Monthly Archives: May 2019

Marty Stuart Is The CMA Artist In Residence For 2019.

 

You can learn a LOT at the Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum, from young to old history abounds in ever nook and cranny of this institution. They recently had a big celebration of Mr. Keith Whitley and opened a nice exhibit for him, I have yet to get down there to see that one but I have went to the Loretta Lynn exhibit and the current mega exhibit of Outlaws And Armadillos which focused on the Outlaw Era of the 1970’s.

There were so so many wonderful periods of time within music that the museum showcases on a regular basis like the Bakersfield Era, the Nashville Sound and the rise of Bluegrass. I don’t know about YOU but I HAVE so many questions about music, who was first, where did it come from, Why is Mr. Bill Monroe the father of Bluegrass?

There are exhibits like the American Currents which recently added a small feature for Mr. Tyler Mahan Coe’s popular podcast “Cocaine and Rhinestones” among many others that are blazing a trail for REAL Country Music in today’s day and age, the likes of Mr. Chris Stapleton and Mr. Strugill Simpson. The exhibit that highlights the entire life of Miss Emmylou Harris is absolutely breathtaking and amazing the amount of precision that went into that particular one.

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Mr. Marty Stuart’s music and what he stands for as a person, and what he has done for Country Music is unrivaled by pretty much anyone alive today. But I HATE that also because as a  collector I cannot buy SHIT, because he quickly snags it all on me. I simply cannot bring that much cash to an auction to compete with Mr. Marty Stuart, the other detrimental thing is that when he gets it, it gets locked away and the public loses access to seeing it.

He has gathered five Grammy awards, was the 2017 Americanafest winner for Group Of The Year, and won two IBMA Album Of The Year awards. Out  18 albums, he has amassed 33 singles, with 13 charted songs. Although he hasn’t earned a number one single, he remains revered as a Country music Legend by folks like me. I’ll dispute his stature in this business anytime that anybody wishes to step up to the podium on me.

The Sept. 11 show will focus on the 20th anniversary of Stuart’s album The Pilgrim. On Sept. 18, Stuart will host a “Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree,” featuring classic country songs and performers from the 1960s. The Sept. 25 show, “Songs That Tell a Story,” will be an acoustic night of story songs. Each show will feature special surprise guests.

“Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree”

The 1960s introduced us to undeniable superstars and gave us unforgettable songs. Join Stuart for an evening celebrating country music of the 1960s, featuring a line-up of influential artists and musicians from one of the most important periods of country music history.

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More Artist-In-Residence shows:

SEPTEMBER 11: “The Pilgrim” 

Marty Stuart will celebrate the rerelease of his landmark 10th studio album The Pilgrim during the September 11 show. The Pilgrim, which showcases Stuart’s songwriting and instrumental talents, tells the story of a man from Stuart’s hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. He will celebrate this 20-year milestone with a host of musical guests.

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SEPTEMBER 25: “Songs That Tell a Story”

Harlan Howard famously referred to country music as “three chords and the truth.” On September 25, Stuart will pay homage to country music’s musical stories with an acoustic show. This line-up will feature a number of Nashville’s most influential and revered storytellers.

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Past Artist-In-Residence performers include:

Album Feature – Ian Noe – Between The Country

By Joshua Wallace

I first became aware of Ian Noe when I saw him open for Colter Wall in Jacksonville, FL back in 2017.  I compared him to a young Bob Dylan then and was amazed at how his songwriting can draw you in. He crafts stories and writes about subjects with a hint of gritty realism that no one else is doing right now.  That still holds true on his debut LP Between The Country. Seriously people, this record gives me the same feels that records like Sturgill Simpson’s Hightop Mountain, Colter Wall’s self titled LP and Tyler Childer’s Purgatory have in the past. Let’s take a deeper look at some of my favorite tracks on this album.

“Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)” grabs you from the opening chords.  It’s a folksy number about the life a junkie and while it’s kind of sad in a way, the title character tries to keep a happy outlook on things.  It’s an example of the kind of songwriting you can expect throughout the record. “Junk Town” is a bittersweet tune about a man and his wife making it with what they have in a “junk town”.  They just seem to be passing time till they pass on to something better. It’s a story that is too common about people living in the same place and waiting for death to bring something different or something better.  “Letter To Madeline” is a great outlaw folk tune about a bank robber who is recounting his tale while longing for his Madeline. It’s an amazing tune that let’s Ian’s storytelling shine. This is probably my favorite track on the album.

“That Kind Of Life” celebrates the odd balls.  Whether it’s people ready to help at the drop of a dime or quiet people who get high and don’t have a care in the world, it celebrates people who live the kind of life that nobody lives anymore.  Another favorite, “If Today Doesn’t Do Me In” has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard it live. It’s a good slice of life story song about several characters such as a hitchhiker or a gas station clerk who are facing pivotal moments in their lives.  Finally, everyone who has heard Ian Noe has likely heard of “Meth Head”. It’s one of his more popular numbers that goes into darker folk territory about a meth addict. The song represents the realism that Ian brings to each of his songs and that hits very hard with anyone who listens to this track for the first or hundredth time.

Ian Noe is a once in a lifetime talent as a singer / songwriter.  While many are out there claiming to be outlaws or such, Ian’s music is real and gritty and deeper than most any outlaw country you can find.  His lyrics alone are enough to capture a room full of rowdy concert goers, but his sound is perfect for the 60’s psychedelic folk throwback that Dave Cobb has brought to Between The Country.  Think of this record as a modern take on a mix of 60’s Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young. You will hear elements of all three at different points throughout this album. I can’t wait to hear what is next for Ian Noe.  Between The Country is out everywhere on May 31st, 2019. You can catch him in Nashville at The Basement on June 1st and check out his website to see everywhere you can catch him live. I highly recommend it.

Favorite Tracks : Irene (Ravin’ Bomb), Junk Town, Letter To Madeline, That Kind Of Life, If Today Doesn’t Do Me In, Meth Head

Ian Noe – Between The Country (2019)

  1. Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)
  2. Barbara’s Song
  3. Junk Town
  4. Letter To Madeline
  5. Loving You
  6. That Kind Of Life
  7. Dead On The River (Rolling Down)
  8. If Today Doesn’t Do Me In
  9. Meth Head
  10. Between The Country

Album Feature – Justin Townes Earle – The Saint Of Lost Causes

By Joshua Wallace

Justin Townes Earle is back with his new LP The Saint Of Lost Causes.  It’s his first release since 2017’s Kid’s In The Street and eighth full length LP overall.  With his eighth record, Justin Townes Earle has honed in on his sound which is a mix of country, blues and folk.  There’s always a bit of that classic rock n roll sound present on his records as well.

The album kicks off with the title track and the first thing you notice is that bass line.  It’s smooth and serves as a backdrop to this track which sounds like it belongs in the smallest blues dive bar you can picture.  I love the guitar solo and how it plays with the atmospheric riffing done across the rest of the track. Another favorite is the more rockin’ blues number “Flint City Shake It”.  Flint, MI is used in songs a lot, but not quite like this. This rockabilly track references the cities troubles with GMC, but paints the people of the town as too tough to give up.

Another great track is the honky tonk number “Pacific Northwestern Blues”.  This is a traveling tune which features the great pedal steel work you can hear throughout this album.  The murder ballad “Appalachian Nightmare” is one of my favorite songs on this album. Justin writes good story songs and this one is one of his best.  Finally, another great testament to the song writing skills of Justin Townes Earle is the track “Ahi Esta Mi Nina”. This is a beautiful one sided conversation between a father and his daughter.  Both this and “Appalachian Nightmare” are new Justin Townes Earle favorites for me.

I highly recommend giving this record a listen.  It’s his strongest effort since 2012’s Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now.  It doesn’t quite hit the highs of Harlem River Blues, but there are plenty of highs here and no real lows.  Justin’s incredible knack for storytelling through song comes through here with a couple of his best. The Saint Of Lost Causes is out everywhere you can find good music on New West Records.  Check out Justin’s website for a full list of touring dates and go to a show.

Favorite Tracks : The Saint Of Lost Causes, Flint City Shake It, Pacific Northwestern Blues, Appalachian Nightmare, Ahi Esta Mi Nina

Justin Townes Earle – The Saint Of Lost Causes (2019)

  1. The Saint Of Lost Causes
  2. Ain’t Got No Money
  3. Mornings In Memphis
  4. Don’t Drink The Water
  5. Frightened By The Sound
  6. Flint City Shake It
  7. Over Alameda
  8. Pacific Northwestern Blues
  9. Appalachian Nightmare
  10. Say Baby
  11. Ahi Esta Mi Nina
  12. Talking To Myself

The Outlaws And Renegades Tour Is In Full Swing.

This tour is already under way and I have been so behind on everything that it is truly hard to feature everything I know about promptly. This is indeed a massive tour going on by two of Country musics’s favorite people. It launched on March 8th in St. Augustine Florida, and rolls on into August.

Mr. Charlie Daniels recently released A new album from a side band called “Beau Weevils Songs In The Key Of E” last year and this is a collaboration album with Mr. James Stroud, Mr. Billy Crain and Mr Charlie Hayward. This is not a solo album, nor is it a CDB album.

In 2016 he joined Mr. Fred Foster and Mr. Randy Travis as the inductees to the Hall Of Fame, as well as being invited to join the Opry in 2008. He has published many books through the years, including his own memoirs in 2017 Never Look At The Empty Seats.

In 1974 he organized the yearly concert juggernaut based out of Nashville called “Volunteer Jam” which ran up until 1996 except for a three year gap in the late 80s. Collecting the Volunteer Jam albums has been a long time task for vinyl lovers like myself that enjoy collections of live albums.

Despite him only having one number one single and only 30 albums, Mr. Charlie Daniels is revered by many to be not only a Country Music Legend, but a Southern Rock Legend as well having influenced many bands like The Marshall Tucker Band. He charted 54 singles and held 44 of them in the top 100.

Mr. Travis Tritt has recorded 12 albums and secured 5 number one singles in his tenure as an artist. Seven of his album have been certified platinum in sales, and he has charted more than 40 times. He too has been a member of the Grand Ol Opry since 1992

  • May 24 – Viaero Event Center | Kearney, NE*
  • May 25 | Silverstein Eye Centers Arena | Independence, MO*
  • May 30 | Koka Booth Amphitheatre | Cary, NC*
  • May 31 | Stage AE – Outdoors | Pittsburgh, PA*
  • June 1 | Rose Music Center at The Heights | Huber Heights, OH*
  • June 2 |Riverbend Music Center | Cincinnati, OH*
  • June 7 | Ozarks Amphitheater | Camdenton, MO*
  • June 8 | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie | Grand Prairie, TX*
  • June 9 | HEB Center Cedar Park | Cedar Park, TX*
  • June 13 | UMBC Event Center | Baltimore, MD*
  • June 14 | Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre | Columbus, OH*
  • June 15 | Sangamon County Fair | New Berlin, IL*
  • June 22 | Weedsport Speedway | Weedsport, NY *
  • June 28 | BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove | Southaven, MS*
  • June 29 | Oil Palace | Tyler, TX*
  • June 30 | Raising Canes River Center | Baton Rouge*
  • Aug. 9 | Las Colonias Amp | Grand Junction, CO>
  • Aug. 10 | Sky Ute Casino | Ignacio, CO>
  • Aug. 13 | Northern Quest Resort Casino | Airway Heights, WA>
  • Aug. 15 | Tulalip Casino/Orca Ballroom | Marysville, WA>
  • Aug. 17 | Ford Idaho Center Amp | Nampa, ID>
  • Aug. 18 | Fort Hall Casino | Fort Hall, ID>
  • Aug. 20 – Antelope Valley Fair | Lancaster, CA
  • Aug. 22 | Green Music Center | Rohert Park, CA>
  • Aug. 23 | Thunder Valley Casino | Lincoln, CA>
  • Aug. 24 | Star of The Dessert | Primm, NV>
  • Aug. 25 | Anselmo Valencia Tori Amp | Tucson, AZ>

*Features The Cadillac Three

<Features Marshall Tucker Band

>Features Love & Theft

^Features Copper Chief

Complete List Of Local Shows In Tennessee And Kentucky.

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.

