades. To call him a road warrior would also be aptly correct, as he plays a whopping 340 shows a year. So when he sings “Home Is Where The Highway Is” he is correct.
This album also boasts songs like “Somewhere Between Bridges”, and my favorite on the album is easily ‘You Know The Rest” because I DO know the rest, he will melt your damn face off. The last time I went to see him, he surprised me with a rare Mr. Hoyt Axton song “Della And The Dealer”.
HERE is our review of this album, and HERE is an article from him opening for Mr Gene Watson.The only drawback was this was a short album, and I wanted a little more of Mr. Moore. Although the GOOD thing was I finally got to buy him on vinyl. This album is spot on fantastic in every other way possible.
13. John Prine The Tree Of Forgiveness
What can I say about Mr. John Prine that nobody has yet? Well, this year we spoke with our wallets as consumers, because this album was his most commercially successful album in over twenty years for Mr. John.
He told us all a story during his performance at Master Musicians Festival about the song called “Egg And Daughter Night Lincoln Nebraska 1967 ( Crazy Bone)”. I cannot print the entire thing here, but I did within the link article there.
Everybody loves the song “When I Get To Heaven” and it could easily become his anthem song along with “Paradise”. this album was recorded and mastered so beautifully that it captured the very essence of Mr. John with dignity.
Despite this album only having ten songs, they are very lengthy and it makes the album enjoyable. He wrote the songs in a motel room that he rented for the duration of the time he needed to write. He said he ate, and slept when he wanted while writing the songs.
14. Laura Benitez And The Heartache With All It’s Thorns
This album almost flew under even my radar, had it not been for Miss Kim Grant, one of my PR people that enjoy sending me clients albums for my opinions. Well here’s my opinion of this one, FANTASTIC. It starts right out of the gate with a toe tapping song with Cajun influence akin to a Mavericks tune called “Something Better Than A Broken Heart”.
The steel guitar work on songs like “Easier Things To Do” bring out the honesty in her vocals with a very warm and Country tone, and follows right into “Our Remember Whens” that anybody that has entered into a relationship can relate. When a couple can get together and reminisce on the good times…that’s a treat. Everybody can’t wait to have special moments like that.
‘Ghost Ship” is a poignant and darker song with some mighty fine fiddle work, and I thought that song showcased her voice better than any on the album overall. Every song was well over three minutes here, which made this album stellar on every level. To read more about this album click HERE.
15. Mike And The Moonpies Steak Night At The Paradise Rose
I must agree with other websites out there featuring real music about this band, THEY ARE the best Country Music band out there right now. They are a hard working “Road Crew” type band, with mind blowing instrumentals and toe tapping beats that inspire alcohol consumption on copious levels. This is one of those instances that number 50 isn’t ANY WORSE than number 2.
The title track itself is one of the best songs on the album, with a slower two step tempo that tells stories about real life. My father used to take me to bars when I was little also, and it inspired me to chase musicians around and write articles about them like I do now!
This band misses NO notes, and in my opinion is a well oiled machine in every way, and boasts some of the finest written lyrics I could find on the Texas scene from any band. With songs like “Getting High At Home” you cannot find on a mainstream level anymore. I’m older now, and my major partying is done, I enjoy getting drunk at home by myself…with music like this! To read more about this album please go HERE.
16. Josh Card With A Heavy Heart
This former member of Whitey Morgan’s backup band the 78’s reminds me of the Texas Troubadors type deal from long ago. When solo acts emanated from backing bands, and became Legends like Mr. Jack Greene and Mr. Carl Smith. I was first exposed to his music as he opened for Whitey Morgan in 2018 on New Years…read that HERE.
This young man boasts more promise than anyone on this list as far as breakthrough acts as far as I am concerned. I sent my right arm to Florida to cover his release party, and got good reports. It starts out with a fiddle double stop, that right there should make you buy this album! I asked myself many times why do I “Suffer’ over you?
“Won’t Chase Your Your Love” is a classic well written Country song that I brought tears to my eyes from hunger for hearing one like it. Just a touch of late 80’s shuffle and some 70’s feel, one can easily ascertain this young man knows his shit. He is like ME, he eats, sleeps and breaths REAL country from many eras.
The BEST SONG is ‘Unknown Legend” I know a few of them myself, this is a terrific story telling song. VERY descriptive and vivid in the picture it paints into my head, I highly suggest this album and catch this man’s live show. To read more on this album click HERE.
17. The Wooks Glory Bound
This Bluegrass band is one of the Appalachian community staples, and I was introduced to them from my buddy Mr. JJ Waters and his Honky Tonk Hero page on Facebook (please go check them out). I finally got to see them live at Kickin It On the Creek. Now initially I did NOT like them, but I kept listening and found I was WRONG.
This band is TIGHT and very energetic on stage, even though they are Bluegrass, they have their own sound. Quite a different niche like Jamgrass has, I mean you could place them with Greensky or Pert Near Sandstone and pull off a GREAT show. The title track ‘Glory Bound” brings forth a noble sound with obvious traditional harmonies that brought me goosebumps.
The vocals on this album are beyond terrific on songs like “Union Pacific” but the album shifts over to funky shuffles like “Little Sandy Queen” that features terrific banjo picking of older style with a new style of tempo. I myself heavily support the new evolution of the Jamgrass tempo, I know many of the traditional people hate it. This band truly has a bright and big future ahead of them.
18. John R Miller And The Engine Lights The Trouble You Follow
Here is another West Virginia, East Kentucky based member of that community that plays bass for another of my TOP list here Mr. Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners, also he is a staple member of the Prison Book Club. The first song on this album is called “Holy Dirt” and is an absolute JAM, very uniquely written song with real meanings.
“Red Eyes” was another song I liked on this album with a good melody, to be honest every song on this album featured some mighty fine songwriting. Also, he delivers his lyrics with his own style of singing that differentiates him from his peers.
“How It Feels In The Light” is another cool toe tapping song with that steel sound I like as a fan, but when I got to “Whale Party” I found my favorite song on this album. That song just spoke to me as a person more than the rest, it was easily relatable to me. To read more on this album click HERE.
19. The Urban Pioneers Hillbilly Swing Music
This brings me to another mind blowing talented band The Urban Pioneers, one of the hardest working road warriors on the market today. This latest offering is by FAR their BEST album out to date, both songwriting wise and musically. Don’t get me wrong “Mary The Elephant” and other songs are good, and ALL their albums were good musically, however this one stood out like a rooster wearing socks.
This pairing of Miss Liz and Mr Jared was a blessing for local music like this, they understand each other and Mr. Martin on bass make this band even better. “Hillbilly Swing Music” launches this album right out of the gate at breakneck speed.
“Can’t Make You Love Me too” is a slow and sorrowful song about just what the title says, you can’t make someone love you. “Run Little Rabbit Run” is such a fast paces song I cannot even explain how they pick that fast! This band has garnered a plethora of success at many of the festivals I cover, it’s no surprise to see their names on twenty or so. HERE is my review of the album.
20. Cody Jinks Lifers
First off let me stress once again just because this album looks to be low on the list MAKE NO MISTAKE it makes no difference WHERE any of these albums are I enjoyed them all just the same. Now, this album faced huge criticism from fans due to the level of production on it, and I had no real complaint on that. Cody Jinks is growing on an exponential level, but that didn’t come easily. He spent MANY YEARS playing gas stations and small bars for 10 people.
Mr. Josh Morningstar’s song “Must Be The Whiskey” was one of the high points on this album for me, along with Mr. Ward Davis’s song “Colorado”. All of the songs on this album were really good, but they didn’t speak to me personally until the title track “Lifers”. I been banging away on this website for almost ten years, I’m a lifer.
I also liked the song “Big Last Name” it was well written and had some 80s influence to it for sure. Mr. Cody is a prime example of what hard work and proper networking can do for yourself. He didn’t use radio and major media exposure to get to his echelon. He beat and banged the road and endured a lot of pain, and sweat to get here! HERE is Mr. Joshua’s review of the album.
21. Josh Ward More Than I Deserve
This album from a young man in the Texas Music community absolutely enthralled me with so much delight, I heard it ten times before I decided YES that’s on my TOP 50. He isn’t exactly Red Dirt, but I can easily see how he could fit in there. I just liked his tempos and melodies on songs like “Ain’t it Baby”.
The more Red Dirt sound emanates forth on this album when the song “The Devil Don’t Scare Me” This album has many lows and highs of life in the songs, with relatable meanings and three chord truths that define Country Music as a whole.
HERE is another article we made for him, as he recorded the fiftieth Live At Billy Bob’s series (which I collect on vinyl). “Another Heartache” was a good old shuffle that was another song that took me back in time to better days, and past relationships I have had.
22. Pistol Annies Interstate Gospel
I waited for this album at Wal Mart at midnight and I bought it as the guy pulled it from the tote to stock the shelf. It is an absolute SHAME the major media has ignored and lambasted this album, and these three gals. HELL Gals in general!
This album just blazes out with their signature trio harmonies, some of the best harmonies I have heard since the Cactus Brothers and before that Marty Robbins! “Stop Drop And Roll One” is a prime example of their snarky songwriting. Here on their third offering we have some of their best songwriting yet, mainly due to where they were in their personal lives.
“Got My Name Changed Back” was hopefully Miss Miranda’s message to her ex, because I loved it. However, “Sugar Daddy” was the energetic rowdy song I expected this album to contain, and then follow that with a song like “Leavers Lullaby” which was slower and you have a MUST have addition for your collection. This album was exactly what Country Music needed! HERE is Mr. Joshua’s review of this album.
23. Jason Boland And The Stragglers Hard Times Are Relative
This album boasts what is most defiantly my favorite song of 2018, and it is the title track from the album “Hard Times Are Relative”. I mean, good Lord we NEED more of these story songs like this, ones that make you THINK and use your imagination. We do NOT have those good old time western tunes like that one anymore, and with Country Music it’s not always a happy ending like this one. That song is flawless masterpiece of perfection.
