Monthly Archives: August 2019

So Mush Happening At The Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Artist-in-Residence: Marty Stuart | Three Exclusive Evenings | September 11, 18, & 25 | Buy Tickets Now

I’m very excited about this project here. I spend a lot of time at the Country Music Hall Of Fame, because all year long there is so much going on for fans of all types of music, whether you enjoy Bluegrass or Country or pop country there is history here for it. I go there often to study, and to correct myself on information that I don’t always understand.

There are so many podcasts out there that I cannot always spend enough time listening to them all, however one of my favorites is always Voices In The Hall with Mr. Peter Cooper. You can learn so much on those programs about your favorite Country Music Legends as well as new artists.

Many of the new exhibits are streamed and many of the new shows that are held there are streamed online. Now, sadly in today’s day had age that convienience keeps people from coming out to some of the shows and workshops all around town. With Americanafest going on next month town will be buzzing with so much awesome music you’d be foolish not to come to town.


The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum proudly welcomes country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as its 2019 artist-in-residence. Stuart will preside over the Museum’s CMA Theater stage on September 11th, 18th, and 25th, both curating and performing at three one-of-a-kind shows.


The Pilgrim

September 11, 2019

Stuart will celebrate the rerelease of his landmark 10th studio album, The Pilgrim (1999), which showcases his songwriting and instrumental talents and 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 including Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith, Gary Carter and Kristin Wilkinson with her Superlative Strings.*

Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree

September 18, 2019

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 including Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace, Jim Lauderdale, the Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers and the Fabulous Superlatives.*

Songs That Tell a Story

September 25, 2019

Harlan Howard famously referred to country music as “three chords and the truth.” 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 including John Prine, Doug Kershaw, Dallas Frazier, Brandy Clark and the Fabulous Superlatives.*

*Artists are subject to change.


A five-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, Marty Stuart began his musical career at 12 when he joined the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers. After stints with bluegrass great Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass and Johnny Cash’s backing band, he embarked on a solo career that resulted in hits including “Hillbilly Rock” and “Tempted.”

In the early 2000s, Stuart formed the Fabulous Superlatives, a band whose musical skills and sensibilities echo the vibrancy of their Western suits. The Superlatives issued their latest album, the critically acclaimed Way Out West, in 2017.

A renowned collector, Stuart is currently developing The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The facility will house a performing arts center as well as Stuart’s extensive collection of country music artifacts and memorabilia.

“Marty Stuart has made country music his life’s work. For nearly 50 years, he’s preserved its history, photographed its legends, and performed its music with integrity,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Marty has been an integral part of so many significant events here at the Museum, and his residency promises to deliver more historic moments.”


The Museum established its annual artist residency in 2003, with a goal of honoring musical masters who have contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. In 2019, Stuart joins a fittingly prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, and 2018 artist-in-residence Miranda Lambert.

Each artist-in-residence is invited to use the Museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences.

American Currents Concert Series Live

Proud of the House We Built: A Conversation with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, and Clarence Spalding
Saturday, August 24 | 2:00 PM
Brooks & Dunn are having a banner 2019: Reboot, their first studio album in twelve years, went to #1; they performed to enthusiastic arena crowds on their first national tour since 2010; and in October, the duo will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. This victory lap serves as a reminder of the quality and consistency of the music Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn made in the 1990s and 2000s. To commemorate their new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition, Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, the two performers and their manager, Clarence Spalding, will discuss their careers in a program that will include archival photographs, videos, and recordings.


Pre-sales begin Thursday, May 30, at 10:00 AM CT
Announcing the “American Currents Concert Series,” a collection of one-of-a-kind shows supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit American Currents: The Music of 2018. The series begins August 8 with An Evening with John Anderson and continues August 20 with The Family Behind the Songs: Brad Clawson, Rodney Clawson, and Nicolle Galyon. Public on-sale begins Friday, May 31, at 10:00 AM CT.
An Evening with John Anderson 
Thursday, August 8
Use pre-sale code: TEQUILA19

The Family Behind the Songs: 
Rodney Clawson, Brad Clawson, and Nicolle Galyon 
Tuesday, August 20
Use pre-sale code: FAMILY19
Aritist-in-Residence | Marty Stuart | September 11, 18, & 25
Marty Stuart
September 11, 18, and 25
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Friday, September 27
Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band


Steven Curtis Chapman Acoustic Christmas | Introducing Jillian Edwards | December 19, 2019
Over a 30-plus-year career, singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has earned massive critical and commercial success, with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 49 No. 1 singles, and more than 11 million albums sold. 

Use presale code SCCXMAS to buy your tickets before the public on-sale on Friday, July 19 at 1:00 PM. Presale begins on Wednesday, July 17, at 10:00 AM and ends on Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 PM. 


New to view: Unbroken Circle, an original video series featuring singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, produced by the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the exhibit American Currents.
New to view: Unbroken Circle, an original video series featuring singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the exhibit American Currents

Over the course of multiple days, Pearce digs for inspiration and makes memories in the Museum’s archives and galleries along with her friends and collaborators Jeannie Seely, Emily Shackelton, busbee, and Michael Ray. 

Watch all four episodes now, exclusively on the Museum’s YouTube channel. 
Texas Titans: Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson backstage at the 1975 CMA Awards, October 13, 1975. Photo:From the Raeanne
Rubenstein collection at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson have more than music and Texas roots in common—including a flair for the unexpected. Tucker started early, releasing her first Top Ten single, “Delta Dawn,” in 1972, and leaving jaws agape as listeners realized the haunting tale of a haunted woman was sung by a preternaturally powerful thirteen year-old girl. Nelson tried to keep it inside the lines, but as he neared forty and returned to Texas, a long-haired hippie troubadour replaced the clean-cut Nashville songwriter, and country’s Outlaw spirit was soon turning long-cemented convention firmly (and, some say, permanently) on its head.
Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15
The 20th annual AMERICANAFEST® is nearly here! Explore the stories and sounds of Americana music through special programs at the Museum featuring performances and interviews from special guest artists, including BJ Barham, Jonathan Byrd, and Sarah Siskind; Sam Bush and Jeff Hanna; Shawn Colvin, Amythyst Kiah, and Maria Muldaur; Rodney Crowell; the Earls of Leicester; a Tribute to Doug Sahm; and Tanya Tucker. You can reserve your pass by becoming a Museum member or through day-of Museum admission. If you can’t join us in person, many programs will be livestreamed.
Panel | The Legacy of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Saturday, September 28 | 2:00 PM
Husband and wife songwriting duo Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote more than six thousand songs, recorded by artists including Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Red Foley, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nazareth, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, and Carl Smith. This panel will include Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s son, Del Bryant, along with songwriter Dennis Morgan, and musicians and historians Bill C. Malone and Bobbie Malone (the latter two are writing a biography on Boudleaux and Felice Bryant). Presented in support of the exhibit We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Watch the livestream.

Viva Le Vox To Perform Full New Album At Muddy Roots.




THAT TIME of year again Labor Day Weekend, and you know what that means. It’s the tenth annual MUDDY ROOTS FESTIVAL in Cookeville Tennessee. Ill be catching up with the many bands here this weekend including this band called Viva Le Vox.

We haven’t heard any new music from these three in several years ,but they still have burning up the roads and keeping the dive bars alive. This article has videos and news on their performance. Mr. Tony Bones on vocals, Mr. Scarecrow on bass and Mr. Johnny Tugboat on drums make up this Florida based punk influenced blues band.

The band went through some brief lineup çhanges before moving their base of operations to North Carolina, and having original bass player Mr. Scarecrow Jenkins rejoin the band. We then got the 2016 release of the album called The Fall Of Skivvy Starzo, and im anxious to see how the direction of their music has changed in these two years.

They will be performing their new album called Desperation Alley in it’s entirety at Muddy Roots this year, and they will also be performing for the Muddy Roots Southern Gothic festival in Adams Tennessee. We will be trying to catch up with the band



Music Festivals 2019: Muddy Roots Music Festival ( Main Festival).

Video property of Moloich Photos Inc.

This article will contain partials from previous years articles, as well as the Muddy Roots website…I’m VERY excited around now to be a part of this event yearly. YEAH Rolling Stone is out there NOW…but they weren’t out there like I am.  Go HERE to buy tickets.I’ll be repeating that link…WHY…Because we NEED sales to keep going!

Back in the the glory days of MySpace when social media was first taking shape to manifest to the next echelon it is today, the Roots music movement was at a high point. My website was young and inexperienced, but ideas were forming in my brain and bands like the Calamity Cubes ( who were the FIRST BAND Mr. Jason booked), Hillbilly Casino ( who has played EVERY Muddy yet), and The Goddamn Gallows came forth to identify with Roots Music. This was 2010, and I was part of that as a fan. I LOVED these bands and the Muddy Roots idea to bring us all into the same central location. It was close for me, and I knew the venue before Mr. Jason even announced the event, so naturally I went.

I have no problems with different cultures or anybody really, as long as they observe the one rule this festival had…..”Don’t Be A Dick”. But when I got there I’ll admit I felt a trifle bit uneasy, because being the human being I am I judged on appearance and not on heart. I was basically afraid of everyone, accept for my VERY FIRST MySpace friend Mr. Bandana.

Now, those of y’all that KNOW ME know I address everyone by Mr. or Miss in my everyday conversations. Well I was pretty much raised to be that way and respect others however HE IS how I began acting that way toward others. If he liked you, he treated you like Gold. If he hated you, best thing to do was leave him alone. He had a DEEP appreciation for these bands coming up, and we shared a knowledge about them that turned into a friendship.

The second year, however turned into my LOVE for these people and the community they formed. It was HOT and by HOT I mean humid and well……HOT. I was enjoying myself but having a VERY HARD TIME keeping my insulin cold. I was getting sick and almost had to leave, you have to expect to eat garbage food at a festival, and I was. Well, Mr. Jason rode past on his golf cart and saw I was sick. He parked and came to me and asked me if I was alright, and I explained my dilemma.

He told me to climb on to the cart and took me to the office (Scooters Bar) where Mr. Herb basically insisted I put all my insulin in his bar fridge AND granted me access to it 24-7. I was floored by this gesture of trust and concern, and from THAT day on I was part of the Muddy Roots family. This is the ONLY music festival I cover where I have attended EVERY ONE.

Did you know that our fest attendees buy every can of Pabst Blue Ribbon from not only the venue at Muddy Roots but all stores in and near Cookeville during the festival? You came for the music but ended up supporting the locals by purchasing in town. This whole thing is bigger than us.
A few years back the Upper Cumberland Business Journal gave us an Ovation Award for tourism. Now local Chambers reach out in support. Hell, even the mayor of Oostkamp came to our Belgian Festival and played drums with the opening act last week. We’ve come a long way from just being the underground movement to making a positive impact. And we’ve done it all without compromising who we are and the music we love. We host 2 festivals in Tennessee, 1 festival in Belgium, multiple vintage train rides out of Nashville.

You can DAMN SURE BET I watch for thieves at ALL these festivals I honor and support for the festival director AND the bands, I “hang out” at the merch tables to see shit going down it’s NOT cool and I WILL turn you in! Pickpockets and ANY rubbish I witness will be HARSHLY dealt with, and PLEASE DO NOT harass the wildlife at the The June Bug Ranch or damage Mr. Jason’s property. We are guests and we are welcome to drink and do as we please isn’t that cool enough that we don’t need to commit crimes? We have ONE rule: Don’t be a dick. You don’t have to toss your shirt over a mud puddle for a lady, but treat EVERYONE nice, we don’t have drama here.

