Blackberry Smoke To Release New Album In June.

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Apr 192020
 

On March 27th the pre sale began for this album on CD and vinyl both, for the new LIVE Blackberry Smoke album that will drop in June 19th.  Blackberry Smoke lead singer Charlie Starr plays Duane Allman’s iconic Goldtop Les Paul guitar in the band’s new version of “Midnight Rider”, which you hear in their set often.

They have released that single on March 26th which is the same day as the formation of the Allman Brothers Band, and also the release of the initial song in 1971.  For many many years Mr. Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Mr. Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Mr. Brit Turner (drums), Mr. Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Mr. Brandon Still (keyboards) have been beating the road HARD since 2004.

This band has always embellished Independent music and loudly loves their influences and heroes both in song and in person. In fact as I write this, they are currently in the studio working on their new album once again produced by Mr. Dave Cobb. This album will also feature guest vocals by Jamey Johnson and a few others.

This album was recorded LIVE from the iconic Capricorn Sound Studio in their hometown of Georgia, in Macon Georgia. That studio has always been regarded as the birthplace of Southern Rock having recorded some iconic albums from Allman Brothers Band, and Marshall Tucker Band.

The studio was bought in 1967 as a studio space for Mr. Otis Redding, and other artists that were on his label. The studio opened in 1969 after Redding died, and became a mecca for Southern Rock bands. On December 3rd 2019 the 20,000 square foot studio was re opened, and this is one of the first bands to record something there.

1. Midnight Rider

2. Take The Highway ft. Marcus Henderson

3. Keep On Smiling ft. Jimmy Hall and The Black Bettys

4. Grits Ain’t Groceries ft. The Black Bettys

5. Revival ft. The Black Bettys

6. Southern Child ft. The Black Bettys

Upcoming T.J. Hernandez Album Is On Fire.

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Apr 182020
 
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I been catching up on some albums here that kind of fell through the cracks of this year’s mess here, but this is an upcoming release form an artist I became familiar with in 2018. Folks this is Mr. T.J.Hernandez , and his second album here is a top notch effort from both a songwriting and a recording aspect.

The recording job on this new album is very pellucid, and it rivals a big time label from Nashville. I think Nashville is becoming more aware of some of the better recorded albums in underground music. Mr. Bill McDermott did a wonderful job producing this album, and that’s a name I haven’t heard in quite awhile.

“The Things I Do” is a classic sounding two step, that has a very retro Honky Tonk sound to it. That automatically attracted me to this album myself. This song has a real bounce to it, along with cleverly written lyrics and that old style piano that the current “Country” we have now is lacking in immense fashion. He co wrote this song with Mr. Bryan Martin.

“Between A Woman And A Song” is a really nice but poignant road dog song, about the loneliness of choosing between being home with family and performing for your fans. This song was co wrote with Mr. Tom McElvain.

The songs on this album show ardent growth in his ability as a songwriter , and it is juxtaposed well with the really nice steel guitar work and the way this album flows. All of the songs compliment one another quite well, and from him they stand believable. and relatable to anyone who travels the roads.

“Desperate Men” is a Billy Don Burns song that was arranged VERY WELL on here. The harmonica and guitar solos from Mr. Jelly Roll Johnson and Mr. James Mitchell  push this song along very well, it’s always been one of my favorites Mr. Billy does. Followed up by the slower song called “Destination Unknown”, which delivers inspiration to the dreamers, and folks who are on the bottom crawling to fight on the way up. I can tell you even as a journalist myself, there have been a plethora of times that I have been at the end of my rope and wanted to quit..and I didn’t.

All eleven songs on this album are truly outstanding “Right All My Wrongs” spoke to me as an individual because right now I am fresh out of recovery from a pill addiction. I’m 60 days sober now, and righting all my wrongs while working my twelve steps and finding a sponsor. I think I went back and finished all the work I left aside while being messed up..sobriety is a WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE!

I think this album will begin a new adventure for him. It’s well written, and very old school sounding, gives you a truly warm retro feeling in the feels. Get prepared to kicked in the gut, and have your teardrops assaulted with darkness and gloom..cause this album has it all.

You can pre order this album HERE.

Track Listing

Tracks:
1. Hair of The Dog
2. The Things I Do
3. Between A Woman And A Song
4. Desperate Men
5. Catch Me If You Can
6. A Writer’s Mind
7. Destination Unknown
8. Ditches
9. Right All My Wrongs
10. Blaze Your Own Trail
11. Right Where I Am

 

Nice List Of Great Music Live Streams For Many Genres.

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Apr 172020
 

I been cooped up in this house almost six weeks now like the rest of you guys. Getting projects done around the home, and getting caught up on here as well. I’m not much one for TV , but I’ll admit, I have indeed watched some of that too.

Lots of us are completely uncertain as to when we will return to work, or receive our unemployment. Some aren’t getting any at all, or we don’t know when it’s coming.. so we are all turning to music to heal our wounds or mend our insecurities. I KNOW I AM.

So I had an epiphany today that since I USUALLY publish a list of ongoing local shows that I could put together some LIVE STREAMS going on around many of the genres that I enjoy covering on here. There is going to be a large number of bands being included on this one people, so hold on tight.

Todd Snider – EVERY SUNDAY at 11AM
Aaron Watson – May 20th, 27th.
Luke Winslow King -, May 23rd, 30th, June 6th , 13th, June 20th,
Sean McConnell – May 20th
Hayes Carll  – May 26th
Shane Smith And The Saints – May 20th
Ray Scott – May 22nd

Sunny Sweeney – Full Band – May 29th
Matt Woods – May 23rd
Barnyard Stompers – May 20th
Blackfoot Gypsies – May 24th
Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters – June 4th
Randall King May 28th
Reverend Horton Heat – May 20th, May 22nd

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – May 21st
Wonky Tonk – May 30th
Blue Water Highway – May 21st
Cody Canada And The Departed – May 20th

Sons Of The Pioneers, The Lost Masters To Be Released By Country Rewind Western Heritage Records.

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Apr 162020
 

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 27, 2020) — Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters is targeted for release on March 15 by Country Rewind Records Western Heritage Collection to be distributed by Select-O-Hits. The new music will also be available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more.

“On this fine CD the songs written and performed by the Sons of the Pioneers will be sung a thousand years from now; perhaps on other planets,” shared Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. “What a great heritage to have left the world.”

Sons of the Pioneers that appear on the original “The Lost Masters” recording various times include Lloyd Perryman, Pat Brady, Tommy Doss, Shug Fisher, Karl Farr, Roy Lanham, Hugh Farr, Dale Warren, Rusty Richards, Bob Minser and Billy Armstrong.

Track List – Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters
1. Cowboy Jubilee (Ken Carson)
2. Blue Prairie (Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer)
3. Open Range Ahead (Bob Nolan)
4. When Payday Rolls Around (Bob Nolan)
5. Wind (Bob Nolan)
6. Yippi Yi Your Troubles Away (Tim Spencer)
7. The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma (Tim Spencer)
8. A Cowboy Has to Sing (Bob Nolan)
9. Along the Navajo Trail (Larry Marks, Dick Charles, Eddie De Lange)
10. Hold That Critter Down (Bob Nolan)
11. Cimarron (Roll on) (Johnny Bond)
12. Chant of the Plains (I Need You) (Bob Nolan)
13. Whoopie Ti Yi Yo (Traditional)
14. Song of the Trail (Stan Jones)
15. Ridin’ Home (Bob Nolan)
16. Chant of the Wanderer (Bob Nolan)

Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters was produced by Rex Allen Jr. for Boxer Productions at Jim Farrell Studios, Towanda, KS and Executive Producer Thomas Gramuglia, with mastering by Jim Farrell and John Forbes.

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.