More of his master songwriting skills shine out with songs like “I Don’t Deserve You” featuring Miss Sunny Sweeney, and another good one called “Dee Dee Od’d” which was about the Ramones. Many of his albums have been features on my TOP 50 in the past, however this is by far his best album to date in every way…period.
The last few songs on the album were good, but more stellar songwriting shined out as the song “Grandfather’s Theme” came out of my speakers. As I previously said the writing on this album is exquisite, and this song was nothing short of amazing like the other ten songs. HERE is Mr. Joshua’s review of the album.
24. Jamie Lin Wilson Jumping Over Rocks
2018 was truly a year for the ladies in my opinion, as I stressed on here MANY TIMES. this album was also BY FAR better than her first album. Maaan that first note she sings just punched me right in the guts. Her vocal abilities exceed many of her peers, and reminds me of one of my favorite gal singers Miss Emmylou Harris.
“Oklahoma Stars” features Mr. Evan Felker a man who spent much of 2018 in the limelight, and despite that I truly admire his band and his voice as well.This album was produced VERY WELL and sounds perfect, and I didn’t want this album to end. “Everybody’s Moving Slow” was a good song on the middle portion of the album, and helped this album flow smoothly. If you need a good relaxing album after a shitty workday, spin this one.
The song “Death And Life” was a truly amazing song with realistic hard to swallow lyrics, that make you stop and think about what it’s all about. Basically it’s about death and life in circles, but it has a few hidden meanings if you think about it. “Run” was a song about running from an abusive relationship, which many can easily relate to I’m sure. HERE is Mr. Joshua’s review of this album.
25. The Tillers The Tillers
I have always admired and liked this band’s music, and if HAD TO name a favorite album by them I could not. Their precise musicianship usually makes many of their songs enjoyable in every way, and it accompanies songs like “The Weald And The Wild” to make it a wonderful song to begin an album.
I related very well personally to the song “Like A Hole In My Head” , which I was hearing during all of my summer festivals I was covering like Muddy Roots. As well as the next song “The Old General Store Is Burning Down” , which features some great fiddle.
Their signature sound can be heard vibrantly on the song called “Riverboat Dishwashing Song”, that beautiful string band flow paired with a story woven very eloquently within the lyrics of the song. The final song on this album called “Another Postcard” was another simple song that I enjoyed so much, I could sit back and enjoy this band all night. HERE is our full review of this album.
26. Blackberry Smoke Find A Light
There are many genres of music I support on this website, and the whole Southern Rock type movement is one I LOVE. I’ll tell you WHAT if there is one fantastic stage show it is Blackberry Smoke. “Flesh And Bone” is a steady gallop song with rocking beats, with an I don’t care message of being only human.
Thirteen songs make up this behemoth album with only “Let Me Down Easy” with Miss Amanda Shires the only one under three minutes. One of the high points of this one is the five minute toe tapper called “I’ll Keep Ramblin” with steel player Mr. Robert Randolph, and breaks into a choir in the background. It starts to sound like a true southern Gospel revival, complete with guitar licks from all directions. It breaks and makes you think it’s over..and starts again.
When I initially saw the song “Till The Wheels Fall Off” I thought it was a Mr. Bob Wayne song of the same name and album title. But it is their own song with a punishing beat. This album was produced very well, however it wasn’t their BEST album, STILL it was very deserving of being on my list.
27. Missy Raines Royal Traveller
This third record that Bluegrass bass wizard Miss Missy Raines has released was a true gem. The song “Fearless Love” with Mr. Tim O’ Brien was a good song, then it went into the fiddle and mandolin work of her peers Miss Sierra Hull, Miss Molly Tuttle and Miss Becky Buller. Just gorgeous harmonies and string punishing banjo rolling. Oh, the harmonies are just breathtaking and gave me goosebumps. If it’s ONE voice I LOVE it is Miss Missy Raines And The New Hip.
“Allegheny Town” was equally beautiful to me and described a quaint little escape I have up here in Kentucky when I want to go clear my head and relax. This album relaxes me and makes me STOP and take a deep breath and FOCUS, ALL Bluegrass does, however the slower more contemporary Bluegrass eases me more. “To Here From There” was another fine song on here, it makes you look in the mirror and say HEY SHE WROTE THAT SONG ABOUT ME!
Artists like Miss Missy make me answer the age old “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” adage for the Bluegrass community. You cannot retract the authenticity of people like her, or Miss Sierra Hull or ANY of her peers. Their musicianship and passion for tone make albums like this a favorite in my collection. “Goodbye Virginia” With Mr. Trent Wagler was a great throwback song with an Appalachian vibe that stood out apart from the others here, and that was a good thing.
28. Cliff Westfall Baby You Win
Every year I get what I call a “mail champion”on my TOP 50 list…please let me elaborate on this. I get albums mailed to me on a HEAVY BASIS, and I’ll admit sometimes THE COVER grabs my eye. As did THIS MAN, it just said STOP, PICK ME. Funny Story I was on my way to the Country Music Hall Of Fame for the Studio B movie that plays there, and other stories, when I got this in the mail. So I thought to hell with it and stuck it in my truck stereo. RIGHT OFF the first ten notes of the upright bass thump I had to STOP and take notes. This album has a touch of rockabilly influence with that J.P. Harris twang on the lyrics.
Tone wise and lyrically this man is all over the spectrum, and that’s what my palate has been STARVING FOR in 2018. I mean I love being thrown for a loop and Mr. Cliff left me amazed, the title track “Baby You Win” was amazing and had some classic pop and twang, and an amazing fuzzy guitar tone.
BUT the BEST songwriting on this album comes at the middle of the journey with a well written song called “Off The Wagon”. This had a toe tapping pop and twang tempo as well, but the lyrics…WOW. Probably one of my TOP 10 songs I heard all year, from a fellow Kentucky boy who was raised not far from me, but now resides in New York. The line ‘You know rock bottom sure looks good on you” was phenomenal word placement and is a terrific song about sobriety and lack of it. BUY THIS DAMN ALBUM!
29. American Aquarium Things Change
This album is aptly named for one reason, with this band things did change. In my honest opinion this album is BY FAR their best work, and it made NUMBER ONE with my trusty partner Mr. Joshua Wallace. To read more about that please click HERE. “The World Is On Fire” was kind of political song in it’s own way however I related well with myself, I don’t believe this is the world my grandfather fought for either, and I worried about the world as my child grew also. It’s a VERY positive song about strength and honor.
It’s been a few years since their last offering 2015’s Wolves however it’s been well worth the wait because this album shined like a bright beacon to me. “Crooked Straight” spoke to me like many songs this year, I was not quite sure WHO I WAS in my twenties either. I developed into one hell of a good journalist, and “Work Conquers All” folks. The steel guitar tone accompanied this song SO GOOD, and the Oklahoma music community is awesome.
This band is absolutely tight and right now they are on the pinnacle of their success if they continue in this direction for albums. They have a LOT more to accomplish in their career before ‘Till the Final Curtain Falls” and trust me they WILL, out of anybody on this TOP 50 list, they have the brightest future.
30. Randall King Randall King
This album is another classic three chords and the truth Traditional Country album, and it was top notch in every way. I see him on SO MANY Texas Music scene festivals, and I love that community. Songs like “Mirror, Mirror” are the good old fashioned George Strait type songs WE NEED in today’s mish mash of crap. The opening song “Freightline” was a good Honky Tonk thumping song that raised my expectations of this album, and he did NOT disappoint me.
‘Tuggin On My Heartstrings” was a good song many single men can relate to, accept the truck clean line. Mine is ALWAYS clean, you gotta love them women that tug on the heartstrings. I do NOT like change in my personal life so this song spoke to me.
I thought perhaps “Reason To Quit” was a cover of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson from the Pancho And Lefty album, however it was not. The closing song here was one full of heartbreak and sadness. HERE is our full review of this album.
31. Brandi Carlile By the Way I Forgive You
“Hold Out Your Hand” was a terrific song on this well recorded album.The production on this album captured her passion better than any of her previous albums in my opinion. The Devil don’t take a break indeed, and she hits the nail on the head here. I felt all of the songs accompanied one another quite well on this album, however most people would loose interest in the song length, I did not.
Even though this album only had ten songs on it the overall length of the those ten songs made it a good album, “Fulton County Jane Doe” is a GREAT song that I really liked a lot. You can read the full review of this album HERE.
“Harder To Forgive” was a good one to me I love a lot of the songs I hated as a kid too. I believe we all had wasted time in our youth, all souls are defiantly born kind in every way, innocent and pure. I had to stop and dwell on this song a while, and I loved it. I loved the concept and meaning of it, and I hope to catch her live in 2019.
32. Old Crow Medicine Show Volunteer
It’s not hard for me to dissect anything this band puts out, and it’s even more difficult for me to NOT like ANYTHING they do musically. I’ll be honest I LOVED Remedy the best out of any album BUT this album was absolutely AMAZING. These boys are like a modern day Nitty Gritty Dirt Band…they play EVERYTHING, you get a HUGE bang for your buck at live shows. You get FANTASTIC harmonies and LOVE of Country Music.
It starts out FAST and rowdy with “Flicker And Shine” which celebrates friendship, and showcases their harmonies they have as a band. This band is indeed a well oiled machine flawless in every way. This album has more of their signature harmonica playing on songs like “A World Away”, and goes into another epic song called “Child Of The Mississippi”, which has their signature dobro stomp and clap.
“Elzick’s Farewell” was one of my favorite songs here, with the swift Russian/ gypsy fiddle tempo and no lyrics. This type of musicianship is what I appreciate most from Old Crow than anything, however the song that follows “Whirlwind” was also fun. What a truly great story that paints a lovely picture in your mind, if you listen close enough, and care.