We’re breaking all sorts of social rules. We always have!
Them: You can’t do that!
Us: I can’t even hear your mouth words.
We’re the same folks that booked Black Flag and Little Jimmy Dickens on the same lineup. Same crew that set up independent music festivals in 4 U.S. states and 2 other countries! We rock 2 record labels and slang vinyl out our record shop in a parking structure near the Ryman. We do this all out of pocket with support of blue collar folks like yourself!
WE MAKE NO SENSE TO “INDUSTRY” FOLKS! You might as well put your ipod on shuffle. Do people still have ipods? Not sure. How can you market to people without a tag or a label? We are the “in between” and there are more of us than you know. It’s more natural to not be a slave to just one genre.
And no other fool but us would be as courageous as we have been with our lineups on an independent budget. This year we really expanded our reach. It’s always our goal to find the roots of independent and organic “scenes” and bring them to our field. When you do that you find the heart in sister scenes and meld them. But 2018 we went super bold and grabbed a hand full of big dogs from the genres instead of one or two. We kept with our own brand of up and coming bands to support.
THE GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO MUDDY THE GENRE LINES! This is not a festival, it’s an independent movement. It has been an inspiration for dozens of smaller events like this. Be part of it. Show up! Tickets include free camping and hot showers. Beers are cheap but you can bring your own. Vegan to BBQ to Pho vendors on site but you can cook. You are free to enjoy yourselves so long as you’re respectful to everyone else. We treat you like adults and not children in a corporate barricade. Oh, and we have 2 large waterfalls nearby.

From Interstate 40, take exit 287 (TN-136/Hilham Road) North through the town of Cookeville. Keep left at the fork on Waterloo Road. Cross the bridge, follow Waterloo Road for approximately 1 mile and you’re there!
Google Map It
CLICK HERE for ALL frequently asked questions like camping (included) and security info, I CAN tell you NO glow sticks, pets,fireworks or firearms (please be like me and leave them home or at the hotel). The medical tent will even hold your medications for you can keep insulin cold for you. You CAN BYOB all you want and drinks and food AND the vendors are VERY reasonably priced and GOOD. Both bars offer 3 dollar tallboy PBRs and mix drink specials, ice is available via delivery to your campsite.

Hot showers are included and the port a potties are cleaned all day in the main stage area VERY NICE staff cleaning them all day. All three stages are within walking distance of one another and the merchandise area is very nice, plus there is a bar in the main area. You CAN have reasonable fires at your camping area and you CAN cook.

One cool thing is the availability of meeting the bands and artists as they spend time with EVERYONE before and after their sets and there is NO green room or areas you cannot go (however the bands DO have a private dining area where they can eat in private)….please respect their meal.

MY RESERVATIONS  have been at America’s Best Value Inn it is RIGHT ACROSS from Wal Mart and Shoney’s plus MANY more good places.
La Quinta Inn has a REALLY GOOD breakfast with HOT eggs and bacon ALL YOU WANT! A NICE clean pool and laundry facilities. This hotel is a little more money BUT it’s a GOOD bet next door to Waffle House.  I’ll  have sunscreen with me for everyone at ALL times. THIS FESTIVAL IS USUALLY HOT so PLEASE bring plenty of water, sunscreen and ice for yourself. Don’t try and have a liquor consumption challenge and end up in the E.R. have some drinking sense and remember the show, and the fun.

Muddy Roots Survival Guide

This party ain’t for the weak. But we’ll fill you in on some tips to make it through the weekend like a Phoenix rising from the drunken ashes.

We’ll add to this post over the next week.

Tickets include free camping on 126 acres in the outskirts of Cookeville, Tennessee. That’s about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville and then cut North towards the Kentucky border. You can almost smell the mountain shine distilleries in the air. We rent a private property known as the Junebug Ranch. It’s basically a biker rally property any other day. They let us do what we want so long a we don’t break anything. That means you can do things like bring your own beer. Hell, you can bring a handle to the stage and rock the hell out. You have freedom to enjoy yourselves BUT you’ll regret the decision to abuse that freedom. We have a fast track to throw folks on the street that act like a dick. Any and every person caught sneaking in or doing anything wrong will be hand delivered to some good-ol’-boy sheriffs and the judge ain’t in til Tuesday. Why did we start this conversation with that tone? Because our field is unlike any other and we want to protect that. We don’t allow people to disrespect each other and we don’t want a sterile corporate, boring ass event. We want you to come, have fun, be cool, and make it home safe. Now we’ll talk about the good stuff.

Before we do anything we need to talk about tickets. You should buy yours right now by CLICKING HERE! If you want to arrive Thursday for the pre-party with Face to Face you will need an earlybird ticket plus a weekend pass. You absolutely can not get one day pass for that day. We have weekend passes which include Friday-Saturday-and Sunday for $170. Saturday and Sunday together as a 2 day pass is $150. Sunday only is $75. All tickets include free camping and free hot showers.

Let’s start with things to pack. It’s always wise to prepare for wet or dry weather. It can rain and it can also be hot. Bring plenty of clean socks, sunscreen, gold bond, wet wipes, rainboots, more than one pair of shoes, tons of drinking water, stuff like that. Don’t bring more than one shirt, we’ll be selling you a ton of them. Many of our designs are printed just once for this event.

Here’s address of the venue. It’s known as the Junebug Ranch and is located at 115 Waterloo Rd. Cookeville, TN. 38506. It’s technically past Cookeville in Overton County once you cross the bridge. It’s a biker owned property that they host their own motorcycle rallies on. Those folks get wild! There’s not much we can do to surprise them. We’re a different kind of party so keep your clothes on. They have very few rules for us so we like to pay that forward to yall.

We come from Nashville which means we exit in Cookeville and drive out about 20-25 minutes heading North towards the Kentucky border. You’ll feel lost, especially at night. Use your GPS until you get close and then look for FESTIVAL signs with PBR logos on them. We don’t put our name on them because worthless pricks steal them and then people get lost. If you’re coming from the North it will put you on the same road from the opposite direction. Either way you’ll come to the entrance where there is an old vw bug outside that is painted with the words “Junebug Boogie” on the side. Pull in there and come in to the valley. The video above is the wicked fork in the road coming from Cookeville to the Junebug Ranch. Go straight at it, do not follow the main road veering right or you’ll end up in another state.

Most folks that are flying travel to BNA Airport in Nashville. It is about 87 miles from the venue. You can rent cars there. There are Muddy Roots carpool groups on fb, ubers, taxis, and even a greyhound that gets you to Cookeville, TN.

You may show up anytime after 3pm on Thursday August 29th. That’s not really an official day for us. We’ll still be getting the field ready. But we know many of you are coming from other countries and far states so we set up this pre-party while we work. Come in and set up camp before the big crowds hit. We’ve got a sick party with Face to Face, Tim Barry, and a handful of punk or roots punk bands.

More coming soon.



One type of dog is legally protected and welcome at Muddy Roots. The other two will get your ticket revoked without a refund. Mostly because people fake it every year and the their dogs cause issue.

Do not give me some low-res-internet-print-out-fake card from

Service dogs in training only have legal access rights, in the state of Tennessee, when accompanied by a trainer from an accredited school and both dog and trainer are identified. Self trained Service Dogs in training do not have legal access rights.

Service dogs are handler focused and attentive to their owners only. Any dog who causes a disturbance (outside of performing a direct task to mitigate a disability) can be (and should be) removed from the premises by management.

p.s. I love dogs.

People might be sleeping in the grass. DO NOT DRIVE IN GRASS AT NIGHT!

It’ll change all their lives.
Earlybird tickets are already sold out. Weekend passes are capped.
This will absolutely sell out.
Check out all the fest pics at

As always with ALL my festival articles HERE is a LONG LIST of hotels right off Hwy 40, about 20 minutes from the ranch where we have this festival.  I know there are many questions about this event and we have ONE RULE:


So with that in mind I’ll say there are NO golf carts allowed, DRINK WATER…..IT’S HOT OUT THERE…..DRINK WATER.  There is a NICE first aid station and medical corner of the main tent, THEY CAN keep insulin cold and THEY WILL lock up maintenance pills for you (I have diabetes) and I CAN AND WILL assist you personally with anything you need.

There are many musical communities and circles I am involved in, but the Muddy Roots family was one of my first.To say that my website wasn’t born during the Muddy Roots Music Festival would be a lie. I began going on day 1 in 2010, I found out about this on Myspace, and I began loving these bands featured at this festival.

Since then the festival had a few changes in format featuring some iconic main acts, whole musical genre changes, and moving forward to proving that it HAS NO genre classifications. Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Metal, these bands are ALL welcomed here by us.

What do I mean by “us”? What do I MEAN by saying these people are family to me? Well I think the start of this article should clarify these statements to you, my dear readers. Many of the people that attend this festival year in and year out are some of the most wonderful friends I have. Some of them have attended funerals with me for loved ones, and for others that have attended. We have attended other shows from other communities of music together as close friends, celebrated children being born, watching them grow up. Some of them I watched graduate high school, and enter college.

Right near the front gate of the campground there is a waterfall and swimming area that many of us retreat off to during the earlier hot part of the day ( and by hot I mean HOT), that I had no idea was for sale. The festival director Mr. Jason Galaz is a realtor and a merchandise printer by trade, and this story was too unique NOT to print!

I have heard rumors of Mr. Jason making a shuttle service possible for us festival goers to go and swim and picnic out there in that area. I spoke with Mr. Nathan Davey this morning and he wanted me to extend an open WELCOME to ALL folks, and he had this to say:

We have a few plans, and more ideas for what we will be doing here. Our first project will be doing a lot of clean up, a bit of clearing and getting the basic services installed. We welcome all friends new and old to visit the falls at any time.

It’s been a long tradition of Muddy Roots Music Festival attendees to visit the local waterfalls and now 2 of them just bought it!
Here’s the kicker, your promoter represented them as the buyer’s Realtor.
We really are one big family!
Waterloo Falls is located about a half mile from the gates of the Junebug Ranch that we host the festival on. On sunny days you can see truck loads of attendees venturing away for a cool dip. The property has always been privately owned and remains that way, but by one of our own “muddies.”
Alice Weaver and Nathan Davey made the drive out from San Diego, California in 2018 to attend the 9th annual Muddy Roots Fest. It seems only in our field could you go on a cross country adventure to a festival and come back owning a waterfall. How cool is that? There have been mentions of an official shuttle to the falls from the Junebug as well as potential RV spots. We’ll update you as we see them develop the land. One thing is for sure though, they want to keep it as close as possible to what it is now. Just add in some space for folks to camp. These are good people!
Listing agent was Skender Newton Realty
Buyer’s agent was Jason Galaz at EXIT Realty Elite
Your promoter is a real estate agent by day and festival planner by night. Jason Galaz the superhero.
He can help you move to our booming Middle Tennessee area or get the hell out of dodge!

