List Of Local Shows In Kentucky And Tennessee.

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May 282021
 

No Deceit
July 17th, 2021
Spillway Bar And Grill, Bowling Green Ky

Kentucky Headhunters
July 20th, 2021
Downtown Burkesville Ky

Leftover Salmon
July 21st, 2021
The Burl, Lexington Ky

Randall King
July 23rd, 2021
Cahoot’s Dance Hall, Lebanon Tn

The Steel Woods
July 23rd, 24th 2021
The Shed, Maryville Tn at 7PM

Sean McConnell
August 5th, 2021
Nashville City Winery, Nashville 7PM

The Cadillac Three
August 14th 2021
The Shed, Maryville Tn at 7PM

Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
August 14th 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Quaker City Nighthawks
August 15th, 2021
3rd And Lindsley

Johnny Lee
August 18th, 2021
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville Tn

Whiskey Myers
August 20th and 21st 2021
The Shed Maryville Tn at 7PM

The Bellamy Brothers
August 21st 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Blue Water Highway
August 26th, 2021
The High Watt, Nashville Tn

Ashley McBryde
August 26th and 27th, 2021
Ryman Auditorium

Gene Watson
August 28th 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Steve Earle And The Dukes
August 30th, 2021
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tn

The Cadillac Three
September 1st and 2nd
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tn at 8PM

Terri Clark
September 3rd, 2021
Cahoots Dancehall, Lebanon Tn

Steve Earle
September 4th, 2021
Beaver Dam Ampitheatre, Beaver Dam Ky

Parker McCollum September 8

Legendary Shack Shakers
September 9th, 2021
The Southgate House Revival, Newport, Ky

Whiskey Myers
September 10th and 11th
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tn

Clint Black
September 12th
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tn

Reckless Kelly
September 24th, 2021
Plaza Theater, Glasgow Ky

Daryl Worley
September 26th, 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Emi Sunshine
October 2nd
Farmhouse Living Fair, Lebanon Tn

Ronnie McDowell
October 9th, 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Gene Watson
October 11th, 2021
Renfro Valley, Mt. Vernon Ky

Neal Mccoy
October 16th, 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Pecos And The Rooftops
October 22nd, 2021
The Basement East, Nashville Tn

Jo Dee Messina
October 23rd, 2021
Red Barn Convention Center, Ohio

Chris Stapleton
October 23rd, 2021
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tn

The Supersuckers
October 29th, 2021
Growler’s, Memphis Tn

Shane Smith And The Saints
November 3rd, 2021
The Basement East, Nashville Tn

Southern Culture On The Skids
November 6th 2021
The Mercy Lounge, Nashville Tn at 7PM

The Mavericks
December 3rd and 4th 2021
The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tn

Chris Stapleton
December 5th, 2021
Knoxville Tennessee

Billy Strings
December 17th and 18th, 2021
Bridgestone Arena

Vince Gill
December 19th, 2021
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tn

2022 Dates:

Lost Dog Street Band
January 15th, 2022
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville Tn 8PM

Orange Blossom Revue Announces 2021 Lineup.

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May 282021
 

 

ORANGE BLOSSOM REVUE
ADDS BLACKBERRY SMOKE TO 2021 LINEUP

Lake Wales, FL – Orange Blossom Revue is pleased to announce the addition of Blackberry Smoke to its 2021 lineup. The Atlanta based rock titans will co-headline the 7th annual festival alongside critically acclaimed folk duo The Wood Brothers, joining The SteeldriversHayes CarllDevon GilfillianNicki Bluhm, and more. A staple of the southern music canon, the seven piece ensemble will celebrate their 20th anniversary this year with a new album You Hear Georgia to be released May 28. The outfit will return to central Florida this winter, bringing their dynamic sound and larger-than-life stage presence to the scenic grounds of Lake Wales the weekend of December 3-4.

