Daily Archives: March 18, 2019

Album Feature – Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue

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.

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.
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.


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

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


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


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
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.



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

News From Mr. Tyller Gummersall.

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.

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.


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.
Click to Buy Tickets
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.