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Juliet – Nashville Area
Ad 4.4

2-star hotel
Standard lodging with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Cookeville
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3-star hotel
Understated hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Motel 6

2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with seasonal pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cookeville

2-star hotel
Standard option with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville

Extended Stay Hotel
Simple all-suite hotel with a 24/7 gym
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off
Image Hotel Management
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Image Hotel Management

Hotel · 970 S Jefferson Ave
Star Motor Inn

Motel · 1115 S Willow Ave
Low-key option with a Southern eatery
Free Wi-Fi
Best Western Thunderbird Motel

2-star hotel
Budget hotel with Mexican dining
Free Wi-Fi
Comfort Inn & Suites

2-star hotel
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Cookeville – Tennessee Tech

2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
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Key West Inn

2-star hotel
Quaint low-rise hotel with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi
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DEAL 17% less than usual

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Hampton Inn Cookeville

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Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & a pool
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Alpine Lodge & Suites

2-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool & BBQs
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Free breakfast
DEAL 23% less than usual
Eastwood Inn

Hotel · 1646 E Spring St
Cookeville Manor Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast · 7241 Hilham Rd
Highway 56 Motel

Motel · 5485 S Grundy Quarles Hwy
Travelodge Cookeville

Free breakfast
DEAL 28% less than usual
La Quinta Inn Crossville

3-star hotel
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Red Roof Inn Crossville

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Casual hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
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Album Feature – Jason Hawk Harris – Love & the Dark

By Joshua Wallace

Love & the Dark is the debut album from Los Angeles based country singer Jason Hawk Harris.  This is his first full length solo record and also his first release on Bloodshot Records. This album has some amazing depth for a debut and there is some good sad country music to be had here.  Harris clearly takes some of his songwriting inspiration from the likes of Jason Isbell as he pulls at the heart strings in a similar manner.

Jason tackles themes ranging from death, alcoholism, success and failure, religion and more.  “Cussing at the Light” was one of the first tracks released from this album. It’s a toe tapper that tackles alcoholism.  In this song, Jason laments medicating a recent heartbreak. I really dig the piano throughout the track, it adds another layer to this great track. “Giving In” is another song about substance abuse and dealing with all the remorse that comes with it.  The line “I wish that where I am is where I’ve been” will stick with you. “Phantom Limb” strips things back to just Jason and a guitar to start. This is an amazingly written song about how the death of a loved one can affect you. I love how the sparse instrumentation ebbs and flows to a really awesome finale that must be heard.

“I’m Afraid” is one of the more rocking tracks on the album and draws from a more punk rock sound.  It tackles Jason’s experiences with religion throughout his life. I love the interplay between the piano and the guitar for the solo on this track.  “Grandfather” is a song about coping with the loss of loved ones and the feelings that come with that. The instrumental to this track is unique and somewhat spacey.  It certainly adds another layer to this album which keeps peeling back more and more as you go through it.

Jason Hawk Harris has impressed me with this debut released.  I was already a fan with the single “Cussing at the Light”, but this entire album is great.  I hope I’m able to see him live at some point in the near future. Love & the Dark is out Friday August 23rd, 2019 everywhere you can find good music on Bloodshot Records.

Favorite Tracks : Cussing at the Light, Giving In, Phantom Limb, Grandfather

Jason Hawk Harris – Love & the Dark (2019)

  1. The Smoke and the Stars
  2. Cussing at the Light
  3. Confused
  4. Giving In
  5. Phantom Limb
  6. I’m Afraid
  7. Blessed Interruption
  8. Red Room Blues
  9. Grandfather

Florida Welcomes Josh Ward at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL

By Joshua Wallace

Photography By Joshua Wallace

This past Thursday evening on August 15th, 2019, I had the pleasure of finally seeing Josh Ward live.  I have been a fan of his since his 2015 album Holding Me Together. I was a big fan of his 2018 release More Than I Deserve.  I have been waiting for a long time to see him come through Florida. He opened for Cody Johnson in the state before, but this was the first date of his first true headlining run in the state.  The crowd for the evening was somewhat small at around 50 – 75, but they showed up for some good Texas country music and that is what they got.

J.R. Ward opened the evening with a set of mostly original tunes.  This was my first time seeing J.R. Ward and I was impressed. He played some songs I recognized from Spotify such as “90 Proof Sunrise” and “Turn Your Eyes To Jesus”.  Tom Bennett backed him up on keys. J.R. mentioned that he’s not a usual feature in his live show but I thought Tom did a fine job on it. There were a couple of Waylon Jennings covers sprinkled in the originals.  All in all, it was a good set and a good first impression. I hope to see more of J.R. Ward in the future.

Josh Ward wasted no time in kicking off his own set shortly after J.R. left the stage and everything was swapped out.  He kicked the set off with a song from his Holding Me Together record “You Don’t Have To Be Lonely”. This track set the pace for a rockin’ night of good country music that did not disappoint.  He followed that up with one of my favorites “Home Away From Home” from his More Than I Deserve album. Up next was another favorite in “Whiskey and Whitley”. This was one of many ballads throughout the night.

A bit later in the set he got to a couple more favorite songs of mine back to back. Both are highlights from the More Than I Deserve album.  “All About Lovin’” was a rockin’ number for the ladies and he slowed it down a bit with “A Cowboy Can” which was well received by the live crowd.  I must point out the pedal steel player whose name I missed during band introductions. He was a highlight throughout the evening and a joy to watch play.

Another highlight of the evening was the band’s live rendition of “The Devil Don’t Scare Me”.  This is probably the best cut on the More Than I Deserve record and it’s chart performance shows that.  Josh mentioned how proud he was of this song and pointed out that the guy who wrote it, Jason Hursey was in the crowd.  This track is every bit as good live as it is on the record. This band does not disappoint.

The band closed out the night with two more favorites.  First up was a rocking rendition of “Highway” from the Holding Me Together album and finally the band closed the night out with my favorite Josh Ward tracks in “Promises”.  From the first song to the end, this band was on point and in the mood to bring some good Texas country tunes to this crowd. The crowd wasn’t as big as what they would expect in Texas, but they brought it and surely made the band feel like they were back in Texas with the responses they from the crowd.

Josh Ward is always on the road.  He just wrapped up his first headlining run through Florida and Josh is constantly on the road.  You can see his current tour dates at the band’s website.  However, if you can’t make it to a live show, he did just release  his own contribution to the Live At Billy Bob’s Texas series and I highly recommend you check it out.

Miss Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single From Upcoming Album.


For Immediate Release
Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single from White Noise/White Lines
“Sunday’s Children” available today, fall and winter tour announced
August 9, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Kelsey Waldon is no stranger to calling it as she sees it. Over the years, her songs have been honest observations of real-life, in the trenches issues; small-town woes, prescription drug addiction, and all manners of heartbreak have been on Waldon’s chopping block.  Yesterday, Nylon premiered what may be Waldon’s most matter-of-fact, hitting close to home composition to date, “Sunday’s Children.” “Essentially, that tune was inspired by how I felt about people using religion and God in the name of hate,” Waldon told Nylon. “I grew up in the Southern Baptist church, and I was really discouraged to hear so many people instill fear in the hearts of people, that just because somebody isn’t like them, they would be afraid of this person.” “Sunday’s Children” comes as the second single from White Noise/White Lines following the previously released “Anyhow,” which Garden & Gun called a “fitting first taste of an album that should firmly establish Waldon as one of classic country’s rising torchbearers.” White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.
“Sunday’s Children” can be heard here and White Noise/White Lines can be pre-ordered here. Visit to snag the pre-order bundle which includes a digital download, cd, and vinyl—plus a limited edition 7” vinyl of The Kentucky Sessions, a collection of duets from Prine and Waldon. Head over to The Bitter Southerner to watch Waldon and Prine perform “Kentucky Means Paradise,” one of the tracks from The Kentucky Sessions.
In addition to the new single, Waldon just rolled out a number of previously unannounced tour dates. Waldon’s headlining tour will take place after a run of shows supporting John Prine on the west coast and includes stops in the midwest, a two-night stand in Waldon’s home state of Kentucky, a whirlwind week through the southeast, and a tour-ending run through Texas before she returns to Prine’s tour in December. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Waldon recently found herself honored by one of her biggest influences and songwriting heroes, John Prine. White Noise/White Lines will be her first release on Prine’s own independent label, Oh Boy Records. As their first new artist signing in 15 years, Waldon doesn’t take the relationship with Prine and Oh Boy lightly. “It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” says Waldon.  “To have someone like John, who I have looked up to my whole life, who I have set my songwriting standards after and my general music-making standards after, to have someone like him endorse my music and care enough about it to make sure it reaches a wider audience…that means everything.” In June, Waldon joined Prine on stage in Manchester, TN, for his set at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, dueting on “In Spite Of Ourselves” much to the delight of their Saturday evening crowd.
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Kelsey Waldon - Sunday's Children (Lyric Video)
On Tour:
Aug. 11 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival
Sept. 7 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
Sept. 10-14 – Nashville, TN – AMERICANAFEST
Oct. 1 – Hollywood, CA – John Anson Ford Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Oct. 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (with John Prine)
Oct. 4 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (with John Prine)
Oct. 6 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
Oct. 12 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall (with John Prine)
Oct. 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre (with John Prine)
Oct. 15 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Oct. 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Oct. 18 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
Oct. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
Oct. 22 – Indianapolis, IN – LO-FI Lounge
Oct. 23 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
Oct. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House
Oct. 25 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Oct. 26 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
Nov. 1 – Nashville, TN – Station Inn
Nov. 2 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
Nov. 3 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Nov. 5 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov. 6 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov. 7 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Nov. 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
Nov. 11-15 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – All The Best Festival
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 22 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
Nov. 23 – Dallas, TX – The Rustic
Nov 24 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
Dec. 6 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Theater (with John Prine)
Dec. 7 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (with John Prine)
About Kelsey Waldon:
On her new album, White Noise/White Lines, Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Waldon is native of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, who took an interest in singing, songwriting and playing guitar as a child. After moving to Nashville,  she cultivated a loyal following through frequent touring across the U.S. and two critically acclaimed albums; the most recent of which made it onto NPR’s Fresh Air host Ken Tucker’s “Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2016,” while the album’s lead single, “All By Myself,” was featured on NPR’s list of “Top 100 Songs of 2016.”  Her persistence paid off when, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, John Prine invited Kelsey to join his Oh Boy Records family. White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on Oh Boy Records.
About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label has released almost 50 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider, along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.
In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label’s first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on the A-side and “Silver Bells” on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine’s Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist-owned independent label in the country and the oldest in Nashville.
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Country Legend Miss Crystal Gayle Set To Release First New Album In Sixteen Years.


Crystal Gayle: You Don't Know Me
New album features classic country standards, plus a highly anticipated trio with sisters Loretta Lynn, and Peggy Sue Wright
Pre-sale & first single “Ribbon of Darkness” available Aug. 9
“She has had her share of success on the pop charts, but Crystal Gayle is, was and always has been a country-music artist. This new collection is a ringing declaration of her loyalty to the style and to the songs she was born to sing.”
— Robert K. Oermann
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy® award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle is delighted to announce the release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me. Available everywhere September 6, with a pre-sale beginning August 9, the new album is being released by Southpaw Musical Productions, and distributed by BFD in partnership with The Orchard.

Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal’s son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Meis a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold.

The album might come as a surprise to those who associate Crystal with an uptown sound that made her a star on both country and adult-contemporary pop charts. But she has known this repertoire of hardcore country standards all her life.

“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” says Crystal. “This project is a labor of love that my son, Christos, and I produced together. It is filled with country classics that I grew up singing. They are very much a part of my history and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I feel very lucky to have known and worked with many of the artists who had the original hits.”

Each of the selections was chosen because it played a role in her musical development. Two of them point to the importance that her family had in bringing her to fame.

The album’s opening track is “Ribbon Of Darkness,” a song originally written by Gordon Lightfoot. Originally released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins, it became his eleventh #1 hit. The song holds a special place in Crystal’s heart because it was the first song she performed at her Grand Ole Opry debut.

“This was the first song I ever sang on the Grand Ole Opry. I was 16,” said Gayle. “Loretta was sick. Mooney [Lynn] did something; I don’t know what. But they let me sing in her place. In my early years in Nashville, when I was on Decca, I opened for Marty Robbins. So I’ve heard him sing this many times. Connie Smith also had a hit with it. So the night I was inducted into the Opry cast in 2017, I asked Connie if it was okay with her that I sing “Ribbon of Darkness.”