A music and heritage event like no other, Orange Blossom Revue continues to attract locals and globetrotters alike to the glimmering shores of Lake Wales, a stone’s throw from two of the sunshine state’s main hubs, Tampa and Orlando. General Admission weekend passes are on sale now, with a limited number of VIP and RV Camping passes available while supplies last.

Orange Blossom Revue springs into action this December 3-4, 2021 at Lake Wailes Park (33 N Lake Shore Boulevard, Lake Wales, FL 33853). For up-to-date information about Orange Blossom Revue including safety precautions, tickets, and VIP packages, visit www.orangeblossomrevue.com. A complete lineup can be found below.

 

Orange Blossom Revue 2021 Lineup
Blackberry Smoke
The Wood Brothers
The Steeldrivers
Hayes Carll
Devon Gilfillian
Nicki Bluhm
Ryan Montbleau*
Roosevelt Collier*
The Hummingbirds
Side Hustle

 

 

Mempho Music Festival Announces October 1-3rd Artist Lineup.

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May 282021
 

 

MEMPHO MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OCTOBER 1-3, 2021 ARTIST LINEUP

WIDESPREAD PANIC (TWO NIGHTS) AND THE AVETT BROTHERS TO HEADLINE, JOINED BY NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATSBLACK PUMASLUCINDA WILLIAMS, AND MORE

 

I have the entire list of festivals for 2021 up now folks, and I have more information than you can read in one evening on here now. I work tirelessly adding information as I go along, to over 275 nationwide festivals on here at once. This year above all years you have TONS of bands and artists going back on the road all at once! That brings forth a deluge of concerts, and small venue shows all happening at once despite gas price taking a big leap!

Memphis is a city I have done a lot of music work in, it’s not my favorite city to venture out in, but it is fun to go soak up some live music in. I like to go to the Lucero block party they throw each year, and also the Ameripolitan Awards.

Memphis, TN (April 28, 2021) — Mempho Music Festival is proud to announce its 2021 music lineup taking place October 1-3, 2021 at its new home, Memphis Botanic Garden. The three-day event will feature a two-night headlining performance from rock titans Widespread Panic plus a headlining performance from folk-rock barn burners The Avett Brothers on the Adams Keegan main stage. Additional hitmakers covering the gamut of Americana, rock, and blues include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night SweatsBlack PumasLucinda Williams, and many more. A full lineup is below.

New for 2021, Mempho Fest will celebrate its fourth annual event at a new home, Radians Amphitheater at Memphis Botanic Garden. Centrally located in the 96-acre Memphis Audubon Park, Radians Amphitheater provides state-of-the-art sound and premier amenities for festival attendees.

Mempho Fest burst on the festival scene in 2017 adding a new chapter to Tennessee’s storied music scene. The event’s focus on bringing a diverse and exciting mix of nationally acclaimed chart-topping artists and regional favorites to a city renowned for its musical lineage garnered praise from attendees and critics alike. This year, after an unprecedented year that halted live music, organizers of Mempho Fest are thrilled to return and offer music lovers three full days and nights of incredible performances.

Early Bird and Tier 1 advance price tickets for Mempho Fest 2021 were announced in February and sold out in record time. Tier 2 three-day General Admission and VIP tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased for $185 and $585, respectively. VIP ticket packages include access to a dedicated VIP area presented by Orion; access to a viewing area in front of the main stage; complimentary VIP parking; $100 in Mempho Bucks to be used on food and beverages or Mempho merch; catered hors d’oeuvres; access to a private bar serving premium craft beer, wine, and cocktails; air-conditioned restrooms; WiFi and charging stations; and a dedicated VIP entrance. Tickets can be purchased through memphofest.com/tickets and Ticketmaster.

While the live music industry continues to navigate unknowns and challenges in the coming months, the safety of Mempho Fest’s patrons, staff, and artists is the organizers’ top priority. The festival is working closely with local and state health officials to ensure a safe and unparalleled experience for all attendees. For up-to-date information about Mempho Music Festival, including safety information and protocols, tickets, and VIP packages, visit memphofest.com.

