Bluegrass Giant Mr. Jeff Austin Has Died.

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Jun 272019

One of my many friends I have made in my travels on the West Coast Mr. Julian Davis whom is a prodigy in his own right, recently began playing in the band of the mighty Bluegrass juggernaut Mr. Jeff Austin. As many of you already know ,Austin is a 15 year founding member of the Yonder Mountain String Band.

This past week he had cancelled a string of upcoming shows because of medical emergencies, and his band reached out for prayers. On Monday June 24th he was pronounced dead after being put into a medically induced coma, he was 45.

If you ask mefor my opinion, who it was that singlehandidly pionerred the Jamgrass or Newgrass movement for the future pickersto evolve it was Mr. Jeff Austin or Mr. Sam Bush.  Back in 1998 he founded the Yonder Mountain String Band in Colorado with Mr. Brian Johnston on banjo, Mr. Ben Kaufmann on bass and Mr. Adam Aijala on the guitar. They were formed to open for a band at the Fox Theater in Boulder Colorado, and quickly built a loyal following. In April of 2014, he left the band for creative differences and conflicting career goals, and he was replaced by Mr. Jake Joliff.

He grew up in Illinois and quickly mastered the mandolin, where Mr. Brian Zjohnston reportedly told him to play anything loud and fast. From there on the four gained steam and created an iconic band that usheredin new growth for Bluegrass that is loathed by purists and praised by younger generations.


Miss Jeannie Seely Awarded Major Accolade In Nashville.

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Jun 272019


Jeannie Seely Embodies the Spirit of the Award, Now Named After Her For Future Recipients

Jeannie Seely

NASHVILLE, TN. – (June 21, 2019) – Country music royalty and soon to be fifty-two year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely, was honored and recognized for her contributions to the entertainment industry by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women in Business. Acknowledged and congratulated by Country Music icon and her friend, Willie NelsonThe Standing Ovation Awardwas presented to Ms. Seely by Gus Arrendale at the inaugural Influencing Women Awards Gala, It’s a Ball Y’all.

Jeannie Seely has created influence and significance in the entertainment industry and has shown the advocacy of other women in her field by mentoring and supporting them in their professional success. She generously shares her time, advocating for her community and various organizations. This year’s recipient embodies the spirit of the award, which will now be named after her.

“I am blessed to live, work and play in the community I love, and to be recognized for your efforts is humbling and such an honor,” said Jeannie Seely. “Thank you to my wonderful friends, neighbors and peers.”

“As the committee was determining the categories for our awards, it was unanimously agreed that this particular award should only be presented to one person, Jeannie Seely,” stated Executive Director – Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce; Terri Williams Nutter. “She exemplifies all the traits, and embodies the spirit of the award, which will now be named after her.”

Jeannie Seely has blazed a trail for others to follow throughout her musical career. From her first singing appearances on a local Pennsylvania radio station at the young age of eleven to her over fifty years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie has consistently paved the way for female artists. She was the first female to host a Grand Ole Opry half-hour segment, as well as the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. Nicknamed “Miss Country Soul”, Jeannie possesses a beautiful voice and infamous sense of humor.

“Jeannie embodies everything it means to be a powerful woman in the music industry. She has remained classy -poised-and relevant to decades and continues to inspire generations of females to this industry including myself,” said Carly Pearce. “Her talent and class have allowed Jeannie to sustain her career over six decades. A Grammy award winning artist, Jeannie continues to write and record. Her latest album, which includes collaborations with Bill Anderson, Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson and more, is tentatively set to release this fall. She regularly hosts and performs on the Grand Ole Opry and is an on air personality and host on Sirius XM’s “Willie’s Roadhouse.”

Not only is Jeannie an admired artist, she is also a community advocate. She has served on the Board of Directors for both the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce and as a longtime spokesperson for the Humane Society.  She is also actively involved in the Opry Trust Fund which provides financial assistance to those in need in the country music industry. She is a resident of Donelson and active community member.