Another popular classic country hit on the album is “Crying Time,” a song originally written and recorded by Bakersfield sound pioneer Buck Owens. The song was also recorded by Ray Charles, who won two Grammy Awards in 1967 for his version.

“I do a medley of Buck Owens songs in my shows,” says Crystal. “When I was a kid, he worked Buck Lake Ranch in Indiana. I would go whenever he was playing there, and he’d let me sing on his show. When I was 16, he wanted me to become a regular on his TV show. He asked me, but it didn’t work out.”

The album’s closing track is “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” which brings Crystal together with her sisters Peggy Sue Wright, and legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn, for a highly anticipated first-ever recorded trio of them together. The song also just happens to be co-written by another country music legend, Dolly Parton.

“Loretta and Peggy made this album very special by singing “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” with me. It is a song that we have performed together throughout the years. This is the one and only trio performance on record. We’ve done the Boston Pops together. We performed together in Lake Tahoe and Reno and a few things like that. But we’ve never actually made a record together. Peggy Sue still comes out on the road with me, singing backup harmonies. I recorded the track, then Patsy, Loretta’s daughter, asked her to sing on my album. Loretta is such an incredible singer. She got through the song right away and then went, “What’s next?” We should have recorded the whole album together! Loretta had her stroke not long after we recorded this.”

Track Listing:
1. Ribbon Of Darkness (Gordon Lightfoot)
2. You Win Again (Hank Williams)
3. Please Help Me I’m Falling (Don Robertson, Hal Blair)
4. Am I That Easy To Forget (Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson, Shelby Singleton)
5. Hello Walls (Willie Nelson)
6. You Never Were Mine (Jay Lee Webb)
7. Just One More (George Jones)
8. There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
9. That’s The Way Love Goes (Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D Shafer)
10. Cryin’ Time (Buck Owens)
11. I’ve Seen That Look On Me A Thousand Times (Harlan Howard, Shirl Milete)
12. Walkin’ After Midnight (Alan Block, Donn Hecht)
13. You Don’t Know Me (Eddie Arnold, Cindy Walker)
14. Put It Off Until Tomorrow featuring Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue (Dolly Parton, Bill Owens)
      BONUS TRACK: I Cried The Blue (Right Out of My Eyes)

Album Name: You Don’t Know Me
Release date: September 6, 2019
Pre-sale date: August 9, 2019
Label: Southpaw Musical Productions / BFD
UPC: 8-19376-01872-0
Produced by: Christos Gatzimos & Crystal Gayle

About Crystal Gayle:
Grammy®-winning singer Crystal Gayle is an award-winning country music icon whose reign in the music business includes 20 No. 1 country hits, six albums certified Gold by the RIAA and the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. Her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy® Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes” – a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing. Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their “Top Female Vocalist” statuettes. She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards,” voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.” Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal’s career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009. Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. Gayle also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Lynn’s star. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Crystal with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors. Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017 by her sister and Opry legend Loretta Lynn.

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Real Gone Music Releases Janie Fricke ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’ on CD — Available Now


Janie Fricke: 'It Ain't Easy - The Complete Hits'
Includes all 38 charting hits, including duets with Charlie Rich, Johnny Duncan, Merle Haggard and Larry Gatlin
Autographed copies are available as a special bonus with Real Gone Music
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke announces Real Gone Music release of ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’, available now. This 41-track, 2 CD compilation spans from 1977 to 1989, including not just her solo smashes such as “What’re You Doing Tonight,” “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “He’s A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen),” and “Tell Me A Lie,” but also her chart-topping duets with Charlie Rich (“On My Knees”), Merle Haggard (“A Place to Fall Apart”), Larry Gatlin (“From Time To Time”) and Johnny Duncan (“Come A Little Bit Closer”). As an added bonus, Janie penned the liner notes, which are accompanied by previously unseen photos and she autographed 100 booklets for fans who order ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’ through Real Gone Music.

“It is with thankfulness and sheer pride to see this project appear at a time in my life when I least expected such a special gift,” says Janie Fricke. “The team who researched my recordings worked many hours to come up with choice songs from my recorded repertoire. As I look back to those years of hours spent in the studio with the best producers, musicians and engineers, I never dreamed that it would become a pretty package all wrapped up, presented to me and the world in 2019.”

Raised on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke began singing in church, and later turned that talent into a career which began as one of the marketing industry’s most successful jingle singers. Long before her success as a country artist, millions of people became familiar with Fricke’s voice through ads for United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, McDonald’s and Red Lobster. She soon became a session singer where she was singing background in the studio with some of the biggest country stars of the late 70’s and early 80’s, including Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and Mel Tillis.

After a string of duets with such greats as Merle Haggard and Moe Bandy, Fricke landed a solo recording contract in the early 80’s and scored several hit singles, including “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” “He’s a Heartache” and “You’re Heart’s Not In It.” She won CMA’s coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1983 and ’84 and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has been credited with over 1,600 album projects and scored 36 hit singles.

In recent years, Sony Music Entertainment made four of Fricke’s classic albumsavailable to fans on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms via the Legacy Digital Vault campaign, including The First Word In MemoryThe Very Best of Janie FrickeBlack & White and Saddle in the Wind! The collection of albums features the 18-time chart-topper’s biggest hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “Tell Me a Lie,” “She’s Single Again” and more. Legacy Recordings also released The Essential JANIE FRICKE to all digital service providers earlier this year.

In addition, Fricke put a bluegrass spin with some fresh interpretations to many of her beloved tunes with the release of Country Side of Bluegrass. The 13-track collection was produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry.

Janie Fricke ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’ Track Listing
Disc 1:
1. What’re You Doing Tonight
2. Come A Little Bit Closer (with Johnny Duncan)
3. Stranger (with Johnny Duncan)
4. Baby It’s You
5. Please Help Me, I’m Falling (In Love With You)
6. On My Knees (with Charlie Rich)
7. Playing Hard To Get
8. Love Your Troubles Away For A While
9. Let’s Try Again
10. But Love Me
11. Pass Me By (If You’re Only Passing Through)
12. He’s Out Of My Life (with Johnny Duncan)
13. Down To My Last Broken Heart
14. Pride
15. I’ll Need Someone To Hold Me (When I Cry)
16. Do Me With Love
17. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby
18. It Ain’t Easy Being Easy
19. You Don’t Know Love
20. He’s A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)
21. Tell Me A Lie

Disc 2:
1. Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It
2. If The Fall Don’t Get You
3. Your Heart’s Not In It
4. A Place To Fall Apart (with Merle Haggard)
5. The First Word In Memory Is Me
6. Who Cares (with Ray Charles)
7. All I Want To Do In Life (with George Jones)
8. She’s Single Again
9. Somebody Else’s Fire
10. Easy To Please
11. Always Have, Always Will
12. When A Woman Cries
13. Are You Satisfied
14. From Time To Time (It Feels like Love Again (with Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers)
15. Baby You’re Gone
16. Where Does Love Go (When It’s Gone)
17. I’ll Walk Before I’ll Crawl
18. Heart
19. Give ‘Em My Number
20. Love Is One Of Those Words

Janie Fricke On Tour:
AUG 17 – The New Granbury Live / Granbury, Texas
SEP 07 – Private Event / Centerville, Texas
OCT 05 – Confederate Square / Gonzales, Texas
NOV 02 – Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium / Sweetwater, Texas
NOV 16 – Orange Blossom Opry / Weirsdale, Fla.
FEB 20 – Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts / Victoria, Texas
FEB 21 – New Brauntex Theater / New Braunfels, Texas
FEB 22 – Dosey Doe Big Barn / Spring, Texas
JUN 21 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater / Branson, Mo.
JUL 10 – Blue Gate Theatre / Shipshewana, Ind.

About Janie Fricke:
A two-time CMA & ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Fricke has hit the #1 spot on the Country charts an astounding 18 times. She was named Billboard Magazine Top Female Vocalist, was the First Female Voice on the Moon, and was named the UK’s Country Music Round Up’s Most Popular International Female Solo Act. Her music has reached Gold and Platinum sales status worldwide, and the talented and personable Indiana native has recorded numerous jingles for Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and United Airlines. Janie has released 25 albums and 36 hit singles, and she remains one of the most-beloved entertainers in the Country field. For more information, go to

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Fourth Round Of Lineup For 2019

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Fourth Round Of Lineup For 2019
The Infamous Stringdusters, Tank & The Bangas, and more added to 2019 festival
October 4-6 in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park
August 15, 2019 – San Francisco, CA – For the fourth straight week, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has announced ten more artists for their 2019 festival which takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on October 4-6. As with past lineup reveals, fans were treated to a sneak-peek audio clip of the soon-to-be-announced artists on HSB’s social media accounts earlier this week. Upon hearing what HSB calls the weekly “artist medley,” fans hypothesized in the comment section about who might be added to the lineup.
This week’s medley and subsequent lineup announce included folk-country balladeer Caitlin Canty, San Francisco alt-rockers Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Bedouine’s vintage folk stylings by way of Syria and Saudi Arabia, the electric incarnation of Bay-area legends Hot Tuna, The Infamous Stringdusters’ award-winning progressive bluegrass, Kronos Quartet’s Pete Seeger @ 100 with special guests Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Meklit, Aoife O’Donovan, and San Francisco Girls Chorus, directed by Valérie Sainte-Agathe, Paisley Underground pioneers The Long Ryders, the many-faced folk stylings of Hiss Golden Messenger, Poor Man’s Whiskey and their “high octane hootenanny,” and the nouveau New Orleans gumbo of Tank & The Bangas.
A number of HSB artists will also be participating in Hardly Strictly Out of the Park, a series of evening shows around the bay area in which $1.00 per ticket goes to Music in the Schools Today. Kurt Vile, Mandolin Orange, Jackie Greene, Meat Puppets, Hayes Carll, Calexico and Iron & Wine, and The Waterboys will all perform one of these Out of the Park shows surrounding Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Amanda Richards & The Good Long Whiles, Echoes & Artifacts, and Fog Holler were just announced for October 4th at Amnesia Beer & Music Hall in San Francisco. An ever-growing list of Out of the Park performances is below, with more shows to be announced in the coming weeks. In addition, Steve Earle, with support from the Lake Charletons, will be playing a solo acoustic show benefitting Autistry Studios on October 3rd at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley.
The ten artists listed above join an already stacked lineup including the previously announced The Milk Carton Kids, Calexico and Iron & Wine,DakhaBrakha, Hayes Carll, Jackie Greene, Meat Puppets, Bettye LaVette, Margo Price, Steve Earle, The Waterboys, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Tanya Tucker, Daniel Norgren, Buddy Miller & Dirk Powell with Stuart Duncan, John Craigie, Hot Buttered Rum, Mdou Moctar, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Sierra Hull, Nikki Lane, Mandolin Orange, Emmylou Harris, Flor De Toloache, Whiskerman, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Mary Gauthier, Pimps Of Joytime, Robert Plant, The Wild Reeds, and Yola.
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Hardly Strictly Out of the Park Schedule:
September 21 – Jackie Greene – Sweetwater in the Sun – Novato, CA
October 3 – Milk Carton Kids with Rodes Rollins – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA
October 3 – Steve Earle solo acoustic with Lake Charlatans – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA (Benefitting Autistry Studios)
October 4 – Robert Earl Keen – Mystic Theater – Petaluma, CA
October 4 – Amanda Richards & The Good Long Whiles, Echoes & Artifacts, and Fog Holler – Amnesia – San Francisco, CA
October 5 – Hayes Carll with Purple Glaze – Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA
October 5 – Meat Puppets – Ivy Room – Albany, CA
October 5 – Kurt Vile & The Violators with Jon Langford & the Skull Orchard Welsh Male Voice Choir – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
October 6 – Calexico and Iron & Wine – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA
October 6 – Mandolin Orange with Ismay – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
October 8-9 – DakhaBrakha – Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse – Berkeley, CA
October 11 – The Waterboys – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
About Hardly Strictly Bluegrass:
The mission of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is to carry forward the wish of Warren Hellman and his family to make a gift to the people of San Francisco and the world of a free annual outdoor music festival that features and celebrates American “roots” music and its many outgrowths, and in doing so fosters joy, creativity, freedom, peace, collaboration, love of music, mutual respect, and spiritual community. Read more about the Hellman Foundation’s ten pillars of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass here.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass takes place within Golden Gate Park in Hellman Hollow, Lindley Meadow, and Marx Meadow. All meadows open for entry at 10 am with music starting at noon on Friday and 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. Food and non-alcoholic beverage vendors will be stationed around the park. No alcoholic beverages will be sold during the festival, but patrons are allowed to bring beer and wine as long as it is not in glass containers. Hard alcohol is prohibited. In addition, coolers, blankets, and short-back chairs are allowed. Cameras are allowed, but not tripods or other intrusive equipment. Due to limited parking surrounding Golden Gate Park, attendees are highly encouraged to use public transit, ride-share, bike, or walk instead of driving. Long-time festival-goers will also be happy to know that for the first time in years, Hardly Strictly will not coincide with San Francisco Fleet Week. Patrons will be able to enjoy the intimacy of acoustic sets without noisy jets overhead.

