Two Nights Of Incredible Music Specials On A&E April 12TH & 13TH !

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Mar 312020
 

 

TWO NIGHTS OF INCREDIBLE MUSIC SPECIALS ON A&E APRIL 12TH & 13TH

Biography: Kenny Rogers is a journey through Kenny’s life and chart-busting career. Weaving in performances from his star-studded farewell show in Nashville, the biography charts Kenny’s hard-won 60-year career. Featuring performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson and more. Airs on A&E Monday, April 13, at 9 PM ET. Read more

WILLIE NELSON SPECIAL

Willie Nelson – American Outlaw captures the most iconic moments from a one-night-only concert event honoring Willie Nelson and his music. This two-hour program is packed with over 20 original performances, featuring Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Lukas & Micah Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones & The Little Willies, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Benson, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, The Avett Brothers, Vince Gill and more. Airs on A&E Sunday, April 12, at 10 PM ET. Read more

MERLE HAGGARD SPECIAL

Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend is a one-night-only concert special honoring the music and legacy of Merle Haggard. On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ben Haggard, Billy Gibbons, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson and more come together to pay tribute to Merle’s career. Airs on A&E Monday, April 13 at 11 PM ET. Read more

Country Rewind Records Announces Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues.

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Mar 302020
 
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2020) — “You Lied Our Love Away” has been announced as the first single delivered to radio off the Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues album released by Country Rewind Records with physical distribution by Select-O-Hits. The new recordings are available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more here.

“Happy that Country Rewind Records liked it enough to release it and that Shooter Jennings liked it enough to endorse it,” shared Billy Don Burns.

This album is about the life of a honky tonk singers’ fifty years on the road and he’s still doing it 250-300 days a year. His songs have been recorded by the old guard, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Connie Smith and others, and lots of new up and coming artists like Cody Jinks, Colter Wall.”  Billy Don Burns

“It is a great album, Billy Don sounds great, as he always does. The songs are fantastic. He sings about the truth and hard times, but he tells a tale of warning and a tale of heart with this album,” exclaims Shooter Jennings. “Long live Billy Don Burns and his very important place in the history of Country and Western Music.”

Track List – Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues
1. Runnin’ Drugs Out Of Mexico (Billy Don Burns)
2. Mexican Woman (Billy Don Burns)
3. No Shortage Of The Blues (Billy Don Burns/Mack Vickery)
4. Damn Cryin’ Shame (Billy Don Burns/Mike Randolph)
5. Stranger (Billy Don Burns)
6. The Prison Song (Billy Don Burns)
7. Ramblin’ Gypsy (Ken McDuffie/Robin Gipson)
8. You Lied Our Love Away (Billy Don Burns/Hank Cochran)
9. I Like Trains (Billy Don Burns/Tim Ledford)
10. No God In Juaurez (Billie Gant)
11. Wild Dogs (Billy Don Burns)
12. Honky Tonk Boots (Billy Don Burns/Mack Vickery/Scott Blackwell)

Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues was produced by Executive Producers, Charlie Ammerman and Thomas Gramuglia and co-produced by Billy Don Burns / Jeff Williams / Mike Randolph at “The Den” Nashville Music Group with mastering by Aaron Dethrage.

These recordings are a follow up to Country Rewind Records previous releases of such greats as Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith, Jeannie C. Riley Rex Allen Sr., Carl Smith, Rex Allen Jr. and more which have all received great reviews by music critics worldwide.

Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners by bringing unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary Country era.

Stay current with Country Rewind Records on their website countryrewindrecords.com and social media platform Facebook.

About Country Rewind Records:
Country Rewind Records
(CRR) was founded by Thomas Gramuglia of Hindsight Records in 2014. Gramuglia obtained a treasure chest of unreleased recordings from recruitment radio shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The superb CRR collection of original master recordings contains music from more than 100 country music legends and trendsetters (including intimate performances by country music greats such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and many more). These recordings were never released for commercial use. After a diligent quest to collect appropriate and legal permissions from artists and/or their estates, CRR has now recorded and produced multiple, quintessential, “must-hear” projects. With the mission to transfer these never-heard-before tracks to a high quality, state-of-the-art recording; complemented by contemporary instrumentation and background vocals, Country Rewind Records will release this historical American music to America’s music generations of the future. For more information visit countryrewindrecords.com.

Billy Don Burns

Mr. Charlie Daniels Announces The 2020 Volunteer Jam Lineup!

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Mar 292020
 

In 1974 The Volunteer Jam was arranged by Country Music Legend Mr Charlie Daniels, and the first few of them were recorded LIVE on vinyl record. Those vinyl are hallowed pieces of my personal collection, and when he reinstated the Jams, I heavily supported them.

Past guests for this event have been Legends like the late Mr. Roy Acuff, Bands like Molly Hatchet, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mr. Bobby Bare, Miss Crystal Gayle, Miss Amy Grant and SO MANY MORE!

The last of the numbered Volunteer Jams was XVI, and was in 1996…the year I moved to Tennessee to break into the writing business. For the first time ever in 1999, he took the Jam on the road and toured many places with the concert. In 2000 he took the tour out once again, beginning in Indianapolis.

In 2007 he began the Jam tour again in Valdosta Georgia, and in 2008 he ended the tour with my buddy Shooter Jennings. In 2014 in Colorado, they had an unofficial Volunteer Jam with a sellout crowd. In 2015 they had the 40th anniversary of the Jam.

In 2018 it was numbered again at Volunteer Jam XX,  and that is a little bit of history of the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam for y’all.

2020 Volunteer Jam Lineup Announced!

Today, Charlie Daniels revealed the star-studded lineup for his 2020 Volunteer Jam show at Bridgestone Arena on September 15th. Joining the CDB on the big night are Trace Adkins, Justin Moore, The Marshall Tucker Band, Chris Janson, Charley Pride, Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, Delbert McClinton, Keb’ Mo’, The Outlaws, Jenny Tolman, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Devon Allman & Duane Betts, Travis Denning, Mickey Gilley, Johnny Lee, Scooter Brown Band, The SteelDrivers, Rhett Akins, Pure Prairie League and comedian Dusty Slay. Tickets available at Ticketmaster and Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

Charlie Daniels

The Volunteer Jam was the Charlie Daniels Band’s homecoming performance in the Volunteer State of Tennessee, there were 16 individual Volunteer Jam shows from 1974-1996 and multiple Jam Tours from 1999 to 2014, and the Jam returned in 2015 for the 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam, again in 2016 as we celebrated Charlie’s 80th birthday with the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam, in 2018 for Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie, and now coming back for Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute on September 15, 2020 at Bridgestone Arena! Get tickets HERE.

Click on the Jams along the timeline for the event’s history, photo

Read Volunteer Jam Press Release
Get Volunteer Jam 2020 Tickets
Volunteer Jam 45th Anniversary Short Sleeve Tee
Volunteer Jam 45th Anniversary Long Sleeve Tee

NOW IN STOCK!

2020 CDB Olive Drab Military Tees!

Our 2018 Military tees were the bestselling online tees we’ve ever produced, and now we’ve updated them for 2020 with a new logo and a much bolder layout for Charlie’s quote on the back. Just like the 2018 tees, these are 100% Made in the USA and a portion of the sales will go to benefit Charlie’s charity, The Journey Home Project, which aims to help veterans return to civilian life. – TeamCDB/BW
Order 2020 CDB Olive Drab Military Tee
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Middle Tennessee Strong Shirts
NOW IN STOCK!
The devastation of the March 3rd tornadoes on Middle Tennesse has been tremendous, with 25 dead, hundreds injured and many homes and businesses destroyed, but we don’t lay down when the times get tough, we’re Middle Tennessee Strong! CDB wants to help out by making these 2 new tees available to raise money for tornado relief efforts. 100% of the sales (after printing costs) will go to organizations which are helping Middle Tennesseans clean up and rebuild. Rather than do “Nashville Strong” “Mt. Juliet Strong,” “Lebanon Strong,” “Cookville Strong” we decided to cover the areas hit the hardest with “Middle Tennessee Strong.”  – TeamCDB/BW
Men’s Middle Tennessee Strong Black Tee
Women’s Middle Tennessee Strong V-Neck Tees
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ONGOING Festivals As Planned In 2020. HUGE ONGOING LIST.

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Mar 282020
 

For two weeks now, I have been ardently laboring to piece together local music from a somewhat distant angle of what COULD possibly transpire…make sense? I ask you how long have you been cooped up at home? I myself have been holed up for about a week and a few days, after a month long medical event.

MANY of us have been watching this plethora of LIVE feeds, and tipping all of our valued friends whom cannot work in this time of need here, and I have a massive article that I want to share. Here is how you can help.

In all honesty, there are just so many ways you can help this music we love, no matter WHAT genre YOU enjoy most. All of these festivals below are HEAVILY SUPPORTED by me and my website, and I keep in constant contact with them all.