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

The Wild Feathers
Pam Tillis
Exit In June 4th

Ray Scott
3rd And Lindsley June 4th

The Hardin Draw
The 5 Spot June 5th

Tracy Lawrence
CMA Theater June 5th

Charlie Daniels
Mt. Juliet Community Center June 5th

Jamie Lin Wilson
Bluebird Cafe June 5th

Hardin Draw
Marathon Music Works June 6th

David Ball
The Valentine 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
Adam Lee
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

Mark Chesnutt
Cahoots Dance Hall August 9th

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

Supersuckers
Little Harpeth Brewing September 8th

Holly Williams
City Winery September 8th

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

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 October 15th

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

Country Roots Records And Ben Jarrell Will Be Featured This Week.

Folks you know I have A ton of projects going this week, and I have been waiting to bring you the news of Country Roots Records direct from Muddy Roots itself. This label is going to be bringing us some terrific music in the future, however right now I want to focus on what it HAS brought us already.

Mr.Ben Jarrell has been blazing a honky tonk trail across my local area with his newly released album called “Troubled Times” which came out in March. I’m going to be catching up with Mr. Ben on Friday at the Nashville Palace as part of the Nashville Boogie that begins on Thursday.

This is what the label has to say about Mr. Ben:

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 the stories that everyone can relate to but very few have ever lived! You can pre-order your copy of Troubled Times at www.BenJarrell.com

Also, we are anxiously awaiting a third album from Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners also on this label. He never fails to present truly good honky tonk Country music, and previous to the studio he has been on the road all over the states. Another artist that I will be featuring this weekend will be Todd Day Waits Pigpen from Missouri.

I’m almost on my way to my hotel here before the Boogie, I have one more night of work left before I nap and head that way for some music and some articles for you so YOU can witness the EPIC festival that is the Nashville Boogie.

The Sreamin’ Rebel Angels Will Be Featured This Week.

Well now, it’s time once again to switch over to Western Swing and Rockabilly as this weekend I am in Nashville covering the Nashville Boogie Weekend. It’s become quite a big recognized national event attended by some of Nashville’s most prestigious authorities on Western Swing Music and other communities.

This event surely has opened my eyes and ears to some terrific music and some new friends within many different communities of music. Many other websites choose to only feature certain narrow subjects, but not me. I choose to Branch out and cover so many others.

The lead singer Miss Laura Palmer was the guest co host of the Rockabilly And Blues Radio Hour this week, as we all prepare for the Nashville Boogie weekend festival. As usual I’m going to be all over the place covering the entire event in the best able form I can. I’ll be with  MANY bands this weekend with interviews and special features.

The Screamin Rebel Angels are playing at the Nashville Boogie this weekend on Friday, and I’ll be there to cover their set. They have a bunch of things going on right now including their brand new album called “Heel Grinder”, and some new videos. This album has thirteen tracks on it and they are as follows.

  1. Ohh My Soul
  2. Baby Gets Down
  3. Heel Grinder
  4. Hands Off
  5. I Believe
  6. Brassy Brown
  7. Something On Your Mind
  8. Sweet Petunia
  9. Where You At
  10. Snake
  11. Iris
  12. The Devil Whispered To Me
  13. Racing Death

Album Feature – Charlie Marie – Charlie Marie

By Joshua Wallace

A good EP’s purpose is to make the wait for a full length album a little bit easier.  Whether it’s an introductory EP or something to tide fans over between albums number 2 and 3, a good EP can carry some good stuff and should never be overlooked.  Charlie Marie’s second self titled EP feels more like a reboot as this features a fuller, more traditional honky tonk sound than her first 2015 self titled EP. I really dig this sound and can’t wait for more.

The EP kicks off with “Rhinestones”.  It’s thick with pedal steel from Andy Gibson who plays on this record.  This track feels like something that would get dance floors moving.  It is meant to introduce you Charlie Marie and tell you what to expect from this young singer going forward. Another favorite is the stand out “Countryside”.  I love the riff that opens this track and the road trip vibe that carries throughout. This is good stuff. Finally, the track “Shot In The Dark” slows things down a bit. This waltz is the best vocal showcase on the album.

This is a good EP.  It really sells you on Charlie Marie as a traditional honky tonk country singer.  This EP may only be 5 tracks, but these 5 tracks let Charlie Marie showcase every aspect of a sound that is well defined by the end of this.  I for one am looking forward to hearing more of Charlie Marie. You can check out her website here and the self titled EP is out everywhere as of May 3rd 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Rhinestones, Countryside, Shot In The Dark,

Charlie Marie – Charlie Marie (2019)

  1. Rhinestones
  2. Rodeo
  3. Countryside
  4. Shot In The Dark
  5. Playboy

W.B. Walker’s Sixth Anniversary.

I’m down here at one of my favorite yearly functions in West Virginia at the all mighty V club in Huntington. This event has turned into a yearly endeavor for me. His year one anniversary was  done on his couch in the living room, and I could not make year two. However, since year three I have faithfully covered every year in person.

He finally did enough convincing that this was going to be a big deal, and to be honest I was already beyond interested in many of the bands that he featured on his show. I also wanted to make the trip up to Dingess West Virignia to see the utility barn he turned into a bar.

We had talked many times prior to ever meeting for the first time in person, and immediately had a connection with each other as both of our brands were just beginning to take shape. We both had visions and although they were different ones, they both benefited the same kind of music. I’ll admit I cover other kinds of music than he does in some ways, but our passion was the same.

He began this with absolutely nothing folks. Mr. Brandon talked with me and even though he had an idea of a direction, and a vision, he didn’t really know how to even DO a podcast….but GUESS WHAT? HE TOOK THE INITIATIVE to learn and perfect his craft to achieve success like none other in his region. He had history knowledge like me, and read books and studied how this works. HE IS a prime example of the American dream.

I stayed in the Ashland Kentucky area once again, as I have in the past three years accept last year when we booked an Ohio room instead. I’m an intense creature of habit and I have my go to hotels I like, and the Days Inn off route 80 is one of them. This hotel has a pretty ample free breakfast but what I like the most is you can request a late check out for 1:00, also if I get there early many times my room is ready at noon. Days Inn Wyndham Ashland Kentucky is where I always stay on this event.

I found a KILLER SPOT out there for a rack of ribs, Reno’s is one of my go to places for a GREAT rib eye up there. But I stumbled upon a place called Smokin’ J’s Rib And Brewhouse, not far from the hotel. For 20 bucks I am still to this day astounded by the amount of food I was given, and how friendly the staff was. That young man earned a 7.00 tip on a 20.00 meal. The service isn’t the only factor that impressed me about this establishment however, another thing was the extreme use of perceived value that was implemented there.

The portions were very generous but the taste of the food was so good you will pay more for it. The Mac and cheese was just plain old Mac and Cheese but it was made different, and that little kick it has makes you think it’s worth more. Honestly when I dine out and it tastes soooo good I don’t care how much I spend. it was FRESH and made with better ingredients, and you could tell it was made better.

The waiter did a good job on suggestive sales to boost my ticket total up. Appetizers are such a high markup and great way to make a 10.00 meal 20. I didn’t get one, but he sure made them sound delicious and THAT IS a good employee. It is a server’s job to generate a high ticket out of me, by way of suggestive sales and conversation. This place was well managed and has well trained staff,  tried to stump him on things and he knew the products well.

They had a NICE stage and the main bar COULD BE used for live music, however I’m not sure if they have the knowledge for booking it yet. I have pointed them out to an Illinois booking agent, and one out of Texas as well. I hope in the future I can maybe cover some shows out there.

Mr. Tony Harrah opened the show tonight with his band.  I had an opportunity to talk with him on quite a lengthy interview, and you can read about that HERE. He is preparing his new album called Unicorn, that will be out this summer he said.  He opened with a song called “Good Man” from that upcoming album. It was an absolute pleasure to get to see him play again on this particular show, and he played a very good set last year as well. I heard “Good Man” the other day and it reminded me to call my own mother, shame on me.

This man represents sorrow and loss, and good times all melded into one eclectic set mainly because he has actually lived many of the scenarios he portrays in his music. He has had loss in the form of his late wife whom passed on at an early age, and affected Mr. W.B. GREATLY as he identified with him upon the similar situations of his own life.

And as the folks pour in for this wonderful night, he played an energetic version of the song “My Old Town” from the Putnam Prohibition album “Oklahoma Blues”. Part of his band tonight was Mr. Anders Bush on the upright bass, who was in Putnam Prohibition as well. Mr. Jeff boggess on guitar, Mr. Mark Coppala on harmonica and Mr. Jeremy Roberts on drums.

“Family Tree” was a well written song and perhaps the most cleverly written song on his set tonight, however the song on his “Oklahoma Blues” album called “Here I Am Lord” was one that spoke to me the most as an individual. He displayed some great emotion in the song called “Miller’s Farm” before he played a solo song for Mother’s Day called “Easter Sunday Morning”.

He explained that he had just had a fight with his mother, and it reminded him of his youth, before he played ‘Easter Sunday Morning”. All of his songs he has such vivid stories and influences for, and that is what makes him so special. He was a truly special first act here tonight, but just as integral and exciting as the last act tonight.

The Winetree was another wonderful duo that has been featured on here before, as well as festivals like Kickin It On The Creek and others I cover yearly. Mr. Ryan Harvey and Mr. Isaiah Muller make up this Kentucky duo, with old time heartwarming harmonies that generate goosebumps on the hardest of souls.

Their first song was one called ‘Kentucky”, and they followed that with a newer song called “Coyote Songs”, which also displayed a somber fiddle sound accompanied by some really riveting harmonies. Their stage presence for a small unit far supersedes a simple duo, and makes you feel like you are watching a large band.  The lyrics on this song were absolutely vivid and enthralling as it described the pines slowly blowing in the breeze.

“Banks Of The Ohio” was next, followed by a great break up song called “Willie Nelson Cassette”. That song made me remember my tape deck in my old 79 Chevette that ate my Red Headed Stranger tape in high school. I never did have an ex girlfriend steal my tapes but I did loose a few of them by old tape decks for sure. “Bottle Rockets” was next from their album you can get on Bandcamp, and their last song was called “Ramona”. My friend Mr. J.J.Waters from the Honky Tonk Heroes told me that night the song “Ramona” was written about his grandmother.

Mr. Justin Payne is a man from West Virginia that showed up for the fourth anniversary with a hospital bracelet on! He has a very unique voice much like the rest of the acts on the stage tonight. This young man plays every once in awhile around the area, and from his “Coal Camp” album he played the song called “Piece Of My Life”.

From his album “No Place Lower Than High” he played the song called “She Never Will”. It was truly good to see him again here in West Virginia. Many of these people playing here tonight have a long history of being friends with Mr. W.B. Walker, and they all have been to his bar and grill parties. W.B. Walker personally believes in each and every one of these bands here tonight, both musically and as personal friends.

Mr. Jon Bassin played a song called “Appalachian Moon”. This song has some DAMN GOOD lyrics in it about lost love and love that has gone wrong. Lines like ‘I’m the tip of the arrow in mid flight” make this song a undiscovered masterpiece. I’ll tell you what I do NOT usually rave about a song by putting in the lines like that, but this one was so well written I had to.

I delved into his other songs like “Great John’s Owls” and others, and he compliments these other acts quite amicably, as his messages are a little more on the darker side of things. He does maintain his own style while equally having a similar direction to the other Appalachian artists.

Miss Chelsea Nolan played a few songs for us tonight beginning with a cover of “Drunken Poet’s Dream”, by Hayes Carll. She stopped by my website last week to chat with me and you can read that HERE. This will give you a little better perspective of where she is from, and what inspires her.

She played a song that she recently wrote called “Camel Wide Blues”, along with one she played at the Southgate House during Hagfest this year called “Serious Song”. She often describes her own songwriting ability as not as serious, however I digress with her  on that, because the song “Build A Fire” is absolutely amazing in it’s own right.

She played a story song about an old bootlegger that she used to have in her area she grew up in, as her county was dry. The song was called “Bootlegger”. Miss Chelsea Nolan is one of most positive and most happy individuals I have ever encountered, and every time I met her she is always so happy to be where she is..playing music.

Mr. Coby Langham and his citizen’s band was on top of things tonight, as this venue began to fill up. This is a sold out show tonight, so this young man played to a packed house here. His first song tonight was his song called “Years On The Road (The Truckin’ Song).  Followed by his song called “Skate N Bowl”.

HERE is where you can read his album review of his new album Mr. Joshua Wallace did, and I have covered his set many times. As usual he brought along his entourage of talent like guitarist Mr. Jason Sinkhorn who played “Old Poseiden’s Daughter”. They played the song “All American” off the album called “Years On The Road”.