About Select-O-Hits:
Select-O-Hits  is owned by Sam W. Phillips and John Phillips, was co-founded in 1960 by their father, Tom Phillips, and uncle, Sam Phillips, the legendary founder of Sun Records. Tom Phillips began his career in music as Jerry Lee Lewis road manager for a number of years. He had invested all of his savings into an upcoming 1958 European tour when news of Lewis marriage to his 13 year-old cousin hit the front pages. Lewis’s career came to a sudden, although temporary, halt. The tour was cancelled, and Tom was broke. Sam helped him by giving him a job in the Sun Records warehouse and allowing Tom to live with him while his family stayed behind in Mobile, Alabama. Eventually, Tom saved enough money to send for his family in 1960. Tom was not satisfied with running the warehouse, so with the help of his wife, Lucille, he opened a small record store and one-stop that provided small, predominantly black-owned record stores with everything from phonograph needles to display racks. In the mid-1970s, Select-O-Hits began to concentrate more on distributing and less on retail and one-stops. The retail store closed in the mid-1980s, and the one-stop followed a few years later. Select-O-Hits has formed a number of successful record labels, such as Avenue, Icehouse, SOH, Brutal Records, Basix Music, Blues Works and Prophet Entertainment. In 1997 half of the company was sold to Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi. While all genres of music are represented in the family of labels Select-O-Hits distributes, Rap, Blues, Soul and Gospel are still the largest portion of the business. Today with sales offices and staff in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Seattle, Select-O-Hits is one of the largest independent record distributors in the country, providing services for over 300 independent vendors to all key US music traditional “brick and mortar” retailers and digital media sites.

 

Just Behind the Creek: Field Recording at Kickin’ It on the Creek 2019 By Luther Center.

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Apr 152020
 

In order to get this review out quickly to readers who may be interested in listening to or purchasing this sampler before the April 30 deadline, I’ve copied and/or paraphrased some of this information from the project’s Bandcamp page.

This is a sampler collection for the complete Dolceola Records album “Just Behind the Creek: Field Recording at Kickin’ It on the Creek 2019”, to be released in September 2020.  The sampler offers 17 tracks played by as many different artists. All tracks were newly recorded on September 20-21, 2019, just behind the stage of Kickin’ It On The Creek. 

KIOTC is one of the best music festivals in Appalachia and is organized by Byron Roberts of Wolfpen Productions and staged in Ross’s Creek, Kentucky, at Byron’s farm.  It features local and regional bands in the mountains of Estill and Lee County Kentucky, as well as practitioners of traditional music styles from all over the country. These recordings show a wide variety of music with renowned and talented musicians playing traditional tunes as well as their own beautiful original songs.

This digital sampler is currently available only as a download from Bandcamp through April 30th for a suggested price of $10.  100% of the proceeds go to musicians to help support them during the current COVID-19 crisis.  I have added links to artists’ webpages, where I could find them.  Please consider visiting the merchandise sections there and perhaps purchase an item or two to help out further.

Here is the link to purchase this recording.

I contacted Dan Torigoe of Dolceola Recordings (based in Japan) via email about this effort and he responded, “I first heard about KIOTC from a friend of mine…..while we recorded a banjo master Jack Bunch in London KY. I was very interested in this unique fest as it was focused on showcasing current mountain music with local artists. It perfectly fitted our mission, to document current situation of community-based music in the United States.

We did the recording sessions at Byron’s bar room just behind the stage. We usually use Ampex 601 and RCA 77DX, which are same ones Alan Lomax loved to use for his recording sessions back in ’50s and ’60s.”

I also spoke to Byron Roberts about this project and he could not be more proud to have these recordings as a testament to just how wonderful the current music scene is in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.  

Interestingly, these recordings were not planned in advance!  Dan simply showed up at the gate and asked if he could make field recordings of some old time music using his 1950’s vintage microphone and tube equipment.  Eventually he and Byron got together and turned the Roberts’ living room into a temporary recording studio.  Byron started spreading the word among the musicians present at the festival and before long there was backstage buzz about it.  They ended up with 35-40 performances from which the final album will be culled.

Byron wants to thank Dan for coming from the other side of the world to record music from this Eastern Kentucky festival,  and sharing the music with the world.  Further, he is thankful to Dan for offering to give all proceeds from the sale of this sampler back to the music community in the Eastern Kentucky area.

Music truly is a worldwide family, community, and uniting force.  I personally could not give this collection a higher recommendation.

 Tracklisting:

1. Bobby Britt Music (from Town Mountain): Improvisation / Little Pine Siskin / Out of the Woods- enjoyable and expertly played improvised medley by Grammy nominated Town Mountain fiddler

Town Mountain
Bobby Britt
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2. Teresa Prince (from Luna and the Mountain Jets): Pepsi Girl- LATMJ vocalist/guitarist and “Honey” from the Laid Back Country Picker band performs a self penned pop tune acoustically, giving it a whole new Appalachian feel

Luna And the Mountain Jets

3. Brett Ratliff: Pass Around the Bottle-Eastern Kentucky musician plays banjo and sings a very old tune made popular by The Skillet Lickers. This performance would not be out of place on a Ralph Stanley album

Brett Ratliff

4. Blakeley Burger: Glory in the Meeting House-University of Louisville student and Kentucky Folk School fiddle teacher shines on this traditional classic

5. Don Rogers: Greek Medley- one of my current favorite musicians picks up the fiddle and kicks it into gear.  Check out his work as a solo country/rock artist, his bands The Apostlebillies, Bluegrass Collective, The Green Genes and probably about 15 others he sits in with

6. Montana Hobbs (from The Local Honeys): I Love My Honey- Eastern Kentucky musician and member of traditional Appalachian band The Local Honeys plays banjo and sings this sweet tune

The Local Honeys

7. John Thomas: Ashokan Farewell-23 old fiddler for Padre Paul Handelman on tour plays the beautiful theme from the 1990 PBS miniseries “The Civil War”

8. Walter DeBarr: Oceans-Buckhannon, West Virginia folk singer/guitarist plays the self-penned haunting neo-classic “Oceans” from his first EP

Walter DeBarr

9. Ritch Henderson: If It’s Only for Tonight- Alabama singer/songwriter/ guitarist performs his brand new tune

10. Joe Macheret (from The Tillers & Joe’s Truck Stop): Red Mountain Wine- super talented fiddle player and singer performs the Gib Guilbeau song from 1972

Joe’s Truck Stop

11. Sean Geil (from The Tillers): I Saw a Man at the Close of Day- like Macharet, he is also a Tiller.  The singer/songwriter/guitarist pulls out a Grayson and Whitter classic from the 1920’s and makes it his own. 

The Tillers

12. Chris Shouse (from Hancock & Shouse): Don’t Have a Clue- Irvine, Kentucky school music teacher and Appalachian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist plays a blistering version of this original song

Hancock And Shouse

13. Crownover: Alive (somehow)-Kyle Crownover is a very young, very likable, and very talented singer songwriter here performing one of his original tunes.  Never seen without a big smile on this face, you may have seen him on tour as Tyler Childers’ road manager

Kyle Crownover

14. Jesse Wells: Muddy Creek- speaking of Tyler Childers, this fella plays in his band, The Food Stamps, and formerly (and still sometimes) a member of The Wooks.  This guy plays about 15 different instruments and if he’s in someone’s band, he’s the secret weapon.  

15. Abe Partridge: Appalachian Farewell- Alabama native and multi-talented singer/songwriter plays his original ode to Appalachia.  He’s also a supremely talented folk artist and I highly recommend checking out webpage to see his original paintings.

Abe Partridge

16. Padre Paul Handelman: Gypsy Home- Former army ranger/rancher  and current singer/songwriter and restless soul plays a great version of “Gypsy Home”

Padre Paul Handleman

17. Senora May: All of My Love- Eastern Kentucky singer/songwriter playing a great original tune here.  I highly recommend going to see her live if she plays in your neck of the woods.

Senora May

A Message From Our Friends At Roots Radio WMOT.