ANY AND ALL cancellations or rescheduled festival dates shall be duly noted I shall move that date to the other article that I have linked. Here is where you can see what’s cancelled or postponed. 

Whispering Beard – August 18th – 20th

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – October 2nd – 4th

Moonshiner’s Ball – October 8 – 11th

Hillberry Music Festival – October 8 – 11th

The Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival – October 8 – 11th

Honey Creek Bluegrass Festival – October 22nd – 24th

Hangtown Music Festival – October 22nd – 25th

Symco Hot Rod And Rockabilly Festival – August 7th and 8th

Manchester Music Festival – August 29th – 31st

Muddy Roots – September 4th – 6th

Bristol Rhythm And Root -Sept 11th – 13th

Vine Grove Bluegrass – September 24th – 26th

Nashville Boogie – October 2nd -4rth

Southern Gothic Campout – October 23rd – 24th

Firewater music Festival – October 1st – 3rd

 

 

 

 

 

 

How We Can Help Local Music FROM HOME During This Time Of Trouble.

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Mar 242020
 

WE NEED YOUR HELP

The last few weeks have been hard.  18 days ago, Tornados ravaged our city and state.  I spent the next 7 days planning a fundraising concert, To Nashville With Love, which raised $500,000.  6 days later, my businesses, Exit/In and Hurry Back voluntarily closed in an effort to promote social distancing, amid the covid-19 crisis.  We’ve been closed 5 days – its been a week of emotional ups and downs – feeling hopeful one minute, and hopeless the next.  

All hourly and tip based employees are out of work.  Sunday they had jobs, and Monday they didn’t. No time to prepare. For us, this is roughly 30 people, some of whom have been a part of our work family for years. It’s really hard and they really need help.  
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP THEM HERE
100% of this money is distributed directly to them.  Thank you for helping. 

The business needs your help too. My number 1 priority right now is to make payroll every two weeks and not layoff our 5 salaried employees. These people are the heart and soul of Exit/In – they work long hours week in and week out to bring live music to Nashville. While our typical revenue streams have dropped to zero, we’re working hard to keep a little money coming in so payroll can be met.  
PLEASE BUY SOME MERCH HERE TO HELP US MAKE PAYROLL

Next comes you – our loyal fans and customers! Being a part of the Nashville music community for the past 20 years has been such an amazing joyful journey. Stewarding the Exit/In is an honor. We plan to continue serving you with music – we all need it now, as much as we ever have. Live streams from Exit/In start next week. We’re about to start auctioning off items from the archives. Stay tuned to our socials, website, and emails for more info. With your help, we will find ways to provide live music, when attending a live show is not possible. Exit/In turns 50 next year – we will make it – and we are going to have such an amazing time celebrating with you!

Thank you for supporting live music and independent local businesses.
Together we will adapt.
Together we will find a way.

With Love,
Chris Cobb

LINK TO DONATE HERE

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The Wild Frontier is up for review. Please let me know if you would like a physical and/or digital copy of the album. Nicholas Jamerson is also available for interviews and other creative media requests.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nicholas Jamerson to take part in Social Distance Fest on March 29
Pre-order now available for new album The Wild Frontier out April 20
Graphic by Sarah Gillum
Graphic by Sarah Gillum
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Like many other musicians during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Nicholas Jamerson is taking his shows online following the cancellation/postponement of his remaining March and April tour dates.
Following impromptu live streams on his official Facebook page in recent days, it was announced last Friday that the artist would also be performing during the Master Musicians’ Social Distance Fest—a collaboration between Lexington indie rock group Buck the Taxidermist, music club The Burl and the Somerset, Ky. based Master Musicians Festival—on Sunday, March 29, from 7-8 p.m. Also performing during the week-long virtual festival taking place from March 23-29 will be Sumbuck (the solo project of Taylor Meier of CAAMP) along with Ben Sollee, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blackfoot Gypsies, Mikaela Davis and Brother Smith, among others.
Recently, Kentucky Country Music shared “Ride,” the first single from Jamerson’s new album The Wild Frontier (Available now for pre-order via Apple Music and BandCamp) out April 20 via The Bingo Shack. Listen/share “Ride” HERE.
“Ride” is a lonesome tale that introduces listeners to Will of The Wild Frontier, the album’s primary protagonist who in the song is fighting off notions of laziness and complacency by beginning his journey to pursue his heart’s biggest dreams (“Straight into the sun is a good place to start / It’s amazing what’s created when you follow the heart”).
“Ride, is a song written about new beginnings,” said Jamerson. “It was for myself during a time where I was just starting the journey as a solo artist. I had no one telling me to make the changes I was making, only my heart pulling me in a direction that I needed to go both professionally and personally. Sometimes when you don’t know where to go or what to do, starting can be the hardest part. This song is about getting on the metaphorical horse and riding it just to see where it goes.”
The Wild Frontier was produced at MIMUS Studios in Winder, Georgia, with Levi Lowrey, an area musician and composer best known for his work with the Zac Brown Band.
Joining Jamerson throughout The Wild Frontier are backing band The Morning Jays comprised of Wes Smith (acoustic/electric guitar, keys, mandolin), Aaron Smith (fiddle, mandolin), Jordan Allen (bass), Thomas Albert (pedal steel, electric guitar) and Lawrence Nemenz (percussion). Also included are spot appearances from brother Joby Jamerson, Lowrey, Benji Shanks, Mark Stephens, Matt Meneffee and Emily Davis.
“I think this is my best performance from a vocal standpoint,” said Jamerson. “I feel like I’ve learned to relax a lot more in my waking life and it has translated into my singing. For the longest time I would go into the studio and sing as hard as I could. I thought the harder you sang the more people would feel it.”

We are thankful for our business underwriters and their support. We know our friends in the restaurant, tourism, entertainment business are reeling. Creative businesses are finding new ways to provide service. If your business would like to get the word out about your services, or would like to send a word of encouragement out at this time please let us know. Please email us at info@wdvx.com and someone will be in touch soon.

We are working on finding a way to create unique programming while bringing support to our community of players. We will keep everyone updated. The humble beginnings and history of WDVX has taught us how to operate and sustain with minimum tools and funding.

We would like to offer our public service post to non-profits working in the community. What is your message and your mission? What are you doing now during this crisis? Please let us know by email at psa@wdvx.com

We encourage you to do your part by adhering to the powerful suggestions from our medical experts and scientists. We have wonderful alliances, supporters and listeners all over the world. Please know our thoughts are with you. We will do our best to provide the best grassroots programming of Bluegrass, Blues, Americana, and the hard-to-describe music that we play. The musicians that play live and the DJs that program the songs have and will always do it with heart.

Thank you for your continued support of East Tennessee’s Own WDVX!

What is going to be playing on
the archive edition of the Blue Plate Special:

Saturday 3/21, Lonesome Coyotes
Monday 3/23, BR-549
Tuesday 3/24, Red Stick Ramblers
Wednesday 3/25, Mike Farris /Jon Byrd

East Tennessee’s Own
WDVX Underwriters
Please thank these organizations for supporting
WDVX – East Tennessee’s Own!

Oh Boy Records and The New Norm  

First of all, we want to wish everyone out there well wishes for safety, health, and strength in a trying time for all of us. As we are all adapting to this new normal in the world, we’ve seen those in many industries have to take steps to change the way they operate – Oh Boy Records, our artists, and the entire music community is no exception.
In these unprecedented times, we plan to stand with and support the music community as much as we can and you can help with that! With tour cancellations, you can support artists by buying merchandise and music, contributing to artists directly through things like paid live streams and making donations. Below we have some ways you can support your favorite Oh Boy Records artists but, this goes for any artist in any music community. 

Tré Burt Will Perform on Luck’s ‘Til Furthur Notice Live Stream

Tré Burt will be performing via Live Stream from 8:40 pm-8:50 pm CST in place of his scheduled performance at Luck Reunion.
From Luck Presents:
‘Til Further Notice: an online concert presented by Luck Productions. Join us this Thursday from 6-11 pm CST for a show made just for your screen featuring artists like Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Jewel, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Particle Kid, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, and more. It’s free to watch, but we’ll have an online tip jar ready for you to donate in support of the artists or the charity of their choice.
Oh Boy will be matching 100% of all tips during Tré Burt’s set!
Watch The Entire Show Here

Thank You All So Much For Your Help With The Rebuild North Nashville Fund 

With your help buying the “Nashville Is Pretty Good Shirts” and participating in our matching sale, Oh Boy Record was able to raise over $60,000 toward Gideon’s Army’s Rebuild North Nashville campaign. So, thank you John Prine fans for helping rebuild this historic and important Nashville community. 