33. Dusty Rust Stolen Horse
This is one of my Kansas City scene friends, and he is a hard working artist, and a damn fine friend. This album starts out with the traditional sounding gallop song called “No One To Blame”, he could easily be placed on a lineup with Mr. Colter Wall or several others on this TOP list here. He has that baritone western voice that spins tales of the old west like many of his peers.
He is a staple presence at the beloved Westport Saloon, which if you love roots music as much as I do it is hallowed ground. YOU MUST watch their LIVE video feeds that take place EVERY NIGHT, you’ll eventually see this young man. “Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven” was another good point on this album, you will love the PARTY IN HELL lyrics.
It behooves me WHY more people in the Roots Music and Outlaw Music community cannot pay more attention to this man with songs like “Misery” it’s a complete NO BRAINER to put him on my TOP 50 list for the year. This album is perhaps one of the most underappreciated albums on my list…I hope this changes that, and it gets what it deserves.
34. Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners That’s All There is And There Ain’t No More
Another album that I hope to bring more recognition to is this one Mr. Pat Reedy is a construction worker by day and Honky Tonker by night. He put on ONE HELL of a live show at Muddy Roots this year, and another man on this list Mr. John R. Miller plays bass for him. First off this album has twelve songs, and they are all well written. “Bloodshot Heart” is the album’s opener, and it’s your typical Honky Tonk jam complete with proper push from that steel and hard beat.
This man personifies the working man like many of OUR heroes did, I say OUR because I think we ALL pretty much looked up to Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. I’m also just “Lucky I’m Alive”, the sound and the spin of the steel guitar make this a wonderful song. HELL there isn’t a bad song on this whole album!
HERE is my review of the whole album. “Conversation With Jesus”was one of the BEST songs I have heard this year as well. I feel the same way being a devout Christian myself, I think treating my fellow man with respect is setting a good example. I also had to laugh at the G Damn reference because I SURE THE HECK am guilty of doing it. “Funny Thing About A Hammer” hmmm it has a G Damn in it…I loved the lyrics on this album, and deem it an outstanding piece of music.
35. J P Harris Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
What better to open a Honky Tonk Country album up with than a song about drugs and sweating the high out in a hotel room? “JP’s Florida Blues #1” and also “When I Quit Drinking” were full of good hooks I expect from this man’s songwriting style. I just LOVE his simple Honky Tonk slamming songs. When I quit drinking I start thinking about starting up again….what a DAMN GOOD line!
“Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing” is another complete masterpiece in my opinion, hoenstly if I did do a TOP 10 songs of the year, they would all be on here. That song would be on it for sure! “Hard Road” was a good rabble rousing song as well, it IS a hard road before you get back home for sure, I spent many a bloody nights broke to get where I am.
“I Only Drink Alone” was a good slow piano shuffle that I also relate to when I listen to Honky Tonk Country, and he followed that with another good drifter song called “Runaway”. He always gives off the perfect classic whiskey soaked hardcore hurt vibes on every song he sings, and that’s why I LOVE his music.
36. Adam Hood Somewhere In Between
This young man from Alabama was on my radar for quite some time before I finally got the chance to sit down with his album, and I REALLY enjoyed the writing on the opening song called “Heart Of A Queen”. Mr. Brent Cobb is also on this list, who appears on the song “She Don’t Love Me”.
However I stopped in my tracks when I heard the song “Alabama Moon” You know there are so many songs about Alabama now, but this song is such a different approach to his point here. It’s very descriptive and an overall good story about his youth, and if it’s a true story it’s a good one!
“Bayou Girl” was equally a good song about a Cajun gal, and I really enjoyed the dobro work on this song, it was well produced…probably one of the better produced albums on this list. HERE is Mr. Joshua’s review of his album. The slower closing song called “Confederate Rose” was absolutely stunning and descriptive, and I eagerly await to hear it live.
37. Town Mountain New Freedom Blues
If there was one thing I learned at Kickin It On The Creek this year it was that the band Town Mountain doesn’t play around on stage. This new album was nothing more than eleven songs choked full of Bluegrass greatness with banjo craziness and more. The title track is the first song “New Freedom Blues”, which sets the pace with wonderful fiddle work. The banjo rings true on songs like “Lazy River”, and “Underdog”.
“Underdog” is a terrific song about getting knocked down on the gambling tables, you know you cannot win if you don’t play. “Witch Trials” was a good one about injustice in life. When I finally got to see them live I bought all of their albums, and I would have a huge problem choosing my favorite Town Mountain album.
The songs are very lengthy so you know what that means…the songs are packed full of blazing instrumentals and plenty of time to sit back and enjoy the fiddles. It begins to close with a song called “Pamlico” which is a slow and lazy song with good harmonies. This band is amazing live for one thing, to read the full review of this album click HERE.
38. Jason Eady I Travel On
So now let me re illustrate this, NUMBER 50 AND NUMBER 2 are just as good. Because this album was amazing in it’s own right. Truthfully I enjoyed FM Country Hell as his best album overall, but this album DID have many high points on it for me. “I Lost My mind In Carolina” is a great song about life on the road, and a road warrior he is playing an amazing amount of road shows.
However one best songs I have ever heard him do was “Calaveras County” the melody and beat just grabbed my attention at first, and after I played it a few times, I loved the lyrics too. That fiddle break was also cool, it paints a really pretty picture for the listener.
A very self explanatory song is called “Always A Woman” I truly don’t have to illustrate any meaning here. “She Had to Run” was lyrically some damn fine trademark Jason Eady.A very dark and poignant song about an abuse victim finally getting free. Mr. Jason is one of those you can easily pick out of a plethora of other voices, and that makes him very unique and special. To read our full review of this album click HERE.
39. Nick Dittmeier And The Sawdusters All Damn Day
This Indiana band wowed me at Master Musician’s Festival this year, and was on my radar for months prior to that. Now, legitimately this really is their self proclaimed debut FULL album, but their previous one was long enough to be an album too. The opening song “Love Me like You Did” has a cool melody and just sounds great, it’s another song about a new girlfriend that just isn’t as good as the old one.
“I Can’t Go Home” was another vital song on this album that stood out to me, and was a good middle portion song. All of the songs here are upbeat and good to dance to, or just jam out on, or in MY case this is a good interstate driving song! The band itself is a strong unit, that has their own Honky Tonk twang, and this band brings that twang to many shows across America.
“O’ Bannon Woods” was a heavy rocking song towards the end, about making drugs. Time sure has a bad way of changing things sometimes, and I related with this one somewhat because the place I grew up is a war zone now. It just a downright shame what has happened to people in my past. You can go right HERE for our full review of this album.
40. Jason Sinkhorn Junction City, Kentucky
Don’t really care if I catch hell from my fellow media peers here about including acoustic albums on here, this album was amazing to me, as was this man’s vocals on this recording. From the very initial song “The Runaway Dorothy Gale” Mr. Jason had me at attention as a music fan. He is a great picture painter on my canvas mind with well woven tales of Wizard Of Oz references to another story..get it? BUY THIS ALBUM AND LISTEN CLOSE!
I first heard of this young man as he played for Mr. Coby Langham And The Citizen Band, and i was introduced to him further there. He is a prominent fixture in the West Virginia community of music, one that I usually keep a pretty close eye on, because you find many good albums there like this one. I had to go forward to “People Watching #42” just because the name intrigued me to delve into it, it made me giggle to hear him mention Milwaukee…I was raised there.
There are many good songwriting hooks and lines in these nine songs, delivered by a very unique voice and an even more unique style. “Flat Rate Heartbreak Blues” had me related as well, as I too work in a factory (ehh it’s a living).. I think all of us are Hank Williams fans. Thumping like a barn dance on Friday night was a VERY COOL line, I thought this song was the best of the album.
41. Hot Rize 40th Anniversary Bash
I LOVE Bluegrass, I LOVE LIVE Bluegrass albums, and I LOVE bluegrass Legends. Well on this album you have them all, I mean WHO DOESN’T love 40 years of Hot Rize? All of y’all who do not are worng. One of the interesting points of the album is the band introduction where they introduce Mr. Jerry Douglass, and they play Colleen Malone from the 1990 album called take It home.
On this album, you will learn some Bluegrass history as they invite Mr. Sam Bush out who previously played with Emmylou Harris to come out and play a Peter Kuykendall song called “Out On The Ocean”. Mr. Peter was the creator of Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, I have studied a LOT about him. “Just Like You” features those well known Hot Rize harmonies, and note for note string discipline.
“Walk The Way The Wind Blows” was another high point on this album, as they played their 1986 hit song, that was also recorded by Miss Kathy Mattea. Toward the end the band appreciated the audiance for supporting live music, and the festivals. I STRESS supporting the festivals, because it’s a good resource to see multiple bands in one place.
42. John Howie Jr. Not Tonight
I love good old fashioned Honky Tonk albums like this one, I like steel guitar infused ballads full of feeling, and this album is bursting full of both of them. “Back When I Cared” is a well written song full of honesty that anyone can relate to. I am so excited to somehow find a way to see him play these songs live.
This man’s vocals are SO distinct and different it makes his album interesting to enjoy, and with songs like “When I’m Not There With You” that add some twang, you have a KILLER ALBUM THAT YOU MUST BUY. If you do not add this album to your collection you are WRONG!
There is so much feeling and soul in the song “Underground” that I had to stop at that track and listen about twenty times. This man poured out his heart to me, and I understood what he was going through as a man, and as a person.
43. Grassfed Moovin’ Down The Road
This Kansas City Bluegrass band was brought to my attention a few years ago, but I didn’t get to see them in full action until Muddy Roots this year. Not only did I enjoy their live set but their lightning fast dobro picking and picking overall just moved this album into my TOP 50. “Dear Lyla” was a good song off this album that I really liked.