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Apr 142020
 
Dear WMOT Listener,
Let’s be real – things are strange right now. We’re feeling confused and we don’t know what’s going to happen this week or next. For lots of us, daily patterns of life might suddenly be looking a lot different right now and the news changes quickly from day to day. But we know we will need music. 
We know – even more than usual – that we are likely going to be yearning for human connection in the weeks ahead, too. To the extent that each of us is limiting our time out or our brains are filled with extra precautions, it means that finding a connection to each other through music is all the more vital. At WMOT, we are here for you and we know how important it is to bring you the music and community that you want and need. 
It’s also important that we continue asking you for support during our spring drive this week. Your support right now is vital to ensuring that the music and community you rely on every day continues to thrive. 
To that end, when you support WMOT today our business partners will donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Nourish Food Banks. Subaru will provide five backpacks to Second Harvest for each donation made to WMOT. Ascend Federal Credit Union, Contract Management Services and The Alley on Main have each pledged $1000 matching gifts to Second Harvest. Andy Womack’s State Farm Office in Murfreesboro will match $1000 to Nourish Murfreesboro. When you donate to WMOT your dollars go twice as far! 
Community support is an essential part of who we are at WMOT and, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to help keep this music community strong while supporting the important work of our food banks. Do something to feel good today, to take action today, to protect your home for music today and help Second Harvest and Nourish Murfreesboro provide meals for school children and others. Please make a gift to WMOT now.
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Two Great Biographies On A&E Tonight.

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Apr 132020
 

While I was taking care of my medical issues in various hospitals all over America, I didn’t get the opportunity to write about us loosing our beloved Legends like Mr. Kenny Rogers and others. I’m working on a big huge article right now about many people that 2020 has already taken away from us.

This is a perfect opportunity to catch up on documentaries and shows that showcase those that influenced me to doing exactly what I do now, which is write about Country Music among their genres. Many nights I moil very late into the night, researching and studying these famous people, and how they embellished their music.

With thousands of LIVE STREAMS going on right now, and so many others catching up on podcasts, these two shows will be awesome treats to get to watch on television tonight. So as I take this time to catch up on things, I’ll be watching these.

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.

“Biography: Kenny Rogers” chronicles Roger’s life from his childhood, through the rise and fall of The First Edition, the iconic release of “The Gambler,” and to the height of his career as a successful solo artist, actor and pop-culture icon. Utilizing live performances and behind-the-scenes moments from Rogers’ 2017 star-studded farewell concert, All In For The Gambler, in Nashville, this “Biography” special pays tribute to a true country music legend. The two-hour documentary also features exclusive photos, a never-before-seen interview and acoustic performance by Rogers himself as well as intimate interviews with family and fellow luminaries including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson and more.

“Biography: Kenny Rogers” is produced by Blackbird Presents for A&E Network with Keith Wortman, Ken Levitan, Mark Anstendig, and Robert Rauffer serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

The celebrated ‘Biography’ brand continues to highlight newsworthy personalities and events with compelling and surprising points-of-view and remains the defining source for true stories from some of the most accomplished non-fiction storytellers of our time. Biography.com is the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

“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. Fans will witness an all-star sing-along with artists singing “Okie from Muskogee,” never before seen interviews, exclusive behind the scene footage, and never before televised captivating performances from some of country music’s biggest artists.

“Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend” is produced by Blackbird Presents for A&E Network with Keith Wortman, Theresa Haggard, and Mark Rothbaum serving as executive producers and Robert Rauffer and Mark Anstendig as Co-Executive Producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

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.

Mr. Billy Don Burns And Guests Mr. Tony Logue, Mr. Tim Lynch And Mr. Chris Rogers In Tennessee.

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Apr 122020
 

One of my last unfinished projects I have was this one here, and it transpired in 2019 at The Warehouse In Clarksville Tennessee. This show was set up and hosted by Mr. Chris Rogers, who ardently contributes to the Kentucky local scene. I have never met him before, but I have had dealings with the Kentucky Opry before of course.

Mr. Chris Rogers played some songs tonight, pretty much the entire night was mostly all acoustic stuff but to get to go see Mr. Billy play some of his timeless hits on a personal environment is amazing.  I have a deep appetency for  Classic Country Music, and those that wrote them.

These three guys that played first have some pretty intense songs, and brought a unique personal touch to this event. They are all very overlooked songwriters by many others, and that is one thing I attempt to rectify on this website here.

One of his songs was a working title called “She Just Took It To Texas”, it’s from an upcoming album called “Winter Hay”. The line in that song refers to a breakup, and he hasn’t quite allowed her to give back his heart yet. Very simple and well written sad old Country song that embodies the core dynamic of Country Music songwriting as a whole.

He also played “The Truth Lies In the Whiskey”, which was a pretty self explanatory song there. He is just trying his ass off to make a name for himself in local music by hosting shows, and showcasing his own music for a few songs. To be honest, he was enjoying the other three sets as much as I was.

I’m strongly convinced he is doing this for the love of the music, and the proliferation of this craft, and I hope he does more shows around here. This next gentleman is not only a fantastic songwriter I enjoy, he is a personal friend. He has extended his help toward me on a personal level before, and I will never forget that.

Mr. Tim Lynch is from my area of Kentucky,and not too long before this show I actually played on the same bill as him. He plays all types of music to be honest, I couldn’t really categorize him under any type..it’s just good music. “Halfway To Rockcastle” is one of his staple originals that he always does I enjoy.

He also does some terrific cover songs like ‘Long Time Gone” by Waylon, followed by his original “Hoptown” a nickname for Hopkinsville Kentucky. Pretty much the biggest town between the two of us on any map, and it can be a rough area.

One of the more personal favorite songs of mine he does is called ” Hard Livin”. You know my friends I’ll say this about the hard living about the music business, I NEVER realized how tough their lives were until I began following them around as a journalist. I have been doing this for about 11 years now, and traveled to many many states and places. I stayed in some HORRIBLE hotels, and REALLY NICE ones as well, these guys and gals run a VERY tough schedule touring on a local level.

One of the artists I was really looking forward to featuring first, was Mr. Tony Logue, however my personal problem prohibited me on doing that and many other websites got to feature his shows first. I kind of missed the boat on that one, and I have nobody but my own self to blame.

His song “The Storm” really “REALLY” speaks to me as a man, because I DO WORK in a Kentucky steel plant, and even RIGHT NOW we are weathering a storm being laid off with this virus going on. we get notices by the time clock all the time, and I have 14 years in at the plant NOW….and I live in a red brick house. I feel like he wrote that song about me, and THAT’S what music is supposed to make you feel like.

His songs are dark, poignant, and choked full of gritty Kentucky folklore. He tells grim stories of neighbors robbing one another, and killing them as they stepped on the property like “Deadwood”. You just don’t hear long drawn out 5 minute story songs anymore..his music isn’t radio friendly….and he couldn’t be more proud of that.

“Cutt Riley’s Daughter” is an absolute masterpiece, and it is written with such intense down home flavor that it could be construed as fiction or fact, and still remain enjoyable. I mean, you can sit back and just close your eyes and LISTEN, and this man will take you to places that will melt your mind.

“Jenny Ridge” is a song he closed with which was a ghost story, and I don’t really want to ruin the plot for you. Just GO CHECK OUT THIS ALBUM. The shit he comes up with was AMAZING to me, and when he mailed me his albums out of the blue one week, I was BEYOND impressed. Another thing I would like to point out, is the fact this young man and his wife turned out to be wonderful personal friends.

“Life’s Blood” was a true story about where he grew up, and a place that got turned into a national park.  He also played a rousing song called “Tennessee Girl”, some of the songs he played tonight were not on either album and it was fun to get to hear them live.

He played a song called “Baptized” about the Cumberland river, and a few others before leaving it to our hero Mr. Billy Don Burns. He is indeed one of the last true songwriting Legends left alive today still active, he pretty much raised me as a music fan with songs like his song ” I Always Come Back To Loving You” off the 1975 Mel Tillis album called “Best Way I Know How”.

Another album that seriously influenced me was Miss Connie Smith’s 1974 album “That’s The Way Love Goes”, which included his song called ” Be Alright In Arkansas”.  And even though he doesn’t often perform the older songs as much as the new ones, he is still just as beautiful of a performer.

He opened with a song from the “Train Called Lonesome” album called “Lonesome 77203”.  He played “Stranger” which is from from the 2012 album called “Nights When I’m Sober”, along with “That’s Alright”.

He stops during the set multiple times to weave tales of his previous debauchery and wild days of old, with his friends like Paycheck, and many others. I vividly embrace his stories of beloved heroes like Mr. Mack Vickery whom died in 2004, and Mr. Chris Gantry.

“Graveyard In Montgomery” is the title track of his 2016 album from by friends over at Rusty Knuckles. He followed that up with ” Hey Willie”, would you record another one of my songs? The song “Church At Gaylor Creek”, was from Mr. Cody Jinks 2016 album “Lifers”.