Music & Merchandise Sale 

We wanted to put some items on sale for supporters of Oh Boy and Oh Boy’s artists! Visit our webstore now for sales on music, apparel and merchandise. Thank you for the continued support.
Also, check out all of our artist’s Bandcamp pages this Friday: 
“To raise even more awareness around the pandemic’s impact on musicians everywhere, we’re waiving our revenue share on sales this Friday, March 20 (from midnight to midnight Pacific Time), and rallying the Bandcamp community to put much needed money directly into artists’ pockets,” Bandcamp co-founder and CEO Ethan Diamond  
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City Winery Employee Relief Fund

City Winery Employee Relief Fund

Little did we know a few days ago that the hospitality and entertainment industries, the very ones whose passion and existence is designed to bring people together, would be confronting the reality that our purpose is now a threat to the community.

On Sunday evening, City Winery made the very difficult decision to cease operations due to the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis.

We want nothing more than to regain normalcy and revive the beating pulse of our company by being able to re-employ all of our temporarily laid-off team members.

Please consider making a donation to support our affected team members. After 30 days, we will distribute all accumulated funds equally amongst all temporarily laid-off employees. We understand that many of you may also be struggling personally right now, so if you cannot donate, please consider sharing our efforts with your friends & family. Thank you.

We sincerely look forward to welcoming you home.

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City Winery COVID-19 Response

 

8th Wonder Brewery Presents: Max Flinn

Facebook Live

“Songs from 8 feet” is a limited series of Facebook live concerts presented by 8th Wonder Brewery. All you need to do is head over…

Free

Kenny Freeman – Live Stream

Facebook Live

Kenny Freeman Live Stream on Facebook and Instagram Tuesday March 24th 6:00pm CT www.facebook.com/kennyfreemanmusic www.instagram.com/kennyfreeman

Marcedes Carroll Acoustic Set FB Live

Facebook Live

Marcedes Carroll will be playing through songs on her recently released album “She’s Pretty,” as well as through the songs on a second half she…

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“The Gig” featuring Scotty Alexander

Facebook Live

A live country music show showcasing the new album “Guilty” and the new single being released on March 27th “Damn You Whiskey”. Let’s have some…

Blue Heart Records presents April N. Smith Studio Session

We Love You, Tennessee
After tornadoes ripped through Middle Tennessee in the early hours Tuesday morning, this week has been a very difficult one for our hometown of Nashville and the surrounding communities. We are standing with our Tennessee friends and neighbors during this time of rebuilding and have been amazed by and grateful for the outpouring of love we’ve seen from our listeners from here and around the world.
A lot of people have reached out wondering how they can help. During this time and over the weeks and months ahead, we encourage you to consider ways you can contribute your time, talents, and donations to the families and communities affected by the tornadoes. Feel free to visit wsmonline.com/relieffor ideas about how you can get involved.

Warner Music Nashville - Nashville Strong Image

We believe in and stand with our Nashville community during this difficult time. If you’d like to pitch in from afar, and help those who were affected by the tornado, you can join us in donating to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund below.
Middle Tennessee Strong Tees will benefit Tornado Relief Efforts.
The devastation of the May 3 tornadoes on Middle Tennesse has been tremendous, with at least 25 dead, hundreds injured and many homes and businesses destroyed, but we don’t lay down when the times get tough, we’re Middle Tennessee Strong! CDB wants to help out by making these 2 new tees available to raise money for tornado relief efforts. 100% of the sales (after printing costs) will go to organizations which are helping Middle Tennesseans clean up and rebuild. Rather than do “Nashville Strong” “Mt. Juliet Strong,” “Lebanon Strong,” “Cookville Strong” we decided to cover the areas hit the hardest with “Middle Tennessee Strong.” We’re hoping to have these ready to ship the week of March 16th. – TeamCDB/BW

Album Feature – Porter Union – Loved & Lost

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Mar 242020
 

By Joshua Wallace

Porter Union are husband and wife duo Cole and Kendra Porter.  We were a big fan of their 2017 debut self titled record here at Gary Hayes Country and this new record Loved & Lost is no different.  This album continues the strong traditional country sound that recalls some of the great duo records of the 70’s and 80’s. There is an honesty and real quality to the songwriting you’ll find with their ST debut and Loved & Lost that cannot be found in many of today’s albums.  Loved & Lost is a more upbeat affair overall and I really dig a lot of the performances on this record.

The album has a fun opener in “We Got It Right” and this song really gives you that classic country duet feel.  It’s all about how they’ve both got things wrong before so many times they know when something is right. It’s a fun and upbeat country jam with two amazing performances.  Another favorite performance on this album is “River”. Cole Porter is great on this track about the typical southern small town that has seen better days. Kendra has a similarly great moment with “Laundry”.  It’s a stripped down track about a woman discovering her significant other is cheating on her by doing the laundry. The song is clever in that it takes a lot of common relationship issues about a woman doing everything and not feeling appreciated at the same time and she makes a discovery that changes everything.  Finally, “Curb Appeal” features a guest vocalist in Kayla Ray on a fun song about how things aren’t always how they seem. I particularly love the pedal steel solo on this track.

While their debut album featured slower tracks, this new record Loved & Lost finds Porter Union picking things up with more upbeat songs.  I love that this duo is switching things up on this record. If you wish to support Porter Union, you can find their website here and buy merchandise directly from them.  Loved & Lost is available everywhere as of March 06th, 2020.

Favorite Tracks : We Got It Right, River, Pennies, Laundry, Curb Appeal, Where Are You

Porter Union – Loved & Lost (2020)

  1. We Got It Right
  2. Loved & Lost
  3. Leave As Lovers
  4. To Have and To Hold
  5. That’s The Spirit
  6. River
  7. Pennies
  8. I’ve Got You Covered
  9. Banded Together
  10. Laundry
  11. Curb Appeal (feat. Kayla Ray)
  12. Looking For Love
  13. Where Are You

Record Store Day Has Been Postponed To June 20th.

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Mar 232020
 

 

RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store’s place in the community. As members of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party.

Record Store Day 2020 is moving to June 20.

We think it’s the best move we can make given all we know (and don’t know) about what’s going on around us. The safety and good health of everyone who makes up Record Store Day (the customers, the staff and the musicians who come to the party) is super-important to us because we want to celebrate with you for many Record Store Days to come!

So check off a new date on the calendar, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and if you’re stocking up to spend some extra quality time at home, save some toilet paper money and stop by a record store. They’ve got exactly what you’ll need for extended time on your sofa: books, movies, games and of course, music.

They, like all small businesses, would appreciate the support.
They’re wiping down the door and the bins right now!

 

See all the special releases coming to record stores on 4/18 as part of Record Store Day! 

Once again our friends at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are helping us celebrate and we think their #RSD20 Official Poster is out of this world! Get one FREE while they last, at participating record stores on April 18, and select stores that sell Dogfish Head beer.

(Designed by 2020 Dogfish Head Art Series guest artist
Dan Stiles, who has been doing stellar work for bands and brands for more than 25 years) 

RSD Podcast host Paul Myers demonstrates the #RSDShelfie. Take a snap in your favorite record store, tag them on socials, use #RSDShelfie, and maybe end up on the Podcast telling the world about that favorite store.
RSD PODCAST every other Tuesday. 
Listen/Subscribe/Review where you get your podcasts. 

 

Well, we would have been celebrating our big Day tomorrow, but things in 2020 are turning out a little differently. We’ll be throwing a party at a record store again for sure, but this weekend, let’s make sure record stores know how we feel about them. Check below for ways to celebrate, spread the word and share your love for record stores! 
SHOW OFF YOUR SHIRTS!
Head to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and show us what stores you’re wearing on your sleeve/chest/elsewhere!  Use #RSD2020
I’D RATHER BE AT A RECORD STORE!
Click the picture below to download a graphic for Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (stories too!) and tell the world where you’d rather be on April 18!  Use #RSD2020
WATCH A MOVIE! OR THREE!
You could have a veritable film fest this weekend! Details below! 
OUR VERY FIRST EVER OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY! Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay’s look at Sound It Out Records, her hometown record store, and the cast of characters you’ll recognize from your OWN cherished shop.  FREE TO SCREEN FOR A LIMITED TIME–and a bonus watch party and reunion show on Saturday April 18! Jeaniefinlay.com
A deep dig into the crates of the vinyl record resurgence to discover what an old technology says about our relationship to music and each other in a divided time in America.
The premiere was supposed to happen this spring, but…
Participating record stores are selling “tickets” for special online access to the film over the original RSD weekend so buy a ticket, support a record store and check out VINYL NATION in the comfort of your own record room.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM TICKETS GO TO THE INDIE RECORD STORE! 
The documentary about the beloved New York City record store Other Music has an “online cinema experience” this weekend, and tickets benefit indie record stores and theatres. Check with your local record store –the ticket links go live today!
50% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM TICKETS GO TO THE INDIE RECORD STORE! 
BUY SOME RECORDS! 
No matter the format, no matter the amount. Record stores across the country are open for business — by phone, by email, online, on Instagram, and some for curbside pickup! No better way to let them know you care. 