Now then, as I add more information on this article before the event happens I will embed links to the bands involved on here. I’ll also add links to my favorite hotels I use to stay in, when I visit Memphis.

Mempho Music Festival Lineup 2021
Widespread Panic (two nights)
The Avett Brothers
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Black Pumas
Lucinda Williams
Moon Taxi
Julien Baker
Waxahatchee
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Andy Frasco & the U.N.
Will Hoge
Southern Avenue
Liz Brasher
The City Champs
Dirty Streets
More artists coming soon

 

Miss Allie Colleen Sets Up To Release Her Debut Album “Stones”.

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May 282021
 

 

Don't Give Your Heart To A Cowboy Artwork

NASHVILLE, TENN. – (May 7, 2021) –  Independent Singer/Songwriter, Allie Colleen, has released the second digital single, “Don’t Give Your Heart To A Cowboy,” off her well-received debut album STONES to all music platforms for streaming and download. The spirited tune, co-written by Eric Dodd and Allie Colleen, is available on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube Music, Pandora and more platforms here.

“It’s all in the lyrics ladies… don’t do it. Cowboys, they have been the coolest thing since forever. Men that smell like leather, horses, and tobacco. Well ladies, I am here to tell you that is what heartache smells like. Flirt with them, dance with them, drink with them, hell – kiss’em if you want, but don’t give your heart to a cowboy,” stated Allie Colleen.

“Allie came over to the house for our writer session, and she said she wanted to write a cowboy song. She shared a cool story with me about someone told her that went something like, “Those cowboys are dangerous when it comes to your heart…they’ll leave their leaving boots on your front porch,” and that line or quote stuck with me and the last part made it in the chorus of the song,” shared Eric Dodd. “I was hooked when she told me that story. When we finished this one, Allie and I knew we had something special. We felt like we really painted the picture of that warning about what a cowboy can do to a girl’s heart. There is something so bittersweet and nostalgic in this one, and it’s one of my favorites I have ever been a part of.”

“… Ever since the wind, came rolling in, from the East
To a one horse town, spurs on the ground, silver screen
From that first tip of a hat, girls like me got it bad
That grit drives you wild, he’ll rope you with his smile
Back then I wish I knew
not all dreams come true

Yeah, He’ll spin you around that sawdust floor
Yeah, He’ll hold your hand out those double doors
He smells sweet like wintergreen with lips that taste like whiskey
He’ll leave his leavin’ boots on your front porch
Don’t Give Your Heart To A Cowboy …”

STONES was co-produced by Joe Costa, Joe Costa Productions and Ben Watts, Lore Entertainment, and recorded at Allentown Recording Studio in Nashville. Physical copies of the highly anticipated debut album STONES are available for purchase online at alliecolleenmusic.com and will be available Nov. 19 on all digital music platforms.

“Allie Colleen delivers the goods on her debut album. From moments of angsty blues to soulful ballads and classic country. Allie does it all with raw, heartfelt lyrics and an honest vocal delivery,” added Co-producer, Ben Watts. “It was a pleasure to play a part in the creation of this project. I’m sure she’s set for a bright journey ahead!”

Allie Colleen Tour Dates:
6-11-21 – Comstock Festival – Comstock, NE
7-17-21 – Valley View Campground – Belmont, OH
7-31-21 – Farley Fest – Milbank, SD w/ Casey Donahew
8-06-21 – Franklin Theatre – Franklin, TN
8-15-21 – Washington County Fair – Richmond, RI
8-19-21 – Battery Park At Hard Rock Hotel & Casino -Sioux City, IA
8-20-21 – The Rust Belt – East Moline, IL
8-21-21 – Riverbend RV Resort – Watertown, WI w/ Love & Theft
8-22-21 – JR’s Southpork Ranch – Iowa State Fair – Des Moines, IA
9-11-21 – Red Hill Cutlery – Radcliff, KY
9-16-21 – Nancy Howe Auditorium – David Howe A. Library – Wellsville, NY
9-18-21 – Fall Heritage Festival – Cowan, TN w/ JD Shelburne