“Gas Tank” was an awesome song that reminded me of a Split Lip Rayfield type jam, filled full of acoustic guitar solos and KILLER dobro work, the lyrics are pretty easy to understand and enjoy. You could EASILY dance and jam to these guys, and I can easily ascertain that they JUST HAVE FUN together. They understand one another musically, and they aren’t trying to be anything they are not.
“Little Maggie” is an old traditional cover tune, that they did a good job on, the album closes with a song called “Yard Work” which was nice to end the album with a toe tapper. If you like string bands filled with all kinds of harmonic solos you will LOVE this album.
44. Jesse Daniel Jesse Daniel
This young man is about to embark out on a short run with Country music Legend Mr. billy Don Burns, and by God he deserves it! ‘Big Fish” is a big song about small fish. It’s about paying dues and fake ass people, and it has a TON of good lines and hooks. This young man understands how to pay his dues and beat the road to get what he wants in life.
“Soft Spot (For The Hard Stuff)” was another good song on the album, and a good reassurance to me on the question “who’s gonna fill their shoes”, as this young man brings forth an mature older Honky Tonk sound while maintaining a younger approach to that sound.
“Killing Time Til Time Kills Me” was avery inventive title, and this song itself was filled with some damn fine Honky Tonk twang and shuffle. I liked the way this album was produced and the damaged goods vibe the songs gave off. Trust me, this young man will be garnering more attention form the underground community next year!
45. Dillon Carmichael Hell On An Angel
The song “Natural Disaster” on this album is beyond amazing, and at first I thought it was Mr. Jamey Johnson singing. This young man has been on the Opry, and upholds Traditional Country Music standards with songs like “Country Women” which is a total retro throwback type song.
Now if you have spotify I can tell you some interesting information about this album. There is commentary about each song from Mr. Dillon himself, on a seperate album you can listen to. With songs like “Dancing Away With My Heart” this album is even better with the suppliment commentary, where you can get an even better perspective on the songs and the artist.
” Hard On A Hangover” was another great old timey throwback song with that truly great melody and divorce lyrics, this song sounds like it was released in the late 80’s. Not that it’s a bad thing! Hey when you listen to a Country song you loose your truck…well…yeah. To read our full review on this album click HERE.
46. Felix Thursday End Time Jubilee
OK Folks you can click up there to buy this one digitally BUT if you want a REAL COPY contact Mr. Aaron “Dogbite” Harris over at Ruckus In the Records label. This man is an old journalist friend of mine from the Myspace era, and he released a DAMN FINE album here. He enlisted the help of some more of my old friends like Miss Lucy B. Cochran on fiddle and my buddy Mr. James Hunnicutt.
“Remington” is an anti politically correct song about a lost time when we went to school with firearms in gun racks in our trucks. We didn’t have nutballs shooting up schools because we had respect for firearms, and knives. Another GREAT song on this album was “It’s Hard Stayin Sober In Heppner”, I love his vocal delivery on that song. He’s got a very convincing voice and you can tell he sings with conviction.
The songs on this album are shorter than most of the others, but by God they were so well done that I couldn’t pass up acknowledging this album for what it was worth. I promise you it will stay in my constant rotation for all times, and I strongly suggest you buy this album.
47. The Travelin McCourys The Travelin McCourys
This huge massive article has a lot of Bluegrass album on it I know, but it has been a really good year for Bluegrass. Bluegrass Legend Mr. Del McCoury and his crew has made this awesome side project going called The Travelin McCourys. Early this year we heard their first album self titled. It kicks off with the toe tapping song called “Let Her Go” , about lost love. This album has the song Mr. Waylon cut for Mr. Steve young called “Lonesome Onry And Mean”, it was interesting to hear as a Bluegrass tune.
Mr. Del’s iconic vocals assist the song “I live On A Battlefield” ring out as a focal point song on this album, and I loved the banjo work on “The Shaker”. Like every one of the Bluegrass albums on this list, I chose this one because of the wonderful instrumental work.
“Days I Wish I Had” is a traditional sounding song with a steady melody, with good lyrics that make it a inspiring Bluegrass song, overall this whole album was a feel good Bluegrass album.
48. Trampled By Turtles Life Is Good On the Open Road
Trampled By Turtles is one of my favorite”Americana” bands…if you will…I just consider them good music and I don’t really fit anybody into genres. Not really Bluegrass but they do have a LOT of Bluegrass influence I found on songs like “Kelly’s Bar” which was a fast paced beginning to one of their best albums out yet.
These twelve songs here were enjoyable each in their own right, and I cannot wait to see them live once again. “Right Back Where We Started” is one of my favorite songs they have right now, as well as the title track ‘Life Is Good On The Open Road”. It’s been good to hear a new album from this band for the first time since 2014.
49. Cody Barnett
This album is one of my “last but not least” type deals, I mean if you want some DAMN FINE songwriting just go listen to ‘Cherokee Blood” it has a bunch of GREAT lines in the song. At first I wasn’t sure if I would have a short album of only seven songs on my list, but after I heard ‘Blood Moon” I found the importance of including this album.
This young man needs to be recognized and could be paired up with so many on this list, the possibilities were endless. His style and his songs are eloquently represented by his vocals on songs like “Back In Birmingham”. This song was fantastic and descriptive as hell…just what I like. He is from the Oklahoma music community, and is a nice local representation of his respected area out there.
This album closed with two fantastic songs one called “Mockingbird” which I was wondering if it was a cover of the James Hand song of the same name, but no it wasn’t. This was it’s own rocking song in his style that shows his more rock roots. The last song was a fast paced song laced with with fine steel called “Evil Woman”.
50. Bri Bagwell In my Defense
I knew this album would be on my TOP 50 list the second I got it in my hands. I LOVE the Red Dirt and Texas community, I love a good Country gallop, and I love female singers. You juxtapose all of those together and you have this album. It was produced terrifically and I love the band she has. “Asphalt And Concrete” was a good song about her being from the West Coast.
A slower song called “Cheat On Me” had a slower flow with tons of feeling, but accompanied the other songs on the album pretty well. “I Can’t Be Lonely ” was another good song with lots of twang, and her sultry and sassy vocals were captured really well on this song.
Another good song on this album was “Feel Like Home”, and it closes with a few other good ones. This album is by all means her best offering yet, and I see great things for her in the future. I have yet to see her play live yet, and I have to drive to Texas to see her play, I will.
MARCH 29, 2019
The Bellamy Brothers at the Kentucky Opry!
Howard and David now celebrating 40 years of success!
The trail they’ve ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself-music that is. The road that started on the pop music charts in the ’70’s, took a winding turn into country music in the ’80’s, paving the way for duos to come, such as Brooks & Dunn.
The Bellamy Brothers latest project is their new album titled ’40 Years’ is an ambitious project that celebrates their career with 20 of their biggest hits and then adds 20 brand new songs in this 2 cd anniversary collection. Showtime 7:30pm.
Well first off you can buy tickets for this event right HERE. Now, trust me The Kentucky Opry has a plethora of other shows coming to it’s great halls, like the upcoming Joe Diffie show. Also they are promoting the upcoming Charley Pride show coming to the Carson Center in Paducah.
True, these two have gathered much of their success during the 70s in the pop country area, before switching over to more traditional country in the 80s I consider them one the most overlooked duos in Country Music PERIOD.
They have a new book out on the market and many new songs to play for the public here on stage. I vividly remember them playing on Hee Haw and many other shows as I was younger, when they were on the pinnacle of their youth.
Before I officially release the media release on this subject let me say a few things first (like I usually do). One of the major stops on this headliner tour will be one this website will be covering in Kansas City, and that is the mighty Tumbleweed.
I have over 175 festival lineups turned in, and they have turned in one of the TOP 5 most impressive lineups of 2019. Another festival line up that they are a part of will be the Tailgates And Tallboys festival in Illinois, MORE on this one later.
Genre-defining country super group ALABAMA will celebrate five decades of music next year. Today the iconic band announced the first leg of dates for their “50th Anniversary Tour,” sweeping the United States in 2019 with nearly 30 live concerts already on the books.
“We never thought playing for tips at The Bowery in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, that 50 years later we would still playing arenas, stadiums and festivals,” says ALABAMA front man Randy Owen. “Teddy, Jeff and I are humbled at the amount of fans that are coming out to see us. We are finding out that we are playing to three generations of fans who have followed us and our music from day one. The fans are the ones responsible for our continued success on the road and we love them.”
In 1969, a trio of young musical cousins from Fort Payne, Alabama journeyed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to play their music at a bar called The Bowery. It took Owen, bass player Teddy Gentry, and guitarist Jeff Cook, several years of word-of-mouth and tip jars to earn the major label deal of which they’d been dreaming.
ALABAMA would go on to change the face of country music. Winning more than 200 industry awards, the Country Music Hall of Fame band is the most celebrated group in country music history.
Major city stops on the monumental tour include Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, San Antonio, TX, New Orleans, LA, Pittsburgh, PA, Hartford, CT, Little Rock, AR, Providence, RI, Salt Lake City, UT, Minneapolis, MN and more. And the ALABAMA boys aren’t coming alone. The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Restless Heart, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence and Exile will join Owen, Gentry and Cook on select dates.
“Randy, Teddy and I have loved making music, touring and being with our fans night after night,” notes Cook. “It’s truly an experience that has created a bond between us and them that cannot be broken. The ’50th Anniversary Tour’ will be full of surprises and great memories.”
Gentry adds, “The group ALABAMA has become ‘America’s Country Band,’ we are told. We are proud to have been performing, writing songs and recording for 50 years. Come celebrate the music with us on our ’50th Anniversary Tour’ in 2019. Each show will be a night to remember for us. We’ll be there to thank our loyal legions of fans for supporting three boys from Fort Payne, Alabama through thick and thin.”
The ALABAMA “50th Anniversary Tour” kicks off on January 10 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Additional dates will be announced soon.
