The Basement East Welcomes Mr. William Clark Green.

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Mar 302019
 

Right now I am currently holed up in my Atlanta hotel room, working on an arena job for Country Music Legend Mr. George Strait, and last night we had a side job at another show. Last weekend in Nashville I ventured down to The Basement East to visit with my Red Dirt friends as they welcomed the wonderfully talented Mr. William Clark Green. I haven’t had the opportunity to cover his music since two years ago at Tumbleweed.

He released his new album called “Hebert Island” last year, which ranked high on many year end lists by websites like mine, however tonight he only played a few songs from that album. Many of them were from the “Ringling Road” album, in fact it was almost played in it’s entirety. However, I didn’t mind that little fact of the show. This man and his band tours America quite often, and when they hit my area I usually have 4 or 5 opportunities to catch him, like Southgate House or Minglewood Hall in Memphis.

I like the Basement East for the sound quality of the entire venue overall, I don’t believe I ever had an unsatisfactory report on the sound or lighting there. There isn’t much of a food option here, as the only thing to eat was an overpriced ham sandwich with a cheese name I couldn’t pronounce. Eat before you go to this venue, or starve…take it from a diabetic…do not starve. One great thing I want to point out about this venue is the staff, they are absolutely amazing and friendly! ALL of them, even the door people.

William Clark Green is going to be part of several festivals in 2019 including Lone Star Jam, and Cotton Festival, and Larry Joe Taylor Festival. So he always has some exciting news for all of us involved in the Red Dirt Texas music scene. He opened his set with a song from the Ringling Road album called “Sticks And Stones”, which like I mentioned before he played a lot of songs from.

The “Rose Queen” album was also well represented tonight boasting quite a few selections like the next song called “Remedy”. One of my favorite songs that he does was called “Creek Don’t Rise” , his unique vocal style was showcased quite well here tonight with that song. The only one true complaint I had was that he really didn’t play any selections from his first two albums, called “Misunderstood’ and “Dangerous Man”. If I had to sit and analyze his entire catalog he slightly changed direction during the “Rose Queen” album, perhaps because Red Dirt was changing in 2010 in many ways.

I kind of think Texas music embraces it’s roots while it has evolved into it’s own identity as well, and that might be the reason for his slight change for the ‘Rose Queen” album. You either like the sound or you don’t, some of my readers say it’s just Texas pop country, and others really love the music they play. I myself enjoy it all to be honest.

Here are some new friends I met down here that now enjoy reading our website, I’m always meeting new friends and turning people on to great new music. Networking is a very important tool in my job here in the music business.

He played the title track to his new “Hebert Island” album, which is a uptempo rabble rousing song about a Cajun party on an island. Further on in his set tonight he played the song called “She Loves Horses” , which is a song that exemplifies my idea of holding true to the roots of Texas music in every way. This song is a good rodeo tune about a wild and free woman, that used to be in his life. This song could have easily graced the mainstream radio airwaves back in the 90’s, had it been around.

“Next Big Thing” was once again off ‘Ringling Road” and was the opening song from his LIVE Ringling Road album recorded at Gruene Hall. it’s kind of a joke song about the truth of the industry, and how poor traveling songwriters really can be. Everybody is telling them they are on the verge of super stardom, while in truth they cannot afford gas station roller dogs!  As he steamrolled right into his trademark song ‘Ringling Road” that makes the entire audience sing DA DA DA DA DA DA…..even I was involved in that!

He told us all a story about Mr. Randy Rogers Band before he played his slow song called “Still Think About You” , a truly sad song about lost love. He played a few songs I didn’t totally catch as I was jotting other things down, and paying attention to another issue, but his next song was 2013’s title cut called “Rose Queen”. This one is a great song about a country boy that hooked up with a gorgeous prom queen type gal from his hometown, that went off to college and returned pretending to not know him.

“Goner” was a good song off the new “Hebert Island” album, and he followed that up with another selection off the album called “Hit You Where it Hurts”. “This is Us” was also a selection from the new album, that reflects upon lovers fighting and being in love as well. There are many good lines in this song here, and even though I am single, it speaks to me in many ways.

He closed this wonderful set with his most well known song called “She Likes The Beatles” , overall I REALLY enjoyed the set and I had a wonderful time tonight. It’s well worth the small ticket price for this venue, and if you get the chance to catch him in your area, I highly suggest you go.

Complete List Of Weekly Kentucky And Tennessee Shows.

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Mar 302019
 

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

Mr. Joshua and I cover hundreds of shows a year, and many festivals in person. Online, we cover 200 festivals yearly and bring a LOT of news to the masses. Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music.

Tim Atwood
Two Rivers Campground May 5th, 12th, 19th,
June 2nd, 5th, 14th, 23rd, 30th
July 7th, 14th 21st, 28th
August 4th, 18th, 23rd 25th

Cory Branan
The Burl May 22nd

The Wild Feathers
The Basement East May 22nd

Kristina Murray
Nick Dittmeiier And The Sawdusters
Ben Jarrell And Roadside Revival
The Basement May 23rd

Jamey Johnson
Josephines
SkyPAC Bowling Green Ky May 23rd

Old Salt Union
Station Inn May 23rd

Cory Brannan And The Low Standards
Lauren Morrow
The Basement East May 23rd

Craig Gerdes
Spillway Bar And Grill May 24th

Mandy Barnett
3Rd And Lindsley May 25th

Dori Freeman
3rd And Lindsley May 30th

The Jospehines
Daniel Donato
Basement East May 31st

Ian Noe
Eric Bolander
The Basement June 1st

Emi Sunshine
The Southgate House Revival June 1st

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium June 1st

Ray Scott
3rd And Lindsley June 4th

The Hardin Draw
The 5 Spot June 5th

Hardin Draw
Marathon Music Works June 6th

John Moreland
The Basement June 7th

Shooter Jennings
Cannery Ballroom June 8th

Cody Johnson
Ascend Amphitheater June 8th

John Moreland
Minglewood Hall June 11th

Dallas Moore
Hellroys
Barnyard Stompers
The Southgate House June 14th

Tracy Lawrence
Downtown Madisonville Kentucky June 14th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Beaver Dam Ampitheater June 15th

The Quebe Sisters
Southgate House Revival June 15th

Roseanne Cash
Ryman Auditorium June 16th

Billy Strings
Ryman Auditorium June 20th

William Clark Green
Southgate House Revival June 20th

The Hardin Draw
Springwater Supper Club June 21st

Sean Whiting
Southgate House Revival June 21st

John R. Miller
Jeremy Pinnell
Summer Dean
Bonnie Montgomery
The Basement June 21st

Jimmy Fortune
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky June 22nd

Charley Crockett
the Basement East June 26th

Matt Woods
The 5 Spot June 27th

John R Miller
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
The Southgate House Revival June 27th

Old salt Union
The Basement East June 27th

Jon Wolfe
Exit Inn June 27th

The Kentucky Headhunters
Basenet East June 28th

Steve Earle
Yellow Creek Park Owensboro KY June 29th

Joey Allcorn
Southgate House Revival July 5th

American Aquarium
HogslopcString Band
Basement East July 7th

Urban Pioneers
Springwater Supper Club July 11th

Jerry Douglass
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame July 12th

John Prine
Kelsey Waldon
Lu-Ray Park Ampitheater
Central City Ky July 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 July 16th

Russell Moore And III Tyme Out
Station Inn July 18th

Tn Jet
Josh Morningstar
southgate House Revival July 18th

Cory Branon
Basement East May 23rd

The Steel Woods
The Shed Maryville Tn July 27th

Steel Woods (opening for R.E.O.Speedwagon)
Ryman Auditorium July 29th

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 July 30th

The Steel Wheels
City Winery July 22nd

The Legendary Shack Shakers
Southgate House Revival August 1st

Brett Cobb
Spillway August 3rd

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd and Lindsley August 11th

James Carothers
Southgate House Revival August 16th

Raelyn Nelson
The 5 Spot August 19th

Read Southall
The Basement East August 22nd

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 24th

Tim Atwood
Two Rivers Campground September 1st

Dwight Yoakam
Ryman Auditorium September 8th and 9th

Drew Holcomb
Ryman Auditorium September 14th

Rhiannon Giddens
City Winery September 21st

Whiskey Myers
Bourbon And Beyond September 22nd

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 25th and 26th

Chris Stapleton
Fed ex Forum Memphis Tn October 5th

Trishia Yearwood
Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 5th

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

Josh Abbott Band
William Clark Green
Marathon Music Works November 3rd

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Southern Culture On The Skids
high Watt November 9th

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

The Haunted History Behind The Ryman Auditorium

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Mar 282019
 

If you are a fan of country music you know the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee as “The Mother Church of Country Music”. It has been the home to the Grand Ole Opry off and on for the last seventy years and is one of the most revered music venues for artists all over the world. However, did you know there is a dark side to the historic auditorium? A new book written by Allen and Chelsie Sircy called, Southern Ghost Stories: Historical Hauntings takes a deep dive into the history of the Ryman going all the way back to it’s days as an actual church and entertainment venue in the 19th century all the way up to present day.

The book starts off with the rise of Thomas Ryman, a salty Riverboat Captain on the Cumberland River who rose to prominence after the Civil War. After changing his ways and becoming a born again Christian, Ryman would become instrumental in building the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which eventually became the Ryman Auditorium after his death in 1904.

In addition to some alleged ghost sightings in the Ryman, we also learn about “The Opry Curse”. The curse has supposedly affected several members and performers of the Grand Ole Opry over the years and taken some legends from us prematurely. One of my favorite stories in the book is about Jim Denny, the booking agent for the Opry. In addition to firing the legendary Hank Williams, Jim also told Elvis Presley he should move back to Memphis and drive a truck for a living after the “King of Rock N Roll” failed to impress the audience with his rockabilly version of ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ in 1954.

Not only does Southern Ghost Stores: Historical Hauntings fill you in on the Ryman, you will also learn the history behind following locations:
The Brown Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
The Jailers Inn Bardstown, Kentucky
Cragfont Castilian Springs, Tennessee
The Lotz House Franklin, Tennessee
The Pirates’ House Savannah, Georgia
The Sorrel-Weed House Savannah, Georgia
Le Pavillon New Orleans, Louisiana

Southern Ghost Stories: Historical Hauntings is only $2.99 in Kindle and $8.95 in paperback. You can order the book at SouthernGhostStories.com or find it at Amazon.com.

Album Feature – Ben Jarrell – Troubled Times

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Mar 252019
 

By Joshua Wallace

2019 is a banner year for debut albums and this one is no different.  Ben Jarrell is a name that has been around the roots scene for a bit.  He had a somewhat rootsy bluegrass band called Gators In The Sawgrass before releasing his self titled solo EP last year.  This is Ben’s first full length record and his first release for the new Country Roots Records label associated with Muddy Roots Music Recordings.  I don’t say this lightly when I say that this album reminds me of the first time I heard Sturgill Simpson’s High Top Mountain.  It has a similar vibe throughout the entire record.  It’s that good.

The album kicks off with an outlaw murder ballad of “Troubled Times In A Tribal Town”.  It tells the story of a young man who thinks he has found love but instead falls on the wrong side of the law.  It’s a great tale to kick things off with this record.  Another favorite is the trucker anthem “Gearjammer Blues”.  I love the guitar riffs and driving rhythm on this one.  It’s a great addition to a long line of trucking songs that seems as never ending as the highway.  “My Old Friend” is a great slower track that highlights Ben’s southern drawl.  It’s a heartfelt ballad sent out to those we’ve lost along the way.

The track “Black Helicopter” is another hard driving outlaw country track about paranoia and those black helicopters that can always be around.  I dig the funky Jerry Reed vibes on this one.  “The Flyer” is a real highlight for me.  It’s an ode to the lost art of rock n’ roll and is very well written.  “Highway Whine” starts out acapella before going into a pedal steel heavy outlaw country track about highway wanderers and people who “gotta get on that old highway”.  Finally, “Daddy’s Prison Radio” is another tearjerker ballad.  This time it’s about Ben’s father being sentenced to prison and the hopes that his father might one day hear him on his prison radio.  The whine of the pedal steel really carries this track to the next level.

