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Introducing “Voices In The Hall” A New Podcast From The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum

Just Announced
Just Announced: Voices in The Hall A Podcast by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: Season One Begins Feb. 22
Featuring artists Dierks Bentley, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Dave Cobb, Jessi Colter, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Charlie Worsham
Listen. Subscribe. Share. @VoicesInTheHall | #VoicesInTheHall | VoicesinTheHall.org
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum presents Voices in the Hall, insightful conversations with compelling artists, from megawatt stars to highly influential players, who propel the story of American music forward. Host Peter Cooper is the Museum’s senior director, producer, and writer.


Here is where you can find out more information..

Dierks Bentley

Singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley came to Nashville as a Vanderbilt student and soon found himself immersed in the city’s street-level

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Dave Cobb

Dave Cobb is the most respected and admired producer of country music’s 2010s, or whatever we call the second decade of the

February 22, 201936:28Listen »

Rosanne Cash

Rosanne Cash has won four Grammy awards, has scored fifteen Top 20 country hits, has written one of music’s great memoirs in

February 22, 201925:35Listen »

Ricky Skaggs

As the first out of the gate in what is often called country music’s “neo-traditionalist movement” in 1981, Ricky Skaggs helped bring

February 22, 201934:58Listen »

Voices to Come

Episode 7: Jessi Colter

Episode 8: Ray Stevens

Episode 9: Sierra Hull

Episode 10: Larry Gatlin

Episode 11: Emmylou Harris – Part I 

Episode 12: Emmylou Harris – Part II

Music Festivals 2019: Luck Reunion.

Del Fest
Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
High Water festival
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Moonrunners Music Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Master Musician’s Festival
Suwanee Spring Reunion
ROMP Festival
Red Ants Pants
Aiken Bluegrass festival