“As the Crow Flies” is also off the “Years Off The Road” album, and also included in his set tonight was the ever popular song “Heroin Girl”, and another called “Highs And Lows”.

Mr.Bob Sumner came down today to play a set for us. Now, my friends I want to emphasize on one factor here..I am not going to pretend I know everyone and every band…I do not. I have never heard of this man until now, and that is why I love these shows and festivals and the like, to learn these bands. My only regret is that I didn’t get to talk with him at all, and I plan to soon change remedy that problem with him.

He played a new song called “Greetings” , which I caught part of as I was eating really quick before I caught some songs off of his debut album called “Wasted Love Songs”. One of those songs was called “All Your Dead Things”, which was a really good slow song. He also did a fantastic cover of the Mr. Bruce Springsteen song called “The Ghost Of Tom Joad” by request of Mr. W.B.

His last song was the last song on his album called “Ticket To Ride”. His soft and calm vocals make this song a very somber about life after life and not hurting anymore, it has references to Jesus and Judas only I noticed he mentioned gold and actually it was silver he was given. This song is a whopping 5 minutes long and very descriptive from the start, and a great way to end a set.

Mr. Justin Wells is a man that needs no formal introduction from me on here, I have featured him so many times in articles. This was the first time I have witnessed him with a full band since the final Fifth On The Floor show in Lexington KY. Back then Mr. Tyler Childers was just beginning and opened the show for them, and I got to have a pre fame picture with him.

He played “The Screaming Song” that he wrote for his little nephew, and this was the first time I have heard this song live, as it’s on YouTube. I enjoy his signature vocal growl he posseses that adds attitude and grit to his true to heart lyrics and his inventive original music. He once told me this weekend “You know Gary my wife and I we have a house and some land, and I’m fortunate enough and lucky enough to be able to raise my kids doing this…I’m very blessed”. That attitude and that MUSIC BOTH make you want to continue buying his music and his shirts to keep him rolling into YOUR TOWN, after all WE enable him to continue to be a traveling picker. He is as humble and as loving a person as you’ll ever meet.

“Three Quarters Gone” was in his set tonight as well as my favorite song “Going Down Grinning” . That song was the one on Dawn In The Distance that spoke to me the most as an individual, not matter what happens to me I’ll go down Grinning. Also the song “The Highway Less Taken” was in the set and was good, tires with no tread and the references to not getting rich playing music are truthful folks. I never realized how rough their lives were until I started following them around.

“Can’t Break My Heart” was next from his Dawn In The Distance album along with “Another Night Lonely” which always paints a dark and poignant picture in my mind when I sit back and let the song speak to me. Now he played a few more new songs for us tonight called “Ruby” and another called “It’ll All Work Out”. I was given permission to let you know the names of those songs. He told me some about the new album, and said it will be a different direction this time.

He closed his set with “Still No Rain” and finally he played “The Dogs”. I believe many can relate to The Dogs because it’s REALLY NOT easy to take the music business personally, and overlook the politics of it all. Even for the media people who often get swept under the rug, it’s a VERY competitive thing here.

The Horse Traders joined forces tonight for the first time in many many months to raise money for the charity of their choice. Even I threw 20 bucks in and got a vinyl and some stickers from them last night.  Mr. Travis Egnor, Mr. Patrick Stanley, Mr. Brandon Mooney make up this West Virginia powerhouse band that is highly beloved by many of Mr. W.Bs fans.

I wanted to delve into their discography for this article here, because I’m not sure if they will ever play again. I’m not sure IF THEY even know, but they sure were nervous going into the show. These young men put EVERYTHING into the show when they are up there, and you can FEEL the connection they have. I’m not sure what got in the way of the band nor am I at any liberty to scrutinize or speculate, but as a journalist it’s my job to document FACTS….and the fact is they played a GREAT set and enjoyed being up there.

“I Don’t Mind” was first and by far my favorite song on their entire list. It is the song with the distinguished notes in the beginning and the melody that we love the most, and set the tone for the second portion of this show.  For me the song brought me to mind of my divorce and the amount of rules I had to follow, even though I really don’t drink much anymore. That’s one of those songs you can interpret either way.

“Hey Carolina” was played tonight, From the ” I Don’t Mind” EP they played all the four songs, “Hey Carolina” is a good cruising tune when the wheels are rolling. Additionally played from this album was a song called “Mark Twain” and another called “Even Mountains Can Fall”. They also played the song called “19”, and another called “Ain’t No Ash Will Burn” which I have heard Mr. Tyler Childers play it with Miss Senora May, and I have heard many others play that song.

I remember when I met them at Outlaw Fest in 2014 they gave me their new album called “Did You Forget To Leave This In Durango”, tonight they played the song called “Cheap Wine” which was a bout a lousy father, and was on that album. I’m not totally sure if there will be any more future shows for these young men, but if there are you can damn sure bet that I will be on point to report on them.

Country Music Legend Mr. Billy Don Burns came tonight to play a few songs for us tonight, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I just got to see him a few weeks ago in Mississippi at Outlaws On The River, and you can read about that HERE. One of his older albums has just recently been re released on Rusty Knuckles record label, and I have heard a rumour of it possibly going to vinyl.

He played “Stranger” and “Hank Williams Lonesome” for us before Mr. Colter came on for the main act tonight. We got to have an enjoyable chat about some history he was a part of, and I got to tell him about some things I have of his past in my collection. I’m going to try my best to get every piece of his work, and my next endeavor is getting my hands on his Mel Tillis cuts from the 1975 album called “Best Way I Know How”.

Mr.Colter Wall was the main act tonight and as Mr. W.B. announced the first person to book him the United States was HIM.He always begins every set I ever saw with “Thirteen Silver Dollars” from the self titled second album. He also played “Calgary Stampede” which is an old Wilf Carter classic.

He put his own signature vocal spin on the ANCIENT CLASSIC song “The Big Ball’s In Cowtown” originally recorded by Hoyle Nix. He and his brother Ben modeled their band The West Texas COWBOYS after Bob Will’s West Texas PLAYBOYS, and also structured their music the same often beginning with fiddle double stops and very little drums. It was not written by him but in 1949 he was the first to record that song on Dallas based Star Talent label. I love to research those small labels that recorded obscure Country Music.

“Motorcycle” was one that got the entire crowd singing along to, and has that feel good melody that we all enjoy. He introduced the boys, Mr Patrick Lyons, Mr. Jason Simpson and Mr. Jake Groves were up there with him. Then he said well we might as well get this one out of the way, and barrelled into “Kate McCannon”. That song and that album really helped my dying father pass on, he listened to that song inherently for a year.

He played a new song called “Western Swing And Waltzes” along with the song “You Look To Yours” from the self titled second album. Keeping up on the matters of the second album he played a very good “Me And Big Dave” written about our buddy Big David Vaughn Lindsay from Bowling Green Kentucky.

From his debut album he played “Sleeping On The Blacktop” before he played a REALLY entertaining version of Mr. Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “Up Against The Wall Redneck Mother”. Mr. Colter Wall has such a magnetic stage presence and a true western ambiance with a flare for showmanship. His stage shows are more than just amazing, and he doesn’t have to have special effects of anything fancy. All he needs is his guitar and a band to help him embed his trail songs into your mind.

I want to take the time to personally THANK Mr. W.B. Walker for once again inviting me to do this every year like he does. To all of the bands for allowing me to print all this, and to the ones that called for interviews and all else the bands help me do to make these articles possible.

Most of all TO YOU MY READERS for always logging on and supporting what I do on here, because without YOU I could not do this job here. Week after week , and daily some of you keep me afloat on here by reading the various things I make and I thank each and every one of you form the bottom of my heart.

Album Feature – Lucette – Deluxe Hotel Room

By Joshua Wallace

You might remember Lucette’s 2014 Dave Cobb produced album titled Black Is The Colour.  It had a big rootsy vibe and it seemed like she was ready to set the Americana world on fire.  Fast forward five years later and we have the follow up release called Deluxe Hotel Room. This album is produced by Sturgill Simpson and it sounds nothing like the previous record.  Instead of a rootsy vibe, Lucette goes for a moody, synth pop vibe. It has the psychedelic flare Simpson is known for with the help of some well placed synthesizers and saxophones. I dig the sound she’s going after on this album, as it is something new for both herself and Sturgill as a producer.

The title track “Deluxe Hotel Room” starts us off with a somber piano backing Lucette before evolving into a psychedelic crescendo.  It’s a mellow intro into the album and I dig it. “Out Of The Rain” is a ballad with the backing track being a simple drum beat and synth.  Then you have that sax solo come in and it takes this slow moody track into another space. “Full Moon Town” picks up the pace a bit, but the track is still drums and synth with some psychedelic flare here and there.

“Angel” helps pick the proceedings up a bit with an upbeat rhythm.  It’s a welcome change though it’s still the same drum and synth sound that is throughout the album.  The sax ads a bit of texture to “Fly Me To Heaven” as it helps carry the tune throughout the song. “Talk To Myself” is a standout from the second half of the album.  It uses the drum and bass with synth approach to the best effect on the album in my opinion. You can really hear Sturgill’s influences on this track as it sounds like something that would have fit on one of his more psychedelic records.

Lucette has transformed her sound for Deluxe Hotel Room from a rootsy Americana powerhouse to a moody drum and bass synth pop affair.  You can hear Sturgill’s influence with the use of the sax and psychedelic sound textures throughout the album, but it doesn’t really sound like something you would expect to hear from Sturgill Simpson.  I still recommend giving it a listen as it’s some new and unexpected sounds from both Lucette and Sturgill. Deluxe Hotel Room is out everywhere on May 17th, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Out Of The Rain, Full Moon Town, Angel, Fly To Heaven, Talk To Myself

Lucette – Deluxe Hotel Room (2019)

  1. Deluxe Hotel Room
  2. Out Of The Rain
  3. Full Moon Town
  4. Angel
  5. Fly To Heaven
  6. California
  7. Crazy Bird
  8. Talk To Myself
  9. Lover Don’t Give Up On Me

Tyler Childers Announces A Bunch Of Stuff In 2019.

I got home from work last night (I work third shift) with a plethora of anticipation for the announcement from up and coming powerhouse Tyler Childers, whom by now is already selling out huge amphitheaters in a matter of minutes. It’s been an honor to watch him grow ever since my friends W.B. Walker and my friend J.J. Waters over there at Honky Tonk Heroes turned me onto many years ago.Just because this is my hobby blog (ONLY Mr. Tyler will get that joke) I’m NOT for one second going to fabricate any situation and tell you I FOUND him on my own, or take ANY credit for discovering him. THEY showed his music to ME several years ago, and I merely capitalized on the discovery.

I recall the very first anniversary show for W.B. Walker where I first heard Mr. Tyler Childers on recorded podcast from his couch in a living room. I did my first of many articles about his anniversary show, and you can read that HERE. In fact I am working on my SIXTH one in just a few days I will have that one up for us.I reviewed his show when he opened for the very last Fifth On The Floor show at Cosmic Charlie’s in Lexington, and that I have released HERE.

I watched him perform at the Basement one time a few years back with Kelsey Waldon and Truckstop Waterfall, that was HERE that I released that article once again.Then, as he moved up the ladder I got to watch him play at the square in beautiful Madisonville Kentucky and I have that article HERE as he played with Shooter and Waymore’s Outlaws.

He has moved up in the musical world so much now that nobody can deny him ANY credit whatsoever in any way, I mean he is selling venues just as fast as mainstream acts that get radio airplay! His 7am announcement was a new video and song release called “House Fire”, and I have embedded that video here for you, and included the Spotify song.

We also have learned that his new album will be called Country Squire and will have 9 tracks, and it will be out on RCA Records. Those 9 tracks are as follows:
1. Country Squire
2. Bus Route
3. Creeker
4. Gemini
5. House Fire
6.Ever Lovin’ Hand
7. Piece Of Mind
8. All Your’n
9. Matthew

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Now if you remember my coverage of last year’s Kickin It On the Creek last year, he played two of those new songs for us called “Gemini” and another called “Bus Route”. I will not divulge into too much of the content of those songs other than they ARE indeed being played LIVE on some of his selected tour dates. I was one of the first media outlets that revealed the names of the new songs.

His solo tour runs until December, and I have a sneaky feeling that we will be seeing him tour with a man that produced his album, now nothing has been officially said regarding that I am just telling you what I feel in my heart…or maybe it’s what I want to believe?