His live album ” A Night In Room 8″ was my album of the year in 2016, and the song “Dead Or Alive” was from it, and another as well. Miss Brigette London the traveling highwaywoman recorded his song called ” Hank Williams Lonesome Keith Whitley Blue”.

His new album contained the song he wrote with my buddy Mr. Tim Ledford called “I Like Trains”.  He played the ever popular song ” Outlaws At The Cross” which was a terrific song for Easter Sunday, I had to go back and listen to that one twice.

He opened his “Night In Room 8” album with “Outskirts Of Desperate”, which was a good song about a single father. And he closed his show with “Desperate Men”.  I wanted to go on right away and talk about his NEW album, you can purchase on his website called “The Country Blues”.

This version of “Runnin’ Drugs Out Of Mexico” was by far one of the best with the banjos and fiddles, and his vocals were captured very well. Age has not faltered his vocals or his ambiance for that matter, he tells an articulate tale about a “Mexican Woman”.

“Damn Cryin’ Shame” is a MASTERPIECE and the vocals here were so vividly laid out, I deem this the apex of the album..usually that doesn’t happen so early on in any album for me. Another new song I have never heard yet was ” The Prison Song”, you can FEEL the story here. And Mr. Billy makes every word 100 percent believable here, straight from the mouth of one of Country Music’s most precious Legends still with us.

One that I was REALLY looking forward to is the Billie Gant song called “No God In Juarez” that I have heard Mr. Billie perform many times, but never heard Mr. Billy Don Burns play. He played a higher tempo version of the song with a real Spanish flair to it, in fact many of the songs here on this album had that added flavor.

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.

The Muddy Roots Southern Gothic Festival.

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Apr 102020
 

Right next to where I live in Lick Skillet on the other side of the Red River, you have Adams Tennessee. Southern Gothic is a fall festival hosted by Muddy Roots that celebrates darker roots music. I brought the website to both of the Southern Gothic festivals, and this year I had some arthritis shots in my back, so I covered this a little bit differently than my normal depth.

I’m going to jump around with the pictures of the bands, and write about the bands here. We had some wonderful sets this weekend performed by a TON of good bands from quite a few genres. THAT IS the unique thing about Muddy Roots…variety. Mr. Jason brings forth so many different types of music all juxtaposed into one major area.

I’m also going to jump around the lineups here, and tell you about the bands as my notes tell me about this event. I have information on quite a few bands I have never covered on this website, and a few that I haven’t encountered in quite some time…so let’s talk about the music, shall we?

Fable Cry is self described as a theatrical scamp rock band from Nashville, TN. They draw inspiration both musically and poetically, from all things imaginative, mythical, and spooky. They were extremely different in every way to me, and from the very first song I was immediately a fan. They are currently on tour with The Legendary Shack Shakers, and slim Cessnea’s Auto Club.

OK They aren’t even Country, SO WHAT? You know I do deviate from time to time with many of the different types of bands I run across, if I like their music. They played a song called “Dead Or Alive (For Now), from their album called “We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are”.

Also from that album they played “Fancy Dancing”, and some new songs from an upcoming album they have in the works. Mr. Zach Ferrin – Vocals, Guitar fronts this band  along with Miss Jo Cleary – Violin whom also sings. Joining this band is Mr. Scott Fernandez – Bass, Miss Melody Ryan – Keys, Flute, Vocals and Mr. Andrew Core – Drums.

This band from Oregon called The Builders And The Butchers were an exciting band to say the least.They have been around for quite some time now, and they have an eclectic assortment of albums under their belt. “Bringin Home The Rain” is from their 2007 self titled album, as well as their 2010 album called “Where The Roots All Grow”.

This band is a little folk type Bluegrass with doomy harmonies and String Band vibe all mashed into one band.  You’re evil as the demons that haunt you, forgetting all it was that they taught you….yeah this band has some pretty poignant lyrics with foot stomping fever.

They played “Never Tell” from their 2017 ‘Spark” album which was a good song to hear live. They formed in 2005 and Mr. Ryan Sollee playes guitar and fronts the band. Mr. Justin Baier on drums, Mr. Willy Kunkle on bass guitar, Mr. Ray Rude on all kinds of stuff and finally Mr. Harvey Tumbleson make up this band.

SHE WORE BLACK DRESSES was in their set, about an evil woman who never cried or smiled in the morning and has a stone cold heart. Also probably my personal favorite song they play here, along with “All Turn To Fire”, which they have a VERY GOOD version of LIVE on their 2017 “LIVE From Doug Fir” album.

There were two days of bands I want to tell you about here, and some of them I have covered in the past. Some of them just don’t get to my area often enough, and also when you cover as many bands as I do, it’s hard to see that many shows.

I need to tell you about a Western Kentucky Legend in my area, and he is well known in the Owensboro area Bluegrass community. Mr. J.T.Oglesby is a fixture in my area, with deep ties to the history of Bluegrass in the Western Kentucky area.

Country Legend and Muhlenberg County native Mr. Merle Travis recorded the song “Nine Pound Hammer”, that he played today for us with note for note precision. You know, one thing I have always admired about Mr. J.T. is that he is extremely versatile in many styles of music, and he is quite the entertainer.

Also included in his set was a rousing version of the song “Saint James Infirmary” which I have heard many different bands play through the years from Bluegrass to Rockabilly. It stems from the 1920’s where Mr. Louis Armstrong played it among others.

“Minor Swing” and one of the songs I enjoy of his is called “Ghost Of Appalachia” . You need to check out his videos of Western Kentucky Thumbpicking and all of his forward roll videos to truly grasp the full platform of his work in music. Playing with him tonight was Mr. Matthias Bartley and Mr. Brandon Harper, whom have a band called Creep Diet.

Friends….THAT IS what music is all about and what Muddy Roots was founded on. Our buddy Mr. Robert Brown worked what little security we needed, and a bunch of friends traveled from far areas like Mr. Mark Simmons and many many more. This event is already being announced for 2020 and you can purchase tickets HERE.

I physically watched as many bands as I could this weekend, but to be honest I could barely keep myself upright or get eased outside. It was ( and still is ) very hard for me to combat this issue. However I took so many pictures and I wanted to include them all along with the bands I didn’t get to see as best as I could.

This year I had some very bad medical issues, and I had to lean heavily on all of you friends for moral support. That is the reason that this piece is so late, if you are an avid reader of my website you know what my plight was. For the last three months, I have battled an addiction to pills..and so far I have WON!

These beloved bands need me, and I had to fight a battle to overcome this problem because I was getting to the point where I was not beneficial to the music world without sobriety. ALL OF THESE BANDS need our support and our love, and I needed to change some things in order to do that.  I’m truly sorry to everyone involved about the late article for this event, I cannot do anything but apologize and move forward in my newly changed life.

Ahhh my old friend The Reverend Red, you need to check out his duo album with Mr. Duane Mark, it is one of my personal favorites in my collection. He has a NEW ALBUM out NOW called “Lakewood Dreamers” and he played a few songs from it tonight, he is just a good guy to get to get to know. He and I have really cool conversations about things at festivals.

“Water” is a really good song he played tonight, and to be honest it’s one of the best songs on his album. I think it showcased his vocals really well. From his 2015 “Goode hill Road” album, he played “I Did It For Denver” and another called “Knock Three Times”.

“Wayfaring Stranger” he played that was a cover, along with “Western Slope”. Pictured below is our buddy Mr. Duane Mark, whom also has a new album out and my other buddy Mr. W.T. Newton. You know not many people even cover the old ( what we call Roots music ) anymore. I really think that is ludicrous and stupid because it’s great!

He played a couple more songs for us before the other bands all got to play their sets all day today. Like my buddies over at S.S.Web from the good old Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.It’s been TOO LONG since I got to see Mr. Henry and Mr. Chris Bissell, and Mr. David Schuster play some of those older classic songs like “Sharpen Up The Meat Cleaver” from their “Revenge…” album.

Also they played ” 2 Devils” one of MY favorites, I got a devil in each ear telling me what to do, why can’t I break myself of you? Just their classic songs were played here tonight in their full force punk infused string band form. i did get to catch Mr. J.T. Oglesby jamming out in front of the stage during their set.