Luck Reunion Reveals 2019 Festival Lineup
Live From Austin’s Cactus Cafe
Presenting Sponsor Southwest Airlines® Kicks Off 2019
“Southwest: On The Rise to Luck” Program
February 7, 2019 – Austin, TX – Luck Reunion, the flagship festival of Luck Productions, is pleased to announce the 2019 lineup for the annual event taking place at Willie Nelson’s “Luck, TX” on Thursday, March 14th. Along with presenting sponsor Southwest, the boutique collective unveiled the diverse artist roster as part of the Lucky Draw Live ticketing event hosted at the iconic Cactus Cafe and presented in partnership with KUTX.
Lucky Draw Live was the third installment of Luck Reunion’s fan-forward ticket buying initiative; offering fans the opportunity to buy tickets in-person, in addition to anintimate performance from Hayes Carll and Southwest: On The Rise to Luck 2018 winner, Thomas Csorba.
Anchored by a performance by Willie Nelson & Family, the 2019 Reunion will showcase more than 40 artists representing a wide swath of genres across five stages. The World Headquarters Stage, situated outside of Nelson’s famed “Headquarters” haunt will feature acts such as Shakey Graves, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Lukas Nelson, and more; while the Sources Stage will host a full female roster headlining Mavis Staples and will feature kick-ass ladies including Brandy Zdan, Mountain Man, Courtney Marie Andrews, Yola, and more. Nathaniel Rateliff will return to Luck with an intimate set on the Chapel Stage, preceded by artists including Cedric Burnside, Nicole Atkins & Jim Sclavunos, and The Cactus Blossoms; and the crowd-favorite Revival Tent will welcome celebrated acts such as Strand Of Oaks, Langhorne Slim & The Law, and Low Cut Connie. In true Luck fashion, surprise special guests will join Jade Jackson on the Saloon Stage lineup.
The full lineup is as follows:
Willie Nelson & Family
Steve Earle & The Dukes
Shakey Graves
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
The Marcus King Band
Matthew Logan Vasquez
Illuminati Hotties
Particle Kid
Paula Nelson & Jesse Dayton
Southwest® Artist On The Rise
Mavis Staples
Mountain Man
Courtney Marie Andrews
Haley Heynderickx
Angie McMahon
Sunny War
Brandy Zdan
Hayes Carll
Strand Of Oaks
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Low Cut Connie
The Nude Party
Quaker City Nighthawks
Thomas Csorba
E.B. The Younger
Logan Ledger
Nathaniel Rateliff
Cedric Burnside
Nicole Atkins & Jim Sclavunos
The Cactus Blossoms
Dylan LeBlanc
J.S. Ondra
Billy Strings
Lola Kirke
Waylon Payne
The Lucky Draw Live event on Feb. 7th also served as the official reveal of the three contenders for the 2019 Southwest: Artist On The Rise To Luck program, a platform created by the airline dedicated to supporting the careers of developing artists and demonstrating the initiative to propel up-and-coming creatives. Beginning today, fans will be called upon to learn more about the three finalists via the carrier’s music website, Southwest.fm. Later this month, fans will have a chance to vote on Southwest.fm to help determine who will win a coveted main stage slot at this year’s Luck Reunion. As part of Thursday’s Lucky Draw Live, Southwest’s 2018 Artist On The Rise, Thomas Csorba, revealed this year’s contenders:
Madison Cunningham: Los Angeles, California
Katie Pruitt: Nashville, Tennessee
Cha Wa: New Orleans, Louisiana
The burgeoning artist platform is upping its ante this year. Beginning in March the selected Artists On The Rise, chosen by a panel of music industry experts, will embark on a three-city Southwest: On The Rise to Luck Live Tour, presented by The Rustic,featuring live shows at each of the venue’s locations: Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. While music-lovers across the country vote via Southwest.fm for their top choice, Texas fans will have the opportunity to check out all three acts vying for the sought-after Luck Reunion set. For more information, please visit The Rustic’s event page.
March 7 – The Rustic Dallas; 3656 Howell St.
March 8 – The Rustic San Antonio; 17619 La Cantera Parkway at The RIM
March 9 – The Rustic Houston; 1836 Polk St.
Luck Reunion presented by Southwest, will take place on March 14th in Luck, TX, less than thirty miles outside of Austin, and feature both artists who have defined American music and artists who are redefining it. Luck Reunion performers, or “Luck Family” as they’ve grown to be called, all take after the event’s gracious host, free-wheeling legend Willie Nelson, in that they bow to nothing but inspiration, refuse to play it safe, and are always open for collaboration. In between once in a lifetime sets from their favorite new artists, fans will have plenty of chances to refuel in style with refreshments by The Mountain Valley Spring Water and food options curated by Austin Food + Wine Alliance, celebrating Central Texas chefs who are pushing boundaries and redefining what it means to have a cookout in the Hill Country.
For more information on this year’s festival, please visit Luck Reunion’s Website. For more information Luck’s ticketing process, please visit Luck Reunion – Ticketing. Please note there will be one remaining “Lucky Draw” on Friday, February 22nd.
About Luck Productions:
Luck Productions is a rogue cultural collective headquartered in Willie Nelson’s Luck, TX. Anchored by its flagship event, the annual Luck Reunion, Luck Productions creates experiences that embrace our past while cultivating new traditions in American roots culture. In addition to the Reunion, Luck Productions has hosted pop-up events including “Luck Mansion” residencies during Nashville’s AmericanaFest; a featured stage activation during Highwater Festival; the “Luck Hotel” content and concert series in Dallas; and the new “Luck Social” supper and song series held in Luck, TX.
About Southwest Airlines Co.:
In its 48th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 58,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually. Southwest became the nation’s largest domestic air carrier in 2003 and maintains that ranking based on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent reporting of domestic originating passengers boarded. In peak travel seasons, Southwest operates more than 4,000 weekday departures among a network of 99 destinations in the United States and 10 additional countries. Southwest has announced its intention to serve Hawaii, subject to requisite governmental approvals.
Southwest coined Transfarency® to describe its purposed philosophy of treating Customers honestly and fairly, and low fares actually staying low. Southwest is the only major U.S. airline to offer bags fly free® to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply, some carriers offer free checked bags on select routes or in qualified circumstances), and there are no change fees, though fare differences might apply.
Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for a triple bottom line approach that contributes to the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities they serve, and an overall commitment to efficiency and the planet. Learn more about how the carrier gives back to communities across the world by visiting Southwest.com/citizenship.
Book Southwest Airlines’ low fares online at Southwest Airlines or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.