Master Musician’s Festival.

I could easily summarize this entire weekend in one word….HOT. Like uncomfortable muggy, and humid Muddy Roots HOT. Now, one of the most ingenious things that this festival could have done was indeed implemented, and that was a hydration station brought to us by the city of Somerset.  Miss Tiffany Finley the head of the board told me the new mayor Mr. Alan Keck is awesome, and upon my research of him, I’m inclined to agree.

This festival brings out the ENTIRE community, not just select people or groups. It involves EVERYONE and doesn’t omit anybody from their input or ideas, it doesn’t make anybody feel left out or unwanted, and it gives them all a chance to show the visitors their talents. Some of the artwork that was being produced there was amazing, and auctioned off.


The V.I.P area was once again ample for water and other refreshments for us, and I want to take the time out to THANK Hardees on HWY 27 with delicious burgers and chicken sandwiches all weekend. I contacted Miss Kayla Rider and thanked her as well, she didn’t provide me with the names of the staff, however they were amazing! I’m going to rave about the Gold Star Chili coneys and the pulled pork nachos too. Diabetes be damned I ate this weekend, I love some pulled pork nachos. Thanks to the many volunteers that filled the coolers and kept everything organized, it was extremely helpful to have a safe central place to keep all my things going. I also opted to not bring the laptops into this heat and cover this job old school pen and paper.

In addition to the heat and humidity, I was also having some serious problems with my knee. This was not a perfect time for my joints to begin plaguing me again, so I had it severely wrapped up both days. I was indeed not walking very fast or standing for prolonged periods of time. All of those factors combined, and the fact that everybody was incredibly sweaty made this job very arduous. The medical tent that was provided by Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital was a really nice thing to have this weekend, given my circumstances. I had them check my knee twice for pulled muscles or any major signs of bad damage.

Tucked away inside the campus of Somerset Community College there exists a festival that is older than many of the others I currently have on my roster. In fact, this is the twenty sixth year of the annual event that began when some local musicians got together to hold a festival in order to raise enough money to replace a fiddle that was stolen.

Miss Tiffany told me that there are many different stories about this history, and I shall be delving into the story behind this part of the festival. I mean, this festival has been around longer than my website has or most of the other websites like mine that covers this type of music.

Like last year there were two stages, however this year they arranged the performance times a little better and they barely overlapped. As I went from stage to stage I tried my best to retain all of the information that was being shared, like the Master Musician’s Endowment Fund. They also added a third stage in a more intimate setting called the “Sommersessions Tent”.

Basically the Master Musician’s Endowment Fund is a foundation where people that want to become more involved with the proliferation of this festival can invest money into a trust fund and leave it to a beneficiary. I shall be talking to the board more on this issue at a future time. This provides me with an ample opportunity to make some future MMF articles.

I absolutely enjoyed the ambiance of this stage, and admired how the setting and vibe embellished the feel of this festival. They did an absolutely fabulous job designing the overall concept of this idea, and placed some acts in there that just fit the bill so well.

If you don’t mind me skipping around here on the lineup while I dwell upon the new stage I’ll elaborate on the first band I saw there on Saturday called The Winetree. I featured them this past spring in West Virginia during the anniversary show of W.B.Walkers Old Soul Radio Show. Mr. Ryan Harvey and Mr. Isaiah Muller make up an astounding duo with smooth harmonies and even smoother songwriting.

I caught a few of their songs before I had to wander off to the main stage, one of their songs was “Ramona”. Now, mind you the third stage only transpired on the second day of the festival. I merely skipped around for just a brief moment just for the heck of it. This weekend was full of setbacks for me including the fact I initially forgot about the hour time change between the hotel and the festival….I’m telling you folks I batted a thousand that weekend…not.

This year my website partner who does all of the hotel scheduling for me, booked me at the Sleep Inn in Columbia Kentucky located off the parkway on Dohoney Trace parkway. It was a very nice hotel with plenty of places to eat nearby and it had a nice pool. Most years I stay in about 30 hotel all over America.

I initially got to the festival and got settled in for the main stage on Friday at 5pm, because of the hour time change and I HAD to stop by Donato’s Pizza in Somerset first. Nicholas Jamerson was first for me this weekend, who is fresh on his tour supporting his 2019 album Floyd County All-Star. He in fact comes from Preston burg Kentucky, and began his career as one half of the duo Sunday Best.

“Rhonda” was first from the NJ album, which talks about big Rhonda. The title track to his new album was next which is called “Floyd County All-Star”, a song about his youth. It really painted some beautiful pictures in my head of my own youth playing baseball in my neighborhood.

Along with his band called the Morning Jays which consists of Mr. Wes Smith on electric guitars, Mr. Aaron Smith on fiddle, Mr. Austin Webb on bass, Mr. Lawrence Nemenz on drums and Mr. Thomas Albert on steel, he brought forth his East Kentucky songs to us here in Somerset. It is always a special treat to run across him at Lexington bars of middle Kentucky music festivals like this one.

as he went on into songs like “Let It Go” and “Kitchen” he displayed his unique East Kentucky sound especially on other songs I didn’t recognize on albums like “Wild Frontier”. Some of his songs you will have to delve into his Youtube catalogue to find the true feelings of that song. He closed his awesome set with ” It’s A Long Way To Wheelwritght” were he is from, and it gives a nice vision from his youth.

The Blind Corn Liquor Pickers were an absolute large ensemble from Lexington Kentucky, that play Bluegrass with a more modern flavor to it. They get into some rock and roll with the female vocals too with songs like “Cat And Dog” ( which was later on in the set), from their 2018 album “The Sentence”.


The songs are highly original, revisionist takes on traditional American music themes. Genre send-ups, fiery political pieces, modern-day murder ballads, existential moodpieces or moonshine-drenched party songs, you’ll hear it all in a Blind Corn Liquor Picker performance that will in turn make you laugh, think, dance and (of course) drink.

Miss Beth Walker (Vocals), Mr. Joel Serdenis (Mandolin, Vocals), Mr. Travis Young (Banjo), Mr. Ben Vogelpohl (Drums), Mr.Will Rush (Bass), Mr. Jeoffrey Teague (Electric Guitar), Mr. Thomas Usher (Percussion, Vocals) and finally Mr. Jory Bowling (Guitar, Vocals) make up this band ( I TOLD YOU it was large).

“Sheltowee” was actually the first song here and it is about the Sheltowee Trace Trail, which starts in the Big South Fork National river And Recreational Area in Tennessee and goes to Northern Rowan County Kentucky. With the vocal trade offs this song is truly fun to hear live. “Pendulum” was next, it was getting hot so I had to head in the back for shade.

“Sing It Proud” was next from them, followed by “Whichever Way The Wind Blows”. This band was a LOT of fun live, and I highly suggest you go check them out in the Lexington area. Some of the new bands I get turned onto each year are well worth the trip out here on a yearly basis. The bands and the festival staff make this a VERY pleasant place to enjoy music and company..and food. Good food.

I had to run over to the kettle corn vendor again and buy some. They did a smart idea last year, and continued that same idea again. I suppose I reveal too many secrets about festival science, and how they can target income but I love to talk about it. Two of the top things to sell by smell and are cheap to make is pizza and popcorn. The theater does it, and so do festivals. This two food items run such a low food cost, that it is ingenious to place one right in front of the main stage. People do not really care about spending money eating tasty food at festivals, and additionally pizza and popcorn can be consumed easily while on the move.

Bluegrass Kettle Masters over in Richmond Kentucky has the entire main stage smelling so good each year that this festival takes place. Now the Tillers I have covered so many times on here, and it’s always a pleasure to cover them further. I ran into them on their home turf this spring at the Southgate House in Ohio. This bands stomping grounds are all over Ohio, and Kentucky. Mr. Joe Macheret on fiddle, Mr. Mike Oberst on guitars, and brothers Mr. Aaron and Mr. Sean Veil make up this four man band.

Their 2018 self titled latest album brought forth their first song called “Revolution Row”. Truthfully their set included many of the songs from this album, like the song “Like A Hole In My Head”. This song speaks blatantly to pretty much everybody at their wits end in life. We all have our problems and demons and we all cry out in anger at times.

“Riverboat Dishwashing Song” was next, which was wrote about his first job he ever had. However, they momentarily deviated away to the Hand On The Plow album to play what I consider one of the finest songs EVER written called “Willy Dear”. That is a poignant ghost story of a young lady that thinks her true love is killed in an accident on a riverboat. He is on another boat, and when he returns he finds out she has committed suicide, and has to deal with her death.

“Dear Mother” was also included on this set as well as “George Street Beat” was next which is from way back in 2010. Next onxthe set tonight from them was “Old General Store Burning Down”, and the last two songs on their set was also from Hand On The Plow album. Those songs were “Tecumseh On The Battlefield” and “Old West Side”. On a side related note, Mr. Mike Oberst released a self titled album out this year, and I’ll be featuring that on it’s own later. I caught him solo at the the Southgate House Revival for Hagfest this past spring.

This wonderful bunch of people is from my area of Kentucky, and are an integral part of my local community of music here. Mr. Paul Priest is one of my online hunting buddies I enjoy seeing his posts of his bowhunting trips and his fall preparations, like I do. Miss Anna Blanton is indeed a champion fiddle player seasoned in her knowledge of her craft. She is well trained on so many genres of music that she can add flavor to any band with her diverse style.

This band is yet another that has recently released a good new album entitled “One Perfect Sound”, and I thoroughly enjoyed this album, in fact I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t end up on my TOP 50 list. In fact, the first song on their set tonight was the first song on the album called ” Wrong Things Right Reasons”. Of course I’m talking about my friends over at Jericho Woods.

Mr. Josh Mitcham is on lead vocals here and guitar, Mr. Aaryn Martin is on lead guitar, and finally Mr. Will Johnston is on the drums for this band. The song “Tennessee” was next followed by their version of “Midnight Rider”. They played the title track of the album in the middle of the set, along with “Sinking Creek”.