Ben Jarrell has turned in one hell of a debut album with Troubled Times.  It hits a lot of cornerstones of outlaw country from murder, trucking, prison, the road and then some.  If you like outlaw country, you should own this album, period.  For every hard driving outlaw country number like “Gearjammer Blues”. there is a tearjerker like “My Old Friend” waiting around the corner.  I can’t wait for the next one.  Troubled Times Comes out Friday March 29th, 2019.  You can check all upcoming tour dates on the band’s website and we will be seeing the band at Muddy Roots Music Festival 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Troubled Times In A Tribal Town, Gearjammer Blues, My Old Friend, Black Helicopter, The Flyer, Highway Whine, Daddy’s Prison Radio

Ben Jarrell – Troubled Times (2019)

  1. Troubled Times In A Tribal Town
  2. Gearjammer Blues
  3. Marissa
  4. My Old Friend
  5. Big Iron Train
  6. Black Helicopter
  7. The Flyer
  8. Highway Whine
  9. Daddy’s Prison Radio
  10. Colorado Bound

American Currents: The Music Of 2018.

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Mar 232019
 

GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER, JEANNIE SEELY, INCLUDED IN THE COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM’S EXHIBIT, AMERICAN CURRENTS: THE MUSIC OF 2018

Jeannie Seely

Many times the Country Music Hall Of Fame intrigues me, and I love to go there to learn about things. I usually go many times a year for the rotating exhibits like this one here. If ANY OF YOU enjoyed last year’s season one of Mr. Tyler Mahan Coe’s wonderful podcast called Cocaine And Rhinestones, you will be happy to find out that it has also been included in this exhibit.

Miss Molly Tuttle truly deserves to be included in this exhibit as she is making serious waves in the Bluegrass circuit as well as Miss Sierra Hull. Another happening I wanted to touch on was the fact that the family of Mr. John Hartford was included, and I’m not tonally sure why other than the fact that last year during the festival they released HIS ENTIRE CATALOG of music during the festival.

This particular exhibit will run from March 8th to February 9th 2020.

NASHVILLE, TN. – (March 11, 2019) – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently held an invitation only event to reveal the new American Currents: The Music of 2018 exhibit. Country music royalty and Grammy award winning Grand Ole Opry Star, Jeannie Seely is included in the museums first exhibition of 2019 alongside her friend, Carly Pearce, and many other peers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 8, 2020.

“Anytime I can see Jeannie Seely and ‘current’ in the same sentence I’m thrilled!  It is such an honor to be represented anywhere in this building, and to be included in thisAmerican Currents exhibit with some of my peers is especially rewarding,” said Jeannie Seely.  “It is also very exciting to share the display with my friend, Carly Pearce, who I believe holds the future in her hands. I appreciate so much the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum including me in the class of 2018.”

Carly Pearce stated, “Country music has been my life since before I can even remember – even my parents said the only thing that would stop me from crying as a baby was the sounds of Vince Gill, Patsy Cline, Alison Krauss and many more legendary voices. So it is truly in moments like these, that I have to take a deep breath before believing it’s real and to have a mentor and friend like Jeannie alongside me in life and this exhibit is something I only could have dreamed. I hold the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and the Grand Ole Opry in such high esteem and am so grateful to be a part of this moment. Thank you to my dear friend & mentor, Jeannie Seely, for completely surprising me with a sneak peek last week of the exhibit. I love country music more than anything in the world and can’t believe this is real.”

Each year, American Currents carefully examines the previous year in country music, defined broadly to include country-related styles such as Americana and bluegrass music, and offers rich detail about the noteworthy figures and events in country music’s recent past.

The 2018 class of American Currents is composed of artists, songwriters, broadcasters, and several class members were in attendance at a reception held last week to see their displays for the first time. Those attending the opening reception included: John Anderson, Dan Auerbach, Matraca Berg, Bobby Bones, Alison Brown, Kane Brown, Becky Buller, Brad Clawson, Rodney Clawson, Tyler Mahan Coe, Chris Eldridge, Dom Flemons, Nicolle Galyon, John Hartford’s family, Sierra Hull, Manuel, Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire, Justin Moses, Missy Raines, Jeannie Seely, and Molly Tuttle.

Others featured in the exhibit include Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Pistol Annies, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

My Thoughts On The Hall Of Fame Choices.

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Mar 232019
 

 

By now there is no doubt in my mind that most of you already know the three choices that were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this past week on March 18th. I am quite adamant on the fact that every website in the internet world informed us of their choices, or streamed the live stream. I had a busy ass week, and I just simply didn’t have enough time to write an article informing you of the choices.

I will however, write an article shaming the Hall Of Fame on these choices and at the same time I can also applaud them for inducting Mr Ray Stevens. Let’s begin on that point. Under what ideology did the powers that be vote for Mr Ray Stevens over more well deserving candidates the likes of Mr Hank Williams Junior or Mr. David Allan Coe? Honestly if I sat and pontificated all of the possible inductees under this echelon of the scale I could name so many people more well deserving of this accolade than he in SOME areas. Yeah, I know everybody isn’t going to agree with me on this…

We ALL have our OWN ideologies on this subject here, every time they induct a few, you hear WHAT NO SO AND SO? I mean for God’s sake they can ONLY induct three or four yearly.  But are you going to convince me the Wilburn Brothers do not deserve to be inducted?

Well, let’s delve into Mr. Ray Stevens and allow me to present my point of applauding his nomination. Maybe after YOU read this you’ll agree, hell maybe it’ll turn you AGAINST the decision. But one thing is for certain, this ain’t a dictator website like another claims to be. It’s NOT MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, and this isn’t a discussion where I’ll CRUSH YOU if you disagree. Hell ,call me on the phone and let’s have a friendly debate about this, I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL…get out some coffee and let’s jam.

Mr. Ray Stevens contributed a LOT to Country Music as a whole, it’s not just the comedy songs you immediately dwell upon while mentioning his name. I mean, the Mississippi Squirrel Revival WAS a classic and funny song but if you didn’t know some of the things Mr. Ray Price has done for SO MANY, let’s take a look.

In 1966, after releasing some of his comedy songs like “Ahab The Arab” and more, he recorded the FIRST version of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” that was penned by Mr. Kris Kristofferson. That single hit the charts from Stevens as well as Cash’s version too, he hit more success with “Isn’t It Lonely Together” which Mr. O.C. Smith recorded. That single landed on the charts as well. BUT HERE is where we enter the point in his life that I deem him WELL deserving of this accolade here.

Between 1961 and 1970 he helped MANY younger stars BECOME STARS, as an A&R man, producer and arranger. I’ll be honest in saying I place him upon my high regard as the likes of Mr. Ken Nelson and others. “My True Confession” was co wrote by Stevens and Miss Margie Singleton, whom I also consider a HUGE Country Music Legend in her own right. VERY overlooked woman that many have no idea how immensely Miss Margie Singleton has embellished Country Music. He did so much work for Miss Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, and Patti Page.

Now here is where I do think the 1980’s out shadowed Mr. Ray Stevens as folks like Hank Williams Junior teamed up with powerhouse Jimmy Bowen to produce and release some of Outlaw Country’s finest works, and with the help of some “other” influences he broke barriers by releasing TWO albums a year in his prime. In the span of 13 years he released 21 albums….21. 18 of those were certified gold, and he gathered 8 number 1 singles, and 44 top ten singles….so tell me, has he burned so many bridges that the Hall Of Fame will NEVER induct him? Will we ever know?

You can argue this or agree but there is no doubt that some of the finest songwriting on albums from the 1970’s and 80’s came from Mr. David Allan Coe. Many people hold a grudge against him for releasing his adult albums in the early 80’s, however if you begin on his 80’s music and you cannot find him a suitable candidate for membership, I would digress. “The Ride” and “Mona Lisa Lost her Smile” were some true Country Music classics along with the great song “She Used To love Me A Lot”.

I want to move on to my area of disgust on the topic, the Modern Era choice. Obviously they WAY missed the mark on this one omitting (once again) Dwight Yoakam, as he practically revived Honky Tonk Country in the 1980’s. He brought back that Bakersfield style and juxtaposed it with real Honky Tonk Country, and took it to ever local club across America.

I thought that Brooks And Dunn did have a few good songs in their prime, but they could have given this position to MANY other people the likes of John Anderson or Vern Gosdin, who had just as many charted hits as they did. So you may ask, just how many singles have they released? Well, first off Brooks And Dunn DIDN’T EVEN EXIST until 1991, so I suppose they could be nominated as a Modern Era choice, but HOW can they when people like Mr .Dwight Yoakam or Mr. John Anderson were in their PRIME 7 years PRIOR to their debut?

The duo released 50 singles and 20 of them went went number 1. They had 19 more reach the Top 10, whereas Mr. Dwight has sold millions of overall albums, including FIVE number one ALBUMS on those same charts. A LOT of people will additionally imply that Mr. Keith Whitley is also deserving of this nomination, and I always say that had he lived, he would have surpassed many of these statistics within the realm of sales and achievements.

I truly think the Country Music Hall Of Fame’s panel of voters missed the boat here on this, but I honestly can rest on Ray Stevens. I can and will honor and congratulate his being in this hallowed institution, because I truly think he DOES deserve to be within it’s walls..I just think others deserve the honor first. In closing, like I previously stated these are JUST MY opinions and thoughts, and I’m sure they don’t mean much to many people. I just wanted to put my thoughts out there for anybody that DOES want to read them.

HONOR THY MUSIC!

 

 

 

Album Feature – Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue

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Mar 182019
 

By Joshua Wallace

This collection finds Townes Van Zandt at the height of his career in early 1973.  It was recorded in the home studio of the late Atlanta, GA based journalist and musician Bill Hedgepeth.  To give you a point of reference, this recording was captured the same year as the Live At The Old Quarter record which many people consider to be the best Townes Van Zandt collection available.  While this album does nothing to top that, it does provide some raw acoustic of tracks from that same time period.  It also provides us with a couple of tracks which never made it onto a Townes Van Zandt album.

The two new tracks are “All I Need” and “Sky Blue”.  Of those, I think “Sky Blue” is my favorite.  I love the finger picking on this track and it’s just a smooth Townes ballad.  I also dig the alternate version of “Blue Ridge Mountains”.  The original is a favorite on the High, Low And In Between album and this interpretation is a great alternative take.  I also really dig this stripped down version of “Pancho & Lefty”.  It’s a song that we have many versions of, but this one ads another layer to the mystique of what is probably the most infamous Townes Van Zandt track.  Finally, another great stripped down track is “Dream Spider”.  It would eventually become “The Spider Song” which appears on the 1993 release The Nashville Sessions.  I really love the different looks this album gives you at some of these classic Townes songs.

It’s not every day we get a new collection of Townes Van Zandt recordings, and especially a new collection with such a big impact.  From unheard songs to stripped down versions of classic hits to cover tunes.  This live home studio set is worth checking out for Townes fans.  It’s not the place to start if you’re new to Townes, but if you’re wanting to stretch your legs a bit into some deeper stuff, this is a good record.  Sky Blue is out everywhere you can find good music as of Friday March 7th, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : All I Need, Sky Blue, Blue Ridge Mountains (Smoky Version), Pancho & Lefty, Silver Ships Of Andilar, Dream Spider

Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue (2019)

  1. All I Need
  2. Rex’s Blues
  3. The Hills Of Roane County
  4. Sky Blue
  5. For Ever, For Always, For Certain
  6. Blue Ridge Mountains (Smoky Version)
  7. Pancho & Lefty
  8. Snake Song
  9. Silver Ships Of Andilar
  10. Dream Spider
  11. Last Thing On My Mind

Mr. Jeremy Pinnell Kicks Off Aggressive Tour To Prepare For A New Album.

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Mar 182019
 
I am truly anticipating some new music from this man right here, even though his last album was just recently released in 2017, and secured a TOP SPOT on many year end lists. I’ll be watching this man closely in the next few months for anything new to add to this article for you fans.
Northern Kentucky singer-songwriter Jeremy Pinnell will be hitting the road hard this spring, jump-starting the tour with a handful of SXSW showcase performances in Austin next week. He’ll not only be performing tracks on this tour from his previous two acclaimed studio LPs – Ties of Blood and Affection from 2017 and his 2015 debut OH/KY, but he’ll also be road-testing brand new compositions slated for his next studio album.
JEREMY PINNELL 2019 TOUR DATES
3/19 Nashville TN @ American Legion Post 82
3/29 Nashville, TN @ Acme Feed & Seed
3/29 Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot
3/30 Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern
4/05 Nashville TN @ Acme Feed & Seed
4/06 Huntsville AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
4/07 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East (w/ Jaime Wyatt)
4/12 Columbus OH @ Rambling House
4/13 Huntington WV @ The V Club
4/14 Lynchburg VA @ White Hart Cafe
4/16 Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge
4/17 Brooklyn NY @ Skinny Dennis
4/18 New York NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
4/19 Pawlet VT @ The Barn
4/20 Portland ME @ Andy’s Old Port Pub
4/21 Cambridge MA @ Atwood’s Tavern
4/23 Syracuse NY @ King of Cups
4/24 Rochester NY @ OTR Woodfire Tavern
4/25 Buffalo NY @ Sportsmen’s Tavern
4/26 Maumee OH @ Village Idiot
4/27 Chicago IL @ The Hideout
5/02 Indianapolis IN @ The HiFi
5/03 Nashville TN @ Acme Feed & Seed
5/05 Asheville NC @ Sierra Nevada Brewing
5/17 Dayton OH @ Yellow Cab (SOLO)
5/21 Nashville TN @ American Legion Post 82
5/23 Davenport IA @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
5/24 Kansas City MO @ Westport Saloon
5/25 Laporte CO @ Swing Station
5/26 Denver CO @ The Hi Dive
5/31 Livingston MT @ The Murray Bar
6/04 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
6/05 Portland OR @ White Eagle
6/06 Phillipsville CA @ Riverwood Inn
6/07 Oakland CA @ House Concert
6/08 Bakersfield CA @ El Conquistador
6/09 Los Angeles CA @ Grand Ole Echo
6/12 Mesa AZ @ Roosters Country
6/15 Fort Worth TX @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
6/20 Little Rock AR @ White Water Tavern
6/21 Nashville TN @ The Basement
6/29 Cincinnati OH @ MOTR Pub
(additional dates to be announced via Sofaburn here)

Music Festivals 2019: Roots Roadhouse Festival.