If you don’t know how this works, ask around. Luck, the Luck family of artists, and everyone on our team prides themselves on bringing together an exciting new lineup of music and offerings every year. Lineup will be announced soon enough!



We are a very small event with a large demand. We try our best to avoid ticket scalpers, bots and losers who wish to profit off of our collective good times. We don’t sell all of our tickets in one online sale and we have our own way of doing things. (For more in depth ticketing instructions visit www.luckreunion.com/2019ticketing)

⚡ We distribute Luck Reunion tickets on a rolling basis via several Lucky Draw ticket drawings leading up to the event.

⚡️For each Lucky Draw, submissions will open one week prior to the Draw date. On the day of the Draw, winners will be picked at random and sent a code to purchase tickets.

⚡️The unique code must be used within 72 hours of release. If the code is not used, another code will be sent to the next randomly selected Lucky entrant.

⚡️Limit of 2 tickets per transaction

⚡️Each Lucky Draw is autonomous from the last. You must submit your email for each new Draw.

⚡️Our email list and social media is a great place to find out about potential ticket giveaways.

⚡️Luck Reunion is 21 + . Minors under the age of 21 may only enter under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. ID required at gates. Anyone over the age of 6 will require a ticket to the event

⚡️There will not be tickets sold at the gate – please do not come without a ticket in hand.

⚡️VIP tickets includes access to Oak Tree Lounge and World Headquarters front porch viewing areas and waived parking fee.

⚡️ Due to the desired intimacy of the event space by the Nelson family (and for your own enjoyment) this event has a capacity cap. We know that this means many of our loyal fans will not get tickets every year. Please try your best to keep your eye on sales and giveaways and know that we are doing our best to make sure every fan has an equal chance to be #inluck. As the Rolling Stones said it best; “You can’t always get what you want”…

⚡️This is a rain or shine event – no exceptions or refunds – On occasion authorities may ask us to hold gates or temporarily evacuate the grounds in the case of an emergency. In this case we will do our best to communicate updates via the Luck app and social media. Should authorities mandate a full event shut down we will handle refunds only in the case that the event was not open to the public for at least 6 hours. No refunds will be granted for any other reason. 

⚡️No animals allowed – ADA service animals allowed with valid credentials.



⚡️Beverages are complimentary (even the adult kind) and we will have a variety to choose from…

⚡️We have enlisted some amazing food trucks and vendors to keep even the most picky of appetites happy. We have asked our food truck partners to be conscious of vegan and vegetarian dietary needs. In addition we are asking more vendors to attend than ever before. We are always conscious of having more food available to our guests.



⚡️Reserve your round trip ticket on our charter bus from downtown Austin to the 2019 Luck Reunion. There are a handful of schedules to choose from. These charter busses will run with assigned times and schedules. If you are familiar with our past bus programs we think you will really dig the upgrade! Click here to purchase your bus tickets: http://amplitix.com/luck.


⚡️Parking – On-site parking available for $20 and is available on a first come first serve basis. We will have signs pointing you in the right direction as you get closer to the event site. Once the on-site lot is full we will direct overflow to our new overflow lots. These lots will have provided shuttle service to and from event. We will do our best to make the experience as fast and enjoyable as possible. please enjoy the experience. Lots of great people to get in and out of our gates! Parking lot will open at 10am on March 14th.