Please Continue To Listen To The Opry LIVE Stream.

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Mar 232020
 
WSM Friends & Family,
The tradition of the Grand Ole Opry will continue on the airwaves of WSM Radio as it has since 1925. Throughout our history, various events have led Opry management to make difficult decisions about how to alter the show’s format and schedule. Amid recent COVID-19 concerns, the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, will return to its original format as a live radio broadcast on Saturday nights only without a live audience. Fans around the world can still tune in to the Saturday night broadcasts as scheduled on 650 AM WSM, WSMonline.com, and the WSM mobile app.
WSM and the Opry’s first priority has always been the safety of our employees, guests and artists who have been key in keeping the show that made country music famous on the air every week for over 94 years, and we look forward to keeping that tradition alive.
If you were planning to join us live in the Opry audience for a show between now and April 4, 2020, please check your email or contact the Grand Ole Opry Customer Service at opry.com/contact/ for rebooking information.
May the Circle Be Unbroken,
Your WSM Family

 

Jeannie Seely & Rhonda Vincent

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi-award-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent was surprised on stage at the Grand Ole Opry tonight by Opry member Jeannie Seely with an invitation to become an official Opry member. Vincent had just performed her 2019 bluegrass chart-topper “Like I Could,” a tune co-written by Seely. She will be officially inducted into the Opry family March 24.

A truly flabbergasted Vincent reacted to the Opry invitation by twice asking Seely if she was serious. She then replied, “100% percent yes. Oh my gosh! I grew up listening to the Opry. Thank you dear God!”

Following the invitation, Seely welcomed on stage several of the Opry’s women of country, including Sharon and Cheryl White, Connie Smith and soon-to-be inducted Opry member Vincent to perform “Those Memories” center stage in the Opry’s circle.

“Throughout her award-winning career, Rhonda has always made time to visit us at the Opry,” said Opry Vice President and Executive Producer Dan Rogers. “She is a force of nature on stage, and a friend to fellow artists and fans alike behind the scenes. Her songs have a home among the many styles of music we celebrate at the Opry for the rest of her career.”

About Rhonda Vincent:
Bluegrass award-winner Rhonda Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, playing drums with her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at ten, performing with the family band at festivals on weekends. Rhonda struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown. Her opportunity eventually led to a deal with Rebel Records. Her work caught the attention of Giant Nashville’s president, James Stroud, who signed Vincent to record two contemporary country albums. After Giant, she signed with Rounder Records where her passion for traditional bluegrass music flourished. She made her label debut in 2000 with “Back Home Again’ recorded with her band, “The Rage.” She showcases her hard-driving, high-energy contemporary bluegrass on “The Storm Rage” in 2001, “One Step Ahead” in 2003, “Ragin’ Live” in 2005, “All American Bluegrass Girl” in 2006, and “Good Thing Going” in 2008. In 2000, Vincent won her first in a string of seven Female Vocalist of the Year Awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. In 2001, she won the Entertainer of the Year Award. In 2011, Vincent released a collaboration album with Gene Watson titled Your Money and My Good Looks.

About the Grand Ole Opry:
The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows February 4 through December, plus seasonal Wednesday shows and Thursday Opry Country Classics performances. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.

The Southgate House Revival is Closed Until Further Notice.

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Mar 232020
 

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This is a difficult message to share.

Due to measures now being taken by state and other government agencies to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Southgate House Revival will be closed until further notice.

These are challenging times – each and every one of us will be either directly or indirectly affected by these statewide closures. Our hearts go out to the countless regional musicians and music fans who consider the Southgate House Revival home, and to our event staff, bartenders, and others behind the scenes who now have to make sense of a quickly changing world.

Until the next soundcheck, we plan to dream of greater days ahead – when our community will once again gather in song and celebration.

Below, information about upcoming performances that we’ve been working hard to bring your way for months now. Every appearance has different circumstances, tour routing, and preferences to be sorted out. Updates will certainly continue to come in.

As always, we’ll do our best to update you when and where we can. In the meantime, you can continue to support us by holding on to your tickets for rescheduled shows. We also have gift certificates now available , to be used when we’re back at it.

Thank you.

Hats Off To The 80s & 90s – The Music Continues.

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Mar 232020
 
Hats Off To The 80s & 90s – The Music Continues Presented By The 615 Hideaway Featuring T. Graham Brown, Bryan White, Wade Hayes, Tim Rushlow, David Frizzell, Ronnie McDowell, Tim Atwood, And Lulu Roman Monday, March 23rd From 4:00PM – 6:00PM CST
Hats Off To The 80s & 90s

Live streaming through RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, DoYouRemember?, CDX, Visit Music City and artist’s Facebook Pages Simultaneously

Hosted by Megan Alexander of Inside Edition
Nashville, Tenn. – During this time of uncertainty, the one thing that is certain is country music continues to bring families together one song at a time. As part of the Hats Off To The 80s & 90s Tour, T. Graham Brown, Bryan White and Wade Hayes are bringing together some of their closest friends from that era to join them for a special live streaming acoustic concert on Monday, March 23 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM CST. This event is to ensure that the music will continue during these tough times the world is facing.

Joining them live will be country music veterans David Frizzell, Tim Rushlow, Ronnie McDowell, Tim Atwood, and Lulu Roman. The party, presented by 615 Hideaway and hosted by Megan Alexander of Inside Edition, will be simultaneously streamed live not only on each of the artist’s Facebook pages, it can also be seen on RFD-TV, The Heartland Network, DoYouRemember?CDX Nashville, and Visit Music City‘s Facebook pages.

“Music is such a healing factor when anyone is down,” says T. Graham Brown. “With everything going on in the world, I am just going to keep singing! So, I called some of my buddies to come out and do a few songs, tell a few jokes and most importantly – stay at least six feet away from each other, because after all, safety first. We love the fans and since we can’t be with you person, this is the next best thing.

The producers also recently helped organize ‘Keep The Music Playing’, Shenandoah & Friends featuring Michael Ray, Austin Merrill, Aaron Tippin, T. Graham Brown and Katie Austin on Wednesday, March 18th. Sponsored by Foundry Records, the Facebook live event has grossed over 300K views to date and also raised funds for Nashville COVID-19 and tornado victims.

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Any outlets interested in participating in the Facebook crosspost, contact Austin Smith at austinsmith25@yahoo.com.

About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots.

In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune and more. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion.” Brown’s uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.

For more information, visit www.tgrahambrown.com and follow his socials linked below.

Nicholas Jamerson To Take Part In Social Distance Fest On Facebook Live March 23-29