They closed their set with the song “Love The Way You Love Me”, as I was moving toward the main stage to see the next act, I got to see a small community in the corner of hammocks and a nice rest area where many were cooling off in the shade. There was so many fun things to do here, for people of all ages like bubbles for the kids and finger paints for the older kids.

There were dancing instructors and face painting, all kinds of things going on to entertain kids. Many festivals don’t even allow kids there. This one is not so adult themed, and is more family orientated, also this festival is much smaller than others in the way it is set up. Everything is pretty easy to access and travel to, you only need the golf cart rides to return to your vehicle. I have SO MANY festivals where you need to walk a mile or two from stage to stage!

Mr. Charley Crockett hails from Texas, he is one of the hottest new artists in the Country circuit right now. However he is actually a self taught blues singer, that possesses great reverance for the Legends of Country Music. He recently made his Opry debut, and has a new album coming in September called The Valley.

His band is called the Blue Drifters. His 2016 album called In The Night contains his song “Ain’t Got No Time To Loose”. He plays a wide arrange of classic Country Music covers , with his own signature sound on them. He has a very unique Texas sound along with many other sounds on other songs, like the way he sings the Mel Tillis and Webb Pierce co written song called ” I Ain’t Never”.

From the Lonesome As A Shadow album, he played the song “Lots Of Luck” off the “Lil G.L.’s Blue Bonanza” album. However, the song that stood out more to me was the song he is currently promoting from his forthcoming album called “Borrowed Time”. He wrote this song with the lead singer Mr. Evan Faulkner from the Turnpike Troubadors.

He dropped numerous cover songs upon us tonight including the 1964 George Jones hit called “The Race Is On”, written by Mr. Don Rollins. He followed that up with the hit “That’s How I Got To Memphis”, and the 1972 hit that made songwriter Mr. Bobby Borchers famous called “The Jamestown Ferry”. Ironically Mr. Charley pulls off many cover songs with such new style and  modern flavor while maintaining a traditional roots fashion.

Saturday began early in the afternoon with a songwriter round on stage one that consisted of Mr. Tim DeLonjay Mr.John Clay Mr.Darrin Hacquard Mr.Tim Lancaster and lastly Mr.Eric Bolander. They each played a few songs a piece beginning on the far left (facing the stage) and took turns playing.

It was nice to see my Eastwood Records friends again, and you may have heard me mention my admiration for people like Me. Eric Bolander, who recently re dropped his album “The Wind”. In fact, that was his first song on this songwriter swap on the first stage today.  I also got to hear him perform the song ” Oh Lord” as he displayed his signature East Kentucky music onto us. I recently wrote a nice article for his album release party, and you can read that HERE, and last year during the Master Musician’s Fest we had a nice chat you can read HERE.

Mr. Tim Lancaster is one hell of a good guy, and I enjoy running into him. He does some really unique stuff with jaw bones, and makes some cool music with them. His first song I caught was called “Can’t You Hear The Sound”, now he was second in line for the song swap. I approached the stage a little bit late because he was playing as I came up.

Additionally he played a song called “I’ve Trimmed Every Strand”, and another called “Fair Walking”. He is one of those people that recognizes everybody after he meets them the first time, I wish I had that ability myself to be honest. I know so many people from so many communities that I cannot keep track in that. I first met him at the V Club as well for one of the many anniversary shows that Mr. W.B. Walker hosted.

Mr. Tim DeLonjay had a REAL Country voice and his song “Knights Of Columbus” was a song that hit me square in the nuts, and had me captivated. I had to tune out all of the people talking and interacting all around me to listen to the words here. This song painted a really pretty picture in my mind, and was perhaps one of the best songs I discovered here this weekend. Just a good old fashioned honky tonk song of booze, boots and women, and you don’t need much else to create a masterpiece like this one.

He also played the Merle Haggard classic “Ramblin Fever” from the 1977 album of the same name. This was the 22nd album that he released, but it is very special to me because it was his first for MCA. See, he recorded for Capitol for many years, and although Mr. Ken Nelson had him record some iconic music after he went to MCA, he hit many higher apogees in his career in my opinion.

Mr. Darrin Hacquard is a fellow lefty that I covered many times as well on Mr. W.B. Walker’s anniversary shows. Later on in the evening when the rain started and cancelled the event, he performed the famous mud slide in the vendor aisle. He played his song “You Were A Friend”.

Mr. John Clay played a new one he told me he hasn’t settled on a title yet, but for now we’ll call it “You Set Fire To my Disguise”. I shall keep in touch with him on the new music. His first song was called “When We Lay him Down Beside Her’. Last year many of these folks played their own sets on stage 2, and I’m sure at one point I’ll run into them once again, no doubt.

The Handshake Deals came to us from the Red River Gorge area, and they are a trio playing Roots music. I call it that, because it really cannot be classified as anything but good music, that incorporates a lot of different instruments into the sound. Much like the Barnayrd Stomers, their drummer Miss Laura Gregory also plays a hand held instruments like an accordion.

Mr. Cory Shenk, and Mr. Casey Papendieck make up the remainder of the trio that resides in East Kentucky, and pays many other festivals like Whispering Beard. This next week on August 15th at the Girl in Lexington Tn, they are hosting their debut album release party along with Miss Senora May and Laid Back Country Picker.

“What’s A Girl To Do” when a handshake deal goes through is a pretty cool song where she flips from drums to accordion, and makes it look pretty easy! Another great song in their set was called “Cheap Beer Is The Best Beer”. So tomorrow night, you should go out to the Burl and catch their album release show.

They played one about a broke down van called “Broke Down In Virginia”, and another off their upcoming album called “Sweat, Swamp, Stomp”. This band fit in really well with this festival, and could easily be placed into pretty much any festival I attend. They don’t really fit any specific genre or roots music theme.

They played a song called a song called “Chainsaw Shavings” THAT WAS A COOL country ass, bass thumping honky tonk song. I mean that took me back home to my own country home I have here! I had to stop and get some pulled pork nachos from my friends at Get Your Smoke On BBQ, who was at this event.

One of the many GREAT things about being such a prominent road dog is the hotels and places to eat at in every city I go to. I always include them on here and I flaunt them on my website in pictures and in details. Folks, these people can smoke some terrific pork and the sauce is one of my personal favorites. I CANNOT come here and NOT have a large plate of it each year.

Miss Chelsea Nolan came buzzing up on a golf cart yelling I’M HERE, I’M HERE, and ran up there in that rabid heat to introduce these three gals. Wonky Tonk is a great gal I enjoy running into on the road.It’s been a while since we crossed paths, so it was fun seeing her play “Stock Market”.  She is also from the Kentucky area, and plays around locally, heck I remember her years back doing this stuff when I used to go to Indiana to Crooked Smile festival.

Miss Jen Tackett is another one of my buddies from East Kentucky, who manages some other fine artists. She played a song called “Mrs. James” which was a song for the mother of famous western outlaw Jesse James. The one complaint I did have was the second stage and third did kind of run together, and that purposed a small dilemma for me.

Miss Abby Hamilton was part of the songwriter round we had on stage 2,and she came highly recommended by my good buddy out west Mr. Jim Guthrie at Honky Tonk Hotel …go check out their deal in the K.C. area. She played two songs for us one from her album called ‘Broke Girl” in 2017. The song she played from that was called “50’s Dream”.

She additionally said she was planning a fall new album release and played a new song called “Afraid Of The Dark”. I really love this young lady’s music on her album, and the steel guitar on the song “50’s Dream” was absolutely amazing. This song boasts some truly fine songwriting, and I was very eager to watch her do her thing up there. That is truly a girl power song that every woman needs to be able to relate to, and every man needs to listen to!


It’s now time for me to take some time out to talk about The Mama Said String Band one of the prized awarded bands of the almighty John Hartford memorial Music Festival, who heralds them as up and coming. Their stage presence was amazing and the only thing bad wasn’t their fault, and that was the heat was keeping their instruments out of tune.

Mama Said String Band is:
Kaitlen Farmer – Guitar/Banjo
Katie Didit – Doghouse
Adlai Filiatreau – Guitar/Banjo
Stephanie Kidd – Mandolin
David O’neal – Fiddle

“Up On Terrapin Hill” was from their 2019 album called “Carry The Water”, which I understand their album release party was pretty big. “Eyes On The Road” was one of the songs they played today…the storm was moving in right now. I mean…you could just feel the air changing, now mind you the skies were still blue and it was still HOT. But in a few hours that would ALL change for the worse.

I really enjoyed this band’s tight musicianship despite the technical problems. It’s to be understood in inclement weather, the feedback from stage one was ALL weekend and that also was from the heat additionally.

They played “Outside My Window” from their aforementioned 2019 “Carry The Water” album, as well as their first song they played called “Nameless”. Their song ‘Mountain Life” is a really cool song about California and the mountains, this band displays truly good musicianship and very fun vocals.

It was completely enjoyable to listen to what they brought to the table here tonight folks. This festival is complete with all the nice bells and whistles for a total family fun experience that EVERYONE can enjoy.

I have covered The Josephines so many times, however each time the band performs they just keep getting more and more perfect. I do not believe in any way that they have even come close to their apogee, and it is my onus to continue to report on them until they reach that point. They have new music coming in the near future, but for now they have been amazing people with their wild stage antics and furious lyrics.

Mr. Brad Tabor – vocals, acoustic guitar, Mr. Zach Lindsey – electric guitar, vocals, Mr. Josh London – bass, vocals, Mr.Alex Lindsey – lap steel, vocals and Mr. David Page – drums make up this rambunctious band from my home area of Bowling Green Kentucky. They began their set with “Coal Mine Gone”, the first song from their Sober Up EP from 2017. This band is another one of those that only have one album, and despite that play one hell of a set!

As they barreled right into “So Much Blood” they played a new song called “Lights On Broadway”. I didn’t see any change in direction here for their new album, in fact I see a direct and blatant continuation of their already solid style and loud sound. That’s NOT IN ANY WAY a bad thing here folks, a band like this paints such poignant and gory pictures with their songs.

Bluegrass Legend Mr. Sam Bush helped them on the album with songs like the title song “Sober Up”, and their closing song here which I will get into soon. “Maggie’s Bones” is always a good song that whips up any audience I have been around, and trust me I have watched this band play many venues. “Trucker Song” was on the set list tonight as they blazed through the heat to bring us their brutal music.

I remember hearing one called “Boxes” along with several other songs before playing the song that EVERYBODY loves called “Fireball”. I mean, this band gained so many new fans over the last few months by being so active on the road. This band is extremely tight and is a well oiled machine!

You cannot go wrong with the five of these guys on any stage, at any festival and I highly suggest you go see their show when they play your local dive bar, venue or any place they book a show at. NEW MUSIC coming from this band VERY VERY SOON folks.

Mr. Sean Whiting played a DAMN GOOD intimate set here tonight. He is a rock artist from the Paintsville Kentucky area, and has a new album out now called “High Expectations”. From that album he pulled off the songs S.O.B. , which was a bout the cops pulling him over while being “bad’. Come bail him out of jail for being a dumbass, and hear him say Son Of A Bitch.

Also from this album he played “Harvest The Moon” which sounds good acoustic, but I enjoy it better on the record with guitars and drums here. This is a great song on the album, which by the way is GORGEOUS colored.

He played one for his wife called “I’m Gonna Love You”, from the album “Finally…..The Beginning”,  and “Hey There” was his other song he played.

This band The Lost Dog Street BandI got to see live for the first time at Muddy roots in Cookeville Tn. This is another band from my neck of the woods in Muhlenberg County Kentucky, and they recently released their fifth album called “Weight Of A Trigger” in March. Mr. Benjamin Tod provides this band with the vocals and most of the songwriting duties.