What I DO believe is the fact that you will NEVER SEE Mr. Tyler in another element like Kicki’n It On the Creek, for many reasons. One is because it is on Mr. Byron’s property, which is pretty much like YOUR OWN home. The Roberts family makes us ALL feel like loved ones as we all converge there every September to enjoy music, and neighbors. I promise you that you will NEVER experience a more down home festival than that one.

I do a lot of work for over 200 festivals a year and one of them is the upcoming DelFest this May in Cumberland Md. Mountain Music Festival in West Virginia, ( article to come), Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio, (article to come), Green River Festival, Tailgates And Tallboys, and the Railbird Festival.

He will then go overseas until October and then run solo dates in decent sized venues until next year. Will he rest or will he embark on an even bigger tour for 2020 to support this new album with another juggernaut that has an album in the can? You know whom I speak of? No? Well….let’s find out…shall we?

Album Feature – Orville Peck – Pony

By Joshua Wallace

Every once in a while a new artist comes by that has a unique style that catches your eye and makes you pay attention.  Orville Peck is just such an artist. His music is like a cross between indie rock and traditional country put through a spaghetti western filter.  If that isn’t enough to get your attention, wait until you hear his voice. He comes across deep and rich, but then there are moments he can hit higher octaves flawlessly.  I really dig the sound he has created with this record.

The album kicks off with “Dead Of Night”.  The mix of twangy guitar and Peck’s deep brooding vocals help set the tone for the record.  Then, you get to the chorus and the higher notes provide a stark contrast to the deeper tones set throughout the track.  I really dig the vibe that is set here. Another favorite is “Turn To Hate”. You start to get the indie rock vibe with this track.  It still has the twangy western tinged guitar that is present throughout the album, but these sounds help provide a different tone than the classic country leaning tracks.

I also dig “Roses Are Falling” which takes the album’s sound back to the classic 50’s country ballads.  It matches perfectly with the next tune “Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)” which starts with a lonesome whistle before going into a western sounding, Johnny Cash inspired back beat.  Then, near the end, you have the ballad of the record, “Nothing Fades Like The Night”.  Here, Orville Peck gets to stretch out his vocal chops even more.  I like that this record has a variety of sounds yet keeps everything sounding like it belongs.  Many artists fail to do when they explore different sounds on one album.  There needs to be something that ties it all together and Peck does that with skill.

This is an amazing achievement for a debut record.  It takes a wide range of influences and sounds and manages to tie it all together in one nice package.  I look forward to hopefully seeing Orville Peck live one day and hearing how his sound translates onto the stage.  You can check out his website for tour dates and his album is out everywhere on Sub Pop Records as of March 22nd, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Dead Of Night, Turn To Hate, Buffalo Run, Roses Are Falling, Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call), Nothing Fades Like The Night

Orville Peck – Pony (2019)

  1. Dead Of Night
  2. Winds Change
  3. Turn To Hate
  4. Buffalo Run
  5. Queen Of The Rodeo
  6. Kansas (Remembers Me Now)
  7. Old River
  8. Big Sky
  9. Roses Are Falling
  10. Take You Back (The Iron Hoof Cattle Call)
  11. Hope To Die
  12. Nothing Fades Like The Light

I Visit With Mr. Tony Harrah.

I’m still on a quest to enjoy this weekend of music in Huntington WV as my good friend Mr. W.B. Walker celebrates his SIXTH anniversary of the Old Soul Radio Show, with some short inter views on some of the GREAT talent we will be seeing on this year’s bill. He’s got a few nice surprises in store for us I’m sure, and this time I got the pleasure to chat with Mr. Tony Harrah, who I have some REALLY cool questions for.

Here is his BIO    Rafael Barker c.2019

Based out of the small town of Nitro, West Virginia and steeped in blues and traditional folk sounds, Tony Harrah is a voice of Appalachia that begs the attention of the hardest heart string. Gritty and true, his songwriting speaks to the life of blue collar society and forgotten America.

Since the 2016 and 2017 albums “Two Dollar Suit” and “Oklahoma Blues” done with the Putnam Prohibition, Harrah has been showcasing his widespread instrumental and writing talents. Being billed alongside artists like Tyler Childers, Jeremy Pinnell, Nicholas Jamerson and many more, Harrah is breaking out of his regional coverage and spreading his fan base nationally. With musical influences ranging from Guy Clark and Tom Waits, to Springsteen and Ryan Adams;  Harrah has perfected his own unique sound and has been described as “like Ray Charles and a hippie had a child and it came out sounding like Muddy Waters.” – J.A. Outlaw Resurgence.

Tony is currently exploding back onto the scene after some time away and is loading all the pain, love and loss of the world in his guitar case. His songwriting is shockingly true to the human experience and hits so deeply it brings a perspective that will take even the toughest music lovers to their knees. His latest album, “Unicorns“, promises to further cement the certain rise in listeners and fans, and releases worldwide Summer of 2019.

TH:

Gary how are you my friend?

GHC:

I have my ups and downs, how are you?

TH:

I been doing great, I got this mint patch out here and every year I add it to my sweet tea, and it tastes amazing. A buddy of mine killed him a big ol turkey, and I have one of  the breasts in the smoker right now. A little Sunday dinner then about 4:30 I got the guys coming over from West Virginia to do a little video shoot.

GHC:

I hunt about 100 days a year. I do it all, I stopped waterfoul hunting now, man I’m too old to be wallowing in that water anymore. But I still do everything else, but my arthritis gets so bad. I still do most of it though.

TH:

Man, waterfowl is about the only thing I do anymore, I squirrel hunt some. I don’t eat enough deer to really justify killing them and I don’t trophy hunt, I did when I was younger and it’s no longer a thing. But I do waterfowl hunt, and hell I don’t get out very often anymore.

GHC:

Yeah it’s so hard to find the time, it’s just adulting I guess. I deer hunt alot and I live on it. Well i always ask everybody what got you started in music, but with you…I would like to hear the story of the song “Aviator”.  That is absolutely fascinating to me Sir.

TH:

Well stories change a little bit, but that story is as honest and as real as it could ever be. I was on my way back from a three week trip across the country, and I stopped in Nashville for a few nights. My late wife was with me and the kids were with me, and we took them to the Nashville zoo while we were there.

There was this guy that was camping next to us, and I seen him mill around his campsite. He had this really big square tent, and we wondered if maybe he was living there and walking or something. We got back from the zoo, and he wasn’t there, but he got back after we did.  At some point I was doing something but my wife hollared at me that he was passed out in his campsite.

So I ran down there and at first I kind of wondered with all of the opioid addiction, and being from West Virginia I unfortunately thought about that first. I realized that wasn’t the case very quickly, so I called up to the campsite management, and me and that gentleman took turns giving him CPR. We gave him CPR, trading off at two minutes at a time, you know because CPR wares you out really quick.

We did it enough for the ambulance to come and we kept him alive. and my wife was on the phone with 911. I was trying to keep the kids in the tents during all of this. They took him away and we asked the campsite management if they had any information. He was the son of the owner, and was about my age and in the music industry as well.  He was into recording and production as well, so we kind of hit it off.

He told me that guy was there for aviation school, and he was attending Middle Tennessee Aviation School. He said those guys will come here and camp for several weeks while they are attending school, because it’s cheap. And so, when we were there we looked at the kid’s campsite, and his tent was set up like an apartment. It was meticulous and clean, and he had a lot of books. So he was just staying there and studying.

We asked for any information because we found out he passed away the next day, his brain had shut down. So, my wife wanted his family’s address so she could write them a letter.   She came in toward the end and only saw some of it, but she wanted to write them a letter of condolences.

So we got the last known address, which was his parent’s house and with his name I looked up his facebook page, and it turns out he had a brother who was a pilot in Alaska. That next weekend we got home, and we went camping in West Virginia with my brother and his family. I have a songwriting group that I have to write a song a week for. I went down to the pool of the campground, and I wrote that song aviator as a tribute to the kid, the only thing I could come up with was his life was beautiful, and my life was beautiful and the part about Alaska. I never did get to contact his parents, and unfortunately twenty days after that my wife passed away from a blood clot.

I had planned on sending his parents a copy of the record with a longer explanation of why it took this long to get a hold of them. Posthumously giving them a letter to them from my wife in the first place. So that’s kind of how it came about.

GHC:

That’s really interesting, it truly is. Tell me more about your live album from Fayetteville, is that Fayetteville Arkansas?

TH:

No, that’s Fayetteville West Virginia. Yeah, so I made that one in town, and I’ll put that on hard copy in the next couple of months. Now, Brad Kinders of Big River Records handled that. There was a benefit concert here for the Dakota academy. The Dakota academy is an at risk youth program for robotics and engineering and art, music and drama.

So Mr. Andrew Atkins from Fayetteville West Virginia and I talked back in November of 2018 about putting together a songwriter festival at the old Fayetteville Theater. And it’s an older than the hills amazingly cool theater, he got John Lilly the West Virginia legend, he got Abe Partridge who is a friend of ours and he got Allen Sizemore from Black King Coal. He got Clint Collins from Princeton who is one of my favorite songwriters , and we were going to do this two night songwriter’s festival.

So, night two which was myself, John Lilly and Ron Soul and we had a backup band. That night sold out and I only did four or five songs and my friend was recording all of that and did the sound. And I contacted him and asked him if he wouldn’t mind if he sent me the rough tracks on them. And when I got the masters they sounded great.

It’s really hard for me to find a performance that A- I am happy with and B- there is a large crowd that is engaged in the performance. So there is this really nice organic laughter and banter with the audience, and it just kind of fits the bill of what I think a live album stands on.

I’m not the biggest fan of live albums, because they rarely have the best sound quality, good performances or really great audience interactions…or too much audience interaction, and you cannot hear anything, you know? So I usually shy away from them. But this one kind of hit everything that I love about those. So I said you know what, I’m gonna take those four songs and add an intro to it, be kind of funny and goofy, and I’m gonna put this out there for my fans. And for anybody else that I could maybe make a fan with it.

GHC:

That was a very intricate introduction, yes. I enjoyed it very very much.

TH:

You know I had an idea of what I was going for, and an idea on the album cover. I was going to record it, but I thought it’ll be better if I kind of did it in person. I wanted to kind of stumble on top of myself and have a grand old time. So I was listening to Charles Mingus and the Ah Um album form 1959, and I had that playing in the background. I forget what track I used on it, but I thought this will be cool and I’ll let this fade in and fade out. I wanted it to be like a masterpiece theater armchair kind of thing, and introduce these four songs.

I did that in my studio at the house, but yeah I been really busy and really proud of that one. To not have a bunch of studio production, and brought it here and mixed and mastered it. And I’ll just put it out there.

GHC:

Tell me more about this upcoming project you have, this Unicorn project.

TH:

So, Unicorn is one of the collections of songs that I wrote from March until August of 2017. So, Travis Egnor and I have partnered up and we plotted to go down to Nashville in November and track the record. And another session in December and have the masters in January and mix the masters in January with Eric McConnell who did van Lear Rose..Loretta Lynn and Jack White’s album. And then we would have the master sometime in spring.

So we have the songs pretty much set out, other than Aviator. I had written Aviator in August of that year but I hadn’t planned on it being on the record. So the other songs were already written, and then on September 8th my wife passed away. So everything was really up in the air about what was going to go on.

We already had the studio time, so we thought we needed to still go down there and do it. And so we went down there to do the tracking, and we decided to do Aviator. We were talking about the album name and we were re cutting an old track called “Here I Am Lord” from Oklahoma Blues on this record. There is a line in the songs that says here I am Lord I’m brought to my knees. So Travis was thinking with everything that happened to me, we should call it brought to my knees.

Now, My eulogy to my wife described her as a Unicorn at the front, and kind of recapped that at the end of the eulogy. So, we all agreed that the album should be called Unicorn, and I would dedicate it to her memory. And so, we finished the album officially in April of 2018.

Now, as the old saying goes when you have a windfall of money you don’t really notice that the windfall of money affects your financial situation, like of you get laid off at a job, your’e OK for a little bit. ..then it hits. And vice versa. And I think that’s how everything went in my life and in general, everything seemed like okay I just gotta slow this down. I gotta take care of my kids, I gotta take care of keep this going.

And for a few months everything seemed fairly normal, and not for a lack of a better term, but normal in the sense that we’re going to be OK . I think it took seven months for the backlash to really hit me just how hard and how physical things were. So when the album was supposed to come out in the summer of 2018, 2018 trucked along so fast, I was trying to play some shows. Travis and I decided into September that with his availability, and what he does, traveling and working, and what I can put forth that maybe our partnership would be more along the lines of pay to play to bring him in when I can use him. So we kind of parted ways in September.

