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.
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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’