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Mar 232020
 
Pre-order now available for new album The Wild Frontier out April 20
Graphic by Sarah Gillum
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — Like many other musicians during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Nicholas Jamerson is taking his shows online following the cancellation/postponement of his remaining March and April tour dates.
Following impromptu live streams on his official Facebook page in recent days, it was announced last Friday that the artist would also be performing during the Master Musicians’ Social Distance Fest—a collaboration between Lexington indie rock group Buck the Taxidermist, music club The Burl and the Somerset, Ky. based Master Musicians Festival—on Sunday, March 29, from 7-8 p.m. Also performing during the week-long virtual festival taking place from March 23-29 will be Sumbuck (the solo project of Taylor Meier of CAAMP) along with Ben Sollee, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Blackfoot Gypsies, Mikaela Davis and Brother Smith, among others.
Recently, Kentucky Country Music shared “Ride,” the first single from Jamerson’s new album The Wild Frontier (Available now for pre-order via Apple Music and BandCamp) out April 20 via The Bingo Shack. Listen/share “Ride” HERE.
“Ride” is a lonesome tale that introduces listeners to Will of The Wild Frontier, the album’s primary protagonist who in the song is fighting off notions of laziness and complacency by beginning his journey to pursue his heart’s biggest dreams (“Straight into the sun is a good place to start / It’s amazing what’s created when you follow the heart”).
“Ride, is a song written about new beginnings,” said Jamerson. “It was for myself during a time where I was just starting the journey as a solo artist. I had no one telling me to make the changes I was making, only my heart pulling me in a direction that I needed to go both professionally and personally. Sometimes when you don’t know where to go or what to do, starting can be the hardest part. This song is about getting on the metaphorical horse and riding it just to see where it goes.”
The Wild Frontier was produced at MIMUS Studios in Winder, Georgia, with Levi Lowrey, an area musician and composer best known for his work with the Zac Brown Band.
Joining Jamerson throughout The Wild Frontier are backing band The Morning Jays comprised of Wes Smith (acoustic/electric guitar, keys, mandolin), Aaron Smith (fiddle, mandolin), Jordan Allen (bass), Thomas Albert (pedal steel, electric guitar) and Lawrence Nemenz (percussion). Also included are spot appearances from brother Joby Jamerson, Lowrey, Benji Shanks, Mark Stephens, Matt Meneffee and Emily Davis.
“I think this is my best performance from a vocal standpoint,” said Jamerson. “I feel like I’ve learned to relax a lot more in my waking life and it has translated into my singing. For the longest time I would go into the studio and sing as hard as I could. I thought the harder you sang the more people would feel it.”
After busting out three albums relatively quickly since stepping away from country duo Sundy Best Jamerson opted to slow down the process for The Wild Frontier, moving away from a headspace of writing about direct life experiences to writing a conceptual story based on the fictional character “Will of the Wild Frontier,” visualized by the cowboy riding riding on top of a giant rabbit on the album’s cover. The album follow’s Will’s battle to govern and discipline himself in his journey through a Wild Frontier full of conflict.
The Wild Frontier Track List:
  1. Monologue (2:53)
  2. Ride (4:39)
  3. Golden Shores (3:27)
  4. Getting Better (2:11)
  5. Leviathan (5:15)
  6. Brother Rabbit (4:26)
  7. Clear Picture (3:35)
  8. The Truth of the Matter (0:25)
  9. Feather Bed (2:09)
  10. Gambler (5:30)
  11. We Are (4:41)
  12. Caught Up (4:27)
  13. The Night (1:03)
  14. Man’s Nature (5:29)
  15. Linda James (5:12)
  16. Mother (4:59)
  17. The Wild Frontier (2:33)
“The concept of the record came to me after I read a passage in a copy of Told By Uncle Remus a friend gave me,” said Jamerson. “The line was ‘Sometimes we just need to hear a story to forget we were frightened.’ It made me think of times my grandfather had distracted me with random stories when I was upset about something trivial as a child. So I thought about how true that was. Sometimes we just need or want to be distracted from our waking life.”
The vision led to Jamerson penning “Brother Rabbit,” a song about two brother rabbits struggling to survive in a world of dogs
and constant hunger. One rabbit gets taken in by a stranger named Mary who names him King and fattens him up, feeding him enough for two. The story ends by King leaving his home of comfort and rejoining his brother Duke in wild only to meet his untimely demise in the jaws of a big black dog due to his inability to escape as a result of his time in the laps of luxury.
A song about gluttony, “Brother Rabbit” got Jamerson thinking about the seven deadly sins – pride, lust, wrath, envy, sloth, greed and gluttony – loosely basing songs based on those themes and how they fit into in his own life. Additionally, Jamerson tied in songs based on the seven virtues – diligence, justice, courage, charity, kindness, prudence and fortitude – to make up the album’s 14 new tracks.
Fans of Jamerson will recognize a few of the tracks on the album including the aforementioned “Brother Rabbit” along with “Linda James” (kindness), a member of Jamerson’s small community in Eastern Kentucky he held dear that recently passed away; and “Feather Bed” (greed), a story about a husband and wife struggling to get by after the nearby coal mine closes up that decide to start selling dime bags of weed to everyone they know and stuffing the money they earn into an old feather bed.
The high-strung “Getting Better” documents Will’s battle to keep his benevolence in spite of the Wild Frontier’s love affair with money and greed (“I used to put my pennies in a band aid box / two dollar bills in the sock drawer / I was spending all my money like it was funny / I wanted to laugh a little more”) before later coming to a crossroads on “Gambler,” a chapter where his courage is tested as he looks back on his past and forward at dreams of a satisfying future, wondering if he made the right decision in embarking on his journey.
After questioning himself on “Gambler,” Will has a near death experience on “We Are” after being caught in a terrible thunderstorm. With his life flashing before his eyes a green flame appears, bringing an epiphany upon Will and with it the peace of mind he long desired.
With his mind at ease and the storm passed, Mother Nature visits Will on “Mother,” a story illustrating the power of Mother Nature and motherhood and the sacrifices, strength and perseverance it takes to grow and raise a child (“Oh Mother / Goddess of the sky / You and my father / Gave me these eyes / You’re a good shepherd / Tending to your flock / You raised well-behaved / You yielded good stock”). The album reaches its harmonious conclusion on title track “The Wild Frontier,” which touches on a memory of an old friend that helped Will through a particularly dark night on the Wild Frontier.
Sprinkled among the album’s 14 new tracks are excerpts and a monologue that help set the stage and curate and experience for the listener, something Jamerson sought out to do for the project.
“I believe the songs themselves are cinematic in nature so I wanted to add these audio elements that put a scene in the listeners head, like a musical movie,” said Jamerson. “I’ve been calling it a ‘cosmic melo-drama.’”
Jamerson’s upcoming tour dates remain up in the air with the current state of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, all previously scheduled March shows have been put on hold as the situation unfolds. Further updates will be made as the situation progresses.
Nicholas Jamerson On Tour:
3/29 – Social Distance Fest – Facebook Live ^
4/2 – Pickin in the Pines – Manchester, KY
4/4 – Baysos – Grayson, KY
5/1 – State Line Music Festival – Shelby, N.C. *
5/2 – Knott County Trail Ride – Leburn, KY *
5/7 – Zanzabar – Louisville, KY *
5/8 – J.D. Legends – Franklin, OH /*
5/9 – The Burl – Lexington, KY *
5/27 – Duke’s – Indianapolis, IN *
5/28 – Carol’s Pub – Chicago, IL *
6/13 – The Burnt Rock Stage @ Hidden Ridge – Monticello, KY*
7/17-18 – Master Musicians Festival – Somerset, KY*
7/22-26 – FloydFest – Floyd, VA*
8/22-23 – Railbird Festival – Lexington, KY*

Album Feature – The Panhandlers – The Panhandlers

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Mar 232020
 

By Joshua Wallace

The Panhandlers are a Texas country super group featuring William Clark Green, Josh Abbott, John Baumann and the front man of Flatland Cavalry Cleto Cordero.  This project was produced by Bruce Robinson and it marks the first outing of this mega collection of Texas and Red Dirt country singers. This album was cut live straight to analog and done in a very lo-fi fashion so the production values might not be what you’d expect, but it is a very good record with lots of great performances. Whether you’re a fan of these four singers or not, you’ll find something to like here.

The album kicks off with “West Texas In My Eye” which is a love letter to west Texas where these singers are from.  All four of the singers trade verses on a track written by west Texas songwriter Charlie Stout. It’s a great mellow start to the record and I dig the pedal steel here on this one.  The title track “The Panhandler” is another great track that tells the tale of a panhandler. The banjo that rings throughout this track makes it a great upbeat number. I also love the harmonies on the chorus for this one.  Finally, “This Is My Life” is an ode to the life on the road that these four singers live year round. It’s extra special because of everything going on in the world right now that is preventing these singers from living the life they describe in this song.  I particularly love the final verse where Josh Abbott goes through and talks about all 4 of the singers on the record including himself.

The Panhandlers has been one of our most anticipated records of 2020 and it lives up to the hype.  The lo-fi straight to analog production gives the album a live in the studio feel and these four singers live up to their billing of being a part of a Texas country super group.  Time will tell if this ends up being a side project for these four or something they revisit from time to time. I hope I get the chance to see this band live as it seems like it would be a fun show.  Check out The Panhandler’s website for ways you can support the band by buying merch straight from the band. The Panhandlers is out everywhere as of March 06th, 2020.

Favorite Tracks : West Texas In My Eye, No Handle, West Texas Girl, The Panhandler,  This Is My Life

The Panhandlers – The Panhandlers (2020)

  1. West Texas In My Eye
  2. This Flatland Life
  3. No Handle
  4. Panhandle Slim
  5. West Texas Girl
  6. The Panhandler
  7. Lonesome Heart
  8. The Panhandler
  9. This Is My Life
  10. Caprockin’

Country Music Hall Of Fame Has New Exhibits In 2020.

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Mar 222020
 
Exhibitions 2020 | Bill Anderson, Chris Stapleton, Martina McBride, American Currents, Outlaws & Armadillos

Each year, the Museum opens new limited-engagement exhibitions to complement and expand on the storytelling of our core exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music.

Our 2020 exhibition lineup includes another broad and impactful mix of musical talent, including Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, Martina McBride, Chris Stapleton, and dozens of other artists whose latest achievements appear in our annually updated American Currents. The Museum’s major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, will also remain through February 2021.

The Country Music Hall Of Fame is an institution that shines vibrantly over downtown Nashville, which currently lays damaged and brutally beaten by tornadoes and that national virus that is crippling not only America, but the world. Right now, directly after some personal medical issues I needed to address, I find my self at home pillaging through piles of shows and venues that are closed or out right destroyed.

The Bill Anderson exhibit particularly intrigues me as a music fan, because as a vinyl collector and music aficionado  his past album are some of my pride and joys. His early years on Decca such as the ” I Love You Drops” and ” Wild Weekend”  are some of the most iconic Country Music from ANY Legend that still exists.