So I wasn’t really sure what was going on at that time, if I could even continue a music career or not. And so there I was with Unicorns , having the masters, finished all the work done, and I have already at the same written 30 to 35 more songs which was going to be my next record.  I write in a writing group constantly.

Around December, I got a call from Amanda Carlon from Outlaw Resurgance, who really loved some of my early work . I sent her Unicorns and she loved it, and wanted to know what I been working on lately, and we got into this whole big conversation. We worked out an agreement for her to take me on and manage me, which has kind of lit a fire under me. I was pressing myself, do I have time for this or not?

So starting in 2019 we decided on it, and she called my publicist out in Oregon, she started working with them. She started kicking my butt and now we are going to release Unicorns this year. Coming up the gun, I’m starting in July on my next record.  Which is setting up to be a double album now. It’s going to be a pretty intimate songwriter’s record.

GHC:

How did you go about meeting W.B. Walker?

TH:

WB Walker, well there was an aforementioned time when Travis Egnor was with me,  it was when the Horse Traders had split up, I was out playing shows. I got home around July, me and him had talked a little bit, we had known each other from years ago he is a good good friend. We both moved to Nashville around the same time, so we knew each other down there.

We got to talking, and he was wanting to get out there and do some things and so he said HEY W.B. Walker has a birthday party coming up, Colter Wall and a bunch of folks will be there, you ought to come down. So me and my wife, and him and his wife drove down to W.B.’s to spend the night.

He was doing a birthday party radio show, and he asked me to be on it, and of course Travis was playing with me. That’s how W.B. and I met, and of course when me and W.B. met we immediately loved each other. We been married about the same time, we both had three boys, we were close to the same age, we had all these similarities. That immediately got me and W.B. right into the same box with each other, and of course three weeks later my wife passed away.

It shook his walls too, you know. Because his wife Fallon is a direct cross reference of a family exactly like mine. It shook him pretty hard, and I guess the rest is history there. I assume he likes my music too…

GHC:

Who influenced you as an artist most of all?

TH:

Well, I have stepped out of the names. But in all honesty if I had to pick one it would be Bruce Springsteen. I am a ginourmous Springsteen fan and have been since my youth. I’d love to tell you it was Guy Clark or Ryan Adams and Hayes Carll or B.J. Barham from AA. All of those guys have a special hold on me but Bruce was the best.

I’m a big fan of all those guys, Guy Clark especially but you know if I had to pick my biggest unknown mentor it would be Bruce Springsteen.

GHC:

Are you playing solo Saturday or what are you going to do?

TH:

I’m bringing a string band, yeah my upright bass player, who played with my band the Putman Prohibition which helped me release Oklahoma Blues. I’m also bringing my lead guitarist and my  harmonica player. We also use Jeremy Roberts at times, and we will kind of do a string band type thing there. It allows us a lot of space which is really fun.

GHC:

Good deal, well it’s been a REAL pleasure talking to you Sir.

TH:

Hey, Gary thanks for having me and we’ll see you this weekend and maybe get a handshake in there.

Mr. Jim Lauderdale Announces New Album.

This June get ready for the 32nd album from songwriting Legend Mr. Jim Lauderdale, as he announced “From Another World” in March. This album will contain ten songs and three are already available, I’ll include the videos here. This man is not only a songwriting Legend, in my opinion he is equally a Country Music Legend as well. His songs have been recorded by more artists than I could possibly name like Vince Gill, George Strait and The Dixie Chicks. He wrote some of my favorite Patty Loveless songs like “Halfway Down” and “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me”.

In 2016 at Americanafest, he was honored with the Wagonmaster Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018 he signed with one of my favorite labels Yep Rock Records, and released the “Time Flies” album along with a collaboration album with Mr. Roland White.

From Another World
PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE

Also, check out his new music video for “Secrets Of The Pyramids” that premiered today on Rolling Stone Country and stream the single “Secrets Of The Pyramids” here!

Two-time Grammy winning Americana icon Jim Lauderdale returns with From Another World, a ten song collection of empathy, love, forgiveness and humility, an antidote to the anger and divisiveness of today’s world. McCartney-esque melodies, Dylan-esque lyrics, bluegrass, and twangy psychedelia collide on From Another World.

Pre-order your CD or LP now and get 20% off and free shipping!

“He’s a man of great style, an exceptional songwriter and tremendous singer” – Elvis Costello

“Jim Lauderdale is a consummate entertainer, a sharp dressed man as well, a terrific songwriter and a great singer.” – George Strait

“Jim Lauderdale could easily be called a renaissance man. He’s a great singer, great guitar player and there’s no way you could miss his work as a songwriter.” – Ricky Skaggs

 

 

Music Festivals 2019: Music Rules Fest.

One of my favorite parts of doing this website is covering Festivals, and anything that resembles one.  This is not a camping festival however I will include some local area hotels for your convenience. I’ll also include maps and other useful things for you so you can better enjoy this show.

My body over at Capture Kentucky has partnered up with the Mountain Arts Center to bring you this really good lineup next weekend, however I will be attending another job. If you are in the East Kentucky area, you definitely need to go check out this one.

The Mountain Arts Center

In October of 1996, the MAC hosted its grand opening and the music and cultural fabric of Eastern Kentucky has not been the same since. This beautiful facility houses a 1,044 seat theatre, several large meeting rooms, a commercial recording studio, an art gallery, an arts education room, and several individual instruction practice rooms.

The MAC is located within a stone’s throw of US 23 Country Music Highway which is certainly appropriate. Our state-of-the-art venue plays host to national headlining acts from a wide range of musical genre – bluegrass, gospel, rock and of course country – including many of Eastern Kentucky’s favorite sons and daughters such as Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Stapleton.

What’s more, the MAC is home to the Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry and the Kentucky Opry Jr. Pros. The Kentucky Opry with talented adult members presents a variety of country, bluegrass, oldies, pop and gospel favorites on the largest stage east of the Mississippi River. They are joined by the antics of their own comedian Munroe. His mountain humor is sure to keep you laughing! Each Kentucky Opry show includes an opening act by the Kentucky Opry Junior Pros; a group of talented young artists ranging in age from 6-18 who perform a variety of music who promote traditional Appalachian music.

In addition, the MAC’s Arts Education Department provides individual instruction in piano, voice, violin/fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and visual arts as well as group instruction in piano and voice.

Come on in and enjoy the best family entertainment this side of the Mississippi!

Music Rules Fest

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Prestonsburg, Ky – The Mountain Arts Center (MAC), along with Capture Kentucky will present The Music Rules Fest on Saturday, May 11 at the Jenny Wiley Amphitheater in beautiful and historic Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Prestonsburg. The music will start at 3:30pm. Also included for the day will be a variety of food and vendors.

The eclectic lineup will include:

Arlo McKinley & The Lonesome Sound

Leah Blevins

Joslyn & The Sweet Compression

Sean Whiting

Chelsea Nolan

Waylon Nelson

Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 at the door, and can be purchased by visiting www.macarts.com, or by calling 1-888-MAC-ARTS.

 

Days Inn by Wyndham Paintsville

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$54
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with pool & business center
Free breakfast

Super 8 by Wyndham Prestonsburg

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$59
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free breakfast & a gym
Free breakfast
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$130
3-star hotel
Casual all-suite hotel with a pool & gym

Super 8 by Wyndham Prestonsburg

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$59
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free breakfast & a gym
Free breakfast
DEAL
40% less than usual
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$80
2-star hotel
DEAL
28% less than usual

Quality Inn

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$99
3-star hotel
Unfussy rooms & free breakfast

Ramada Hotel & Conference Center by Wyndham Paintsville

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$99
3-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with 2 pools & free WiFi
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3-star hotel
Rustic lakeside resort with a pool
Free Wi-Fi
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$54
2-star hotel
Simple hotel with pool & business center
Free breakfast

Alpike Motel

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Ramada Inn

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$96
3-star hotel

Daniel Boone Motor Inn

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$52
1-star hotel
Unpretentious motel with a pool & dining

Budget Inn Express

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$55
1-star hotel

35 Years Of Steamboat Festival And 2020 Dates.

I cover so many festivals on here, that it is hard to keep track of them all. News, videos and upcoming lineups pop up constantly. I am always in contact with many of the directors from all of them on a Nationwide basis. Here is some exciting information on Steamboat Festival in 2020.

The 35th Annual MusicFest at Steamboat
January 5th – 10th, 2020
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Visit www.TheMusicFest.com for more details

The MusicFest at Steamboat 35th Anniversary
The perfect kick-off to the new year, The multi award winning MusicFest at Steamboat, labeled by fans and artists as “The super bowl of Texas Red Dirt Music,” will be celebrating it’s 35th year, January 5-10, 2020. It’s the adventure, sporting and musical experience unlike any other. The MusicFest unites a loyal community that embraces genuine music, good times and the perfect extension to the holiday season. The MusicFest holds the reputation as the premier Texas and Red Dirt Music festival. This one-of-a-kind event has inspired the formation of new bands, the writing of new songs, and forging of lifetime friendships.

The MusicFest has long been recognized for its diverse annual lineup of over 80 performing artists and jam-packed schedule of shows featuring more than 200 hours of live music. Adding to this festival’s uniqueness is the wide variety of events and activities that include skiing, snowboarding, Steamboat’s new Outlaw Mountain Coaster, dog sledding, the classic washer tournaments, a charity poker tournament, snowmobiling, natural hot springs and much more. Plus a vast amount of lodging options including luxury penthouses, 4 star hotels, quaint condos and lodges, The MusicFest stands alone and above with all of its offerings.
Ski right up to the Outdoor Stage or take a starlit gondola ride to the mountaintop for a music experience with majestic views found only at The MusicFest. Plus, there are many more venues exclusive to The MusicFest, all unique and with the widest variety of music and enjoyment for each listeners taste.Throw in a stiff dose of camaraderie from the artists and MusicFest community that frequently crosses paths, and the result is a spectacular musical vacation like no other.

The MusicFest Packages Include:
  • 6 days & 5 nights at Steamboat’s premier lodging – Attendees choose location and amenities including ski-in/ski-out, fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, hot tubs, walking distance to MusicFest activities and more.
  • 4 full day lift passes – World-class skiing and snowboarding on Steamboat’s signature Champagne Powder ® snow
  • Exclusive MusicFest credentials for over 200 hours of live performances that showcase never seen before artist collaborations exclusive to The MusicFest
  • The highly acclaimed MusicFest Artists’ “Tribute to a Legend” where artists come together for a special performance in the Grand Ballroom to honor legendary songwriters. Past honorees include Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Lee Ann Womack, Guy Clark, Johnny Gimble and family, Leon Russell, Kevin Welch, Rodney Crowell, Townes Van Zandt, Dean Dillon, Joe Ely, Doug Sahm & the Texas Tornados, Gary P. Nunn, and the Lost Gonzo Band, and Bruce Robison. Stay tuned for 2020 tribute thats going to be the big buzz of the year.
  • Elaborate resort wide FREE shuttle system- no need to drive.
 Reservations begin in August 
*dates & events subject to 

Mr. Del McCoury Band To Play The Caverns At Bluegrass Underground.

The Del McCoury Band is one that I have covered many times this year. I covered them in Nashville with the Traveling McCourys at 3rd And Lindsley this past Winter, and they put on a REALLY terrific show there. They brought out Mr. Sam Bush and Mr. Billy Strings, and played ONE HELL of a jam session for us there.

I traveled down to Atlanta to see the band play the iconic venue The Terminal West. That was another concert that was beyond amazing in every way. Note for note and song for song this band is on top of their game every time they step out on that stage.

He celebrated his birthday at the Grand Ole Opry just recently, and we published a great article about that. You can read more about that HERE. I cover around 200 festivals a year, and his band has been placed upon many of the festivals whether they are Bluegrass or Americana.

This November join them as they grace the stage of The Caverns where they film Bluegrass Underground television series. This will be a truly historic occasion if you are a did hard Del McCoury fan!