⚡️No overnight parking or camping

⚡️Single space vehicles only. No RVs, campers, passenger vans or busses allowed on site without prior consent.

⚡️Carpooling is recommended

⚡️Be sure to check the availability of your favorite rideshare company – not all rideshare companies may be in play where you are originating from. We will have a designated car-share drop of area.



⚡️This is the Nelson’s home and working ranch and as such we recommend our guests stay within the gated confines of event and not disturb the wildlife and animals

⚡️Blankets and “blanket villages” are only allowed off the main throughways in low-traffic areas. Please respect the requests of our many volunteers and team members helping us keep the peace and enjoyable viewing for everyone!

⚡️This may not be the best atmosphere for the little one but if you do bring the family please keep an eye on your flock

⚡️There is seating in the Revival Tent, and some of the food truck areas but be advised it is an all day festival and you will be on your feet a lot. We do not allow outside chairs or seating unless an ADA accessibility request is presented.

⚡️We will have complimentary water stations on site – feel free to bring an empty water bottle – don’t get sneaky… we know your ways! Besides, why bother – beverages are free?

⚡️Prepare for the elements – it’s Texas y’all so it could be any range of weather conditions. We have seen a range of between 45 and 105 on our event dates and if you were there in 2016 you know to be prepared for anything. We won’t give up until you do or safety is at stake.



Our ADA team is here to support all handicapped and disabled individuals to the best of our ability. We trust that you have reviewed the Festival Grounds info to ensure this is the perfect environment for you prior to purchasing a ticket. If you have a unique case send us a direct message and we will work with you on supporting your needs for a great day in Luck



We may require bag checks at the gate. This ain’t a border checkpoint but you catch our drift. Bring your blankets and the gear you need for the elements (sun screen etc..) You may bring an empty water bottle to use at our complimentary water stations.


The items below – leave em at home.

⚡️Outside food & beverage



⚡️Weapons (see our firearm statement below)

⚡️substances… you know what we mean, right?

⚡️Bad vibes

⚡️Oh yeah, and again, no pets. – ADA service animals allowed with valid credentials.



Yeah we know, everyone is a photographer these days. Take a few photos and tag #luckreunion when you share them. Please be courteous to your fellow attendees and don’t hold your damn phone in the air all day long. Professional photo and video cameras are not allowed. NO EXCEPTIONS. Any DSLR / video cameras etc… will require a press pass or you will be asked to leave the event.



Listen y’all our guiding principal is based on the family code, “Don’t be an Asshole”. Willie Nelson and his family are letting us throw you a party in his backyard. Be respectful of them and each other, pick up after yourself and if you smoke dispose of yer butts in a proper way. Do not bother the rescue horses and other wildlife. Stay within the confines of the fenced areas. Prepare for a music festival environment with limited access to seating and shade. This is an outdoor, rain or shine event – plan accordingly. Have a great time and be cool – can’t be any easier than that.









Ameripolitan Awards Pictures.

Here are the articles for the showcases and most of the events that were transpiring all weekend.


(MEMPHIS, TN) – In a night filled with incredible musical performances, artists in rockabilly, western swing, outlaw country and honky tonk music were honored at the sixth annual Ameripolitan Music Awards, hosted by Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson and Ameripolitan Award winner and western swing bandleader Big Sandy, at the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis tonight.

The awards were the ultimate cherry on top of four days of music and festivities in Memphis. Here is the complete list of winners and honorees.