Outlaw country legend Willie Nelson returns to Nashville in May, hosting two intimate CMA Theater shows as part of his Willie Nelson & Family Tour. The Country Music Hall of Fame member’s May 1 and 2 performances come during a year that brought his tenth GRAMMY win, and the release of a new album, First Rose of Spring. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 6, at 10:00 AM Central.

PRE-SALE CODE: STRANGER20
CMA Theater Pre-Sale: Thursday, March 5, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM Central.
General Public On-Sale: Friday, March 6, 10:00 AM Central.

COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME® AND MUSEUM TO CLOSE TEMPORARILY

Mar 13, 2020

 

Out of an abundance of caution, the museum, Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will close temporarily to the public beginning at close of business today.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – March 13, 2020 – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum today announced that the museum, Hatch Show Print, Historic RCA Studio B and the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will close temporarily to the public starting at close of business today, Friday, March 13, 2020, through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

“The health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority,” said Kyle Young, CEO, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “While there have not been any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) connected to the museum at this time, we must do all that we can to help ensure a safe and healthy environment for our visitors, employees and community, which at this time calls for us to close temporarily.”

All upcoming shows at the CMA Theater for the month of March are either postponed or canceled. Ticket holders will be notified of rescheduled dates, and refunds will be issued from the point of purchase for any canceled performances. Visit CMATheater.com for information on individual shows.

The museum will continue to monitor and rely on the guidance from public health officials including Metro Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to inform any decisions moving forward.

The Museum’s 2020 exhibitions will feature Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, Martina McBride and Chris Stapleton.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dec. 4, 2019 – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has set its 2020 roster of new exhibitions, aimed at entertaining and enlightening country music audiences and interpreting the ever-evolving story of the music and the people who make it.

The annual exhibition American Currents: State of the Music will return in 2020, to offer insight into the latest chapter of country’s ongoing evolution as a popular art form. In addition, the museum will devote separate exhibits to the lives and careers of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson, award-winning powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride and acclaimed artist Chris Stapleton.

“Each of these artists achieved country music stardom in a different era, and each has a compelling story to tell about early exposure to music, about the decision to pursue music as a career and about the struggle to overcome the challenges created by such a decision,” said Museum CEO Kyle Young.

“In 2020, we will offer our visitors insight into the life of a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been writing hits for more than 60 years; a magnificent singer who owns four CMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards; and a singer-songwriter who made his way from small clubs to sold-out arenas and four CMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards.”

Now an annual offering, American Currents: State of the Music will open March 6, 2020. The exhibition represents the ongoing research, analysis, vigorous debate, and yes, even argument, among curators and museum staff to determine the most important developments in country music over the previous year.

The Chris Stapleton exhibition will open June 26, 2020. Before he achieved solo success with the 2015 release of triple-platinum album Traveller and the hits “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Parachute,” Stapleton proved his musical mettle as a songwriter, with more than 150 songs recorded by a diverse roster of artists including Adele, Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss and George Strait. This exhibit will explore Stapleton’s personal and musical influences and his climb to stardom, including his time in the SteelDrivers.

“I’m proud to get to share pieces of our musical journey at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” said Stapleton.

An exhibit exploring Martina McBride’s legacy opens Aug. 21, 2020For more than 25 years, McBride – known for hits including “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing” – has ranked as one of country music’s most powerful voices. The Kansas native released her major label debut in 1992, and had her first Top Ten single in 1993 with “My Baby Loves Me.” Inspired by forerunners such as Linda Ronstadt and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Connie Smith, McBride brought a powerful voice and style that set her apart from her peers. In 2019, the Academy of Country Music presented her with the Cliffie Stone Icon Award for her contributions to country music.

“Having an exhibit in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is something I’ve had on my dream list for a long, long time,” said McBride. “Being able to share moments and mementos from my life and career with my fans and country music fans from all over the world is both humbling and exciting. I’m so grateful to be a part of country music.”

On Nov. 20, 2020, the museum will open a special exhibition looking at the life of Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson. Known for his breathy, conversational vocal style, “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson has logged 37 Top Ten hits as a recording artist. Anderson has earned more than 50 BMI awards for songwriting. His first success came in 1958, when he wrote “City Lights,” a #1 single for Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price. Anderson’s songs have been recorded by James Brown, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, and hundreds of others, among them Hall of Fame members the Louvin Brothers, Roger Miller, Jim Reeves, Connie Smith, George Strait, Porter Wagoner and Kitty Wells. In 2005, Anderson and Jon Randall Stewart wrote “Whiskey Lullaby,” recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. It was CMA Song of the Year, and in 2007, Anderson won the CMA and ACM Song of the Year awards for “Give It Away,” written with Buddy Cannon and Jamey Johnson and recorded by Strait. A Grand Ole Opry member since 1961, Anderson entered the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975, the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and the New York-based Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

“I grew up dreaming of the day they’d put my ball glove into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, but realized many years ago that wasn’t going to happen. But now, knowing that my guitar and maybe a rhinestone suit or two will be put into an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, more than makes up for it. When our Hall does an exhibit, they really do it up right. I am thrilled to know that I am about to be a small part of their incredible legacy,” Anderson shared. The museum’s continuing exhibition Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s, looks at the relationship between Austin, Texas, and Nashville during the 1970s, an era of freewheeling cultural and artistic exchange that skirted the status quo and changed country music. The exhibition opened in May 2018 and continues through Feb. 14, 2021.

Local Shows And Festivals I know Have Cancelled Or Postponed In 2020.

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Mar 222020
 

Well as many of you already know, I had to take a month off and tend to some personal medical issues. I has to take a little time away from ALL forms of communication and heal right. I emerged a stronger individual  but was flummoxed at the amount of response to this virus.

This has and will terminate LIVE music and bands as we know it, and here is a brief list of festivals I KNOW have been cancelled or rescheduled, and I’ll be adding to this list as I am aware of the cancellations, or any that are postponed.

MANY FESTIVALS are asking for donations to keep them rolling, and to recover from costs of failing to commence upon schedule. SO MANY nationwide festivals have been affected by this nationwide tragedy, and as a result ANY donate links I find for that particular festival I’ll link them ALL on here after YOUR favorite festival is listed.

Merlefest – April 23-26th – Cancelled. DONATE HERE.

Charm City Bluegrass Festival – April 24th and 25th – Postponed. DONATE HERE.

Old Settler’s Music Festival -April 16 – 19th – Postponed to an unannounced Later Date.

Moonrunners – May 1 and 2nd – Postponed to August 8th and 9th.

Viva Las Vegas – April 1 – 4th – Cancelled Rescheduled to April 1-4th 2021

Larry Joe Taylor Festival – April 20 – 25th – Postponed to October 19th – 24th.

Lucero And Ian Noe – Ryman Auditorium – April 4th – Postponed to July 3rd.

Riverbend Festival 2020 – May – Postponed to an Unannounced Later Date.

Freshgrass Bentonville – April 24th and 25th – Cancelled.

Backwoods At Mulberry Mountain – June 4 – 7th – Cancelled.

Suwannee Spring Reunion – March – Cancelled.

Shaky Boots Music Festival – July – Cancelled.

American Music Festival – April 24th – Postpone

The Caverns:

The following shows have been rescheduled or cancelled:

March 21, 2020 – Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: July 10, 2020

March 27, 28 & 29, 2020 – Bluegrass Underground PBS TV Tapings

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Dates: November 20, 21 & 22, 2020

April 4, 2020 – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ with The Silks

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: August 30, 2020

April 10, 2020 – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: June 28, 2020

April 11, 2020 – Dark Star Orchestra

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: June 25, 2020

April 18, 2020 – Jade Cicada

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New Date: August 1, 2020

April 22, 2020 – Puss N Boots

  • Status: cancelled

April 25, 2020 – The Floozies with Sunsquabi & Nobide

  • Status: rescheduled
  • New date: July 11, 2020

May 2, 2020 – The Polish Ambassador & Friends feat. Nitty Scott with saQi

  • Status: cancelled

May 16, 2020 – Gloria Gaynor / Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few

  • Status: cancelled

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Calf Fry Festival – April 29th – May 2nd – Postponed To An Unannounced Later Date.

This Is Red Dirt And Barbecue Festival – Rescheduled For October 11th.

Bluegrass Island Festival – May – Cancelled Will Be In may 2021.

Outlaws And Legends – March – Cancelled Will Be In March 2021.

Chilifest – May – Cancelled Will Be In May 2021.

Trapper Creek Bluegrass Festival – May – Cancelled Will Be In 2021.

Back 40 Social Festival – May – Rescheduled For October 10th

John Hartford Memorial Festival – May – Rescheduled To September 30th to Oct 3rd.