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Mar 182019
 

SPACELAND, ECHO AND GRAND OLE ECHO PRESENT
ROOTS ROADHOUSE FESTIVAL 2019

March 31, 2019; 3pm /All Ages
@ Echo and Echoplex  (entrance at 1154 Glendale Blvd)

Los Angeles, CA January 29th, 2019– Roots Roadhouse is the kick off event to the Grand Ole Echo –The Los Angeles-based live roots music series.  Roots Roadhouse is an all day festival taking place at Echo and Echoplex stages plus the Echo patio stage and string performers and square dancing at the Old Time Is A Good Time Stage.   

Roots Roadhouse is inspired by the outlaw country spirit and cosmic cowboy soul; different genres are showcased during the mini fest that are all part of American roots music.  This years performers  include the “Ragin’ Cajun” Doug Kershaw with the Dave & Deke Combo,  bluesman Cedric Burnside, honky tonk singer Dallas Moore, rockabilly king James Intveld, murder ballad balladeer Amigo the Devil plus Zephania Ohora, Ruby Boots, Alice Wallace and Teddy & the Rough Riders.

In addition to the live performances there will be BBQ from Shadygrove foods, vintage clothing and instrument vendors and country music memorabilia on display.

Spaceland, Echo and Grand Ole Echo Present
ROOTS ROADHOUSE 2019! 

March 31, 2019; 3pm /all ages
@ Echo and Echoplex  (entrance at 1154 Glendale Blvd)

SPOTIFY SAMPLER OF ROOTS ROADHOUSE ARTISTS

Over 20 Artists! $33 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $48 VIP

TICKETS

Line up for Echo & Echoplex Stages: (set times tbd)
Alice Wallace
Amigo The Devil
Cedric Burnside
Dallas Moore
Doug Kershaw
elijah Ocean
James Intveld
Ruby Boots
Sam Morrow
Teddy And The Tough Riders
Zepheniah Ohora

Grand Ole Echo  “Back Porch” Stage:
Blue Rose Rounders
Desure
Dylan Earl
Gus Clark
Leroy From The North
Sie Sie Benhoff
Victoria Baily

Old Time Is A Good Time Stage:
Capgun Holdups
Have More Fun Stringband, with Square Dance caller Jeremy Horton
High Life Cajun Band
Water Tower
Wicklow Atwater

A limited quantity of tickets at a discounted price are up for sale and will remain posted until we sell out of them.

Purchase
https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1804431?utm_medium=bks

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For more information:  http://www.spacelandpresents.com/event/1804431-roots-roadhouse-2019-doug-los-angeles/ 

News From Mr. Tyller Gummersall.

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Mar 182019
 

2019 Update!

The first few months of this year have been filled with lots of fun news. From being featured in a Spotify playlist alongside George Strait, to being accepted into a great Texas songwriters showcase . Many moons ago I ran into a young man named Mr. Tyller Gummersall, and he is from the Rocky Mountain region.

After I covered his set in Nashville the two of us became friends, as well as his parents, whom were VERY pleasant people with true, honest American values. Mr. Tyller himself holds an absolute honest and true love for Country Music Tradition, which was evident in the presence of Mr. Lloyd Green in his life.

And now, I would like to share more information with you about this man and his music. I wait with intense anticipation for his full new album, and you can darn sure bet this website will be one of the ones that feature it on the forefront.

New Music!

I’m very happy to be releasing some brand new music!
This song “Why Do I Buy Whiskey” was written by myself and Devon O’Day. Devon is an amazing person and host of Nashville Today on WSM radio. She also has penned songs for the likes of George Strait and Lee Ann Womack.I was able to record this song (and some others) with the help from some very special fans – thank you all so much!We cut this tune at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN all analog straight to 2inch tape. And this track features stellar players, it was so much fun to record with these folks!
– Brad Pemberton on Drums (Steve Earle)
– Aubrey Haynie playing fiddle (Kevin Fowler, Zane Williams, Luke Combs)
– Mike Bub on Bass (Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury Band)
– Kinsey Rose singing Harmonies (Vince Gill).

Look for Why Do I Buy Whiskey wherever you consume music online.

Live Performance News!

I’m honored to have been selected for the Larry Jo Taylor Songwriter’s Showcase!
I’ll be performing March 25th in Stephenville, TX(learn more) and hopefully earn a spot at Larry’s legendary festivallate April.

The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Welcomes The Riders In The Sky.

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Mar 182019
 

Riders In The Sky Live 5/4! 

For more than forty years, Riders In The Sky have led the way in Western music, a genre pioneered by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Known for legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, the band has continued to take their music to new audiences.  In 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history, and thus began a love affair with radio. In 1988, they recorded comedy skits for the album Riders Radio Theatre and launched the long-running international weekly radio show of the same name on public radio.

In 2001, Riders In The Sky garnered their first Grammy for “Best Musical Album for Children” with the immense success of Woody’s Round Up from the Toy Story movie franchise.  A few years later, they earned another Grammy in the same category for Monsters Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites, the companion album to Pixar’s Monsters Inc.

Riders In The Sky bring their Western style and ‘Cowboy Way’ to the Hall of Fame for an entertaining trip out west on Saturday, May 4th.  Tickets are on sale now!

Remembering Hall of Fame Member Mac Wiseman
We’ve lost a treasure in bluegrass music with the passing of Hall of Fame member, Mac Wiseman. Known as the ‘Voice with a Heart,’ he left an indelible mark on the genre. To read more about Mac Wiseman and his impact on bluegrass music, click here for his inductee biography.  Here’s a clip of Wiseman from our Video Oral History Project, filmed in 2006:

 

 

The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum Features Miss Elizabeth Laprelle.

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Mar 182019
 

A DAY OF APPALACHIAN SONG WITH ELIZABETH LAPRELLE

ONE DAY  |  TWO EVENTS
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Song and Voice Workshop

2:00 – 4:00 PM  | FREE with RSVP

Elizabeth LaPrelle will teach a variety of traditional Appalachian songs as repertoire, using them as a springboard to talk about the voice and how to use it in solo performance. Participants will also get the chance to explore the “mountain” sound through listening to a few examples and practicing a few exercises together. Everyone who wants to will get a chance to sing solo!
Click to RSVP

Elizabeth LaPrelle in Concert

7:00 PM  | $15 Ticket

Elizabeth is exceptional in her devotion to and mastery of the ancient and deep art of Appalachian singing, and her voice, stark and unaccompanied, can lift and carry the listener away to another time. A concert including a variety of haunting and evocative Appalachian ballads and old-time songs, this is a performance not to be missed.
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Elizabeth LaPrelle has been performing and studying Appalachian ballads and old-time songs since she was 11 years old. Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth attended old-time fiddlers’ conventions and sang harmonies with her family, who encouraged her to sing her own favorite American folk music. As a teen Elizabeth learned the “mountain” style of singing from mentors Ginny Hawker and Sheila Kay Adams, which led her to explore archives and field recordings for ancient and little-known songs. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance, and in 2011 formed performance duo “Anna & Elizabeth” with Anna Roberts-Gevalt. She now tours the US regularly both performing and teaching.

More News On Mr. Del McCourry.

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Mar 172019
 

So I have been following Bluegrass Legend Mr. Del McCourry for years now, many years ago he played a GREAT show at Muddy Roots. I also recently saw him at 3rd and Lindsley where he and Grammy award winning artists The Travelin McCourrys both tore the place apart. His energetic stage shows are inspiring many younger Bluegrass artists like Mr. Billy Strings and Miss Sierra Hull, along with more Country youngsters like Miss Emi Sunshine.

He recently celebrated his birthday as he took over the Grand Old Opry HERE IS WHERE you can go read about his 80th birthday there. He has many guests and special friends show up to love on him proper, and now he even has his OWN festival every year in Maryland. DelFest is a heavily supported festival on here.

He is included in many of the nation’s festivals in many states, and they are ALL included here in one website. Festivals like The Blue Ox, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Merlefest, The Aiken Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Rockygrass, Whimmydiddle, and Pickin In the Pines.

DelFest just recently released their entire daily schedule and entire show program  I have included that all into this article at the bottom. I also have included some of his show dates below.

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Daily SchedulesAnnounced

Start planning your musical adventure now!

The daily grids for DelFest are now posted on our site. Enjoy our interactive scheduler where you can sort by day or by stage, view additional artist info, and even create a personalized schedule and sync to your phone or calendar.

Check out the Daily Schedule here >>

Final Lineup Additions Announced

DelFest is excited to announce the addition of The Kruger Brothers, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Bowman, Bowman & Dré, The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys! And just like that, we have ourselves the 2019 DelFest Lineup!

Single-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day Passes On Sale Now

Tickets at current discount price will be gone soon!

3-day, 2-day and single-day tickets for DelFest are on-sale now, along with Show Sherpa (hassle-free camping) and On-site Parking Passes. 4-Day Passes are on sale at the current price now through April 1st (no joke!) Get yours before prices go up. Ticket Payment Plans are available!

>>GET TICKETS HERE BY APRIL 1 TO SAVE<<

Learn to play Bluegrass from Grammy Winners, The Travelin’ McCourys!

The DelFest Academy (held just before DelFest – Sunday May 19 through Wednesday May 22) is a friendly, encouraging, and intensive four-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass serving as instructors for students of all levels. The Academy offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and dobro led by all-star instructors providing lessons to students which target their individual needs and leave ample time for plenty of one-on-one interaction. In addition to our Grammy-winning host band, The Travelin’ McCourys [Rob McCoury (banjo), Ron McCoury (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Alan Bartram (bass)], returning to teach this year will be Sierra Hull on mandolin and husband Justin Moses on dobro, along with Frank Solivan and members of Dirty Kitchen – Mike Munford (banjo) and Chris Luquette (guitar). Also returning is an academy favorite Ronnie Bowmanon guitar and vocal class joined by wife, Garnet Bowman.

Learn more about The DelFest Academy

 

Dates:

Wed, MAR 20
Del & Dawg @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, NJ
Thu, MAR 21
Del and Dawg @ Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
Fri, MAR 22
Del & Dawg @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy, NY
Sat, MAR 23
Del & Dawg @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Tarrytown, NY
Thu, MAR 28
Lucas Theatre For the Arts
Savannah, GA
Fri, MAR 29
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
Fri, APR 12
Old Settler’s Music Festival
Dale, TX
Sat, APR 20
A Little Help From My Friends show with The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Dre Anders, & Cody Kilby @ Paramount Bristol
Bristol, TN
Fri, APR 26
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
St. Louis, MO
Sun, APR 28
Merlefest
Wilkesboro, NC
Thu, MAY 02
City Winery
Chicago, IL
Fri, MAY 03
Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, WI
Sat, MAY 04
Hopkins Center For the Arts
Hopkins, MN
Thu, MAY 09
Del & Dawg @ Paramount Theatre
Charlottesville, VA
Fri, MAY 10
Del & Dawg @ Grand Opera House
Wilmington, DE
Sat, MAY 11
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
Aiken, SC
Thu, MAY 23
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Fri, MAY 24
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Sat, MAY 25
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Sun, MAY 26
DelFest
Cumberland, MD
Fri, JUN 07
Del & Dawg @ Camp Greensky Music Festival
Wellston, MI
Sun, JUN 09
Pagosa Folk N Bluegrass Festival
Pagosa Springs, CO
Fri, JUN 14
Blue Ox Music Festival
Eau Claire, WI
Fri, JUN 28
ROMP Festival
Owensboro, KY
Sat, JUL 06
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA
Thu, JUL 18
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Greene County, NY
Fri, JUL 19
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Greene County, NY
Sun, JUL 21
The String Cheese Incident w/The Del McCoury Band @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Morrison, CO
Thu, JUL 25
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA
Thu, JUL 25
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA
Sun, JUL 28
RockyGrass
Lyons, CO
Sun, AUG 11
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
Alta, WY
Thu, AUG 15
Music Box Supper Club
Cleveland, OH
Fri, AUG 16
Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival @ RiversEdge Ampitheater
Hamilton, OH
Sat, AUG 17
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Petoskey, MI
Sat, SEP 14
Del & Dawg @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Tucson, AZ
Sun, SEP 15
Del & Dawg @ Pickin’ In the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival
Flagstaff, AZ
Sat, SEP 21
Bourbon and Beyond
Louisville, KY

New Music Coming From My Friend Mr. Tilford Sellers.