ALABAMA “50th Anniversary Tour” 2019 concert dates:
Jan 10 – Detroit, MI – The Fox Theatre (w/ Chris Janson)
Jan 11 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse (w/ Restless Heart)
Jan 19 – Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena
Jan 20 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center (w/ Exile)
Feb 14 – San Antonio, TX – San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
Feb 15 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
Feb 28 – Plant City, FL – Florida Strawberry Festival
March 1 – St. Augustine, FL – The St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 14 – Salem, VA – Salem Civic Center (w/ The Oak Ridge Boys)
March 15 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena (w/ Tracy Lawrence)
March 22 – Springfield, MO – JQH Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
March 23 – North Little Rock, AR – Verizon Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 5 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 6 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 12 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 13 – Hartford, CT – XL Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 26 – Providence, RI – Dunkin’ Donuts Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
April 27 – State College, PA – Bryce Jordan Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
May 31 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
June 1 – La Cygne, KS – Tumbleweed
June 6 – Myrtle Beach, SC – Carolina Country Music Festival
June 7 – Macon, GA – Macon Centreplex Coliseum (w/ The Marshall Tucker Band)
June 13 -16 – Grand Junction, CO – Country Jam (performance date TBA)
June 15 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
June 26 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center (w/ The Charlie Daniels Band)
June 27 – Oshkosh, WI – Country USA
Sept 14 – Peoria, IL – Tailgate N’ Tallboys
I have SO MUCH upcoming on my ROMP article everyone, it always offers SO MUCH to the patrons of this event, and always has such a great lineup. ROMP does a LOT for the Owensboro and Kentucky local community that I MUST support it!
Along with 199 other fine festivals nationwide my website is proud to endorse this community staple so close to my home here in West Kentucky. I’ll have MUCH MORE about the crafts and special programs deals going on here, so y’all just sit tight and wait for me to update this one!
On June 26-29th, 2019, ROMP Festival takes place at Yellow Creek Park, located in Owensboro, Kentucky. Produced by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, the four-day music festival celebrates bluegrass and roots music, local artists, and healthy, farm to table food vendors.
Headlining the initial lineup release are Hall of Fame members Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will feature special guest Patty Loveless. Also appearing are bluegrass/folk-rock favorites Trampled by Turtles and Americana music icon, Steve Earle. Rounding out the initial release are Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, The Wood Brothers, Billy Strings, the Jeff Austin Band along with The Travelin’ McCourys performing The Grateful Ball, and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. More artists to be announced soon.
Presale tickets are on sale now. Four-day tickets are available at the heavily discounted rate of $130 through Sunday night, when prices go up. Onsite tent and RV camping passes are also available. Children 12 & under are free.
Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
The Del McCoury Band
Trampled By Turtles
Steve Earle And The Dukes
The Wood Brothers
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Jeff Austin Band
By Joshua Wallace
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the time of year where all music journalists put out their best of lists. Gary Hayes will have his own list coming up soon. This is my personal Top 50 Country Albums of 2018. I could probably double this list to 100 with all of the awesome releases that have come out in the past year. It has been that good of a year. However, that being said, I feel like these 50 albums represent the best of what I heard over this year. I reviewed many of these during the year and you can find every one of those reviews on this website. I will link a few of them here in this article. Every record on this list is worth your time, from number 1 to number 50. Gary Hayes will have his own separate list published later this month, check it out too. Let’s kick things off with the album of the year and Top 10, and then immediately following that will be 11 – 50.
**ALBUM OF THE YEAR** 01. American Aquarium – Things Change **ALBUM OF THE YEAR**
This album stuck with me the most throughout the year and thus, it is my number one record of 2018. From the heartland rock politically inspired tune “The World Is On Fire” all the way to the country balladry of “‘Till The Final Curtain Calls”, this is the best album American Aquarium has ever put together. I doubt you can find another band that can weave in and out of heartland rock and roll and country with the skill and ease this band does. I look forward to whatever comes next from BJ Barham and company. Check out my full review of Things Change from earlier in the year.
02. Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere
This album had me last year with the single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”. That song was out well before the album and has stuck with me ever since. The album itself ads more great tracks to Ashley’s repertoire and there isn’t a bad cut on this one. I predict big things for Ashley McBryde in 2019 and I’m looking forward to seeing her open for George Strait in Atlanta next year. Check out my review of this record here.
03. Randall King – Randall King
Randall King is a throwback to an era of country we don’t have many throwbacks to. He takes the best elements of 90’s country music and brings them to modern times. His songs “Mirror, Mirror”, “Tuggin’ On My Heartstrings” and “Cool Under Pressure” have stuck with me and this album is often played front to back when it comes on. Check out my review of the record here.
04. Josh Card – With A Heavy Heart
The sound on this record is perfect. Everything is spot on and these are the best tracks Josh Card has ever put out. Check out a couple of my favorites in “Suffer” and “Won’t Chase Your Love Anymore”. Read my full review of the album here.
05. Whitey Morgan & The 78s – Hard Times & White Lines
This is straight up the best live honky tonk band going right now. This album is another great chapter of their music adding some killer new originals, some new Dale Watson and even ZZ Top to their live set. Give this one a spin however you listen to music and read my review here.
06. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers – Years
This album is punk rock outlaw country at its best. Sarah Shook put out her best record yet with Years. It has been high on this list all year and lands at number six. Do yourself a favor and read my review of the record here, and then go out and buy a copy and see her live when you get a chance to.
07. Belle Plaine – Malice, Mercy, Grief & Wrath
Belle Plaine has released some solid country gold right here. I’m still digging on “Taxes, Death and You” and “Is It Cheating” featuring Colter Wall. Do yourself a favor and give this one a spin. My full review of this record is here.
08. Colter Wall – Songs Of The Plains
Colter Wall does not disappoint on his sophomore full length release. This album has some great tunes with “Plain To See Plainsmen”, “Thinkin’ On A Woman” and the Billy Don Burns cover “Wild Dogs”. This album could have been number one if this year wasn’t so stacked with awesome releases. Check out my review of this one here.
09. Jamie Lin Wilson – Jumping Over Rocks
In her follow-up to 2016’s Holidays and Wedding Rings, Jamie Lin Wilson has put out her best stuff yet with tracks like “The Being Gone”, “Everybody’s Moving Slow” and a cover of Guy Clark’s “Instant Coffee Blues” featuring Jack Ingram sticking with me in heavy rotation. Do yourself a favor and give this record a spin, you won’t regret it. Check out my full review here.
10. Dallas Moore – Mr. Honky Tonk
I knew when I first heard Dallas Moore’s track “Mr. Honky Tonk” that this would be a killer record. This album represents a high mark in Dallas Moore’s career and there isn’t a bad track on it. I’m still digging on “Shoot Out The Lights”, “Killing Me Nice and Slow” and “You Know The Rest”. Do yourself a favor, check out my review and pick up a copy of this one.
The Best Of The Rest:
11. Shooter Jennings – Shooter
12. Caitlyn Smith – Starfire
13. Cody Jinks – Lifers
14. Pistol Annies – Interstate Gospel
15. Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox
16. Bri Bagwell – In My Defense
17. Brent Cobb – Providence Canyon
18. Dillon Carmichael – Hell On An Angel
19. Kayla Ray – Yesterday And Me
20. Josh Ward – More Than I Deserve
21. Josh Grider – Good People
22. Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You
23. Paul Cauthen – Have Mercy
24. Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light
25. Jason Boland & The Stragglers – Hard Times Are Relative
26. T.J. Hernandez – Who I Am
27. Courtney Marie Andrews – May Your Kindness Remain
28. Old Crow Medicine Show – Volunteer
29. The Brother Brothers – Some People I Know
30. Ward Davis – Asunder
31. Craig Gerdes – Smokin’, Drinkin’ & Gamblin’
32. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
33. Courtney Patton – What It’s Like To Fly Alone
34. John Prine – The Tree Of Forgiveness
35. Ashley Monroe – Sparrow
36. Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners – That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More)
37. Kyle Park – Don’t Forget Where You Come From
38. Lori McKenna – The Tree
39. James Scott Bullard – Full Tilt Boogie
40. Adam Hood – Somewhere In Between
41. Kristina Murray – Southern Ambrosia
42. Chelsea Nolan – Chelsea.
43. Abe Partridge – Cotton Fields and Blood For Days
44. Mike & The Moonpies – Steak Night At The Prairie Rose
45. Sara Morgan – Average Jane
46. Jason Sinkhorn – Junction City, Kentucky
47. Urban Pioneers – Hillbilly Swing Music
48. Joe’s Truck Stop – American Dreams
49. JP Harris – Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
50. Darci Carlson – Darci Carlson
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
Master Musician’s Festival
Suwanee Spring Reunion
If it’s one thing I truly have been keeping my eyes on the Red Dirt world, and it’s west coast reach. Along with the Jamgrass community this is becoming a huge, massive community and quite the lucrative market even though it gets very little media attention. Let’s take a look at the lineup and other information I usually include into my festival series.
Amazingly for early on into 2019 there are tons of early festivals happening to satisfy to pickiest of festivals music lovers, for Red Dirt Music. With a lineup like THIS who wouldn’t want to go:
Dirty River Boys
Eleven Hundred Springs
Jamie Lin Wilson
Micky And The Motorcars
Mike And The Moonpies
Midnight River Choir
Randy Rogers Band
Trevor G. Potter
William Clark Green
First week in January – Six days, 200+ hours of live music, a world-class ski resort – does it really get any better than the MusicFest? The MusicFest draws thousands of ski-lovin’, music-lovin’ folks to the snow swept peaks of Colorado each January.
The largest group ski trip of its kind in the nation, the MusicFest brings the finest Texas and Americana music to the world-class ski resort of Steamboat, Colorado for a week full of sport and song. The festival boasts a stunning roster that includes both legends and rising talents alike.