He met Miss Ashley Mae, who is one hell of a fiddle player in her own right, and bassist Mr. Jeff Loops make up this wonderful trio of old timey classic music that will warm your heart and captivate your mind.  They went right into a song off their new album called “Terrible And True”. The only complaint I had of them live was their songs sound so wonderful with steel guitar behind them, but I do understand a road steel player is VERY hard to come by. This song on the album has one hell of a great steel guitar solo that I enjoy hearing.

From the 2013 album Life’s A Dog-Gone Shame they played “Gaberielle” a twisted and poignant tale of a jilted lover. From the 2016 album Rage And Tragedy they played “Coming Down”, before playing “The Mountain” from the Steve Earle and Del McCourry album that did so commercially well but the tour live flopped due to irreconcilable differences.  I just absolutely love the vocal style of this band and the hard driving plots of their songs.

“Coming Down” was another terrific one that sounds so awesome on the record, with steel solos that burn into my heart and give me goosebumps.That song incorporates some drug references, thus the title.  Also off the new album was the song “War Inside Of Me”, as the band pointed out that this new album focuses on Thomas Clancy Russell.

The last set that I had pictures of was Laid Back Country Picker, whom I have covered many many times. He brings good old fashioned Country music comedy to the stage along with his wife Miss Honey, whom is always excited to be playing everywhere ( just look at her face!)

“Party Line” was the opening song here, where he always finds himself in trouble for being innocent. he always has someone angry at little old Laid Back, I mean WHO could HATE this man? It’s always so nice to be around these guys, I love him and Miss Teresa to death.

They played “Kingsport (Treatin People Right)”, which is one of the finest songs he plays. Just treat everyone right, I live by that rule myself no matter whom they are. Also included in the set was the song “Truck Stop Sam”. I wandered over to the V.I.P. tent to rest and cool off before the upcoming storm, we had a big bad rainstorm coming. This storm eventually ended being the festival conclusion, and the detriment of the many people that came to JUST SEE Mr. Jason Isbell.


I didn’t take pictures of the storm or anything after the storm rolled in, but I wanted to say this about the head director Miss Tiffany Finley. She and her staff labor many many hours to make the festival the BEST and SAFEST for you and your family, and the storm that came was so dangerous that it damaged the stage and sound equipment to the point of causing possible harm to the band.

She was out there in that damaging wind, soaked to the bone picking up garbage and clearing up knocked over chairs while the rest of us were dry and comfortable in tents waiting on the rest of the show. This year, we had some bad apples ruin our full hearts, that are very daft and ugly individuals. Frankly I hope they indeed do not return, because all they did was talk LOUDLY during bands THEY DEEM “untalented” but they cannot name you ONE SONG they bothered to check out.

Let me tell you this I dislike Luke Combs. But I have delved into his catalog and I know his music well to have based my judgment on my own studies. Those people had never even TRIED to look into ANY of the DAMN FINE bands that preceded Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and they need to be ashamed of themselves, and the vile way they lashed out at her and her entire staff.

I’ll see you on the road my friends. Keep it about the music and the fun..and always remember rule number 1. EVERY festival has it.

” Don’t Be A Dick”.


Video Premiere For The Royal Hounds: Road Scholar.

Friends and neighbors alike, good morning from Lick Skillet Kentucky. I have been blessed enough to be the one to bring you the NEW video premiere from Rockabilly road dogs, The Royal Hounds!

We are one of the few websites that relentlessly feature Rockabilly music, as I feel oftentimes it gets less credit than it richly deserves. I wholeheartedly feel that Country Music as a whole was influenced mostly by Rockabilly. I feel that people like Miss Wanda Jackson and Mr. Buddy Holly both helped build Country Music, and made it what it is today.

I feature hard working road dog bands, that don’t just share live feeds from a couch. I applaud and honor the bands that are pushing the limitations of what the industry calls “radio friendly” or “commercial”. I appreciate those that dare to walk their own ways, and those that work in an indefatigable manner, like these three guys.

This album has many sounds, and this song spoke to me the most because of the sound, but also the message behind that sound. You know, I never realized how much labor went into a show until I started music journalism. Until I REALLY learned what the science behind all of this was, the back line, the sound tech, even the science of marketing a festival crowd.

Maneuvering through America’s interstates isn’t easy for a band. Becoming a TRUE road scholar is a time consuming art in itself. Getting from gig to gig efficiently is a tough job, with take down, merch sales, greeting fans, and getting paid. Making sure each person is doing what they are supposed to be doing and how is integral.

Here is the entire album review in case you missed it:

The Royal Hounds are amazing Rockabilly band with an eclectic variety of influences that derive from Memphis to Bakersfield. I mean, if you study their roots they are not ashamed of history. I actually moved up in respect for them on a few levels after seeing how much love they have for  obscure people in music history the likes of Mr. Billy Lee Riley, and Mr. Bobby Darin.

They are am intense three piece band from the Nashville area fronted by Mr. Scott Hinds and include the guitar wizardry of Mr. Matheus Canteri from Brazil. According to their press release it took many years to clear his visa to work in America. Now this album really stuck out for me from the other two albums because they really focused on more guitar riffs and solos than lyrics. The songs are just plain out Rockabilly FUN, and easy to “get”…you don’t have to sit and analyze anything. Just DANCE and JAM on these 11 songs.

He came across Mr. Matheus on a chance video he saw on social media and sought after him in a heavy way. You see the guitar RIGHT AWAY on the song “The Walk” it just opens right on your face on the first song, and can get a live audience involved with a HEY HEY. This song is for people like ME, I LOVE MUSIC but I cannot dance at ALL. I’m clumsy as a stump! This song spoke to me as a person, and made me feel like he wrote it about ME, and that sold the album to me on the first song.

This band has an amazing live set as they stand on the bass and shred guitars, and stand on their drum kit. Mr. Nathan Place, from Texas is an accredited producer in his own right, and is the current drummer . However the drummer on this album was Mr. Scott Billingsley. Mr. Nathan has toured America as a drummer and fiddle player and has earned his own place in the independent music scene with hard work and attention to detail.

The dancing songs continue with a song called ‘Whackity Do” which features a fun stomping beat you can twist to or whatever dancing you like to enjoy. It goes on to the song “The Parthenon” , however one of the songs that I enjoyed was the guitar filled song called “Pororoca” , which is an actual thing that happens on the Amazon river. A giant wave makes it’s way down the river and people go out to ride the wave. It’s kind of a personal shout out to Mr. Matheus homeland.

“Tweakers From Outer Space” and “Pizza Party” were two crazy songs with lyrics that are just nuts, and it’s just fun to listen to them. The album gets to be the best during the song ‘Road Scholar” which chronicles how difficult their road life is. You know folks, I never realized how hard the road really was until I began following these bands around America. I load and unload semi trucks on a loading dock on third shift, so I treasure those real country trucker songs. This song really hit the mark for me! This song really put me to mind of Red Simpson and others that brought out that genre.

“Herbie The Butterfly” is a song about a butterfly that got caught on the band’s tour van windshield wiper, and he went to Tupelo, Tennessee and Texas. He went to butterfly heaven and lived a great life up there. Another great jam song on this album was “Chinese Buffet” I mean everybody loves to pile up plates of crap from a good hole in the wall buffet. For 10 bucks you can tear up some food! The album closes with a rousing cover of ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky”, written by Mr. Stan Jones in 1948.

Thu, AUG 15
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, TN
Fri, AUG 16
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, TN
Sat, AUG 17
Second Bell Music Festival
Knoxville, TN
Thu, AUG 22
Madlife Stage & Studios
Woodstock, GA
Fri, AUG 23
Mule Camp Tavern
Gainesville, GA
Sat, AUG 24
Sixes Tavern
Cartersville, GA
Thu, AUG 29
Easyrider’s Rodeo
Chillicothe, OH
Sat, AUG 31
Pistons Bar & Grill
Evansville, IN
Sun, SEP 1
Eville Shindig
Evansville, IN
Sat, SEP 7
The Rebel Rousers Rumble
Ashland, OH
Sun, SEP 8
Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music
Worthington, OH
Fri, SEP 13
Zach an Fergie’s Wedding
Louisville, KY
Fri, SEP 20
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, TN
Sat, SEP 21
Private Party
Tn, Knoxville
Sun, SEP 22
O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill
Bristol, TN
Sat, NOV 2
Jimmy’s Sports Bar & Grill
Lebanon, TN
Fri, NOV 8
Alive After Five at the KMA
Knoxville, TN
Fri, NOV 22
Paddy Wagon Irish Pub
Richmond, KY
Apr 10, 2020
Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender
Las Vegas, NV

Full List Of Local Tennessee And Kentucky Shows.

See reIf YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at 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

Billy Strings
Nashville Music City Center September 11th

Sunny Sweeney
Basement East September 11th

Darrin Bradburry
mercy Lounge September 12th

The Hackensaw Boys
The High Watt September 12th

James Carothers
Geroge Jones Museum September 12th

Carson McHone
Drifters Nashville Seeptember 12th

Whiskey Myers
Minglewood Hall September 13th

Chely Wright
Southgate House Revival September 13th

The Mavericks
Ryman Auditorium September 13th

Drew Holcomb
Ryman Auditorium September 14th’h

The Vagabonds
City Winery September 14th

Caleb Caudle
The Anchor Fellowship September 14th

David Allan Coe
The Daviess County Lion’s Club Fairgrounds In Philpot Ky September 14th

Carson McHone
The Grove Record Store September 14th

Hogslop String Band
IBMM Owensboro Ky September 15th

Zepheniah O’Hora
The Basement September 19th

Lilly Hiatt
Tidballs Bowling Green September 20th

Jason Eady
The Southgate House Revival September 20th

Rhiannon Giddens
City Winery September 21st

Unknown Hinson
The Southgate House Revival September 21st

David Frizzell
Texas Troubador Theater Sept 21st

Whiskey Myers
Bourbon And Beyond September 22nd

Belle Plaine
The 5 Spot September 24th

Jesse Dayton
The Southgate House Revival September 24rth

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 25th and 26th

Greensky Bluegrass
The Caverns September 25th

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 September 24th

The Steel Woods
Minglewood Hall September 26th

Stoney LaRue
3rd And Lindsey September 28th

Jon Pardi
Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd

Greensky Bluegrass
Minglewood Hall October 2nd

Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Nashville Palace October 3rd

Cody Johnson
Owensboro Sportscenter October 4th

Joe Diffie
Nashville Palace October 4th

Chris Stapleton
Fed ex Forum Memphis Tn October 5th

Trishia Yearwood
Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 5th

Michaela Anne
Grimey’s Music Nashville October 5th

The Steeldrivers
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame October 5th

Bonnie Bishop
3Rd And Lindsley October 6th

Ian Noe
Exit Inn October 10th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Senora May
The Southgate House Revival October 10th

Jesse Dayton
The Basement October 11th

Shawn James
mercy Lounge October 11th

We Banjo Three
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame October 12th

The Cactus Blossoms
Basement East October 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 October 15th

Infamous Stringdusters
the Caverns October 18th

Chris Knight
Exit Inn October 18th

Joecephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Exit In October 20th

Southern Culture On The Skids
The Southgate House Revival October 22nd

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 October 23rd

Kacey Musgraves
Bridgestone Arena October 25th

Elizabeth Cook
Will Hoge
The Southgate House Revival October 31st

Ian Noe
The Southgate House Revival November 1st

Kelsey Waldon
Station Inn November 1st

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

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

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Hayes Carll
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Josh Abbott
Cannery Ballroom November 7th

The Rhythm Shakers
Nashville Palace November 8th

Randy Rogers Band
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky

Southern Culture On The Skids
high Watt November 9th

Blasam Range
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 9th

Ryan Bingham
The Ryman Auditorium November 11th

The Charlie Daniels Band
Bridgestone Arena November 20th

Del McCoury Band
The Caverns November 23rd

The Grascals
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 23rd

Josh Abott
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky December 5th

Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue
Chuck Mead
Jim Lauderdale
Jim Ringenberg
The Caverns December 7th

Reverend Horton Heat
Cannery Ballroom December 18th

The PO Rambling Boys
The Station Inn December 6th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Po Rambllin’ Boys
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 30th

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Russell moore and IIIrd Tyme Out
Shepherdsville Ky January 10th

Brandi Carlile
January 14,15th and 16th 2020
Ryman Auditorium

Tyler Childers
Ryman Auditorium February 5th 6th 15th and 16th

The International Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Presents Ian Noe On Lost River Sessions.