“Bring Me Home” was included in tonight’s set along with others like the title track to their 2018 album called “This Cold Soul”. They played “GAMBLING”, which always gets a lot of rousing reaction from the audience, as well as “Most Anything”…or as I like to call it “Bottle Of Whiskey”.

“Dead Man’s Bar” is from their 2011 “North” album when this music was at it’s period that I became to LOVE these bands. “Knockin’ At My Door” was one of their newer songs they played tonight, along with “Hang It Up”. They played a bunch more songs that I didn’t write down.

O’Death was there this weekend, and I got to catch them playing “Wrong Time” from the “Out Of Hands We Go” album. Mr. Greg Jamie – vocals, guitar, Mr. Gabe Darling – vocals, ukulele, banjo, Mr. David Rogers-Berry – drums, Mr. Bob Pycior – violin and Mr.  Newman – bass make up this New York based band.

The campground itself is very spacious and right along the Red River with plenty of camping area and fishing, canoeing and other activities. This is the second year for this event, the first year was quite a bit colder than last year.

Murder By Death was one of the bands I didn’t catch the entire set this weekend, however they did indeed play some songs off the new album called “The Other Shore” from Bloodshot Records.

Mr .Adam Turla – Vocals, Guitars, Miss Sarah Balliet – Cello, Keys, Mr. Dagan Thogerson -Drums, Percussion, Mr. Tyler Morse – Bass, and finally Mr. David Fountain – Piano, Percussion, Mandolin, Banjo, and Backup vox all make up this Bloomington Illinois band.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer  was another band I missed, and they are from Kansas City. The band Freight Train Rabbit Killer is made up of Kris Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). They often describe themselves as Roots or heavy doom blues, and from my past shows where I HAVE seen them…they are intense!

Blood On The Harp from Atlanta came out to play songs from their two albums “Ghosts volume 1 and 2”. This band was one of the more classic examples of Southern Gothic than anyone.  Mr. Miguel Olascuaga, Mr. Russell Blair, Miss Keena Graham, Mr. Chris Johnson, Mr. Christopher Salmon, and finally Mr. Nick Skillman brought a type of music to me that contained so many influences it completely flummoxed me.

Johnny Lawhorn And The Pentagram String Band I didn’t get any pictures of them, but I do remember their songs like “Blood So Warm”, and “Cadillac Jesus” from the album called “Busker’s Boneyard”.  Mr. Johnny Lawhorn – banjo/guitar/vocals, Miss Hannah Bernardini – mandolin/vocals, Mr. Dustin Johnson – upright bass/backup vocals and Miss Nicole Bax – washboard/backup vocals make up this band here.

Also from Kansas City, they emanate that Roots type music like “Old Face” and “Dorris”. They finished their set with “Gasoline Road” and others.

The stage is really nice and the seating area fits quite a bit of people, and has plenty of standing area in the front which is usually what the Muddy Roots crowd does at most of the events. I also invited my friend Angela to come with this year, as she lives close by.

These are her 3 boys Mr. Tyler her oldest, her middle son Mr. Dylan and her youngest son Mr. Riley. they are my little buddies and I like very much to play with them. The other day we had fun playing football outside when it was a little warmer out.

This band from Nashville Tennessee called Coffin Hunter was one I REALLY ENJOYED here, playing songs from the album “Red State Blue State Interstate 8” like the opening song intro called “The Great Chase”, which then went into the “ATF” (Alcohol Tobacco And Firearms).

They played some traditional Bluegrass songs like “Pig In A Pen” and also played some of the story songs like “Chronicle Of The Coffin Hunter” played throughout the album here. “Binge Of The Barfly” , and their last song was called “Target At The Market”.

Other bands I missed this weekend were my friends over at Saddle Of Southern Darkness, but I have indeed wrote a few great reviews on many festival articles. Their new album from 2019 called “The Feral Few”, was amazing on vinyl.

Mr. Trent Williams- Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Mr. Chase Williams- Vocals, Dobro, Guitar, Mr. Mark Rossi- Upright Bass, and finally Mr. Robert Van Natta – Percussion make up this Denver based doom Roots band. They display a very deep passion for many different genres of music, and a very menacing stage presence but they are good guys.

Songs like “Killbilly” and “Death Of The Saddle” will defiantly bring you up to a whole new echelon of Doomy Punkgrass type stuff. I never really got the chance to review their new album, because of my personal problems, and although it’s really not a valid excuse I hope they will forgive this old man!

I suppose to be honest I am using the website to work my twelve steps of AA, and mending fences with so many in written form. I know for a fact there will be MANY MORE future shows with these boys, and if you aren’t familiar with this band…you need to be!

Mr. Shawn Patrick Sweeney, Mr. Patrick Mcgillicuddy and also Mr. Dane “The Assassin” Talley make up the Kansas City band called Ghosts Of Grandad’s Past. This next piece is from their website:

Hailing from Kansas City, Ghosts of Grandads Past have spun their own tale on songs and stories of depression & murder, love & hate, Satan & sadness to come up with their own style on southern gothic tales while throwing in elements of folk, punk rock, goth rock and classic country.

“Down By The River” was an EP they released last year, and it was amazing, I’m really sorry I missed some of these sets this weekend, bur the first day I arrived kind of late from my doctor appointment. Mr. Lance Whalen was there as well and I didn’t get to catch him.

Viva Le Vox are my buddies in so many ways, out of North Carolina, and it’s always so good to be around them. Mr. Scarecrow Jenkins, Mr. Tony Bones, and the elusive Mr. Johnny Tugboat make up this intense trio of Roots badness.

Their 2009 album “Desperation Alley” is an iconic roots music album from that period of time that I was being introduced to bands like Those Poor Bastards, .357 String Band, Filthy Still and others. I really, really enjoy their stage shows with all the dark lights and his self harnessed mic rig.

These three guys really do proliferate their genre with videos and support of other bands that play the lineups with them. They don’t JUST SHOW UP AND PLAY, they continually and ardently support the other bands almost more than themselves.

In a nutshell everybody I wasn’t totally in my element this weekend on a mental level, and right now I’m on the cusp of beginning a new adventure of life in my own sobriety. Do I still plan to work shows in bars and around the things that ailed me?  OF COURSE , and I will not judge or condemn drinkers or anything that anybody else does.

But from now on, wherever you find the AA meetings, and my beautiful friends that attend them while enjoying all types of music…you’ll find the new and improved Gary Hayes.

Part Of The .357 String Band Makes History!

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Apr 082020
 

Hey folks this is one of two of the VERY FIRST times I have ever covered a LIVE STREAM for anybody. I’m not totally sure if they can still take donations but it was Streetgrass 77 @ gmail.com.  Even I had to dig a little here to make SURE I got the albums correct, after all most of these songs were by far older than 10 years.

This band was monumental to me in many ways, and EVERY ONE of the five members are great people in my opinion. Mr. Joseph Huber has graced my TOP 50 many times in the past. He tours HARDCORE, and supports a TON of the festivals I cover. When ANY of the festivals request a wish list from me Mr. Jospeh and Mr. Jayke (with or without the Goddamn gallows) are BOTH on my wish list.

A couple of my fellow Milwaukee boys, and even though we didn’t meet up until they were touring, I was a BIG fan of what they did…and YES I DO have a T Shirt guys…in good condition still!  So they began with the very first track on the first album of 2006, and one of the most integral albums of MY OWN journey into this style of  music called Ghost Town. That song is the great cover of “Pig In A Pen”.

From the 2008 ICONIC second album “Fire And Hail” they played the title track, as well as displaying their still existing banjo and mandolin chops. Speaking of ICONIC albums, they played “There’s A Higher Power” from the 1959 album “Satan Is Real”.

One thing that turned me onto music like this was as nerdy as I am they accepted me and I found a HOME with these bands that idolized the Legends like I do, but also loved the punk metal, and the heavy metal too. We were on that cusp of celebrating ALL genres.

“Stillest Hour” was a good slow song they played from ‘Ghost Town”. “Cluck Ol’ Hen”, “Black River Blues” were from “Fire And Hail”. Their cover of “Milwaukee Here I Come” was written in 1968 by Mr. Lee Fykes, and was originally recorded by George Jones first…many followed.