The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee held the  inaugural Influencing Women Awards Gala, It’s a Ball Y’all, presented by Springer Mountain Farms in Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry. Sponsored by Ryman Hospitalities, Inc. and Pinnacle Financial Partners, the evening celebrated influential women and businesses in the community. Fifteen women and three businesses were nominated in six award categories. Additional honors went to Gina Keltner – Beyond The Glass Ceiling Award, Megan Sticker – Woman To Watch Award, Pinnacle Financial Partners – Champion of Women Award, Lisa Eastland – WOW Award, Michele Mazzu – Heart of Donelson Award and Betty Cannon – Lifetime Legacy Award.

Stay in touch with Jeannie Seely on her website and all of her social media platformsFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Jeannie Seely:
Country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”– a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. Jeannie takes much pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights. In 2017, Jeannie celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, consisting entirely of songs she’s written, Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. In his 2003 book “Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music,” music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities,” and that statement still holds true. Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at

About The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women In Business:
Recognizing that women command a dynamic place in today’s workplace and community, the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce formed Women in Business (WIB) in 2007 with a  Mission Statement declaring: “Women in Business coming together in friendship to celebrate, connect, mentor and support each other.” The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce is the community resource connecting diverse people and businesses for the continued economic development and overall enhancement of the Donelson-Hermitage communities.

Jeannie Seely

Album Feature – Aaron Watson – Red Bandana

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Jun 272019

By Joshua Wallace

Red Bandana is Aaron Watson’s first studio LP since 2017’s Vaquero.  This album picks up where Vaquero left off and is 20 tracks deep with good country music.  Aaron Watson continues to produce good stuff and Red Bandana is looking like it will be high on my year end album list.  When an album has 20 songs, it often means there can be a few duds in the bunch, but that is not the case here.

“Ghost Of Guy Clark” kicks things off with an nontraditional song that is more of a recitation.  Don’t let that fool you, this song will still get your blood pumping and get you excited about the rest of the album to come.  If that track gets your blood pumping, “Dark Horse” takes hold of that adrenaline and doesn’t let go. I love the banjo riff that opens this upbeat track that almost sees Aaron rapping through the verses, but it’s done in a way that just fits this track.  It reminds me a bit of “Freight Train” from The Underdog, and it should be a similar hit for Watson.

Switching things up a bit, “Legends” is a great song about country music heroes and legends gone by.  It’s a tasteful callback to those old songs that just never die. “Am I Amarillo” is a very George Strait inspired love song about possibly moving on and trying to make that decision.  “Live Or Die Trying” is another favorite that is somewhat in the same vein as “Dark Horse”. It’s a song about never giving up until you’ve achieved your dreams which is something Aaron Watson has done his entire career.

“Riding With Red” is a tearjerker about an old cowboy that has passed but Aaron looks up to highly in this song.  It’s an amazing example of the great songwriting you find throughout this album. “Home Sweet Home” is another great ballad on this album.  I love the line “My illusion’s delusion has come to conclusion / This world’s not what it seems”. Finally, “You On My Hands” is a smooth country love song like only Aaron Watson can do these days.  He’s written a few good ones over the years and this is another.

This album is a long one, clocking in at 69 minutes, but it’s full of good tunes and none of it disappoints.  I saw Aaron Watson back on his tour for Vaquero back in 2017 and it may be time to catch a show again with all of these new songs.  Red Bandana is available everywhere you can find good music as of June 21st, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Ghost Of Guy Clark, Dark Horse, Legends, Am I Amarillo, Live Or Die Trying, Riding With Red, Home Sweet Home, Shake A Heartache

Aaron Watson – Red Bandana (2019)

  1. Ghost Of Guy Clark
  2. El Comienzo del Viaje
  3. Dark Horse
  4. Heartstrings
  5. Old Friend
  6. Kiss That Girl Goodbye
  7. Country Radio
  8. Legends
  9. Am I Amarillo
  10. Blood Brothers
  11. Live Or Die Trying
  12. Riding With Red
  13. Red Bandana
  14. Trying Like The Devil
  15. Home Sweet Home
  16. Burn Em Down
  17. Shake A Heartache
  18. You On My Hands
  19. To Be The Moon
  20. 58

2019 Music Festivals: Roostertail Music Festival.

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Jun 272019
We are hot and heavy into the festival season here in Kentucky, as of this weekend we have friends over in Owensboro at ROMP, we have friends traveling to East Kentucky for the Festival Of The Red, and we have friends headed to The Great Blue Heron. As you know festivals are OUR SPECIALTY, and we cover over 200 a year like this!