Music is available on all digital platforms Apple Music, iTunes, SpotifyYouTube Music and Amazon Music

About Allie Colleen:
A Belmont University graduate from Owasso, Oklahoma with a style that is truly her own, Allie Colleen is no stranger to the music industry. A passion for singing and songwriting since a young age has garnered her a reputation of being a notable songwriter with an iconic-sounding voice. Her impeccably strong voice with hints of timeless tradition falls between classic country and the emerging country sound. The room never fails to silence as Allie Colleen begins to sing about the layers of love and heartbreak that have shaped her. Some of her newest songs bring witty lyrics and a connection to the song unlike most today. One of her original songs, Close Enough, gained nearly more than 715k views on YouTube. Her social media following has continued to increase every year. Her passionate drive and innovative vision set her apart from her peers resulting in here music and videos going viral on the internet – even capturing the attention of well-known radio show host Bobby Bones – proving that her audience is captive and waiting for her next song. Persistently working to hone her skills along-side industry professionals and performing at venues both around Nashville and national venues garners Allie Colleen a growing fan base. Allie Colleen’s debut single, “Work In Progress” defines the life that’s shaped her with personal lyrics and transparency in both the vocals and delivery.  “Work in Progress” is a sweet sentiment regarding her introduction to the Music Industry co-written with hit songwriter Marcus Hummon and well known studio engineer Greg Beick. Her debut single released in early July and followed by “Along The Way.” Her release of her concept project of “Best Friend” and “Road You Take” shared her journey and the story of a broken friendship along with healing a broken heart. Her first radio single “Ain’t The Only Hell (My Momma Raised)” broke tho top #30 on Music Row Breakout Chart 1landed at #9 on CDX TRACtion True Indie Chart  and made a debut at #74 CDX TRACtion Mainstream Country.

Ben Reddell Band Set To Release  ¡LA BABY!

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May 282021
 

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Los Angeles, CA April 27th, 2021—Bryan, Texas-born, Kerrville, Texas-raised Ben Reddell has made a name for himself on the LA roots music scene  He has played bass in Leslie and the Badgers, Elijah Ocean’s band, on Rod Melacon’s Southern Gothic album, and most recently with GospelbeacH. Reddell has also fronted the Ben Reddell Band for many years, playing gigs about town and releasing an EP in 2012, The Big Dang Deal.

 

He is also a community man.  If you’ve ever visited the LA roots music scene, he’s the tall mustachioed man with the long dark hair and a cowboy hat and he’s either walking around shaking hands, or manning the boards for the stage, where it’s needed.  A regular friendly fixture and ‘Mayor’ of the scene, he prides himself on his role of promoter for the indie-roots music show, The Grand Ole Echo and as General Manager of Bedrock L.A. Studios.

 

The band initially went into the studio in December of 2019 to begin recording ¡LA Baby! Of course, we all know what happened after that, and the rest of the record had to be finished remotely.  Not the most ideal, but Reddell wanted to get it done. The pandemic also led to the hiatus of Reddell’s roles as musical promoter and studio manager, but it did have an upside.  “In the absence of my responsibilities, I wanted to focus on putting out my art that I feel is good,” he observes. “Before I didn’t have the time or ability to put my work out there.”

 

Reddell’s music reflects the small town Texan in him and merges it with his urban life in Los Angeles. “I think my approach to country music is unique,” he describes. “I’m really inspired by all the Texas songwriters that came before me, but I’ve always had a penchant for rock music. So I think my brand of country is different than others that have melded the two genres.” L.A. Record compared his voice to Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, calling it “…as weather-beaten and world-weary as any classic Texan troubadour.”