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Mar 172019
 

Back a few years ago in 2014 at Muddy Roots , I finally got the chance to cover a set on the wood stage by one of local music’s most talented young men Mr. Tilford Sellers and his band The Wagon Burners. He blazed a Honky Tonk trail through the underground of Indiana and many festivals, and he loved and appreciated vintage Country music like I did. He and I had a mutual respect for one another, and our brains connected from the moment we met. We pulled over and had a lengthy conversation about our insatiable appetite for steel guitar TONE and PROPER stage attire, people like Porter Wagoner inspired him, rhinestone suits and record label stickers. He LOVED the Sun Records label and KNEW the difference in releases from MCA and RCA, like I do.

In late January 2018 Mr. Patrick Bowman AKA Tilford Sellers was killed by a tow truck driver under the influence of meth, who carelessly ran a stop sign and crashed into Mr. Patrick, and other drivers, killing him. In Columbus Indiana he was with his fiancee in his car and was killed by a man named  Ruel Pedigo, this from a news article:

Ruel Pedigo, 49, is now charged with Reckless Homicide and Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood, and Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood.

The charges followed a nearly four-month investigation that found Pedigo had Methamphetamine in his system when the tow truck he was driving ran into several vehicles at a stoplight on State Road 46 in late January.  The crash killed 36-year old Patrick Bowman and seriously injured Bowman’s Fiancee, Sarah Fliehman.

“Columbus Police, with the help of State Police went through airbag diagnostics, downloaded information from vehicles that were involved in the crash,” said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris.  “They also looked at nearby security camera footage.”

Harris says the key evidence came from a blood draw from Pedigo shortly after the crash occurred.

“When we received the results back, it showed Mr Pedigo had methamphetamine in his system” Harris said.

“Patrick was a loving fiancé, brother, son, and valued friend to many,” a family statement said.  “There are no words to describe the devastation we all feel.  Patrick’s death has left a horrible void in so many lives.”

Bowman is remembered as a talented singer-songwriter with a promising career in country music ahead of him.  Bowman performed under the stage name “Tilford Sellers” and recorded original country music with his band “Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners.”

“We believe Patrick would want to be remembered for his music,” the family statement said.  “Patrick was one of five nominees by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for the 2018 Honky Tonk Male Artist of the year.  His music career was looking brighter every day.”

Bowman’s family says he was in the process of recording an album at the time of his death.  That album is now set for release in late summer or early fall.  All proceeds from the album will go to a scholarship fund in his name, administered through the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

The fund is taking donations for the scholarship.  A link to that donation website can be found HERE.
According to Mr. Patrick’s family there will be a hearing on March 25th for the man responsible for his death, and a jury trial is scheduled for May 14th 2019.  I will be keeping an eye on the outcome of this incident, as well as the information in this article.

I am EXCITED to be one of the first press sources to release this announcement of an ALL NEW ALBUM of music from Tilford Sellers called “Another Day With You” , and this will be available on CD AND vinyl album. It will be on both black and blue vinyl, complete with detailed insert jacket. ALSO the rough version of his vocals will be made available, however the name of that has not yet been revealed. The cover of the rough vocals will be different featuring all of the musicians involved, and all of the proceeds for this project will be donated to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund administered by the Heritage Fund Of Bartholomew County, Indiana.

Thanks to Mr. Ryan Payton for capturing these songs on this forthcoming album I am about to tell you about, Mr. Ryan played steel guitar on this album as well as the electric guitar and mandolin and more. Mr. Wes Eberhardt played bass, Mr. Justin Meier played upright bass, Mr. Thom Woodward played electric guitar. Mr. Brad Wallace played drums and Mr. Jerry Miller played electric guitar and more. Tilford Sellers began recording this album in November of 2017, and was only partially completed when he was killed.

He was in the midst of being nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in Memphis for Best Honky Tonk Male, and on the day before his fatal accident he recorded the vocals for this album. I was told he only needed one take for every song, that’s how passionate he was about the lyrics.

His band rallied together and used his actual guitar and pedal systems, and his own amplifier to complete the guitar work. They spent many many hours in the studio making this album. They followed all of his actual written notes and arrangements, and played everything exactly as he would have done it.

  1.  It’s Wrong You’re Gone
  2. Tanker Full Of Tears
  3. Home Away From Broken Home
  4. She’s Coming Home
  5.  Love Is A Lie
  6. Living These Songs
  7. Ft. Worth Jail House
  8. Drunk On Your Love
  9. Heartbreak’s Door
  10. Another Day With You

Now, according to his family there will be two record release parties for this. One will be in Indianapolis and another at a location I haven’t been told about yet.  As soon as I get a link for this album to purchase I will include it on here to purchase, as I shall be purchasing it myself for sure. This statement is from social media here:

Another Day With You by the late @tilfordsellers will soon be available on colored/black LP, CD and digital download. There will also be a CD of the demo versions of each song.

All proceeds from each sale will go to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund. Recipients of this award may use the money for tuition and/or music related expenses such as music lessons, equipment, travel, studio time, etc.

Many thanks to the Bowman family, Dave Becker, Kyle Battin, Eddy Price, Ryan Payton, Lisa & Steve Thompson, Thom Woodard, Justin Meier, Brad Wallace, Jerry Miller, Wes Eberhardt, Paul Mahern and everyone else who helped bring this beautiful album to fruition.

The SteelDrivers Announce New Tour Dates.

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Mar 162019
 

 

KEEP UP WITH THE STEELDRIVERS ON TOUR 
New dates announced and on-sale TODAY! 
Ticket information HERE

New dates on-sale TODAY

PHOTO:  Jeff Fasano
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 8, 2019) — It’s been 11 years now since GRAMMY® award-winning band, The SteelDrivers, released their self-titled debut recording project.  The world-class musicians continue their musical journey on the 2019 Bona Fide U.S. Tour in distinct style with performances from Folsom, California to Annapolis, Maryland and everywhere in between.  Shows in markets shown above go on-sale TODAY.  Tickets links can be found HERE.  
“Our dedication and determination remain just as intact today as it did over a decade ago,” says singer, songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers.  “I liken us to what the Rolling Stones would sound like if they played banjos, fiddles and mandolins — it’s that rock-n-roll edge played on traditional instruments and our shows continue to reflect that high-level energy and fun!”  
Throughout their long career — one that encompasses four highly acclaimed albums — The SteelDrivers (2008), Reckless (2010), Hammer Down (2012) and The Muscle Shoals Recordings (2015), their inspiration has ultimately always been about the music. A sound The Tennessean once described as “gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly, “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s SteelDrivers have bushels of it.” 
Part of their lure is the freedom each musician gets to express themselves without any reservation, even as the group maintains their signature sound.  Rogers is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and expressive fiddlers on the scene today.  Brent Truitt and Richard Bailey are certified string benders who take their respective instruments to new levels of expertise.  Newest member and Kentucky native Kelvin Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, whileMike Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation.  
The band’s Rounder Records project The Muscle Shoals Recordings reached #1 on the BillboardBluegrass Chart and received a GRAMMY® award for “Best Bluegrass Album.”  The SteelDrivers re-released their 2008 self-titled debut album on vinyl.  It is available here.   To learn more, visitwww.thesteeldrivers.com.  
The SteelDrivers tour dates (more dates will be added):
March
09   York, SC                              McCelvey Center  SOLD OUT

14   Boulder, CO                        Boulder Theater

15   Steamboat Springs, CO      Strings Music Pavillion

16   Aspen, CO                          Wheeler Opera House

28   Beaumont, TX                     Jefferson Theatre

29   Arlington, TX                       Arlington Music Hall

30   Wichita, KS                         Orpheum Theatre
                  
April
06   Louisville, KY                      Brown Theatre
13   Dale, TX                              Old Settler’s Music Festival
May   
09   Munhall, PA                         Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

10   Lewisburg, WV                    Carnegie Hall

17   Shipshewana, IN                 Shipshewana Event Center

24   Augusta, GA                        Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que

25   Floyd, VA                             9th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

26   Cumberland, MD                 Allegany County Fairgrounds

June
21   Morehead, KY                     Rudy Fest
July
25   Reno, NV                            Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater

26   Folsom, CA                         Harris Center

27   Petaluma, CA                      Mystic Theatre

28   Seattle, WA                         Tractor Tavern

August
04   Chillicothe, OH                    Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
17   Pelham, TN                         The Caverns
29   Annapolis, MD                     Rams Head On Stage
30   Fairfield, CT                        The Warehouse
31   Brunswick, ME                    Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival 
September
05  Columbia, SC                       The Senate
06  Greenville, SC                      Peace Center
07  Franklin, NC                         Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
13  KCMO, MO                          The Folly Theater
14  Washington, MO                  Oxfest Music Festival 
20  Bean Blossom, IN                Uncle Pen Festival
October
05   Owensboro, KY                   Bluegrass 
25   Park City, UT                       Egyptian Theatre
26   Park City, UT                       Egyptian Theatre
27   Park City, UT                       Egyptian Theatre

Music Festivals 2019: folk Shit Up 2019.

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Mar 162019
 

I will be keeping an eye on some live streams from this festival going on right now. Here is some information if you would like to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below
www.folkshitup.com

$15 1 Day Pass
$20 2 Day Pass

Official Lineup

Days N Daze (HTX)
Freight Train Rabbit Killer (Kansas City, MO)
Michael Strike and The God Damn Band (WISCO)
The Grim Folks (SATX)
Carrie Asher- musician (SATX)
Rock Bottom String Band (SMTX)
the texicano folk rock punk (Odessa, TX)
Tejon Street Corner Thieves (Colorado Springs, CO)
Pickles (ATX)
Southern Sinners (Beeville, TX)
Nicholas Gomez (SATX)
36″ Wheels (SMTX)
One Trick Pony (ATX)
Grupo Frackaso (SATX)
Black TarPoon (CCTX)
The Dixie Underground (ATX)
Grin & Bear It (SMTX)
WhiskeyDick (FWTX)
Duane Mark (ATX)
Sissy Brown (Lawton, OK)
Mullet Mike and The Throbbers (SATX)
WT Newton (Chicago, IL)
Old Wolves (WISCO)
The Real McCoys (HTX)
TrumpCard (ATX)
Filthy Arsenal (Denton, TX)
LOADED (SATX)
Domestic Weather (SMTX)
Trash Cats (Huntsville, AL)
Asa Martin (NM)
Pour Choices (WISCO)
Battered Image (SATX)
Tres Leches? (Kenefick,TX)
The Altitude (Denton, TX)
Red Direct and The Gogo Fuck Yourselves (SMTX)
Saul and Los Howlers (SATX)

Sponsors
Flint&GambsCo.
Cerebral Imaging Productions
Allen Wayne Nichols

Artist
Abel Apple Alvarado
Samantha Jo Rubio
Bueno Creations
Chris Gonzales
Jessica Flores
Malice in Chains Jewelry by LJ Tucker

Vendors Include
Punk With A Camera
Sabor Catrinas Food Truck
Bryan Ridgeway
Merch Vandal

Special Thanks goes out to Patreon Supporters for helping to make this event possible.
Rock Bottom String Band
Devin Dear
Angel Josue Bautista
Victor
Stef Cmielewski
Max Richard
Nathan Gregory Bornstein
Andrew Avila
Gustavo Gallegos
Moni Avila
Rael-o Salas

3rd Annual Hagfest Coming To Southgate House.

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Mar 152019
 

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Two years ago my friend Mr. Joe Macheret was telling me about an idea he had about a certain music function.  It actually started out being for the Ohio based talent like the Tillers, whom in my opinion recorded an iconic 2012 live album called Farewell To The Southgate House.