We cannot make this one in person BUT WE ARE working in partnership with our friends over at Country Music Armadillo and I’ll be posting ALL of their coverage, as I go up to Wisconsin to tend of some family business. I myself am taking some time off to help my daughter out, and I’ll back on the road in July for Master Musician’s Festival.

We build Spotify playlists for any festivals that do not have one, and I built one for them on accident. I am only going to embed the OFFICIAL playlist on here for you. To be honest I have one giant mission on this website, and THAT IS to intertwined EVERY MUSIC COMMUNITY into one another, so these bands and artists have a plethora of festivals to play and stop at. AND FANS can find NEW bands they may not even have known about!

So why don’t I tell you a little bit about this one in Madison Indiana called Roostertail Music Festival. This one looks VERY FUN folks,with some serious Red Dirt and Americana acts in the first week of July ( July 4rth- 6th).  Here is the website description:

It may look like a sleepy river-town but rest assured we are cranking up the heat this July! In addition to the fastest boats in the world, the Roostertail Music Festival will feature REAL COUNTRY and the best Alt Rock around! From Grammy nominees to Billboard chart toppers, we promise to have something for everyone who loves great music.

Within driving distance of three major cities, make this the family or friend reunion of the summer. Celebrate America’s birthday in America’s hometown with the hottest musical acts touring.

A truly one-of-a-kind experience enjoy local shops and vendors, camping, food, brews, activities, artists, fireworks, festival merchandise and MORE…


Best Way Inn

Family friendly establishment, affordable with many amenities. Weekly rates available.

Address: 700 Clifty Drive


Phone: 812-273-5151

Broadway Hotel and Tavern

Indiana’s oldest hotel & tavern. Award winning restoration in downtown Madison.

Address: 313 Broadway

Phone: 812-265-2346

Clifty Inn at Clifty Falls State Park

clifty-innSuperior lodge rooms & suites, reasonably priced, on-site restaurant. Indiana’s best kept secret!

Open year round.

Address: 1650 Clifty Hollow Road


Phone: 812-265-4135 or 877-925-4389

Comfort Inn

comfort-innPerfectly located for Clifty Falls, historic downtown area and Hanover College.

Address: 3767 Clifty Drive


Phone: 812-273-4443 or 1-800-424-6423

Falls Restaurant at Clifty Inn


Home cooking overlooking the scenic Ohio River.

Breakfast Buffet
Sat. & Sun: 8am-10:30am

Dining room hours
Sun-Thurs- 8:00 am to 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri & Sat- 8:00 am to 2:00 pm | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Address: 1650 Clifty Hollow Road


Phone: 812-265-4135 or 877-925-4389

Hillside Inn

hillside-innPanoramic river view rooms overlooking historic downtown Madison.

Address: 831 E. Main Street


Phone: 812-265-3221

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

holiday-inn-newNewly renovated, conveniently located. Great for family and business travelers.

Address: 300 Franks Drive


Phone: 812-265-1111 or 1-800-holiday

Riverboat Inn & Suites

riverboat-innRiverfront weddings and rooms, bar, boat parking, meeting room, fun!

Address: 906 E. First Street


Phone: 812-265-2361

Super 8

super-8Enjoy the sights and sounds of river life. Our location , close to Ohio River area attractions like Clifty Falls State Park and local businesses.

Address: 308 Demaree Drive


Phone: 812-273-0757







Amy Noel
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The High Divers
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm 


The Pass
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fredrick the Younger
6:20 pm – 7:15 pm

Little Stranger
7:35 pm – 8:30 pm

Jamie Lin Wilson
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Mike and the Moonpies
10:30 pm – 12:00 am


Brent Mathis
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

16 Bones
3:20 pm – 4:20 pm

Edgar Red
4:40 pm – 5:40 pm

Justin Wells
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

American Aquarium
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Brent Cobb
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Whiskey Myers
10:30 pm – 12:00 am

Will-Call Rules

From our neighbors at Mad Paddle Brewery we will be slinging some special “Ya Gotta Regatta” Cream Ale and Irwin Irish Red! Find them in the park and along the riverfront.