Del McCoury Band Coming To The Caverns!
Pre-Sale Begins On Thursday (4/18)
Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. He’s a legend, and not to be missed when he brings the Del McCoury Band underground to The Caverns.
Along with the Del McCoury Band, this special night of bluegrass underground will include Po’ Ramblin’ Boys. Formed in the Smoky Mountains, the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys have performed on countless festival stages and abroad delighting fans as ambassadors of the bluegrass genre.
Get your tickets during our special one-day pre-sale to get access to the best seats in the cave before ticket sales open to the general public.
Pre-sale begins this Thursday (4/18) at 11 a.m. CT
Password: delunderground
General on-sale begins this Friday (4/19) at 11 a.m. CT
The Caverns, located in beautiful Pelham, Tennessee, is set amidst the rolling hills of Grundy County just a short drive from Chattanooga, Nashville & Atlanta. In addition to world-class roots music of all genres, we provide an expanded concessions menu, including artisanal sandwiches and craft beers. Tickets are here including great packages that come with up close seating, accommodations at historical Tennessee hotels, luxury transport & more. Get yours today.
Monteagle Mountain Stay & Cave Pkg-$510/couple ($255/person)
Escape to the mountains and relax in the atmosphere of a historic, rustic Tennessee lodge, rich in history with a warm mountain ambience! Monteagle Mountain, just a fifteen-minute ride to The Caverns, is known for serene beauty & mountain air. Stay on the mountain at the world-famous Smoke House Lodge. Relax in an authentic Tennessee inn offering home cooked meals, bikes & historical displays. Nearby you’ll find local shopping, dining & breathtaking hikes with some of Tennessee’s greatest waterfalls. Take a short drive to the historic Sewanee University for golfing plus more dining & shopping options.Manchester Hotel Stay & Cave Pkg-$510/couple ($255/person)
Enjoy your stay at a conveniently located hotel in Manchester, TN with great local amenities close to great outdoor adventures! Get away but stay connected with our Manchester Tennessee hotel package just a quick ride to The Caverns. Stay at the Comfort Inn & Suites (or eq.) for a great night sleep. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast before heading out for the day.

Stay & Cave Pkgs Include:
-2 Premium tickets to the show with premiere seating up close to the stage for great views of the show!
-Accommodations for 2 at the hotel of your choice listed above on the night of the show.
-Transportation to and from the venue for you and your guest. Travel to & from the venue safely.
-2 commemorative Caverns T-shirts.
-1 commemorative 2019 Caverns poster.
-2 Caverns hat.
-Access to a Caverns representative at the venue and help make your experience all it can be.
all above packages are for two (2) people.

Deep Dive Pkg-$150/person
The perfect package for those not looking to stay over and want access to great seats for a show like no other.
-1 Premium ticket to the show with great seating up close to the stage for great views of the show, right behind the hotel packages!
-1 commemorative Caverns T-shirt.
-1 commemorative 2019 Caverns poster.
-1 Caverns hat
package is for 1 (one) person.

Underground Pkg-$120/person
Take advantage of your daytrip to The Caverns with good seats up close to the stage, behind the other two packages
-1 Premium ticket to the show with good seats up close to the stage, right behind the other two packages
-1 commemorative Caverns T-shirt.
package is for 1 (one) person.

Reserved Seating Ticket-$60
Experience one of the world’s coolest venues, The Caverns.
-1 reserved seat ticket to the show. Seats will be behind package seating.

**all applicable state taxes & ticket fees added at checkout.

The Oak Ridge Boys Move Forward With Mr. Dave Cobb.

The Oak Ridge Boys….I have been a long time fan of their music, and their legacy in Country Music. Much like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, there are several eras and transitions to this band. My personal favorite is the 1979 version when they officially went Country with their first album “Y’all Come Back Saloon”.  Their first four albums on MCA Records were my favorites, however their sixth album that contained the hit “Elvira” that Mr. Dallas Frazier wrote was what I feel was the turning point of this band.

When they released the album “Where The Fast Lane Ends” in 1987 I was excited to see them working with one of my favorite producers Mr. Jimmy Bowen, however the album wasn’t commercially embraced it contained some good songs. Another great Dallas Frazier song called “Love Has A Mind Of It’s Own”.

The Oak Ridge Boys: Shine The Light Tour 2019

 

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Photo by Brandon Wood / IndieBling
Releases Will Include Their First Christmas Album In Four Years, Followed By A Much Anticipated Concept Album of Classics and Standards, Both To Be Produced By Dave Cobb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys are showing no signs of slowing down as they move into the Spring and Summer concert touring seasons with performance dates across the country. Performing songs from their latest album, 17th Avenue Revival, along with their classics “Elvira,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made” and countless others, The Oak Ridge Boys continue to take their show to the road for their loyal fan-base, and capturing new ones along the way.
 
While on tour, The Oak Ridge Boys have just announced two follow up projects to 17th Avenue Revival that will again be produced by one of Nashville’s hottest producers, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell). The first album, which will be released at the end of 2019, will be The Oak Ridge Boys first Christmas album in four years. It will be followed next year by a concept album with a “front porch” feel. This week marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of The Boys Are Back, when The Oak Ridge Boys first collaborated with Cobb in 2009.“I remember, as if it were yesterday, when we first signed with a major record label and our career exploded decades ago. The Oak Ridge Boys became a household name. Now, after signing with Thirty Tigers and Lightning Rod Records—with Dave Cobb as our producer—we are experiencing that surge again,” said Oaks lead singer Duane Allen”“Dave Cobb has the unique ability to record in a raw, honest, almost retro way that sounds fresh. Part of our last album with Dave (17th Avenue Revival) was recorded around one microphone with Dave playing acoustic guitar about six feet away. He told us that he wanted us to sing “together,” and listen to, and watch, each other. The result was pure magic, and we wound up recording the entire album with that same attitude.”“Now, we are thrilled to announce that we will be recording two new projects with Dave’s production, Logan Rogers’ label direction, and David Macias’ mass marketing. The first is a new Christmas album, which will be released in time for our fall Christmas tour. A few months later, we will release a classics and standards album with the attitude of singing together on the front porch.”

“Our recording career is taking off again. Come along for the ride!!!!!!”

“Partnering with the Oak Ridge Boys and Dave Cobb for last year’s 17th Avenue Revival has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career – both critically and commercially,” said Logan Rogers of Lightning Rod Records. “The Oaks and their team are total pros, and it’s obvious why they have been successful for so long. I’m excited to see what kind of studio magic the Oaks and Cobb create this time around.”

The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—are best known for their iconic and multi-platinum hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

 

Album Feature: Evan Bartels: Promised Land.

 

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I get thousands of submissions and I find so much music in my studies, and I veer off into other genres besides strictly Country. When I hear something REAL I always STOP and dwell upon what exactly the messages are. I had to do that with Mr. Evan Bartels and his new EP called Promised Land. Just today he released the video for his newest single off the album called “Drugs”, which was a pretty self explanatory subject, however being a recovered addict myself I wanted to delve into my interpenetration of the song.

It begins very dark and very poignant as the scene is painted of a wild night of partying with cocaine in his blood and mass smoking. It made me reminisce about all those nights I spent high myself. This song made me recall my detox and my love of Christ too, it made me recall my fears and victories as well. This song gave me goosebumps, as he growled out his vocals, with the poetic precision of Bob Dylan or any other master of their craft.

All of the songs on this album are quite lengthy topping a whopping 3 minutes plus, so despite the overall lack of more tracks on this album the time makes up for the loss. The song quality is THERE, the depth and the ambiance is just THERE….it’s true music folks. The song “Wild” was a song that equally spoke to me about having a free spirit and being untamed. I love this life of music journalism and seeing unknown places and meet new people.

“In My Time” has some GREAT lines in it. This song has a somber tone and haunting message “If The Devil Ain’t Killed Me Yet, The Good Lord Loves Me Still”. The demeanor of message on this song spoke volumes to my very soul, self destructive and at the same time positive.  “We’d Get High And Look At Highways And Talk Like Older Men”. I honestly feel like he wrote this album about ME and as a fan I cannot say many other albums struck me like this one. His cries out to God with mournful reverence and sorrow about his bad decisions and hopes for the future, as he guides us through his transition from trouble to victory as a better man.

The last song called  “A Thousand Times” also spoke to me because I watch the world from windows I built in my mind as well. Everybody falls and stumbles but it’s how you pick yourself up that counts, and I believe this song is about stumbling blocks in life. It has more inventive lines within it, and I had to listen to it many times before I deducted my final message. Being strong and not letting someone down is not always the easiest thing to do, in any situation and this album certainly didn’t let me down.

AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE

Promised Land is a collection of five songs centering on the art of breaking down one’s belief systems, habits, personality, and rebuilding into a new person.

Track Listing:
1. Drugs
2. Wild
3. In My Time
4. She Being Brand New
5. A Thousand Times

“These songs are love songs. They’re about loving myself enough to question everything I am and be willing to break myself down to my core so that I can find who I can be if I’m at my best. They’re love songs to my wife and son, and in them there’s a promise of giving everything of myself to them. I wanted to capture a transition in my life in a way that I believe other people can look at themselves and find common ground through vulnerability.”

The word “drugs” conjures up different images for different people. When I wrote this song I was feeling spiritually and emotionally isolated. For years it seemed like I was trying to find something, anything, that I could use as a buffer from having to look at myself too closely. I don’t think I’m the only person who’s felt that way.

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I’ve seen people hide behind substances, ideologies and political beliefs and lose a part of themselves. For me, I hid behind fear. I’ve been afraid of people not liking me because of what I did or didn’t do, what I did or didn’t say. I’ve been afraid that I didn’t deserve grace, that I didn’t deserve forgiveness. My father once said to me, in a time that I really needed to hear it, “You have to be able to forgive yourself and love yourself.” That’s true for all of us, no matter our story.

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There’s nothing that can fulfill our souls if we don’t love ourselves for who we are. When I wrote the lyric, “(nothing)… that can make me feel as high as loving you, that can make me feel as free as loving you…”, I was writing to myself.

It was dark and it was cold, somewhere in Wyoming. I was on a highway that ran along the edge of the mountain range and had to stop to sleep. The drive from Laramie to Boulder isn’t especially long but after being up for over 30 hours it seemed like an eternity.

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I got out of the drivers seat and went outside the van to stretch and head back to my bunk. The weight of the darkness and the vast silence that stretches out into the wilderness is incredible. I saw that it was about 4:00 AM which meant I had 2.5 hours to sleep before I needed to continue my drive. A cold wind rocked the van and I fell asleep on the side of the road.

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I got up just before the sun and started heading South. Driving in quiet, only the hum of the tires on asphalt. Have you ever seen the way the sun rises in Wyoming? All of a sudden it peers over the horizon and the rays of light splash color on the plains in waves that crash against the mountains. I knew this was it. In this moment I was witnessing something in life that people since time immemorial had experienced. I’ve seen sunrises but this was a baptism of light and warmth. I felt so connected to the earth and to being alive and I felt wild. Almost an indescribable feeling that I’ve been chasing ever since, the desire to connect to my primal self. I refuse to make my decisions off of safety or comfort. I want to live unapologetically and with no hesitation.

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“I don’t want to talk it over. I don’t want to think this through. I want to be WILD.” Live free, without fear.

On November 1st, 2017 my mom called me and told me her father died.

I just sat in the car in the quiet and Cryssa held my hand. A few days later when I went back home for the funeral I took some time by myself to drive around town. Everything seemed so much smaller. When I was a kid the railroad tracks were a rain forest and a battle field surrounded by endless plains and rivers where the wildest adventures took place. Now it was only a few trees and a cut corn field.

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I don’t know what changes more, life or just our perspective of it. Losing two grandfather’s, that I dearly loved, in a matter of months. Living in a van, playing small clubs in towns where no one knew me. My pregnant wife at home. My perspective was rapidly changing.

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I was caught between wishing for the simple joy of the past and the overwhelming desire to get to a future that had to be better than where I was. I decided to do something I hadn’t been. I decided to be present in my life and see everything around me as clearly as possible. Hold my experiences with me in the moment. When I do get to wherever I will go, I want to appreciate it when I’m there. I want to look at my past with no regrets. There will always be transitions in life and each time there is pain there is potential for joy.

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Someday, I will make the final journey that we all must. While I am here I will be relentlessly in the moment and know that I am in my time. Live free, without fear.

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“She Being Brand New” is a love story about the little moments. To me those are the most important parts of any love story, all the small acts that add up to a larger picture.

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Somewhere in the beginning of my relationship with my wife she came across a book of poetry from E.E. Cummings. I remember us laying on the floor and her reading to me all of these different verses and poems. I could hear love in her voice and that has stuck with me ever since.

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She has a way about her where when I need it the most, she says she loves me through the tone of her voice. The first time I heard it was through those poems. A small moment that is woven into the larger love story of her and I.