In late 2011 the sisters took over the venue, and maintained the live music tradition that the Southgate has provided Newport Kentucky since the 1970s. Today, the venue is still one of the oldest churches in the area, and this show here is one of the best on their yearly roster. This year the lineup is truly the best one they have ever concocted in my opinion.

Many of these bands I have much experience with covering in the past, and some of them I have none. I think in the many years I have been doing this job I have covered thousands of bands in 30 states, and I LOVE this area. Mr. Billie Gant and I go back to 2013 where he and I first met along with Mr. Joshua Morningstar at Altamont. Honestly I go back to MySapce with Mr. Joey Allcorn, and his music, he and I have been friends for many years. He recently took a short hiatus and that’s OK, we all need that at times. He is back healthy and happy and ready to once again entertain us all.

It’s ALWAYS a GOOD time around that rascal Mr. David AKA Laid Back Country picker, he tore apart Kickin’ It On The Creek , Master Musician’s Festival and MANY MORE upcoming in 2019 like Tumbleweed in Kansas City. Mr. Nathan Kalish released a REALLY GOOD album recently that we reviewed, so I PROMISE you that you will enjoy his music.

Mr. Adam Lee I haven’t ran across since Moonrunners in Chicago two years ago, and I ALWAYS enjoy his music. Joe’s Truck Stop is AMAZING live, and I love Mr. Joe VERY MUCH. See I’m going to tell you this..other websites cover these bands too, but they do not cover them with the level of friendship that goes into how I do it. This from their press release:

Much more than a tribute show, Hagfest celebrates the music and lasting legacy of the great Merle Haggard, his contemporaries, and his own heroes whom he was readily known to pay tribute to himself.

The lineup is curated by Cincinnati musician and songwriter, Joe Macheret (of Joe’s Truck Stop and The Tillers) to include some of the best Country, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and Bluegrass inspired songwriters and musicians currently out working. The lineup includes legends like Otis Williams (of Cincinnati’s King Records fame) and Bill Kirchen (the Titan of the Telecaster), up and comers Jaime Wyatt and Josh Morningstar, and a slew of regional and local talent!

The festival has grown each year, and we’re hoping that continues. It’s creating a community of like minded folks who acknowledge something unifying and special in the music we all love, and that includes both the audience members and the musicians. We also donate most of our ticket proceeds to the Appalachian Prison Book Project, a cause we believe Merle Haggard would be proud of.

Hagfest will include nineteen acts on three stages! Although the bands and performers will most likely play their favorite Hag hit or deep cut, we want to celebrate the originality of the great songwriters on this lineup. Just the same way Merle Haggard was celebrated for writing so many of his own songs and paving a path for original songwriters inspired by Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Country and Dixie Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Old Time, and so on…

Hagfest 2019 lineup:
Otis Williams and the Midnight Cowboys
Bill Kirchen
Jaime Wyatt
Josh Morningstar
Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
Laid Back Country Picker
500 miles To Memphis
Nathan Kalish
Joe’s Truck Stop
The Tammy Whynots
Luna And The Mountain Jets
Adam Lee
Billie Gant
Joey Allcorn
Slippery Creek
Chelsea Ford And The Trouble
The Hammer And The Hatchet
Michael Moeller
Robert Lowell

$ 20.00 – $25.00 / All Ages

Tickets: HERE.

Album Feature: Dave Ernst Hickory Switch.

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Mar 132019
 

This one was a real treat here today, because last year at Master Musicians Festival, my friends over at Eastwood Records gave me a pre view of this album. I got to hear some of these songs live, before the initial album feature so I got a little more material than I usually do from the start.

This band packs one hell of a live whallop in my opinion, and they had a true swampy and gritty style. On the eight song EP called “Hickory Switch” (which was molded after grammy’s ever feared stick that scalded your ass), they display a true alt-country style that reminds me of an early Blackberry Smoke and others.

Last year I did not know that “Rocket Fuel” was indeed a cover song as I was not as familiar with Mr. Todd Snider as I am now. One must remember I follow thousands of bands in many genres, things slip past me. I truly could relate to the song “Wreckin’ Just Fine”, and I liked the lyrical play there. I damn sure have wrecked a few things in my life just fine, and placed some trust in a few that messed me up just fine as well.

“Pallbearer” was one I remembered last year hearing live. It’s a slower song, that displays somber lyrics from Mr. Dave. I only knew my paternal father for a few years before he passed away, so I cannot relate with him on that one. I did get to see both my fathers off for their eternal rest, but I only got to pall bear for one of them. Many of my own life’s lessons are vibrantly still in my mind, and this song exemplified many things both my fathers taught me. This was a great song about a great man, that believed in the Lord and hard work. This album pretty much emphasizes and glorifies America in it’s greatest form..family, religion and influences.

“Turned Away” man, I tell you what, I have been turned away from so many women and so many opportunities in other areas in my life that this song couldn’t possibly have personified me any more. This song made me reflect back on many periods of my life in my years, and I thought it was one of the more better written songs on the album. All things considered this album was a strong contender for a TOP 50 spot in my end of the year list, I truly think it could easily secure a spot.

Track Listing

1. Superstar

2. Wreckin’ just Fine

3. Pallbearer

4. Rocket Fuel

5. Turned Away

6. Tailfin

7. Driver 8

8. Hickory Switch

So the first band I covered today was from Louisville Kentucky called Dave Ernst And The Early Favorites, whom have a highly anticipated album coming out in August, but as of now they have an EP out called Superstar. Mr. Frank Green on bass, Mr. Dave Coultas on guitar, Mr. Chris Fuller, Mr. Mike Nix, Mr. Scott Lankford on drums compose the Early Favorites, a damn fine rock, Americana and more….band.

“Turned Away” was their first song they played which displayed some damn fine musicianship and a good blend of Kentucky Rock with other sounds. Followed up with a song called “Rocket Fuel” , this band is just bursting onto the scene here with not much video available or spotify presence. So that means you’ll just have to go and check them out in person and buy the music.

“Pallbearer” was next and that was my favorite song of their set along with song called “Tailfin” which got my attention being about classic cars. Their closing song was the title of their EP called “Superstar”. You’ll have to catch up with this band in the near future folks, and take my word for it…they have big time better days coming soon.

Steeped in the musical traditions of the American South, Kentucky-based alt-country songwriter Dave Ernst is set to release his debut LP Hickory Switch, an introspective look into the relationships and experiences that have shaped Ernst’s life. The album, produced by Peter Searcy (Squirrel Bait) and mixed by Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), blends traditional instruments and inspired angular electric guitar work which lends itself to a familiar yet current sound. Ernst and his live band, the Early Favorites, have been described as “Uncle Tupelo 2.0” and “a goddamn rock and roll mountain”, both labels that Ernst is happy to wear.
The people, places, and stories that come alive in his songs all help to paint the picture of life, lived through heartbreak, joy, betrayal and redemption all while striving to keep the faith. At their core, these songs can stand on their own as stripped-down singer-songwriter tunes, but Ernst & his band wanted to take them elsewhere, keeping it twangy while adding more modern production flourishes along the way. This is a versatile and accessible collection of songs, and a band that would fit equally as well on a bill with Anders Osborne or My Morning Jacket.
Take the title track “Hickory Switch” for example–a reference to a well-documented form of discipline in which children have to go into the yard and pick out their own switch. It’s an authentically southern coming-of-age tale complete with soaring guitars and Ernst’s gravelly, barrel-aged vocals. “Wreckin”–a clever use of the homonym for “reckon”–is a slightly more jangly number, but still delivers plenty of grit & growl as guitars trade licks with barroom piano and a shuffled drum beat
Wearing his influences on his sleeve, Ernst pays homage to his friend Todd Snider with a searing cover of “Rocket Fuel” and a more reserved tribute to R.E.M. with an acoustic cover of the legendary band’s early single “Driver 8.” These aren’t covers for the sake of covers; rather, these two re-imagined works serve to complement the overall feel of the record, and don’t feel out of place for a moment. They were a part of his journey just like the originals contained within–as Ernst says, “Some of my songs have been in the works for years…I am so happy to work them out with [the Early Favorites] and really look forward to playing them live.”
Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, but spending many summers in Marion County, Kentucky, allowed Ernst to experience both the the rural and suburban nature of his home state. Music was very much a part of his childhood; his mother sang in the gospel trio The Treble Tones in the 60s and 70s and his grandfather was the guitarist in a traveling country “orchestra” (as he called it) for over 20 years. Ernst’s mother bought him his first guitar as a teenager and he set off to learn every R.E.M. song he could–an influence you can still hear in his music to this day.
Upon developing a strong musical profile in various garage bands in high school, Ernst was ultimately asked to join the seminal Louisville major-label band Big Wheel, fronted by ex-Squirrel Bait singer Peter Searcy, sharing stages with the likes of Big Star during their tenure. Searcy & Ernst went on to form the band Starbilly and chased the major label dream for years recording for both A&M and Atlantic Records. Their indie release on Chicago’s Buzz records was a radio success, and gave them the opportunity to tour the country and play tons of radio festivals where they got to see the best (and worst) of 90s music up close and personal. Once Starbilly eventually faded, Ernst spent his time performing both as a solo artist and with various Kentucky-based bands.
In 2016, Ernst was diagnosed and treated for Thyroid cancer; a potentially devastating life event which threatened to derail his career. Not one to let such a challenge keep him down, he wasted no time in getting back to work after treatment by demoing new material in early 2017. Dave Ernst & the Early Favorites performed their first live show in July 2017, and were signed to Eastwood Records shortly thereafter. The road to and beyond recovery for Ernst is nothing short of inspirational.
Gearing up for the March 1st release of Hickory Switch, Ernst and his band are practical about their goals, taking things one day at a time while enjoying the journey. “We are all having a blast,” says Ernst, “At the end of the day we just want to have a great time and make some music that makes us proud and has meaning to those listening.” Seems like they’re off to a great start doing just that.

 

Album Feature – Quaker City Night Hawks – QCNH

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Mar 122019
 

By Joshua Wallace

QCNH is actually my first exposure to this Texas country rock outfit.  It is to the best of my knowledge their fourth full length release.  I am going to have to dig deeper into this band’s discography because I’m digging their blend of classic rock sounds with southern rock influences on this record.  This album is another release in a banner year for southern and country rock music.  2019 is turning out to be amazing if you like your rock n roll with a bit if twang.

The album kicks off with “Better In The Morning” which is a rocking number that has a smooth Tom Petty riff on a track that highlights the band’s smooth vocals.  Speaking of smooth vocals, look no further than the funky “Suit In The Back”.  The band evokes ZZ Top vibes with it’s heavy funky feel on this track.  I really dig the fuzzy guitar solo on this one.  “Pay To Play” starts out with some interesting percussion before stretching out to create a bass heavy smooth acoustic jam.  This is one of the tracks that shows the versatility of a band like Quaker City Night Hawks.  Speaking of versatility, you actually find some honky tonk piano on the groovy “Fox In The Henhouse”.  When it’s mixed in with a crunchy riff and bluesy vocals it creates one hell of track.  The solo kicks things into high gear and never lets go.

An early contender for favorite track of the year is “Hunter’s Moon”.  It has a riff that evokes some classic metal vibes.  It would feel right at home on a 70’s throwback metal album but here it just ads to the ever growing versatility of this record.  The band features an epic folk moment in the track “Elijah Ramsey”.  It reminds me of something like Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle Of Evermore” in that it has the same epic scope to it.  “Tired Of You Leaving” brings back the smooth vocals over a slow funky track.  Just when you think the band couldn’t add another element to their sound, the chorus brings in the horns and it just adds to the pallet of the track and album as a whole.

This album from the Quaker City Night Hawks has everything you would want in a funky countrified southern rock record.   This 3 piece from Forth Worth, TX brings it all to the plate and mixes it together for one killer record.  I for one look forward to experiencing them live one day as I love a band that can bring a variety of sounds to the table.  QCNH is out everywhere you will find good music as of March 1st, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Better In The Morning, Suit In The Back, Pay To Play, Hunter’s Moon, Elijah Ramsey, Tired Of You Leaving

Quaker City Night Hawks – QCNH (2019)

  1. Better In The Morning
  2. Suit In The Back
  3. Colorado
  4. Pay To Play
  5. Fox In The Henhouse
  6. Hunter’s Moon
  7. Elijah Ramsey
  8. Grackle King
  9. Tired Of You Leaving
  10. Freedom

2019 Music Festivals: Heart Of Texas Music Festival.

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Mar 122019
 

Deep in the heart of Texas is a man named Mr Tracy Pitcox who spearheads a Texas Music community called Heart Of Texas Records. You sometimes hear me metion their performers in my articles, like this spring where I watched Mr Justin Trevino take home an Ameripolitan Award.