Of course “Shot Down” was included as was “I’m Gone”. However for me the apex of this whole show was their beautiful harmonies they still have for ” Long Put Down That Gospel”. That song is amazing and hits me right in the feels every time. And they did indeed the Those Poor Bastards song ” Glory, Amen”.

They closed with ‘Little Black Train Of Death”  and after talking to us in our homes, they finished with ‘Down On a Bender” both songs off of “Fire And Hail”.  Honestly, I’m not quite sure if there would ever be a full on reunion of any combination of the five past members but they acknowledged all three of the past members.

It truly was an up and down day, because shortly after they signed off so did our hero Mr. John Prine. He decided to go to Hillbilly Heaven last night, and lost a hard battle with the deadly Covid19. Here is the other article I made for the show :

Man I gotta tell you when I heard this I HAD to whip up this piece really fast for these two old friends of mine.  Mr. Jayke Orvis and Mr. Joseph Huber, whom both helped open my own floodgates to MANY more bands of so many genres. THIS to me is so personal, and I have a strong appetency  for these old classics.

I want to say this outright to these two guys and to all of you. Bands like this one MADE ME into the intense journalist I am, and they are my core of being.  Sam Bush, Old 97’s, Dale Watson, Jason And The Scorchers..and these guys.  They are always very welcoming and accept EVERYONE into their crowd.

Also, on a personal level I was adopted and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin where they came from. I didn’t know them but possibly could have been around them, as I’m 50. When I left in 1996 to come to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career, they came around.

They had no designated front man, and they blazed through local bars with their own style of Bluegrass or Streetgrass…or WHATEVER the fuck you want to call it…I haven’t been THIS excited for anything in a while. For me to make an article about a live stream is unheard of…but so was this ( I thought ).

The .357 String Band has released three albums  that turned me onto an entirely whole new world of bands and artists, 2006’s Ghost Town, featuring performances by Lonesome Wyatt from Those Poor Bastards, Rebecca Manthe from the Tossers, as well as co-production from JD Wilkes of Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers were another band that inspired me as well..and in my opinion Col. J.D. Wilkes is a Legend.

2008’s Fire & Hail is one of local music’s most iconic and important albums and that one  features performances by Andy Gibson of Hank III’s Damn Band, and performances by Donnie Herron of BR549. I’m going to tell you what folks, Mr. Andy Gibson produced some DAMN FINE albums in my time.

2010’s Lightning From The North, also recorded by and featuring performances by Andy Gibson. Right around 2011 they disbanded and went about their separate ways, be that good or bad. Because each one of them have blessed us with some DAMN FINE solo music, and Mr. Jayke’s contributions to the Goddamn Gallows is beloved by me and many others.

PLEASE join me on the LIVESTREAM and let’s donate a TON of money for them to live through this virus crap, and return to life. Here’s how YOU can see this tonight:

Hey everyone…Jayke and I will be playing at a a safe distance from each other while attempting to bring you all some sweet temporary relief with some olden .357 songs. It’ll be my first time playing some of these songs in a decade. Join us if you’d like at 5pm central from…I believe either of our music fb pages (not the .357 site). Be safe out there WI voters and all you good people!

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My Friends At The Blue Ox have Rescheduled Dates For August 2020.

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Apr 082020
 
As many of you know we are ardently keeping track of festivals that are moving, and cancelling outright. We can direct you to the proper places for a refund or exchange to many of the festivals listed on these articles.
For ONGOING ones go  HERE
For ones that have cancelled or rescheduled please go HERE.

Hello Everyone,
As you might have suspected, our June dates for the 2020 Blue Ox Music Festival will not be possible this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, we have worked closely with Eau Claire County Officials, Town of Union Officials, Blue Ox Artists, and their Management Teams to reschedule the festival for August 27-29, 2020. Without their efforts and cooperation this would not have been possible.
We realize how much this event means to all of you, and believe that shifting to the end of the summer will give us the best chance of having a festival in 2020.
As many of you know we are a small, family-owned festival; our team works passionately throughout the year to make this event a reality. Finding ourselves in this situation is something that we never could have imagined.
We are working hard to make sure all the pieces are in place for these new dates which includes maintaining our original 2020 lineup. These efforts have been moving along successfully thus far. We will release these details as they get finalized in the coming weeks.
All tickets, including reserved campsites and car passes, purchased for the originally scheduled festival dates on June 11-13, 2020 – will be valid for the new festival dates – August 27-29, 2020.
If you are unable to make the rescheduled dates, your credentials can be rolled over to the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival scheduled for June 2021. Blue Ox is also working on a refund policy to fit this unique situation.
We kindly ask for your patience, for this will take a bit of time, as we iron out the details with our ticketing partner to achieve ticket rollovers, refunds, and a potential official ticket transfer system.
We realize that the disruptions caused by this pandemic have affected many of us differently. We will come up with a solution for all ticket buyers. You are our festival family and we will do everything that we can to make this as seamless as possible for you.
In the meantime, we are presently collaborating with Blue Ox artists as well as Jamgrass TV, in releasing shows from our festival archives to create a Blue Ox Music Festival experience from the comfort of your own homes.
Hopefully this serves as a reminder to STAY HOME! We are all in this together and will get through this together.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you once again in August!
*Please feel free to contact us at info@blueoxfest.com with any questions or concerns.
Until then, take care and stay safe,
The Blue Ox Team

 

A Message From Fiona Prine And Oh Boy Records.

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Apr 082020
 

Good friends today I have been writing, and catching up even more on the website. I have a huge mega article upcoming on not only Mr. John Prine, but the loss of several others like Miss Jan Howard. I wanted to make a different angle article than everyone else did, that is what sets me on a different echelon than the rest.

I have a bunch of irons in a bunch of fires, and a bunch of home projects going on during this time of uncertainty. Just bear with me folks, I’ll be publishing MUCH MORE in the next week or so.

Meanwhile, here is an email I got this morning..and if you are on the Oh Boy Records mailing list you got it too:

From Oh Boy Records

It is with heavy hearts we have to share this sad news. Some of you may have already heard, but we wanted to take the time to let you know personally, and to say thank you. Thank you so much for all the well wishes, thoughts, prayers, stories, and songs. They helped us keep going through this tough time, and they will continue to bring us comfort.


Thank you for your love and support of John all these years. We know that it is what kept him going. He absolutely loved what he did, and he loved all of you. Thank you and we love you. – The Oh Boy family

From Fiona Whelan Prine…


Our beloved John died yesterday evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville TN. We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren.


John contracted Covid-19  and in spite of the incredible skill and care of his medical team at Vanderbilt he could not overcome the damage this virus inflicted on his body.

 

I sat with John – who was deeply sedated- in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity.


My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC. We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.


In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits:


thistlefarms.org
roomintheinn.org
nashvillerescuemission.org

TONIGHT The .357 String Band Plays Half Cocked….LIVE!

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Apr 072020
 

 

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Man I gotta tell you when I heard this I HAD to whip up this piece really fast for these two old friends of mine.  Mr. Jayke Orvis and Mr. Joseph Huber, whom both helped open my own floodgates to MANY more bands of so many genres. THIS to me is so personal, and I have a strong appetency  for these old classics.

I want to say this outright to these two guys and to all of you. Bands like this one MADE ME into the intense journalist I am, and they are my core of being.  Sam Bush, Old 97’s, Dale Watson, Jason And The Scorchers..and these guys.  They are always very welcoming and accept EVERYONE into their crowd.

Also, on a personal level I was adopted and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin where they came from. I didn’t know them but possibly could have been around them, as I’m 50. When I left in 1996 to come to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career, they came around.

They had no designated front man, and they blazed through local bars with their own style of Bluegrass or Streetgrass…or WHATEVER the fuck you want to call it…I haven’t been THIS excited for anything in a while. For me to make an article about a live stream is unheard of…but so was this ( I thought ).

The .357 String Band has released three albums  that turned me onto an entirely whole new world of bands and artists, 2006’s Ghost Town, featuring performances by Lonesome Wyatt from Those Poor Bastards, Rebecca Manthe from the Tossers, as well as co-production from JD Wilkes of Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers were another band that inspired me as well..and in my opinion Col. J.D. Wilkes is a Legend.