 

Reddell says that the tunes on ¡LA Baby! come from a celebratory perspective. “We went into the studio in December, and we were all really happy and in a good place.  I went into it after watching ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’, which was a celebration of LA, as much as you can celebrate our demon angel of a city.  So the movie kind of filled me with a sense of instilling the tunes with a sense of being in LA, and I feel that comes through.”

 

Longtime friend and musical partner, Elijah Ocean helped Reddell arrange the music on the album, as well as lending his bass skills.  The upbeat, toe tapping, “My Baby” opens the record. “I wrote this in the summer of 2019, I was traveling, playing bass for GospelBeacH, and I was the happiest I’ve ever been.  It’s a love song to my lover, but also to L.A. It’s a tribute to easy living and being the highest and happiest one can be.”

 

“Cocaine” is an edgier song with a country-rock vibe. The story song, “Tumbleweed” slows it down and the sweet sound of the pedal steel juxtaposes with Reddell’s raspy baritone voice. “This is one of my oldest songs. I wrote this in my sad Hollywood apartment in 2007. At that time, I was a drunk and a waiter at the Arclight Cinema, but writing this song made me feel like I was more than those things. It’s inclusion on this record means a lot to me, it’s my banner of L.A.”

 

The lyrics and melody on “Bar Blues” are reminiscent of a Tom T. Hall or Robert Earl Keen song, while the accordion on “If You Love Her and You Need Her” and “Good Thing” will have you moving in your seat if you’re not already on the dance floor. “Good Things’ was written when I moved to the neighborhood of Boyle Heights. It’s a reflection of what I would hear in the hills as Norteño bands would be playing a party somewhere in the distance.  But it’s also inspired by my youth growing up in south Texas. The kind of boozy Jim Morrison-chorus grounds it even more in the LA legacy.”

 

Reddell plays rhythm guitar on ¡LA Baby! and is backed by a stellar band of musicians from the L.A. roots music scene.  Along with Ocean (who is one of Reddell’s favorite country songwriters), he has Travis Popichak on drums who he has been playing with since 2004. Reddell met guitar player Joe Bourdet (Whispering Pines, Jonathan Wilson) over a decade ago and keyboardist Jon Nieman plays in GospelBeacH with him. Added to the mix are Matt Pynn (Billy Ray Cyrus, Jaime Wyatt, Ringo Starr) on pedal steel and Jeremy Long (Sam Outlaw, Jason Hawk Harris) on accordion.

 

¡LA Baby! was a long time coming and is a step forward for Reddell.  “My last EP was released 2012 and back then I was trying to find ways to meld country, R&B, and indie rock into something that would work with the east LA indie scene. This record is more about where I am now.  It’s unapologetic in its country voice, but it’s me now living in LA after 18 years.  This city will eat you whole and spit you out, but if you’re lucky, it doesn’t. I feel like these tunes are a celebration of not letting the demons of this city get you down.”

 

“This record is about joy and love and feeling free,” he muses. “I think the past year has been beyond hard on all of us.  And this record was started before all of that, when I was extremely happy and free. I think that breathes through these tunes, and I hope it brightens the day of whoever listens to it.”

 

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

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May 282021
 

Dear Festivarians,

Remember a while back when we asked you the opposite of the word fallow? Well, let’s kick it off, because we are officially ON for Summer 2021! We are thrilled to announce that we will produce all of our festivals this year. Yes, all of them! Wow, that feels good to say. What a momentous day! This includes Telluride Bluegrass, RockyGrass, Folks Festival, Mabon, as well as Song School and Academy.

We spent last year adjusting to a new normal. In the limited light, we began a slow walk through winter, gaining momentum as the days grew longer. We stoked the embers on the Equinox, and they grew brighter as we flowed into weeks bursting with Spring Grass. And soon, we approach the Solstice.