He runs a beautiful museum out there, that I have yet to see but it is definitely high up on my bucket list for the near future. Every year they host a week long festival featuring a huge list of great Texas Traditional Country music, and every year I featureh whatthey do.

30th Heart of Texas Country Music Festival

Brady, Texas

Tickets On Sale Online Beginning January 29, 2019 9:00 AM

30th Heart of Texas Country Music Festival

Brady, Texas

Tickets On Sale Online Beginning January 29, 2019 9:00 AM

March 15 (Friday) Brady Civic Center

8:00 PM       Johnny Rodriguez With Landon Dodd & The Dance Hall Drifters  $25

March 16 (Saturday) Brady Civic Center    

10:00 AM     Tommy Horton At The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum (Donation)

2:00 PM        Heart of Texas Concert Featuring (Headliner To Be Announced), Darrell McCall, Norma Jean, Tony Booth, Heather Myles, Justin Trevino, Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson, Mona McCall, Landon Dodd, Dallas Wayne & Frankie Miller $21

8:00 PM        Heart of Texas Dance Featuring (Headliner To Be Announced), Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Heather Myles, Justin Trevino, Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson, Mona McCall, Landon Dodd, Dallas Wayne & Frankie Miller $25

March 17 (Sunday)  Heart of Texas Events Center

3:00 PM       Norma Jean’s Cowboy Church Show with Special Guests Mary Lou Turner, Kaye Tolson and Tommy Horton (Donation)

March 18 (Monday)  Heart of Texas Events Center

7:00 PM        The Tommy Hooker Band      $15

March 19 (Tuesday)   Heart of Texas Events Center

7:00 PM        Justin Trevino’s Two Step Tuesday Dance with Robert Weeks, Mona McCall and Jim Loessberg $15

March 20 (Wednesday)  Heart of Texas Events Center

12:00 PM        Heart of Texas Steel Guitar Show (Free Admission)

7:00 PM         Jeff Woolsey and the Dance Hall Kings   $20

March 21 (Thursday)  Brady Civic Center 

12:00 PM       Heart of Texas Jam Featuring The Kenastons (Free Admission)

8:00 PM         Jake Hooker & The Outsiders And Jody Nix & The Texas Cowboys $25

March 22 (Friday)  Brady Civic Center 

9:00 AM        Darrell McCall & Friends Golf Tournament Call (830) 570-7582

8:00 PM         Johnny Bush And The Bandoleros With Tony Booth  $25

March 23 (Saturday)   Brady Civic Center 

10:00 AM       Tommy Horton & Chuck Hancock At The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum

2:00 PM          Heart of Texas Concert Featuring Moe Bandy and the Americana Band, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Norma Jean, Landon Dodd, Mona McCall, Dottsy, Rance Norton, Kim Murray & Chuck Hancock $21

8:00 PM           Heart of Texas Dance Featuring Moe Bandy and the Americana Band, Darrell McCall, Tony Booth, Amber Digby, Heather Myles, Landon Dodd, Mona McCall, Dottsy, Rance Norton, Kim Murray & Chuck Hancock $25

We highly suggest that you book your hotel rooms at this time to guarantee that you will have a place to stay in Brady. The hotel contact numbers include: Best Western (325) 597-3997, Holiday Inn Express (325) 597-1800, Sunset Inn (325) 597-0789 and the Gold Key Inn at (325) 597-2185. Please tell them that you are coming for the Country Music Festival as most have a special rate for those attending the functions. RV reservations at (325) 597-2152 and ask for Tina Keys.

The Heart of Texas Country Music Association grew from the Hillbilly Hits Fan Club, a group established to promote the Hillbilly Hits Radio show from KNEL FM 95.3 in Brady. The traditional Country Music radio show is hosted by Tracy Pitcox and features requests and interviews with the legendary figures of the industry including George Jones, Willie Nelson, Kitty Wells, Ray Price, Bob Wills, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn.

The association, which boasts 1,000 members, promotes the Mason and Llano Country Opry shows at the Odeon and Lantex Theaters. The organization has sponsored many Country Music entertainers at those venues including Ray Price, Gene Watson, Kitty Wells, John Conlee, Freddie Hart, the Geezinslaws and Jean Shepard among others. The group also plans various trips to Branson and Nashville and operates Heart of Texas Records with projects currently by Tony Booth, Johnny Bush, Amber Digby, Landon Dodd, Dottsy, George Hamilton IV, Tommy Hooker, Georgette Jones, Dallas Wayne, Bobby Lewis, Bobby G. Rice, Mona McCall, Rance Norton, Kim Murray, Diane McCall, Joe Paul Nichols, Kaye Tolson, Guyanne McCall, Hank Thompson, Mary Lou Turner, Ferlin Husky, Don Wallace. Country Jim Sloan, Chuck Hancock, Floyd Tillman, Justin Trevino, Frankie Miller, Darrell McCall, Pretty Miss Norma Jean and Curtis Potter.

The Heart of Texas Country Music Museum located in Brady, contains items from over 100 country music entertainers including Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Hank Thompson and even Jim Reeves’ 1956 tour bus.

“We are excited about Heart of Texas Country Music Festival,” Tracy Pitcox said. “We have enjoyed a great relationship with many of our KNEL listeners. Our group grew from a small core of listeners to a 1,000 member organization that promotes traditional Country Music throughout our state. We are certainly looking forward to celebrating this milestone.

Outlaw Music Festival Returns .

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Mar 112019
 

 

THE OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOUR IS BACK!

MAKING STOPS IN
BANGOR, ME; BETHEL, NY; HARTFORD, CT;
TORONTO, ON; BURGETTSTOWN, PA; COLUMBUS, OH; MILWAUKEE, WI; CHICAGO, IL;
ST. LOUIS, MO; DALLAS, TX

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THE OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOUR IS BACK!

MAKING STOPS IN
BANGOR, ME; BETHEL, NY; HARTFORD, CT;
TORONTO, ON; BURGETTSTOWN, PA; COLUMBUS, OH; MILWAUKEE, WI; CHICAGO, IL;
ST. LOUIS, MO; DALLAS, TX

 

Pre-sale starts this Wednesday at 10 AM
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THE OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOUR IS BACK!

MAKING STOPS IN
BANGOR, ME; BETHEL, NY; HARTFORD, CT;
TORONTO, ON; BURGETTSTOWN, PA; COLUMBUS, OH; MILWAUKEE, WI; CHICAGO, IL;
ST. LOUIS, MO; DALLAS, TX

Pre-sale Begins Wednesday
http://outlawmusicfestival.com/presale
Use Code: OUTLAW2019

PURCHASE PRE-SALE TICKETS
Pre-sale begins Wed, March 6, at 10 AM
Ends Thursday, March 7 at 10 PM

INFO ON INDIVIDUAL OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL
TOUR DATES & LINEUPS:

JUNE 14
BANGOR, ME – DARLING’S WATERFRONT PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

JUNE 15
BETHEL, NY – MOUNTAIN JAM

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Revivalists
Alison Krauss
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

JUNE 16
HARTFORD, CT – XFINITY THEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
The Revivalists
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Particle Kid

JUNE 21
TORONTO, ON – BUDWEISER STAGE

Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Matt Mays
Opener TBD

JUNE 22
BURGETTSTOWN, PA – KEYBANK PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 23
COLUMBUS, OH – NATIONWIDE ARENA

Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 27
MILWAUKEE, WI – SUMMERFEST

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Counting Crows
Alison Krauss
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 28
CHICAGO, IL – HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
The Avett Brothers
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JUNE 29
ST LOUIS, MO – HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE

Willie Nelson & Family
Phil Lesh & Friends
Alison Krauss
Old Crow Medicine Show
Dawes
Opener TBD

JULY 3
DALLAS, TX – DOS EQUIS PAVILION

Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Alison Krauss
Casey Donahew
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Hayes Carll
Colter Wall

Album Feature: Zac Clifton Honky Tonk Heaven.

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Mar 092019
 

 

Right now I’m going to tell you all about an album that could quite possibly acquire my most hallowed position of album of the year in March. By the end of this article if you don’t concur with me than my words didn’t so this album justice by any means. I’ll be honest right now I don’t even know where to start on praising this album here! I was expecting a good album because of the fact that Mr. Bobby Flores produced it, and I TRUST his music and personal taste in music.

When I learned about this young man Mr. Zac Clifton from east Texas, I had to contact him and find out more. His management sent me out the press kit, and my jaw hit the floor! This young man has the youthful vocals, however possesses the ability to deliver a believable drinking song like the “Drinkin Way Of Life”. You can JUST SMELL the booze emanating from this young guy’s breath as he softly moans that lonesome Country sound. The way he throws around his voice on some of the songs kept me on my toes at attention for more.

One thing I want to stress is that ALL of these songs are written by HIM, accept one that was co written. From the opening song “Rough, Rocky Roads” you find out that he is the real deal here, with some road experience under his belt buckle. He has the look and the vocal swagger to kick the shit out of anything on the radio today, and a nasty scowl to match.

You want steel guitar, well this album has Mr. Tommy Detamore, need I go further? Many of the contributing musicians were Mr. Bobby Flores ( who in my opinion is a LEGEND), Mr. Brady Gandy and Mr. Jake Hooker.

You can gather all of his influences on songs like “Talk To the Healer” as he sings a song like Hank Williams Sr. would have delivered it to me, but to write such a piece you can TELL this young man praises God in all things he does. I want to hug this young man and tell him mom and dad raised him RIGHT, and he eases my worries about today’s youth.  He goes into a song that paints such a plethora of pictures in my head called “Honky Tonk Heaven” that is kind of like the Dolly Parton song, but different in his own style. The song gripped me so tightly and made my brain paint such a picture, I cried…I literally cried.

This is his debut album here, and the only thing negative I can say about his future, is the fact that mother nature may have her way with his voice in the next few years. The fact remains that he may not be able to sustain such a youthful mannerism, however with age comes experience. You give this guy a few nasty relationships there is NO DAMN TELLING what kind of songs he will craft!

1. Rough, Rocky Roads
2. Always Gonna Want You
3. Drinkin’ Way Of Life
4. This Morning Ain’t As good As Yesterday
5. Talk To The Healer
6. A Drunk Needs A Reason
7. Tequila And Lime
8. Without You
9. Honky Tonk Heaven
10. Prayer Of A Soldier
11. Fiddle On the Wall

Music Festivals 2019 Nationwide: Rio Frio Fest.

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Mar 092019
 

 

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Del Fest
Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
Merlefest
High Water festival
Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Master Musician’s Festival
Tumbleweed
Suwanee Spring Reunion
ROMP Festival
Red Ants Pants
Aiken Bluegrass festival
Hoxeyville Music Festival

Texas folks have some very awesome festivals this year, and this one right on the Frio river is no exception. The Texas Red Dirt community has some truly wonderful festivals this year, and one of my favorite festival companies sent me the absolute HOOK UP on when and where the Texas festivals are!

I have some informational articles on Read Southall Band and Mr. Jason Boland made my TOP 50 OF 2018. Also, Mr. Dalton Domino has some other articles on him lately. So yes, all of these bands have been prominently featured on this website.

Koe Wetzel • Roger Creager
Shane Smith & The Saints
Read Southall Band • Shea Abshier
Randall King • Chris Colston
Kevin Fowler • Jason Boland
Walt Wilkins • Clay Hollis
Dalton Domino & Kody West
Mario Flores • Gabe Garcia • Lucas Ebert
Chris Saucedo • Sarah Hobbs • Isaac Jacob
Waitin’ on Hayden

And more to be announced!

Shane Smith & The Saints

• Lodging: River Cabins to Luxury Homes
plus RVs and Camping – You Choose!

• 3 Day Pass – Good for All Concerts
Thursday through Saturday Plus
Activities, Events, and Cookoffs

• Single Day Tickets or 3 Day Passes Available
First Come, First Served

As always with my festival articles here are some maps and directions for this event.

Rio Frio Fest Lodging

 

You choose! River Cabins to Luxury Homes, RV or Camping on or near Rio Frio Fest concert grounds.

*You choose based on availability at time of your reservation

FREE shuttles to concerts – Be safe and take the shuttle. Ask your lodging provider for details.

 

Lodging Discount for 3-Day Rio Frio Fest 2019 Passes Available Until January 28, 2019 or until sold out.

Limited number of discounted tickets available. Sold on a first come, first served basis.

Ask your lodging provider for a Rio Frio Fest Discount Code.