2008’s Fire & Hail is one of local music’s most iconic and important albums and that one  features performances by Andy Gibson of Hank III’s Damn Band, and performances by Donnie Herron of BR549. I’m going to tell you what folks, Mr. Andy Gibson produced some DAMN FINE albums in my time.

2010’s Lightning From The North, also recorded by and featuring performances by Andy Gibson. Right around 2011 they disbanded and went about their separate ways, be that good or bad. Because each one of them have blessed us with some DAMN FINE solo music, and Mr. Jayke’s contributions to the Goddamn Gallows is beloved by me and many others.

PLEASE join me on the LIVESTREAM and let’s donate a TON of money for them to live through this virus crap, and return to life. Here’s how YOU can see this tonight:

Hey everyone…Jayke and I will be playing at a a safe distance from each other while attempting to bring you all some sweet temporary relief with some olden .357 songs. It’ll be my first time playing some of these songs in a decade. Join us if you’d like at 5pm central from…I believe either of our music fb pages (not the .357 site). Be safe out there WI voters and all you good people!

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Legacy Recordings Re-Releases Lynn Anderson’s Classic Albums ‘Cry’ and ‘Listen To A Country Song’ To All Digital Providers

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Apr 072020
 

Lynn Anderson: Cry Lynn Anderson: Listen To A Country Song

 

Through Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Entertainment)
Nashville, Tenn. – For the first time since her passing in 2015, Lynn Anderson fans now have access to two of her iconic albums that have just been re-released to all digital platforms through Legacy Recordings. Anderson’s digitally remastered album ‘Cry,’ was released on March 6th and ‘Listen To A Country Song’ will be released on March 20. The fan-favorite ‘Top Of The World’ has been confirmed for release, with a street date still to be determined.

Ranked among the most admired and trailblazing entertainers in America throughout her six-decade career, Lynn Anderson’s sparkling vocals brought a new level of sophistication and glamour to country music. Her groundbreaking pop-country sound helped her become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal. Many firsts were achieved throughout Anderson’s career; some of which broke social barriers. Anderson was the first female country singer to perform on The Tonight Show, first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden and the first female to win an American Music Award. Lynn repeatedly delivered chart topping songs, such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the 70s. Too timeless to be forgotten, events and celebrations are in the works to honor the classic hits and sweet southern personality that Anderson engraved in hearts across the world.

“Lynn Anderson was an icon to millions around the world, but to me she was mom,” says daughter, Lisa Sutton. “It is so exciting to have two of her classic albums re-released through Sony Legacy during a time when we need it the most. Until now, they were only available on vinyl. This is a wonderful way for old fans and new ones to come together through music. Just stay tuned, because this is only the beginning!”

‘Cry’ Track Listing:
01. Cry
02. Never Ending Song Of Love
03. Ask Any Woman
04. Bedtime Story
05. I Won’t Mention It Again
06. Tonight My Baby’s Coming Home
07. Cotton Jenny
08. Kiss Away
09. When You Say Love
10. We Can Make It
11. We’ve Got To Get It On Again

‘Listen To A Country Song’ Track Listing:
01. Listen To A Country Song
02. Reason To Believe
03. There’s A Party Going On
04. Everybody’s Reaching Out For Someone
05. If I Can’t Be Your Woman
06. Just Keep It Up
07. Fool Me
08. Take Me To Your World
09. You’re Everything
10. It Don’t Do No Good To Be A Good Girl
11. That’s What Loving You Has Meant To Me

About Lynn Anderson:
Lynn Anderson’s six-decade career charted 12 #1 singles and a total of 18 Top 10 hits, with more than 50 Top 40 hit singles total. Aside from being named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music twice and “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Country Music Association, she also won a Grammy Award for her signature song “Rose Garden.” Anderson later won a People’s Choice Award, and was the very first female artist to win an American Music Award. In 1974, she became the first female country act to sell out Madison Square Garden. Record World, a major music trade magazine of the 1950s to the 1980s, honored Anderson as ‘Artist of the Decade’ for 1970-1980. Lynn Anderson died at age 67 on July 30, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Anderson’s memory continues to live on through her legions of fans from around the world.

Hats Off To The 80s & 90s – The Music Continues Presented By The 615 Hideaway Event Draws A Crowd Of Over 260,000 Viewers

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Apr 072020
 

Hats Off To The 80s & 90s

 

Acoustic concert featured artists T. Graham Brown, Bryan White, Wade Hayes, Tim Rushlow, David Frizzell, Ronnie McDowell, Tim Atwood And Lulu Roman 

 Aired by WWTW ShortWave Radio And Live Streamed By CDX, Do You Remember?, Nashville.com, The Heartland Network, RFD-TV, Country Rebel, Visit Music City  and more!

Hosted by Megan Alexander of Inside Edition

Nashville, Tenn. – On Monday, March 23, the acoustic live-stream concert “Hats off to the 80’s and 90’s- The Music Continues” presented by the 615 Hideaway took over the internet drawing in over 260,000 country music fans from around the world to enjoy live country music from the comfort of their homes. The special event was hosted by Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander and arranged by country hit maker T. Graham Brown in an effort to keep spirits high, hearts strong and bring optimistic entertainment to those stuck inside during times of social distancing. Brown, joined by fellow artists Bryan White, Wade Hayes, Tim Rushlow, David Frizzell, Ronnie McDowell,Tim Atwood and Lulu Roman put on a show that left fans counting down the days until the next live-stream concert.

“It was so much fun getting to be with friends during these tough times,” says Brown. “Music heals the heart and right now, we need a lot of heeling. So, when I started calling all of these guys – they all said yes! Hopefully we helped ease some minds and bring some happiness into some homes. Now, are you ready for us to do it again? You just never know…”

The two hour event aired live via social media platforms as well as WWTW ShortWave Radio, CDX, Do You Remember?, Nashville.com, The Heartland Network, RFD-TV, Country Rebel, Country Road TV, Visit Music City and many more. T. Graham Brown kicked the evening off with his legendary chart topping hits, “Hell or High Water,” “Wish I Could Hurt That Way Again” and “Wine Into Water.” The show continued with light-hearted jokes, hit songs and legendary performances from all the artists.

Please go to Visit Music City on Facebook to watch the full show: facebook.com/nashvillemusiccity/videos/550110802275943/.

To view off Facebook, click here.

To keep up with “Hats off to the 80’s and 90’s” tour announcements visit tgrahambrown.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.

Full List Of Live Tn And Ky Shows.

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Apr 032020
 

Folks I am trying my best to keep up with all of the venues, festivals and all else for you. These dates are ALL tentative, and I move the dates that reschedule of cancel RIGHT HERE . Your guess is as good as mine as to exactly when we will have live music again, or if the economy will ever fully rebound from this global tragedy.

I know for an absolute FACT any shows before the 15th of April have been cancelled so I’ll start logging dates and events that are slated to transpire AFTER April 15th. Even the Southgate House Revival whom reports not knowing when they will re open, has been left up on here after the 18th JUST IN CASE they can re open.

Until then, everybody hunker down at home and enjoy all of these live streams and watch movies. ME? Well, I just been working on the house chores and catching up on all of my back work on the computer. Catch a few podcasts I don’t always get to listen to, and enjoy my record collection.