This year, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival will be split into two separate weekends; the traditional Solstice weekend, and the Friday- Sunday before. We will be operating at a reduced capacity of 2,500 people per day. We are doing this to accommodate for the extensive COVID-19 precautions we will have in place.

All Festivarians will be socially distanced in self selected corrals of 10, and we have coordinated limited camping in town. We will forego our traditional sponsor/vendor areas. We worked tirelessly with the town to coordinate a plan that everyone feels safe with, and we are excited to explore a new frontier of Telluride Bluegrass this year.

The Festivarian almanac guarantees seven days of music under the solstice sun. We will bask in the warmth of familiar singing voices, as we are returning to our roots with some of our oldest friends. We will announce the lineup in the next two weeks!

Existing ticket holders will receive preference to buy tickets to all 2021 festivals. We will reach out to all Telluride rollovers this week to outline the available options. There is the possibility that there will be no leftover corrals to go on sale to the general public, and we want to set this expectation on the front end.

Thank you all for your patience through this process. Our eyes are on the future, and we’re full steam ahead. This year will be different, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to present live music to you once again. You will be hearing more from us soon. It’s Pandemonium on the Planet in the very best way possible.

With love,
The Planet Bluegrass Family

2021 Telluride Bluegrass Festival
Dates: June 11-13, 17-20
Limited capacity: 2,500 people per day
We will reach out to existing ticket holders with more information on your options this week – Keep an eye on your email.

RockyGrass Academy
Dates: July 18-22

2021 RockyGrass Festival
Dates: July 23-25
Capacity: TBA based on state guidelines
More information to be released soon. 

Americana Music Association Announces Nominees.

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May 282021
 

I’m always keeping my ear to the ground on so many fronts for the music I love. There are so many good music communities across the globe to give support to and The Americana Music Association is one of them. They teach me a lot about the business side of the music industry, and so much about bands I have yet to discover that I deem them a worthy asset to my website.

Each year, the festival week has town absolutely buzzing while they host all of their panels and artist showcases here in Nashville. I like to spend as much time as I can studying all of the people and subject matter they are featuring.

Last year was a huge disappointment to everybody, as the awards were all done on video because of the pandemic. The entire festival was all online and virtual, however there were still winners, and plenty to learn.

Last year’s winners are all included on this video here and also in this article here are the announcements for this year’s 2021 honors and awards nominees . This one is pretty much inclusive of many of the artists I cover on this website, however there are always quite a few artists I don’t know yet, or need to study further.

After all, that is pretty much why I built and started this website, I wanted to study the music and all of the derivatives of many genres, and become a better fan and a great writer. I truly look forward to covering this event even more in the future so keep tuning into the website.

Here Are Our 2021 Americana Honors & Awards Nominees

What a group! We’re proud to present these much-deserved nominations for our 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards. Is your favorite artist nominated this year? Check it out below!

And the nominees are …

Album of the Year:

“Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions),” Sturgill Simpson, Produced by David Ferguson & Sturgill Simpson

“J.T.,” Steve Earle & The Dukes, Produced by Steve Earle

“The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers,” Valerie June, Produced by Valerie June, Ben Rice & Jack Splash

“Reunions,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Produced by Dave Cobb

“World On The Ground,” Sarah Jarosz, Produced by John Leventhal

Artist of the Year:

Brandi Carlile
Kathleen Edwards Jason Isbell Margo PriceBilly Strings

Duo/Group of the Year:

Black Pumas

The Highwomen

Our Native Daughters

The War and Treaty

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Emerging Act of the Year:

Charley Crockett

Amythyst Kiah

Joy Oladokun

Allison Russell

Waxahatchee

Instrumentalist of the Year:

Megan Coleman

Robbie Crowell

Ray Jacildo

Philip Towns

Kristin Weber

Song of the Year:

“Black Myself,” Amythyst Kiah, Written by Amythyst Kiah

“Call Me A Fool,” Valerie June ft. Carla Thomas, Written by Valerie June

“Dreamsicle,” Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Written by Jason Isbell

“I Remember Everything,” John Prine, Written by Pat McLaughlin & John Prine

“Long Violent History,” Tyler Childers, Written by Tyler Childers

Congratulations to all! Find out who will win at the 20th Annual Americana Honors & Awards on Sept. 22 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Ticketing information will be announced on June 10, so mark your calendars, folks

DelFest Lite Livestream.