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It’s the fear of the unknown that sinks in the pit of your stomach. I could feel it like 100lbs of lead. How do I make this work? Is it selfish of me to go after what I want? If I fail, I’m not just failing myself… I’m laying that failure on the people I love most and asking them to carry that burden with me.

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I carried that fear with me and when my spirit is lacking faith, I sometimes still feel it. My legacy will be the work I leave behind and more than that, it will be my son. What kind of man do I want him to be? Not the kind who runs from fear. Not the kind that compromises his heart or denies his dreams. So that is not who I will be. He will be the son of a father who works. The son of a father who does not take the easy road. The son of a father that refuses failure.

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“Every man that’s walking will fall from time to time.” It’s not the falls we take, it’s having the will to continue forward that counts. He will be strong and brave. He’ll know that I would die a thousand times before I ever let him down. He will live free without fear.

A Complete List Of Local Shows In Tennessee And Kentucky.

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.

Joe Diffie
State Theater E town Ky May 10th

John Anderson
Ryman Auditorium May 6th

Luke Winslow King
City Winery May 6th

Zephaniah OHora
The Basement East May 9th

Charley Pride
Carson Center Paducah Ky May 10th

Joe Diffie
State Theater Elizabethtown Ky May 10th

Railroad Earth
Basement East May 10th

No Deceit
Rib Lickers Glasgow Ky May 10th

No Deceit
OT In Franklin Ky May 11th

Jerry Douglass
City Winery May 11th

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Dan Tyminski
Beaver Dam Ampitheater May 11th

Sean McConnell
The Basement East May 11th

Nick Dittmeier And The Sawdusters
Flywheel Brewing Co. Elizabeth town Ky May 11th

Ruby Boots
The Burl May 12th

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

Tyler Childers
Minglewood Hall May 15th

Marty Stuart
Ryman Auditorium May 15th

Langhorn Slim
ryman Auditorium May 15th

Jamey Johnson
KFC YUM Center Louisville Ky May 16th

Caleb Caudle
The 5 Spot May 16th

Deer Tick
Ryman Auditorium May 17th

The Devil Makes Three
Headliner’s Music Hall May 17th

Steve Earle
Warehouse Bowling Green May 17th

Senora May
William Matheny
Wayne Graham
The Basement May 17th

The Devila Makes Three
Bluegrass Underground May 18th

Adam Lee
Breckenridge County Fair May 18th

Dailey And Vincent
Renfro Valley May 18th

Andrew Leahey And The Homestead
The 5 Spot May 19th

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

No Deceit
Spillway June 1st

Justin Townes Earle
Ryman Auditorium June 2nd

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

Josh Morningstar
The Warehouse 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

Andrew Leahey And the Homestead
Centennial Park June 16th

Billy Strings
Ryman Auditorium June 20th

Junior Brown
Basement East 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
Son Volt
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

Tn Jet
Warehouse Bowling Green July 19th

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

Mavericks
Ryman Auditorium September 13th

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

I Visit With Chelsea Nolan.

WELL HELL It’s time once again to travel northeast into West BY GOD Virginia to celebrate SIX YEARS of my buddy’s podcast, Mr. Brandon Walkers Old Soul Radio Show. I have been one of the only media websites that has been with him since YEAR ONE, and if you dig deep enough you can STILL read them.

W.B. Walker and I go back to our beginnings, we launched almost at the same time. I was working for other people, I had a crude basic website on a tripod account. He was being influenced by people like Mr. Chris Miller, who began Blue Ribbon Radio during the MySapce era. He turned me onto bands like Bob Wayne And The Outlaw Carnies, The Honky Tonk Hustlas, Brittany Avery, and Those Poor Bastards.

I was discovering ALL THESE local bands on podcasts like Farce The Music, and found SO MUCH beyond Wayne The Train Hancock and Hank III. Muddy Roots was in full swing, Moonrunners came around, I discovered Red Dirt and stuff like Wade Bowen. But W.B. Walker brought me the Appalachian bands, as did pages like the Honky Tonk Heroes page. If not for him, I would have never found many of these artists I know of now…I don’t rightly think anybody would.

For the ENTIRE lineup and some more tidbits of useful information HERE is a bunch of stuff on it like hotels and other things.I like to hype my jobs up an echelon above just social media, to keep my own self excited as well, and to be honest I enjoy learning about the artists themselves. This week I visited with Miss Chelsea Nolan, whom I recently saw at the Southgate House for Hagfest.

GHC:

Please tell my readers where you are from, and how you got started in music?

CN:

I’m from the Red river Gorge in Eastern Kentucky, I grew up there and lived there most of my life. I moved to Phoenix Arizona, and came back home because I learned really quick that there is no place like Eastern Kentucky. So I cam back home and kept playing music.

I started playing music when I was around five, I learned piano. And I messed around on different instruments, to be honest I really fell in love with the drums. That was my main instrument at first, I would play drums for people and sing backup.  I moved to Phoenix and went out there, but I really missed playing for my brother.

I came back home and had a lot of crazy stuff happen, I lost one of my best friends and just life really. All of the different lessons that you learn you know? I realized then that I had some thing to say myself that I wanted to share. I quit my job and started singing my own songs and HERE I AM GARY!

GHC:

Now, besides your solo stuff you do, you sing for Mr. Jeremy Short correct? Short And Company?

CN:

Yeah, I’m actually with them right now, we have a show tonight, and we are in between load in and sound check. So we picked a good time to talk.

GHC:

Ditty TV did some good posts and stuff on you guys, I watched it and I enjoyed that a lot.

CN:

Oh my gosh that was so much fun we were just talking about that. We did a video of a song that Jeremy wrote about knocking his tooth out, and we were talking about how funny that was. Everyobdy keeps talking about the song on the video.

GHC:

I got to know some of them guys at the Ameripolitan Awards in Memphis, they were there. And we both sponsored that show, it was a fun and strenuous job for me. I’m not sure who they were but I met two of them.

so you are going to be going to Denver soon, tell me about that now?

CN:

YEAH I’m excited about that. Me and Laid Back Country Picker and the Wooks are going to go out there and play the night before Tyler plays the Red Rocks. Just to have a big pre party and hope everyone has fun out there. We want to bring more Appalachian Music to that area and see how they take to it.

GHC:

I get really excited when I see the Muddy Roots crowd go East towards you like Joseph Huber and The Tillers, and I get excited when I see you guys go West. It’s really thrilling to me. It’s great to see what Mr. Jim Guthrie and Buck’s Tavern are doing out there.

CN:

MAN….who would’ve thunk it.

GHC:

Nope it’s true I had such a good time with Huber and the Tillers coming over to Kickin’ In The Creek. Ten years ago I would’ve never imagined this to transpire here. I never thought Huber would get as big as he is now when he was playing with the .357 String Band you know?

CN:

Oh I love Jospeh Huber, I’m a really big fan, yeah.

GHC:

How did you meet W.B. Walker let’s talk about that rascal here! This is mainly about his anniversary show I’m kind of on his time here. I’d like to hear this myself how it came about!

CN:

Well ,I knew about him through my brother. My brother always held him to a really high standard, and his opinions. I always knew he existed and I always thought he was cool. I was really intrigued by him and what he is doing. I wanted to meet him, but I didn’t want to bother him and when I started playing my own stuff and paths got crossed. I thought maybe I’m making the right decision and writing the things that people connect to like if W.B. noticed me then that would be awesome.

We got linked up and I went down to Dingess and did his radio show there. Man it really blew my mind that someone as cool and as well respected as W.B. even knew my name. And here I was at his bar out there, hanging out. Playing some of my songs was just crazy but you know we met through music, the same way I meet so many others.

He’s been a blessing to even know. He has done so much for so many people, and so many people have came to my shows or interacted with me that found out about me from his radio show, and that’s awesome. He’s had a really big hand in me being able to be  me.

GHC:

It’s a funny story how we met a couple years ago, and it’s amazing to me what all he has done out there in that area.

CN:

Here and abroad, because people on Twitter find out me because of his sh0w…that’s awesome.

GHC:

What have you got planned for the future as far as recording and all that?

CN:

I don’t have anything planned just yet, I’d like to go into the studio next year, yes. I really want a full length to be honest. I wasn’t real sure how this EP was gonna go over back then. I got a really good opportunity to do a video in Nashville, and record there. We got five songs out in half a day , and I went down another day and Montana Hobbs and the other gals played on my EP. We went down to add banjo and fiddle tracks and harmonies, and that day we decided to add Sugar Hollar so then there was six songs on the EP.

I really want to get a full length out soon, and kind of dive deeper into storytelling and telling MY OWN story a little better. I feel like the EP was a good, accurate representation of, you know..who I am and where I have been. And I’d just like to dive deeper into that.

GHC:

Who influenced you as an artist more than anybody else?

CN:

My brother.

GHC:

He is a very talented man!

CN:

Yeah, he if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be playing music. He was an awesome big brother, before he was a musician. Anything he ever did I wanted to do too. Because  I thought he was so damn cool. He started playing piano and I was in ballet, and things could have went way different! I quit ballet to take piano lessons, we took it for a few months until we both just got bored. We decided to teach ourselves, but yeah he is a really good big brother, and that made me want to be interested in what he was doing. We just used to jam together all the time, and I learned everything I know from watching him.

GHC:

That’s pretty cool ,it really is. Thank You for taking the time to talk with me, and I’ll see you next weekend in West Virigina. We will get to talk more then and watch some damn good music from all the other  acts.

CN:

I think so too, Thanks for having me here.

Outlaws Across The River

Last weekend I took my very first ever trip down to Mississippi, home to two of my old friends in the music business Mr. Tim and Miss Jean Ledford. They run The Ledford House, a beautiful place for touring musicians to stop and play, and rest. They are loved on, supported, fed, accommodated and fixed from road wear.

There are many little nooks and crannies all across America I know about where many genres of music are celebrated from many different communities, and Mr. Tim and his wife Miss Jean are no exception here. To omit them from this equation would be absolutely wrong. Many of these artists need places to play and stay along the road while traveling to other cities to play gigs, or fix mechanical problems, even laundry while on the road.

I have said this many many times over, I NEVER fully grasped how difficult the road life was until I myself began following these people around like clockwork. I have seen firsthand how much of a toll it takes on these folks, both male and female. I have witnessed the pain and hurt they have for missing their babies at home to pursue their chosen craft of music.

Initially I had some trouble finding this one, but with major help from my friend Mr. Tim I found it and got settled into the swing of things. I was not dealing with any internet here, so this one was done with old school pen and paper folks. And you know what…I didn’t mind it one damn bit, I had an amazing time there. I mean, you don’t understand how truly invigorating it was to see some of these men and women again for the first time in years. Literally YEARS.

The Betty Davis Ponderosa was a VERY nice venue, complete with ample parking and a nice stage area, that provided a merchandise area ( that kind of got taken over), ample amounts of porta potties, and their own food vending facility. I’m kind of skipping around here at this juncture, but I did have some pulled pork nachos there, in order to try the food for you. I got a PILE of food for 7 bucks!

The amount of meat I got was unbelievable, the only way to improve on it would’ve been fresh chips. BUT HEY store chips were totally fine here, this food was GREAT, and I highly recommend stopping at Betty Davis for food if you are near Hwy 7. The sauce was perfectly balanced with cheese and other toppings, and for the price it was ample portion to even carry around.

The backstage area was VERY spacious and it gave us all ample room to move about and fraternize while the show was going on, because there was so much catching up to do here. I had so much to notice and absorb. So much to learn from people like Mr. Jeff Hopson and our friend Mr. Billy Don Burns, who is a walking storybook. He is a walking, talking history page of Country Music greatness that I cannot see often enough. Some of them like Mr. Dallas Moore I get the pleasure to see more often, but some of them like the second man here Mr. Rowdy Johnson I haven’t been around for many many years.

Mr. Todd Perkins is a singer and picker that started out the show today,whom I remembered from a benefit show many moons ago. He played in his set a great cover of the 1987 song ‘Rose In Paradise” written by Mr. Jim Mcbride and made popular by Mr. Waylon Jennings. He did a pretty good job of singing cover songs, but I was here to hear original music, and when he did play one written by his friend it was indeed enjoyable.

You know my research of Country Music is indeed extensive in many ways, and I LOVED two distinct eras. One was the Outlaw era and the other was the pop country side of that time period, the Nashville Sound. BOTH had top notch producers working in their own rights to contribute for dominance of the national market. Mr. Todd played the 1979 song “Outlaw Women” from the album Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound, produced by the great Mr. Jimmy Bowen.