How to Make Your Lodging Reservation

• Visit visituvaldecounty.com/riofriofestlodging
• Contact the lodging / RV location of your choice.
• Ask your lodging provider for additional days or individual night stays (based on availability and lodging provider restrictions).

*After confirming lodge reservations, purchase your Rio Frio Fest concert tickets of choice immediately and utilize your discount promo code.  (based on availability at the time of purchase) Promo code discount expires January 28, 2019 or while supplies last. (Promo code applies to 3-Day Music Pass ONLY.)

*While most lodging/ RV/ camping sites offer the Rio Frio Fest promo discount code, some may not. It is your responsibility to confirm this with your lodge or risk no access to concert discount

*Concert tickets are not included with your lodging reservation. Participants must purchase tickets and may apply promo code (some restrictions apply) while supplies last for discounted passes.

First come, first served.

Promo code discount expires on January 28, 2019 or until sold out. (Promo code applies to 3-Day Pass ONLY.)

(Be sure to confirm that your lodging of choice is participating in the Rio Frio Fest packages and ask for a discount ticket promo code)

Rio Frio Fest FAQs & Directions

  • Spring Break on the Frio?

It’s a Texas thing! Just ask anyone who has been to Concan, TX… It’s one of the most beautiful and fun spots in Texas! The Rio Frio Fest is going to turn up the heat even more by bringing your favorite musicians (every day and night) and of course, outdoor activities, Big Crawfish Boil, and more!

  • How do I use the FREE shuttles?

FREE shuttles to and from the concerts and activities are available!  This is what a real Spring Break is all about! The Concan community offers buses and other shuttles throughout most of the Concan lodges, camping and RV communities. Ask your lodging provider about pick-up schedules and hours of operation. Here’s to a safe Spring Break!

  • How do I make lodging reservations and receive discounted concert tickets and Rio Frio Fest program?

Go to the Lodging banner on this website and then click the Hill Country Rivers website link and click on the “Concan” tab. Pick any lodge that fits your needs. River Cabins to Luxury Homes, from Lodges that sleep 16+ people to RV and camping sites, you choose! Be sure you confirm with the lodge (before making your reservations) that the lodging includes a discounted promo code for reduced concert tickets. Promo code discount expires January 28th, 2019 or until sold out. (Promo code applies to 3-Day Music Pass ONLY.)

  • Where is the best lodge to stay?

It all depends on what your needs are. You can stay on the Frio River, at the Concan Golf Course, the legendary swimming hole, or even right next to the concerts and activities. ALL lodging choices are in close proximity to the festival site. Plus, many lodges offer free shuttles to and from the festival site (ask your lodge if they provide a free shuttle or if they are close to shuttle drop/pick up location.)

  • What dates should I go?

3 day passes (best value) and single day tickets are available. Enjoy one or all of these amazing concerts. See the performance schedule to fit your style for Spring Break fun. It’s good Texas times and music the entire week! See schedule here.  Concerts will sell out.

  • Do ALL Concan/ Frio area lodges include the Rio Frio Fest discount promo code for reduced concerts?

While most do, some may not. You must ask and confirm that the lodge includes the promo code BEFORE making your reservation. If for any reason, a lodge does not include the discount code, ask them to contact Dickson Productions before you make your reservations.

  • How do I pay for my lodging and concert pass?

You will arrange lodging reservations with your lodge of choice. Payment is strictly between you and your lodge. Once your lodging reservations are confirmed, immediately purchase your RFF concerts of choice and utilize your promo code (provided by your lodge) to receive exclusive discounted tickets (some restrictions apply).  Rio Frio Fest tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Note: You must have met all payment requirements by your lodge at beginning of your stay to obtain your Rio Frio Fest promo concert discounts.

  • What does my Rio Frio Fest promo code include?

Exclusive reduced price concert tickets, Rio Frio Fest program, and schedule are included when you check in providing all concert details, Concan community free concerts, activities, helpful hints and more.

Note: Some lodges provide free shuttles to and from the concerts. Ask the lodge when making reservations. 

  • Am I guaranteed entrance into ALL Rio Frio Fest activities and concerts?

You are guaranteed entrance to all House Pasture Cattle Company nightly concerts (for dates of purchase) with your pre-purchased Rio Frio Fest concert tickets. However, some daytime concert and activities areas may have limited capacity. While these daytime activity areas have lots of room, they may fill to capacity and a one out- one in policy will be in effect.

Exception: In the case of inclement weather, all events are subject to be moved indoors. If indoor venue is filled to capacity, a one out- one in policy will be in effect.

  • How do I get my festival concert tickets, official event program and schedule?

After completing your online purchase, you will receive a ticket voucher (please print.) Ticket vouchers may then be exchanged for the appropriate wristband at one of our Dickson Productions check-in locations (times and location will be provided on your ticket and online). Rio Frio Fest program and schedule will be provided at your lodge and/or concert grounds.

You may redeem your Rio Frio Fest 3-Day wristband at the Dickson Productions desk, located at House Pasture Cattle Co., Wednesday, March 13th through Saturday, March 16th from 2:00pm to 10:00pm.

Pick up your wristband in advance to avoid the wait on the night of the show!

  • Where are the concerts and activities held?

Nightly concerts will be held at the outdoor (and/ or indoors) concert grounds next to the House Pasture Cattle Company. Click here to see a map- HPCC. Additional concerts and activities will take place at the Neal’s Lodges Joe Jimmy’s Stage or Neal’s Water Hole, plus the Frio Country Resort’s Riverside Cabins area-“The Beach”. Needless to say, there’s always a party going on!

  • Can I purchase concert tickets only (without lodging?)

Dickson Productions will release a limited amount of nightly concert tickets; all tickets sold on first come first come served basis.

  • Where is Concan, TX?

It’s about 81 miles West of San Antonio; an easy and nice road trip through Southwest Texas. Click here to view a map and directions- Concan, TX

  • What is the weather going to be like?

It will be about the same as any Texas beach, except Rio Frio Fest will heat it up even more with a non-stop lineup of concerts and activities like no other. Experience the South Texas Hill Country and the beautiful Frio River and enjoy the good times and great people that embrace that “Texas state of mind” with Texas music and activities plus the natural beauty this special part of Texas offers.

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Emergency 911
Local Police / Fire 830-278-9147

ATM at House Pasture Cattle Co.

First State Bank
Highway 127 West, Concan, TX 78838
(830) 232-4490
Lobby/Drive Thru
9:00am-3:00pm M-F
Drive up ATM – 24 Hours

LET SOMEONE TAKE YOU HOME TONIGHT
For free shuttle information, please check with your lodging provider. Please utilize the shuttles or designated a driver – DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!

For any lodging questions, or for information about additional activities, ask your lodging provider.

Festival Guidelines:

Rio Frio Fest is committed to providing a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, but there are certain guidelines that must be followed to ensure a safe, fun and genuine festival experience for everyone. Please adhere to the following:

Rio Frio Fest Concert Grounds (House Pasture Cattle Co. / Joe Jimmy’s)
Evening Concerts

• No Coolers
• No outside food/alcohol permitted. (*alcohol will be sold at the festival)
• No re-entry for minors or single day ticket holders (no exceptions)
• Wristbands are non-transferable and must be intact on your wrist at all times.
• No pets allowed on the festival grounds, or parking lots (licensed ADA assistants accepted).
• All participants and their belongings are subject to search upon entry or re-entry.
• Lawn chairs & blankets allowed only in designated areas
• Children 12 years old and under admitted free with adult. Children must be supervised and within normal voice range at all times.
• No unauthorized vending – if you’re not a registered vendor you may not sell or distribute anything on the festival grounds
• Please use the proper trash receptacles to clean up after yourselves
• Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at owner’s expense.
• No illegal or illicit substances of any kind
• Festival goers must abide by all local, state, and federal laws.
• Drones are prohibited at any RioFrioFest function or activity.
• DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE. Ask your lodger about a shuttle services to and from the event or arrange a sober ride.

* This is an all ages event. In order to consume alcohol you must be at least 21 years of age with a valid state or government issued ID. Due to the dry county, all IDs will be checked and registered at the front gates and a drinking wristband will be issued.

River Stage
“The Beach”

The following items ARE ALLOWED at the Riverside Stage ONLY.

• Coolers
• Outside Food / Alcohol
• Lawn Chairs / Blankets
• Water Toys (tubes, floats, etc.)

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• NO GLASS containers
• Park in the designated areas ONLY
• Do not park past barricades
• Always be aware of pedestrians and drive carefully

These are general guidelines for Rio Frio Fest participants. The venues, lodges, and community may have additional guidelines or rules that you must adhere to.

Map of Concan, TX

GREAT Albums I missed Number 1…SHAME On Me.

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Mar 092019
 

This is not an easy job I have here, and other weblogs can make it look easy because they have 5 people contributing! Aside from what my faithful partner Mr. Joshua Wallace does, I DO EVERYTHING myself and not really by choice. With that being said I receive a TON of albums in the mail and email, that many PR companies want me to feature or the bands. MANY of them I absolutely enjoy and want to share them with you, my dear readers.

However with over 200 festivals we cover, both of us doing road coverage in several different states, keeping up with music news, the Opry, local weekly shows, Ameripolitan Awards, SXSW, Americanafest, and all else, there is NO WAY for me to keep up on featuring all of these albums.

So I decided to make a bunch of articles in the next few weeks to remedy this problem, the first one being all about my Cajun buddy Mr. Hal Bruni. I met him for the first time down at Outlaw Fest in 2014, with all of the connections I got being one of the few positive things stemming from that job. Some damn fine stage acts were on that bill that weekend of rain.

His new album was released in 2018, and was called Painkillers: The S&M Sessions, Vol 1. This album preceded his 2013 album called Blue Collar Town, and was produced by Mr. Jake Thompson, Mr. Hal Bruni, and Mr. David Nix in Duncanville Alabama. It was mastered by my good friend Mr. Brian Debruler with SOL Records.

“Road To Glory” was a Wayne Mills cover that was written by Mr. Wayne Mills and Mr. Rick Simms, and can be found on the 1999 live album they did. I thought he did a splendid job on this song and put in some truly fine guitar solos into the mix, however it was by no means the pinnacle of this album in itself.

The album opened with a true story about the music industry called “Smoke And Mirrors”. It’s basically a song about the relentless facade of the people in the music business. Music is always a pure and positive form of therapy for the soul, but the PEOPLE aren’t always what they appear to be. The listeners and music fans often have a propensity to flock towards fake musicians and fake music, and this song is basically a testimony to that subject.

Being a reformed drug addict the song “Painkillers” spoke to me as a person, although I have never met the woman of my dreams and I never will. It made sense to me as a man, my soul believed ever word of the song. Much of my youth was squandered on drugs being high, and today I deal with all of the health issues that stem from those former life choices. You can search for toxic solutions to your wounds, but all they do is cause more pain.

This is a truly beautiful album in many ways, and one of the only drawbacks was the overall length of the album. It captured his vocals much better than his first album, and the songs showed prominent growth as a writer overall. There seemed to be more trust in his lyrics on this album than before, and he targeted a more true direction here.

We all have “Baggage” in our old age, and this song remains a staunch and poignant testimony to old age and the burden of everyone’s life’s choices hanging over their heads, as they age. Mr. Tyler Hall played some super fine steel guitar on this album, on songs like this one here. Other players on this album were Mr. Jason Parker on bass, Mr. Davis Nix on drums, and Mr. Jacob Thompson.

Track Listing:
1. Smoke And Mirrors
2. The Ballad Of Shaky Jane
3. Baggage
4. Painkillers
5. Tennessee
6. Road To Glory

Sunny Sweeney at Ashley Street Station In Valdosta, GA

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Mar 062019
 

By Joshua Wallace

Photo Credit : Joshua Wallace

On February 23rd, 2019 we were lucky enough to have Sunny Sweeney down here in Valdosta, GA at the local dive bar called Ashley Street Station.  I had just seen her open for Cody Jinks at a sold out Florida Theater in Jacksonville, FL for nearly 2,000 people and this was a much different show.  This was a much more intimate, more rowdy and more rockin’ set.  Ashley Street Station holds around 200 or so on a good day and this was a good crowd.  The night opened with W.D. Miller playing some original tunes followed by local singer Jen Anders.  Following that, Sunny came on and rocked the house for about 2 hours straight and it was a good time.

W.D. Miller 

W.D. Miller started the evening off and played a few tunes off his 2018 album “Burnt Bridges and Broken Hearts”.  He played originals such as “Samael (My Name Is Sam)”, “Barroom For A Shelter” and “How In The World”.  One of the highlights was during “Samael (My Name Is Sam)” when W.D. went off mic and his voice filled the room with song.  Jen Anders followed with another short set.  Her set contained mostly cover tunes mixed in with an original or two.  The covers Jen did were all in her acoustic style and she got the crowd ready to go with her acoustic renderings of familiar songs.