Mountain Music Festival – March – Postponed To June 3rd – 5th.

Nelsonville Music Festival – June – Canceled Will Be In 2021.

Red River Music Festival – April – Postponed To October 3rd.

Rooster Walk – May – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown – April 17th – 19th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

Riverbend Festival – April – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

The Western – June 12th and 13th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

The Blue Ox – June 11th – 13th – Rescheduled For August 27th – 29th.

Born & raised Festival – June 5 -6 -7 Cancelled Will Return In 2021.

The Red Ants Pants – July 23rd – 26th – Cancelled Will Return July 22-25th 2021

Pagosa Folk And Bluegrass Festival – June 5 – 7th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Bluegrass in The Bottoms – May 28th and 29th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Lockn’ Fest – 1 – 4th 2020

Forecastle Festival – July 17th – 19th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Oystergrass – July 26th – 28th – Cancelled Will Return In 2021

Palisade Bluegrass Festival – June 15th and 16th

The Northwest String Summit – July 16th – 19th

Red Wing Roots Music Festival – July 10, 11th and 12th

Pickathon Returns To Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, July 30 to August 2

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Mar 202020
 

Pickathon returns to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, July 30 to August 2

Returning to Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, Pickathon (July 30 – August 2, 2020) will look and feel completely different. At Pickathon 2020 you’ll find new stages, new artists, a new festival site, and a new way of looking at music festivals that ties everything closer to nature. In a radical departure from other music festivals, as daytime and nighttime roll across the grounds at Pickathon each of these periods will awaken different stages and moods. Pickathon is also expanding its festival programming well beyond the music on each stage. The Wellness program will feature teachers and artists focused on improving public health and providing a space for calm and reflection at the festival. Pickathon’s acclaimed comedy, poetry, and spoken word offerings will return, as well as its innovative children’s programming, including a school for young trackers. Pickathon’s ambitious vinyl DJ program returns as well, bringing vinyl-spinning DJs to each stage in between performer sets and a DJs dancehall to the grounds. In 2020, Pickathon is moving to be even more sustainable and more focused on the beauty of the grounds of Pendarvis Farm. You’ll still find Pickathon’s pioneering commitment to environmental sustainability, and Pickathon still operates as a discovery engine, breaking new artists before anyone else and delighting in bringing artists of all genres together onstage to inspire each other.

With so much happening at Pickathon, we want you to find your own path through the festival. That’s why we’re announcing our lineup and programming gradually this year through our newsletters and social media, rather than dropping it all at once. Starting February 25, we’ll announce new artists and new programming at Pickathon twice a week in our newsletters and continually through our social media.

We’re also announcing more RV and car camping spots at 10am on Saturday, February 22

Western Centuries To Release Call The Captain April 3 On Free Dirt Records

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Mar 202020
 
Western Centuries To Release Call The Captain April 3 On Free Dirt Records
First single “Heart Broke Syndrome” featuring Jim Lauderdale premieres today
February 19, 2020 – Seattle, WA – In an age when independence is idolized and every person seems to be seeking their own lone wolf career path, Seattle-based roots band Western Centuries believe that the way forward is better together. Collaboration, inspiration and mutual admiration are what Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, and Jim Miller cite as the heart of their project. Western Centuries are set to release their third album, Call the Captain—a tongue-in-cheek reference to the band’s lack of hierarchy—on April 3rd via Free Dirt Records. Yesterday, Billboard premiered “Heart Broke Syndrome,” the album’s first single and one of the two tracks on Call the Captain which include guest vocals from the King of Broken Hearts himself, Nashville songwriter and entertainer, Jim Lauderdale. “This song, written for a close friend, talks about the recovery process when the sudden loss of someone innocent and dear brings on grief so severe that it induces physical symptoms requiring medical attention,” says Miller, a founding member of roots-jam band Donna The Buffalo and lead vocalist on “Heart Broke Syndrome.” “The last verse tries to project some hope; that our community of family and friends can help provide strength to get through the dark time.” Fans can hear “Heart Broke Syndrome” here and pre-order Call the Captain here.
Throughout Call the Captain, three-part vocal harmonies add heft and meaning to each song, with a distinct rhythmic agreement among the singers, revealing a shared belief of just how music should be made. The album was recorded and mixed in the studio of Grammy-nominated producer Bill Reynolds, former bass player for Band of Horses and one of Nashville’s most innovative roots music producers. “Even if there are drums, electric guitars, and synthesizers, we all like to come at the music in a similar way as we would approach a bluegrass song; supporting the lead singer, singing harmonies, and letting the instrumentalists be featured,” explains Morrison.
On songs like “Long Dreadful Journey” and “Dynamite Kid,” Western Centuries offer, unsurprisingly for such an egalitarian outfit, harsh criticism of dogmatic belief systems and the ways they’ve been contorted to further self-righteous ideals for thousands of years. On the topic of colonialism, the band takes on President Trump’s proposed sixth branch of the armed forces in “Space Force” with satirical lyrics pondering what it would be like to join. “We’ll cruise around the galaxy taking all the bad guys down. Our crimes will be forgotten, ‘cause the Space Dogs are back in town.” The song’s nostalgic 1980s-influenced production hearkens back to a decade known as the Shuttle Era and American pride in the space race.
Lawton, Morrison, and Miller are joined on the record by a world-class cast of musicians, many of whom have made a name for themselves outside of Western Centuries. Nokosee Fields, who plays bass on the album, is better known as an award-winning old-time fiddle player. Thomas Bryan Eaton, known for his work with Miss Tess, plays inspired pedal steel on all 12 tracks of Call the Captain while Oliver Bates Craven, formerly of the Stray Birds, plays fiddle. Jim Lauderdale sings harmony vocals on two tracks, as well as lead on the final verse of “Space Force.” Additional cameos include John Pahmer on keyboards and Miller’s Donna The Buffalo bandmate Tara Nevins on tambourine.
With Call the Captain, Western Centuries offer an embarrassment of musical riches. The band demonstrates what is possible when ego steps aside in favor of collaboration—the virtuosity of the group remains understated, but their ability to perfectly complement one another reveals the finest in each songwriter along the way.
Catch Western Centuries On Tour:
April 1 – Northampton, MA – The Parlor Room
April 2 – Somerville, MA – The Burren
April 3 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
April 10 – Elkin, NC – The Reeves Theater
April 18 – Brooksville, FL – Stringbreak
June 11 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
June 13 – Prosser, WA – Brewminatti
June 19-21 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Live Oak Music Festival
June 25-28 – Laytonville, CA – Kate Wolf Festival
July 4-5 – Sherman, NY – Great Blue Heron Festival
More About Western Centuries:
Western Centuries have embarked on a somewhat unique experiment in songwriting and performing; three people—Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, and Jim Miller—sharing the songwriting and lead singing duties in the band equally. After meeting in Seattle in 2010 through the lively traditional music scene, the three began collaborating. In 2016, Western Centuries released Weight of the World, their first record featuring songs from all three writers, and on its heels came Songs from the Deluge in 2018.
Although Western Centuries initially met through bluegrass, old-time and early country music, with each record the songs have stretched further and further away from a traditional mold. The band’s third release, Call the Captain, by far represents their most interesting and varied set of songs to date.
The band’s three songwriters have embarked on illustrious musical journeys prior to their time with Western Centuries as well: Jim Miller co-founded and spent years playing with Donna the Buffalo, Cahalen Morrison carved out a devoted following with his celebrated folk duo with Eli West, and Ethan Lawton previously played with such outfits as Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers.

Album Feature – Sadler Vaden – Anybody Out There?

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Mar 162020
 

By Joshua Wallace

You might know Sadler Vaden as the guitar player for Jason Isbell’s band The 400 Unit.  You might even know him as a former member of Drivin’ N Cryin’. However you know his music, you should check out his solo work.  His latest album is titled Anybody Out There? and it’s a follow up to his self titled 2016 debut. This record is actually my first exposure to his music as a solo artist and I’m digging it.  He reminds me a lot of Tom Petty and the country leaning rock sound that he often brought. He also brings the same thought provoking lyrics that Petty often brought to the table. However you are familiar with Sadler Vaden, this is one record you should check out.

The opening riff to “Next To You” kicks off like a long lost Tom Petty B-side.  It’s a fun classic American rock song that gets you pumped for the rest of the album.  The second track “Don’t Worry” slows things down a bit. I love the smooth guitar work that is a direct contrast to the opener.  I love the line “Honey, wake up and see the dawn / ‘Cause that amber sky, it don’t last long”. It’s a song about taking time to appreciate the small things and not letting stuff bog you down.  It’s a great track that is an example of simple songwriting you don’t see much these days.  