BE WELL MY DEAR READERS. God Bless All Of You

Alan Jackson
Bridgestone Arena August 7th 2020

Blackberry Smoke
Ascend Ampitheater August 9th

Steel Woods
Morgan Wade
the Caverns august 15th

American Aquarium
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville August 16th

John Moreland
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville August 28th

The steel Woods
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky August 29th

Corb Lund
3rd And Lindsley August 30th

Ronnie Mcdowell
The Red Barn In Ohio September 12th

Charley Pride
Bridgestone Arena September 15th

B.J. Thomas
SkyPAC Bowling Green Ky September 19th 2020

Sammy Kershaw
Collin Raye
Aaron Tippin
The Red Barn In Ohio Spetember 24th

Daryl Worley
The Red Barn In Ohio September 26th

Whiskey Myers
Plaza Theater In Glasgow Ky September 26th

Chris Stapleton
Thompson Arean Knoxville Tn October 1st

Chris Stapleton
Bridgestone Arena October 2nd and 3rd

The Dead South
The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band
The Caverns October 3rd

Whiskey Myers
Ryman Auditorium October 20th

Whiskey Myers
Ryman Auditorium November 21st

Jo Dee Messina
The Red Barn In Ohio December 12th

Ian Noe
Lucero
Ryman Auditorium Feb 11th 2021

Chris Stapleton
Bridgestone Arena October 22nd and 23rd

Album Feature – Jessi Alexander – Decatur County Red

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Apr 022020
 

By Joshua Wallace

Decatur County Red is Jessi Alexander’s third record following her 2014 album titled Down Home.  This is actually my first time listening to Jessi Alexander and you might be saying the same thing as it has been six years since her last album.  However you possibly know her music as she has written several songs that have been both great deep cuts on mainstream albums and country radio hits.  She has written songs for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and even newer artists like Travis Denning. While she has written for a good list of top country radio names, this record is more in the traditional country realm and it has a really good sound in that respect.  Let’s take a dive through some of the cuts on this album.

First up is the first single from the album titled “Mama Drank”.  This is a great songwriters song that makes great use of setting and character to tell a story.  The song has a bit of fun with the subject and I dig the low key electric guitar riff on this track.  The next track is a song that originally appeared on a Tim McGraw album by the same name called “Damn Country Music”.  I wanted more from McGraw’s cut of the song when I heard it and Jessi Alexander has delivered what I was hoping for here.  The McGraw cut of the song sounded like something was lost in translation. However, you feel it here and Alexander’s cut has the solid country gold sound you would want from a song called “Damn Country Music.”

The album isn’t afraid to have fun either.  The cut “Country Music Made Me Do It” featuring Randy Houser is a fun tongue in cheek duet about the influence of country music on good or bad decisions.  It’s a fun and dance-able track that is fun to throw on during your living room quarantine dance parties. Finally, the song “Lonely Out Of Me” is a great vocal performance from Jessi and it’s a slower track that takes you back to classic country songs of the 60’s and 70’s.

This entire record is solid country gold and at only eight tracks you only get the good stuff.  Jessi Alexander’s career up to this point may be defined by the songs she has written for others, but this is a top notch record that deserves to stand on its own.  I hope that I get to see her live at some point in the future. In the meantime, you can check out her website and social media to find ways to support her during these crazy times.  Decatur County Red is out everywhere as of March 27th, 2020.         

Favorite Tracks : Mama Drank, Damn Country Music, Country Music Made Me Do It, Lonely Out Of Me, How I’m Going Out

 

Jessi Alexander – Decatur County Red (2020)

  1. Decatur County Red Feat. Johnathan Singleton
  2. Mama Drank
  3. Damn Country Music
  4. I Should Probably Go Now
  5. My Problem Is You
  6. Country Music Made Me Do It Feat. Randy Houser
  7. Lonely Out Of Me
  8. How I’m Going Out

Mr. Ward Davis And Mr. Rye Davis At The Spillway.

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Apr 012020
 

I have a bunch of news I want to tell you about Mr. Rye Davis, I was contacted recently that he has a new single out now, and we have it on our playlist. You can go HERE to listen to it. Heck, I BET you’ll find a few more independent bands on there you might like too!

I had to take some time away from my desk to attend to some medical issues, and he has since then released his new album called “Cut To Tape”. Please make sure you go over and purchase his new album after reading this article, which transpired recently at the Spillway Bar And Grill in Bowling Green Kentucky.

Mr. Rye Davis is one of the most overlooked artists in my area by the major media factions, and I am angry about their insouciant attitude toward his music. Not to mention the fact he is always approachable, and ardently passionate about those that love his music.

He played the 1983 song called “The Ride” that Mr. Gary Gentry wrote for Mr. David Allan Coe. It was on the 1983 album called “Castles In The Sand”.  The next song, which is on the new album called “King Me” hit me right in my feels. Because my own father died in 2017 from dementia , and I can really relate to the lyrics here.

My dad got lost and he wasn’t allowed to drive anymore, and he didn’t remember who I was when I went to see him before he died.  My dad didn’t play checkers, but I could easily place myself in that song.  “She’d Know” was another original ( as were the rest of them), that tells us about his feelings about his own wife.

“Blue Jeans” is an absolute masterpiece, and if you haven’t heard it, you are nuts. This song tells of his laments of his youth, but he spins it into a happy memory as well. All of the things he left in his pockets, that his mother found in the past as she washed them painted a story that couldn’t be told anybody any better.

“Everyday America” and “They All Know My Name” were included in his set. His second to last song was a new one called ” Save You A Seat”. This song is dedicated to the people that Bible bash and condemn others for being less religious than them. All in all I can pretty much say I have always had a wonderful time watching his show, wherever it may be.

Mr. Clint Park, whom is also an active member of the Ward Davis band played an equally amazing set of his own songs, and one Leon Russell cover. He has a self titled 5 song EP out now, and you can purchase it on his website by clicking on his name up there.

Now, mind you this concert happened in November of 2019….yeah…that’s how behind I am. However the time I lost was time well invested into my health NOW, and it’s easier to move forward than to fall behind more. I apologized to just about everyone I can think of, and I have never been more proud of myself for finding sobriety within lyrics that speak of pills and whiskey.

While I was detoxing this song ” Why Can’t It Be Raining” really spoke to me, and it’s almost like it was God’s plan to save this article for me to write NOW. See the addiction is all behind me now, and I can say at one time I DID wish the sun would disappear.

“Let It Burn” was played tonight, as well as “Even Texas Ain’t Big Enough”. But the song called “One Track Mind” also spoke to me as a lover of good story songs, and this song truly gave me the chills. Because AT THIS TIME I was teetering on the idea of going to addiction help, and I think this song along with a few more helped me decide to go.

There are not many songwriters that I adore more than Mr. Ward Davis and his style. To me, he is a modern day Dean Dillon or Don Schlitz. I have no doubt in my mind my daughter will one day call him a Legend of Country Music. He is sadly overlooked by the establishment, and thusly he became “one of our boys”.

Despite that his songs have been recorded by Legends, and he has continued to pave the way for people like Mr. Rye Davis….like Mr. Ward’s heroes did for him. Mr. Ward Davis is doing EXACTLY what Mr. Roy Acuff and his ilk wanted us to do…maintain integrity.

“No Goin’ Home” once you’re gone there ain’t no going home. “Time To Move On” was off his new album “Asunder”.  One of the songs he wrote that was recorded by Mr. Cody Jinks was called “Same Kind Of Crazy As Me”. Another song included here tonight was called “Get To Work Whiskey”.

He played covers too! And to be honest that’s GREAT that he honors some of the Legends like the 1958 Sun Records behemoth song by Johnny Cash called “Big River”. It’s from Cash’s third album “Songs That Made Him Famous”….and it did.  Now this next one “Money In the Bank” was from the 1993 John Anderson album ‘Solid Ground”. I wanna say I study John Anderson very ardently, and I thought his version was good. I LOVE the late 80’s and early 90’s Country.

Everybody loves his song he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks called “I’m Not The Devil”, and he did several more before breaking out into his songs like the title track of his bigger album called ” 15 Years In A 10 Year Town”. He also played “Geronimo” and his anthem…the almighty ” Old Worn Out Cowboys”, that originally guest starred Mr. Willie Nelson and Mr. Jamey Johnson.

I truly  enjoy coming out to the Spillway for so many shows, and as soon as this national crisis is over with, our beloved music will soon return to normal and we can start supporting shows and venues again. I decided to go to recovery at a VERY good time.

Ultimately I hope with all my heart and soul that all my music friends still love and support what I do. I was well pleased with the way my crew ran OUR website while I was away, and how they touched base with me as they could to track my progress in recovery.

You know Country Music as a whole often glorifies alcohol and drug use, but in the end it also speaks of redemption and righting your wrongs. It truly is the Lord’s music, even as old as Uncle Dave Macon, it has established itself as a beacon for sinners and heathens alike….and I believe Country Music heals them. I used people like Mr. Ward Davis to heal myself that’s for DAMN SURE!

I’m back everybody, and better than ever!