Jen Anders

Sunny Sweeney took the stage shortly after Jen Anders and got straight into it with the first new song of the night called “Tie Me Up”.  She played about 5 new songs in this set list and each of them sound amazing.   I for one cannot wait for her next album.  She also got to some highlights from her last album Trophy with tracks such as a couple of favorites of mine, “Pills” and “Pass The Pain”.  I love the stripped down guitar version of “Pass The Pain”.  It’s a different sound from the original and I like when bands can bring something different live.  She also did a great cover of Don Williams’s “Tulsa Time” which I enjoyed.

Sunny Sweeney and Harley Husbands lead guitar, Adrian Myers drums, Dillon Sampson bass guitar

At some point in the set, the band requested tequila shots.  This is a common occurrence at a dive bar, so nothing new here.  At some point later, shots turned into bottles, again nothing unusual around these parts.  Things got interesting when the band discovered a scorpion in one of the bottles of Jose Cuervo.  Sunny challenged a member of the audience to drink it for a free t-shirt.  You know what? Someone actually did and it was crazy.  These are the kinds of things that can happen when you see someone at a small dive bar such as Ashley Street Station.

Sunny Sweeney and a bottle of tequila on the floor

The band got to some other newer songs on the set list as well including “Body In A Box Car” and “I Drink Well With Others” which will appear on her next album.  She also got to some deeper tracks like “Uninvited” from her Provoked album and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” from her 2011 release Concrete.  This deeper set was heavy on tracks from her Trophy album as the band also got to “Bottle By My Bed”, “Better Bad Idea” and “Nothing’s Wrong With Texas” to name a few.  It wouldn’t be a Sunny Sweeney show without the radio hit “From A Table Away” which is also one of my favorite tracks.

Sunny Sweeney brings new tracks to Ashley Street Station

One of my favorite newer tracks that Sunny is playing live now is called “Poet’s Prayer” and she dedicates it to artists playing out on the road.  On this night, she dedicated it to W.D. Miller who opened up the show.  She ended the set with a great rendition of “Bad Girl Phase” from Provoked.

I highly recommend seeing Sunny Sweeney live in a setting like this while you still can.  Her stock is rising and it won’t be long before she is headlining big theater shows like Cody Jinks is.  She is actually just starting a run of opening dates for Bob Seger’s final tour.  After that, she is always on tour and you can find her current dates at https://sunnysweeney.com/.  I hope you get out to a show.

Introducing Country Roots Records.

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Mar 062019
 

I do a lot of work for a lot of people on this website, however I want to go back and share with you some of my own history. Around 2008 my divorce was in it’s infancy, and I found my paternal father in Kentucky. I began to live with him to get back on my feet again, and live once again for me. I focused my attention upon an idea I had for an underground music website, and how I could help proliferate the scene.

I had always listened to bands like Wayne The Train Hancock and the Old 97s, but never attended any festivals simply because there really weren’t many that featured it. Then, in 2010 I found this man and his dream he called Muddy Roots.

I didn’t know anybody, and I had no idea that my website would evolve into a ambassador for the brand, and all of it’s derivatives. I just knew I loved what he loved..history and obscure bands like the Jin Palace Jesters and Hot Club Of Cowtown, and on the flip Legends like Red Simpson.

The very first year I went I was completely timid and yet captivated by what I witnessed. Myspace was helping me find these bands like the Calamity Cubes, who happened to be the first band Mr. Jason ever booked. Muddy Roots turned me on to thousands of bands that culminated into my website around 2013, and shaped it into what it is today.

As the past few years I will be featuring articles from both he Muddy Roots Main Festival in Cookeville Tennessee, and the Nashville Boogie, which is an indoor Rockabilly and Western Swing festival in May.

But at this juncture I wanted to take time out to tell you about a new venture that Muddy Roots has been involved in, and that is called Country Roots Records. Now, recently Muddy Roots released the new Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners album called “That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More)”. That particular album made my TOP 50 OF 2018, and just recently Mr. Pat Reedy played a terrific set in Memphis at the Ameripolitan Awards showcases.

 
It’s totally normal to begin a newsletter with a framed design of yourself as “The Mudfather.” It’s a long story and I’ve got to get on to the news. We’ll leave it to legend.
We’ve had something in the works for a few years now and it is finally here. That would be an ALL-COUNTRY record label on our plate. Yes, this is technically our 3rd label but they all go hand in hand. Country Roots Records is a division of Muddy Roots Music Recordings dedicated to albums that come from Country Roots!
We’re pulling in talent from all corners of the earth. Well, all corners of the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Brasil for starters. And that’s not just the artists. We are also building a publicity and film team.
This is what happens when the underground current gets too strong. I’ll sweep you away in a river of mud. Country mud, this time.
We have TONS of releases in the works. We’re going to tell you about them below.
Be sure to follow Country Roots Records on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.
BEN JARRELL’S ROADSIDE REVIVAL
Troubled Times- Ben Jarrell Album Preview
We’ve pulled a few prior releases from other artists to the new label but this is our first NEW RELEASE ON COUNTRY ROOTS RECORDS!
Ben Jarrell reminds us of the real reasons we love country music! Born in South Alabama, Ben is now based out of Nashville, TN. His debut album, Troubled Times, recorded at Southern Ground Studios Nashville, is a fresh blend of hard-hitting Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, and Americana all topped with emotionally engaging lyrics. Ben tells stories that everyone can relate to but very few have ever lived! You can order your copy of Troubled Times atwww.BenJarrell.com

You will all be hearing more of Mr. Ben Jarrell on here my friends as he releases his new music.

Ol’ Pat Reedfy is back at it! We’re working on the next album now, due out this Autumn. John James of the Deslondes is producing. He’s touring every from Alaska, the West Coast, The Mid-West, the U.K. & Europe this year so bring your ass out!
“Everyone has a different songwriting process. Mine seems to be a hangover and a dump truck,” Reedy says, laughing. “I definitely had to write some of the songs really quickly because I was supposed to be doing something else.” – Wide Open Country
“Sounds Like: Gritty AM-country gold spinning on a truck-stop jukebox”
-Rolling Stone Country

This company has many great releases coming. Ameripolitan winner Miss Grace Adelle you can read more about that HERE.

Think classic Gene Autry style Christmas Record. That’s what we’re working on right now. The Farmer & Adele hit the studio in March.
With the sounds of classic songwriting in their music and the future in their sights, The Farmer & Adele are reimagining the modern cowboy/cowgirl while respecting its beginnings. Based out of Nashville, TN, The Farmer & Adele – led by Grace Adele and Keenan Wade – leads the pack of a new wave of musicians revitalizing western swing music. With a star-studded record, award nominations and their own morning radio show, The Farmer & Adele are a one-two punch of classic meets modern.
The Farmer & Adele have also quickly rooted themselves into the fabric of music communities near and far. The band’s debut effort, Into the Wide Open Sky, was selected to be featured as part of Nashville Public Library’s Boombox series, a closely curated music collection highlighting the best artists in Nashville. Most recently, the band was nominated by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for Best Western Swing Group. Also, their annual Country and Western Christmas Party tour is a beloved tradition that travels annually nationwide, featuring classic Christmas tunes, original holiday songs and their own take on The Nutcracker with a western swing twist.

And I’ll also be heavily covering their festivals..You can read all about the Nashville Boogie HERE. I shall have a TON of information up SOON about Muddy Roots Music Festival.

RECORDS & EVENTS
Hello Gary,
It’s totally normal to begin a newsletter with a framed design of yourself as “The Mudfather.” It’s a long story and I’ve got to get on to the news. We’ll leave it to legend.
We’ve had something in the works for a few years now and it is finally here. That would be an ALL-COUNTRY record label on our plate. Yes, this is technically our 3rd label but they all go hand in hand. Country Roots Records is a division of Muddy Roots Music Recordings dedicated to albums that come from Country Roots!
We’re pulling in talent from all corners of the earth. Well, all corners of the U.S., the U.K., Europe and Brasil for starters. And that’s not just the artists. We are also building a publicity and film team.
This is what happens when the underground current gets too strong. I’ll sweep you away in a river of mud. Country mud, this time.
We have TONS of releases in the works. We’re going to tell you about them below.
Be sure to follow Country Roots Records on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM.
BEN JARRELL’S ROADSIDE REVIVAL
Troubled Times- Ben Jarrell Album Preview
We’ve pulled a few prior releases from other artists to the new label but this is our first NEW RELEASE ON COUNTRY ROOTS RECORDS!
Ben Jarrell reminds us of the real reasons we love country music! Born in South Alabama, Ben is now based out of Nashville, TN. His debut album, Troubled Times, recorded at Southern Ground Studios Nashville, is a fresh blend of hard-hitting Southern Rock, Outlaw Country, and Americana all topped with emotionally engaging lyrics. Ben tells stories that everyone can relate to but very few have ever lived! You can order your copy of Troubled Times atwww.BenJarrell.com
TODD DAY WAIT’S PIGPEN
Todd Day Waits is in the studio now working on a 7″ release with Country Roots Records. We’ll have that pressed and waiting for his European tour this summer!
He’ll have dates with many of our friends over their including The Country Side of Harmonica Sam and Marcel Bontempi’s Snake Oil Company. More info at link below.
PAT REEDY & THE LONGTIME GONERS
Ol’ Pat Reedfy is back at it! We’re working on the next album now, due out this Autumn. John James of the Deslondes is producing. He’s touring every from Alaska, the West Coast, The Mid-West, the U.K. & Europe this year so bring your ass out!
“Everyone has a different songwriting process. Mine seems to be a hangover and a dump truck,” Reedy says, laughing. “I definitely had to write some of the songs really quickly because I was supposed to be doing something else.” – Wide Open Country
“Sounds Like: Gritty AM-country gold spinning on a truck-stop jukebox”
-Rolling Stone Country
THE FARMER & ADELE
Think classic Gene Autry style Christmas Record. That’s what we’re working on right now. The Farmer & Adele hit the studio in March.
With the sounds of classic songwriting in their music and the future in their sights, The Farmer & Adele are reimagining the modern cowboy/cowgirl while respecting its beginnings. Based out of Nashville, TN, The Farmer & Adele – led by Grace Adele and Keenan Wade – leads the pack of a new wave of musicians revitalizing western swing music. With a star-studded record, award nominations and their own morning radio show, The Farmer & Adele are a one-two punch of classic meets modern.
The Farmer & Adele have also quickly rooted themselves into the fabric of music communities near and far. The band’s debut effort, Into the Wide Open Sky, was selected to be featured as part of Nashville Public Library’s Boombox series, a closely curated music collection highlighting the best artists in Nashville. Most recently, the band was nominated by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for Best Western Swing Group. Also, their annual Country and Western Christmas Party tour is a beloved tradition that travels annually nationwide, featuring classic Christmas tunes, original holiday songs and their own take on The Nutcracker with a western swing twist.
Nashville Wine On The Rails
OUR MEDIA TEAM SLAYS.
Ever been day drinkin’ on an original 1950’s streamliner train? We charter an ol’ passenger train out of Nashville and haul folks all gussied up the rails to a couple different venues. This January we went to the Mill at Lebanon, TN.
Check out the photos by Jeremy Reaux below
3 Music Festivals In 2 Countries
Muddy Roots Europe 7th annual (Belgium)
Announcing bands soon!
The 8th annual Belgian Muddy Roots festival date is announced and tickets are on sale.
Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender 5th annual
**ON SALE NOW**
5th Annual Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender
2019 room reservations are already available through our website!
Day & Weekend passes available!
Follow our FB & IG for 2018 pics and updates.
10th annual Muddy Roots Music Festival.
We started announcing bands. It’s already to hot to handle.
We’ve added EYEHATEGOD, THE SKATALITES, JAMIE WYATT, MIKE AND THE MOONPIES, CHARLIE OVERBEY, & THE OBSESSED
WE HAVE TONS MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING!
Interested in learning more about
Muddy Roots Record releases?
Our shop is now closed to the public. Consider it our war room. We’re going to sell off our non-muddy records. 90% DISCOUNT ON ALL VINYL. (Not our label stuff)
THE COUNTRY SIDE OF HARMONICA SAM “OPEN LETTER TO THE BLUES” 12″ VINYL
12″ New vinyl, Bullseye El Toro Vinyl
El Toro Records Sweden
REVEREND BEATMAN ( Voodoo Rhythm) & THE GODDAMN GALLOWS
Side A: “Jesus Christ Twist”
Side B: “Howlin’ Wind”
Just $4 ya cheap bastards.