The title track “Anybody Out There” has a bit of a trippy vibe to it.  The song starts off with some drums that have some spacey effects to them before settling into a great rock rift.  The track “Peace + Harmony” opens with more great riff work and it settles into a groove that is smooth and rocking at the same time.  “Be Here, Right Now” is a smooth slow track with some nice slide guitar throughout. This one adds to the country/folk vibe on the album and it’s about getting away and being here, right now.  The solo reminds me of something out of Tom Petty’s playbook.

This whole record has cool vibes all over it.  If you’re missing the brand of country-ish and southern fried rock n roll that Tom Petty used to bring to the table, this album from Sadler Vaden hits the spot.  This is where I would normally tell you how to find tour dates, but with everything up in the air on that front, I will direct you to Sadler Vaden’s merch store where you can buy this record and other items.  Anybody Out There? is available everywhere as of March 06th, 2020.

Favorite Tracks : Next To You, Don’t Worry, Golden Child, Modern Times, Peace + Harmony, Be Here, Right Now


Sadler Vaden – Anybody Out There? (2020)

  1. Next To You
  2. Don’t Worry
  3. Golden Child
  4. Anybody Out There?
  5. Curtain Call
  6. Modern Times
  7. Peace + Harmony
  8. Good Man
  9. Be Here, Right Now
  10. Tried And True

Album Feature – Brandy Clark – Your Life Is A Record

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Mar 092020
 

By Joshua Wallace

Brandy Clark has returned with the follow up to her 2016 release Big Day In A Small Town.  This album is titled Your Life Is A Record and thematically it’s about endings and beginnings.  Overall, it’s a slower record than her previous album with more somber moments although there are some upbeat breakup songs on this record as well.  Brandy Clark is a great songwriter and her ability to tell stories shines through on this one. Here are a few of my favorites.

The album kicks off with “I’ll Be The Sad Song”.  This is kind of the title track in that it’s about if a life is a record, the break-ups and sad times brought by the narrator provide the sad songs.  It’s a great tune that really sets the vibe for this record. The album does have some more upbeat numbers throughout, though still not upbeat lyrically. “Long Walk” is probably my favorite song here and it’s a great lyrical turn with “take a long walk / off a real short pier / take a cinder block with you as a souvenir”.  It’s a great infectious revenge / break-up song that gets stuck in your head easily.

Another favorite is a great story song in “Pawn Shop”.  It’s a song about a wedding ring and how it ended up in a pawn shop.  It’s a great tune centered around the emotions that go along with it all.  On a similar note is “Bad Car” and it plays into the sentiments of things we keep around because they’re familiar even if we know they’re long past their prime and in need of an update.  Finally, “Can We Be Strangers” is another break up song acknowledging that a bad relationship is probably best if the two parties never even met. It goes through all of the emotions of a bad relationship turning worse until you just don’t want to know a person anymore.  You don’t even want to miss them.

This record further cements Brandy Clark as an amazing story telling songwriter.  She does what she sets out to do with every song. Whether it’s telling a story, evoking an emotion or taking you to another time and place, she is a master songwriter.  If you have been a fan of 12 Stories, Big Day In A Small Town or anything else she has done, you’ll be a fan of this. Be sure to check out her website for tour dates and this record is out everywhere as of Friday, March 06th, 2020.

Favorite Tracks : I’ll Be The Sad Song, Long Walk, Pawn Shop, Bad Car, Who Broke Whose Heart, Can We Be Strangers

Brandy Clark – Your Life Is A Record (2020)

  1. I”ll Be The Sad Song
  2. Long Walk
  3. Love Is A Fire
  4. Pawn Shop
  5. Who You Thought I Was
  6. Apologies
  7. Bigger Boat (Feat. Randy Newman)
  8. Bad Car
  9. Who Broke Whose Heart
  10. Can We Be Strangers
  11. The Past Is The Past

Brent Cobb Pulls Double Duty With Acoustic Shows In Atlanta, GA

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Mar 022020
 

By Joshua Wallace
Photography By Joshua Wallace

I had the chance to catch Brent Cobb’s A Night Of Fine Acoustic Country Music Tour this past Wednesday night February 26th, 2020 in Atlanta, GA at Terminal West.  Brent Cobb actually had two shows this evening due to the initial show selling out quickly. These were duo shows featuring Brent on acoustic guitar and his regular guitar player Mike Harris on electric.  It was set up like the two were on their own front porch picking songs and hanging out with a few hundred friends. The opening act for this tour is Maddie Medley. I didn’t have much experience with her music before the show.  She only has one song out on Spotify with the promise of more to come soon. She played the same set both shows so I will cover her music once.

Maddie Medley was a solo act for these shows with an electric guitar.  Her voice is deep and rich and her songs are very personal. A stand out was “Edith” which she says is about if she has a daughter.  She sings about the things she would teach her future daughter about and how she would raise her in this world. The song she ended with was “Coming Of Age” which is the song you can hear on Spotify.  It’s a bit more upbeat than the rest of her set, but still a very personal song that looks inward. I hope to be able to hear more of her music in the near future.

Brent Cobb’s set began shortly after Maddie Medley’s set and you could tell it was going to be a fun evening from the start.  It was a very loose affair and the first show of the evening even had no set list. He kicked things off with a brand new song called “Keep ‘Em On Their Toes” which you can hear a snippet of in a video from the recording sessions of his next album on Twitter.  From there he got into a couple of songs from his last new album with “Mornin’s Gonna Come” and “Sucker For A Good Time”. Mike Harris was a great accompaniment for this set as he made the smooth songs still slow and smooth and the rocking songs still rocked out.  I particularly enjoyed hearing “Solving Problems” in this setting and the story that went along with it. Brent did another new song called “Shut Up And Sing” which I got a video of. It’s got a great message to it and I hope lots of folks hear it. After a rousing rendition of “Digging Holes”, Brent got a request from the crowd for “Old Shit” which is a song he wrote that Miranda Lambert recorded.  It was great hearing his version of this song and it’s refreshing to see an artist take requests in a setting like this as long as the audience is respectful about it.

I particularly enjoyed this version of “Providence Canyon” stripped back.  It was very smooth and laid back. We got another new song in “Soapbox” in the first set.  Brent does have a new album coming out in the fall and after hearing these new songs live, I’m particularly looking forward to having them on a record.  We got a version of “Black Crow” from the No Place Left To Leave album and it’s cool hearing those older songs live some 14 years after they were initially released.  From there, we got a cool instrumental segway into “Let The Rain Come Down” which was eventually recorded by The Steel Woods. I’m torn on which version I prefer, but Cobb’s acoustic version is great here.  A highlight of the early show was Brent Cobb doing a rendition of Tenacious D’s “Tribute” into “Down In The Gulley” when it got to the part in “Tribute” where you have to play the best song in the world. It was a great off the cuff moment that is what fans come to these stripped back acoustic shows for.

When it came time for the second show, those who were staying for both had to go back outside and come back in with the new crowd of people who were not here for the first.  Maddie Medley performed essentially the same set as she did the first time around so I won’t rehash that. Brent Cobb however performed a different set with a few duplicate songs but an almost entirely different order.

Brent started things off with another new song which I think was called “Ain’t That Enough” before going into one of my favorites from the Shine On Rainy Day album called “Traveling Poor Boy”.  There was also a rendition of “Come Home Soon” from Providence Canyon in the second set that was nice to hear here. There was another new song in this set called “The World Is Ending”. This was my personal highlight of the night.  Sometimes you hear a brand new song live and it just floors you. I’ve had that experience a few times with different artists and I cannot wait to hear this one on the album and for everyone else to hear it. From there, an audience member surprised Brent with a song he said no one requests from the Providence Canyon album called “Lorene”.  I was happy to hear this one live as it’s been a recent favorite of mine and it should be a regular part of the set list, especially on a stripped down acoustic set like this.

I can’t say enough about Brent having Mike Harris on guitar for these shows.  He adds another element to the sound that makes these more than just your regular acoustic sets.  This is especially apparent in heavier songs like “High In The Country” and “.30-06”. Mike Harris got to rock out on these numbers with extended solos and killer riffs that kept these songs rocking but still stripped down from what you would normally get in a full band setting.  The night ended with Brent Cobb starting up “Richland” from No Place Left To Leave before changing up to the slower, appropriate closer of “South Of Atlanta”. I was happy to finally get to hear this one as it’s one of my favorite Brent Cobb songs from any of his records.

I highly recommend going to this tour if it comes near you.  Brent Cobb is a great performer and entertainer in this unique setting.  The tour is set up like two guys picking on their front porch in front of a few hundred friends and it comes off like that.  You get to know Brent between the songs and get to know a little about the songs that you might not hear otherwise. If for some reason you can’t make it out to this tour, there is apparently a new record coming in the Fall for folks like me who can’t get enough Brent Cobb.  I’m already looking forward to the next time I get to see Brent Cobb live because it’s a good show whether it’s stripped back or full band.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom and get the dates for the rest of this tour.  You can also check Brent’s website for the most up to date tour information.