Honky Tonk Female

Whitney Rose

Honky Tonk Male

Jesse Daniel

Honky Tonk Group

Two Tons of Steel

Western Swing Female

Grace Adele

Western Swing Male

Justin Trevino

Western Swing Group

Big Cedar Fever

Rockabilly Female

Tammi Savoy

Rockabilly Male

Jimmy Dale Richardson

Rockabilly Group

The Delta Bombers

Outlaw Female

Summer Dean

Outlaw Male

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Outlaw Group

Mike & the Moonpies

Ameripolitan DJ

Woody Adkins The Real Deal Country Show KOPN 89.5

Ameripolitan Venue

Roberts Western World, Nashville, TN

Ameripolitan Festival

Rockin Race, Malaga Spain

Ameripolitan Musician

Deke Dickerson

2019 Keeper of the Key

Larry Collins

The Ameripolitan Music Awards were created to benefit and acknowledge artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “country” or other music genres and organizations. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music. Ameripolitan – This thought provoking word is intended to be an invitation to discuss the future of the music that is important to so many of us. By leaving the hopelessly compromised word “country” behind and exclusively using the term “Ameripolitan,” our intention is to reestablish this music’s own unique identity, elevate its significance and help reinvigorate it creatively. Also, because of our place in history, we have the privilege and responsibility to pass a great musical tradition on to future generations who will otherwise have no direct connection to this music. The Ameripolitan Music Awards began in 2014 in Austin, Texas. The fifth annual event will be held in Memphis, Tenn., in February of 2018.


The Ameripolitan Music Awards were created to benefit and acknowledge artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “country” or other music genres and organizations. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music. Ameripolitan – This thought provoking word is intended to be an invitation to discuss the future of the music that is important to so many of us. By leaving the hopelessly compromised word “country” behind and exclusively using the term “Ameripolitan,” our intention is to reestablish this music’s own unique identity, elevate its significance and help reinvigorate it creatively. Also, because of our place in history, we have the privilege and responsibility to pass a great musical tradition on to future generations who will otherwise have no direct connection to this music. The Ameripolitan Music Awards began in 2014 in Austin, Texas. The fifth annual event will be held in Memphis, Tenn., in February of 2018.

Austin-based honky-tonker Dale Watson carries on in the tradition of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson with his “Ameripolitan” brand of American roots music. Dubbed “the silver pompadoured, baritone beltin’, Lone Star beer drinkin’, honky-tonk hellraiser” by The Austin Chronicle, Watson sat in with Jimmy Kimmel’s house band as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC) from SXSW 2015. He also emceed the first ever SXSW “Ameripolitan” showcase featuring the best of Honky-tonk, Outlaw Country, Rockabilly and Texas Swing music. Since the release of El Rancho Azul in 2013, Watson’s profile has risen considerably via appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), Austin City Limits and The Sun Sessions(PBS) and as a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me. A veteran touring artist and consummate entertainer, he is on the road more than 300 days a year. He also put his money where his heart is and took over ownership of two struggling Texas honky-tonks, the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin (home of Chicken $#!+ Bingo) and The Big T Roadhouse in St. Hedwigs (outside San Antonio).  If not on the road, he and His Lone Stars perform at one of them each Sunday. Dale has flown the flag for classic honky-tonk for over two decades. He’s christened his brand of American roots “Ameripolitan” to differentiate it from current crop of Nashville-based pop country. The Alabama-born, Texas-raised Watson may be the hardest working entertainer today and is rapidly approaching legendary status. He is a country music maverick, a true outlaw who stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.


“Twenty-five years, hundreds of thousands of miles, and over 3,000 live performances; what a dream it’s been!” said Robert “Big Sandy” Williams. “When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never imagined that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon.” Indeed, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are beloved by many, with fourteen albums of undiluted joyful music pulled from rockabilly, rock & roll, honky-tonk, rhythm & blues, soul and doo-wop. What A Dream It’s Been, out August 27 on Cow Island Music, is a collection of the band’s favorite original numbers – all acoustic, reinterpreted with fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentation.”Here I am, looking back at a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times and put us in front of national television and radio audiences,” said Big Sandy. He and the band have made three appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, as well as All Things Considered with Melissa Block. As a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and entertainer, Big Sandy has few contemporaries. With the release of What a Dream It’s Been, Big Sandy is at once acknowledging and celebrating the successes of the past 25 years, while setting the stage for further exploration and interpretation of the musical forms he is most passionate about.