One of my older songwriting friends named Mr. Steve Young whom influenced Mr. Shooter Jennings on a major scale and he was playing the Wanted Saloon the night that Mr. Steve Young died. He wrote the next song “Lonesome Onry And Mean” which Mr. Todd played which was an album title from 1973, and was Waylon’s third album that established him as an Outlaw. See, Good Hearted Woman and Ladies Love Outlaws were the turn around albums direction wise for Waylon.

“Whiskey On Ice, Women On Fire” was his next song from the 1982 High Notes album. That was written by my buddy Mr. Bobby Keel and Mr. Tony Stampley and he did a pretty good job playing it for us tonight. His next song was a great selection from the new Steel Woods album called Old News, and the song was called “The Rock That Says My Name”. That is a killer song about a keeper of a graveyard and his story.

The Rowdy Johnson Band hails from the West Coast, and I haven’t had the opportunity to cover him for many years now. Back when we had the Wayne Mills Weekend, I went down to see him play at the Wanted Saloon. This time around it was just him as a sole act, without his band. But despite his band not being there, his act was still pretty solid and his new songs were quite well crafted in his own right.

His first two songs were basically his signature Outlaw type structured songs, which are fine but they don’t speak to me as a fan the way some of his more crafty ones do like the song “Never Met A Beer”. Now me personally I have met a few beers I didn’t like, but this song from his 2013 album America’s Best was one of my favorites.

He has an album from 2015 called Hillbilly Rock Star, which contained a song called “Gray Beards” that was quite possibly his finest song to date. It touched on the fact that Nashville has forgotten about the older Legends of our beloved genre, even though here lately I kind of digress if you follow what producer Mr. Dave Cobb is doing with folks like Mr. John Anderson.

Speaking of Mr. John Anderson, I spoke with Mr. Rowdy during the show and he told me the story of his mother whom the song “Swinging” was written about. It was released on his album called Wild And Blue in 1983, also was written by Mr. Lionel Delmore who wrote a long list of hits with Mr. John and was instrumental in his rise to fame.

“America’s Best” was next from his album of the same name, and as he came to a close he played a few I remembered and loved years ago. One of them was the great “Elly May’s Biscuits” and the other one was called ” Church Of Hank Williams”. Also during our conversation we had, he informed me that he will be recording an acoustic album very soon. Any further details I receive or learn will be posted on here further.

He brought his wife up on stage this time to sing with him on a lovely duet called “I’ll Go First”, which was a story of young love. It truly was a pure and innocent type of love that was being referred to, budding and youthful it painted a vivid picture in the listener’s mind.

Mr. Jeff Hopson is a Texas local music hero that many people hold in high regard for his knowledge and love for Country Music history. I got to talk with him for several brief occasions, and it was amazing. We talked about George Morgan and Shot Jackson, I could have sat there all day with him.

Another amusing thing I learned about him was we are both left handed guitarists, and I wanted to talk guitars with him but I was so busy absorbing all of the other music here. We picked such a beautiful day to do this festival, and we’re blessed with good food, and sunshine all day. The first song that Mr. Jeff played was called “So Far So Good” and he followed that up with the song I have been wanting to hear called “If Jesus Was A Texan”.

That is an absolute masterpiece in every sense of the word, from the visual pictures it generates to the lyrical craftsmanship and structure. Mr. Jeff Hopson truly is a well tuned Titan of his craft, and in songs like If Jesus Was A Texan, that statement is evident in the first few lines. It grabs you by the heart and holds it in his hands, and amuses your imagination.

“Make The Words Rhyme” was another good song that required attention to him. His songs are ones that you cannot talk to people and listen to second hand…no…you must LISTEN and dwell upon what he is singing because there are messages within the lines of the songs themselves. He treats his songs like they are his children, and you can easily tell he created each one with special care.

“Little Bit Right” was a great argument song regarding marriage and many things in between in life. Much like the man that followed him Mr. Billy Don Burns you can tell Mr. Jeff has been through some amusing life occurnaces through the content of his songs. “Bein Billy The Kid” was amazing in itself because Fort Sumner and William Bonney has always infatuated my mind. It didn’t contain any history I didn’t already know, however it was an enjoyable song.

He closed his set with a song called “Walk-in Talkin Highway Stalkin Blues” and another called “Escalator”. He sings inventive lines like her and that little bitty dog have left new scars, and they’re the last two bitches that are ever gonna piss on me. Trust me you will enjoy his show so very much and thank me for it.

Mr.Billy Don Burns mesmerized us last weekend with an eccentric charm only he possesses, and an infallible demeanor. As he began with songs from his Nights When I’m Sober album called “That’s Alright” and “Stranger” , he wove a web of stories upon us from years of living hard and playing clubs long forgotten deep within the annals of time.

He played the song from the album he produced for Johnny Paycheck Outlaw At The Cross, although this song wasn’t on the album it stemmed from that 1988 album he made possible. One of my favorite songs he plays was called “Lonesome 77203”, however the next song was “Graveyard In Montgomery” which was the title song from his latest album on Rusty Knuckles, that drew much attention from many music websites.

“I Was Playing Hank” was a true story about how he was playing Hank Williams at Opryland back in 1973 when in September the great Gram Parsons died in a hotel in California. Much like Mr. Jeff, Ol Mr. Billy has a Billy The Kid song too called “Dead Or Alive” he also had on his A Night In Room 8 album that Mr. Shooter recorded. He played his new song he just wrote called “I Like Trains”, and the last two I remembered were “Desperate Men” and the song that opened his Night In Room 8 album “Outskirts Of Desperate”.

The Wilson Brothers continued to display spot on harmonies tonight, and impeccable timing on their swapping of lead vocal duties. It always seems one brother knows exactly where the other brother is on the song, and when to add input. I covered their set at the Nashville Palace some time ago and you read that HERE.

They played “The Coast Is Clear” and another called “Permission To Believe” before they played a really good song called “It All Looks Good From Here”. This is one of those songs that have the good harmonies and even has a little commercial appeal while maintaining a traditional format to it.

“Everybody Knows My Name” is a song about small town life, and how things change. Everybody knowing each other and how one remains to carry a reputation even with leaving. Their song called “Honky Tonk Song” was next that contains some soulful references as to how their influences live within the old Country songs. The line Her Memory Is Like The Smoke From A Spent Cigarette is an awesome visual to me. It lingers and lingers all night long, living a Honky tonk song.

“Firewater” was next follwed by “Brand New Goodbye Song” which was on the 1977 album Ol Waylon. Their next song “Place In Alabama” was another one of their more commercial songs that remained flavored with traditional flavor, and can still entice a more finicky crowd. They way it is presented and played makes it a little different than normal mainstream music. They closed their set with the song “Love You Loving On Me”, which once again has their wonderful lead vocal trades and once again moved me to enjoy their music even more.

Mr. Casper McWade And The Honky Tonk Rebels…..WOW…What can I say about these five folks? I mean Mr. David Short on fiddle, and a TON of other instruments. This man just blows your face off, while wailing out the words to Mr Billy Joe Shavers “Georgia On A Fast Train”. Every member of this band gets a chance to bring forth energy to this already rambunctious ambiance that Mr.Casper has on stage, and he frequently mentions and showcases each of them.

The rest of the band is Mr. Grant McCray on drums, Mr. Aaron Failes on lead guitars, and Miss Kat Irons on the bass guitar.  They played a song called “Long Way From Home” from his album called Didn’t Used To Be This Way, which contains some really good songs on it. He played a Defeater song called “I Don’t Mind” from the Empty Days And Sleepless Nights album, and one called “That’s Alright”.

He has a new album out now called Hello Lonesome, and he played some off of that album as well, and off his album called Honky Tonks And broken Hearts he played one called “I’ll Try”. They played one hell of a wicked set here tonight, and in my opinion it was one of the best of the evening, choked full of guitar fury and various instrumentals. Their cover of the 1985 Mel McDaniel classic song “Stand Up”, was equally amazing and threw me for a loop because I don’t believe I have ever heard a band cover that song.

Of the many bands I met at Altamont in 2013 that was there last weekend,  Mr.Dallas Moore was one of them. I knew about his music before I came, but never got to witness his insane stage madness or lengthy instrumentals like “This Old Cowboy”. Mr. Dallas is one of those I have gotten the chance to see in twelve states perform his Outlaw Country Music. From the recent Mr. Honky Tonk album they played “Shoot Out The Lights”, and that album ranked high on my TOP 50 OF 2018.

Included in his set was the 1973 Mr. Tony Rice original “Freeborn Man” followed by one off the Blessed Be The Bad Ones album called “Texas Tornado”, which is pretty much what this band does. Mr. Dallas and his four compadres play 327 days a year, and release every album independently. Folks, this ain’t no big corporate bullshit here, you buy his album from a cardboard box in a tour van. This man drives 36 hours from California to Ohio and then takes his little girl to her dance lessons, HE IS THE AMERICAN DREAM.

“Bottle And A Bible” and the rowdy assed song called “Raising Hell And Slinging Gravel” were next from the Dark Horse Rider album. I spoke with him later on that night, and he told me all about his new album that will soon be available for pre order on SOL RECORDS. It will be called Tryin To Be A Blessing and will have three of the songs he played tonight on it. He will be covering the Hoyt Axton classic song “Della And The Dealer” ( AKA Cat Named Kalamazoo) along with one called “Momma Was A God Fearing Woman”.

He played quite a few from the Mr. Honky Tonk album like “Home Is Where The Highway Is”, which talks about his eternal life on the road. As I previously stated he pretty much stays on the road, along with his band. I don’t see exactly how they roll that hard. Along with the title track to the album, they also played “Somewhere Between Bridges”.

After playing “Up On That Mountain” he covered many classic Country songs like Merle Haggards hit “Mama Tried”, as well as the 1966 hit “Lodi” which was written by John Fogerty and performed by CCR in their prime. He played the 1980 Curly Putman hit called “He Stopped Loving Her Today” , made popular by George Jones.

I would like to acknowledge the sound and stage engineer tonight, Mr. Matt Uecker from Denver Colorado. He represents a company called MDU Productions with Mr. Matt Uecker, whom I thought did a TRULY wonderful job running the sound and the lights for us tonight. Much too often I see the stage hands go HOURS without eating or using the bathroom. I would also like to thank and give recognition to my old friend Mr. Mudbone, whom did all of the emcee duties for us last weekend. everyone did such a wonderful job taking care of the patrons, Miss Angie Erwin from Lone Star Music Promotions and the Diamondbacks MC who helped do all kinds of things.

Album Feature – Jericho Woods – One Perfect Sound

By Joshua Wallace

Jericho Woods is back with their first album since 2015’s Same Ol’ Dirt LP.  The band has released a self titled EP since then, but this new 2019 album finds the band with some new faces.  They added Anna Blanton on fiddle from Colter Wall’s Speedy Creek Band, guitar player Aaryn Martin and drummer Will Johnston.  The band still focuses around founding cousins Josh Mitcham and Paul Priest, but this album presents a fuller and more varied sound than I have heard out of this band in the past.

I love the first track “Wrong Thing Right Reason” as it’s a typical weekender anthem for the blue collar crowd, but it’s amped up.  I dig the guitar solo on this one. On the other end of the spectrum, we have the ballad “Love The Way You Love Me” which reminds me of something you’d hear from an earlier Zac Brown record.  I love the fiddle work that is driving this track. It’s a good one.

Changing up the pace again, we have “Wrong So Gone” which leans heavily on pedal steel.  It’s a smooth acoustic ballad about missing the ones you love. Finally, the album’s title track “One Perfect Sound” is another ballad, but it brings the album to a close perfectly.  It’s a song for all of the artists who are searching for that one hit, that one perfect sound and what a life on the road does to those who seek it. I really dig this closing track and feel like they have found the sound they were after.

Jericho Woods have released their best record yet with One Perfect Sound.  The band is firing on all cylinders and I can’t wait to hear what is next. Jericho Woods is constantly on the road and you can find out where they will be next here.  One Perfect Sound is out everywhere you can find good music on May 3rd, 2019 on Skiddco Records..

Favorite Tracks : Wrong Thing Right Reason, Love The Way You Love Me, Wrong So Gone, One Perfect Sound

Jericho Woods – One Perfect Sound (2019)

  1. Wrong Thing Right Reason
  2. Firefly
  3. Hangover Town
  4. Love The Way You Love Me
  5. Song Like This
  6. Monday Morning Cigarette
  7. Wrong So Gone
  8. Miss Divine
  9. Tennessee
  10. One Perfect Sound