Mad Paddle Brewery is hosting our will-call at the brewery 301 West Street in Madison:
Monday July 1st: 12:30-5:30
Tuesday July 2nd: 12:30-5:30
Wednesday July 3rd: 12:30-9:30
Thursday July 4th: 8:00-10:30
Friday July 5th: 8:00-10:30
Saturday July 6th: 8:00-10:30
Sunday July 7th: 8:00-6:30

Please bring receipt of purchase and identification. If you have misplaced your receipt please E-Mail us through the website at and we will re-issue your purchase receipt.

RV Rules

  1. Payment
  2. Legacy: Invoices will be sent out January 2nd. Full Payment is due by February 28, 2019
  3. Failure to make payment by this date will result in forfeiture of parking site
  4. New RV Parking: Full payment is due at time of reservation.
  5. Check In: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 after 12pm
  6. No later than Thursday, July 4, 2019 – 4pm
  7. Check Out: Monday, July 8, 2019 before 11am
  8. RV Dimensions:
  9. RV’s in Campgrounds A, B, C, D and E1 to 20’x40’
  10. RV’s in Campground E2 are restricted to 20’x50’
  11. RV’s in Campground F are restricted to 20’x40’
  12. Electric/Water: All electric sites are 30amp service. Water hookups or fill stations are available.
  13. Each reservation will include 2 combo wristbands.
  14. No Fires
  15. Gas or Charcoal Grills are allowed
  16. Quiet time: 12am – 7am
  17. Service Animals with approved documentation and permits.
  18. No bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, roller blades or skates inside Madison Regatta Gates
  19. Dump wagon is available upon request of camper. Camper will pay $25.00 to A1 Portables.
  20. A1 Portables – Mike Benson 812-914-2184
  21. 1 parking pass is assigned to each camper. This parking pass is for 1 vehicle to be parked in designated areas.
  22. No Firearms or Weapons

Camping Rules

  1. $40.00 per 12×12 spot
  2. Reservations can be made online:
  3. Spots are first come first serve. Be generous to your neighbors and follow the 12×12 rule
  4. Each tent camper is required to purchase the Madison Regatta Music and Racing Combo wristband. $40.00/per person
  5. Check In: Thursday, July 4, 2019 after 9am
  6. Check Out: Monday, July 8, 2019 before 11am
  7. Electric/Water: These services are not available for tent camping. Personal Generators are allowed except during following hours: 12am-7am.
  8. Showers: Available at Crystal Beach Swimming Pool.
  9. Daily from 12pm-6pm
  10. $2.00 per shower
  11. No Fires
  12. Gas/Charcoal Grills are allowed
  13. No Fire Pits/Bowls
  14. Quiet time: 12am – 7am
  15. Service Animals with approved documentation and permits.
  16. No bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, roller blades or skates inside Madison Regatta Gates
  17. No Firearms or Weapons

Tarp Rules

  1. Must Present Tarp Receipt Upon Request
  2. Set-Up Thursday, July 4th tarps can be set up
  3. Nothing on the sidewalk.
  4. No Over-Night Camping In Tarp Area
  5. No Open Fires Or Grills IN Tarp Area
  6. No Encroaching On Safety Barrier
  7. All Tarps Must Be Removed On Sunday July 7th After Final Race

Where To Buy Wristbands In Person

German American – All Madison Branches

First Financial Bank – At Clifty Drive and Cragmont Street in Madison

Farmers Bank of Milton – Madison Branch

Madtown Liquors

The Bottle Shop

The Visitor Center

North Side Liquors

Where to Buy Everything Else

For Tarps, Golf Cart Passes, Parking Passes and RV information visit Madison Regatta Office located at 201 E Vaughn Dr, Madison, IN 47250 or call (812) 274-0400.

Racing Gate Hours

8AM-5PM Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th. Racing beginning between 10-11AM Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th.

Music Hours

Gates to Bicentennial Park open 3:30pm Thursday July 4th, 3:30pm Friday July 5th & 1:00pm Saturday July 6th.

Alcohol/Food Rules

Carry in alcohol is permitted to those over 21 with a valid ID FOR RACES ONLY. Glass bottles are permitted but plastic and aluminum are preferred. Carry in alcohol NOT PERMITTED IN CONCERT VENUE, beer and cocktails will be served by vendors within concert area.


Entry gates to festival at following streets: Mill, Broadway, West, Mulberry,

Jefferson, Walnut, East and Ferry St.