On September 5th you can hear this show on 88.5 radio, and see it on television as well :

Lost River Sessions is a new television and radio series launched by WKU PBS out of Bowling Green, KY.  The show explores the region’s storied music scene from the roots up by featuring musical talents in the Folk, Bluegrass, and Americana genres performing intimate live sets in various iconic venues across South Central Kentucky. Darius Barati:

Lost River Sessions and Mr. Ian’s management Miss Mary Sparr were kind enough to invite me to be a part of this young man’s journey to his time to shine. He is FAR from his apogee ladies and gentlemen, slowly climbing up that hill to his pinnacle. BOTH of these artists were terrific in their own right.

This institution does a LOT for the community here in Kentucky with the preservation of artifacts and music. There are just as many ghosts here than the Country Music Hall Of Fame, and this place is JUST AS integral to what people like I do. This is the home of ROMP and other functions I participate in.

I have included all of the show information in case you would like to listen to this show when it broadcasts. I urge every one of you to tune in, as these artists and this wonderful program needs our unwavering support. These are fine folks promoting fine music for next to nothing cost to you. PLEASE make a donation to them to keep them functional YOUR MONEY goes to a TRUE piece of history here!

The Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame is and always has been one of the foremost authorities on the preservation, promotion and proliferation of the genre of Bluegrass. However the theater has been hosting some acts that off that genre, but nonetheless the museum itself is second to NONE.


Kentucky songwriter, Ian Noe, headlines the next LRS LIVE at the Woodward Theater inside the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, KY. Tickets are available now here. Doors open at 5 pm, show starts at 7 pm.  Bar and concessions will be open at 5 pm, and exhibits will available for pre-show touring.

At 29, Noe only left Kentucky for the first time two years ago to go on his first tour, but he’s already grown into somewhat of a folktale within the folk music scene.

A lot has happened in the year and a half since he left that Kentucky mountain. Noe released an EP, Off This Mountaintop, while touring cross-country and throughout Europe, seeing a world he might not have ever experienced had he remained on the oil rigs. He’s played for his hero, John Prine, at a recent tribute show, which subsequently landed him an opening spot for the legend on a string of upcoming dates overseas. He’s gained attention from industry giants like producer Dave Cobb, who all but demanded to record Noe’s first full-length album, Between The Country, released May 31. Literal giants have also taken note: Earlier this spring produced a surreal viral video of Noe arm in arm with Khal Drogo, of all people.

This past weekend I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the songwriting mastery, and precise imagery in his songwriting that is adored by esoteric people like me. I mean to be honest only a small few of us REALLY “get it” here. You actually have to sit and analyze his lyrics with an open mind, and look for all the special things hidden in his tales of life.

The ambiance of this venue was breathtaking in every way, and the moment I entered the halls I was overwhelmed with love and appreciation for history, but I knew right away what I was about to see..and that is one of the finest up and coming singer songwriters of the decade. Take my word for it people…he is one of next best things to happen to the world of music.

He only has his full debut album to pull material from, but having been produced by Mr. Dave Cobb, and displaying the abilities of Mr. Adam Gardner on bass and keyboards, and Mr. Chris Powell on drums make what he has more powerful than artists with ten albums. I mean, let’s face it folks, I love many bands that have multiple albums but the songs aren’t as amazing as his.

He captivates an audience with intense lyrics, and he has an indefatigable ability to go right into another song of a different subject matter…but in his own twisted way, they all compliment one another. First he began with a song called “Letter To Madeline” which is a song about a bank robber whom gets caught in his town. His wife is named Madeline, and he is headed home with the money and asked to be buried right if they kill him.

“If Today Doesn’t Do Me in” is a slow song that contains a soothing melody full of hammer on finger picking, that makes me regard him as a modern day John Denver or John Prine. His mere presence just and character will be one that will not be forgotten among the ages. That is a song you can interpret in so many ways.

“Irene (Ravin’ Bomb)” is about a rowdy and addicted relative of his that ruins family holidays, I believe we all have one of those at our Thanksgiving table? A little younger than him, and a constant drunk and a subject that created a song the entire crowd gleefully sings along with. Ian Noe possesses  a special charm I don’t see in many others on stage, and I firmly believe  God broke the mold for this young man.

“Barbara’s Song” is about a 1904 train wreck, and it paints one hell of a poignant story in your mind. The bridge collapsed and very descriptive lines from the chaos, with one of his more descriptive songs here. He did indeed play some songs that weren’t on the album like the “P.O.W Blues”, and his own slowed down version of Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.”.

“Junk Town” was also about his town he is from, like I previously said many of them are intertwined into one another. It was just so fun watching him slowly rock his body  to the rhythm of the song. He strikes every note with exact meaning, and he knows what he wants me to feel, with songs like “That Kind Of Life”. He closed the show with the title track of the album called “Between The Country”.

Mr. Nathan Blake Lynn is a West Kentucky boy like me. He is a Paducah native, where I lived when I married many years ago. MANY great pickers came from our area, and he knows ALL of them. He looks up to the same heroes I do, and his music is a little bit of everything. He mentioned my buddy Mr. J.T. Oglesby and others.

He played an old Mac Wiseman song called ” I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home”, A.P. Carter was credited for writing this old Osborne Brothers song.  He also played the song called ” The Girl With Daisies In Her Hair”, which was a song about a seventeen year old gal he knew in his youth. Swimming and running around outside as youngsters, and faded old love.

He didn’t have as much time to play, but the stories he told, and the professional passion he had made the songs he DID play for us VERY special. The best song he played was “21st Century Festival Blues”, now YOU KNOW this website covers over 200 nationwide festivals? YEP we write informational articles for over 200 of them, and together, we attend 20 per year, and I had a BIG SMILE on my face when he mentioned all of my favorite ones.

Album Feature – Mike and The Moonpies – Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold

By Joshua Wallace

This album came out of nowhere.  I was expecting a Mike and The Moonpies album this year, but not any time soon, especially not the same weekend as a big release from Tyler Childers.  This album is simply amazing. From start to finish, there is not a bad track here.  Mike and The Moonpies have been around for over a decade now and while last year’s Steak Night At The Prairie Rose was a good album, this is a country masterpiece.  This eight song album was recorded in London’s Abbey Road Studios with help from the London Symphony Orchestra. Yes you read that right, and yes it’s awesome. The result is a classic album in the style of the 60’s and 70’s countrypolitan hits.

The album kicks off with a heavy dose of the orchestra right in the first track.  “Cheap Silver” is perhaps the best use of the orchestra in the whole album. The band blends in well and the production creates an amazingly layered track with cool vibes that anyone will enjoy.  Listen to this one with headphones.  “You Look Good In Neon” takes us back to the honky tonks and I love the lyrical turns here. It’s a track about that girl that is still there at closing time and you’re trying to decide if she’s as hot as she looks underneath the neon lights.  That is followed by a great outlaw country track in “Danger” which features a guest vocalist spot by Shooter Jennings. This track probably makes the least use of the strings on this album and it sounds like one that could be a favorite in live sets.

I really dig the Sinatra vibes on the “Young In Love” cover and Mike Harmeier gets to test his crooning chops on this one.  “If You Want A Fool Around” is a killer Texas style honky tonk tune with a great double entendre for a title. They make a nice use of that in the phrasings in the song too.  Finally, my personal favorite track is “Fast As Lightning”. I can’t be the only one that hears elements of Willie Nelson’s “Bloody Mary Morning” here. The back-beat especially brings back good memories of that track.  I’m sure it’s going to be a dance hall classic for Mike and The Moonpies for many years.

This is one of those albums that surprises you with how good it is.  You wouldn’t think Texas honky tonk band and the London Symphony Orchestra would work well together, but it does. And boy does it.  8 tracks with 2 covers and all the good stuff. There’s variety here from Sinatra inspired crooning to outlaw country to Texas honky tonk.  You’ll find something to like here. If you have never been a fan of Mike and The Moonpies before, this is a good album to jump in on. Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold was surprise released Friday August 2nd and you can hear it anywhere you listen to good music.

Favorite Tracks : Cheap Silver, You Look Good In Neon, Danger, Young In Love, If You Want A Fool Around, Fast As Lightning

Mike and The Moonpies – Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold (2019)

  1. Cheap Silver
  2. You Look Good In Neon
  3. Danger
  4. Young In Love
  5. Miss Fortune
  6. If You Want A Fool Around
  7. Fast As Lightning
  8. London Homesick Blues

Album Feature – Tyler Childers – Country Squire

By Joshua Wallace

Tyler Childers is back with the much anticipated follow-up to his Hickman Hollar Records debut release titled Purgatory.  This time around, Country Squire features 9 tracks that have all been road tested. Fans of Tyler Childers live should be very familiar with these songs.  Some of these tracks can even be traced back to live shows from before Purgatory was released. That is one thing I love about seeing Tyler Childers live, he doesn’t stick to songs on a record.  Whether you prefer the live version or the album version is a debate for the ages, I’m here to tell you what to expect with this record.

Country Squire picks up right where Purgatory left off.  If you liked that record, you’re almost guaranteed to like Country Squire.  The opening track “Country Squire” quickly puts any worries you had about this record to rest.  It’s pure grade A solid gold country. I love the honky tonk piano that eventually settles into the mix here.  One track that was highly anticipated on this record is “Bus Route”. It’s a fan favorite live and it does not disappoint here.  I love the story about young love told on this song and the obstacles it often finds.

Another highlight is “Creeker”.  You can feel the Sturgill influence in this one as it takes a psychedelic bend in the instrumental.  This track is about a country boy trapped in a city and how he longs to get back to the country. A fun track on the record is “Ever Lovin’ Hand”.  It’s about the ways a man might relieve himself spending long nights on the road. It’s a song about masturbation, but it’s more tasteful than anything Wheeler Walker Jr. did.  Finally, on the completely opposite end of the spectrum, “All Your’n” was released as one of the albums singles. This song was a fan favorite live leading up to the release. The full album version does not disappoint.  It’s a sweet love song and Tyler’s songwriting is strong on this one.

There isn’t really a bad track on this album.  Sure, the early release track “House Fire” can get a bit repetitive, but it’s still a fun listen and in the context of the entire record, it’s a good one.  If you are a fan of real, raw country music and liked either Sturgill Simpson’s more country records or were already a fan of 2017’s Purgatory, this record is for you.  Keep an eye on Gary Hayes Country, we will likely have some live coverage of Tyler during this run supporting Country Squire. The album is available everywhere as of August 2nd, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Country Squire, Bus Route, Creeker, Ever Lovin’ Hand, All Your’n

Tyler Childers – Country Squire (2019)

  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