Dickson Productions has over 30 years of experience as the premier travel package provider. With Dickson Productions working on your behalf, you can hit the slopes and also get tons of music favorites at wholesale prices. All lodging accommodations for the MusicFest are located ski-in/ski-out or within minutes of the mountain base, and participants personally choose all the options.
Want to walk out the front door onto the slopes? A hot tub on the back porch? A slope side luxury suite or a penthouse? A MusicFest stage in your lodge or steps away? No problem – it’s all part of building your exclusive MusicFest package, the vacation of a lifetime. And there’s every level to choose from to satisfy your taste in lodging, music, price and the ultimate Rocky Mountain vacation.
After a day on the slopes, what really happens at the MusicFest?
The MusicFest has long been heralded for its jam-packed schedule of events and concerts. Over 200 hours of live performances take place during the MusicFest, an amazing opportunity to see as many great Texas and Americana artists as you can handle (and those are the “planned” performances).
Shows are held in a multitude of diverse venues including a stage resembling an old barn/hunting lodge, a huge dancehall/tent, an intimate pub, an old saloon, two luxurious ballrooms, and an upscale country club setting complete with plush seating, and a fire place (a “must” experience)!
No matter your style of music or setting to experience it, there’s a venue for everyone’s likes. Whether you’ve come to kick up your heels and party all night, or prefer to soak up the music in a lower key and comfortable seated setting (or anything in-between), MusicFest has you covered. Drift from one venue to the next, or just sit back and enjoy that ONE special venue that fits your style with like minded friends – that’s the beauty of MusicFest – a truly unique and exceptional sporting and musical experience with one thing in common; a grounded and REAL experience with a community that embraces its lifestyle and state of mind.
No matter your style of music and setting to experience it, there’s a venue for everyone’s likes. Whether you’ve come to kick up your heels and party all night, or prefer to soak up the music in a lower key and comfortable seated setting (or anything in-between), MusicFest has you covered. Drift from one venue to the next, or just sit back and enjoy that ONE special venue that fits your style with like-minded friends- That’s the beauty of MusicFest – A truly unique and exceptional sporting and musical experience with one thing in common; a grounded and REAL experience with a community that embraces its life style and state of mind.
The newest addition to the MusicFest family of stages, the Strings Pavilion is a state-of-the-art concert hall built for classical music, but The MusicFest ramps it up. Located at the “base of the base” of the mountain, this world-class stage is just steps away from…Read More
One of the most iconic venues at the MusicFest, The Big MusicFest Tent is hard to miss. Known for being “the largest dance hall in the Rockies” this massive, climate-controlled tent hosts some of the most high-energy full band shows seen anywhere. With a state-of-the-art…Read More
Named for the original “Dung Beetle Saloon” at an old convenience store in Hallettsville, Texas, this MusicFest venue keeps the good times rollin’. Featuring over twelve hours a day of intimate, acoustic music, this popular venue is the definition of what MusicFest is all about…Read More
Not only a famous shopping experience, but a great meeting place where you may catch a special (unannounced) performance, autograph signing, or brand new, and never seen before merchandise! Conveniently located near the mountain base in the Grand Resort Hotel and next door to the…Read More
The Chief Theater may be a relatively new addition to the MusicFest, but this historic theater has been hosting live music in Steamboat for nearly 100 years. A vintage building with old fashioned, comfortable theater seating, this downtown venue is the perfect place for an…Read More
Get up-close and personal with your favorite artists in our all new Media Lounge open to the public. See artist interviews by a variety of media outlets including national and international radio hosts, television hosts, and social media personalities. With behind-the-scenes experiences like this, it…Read More
Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series One of the few venues open to the public at MusicFest, the one-of-a-kind Outdoor Mountain-Sized Bonus Concert Series has become a favorite tradition for festival-goers and locals alike. Located at the base of the slopes, with the majestic Rockies as a…Read More
The Steamboat Base Club is the official “MusicFest Country Club.” With a gorgeous, up-scale setting this venue is the perfect combination of class and comfort. Featuring acoustic performances nightly, old-fashioned cocktails, appetizers and great company, this intimate club is the perfect place to cozy up…Read More
Located at the heart of the mountain-base in the luxurious Steamboat Grand Ballroom, this venue has hosted many of MusicFest’s most popular shows. Home to the esteemed MusicFest Artists’ Tribute to a Legend each year, this venue has seen some of the rarest performances on…Read More
This lofty listening room is one of the festival’s signature venues. Only at MusicFest can you take a picturesque gondola ride up 3,000 feet for a high-altitude music experience like no other. These rare mountaintop concerts are a truly uplifting experience, both musically.
This music festival is so huge and there is so much to do I will have to put up more general links on here than I usually do to reduce the length of the article. So you can click HERE for a pretty conclusive listing of all the area hotels.
Remember back in 2015 Alan Jackson ranked VERY HIGH on my TOP albums of the year with his most recent studio album to date called Angels And Alcohol. He and George Strait are ramping up two of the hottest selling arena tours in Country Music.
Now Mr. Joshua and I will be in Atlanta this spring at George Strait to cover his performance at the Georgia dome. As for this tour, the closest announced so far is Louisville at a time I am already booked on a job.
The country music icon will hit the road beginning January 25, headlining arena concerts and amphitheater shows (detailed listing below, with more dates to be added). The three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year will be thrilling audiences far-and-wide as they relive their favorite songs night-after-night in city-after-city.
Tickets and information for all Alan Jackson 2019 Tour dates are available at alanjackson.com/tour, where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. Jackson is again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer fans VIP experiences at many of his 2019 shows.
Alan Jackson’s concerts find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire stands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many written by Alan – that earned him his place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including his debut hit “Here in The Real World”…signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country”…party anthems “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Good Time”…and many, many more.
Bill Anderson, Kid Rock, Tanya Tucker, Jeannie Seely, Gretchen Wilso
Folks before I simply repost the media release for this music I wanted to write some of my own portion of this article as well . Country Music Legend Mr. Bill Anderson has maintained himself as a staple member of the Opry, and one of Country Music’s most acclaimed songwriters.
I’m not really hip on Kid Rock’s music, in fact it makes me want to vomit. But to publicly lambast him on my website as a person couldn’t be further from the truth, he is a class act person. I believe he does indeed uphold Country Music traditions in some of the things he does. Although that’s just an opinion from an outsider looking in.
I wanted to say a few things about a young lady that I am watching on the local scene with great regard, and that is Miss Erin Enderline. She also holds a HUGE reverence for Country Music as well, and when she sings her stories one can easily ascertain that she LOVES what she does.
Bill Anderson’s clever new holiday music video, “Waffle House Christmas,” features a cast of characters only Anderson could corral into a Waffle House. The music video, premiering on USATODAY.com, tells the story of a family whose Christmas dinner goes awry so they head to their nearest Waffle House for a family feast where some of music’s most notable personalities fill the restaurant.
“The offer of ‘food and fun’ was all it took to entice Kid Rock, Tanya Tucker, Gretchen Wilson, Jeannie Seely, Joe Denim and a Waffle House restaurant full of ‘brand new friends’ to join us for the recent filming of our new video, “Waffle House Christmas,” Anderson shares. “We dined on Waffle House staples…’grits and eggs and raisin bread’ along with ‘hash browns covered and smothered’….and we laughed ourselves silly portraying the take-over of a Waffle House restaurant by a rookie cook and a displaced family on Christmas Day. My thanks to everyone involved. I just hope you will enjoy watching the madness as much as we enjoyed creating it.”
“Waffle House Christmas” is off Anderson’s latest release, Anderson, which marked his 72nd album release.
“I’ve never had this much fun at a Waffle House! Bill Anderson is one of my heroes and he’s written some of the greatest songs of all time. Of course, only he could come up with such a clever song like ‘Waffle House Christmas!’ And we had such a blast behind the scenes with Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson and Jeannie Seely,” Tanya Tucker added.
“I am so grateful that I was asked to be involved in something like this. I’ve been such a fan of Bill Anderson for so long. And I get to hang out with my heroes! I also had a Waffle House uniform in my closet from a television special we did several years ago, so it’s been a lot of fun being part of this music video,” said Gretchen Wilson.
“This has been an amazing experience!” exclaimed Jeannie Seely. “Bill Anderson is always coming up with great ideas. And corralling me, Tanya, Gretchen and Kid Rock all together for a music video at Waffle House has got to be one of the silliest, most fun things I’ve done in a long time!”
Anderson was produced by Bill Anderson, Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper, recorded and mixed by Jutz at TJ Tunes with assistant engineer Andy Kern and mastered by Alex Mccullough at True East Mastering. Three of the tracks were penned solely by Anderson, who has written charted songs in each of the past seven consecutive decades, while the additional tracks feature venerable singer-songwriters including John Paul White of The Civil Wars and country music outlaw Jamey Johnson. Click HERE to download Anderson.
For more information on Bill Anderson visit BillAnderson.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
BILL ANDERSON TOUR DATES:
Dec. 8 Eichelberg Performing Arts Center – Hanover, Pa.
Dec. 9 Beacon Theatre – Hopewell, Va.
Jan. 10 Casino Regina Show Lounge – Regina, SK Canada
Jan. 11 River Cree Resort and Casino – Enoch, AB Canada
Jan. 19 The Gobbler Theater – Johnson Creek, Wis.
Jan. 27 Country Family Reunion Cruise – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mar. 9 Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla.
Mar. 10 Florida Stawberry Festival – Plant City, Fla.
Erin Enderlin (co-writer), Lee Willard (Straight 8 Entertainment/Director), Joe Denim, Bill Anderson, Kid Rock, Tanya Tucker, Jeannie Seely, Gretchen Wilson, Scott Adkins (Adkins Publicity)
By Joshua Wallace
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
Master Musician’s Festival
Suwanee Spring Reunion
Tumbleweed has announced an amazing lineup for 2019! This year’s festival includes the previously announced bands like Alabama, Whiskey Myers and Blackberry Smoke. Now, we can confirm that Reckless Kelly has been added to the lineup along with some amazing acts like Randall King, Chelsea Nolan, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, Ben Haggard and Town Mountain. There are some artists who are returning from previous renditions of the festival such as The Steel Woods, Chad Vaughn, Bryan James and Jamie Wyatt. Check out the full list of artists below.
The Marshall Tucker Band
The Steel Woods
Sarah Shook and The Disarmers
Jackson Taylor & The Sinners
Laid Back Country Picker
That is one hell of a lineup. I love the southern rock feature this year’s festival will have. I’m happy to see some legends like Alabama and The Marshall Tucker Band and some newer acts like Blackberry Smoke, The Steel Woods and Whiskey Myers. I for one am looking forward to next year’s Tumbleweed and I hope you already have or are planning on getting a ticket soon while they are still on sale. Check out the website for more information.
Located just just south of Kansas City and easily accessible from Highway 69, the Tumbleweed Music Festival site is a perfect combination of convenience and stunning aesthetics.
Nestled within a 2,600 acre nature preserve, Tumbleweed is a hot spot for fishing, canoeing, archery and hunting. Stunning lakefront views and mature trees flank the Tumbleweed Main Stage and camping areas. Acres of a manicured forest with natural spring-fed creeks accent the rolling terrain. Despite the area’s broad sweeping terrain, the Tumbleweed footprint is small – you’re always just steps from Main Stage, camping and amenities.
Festival attendees can expect an incredibly convenient and comfortable experience. Leave the rest to the music, drinks and dancing!
Tumbleweed is located 45 minutes from downtown Kansas City – an easy drive from many Heartland cities!!
This map shows a 5-hour drive radius:
So this listing here is how you can purchase tickets for this event, and then after that I’m going to include some hotel information so you can leave and have a nice warm bed, and an air conditioned room. MANY local hotels offer free breakfasts and many other luxuries the field crowd won’t have. HOWVER THIS YEAR there WILL BE showers.
I will be adding many things in the next few months in many aspects of this festival, so you should check back on this one weekly for news, info and videos. I work VERY closely with directors.
Limited Holiday Sale
Incredible New Amenities!
Reserved Seat at Main Stage
Fewer than 30 Left!
Limited Holiday Sale
Includes 2 Camping Passes & Parking
Earn Free Tickets + Upgrades
See on-site cabins available for groups up to 24 people. Cabins amenities vary by selection, but can offer private showers, toilets, washer/dryer, hot tub, full kitchen, Wi-Fi access and more.
Tumbleweed has again partnered with Stay22 to provide the lowest negotiated pricing at area hotel and accommodation partners. This pricing is equal or better than what you’ll find on any discount travel or hotel website. You can book directly from the map below!
NO coolers inside Main Stage area (permitted only in camping)
NO Loitering, drinking or grilling in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO sleeping in cars in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO outside food or drink (permitted in camping)
NO weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, guns, tasers)
Contained fires are permitted until 2:30am and must be in a 36″ metal fire container with a screen on top (standard at all retailers). If you bring a fire pit, you must also have a 10lb fire extinguisher with it. We’re camping in a forest!
Grills are permitted.
– Printed off tickets. We will not accept electronic versions off of your cell phone, receipts, etc. Your ticket must be a hard copy printed off on paper. If your ticket does not scan you will not be granted access.
– Credit Card/ATM Card/Cash- some vendors accept cash only, parking is cash only (see parking info below), liquor/beer sales will accept credit cards in some locations. Please CARPOOL! Parking is $30 per vehicle (except for RV’s) to encourage car-pooling and funds go to the city for the facility usage and cleanup.
By Joshua Wallace
Asleep At The Wheel
This past Tuesday night on December 18th, 2018 I was fortunate enough to catch Asleep At The Wheel live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. This was my first time seeing Asleep At The Wheel live and I was blown away by this show. Their tight musicianship and all around great showmanship make this one of the best live bands I have seen in country music. The band has been around for 48.5 years, and even with tons of lineup changes during this time, Asleep At The Wheel is still a force to be reckoned with live. This show was a Christmas themed show and the majority of the first hour was hits selected from their catalog of Christmas tunes. They still hit everything you would expect them to in a close to two hour set that had the crowd singing, clapping and dancing along.
Jay Reynolds on saxophone with Eddie Rivers taking a break from pedal steel on the band’s second saxophone
Ray Benson getting the crowd going during “Christmas In Jail”
There was no opening act this evening and Asleep At The Wheel took the stage at approximately 8pm. They got right into it with hits like “Route 66” and the classic Waylon Jennings tune “Bob Wills Is Still The King” and “San Antonio Rose” by Bob Wills himself. The Christmas portion of the show took up most of the first hour and contained many Christmas traditional tunes along with some original Christmas tunes like “Christmas In Jail”. They also did renditions of “Silent Night”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Feliz Navidad” and others. Pedal steel player Eddie Rivers even took the mic for a great rendition of “Blue Christmas”.
Eddie Rivers singing “Blue Christmas”
Katie Shore on vocals during “Call It A Day Tonight”
Speaking of band members taking the mic, fiddle player Katie Shore had her share of lead vocal performances throughout the night. However, a highlight for me was her duet with Ray on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” which had a playful back and forth that just can’t be captured in the studio and must be heard live. She also had turns with lead vocals on “Call It A Day Tonight”, “Jack, I’m Mellow” and the Hawaiian Christmas tune “Mele Kalikimaka”. Katie is the perfect vocal compliment to Ray’s deeper voice and it’s easy to see why she was heavily featured on the band’s New Routes album. Speaking of that album, the band closed off the regular set about an hour and thirty minutes in with a jamming rendition of “Seven Nights To Rock”. They did come back for an encore which included the likes of “Big Balls In Cowtown”, “All My Exes Live In Texas” and “Choo Choo Ch’ Boogie”.
Overall, the band performed a great nearly two hour set that closed out before 10pm which is good for a weeknight. I highly recommend checking out Asleep At The Wheel if they come through your area. Asleep At The Wheel do come through Florida every now and then, but I have not had the chance to see them live before now and I’m very glad I did. Asleep At The Wheel tours nonstop and you can check out their dates to see if they are coming near you on the band’s website.
It’s been a few long months since I have crossed paths with Miss Megan and Mr. Casey AKA The Barnyard Stompers, which are often one of the bands I encounter during my summer festival travels. Every once in awhile I get to see them during a house show or on a video feed of some sort. We featured their awesome bloody soaked video a while back on THIS ARTICLE.
I’ll be jotting down this upcoming release for 2019, and catching up with this powerhouse duo for some interviews and MORE! So y’all just keep your eyes peeled on this website for more exclusive stuff on these two wonderful examples of how YOU CAN diet correctly on the road, and YOU CAN achieve YOUR dreams if YOU want to. I think they are a VERY positive example of road life on a professional level and I consider them great friends.
The Carson Center in Paducah Kentucky has lined up a GREAT 2019 with the likes of Country Music Legend Charley Pride. You know, Charley Pride was the first Legend that I collected all of his vinyls before anybody else.
One interesting thing about the subject of “African American Performers” in Country Music is nobody ever mentions that along the same time as Charley Pride’s zenith, Capitol Records was promoting another black Country artist named Stoney Edwards. Perhaps sometime in the future I’ll write more about that subject…
Kentucky Opry Presents:
A trailblazing singer who became the first black Country Music Superstar, Charley Pride has had an amazing career. From his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in Sledge, Mississippi, he caught fire with 1967’s ‘Just Between You and Me’, breaking into the Top-10 Country chart and garnering his first Grammy nomination.
Between 1967 and 1987, he amassed 52 Top-10 Country hits and sold tens of millions of records worldwide. In 1971, his #1 crossover hit ‘Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’ sold over a million copies and helped him to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award and the ‘Top Male Vocalist’ awards of 1971 and 1972. It also brought him a ‘Best Male Country Vocal Performance’ Grammy Award in 1972.
A string of unforgettable hits spanning three decades, songs like ‘Is Anybody Goin’ To San Antone,’ ‘Mississippi Cotton Pickin’ Delta Town,’
‘Burgers And Fries,’ ‘Roll On Mississippi’ and ‘Mountain Of Love’, have made Charley Pride a living legend.
His legacy in Country Music history was firmly established in 1993, when he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, 26 years after he had first played there as a guest.
The multi-platinum-selling artist who dominated the charts during a hot streak in the ’90’s may have been absent from the radio charts for the past few years, but Joe-Joe-Joe Diffie has never slowed down – writing, touring and recording a myriad of projects including his critically acclaimed 2010 bluegrass album “Homecoming,” and his recent “Roots And Boots” acoustic tour and collaborative CD “All In The Same Boat,” with fellow hit makers Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin.
The folks over in Draffenville Ky at the Kentucky Opry have scheduled a true 80’s and 90’s Legend of the last time I remember REAL Country being played on the radio waves. I mean, how many of you miss that 80s twang like Sammy Kershaw and Travis Tritt? See, those people ARE STILL active and making music, but the mainstream media wants you to forget them and is even downright ashamed of having any previous affiliation with these acts.
After 1990 he released seven studio albums on the Epic label and gathered thirty five singles on the billboard charts, five of which peaked on number one. I mean, WHO DOESN’T remember “If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets”? He has achieved twelve other singles on the top 40 charts in his tenure.
Even though we haven’t heard any new music from him since 2010’s Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album, he has maintained a strong road presence and plays many road shows. He has a great stage presence and puts on a good show! Please join me as I go cover this man’s show in the beautiful Land Between The Lakes area.
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
Master Musician’s Festival
Festival Director Beth Judy believes that the perfect gift for music lovers this year is the 2019 Combo Ticket available until January 7th. Beth says “What could be better than a gift of an extraordinary experience not once, but twice in one year when your loved one can attend Suwannee Spring Reunion and Suwannee Roots Revival? And if not the Combo, an Early Bird Ticket for Suwannee Spring Reunion will make smiling faces all around!”
Once again the beloved tree-lined amphitheater is home to early morning sing-a-longs and night time musical pyrotechnics from the park’s stellar cast of alumni and new favorites. There will be music on four stages including the Amphitheater, Porch, Music Hall, and Music Farmers Stages. Suwannee Spring Reunion attendees will also enjoy music in the campground with jamming at Slopryland and the Bill Monroe Shrine as well as camp pickin’ parties.
Hands-on and performance workshops will be held throughout the weekend with a variety of artists set to perform. Expect to get professional instruction at the hands on workshops and some out of the ordinary intimate musical experience from the different presentations.
Placing a strong emphasis on embracing the traditions that have made the park a national treasure, there will be a wide array of arts & crafts as well as an array of culinary delights ranging from healthy to decadent in the Vending Village. The park itself is a place where kids of all ages can remember why they fell in love with the magic mixture of sights, sounds, and sensations that constitutes a weekend of paradise that is the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
Tickets are on sale now. Suwannee Spring Reunion offers a multi-day Weekend Ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Early Bird Tickets are $130; Students and military with a valid ID are $120. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Get your tickets now before they rise to the next pricing tier. Single Day Tickets will be available at the Gate only. Please note, Single Day Tickets do not include primitive camping.
Also available is the 2019 Combo Ticket Featuring one multi-day Weekend Ticket for both Suwannee Spring Reunion and Suwannee Roots Revival priced at $260, available until January 7th.
SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events.
Steep Canyon Rangers, Billy Strings, Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel Experience, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, The Grass Is Dead, Jon Stickley Trio, Town Mountain, Rev Jeff Mosier, The Mammals, Roy Book Binder, Pigeon Kings, Nora Jane Struthers, Ralph Roddenbery, TKO featuring Duke Bardwell, Nikki Talley, The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, Habanero Honeys, Jeff Bradley – Comedy + Cool Stuff, Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus, plus more TBA!
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 26th 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 five years.
Now folks, unlike many of the festivals I feature on here THIS ONE has NO CAMPING. I’m going to include some of the history of the MMF on here, and I’ll be updating this with interviews and MORE in the coming months! As most of you know I ONLY TRY to feature the “Do It Yourself” festivals over the more corporate events…you’ll NEVER SEE ME at Bonaroo folks! Keep it LOCAL!
Festival Field on the Campus of Somerset Community College
808 Monticello Street
Somerset, Kentucky 42501
KIDS 12 AND UNDER ADMITTED FREE.
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
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Hampton Inn Somerset
Relaxed hotel with pool & free breakfast
Americas Best Value Inn Somerset
Pool & free breakfast in basic hotel
Quality Inn & Suites
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Somerset, KY
Unfussy hotel with an indoor pool
DEAL 18% less than usual
Courtyard by Marriott Somerset
Modern hotel with a pool & a bistro
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Somerset Central
Modern hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
DEAL Get 6% off plus free Wi-Fi with loyalty sign-up
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Best Western Somerset
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Somerset
Low-key lodging with an outdoor pool
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
Lee’s Ford Resort Marina
Motel · 422 Monticello St
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
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool
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!
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)
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).
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.
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
Master Musician’s Festival
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
Hampton Inn And Suites
Guest House Inn
Days Inn Opryland
Fiddler’s Inn Opryland
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!
Dec 2 – Fort Worth, TX
Dec 21 – Austin, TX
Dec 11 – St. Louis, MO
Dec 3 – OKC, OK
Dec 20 – The Woodlands, TX
Dec 12 – Memphis, TN
Dec 4 – Tulsa, OK
Dec 13 – Nashville, TN
Dec 5 – Chicago, IL
Dec 14 – Huntsville, AL
Dec 7 – Minneapolis, MN
Dec 15 – Decatur, GA
Dec 8 – Waterloo, NE
Dec 16 – Decatur, TX
Dec 9 – Waterloo, NE
Dec 18 – Kenney, TX
Dec 19 – Kenney, TX
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.
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..
WHAT TO BRING:
– Raingear (no umbrellas)
– Clothing with a hood
– Extra pair of shoes/sneakers
– Blanket for seating
– A hat
– A bandanna
– 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
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
– 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
WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED:
– 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
WHAT IS ALLOWED INTO THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS:
– 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)
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED INTO THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS:
– 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.
FAQ’s and FEEDBACK
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?
Yes. WRISTBANDS ARE REQUIRED FOR RE-ENTRY.
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 email@example.com
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.
CAMPGROUNDS & CAMPING FAQ:
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?
NO PETS!!! PLEASE LEAVE YOUR PETS AT HOME
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.
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.
If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Sarah Gayle Meech
Robert’s Western World Jan 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24rth
The Basement January 6th
3rd And Lindsley Jan 7th
The Milk Carton Kids
Ryman Auditorium January 10th
The Basement January 11th
Southgate House January 12th
Ryman Auditorium January 12th
Ryman Auditorium January 16th
Swelltone Records Tour
The Southgate House January 16th
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Southgate House January 17th
Ryman Auditorium January 17th
Nathan Belt And The Buckles
Acme Feed And Seed January 8th and 18th
3Rd and Lindsley January 18th and 19th
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Woodard Theater January 19th
3rd And Lindsley January 19th
The Devil Makes Three
3Rd And Lindsley January 20th
The Lost Dog Street Band
3rd And Lindsley January 20th
Joe’s Truck Stop
The Southgate House January 24th
Cannery Ballroom January 25th
State Theater Elizabethtown Ky Jan 26th
Mike’s Bar And Grill Clarksville Tn January 25th, March 2nd and April 13th
the Ryman January 24th
The Po’ Ramblin
The Station Inn January 30th
Ryman Auditorium January 31st
Read Southall Band
The Basement Feb 1st
The Station Inn Feb 2nd 2019
The Steel Woods
The Warehouse Bowling Green Feb 2nd 2019
The High Watt February 6th
The Royal Hounds
Scoreboard Grill Feb 7th
Cannery Ballroom Feb 7th
Southgate House Feb 7th
Spillway Bar And Grill Feb 8th
Andrew Leahey And The Homestead
The Royal Hounds
Acme Feed And Seed Feb 9th
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky Feb 9th
The Tillers Old time string Breakers Ball
Southgate House Feb 9th
Micky And The Motorcars
Exit Inn Feb 10th
Springwater Super Clucb Feb 10th
The Royal Hounds
Acme Feed And Seed Feb 13th
The Wild Feathers
The Ryman Auditorium Feb 15th and 16th
Spillway Bar And Grill Feb 16th
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
Country music Hall Of Fame Feb 22nd and 23rd 2019
Glema Mahr Center Madisonville Ky Feb 22nd
The Ryman Auditorium Feb 22nd and 23rd
Country Music Hall Of Fame Feb 23rd
CMA Theater Feb 22nd, 23rd and 24th
Randy Rogers Band
Marathon Music Works Feb 23rd
Josh Abbott Band
Marathon Music Works Feb 23rd
Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Feb 23rd
The Capitol Theater Feb 26th
Ryman Auditorium Feb 27th 2019
Ryman Auditorium December 31st
Bridgestone Arena March 1 and 2nd 2019
The Basement East March 3rd
War Memorial Auditorium March 7th
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Basement East March 8th
Whitey Morgan And The 78s
Minglewood Hall Memphis Tn March 9th
Steep Canyon Rangers
Bluegrass HOF March 9th
Southgate House March 14th
Whitey Morgan And The 78’s
Capone’s Johnson City Tn
Whitey Morgan And The 78’s
Headliners Music Hall Louisville Ky March 15th
The Basement March 20th
The Great Peacock
Marathon Music Works March 29th
Cahoots Dancehall March 29th
Weston Harris Album Release Party
The Basement March 28th
The Goddamn Gallows
Scott H Biram
Basement East March 29th
Spillway Bar And Grill March 30th
The Reeves Brothers
American Legion post 82 April 2nd
Basement East April 5th
Andrea Colburn And Mud Moseley
American Legion Post 82 April 6th
Reverend Horton Heat
Legendary Shack Shakers
Southgate House Revival April 8th
The Basement East April 11th
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame April 12th
The Barnyard Stompers
The Cobra Nashville April 18th
Courthouse Square In Leitchfield Ky July 20th 2019
Ryman Auditorium May 4rth
Carson Center Paducah Ky May 10th
City Winery May 11th
Ryman Auditorium May 17th
Lu-Ray Park Ampitheater
Central City Ky July 13th
The Steel Woods
The Shed Maryville Tn July 27th
Exit Inn December 31st
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.
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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/
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 email@example.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.
A number of Bluegrass Showcase events are being implemented specifically to help increase the fan-base of bluegrass music. A small $10 donation at the door gets the participating musicians paid. Showcases will run from September to May. More venues are being developed at other locations. To get onto the schedule call Myrna Riquier at 455-9400 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org, Please do not contact the venues.
Here is what is happening so far….
The Packing House
1st Wednesdays 7-9PM
156 River Road (Rt. 32) Willington, CT 518-791-9474
Yantic River Inn
2nd Wednesdays 7:00-9:30PM.
270 West Town Street Yantic, CT 860-887-4300
Dec 12 – Yantic river Volunteers with Nick Anderson
Jan 9 – Cabin Fever
Feb 13 – need band
Mar 13 – need band
Apr 10 – Rock Hearts
May 08 – Still Pickin’ Band
(Final Showcase for the season. Resumes in Sept.)
The Hungry Tiger
2nd Sundays 5-8PM.
120 Charter Oak StreetManchester, CT 860-649-1195
Jan 13 – Bend in the River
Feb 10 – Rock Hearts
Mar 10 – Restless Mountain
Apr 14 – 81 South
May 12 – Still Pickin’ Band
(Final Showcase for the season. Resumes in Sept.)