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May 282021
 

Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!

There is so so so much good music happening all over the country this weekend, to celebrate the return of our beloved industry. ALL WEEKEND I have things happening on the website here from many groups of people. I invite you to enjoy all of this fine music with me here on Memorial Day Weekend.

One of the festivals that I ardently watch is DelFest, which is also one of those festivals that was canceled in 2021. MANY shows and small festivals ARE RETURNING SLOWLY, and I have included the information for house shows HERE. Additionally, I have a TON of information on festivals You can read here .

There are so many ways we can now support our favorite venues and festivals, by buying products, and attending small shows as safely as you deem fit. This show here is transpiring in leau of the traditional DelFest on Memorial Day Weekend.

This is one hell of a fantastic lineup folks, and I highly suggest you attend this event!  Now, below the quotes from their website, I have included the virtual festival videos from 2020.

Friends,The thought of not playing on another Memorial Day Weekend was too hard to bear, so while we can’t gather for DelFest, we are glad to be doing a few shows in the region, and look forward to seeing many of our friends.

First up, we are hosting a three day event at B Chord Brewing. We are calling it DelFest “Lite” – same great taste, but less filling.  Marty and the crew at B Chord have shown over the past year they have what it takes to safely put on limited capacity shows in their huge outdoor space.  We will be playing Friday and Sunday nights, and Seldom Scene will be holding down Saturday night along with a bunch of great bluegrass bands there all three days.

On Saturday, we are going to hop on the bus and head up to Selinsgrove, PA for a show at the Susquehanna Events Center.  Then we will head right back to B Chord.  And at some point we are going to make a pit stop to see our friends in Cumberland. Stay tuned for more info on that next week.

Read on below for all the details. Tickets go on sale this Friday, so make your plans now to spend Memorial Day Weekend with us at one of these events.

Stay safe,
Rob, Ronnie, and the rest of the gang

 

More Bands? DelYeah!

DelFest has added some incredible musicians to this year’s DelFest, including Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton, Cabinet, the Seldom Scene, Hawktail and Jacob Jolliff Band. DelFest returns to the beautiful Allegany Fairgrounds where it celebrates over 13 years of music along the Potomac River.

Unfortunately, the Infamous Stringdusters will be unable to perform this year, and tickets to their late night will be refunded automatically.  No further action is required by ticketholders. We will be announcing this year’s late nights soon, so keep an eye out or sign up for our email list HERE to get the latest DelFest updates.

Tickets for this year’s festival go on sale tomorrow April 22, 2021 at noon EST.

We look forward to sharing more bands with you soon!

For Immediate Release:
DelFest announces lineup for 14th annual festival
Sept. 23-26 in Cumberland, MD
Initial lineup announced today with more acts to be announced
Cumberland, MD – March 31, 2021 – Del Yeah! DelFest, the beloved genre-spanning festival brainchild of McCoury Music and High Sierra Music is pleased to announce the initial lineup for its 14th annual festival, once again taking place in beautiful Cumberland, Maryland, on Sept. 23-26.
This year, festival hosts The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys will be joined by Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sam Bush, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae, Cris Jacobs Band, Hot Club of Cowtown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Broomestix, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Steve Poltz, Sister Sadie, Lonesome River Band, Ghost of Paul Revere, Dre Anders, Twisted Pine, Fireside Collective, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band, Birches Band, Haint Blue, Dirty Grass Players, and The 9th Street Band. As always, Joe Craven, will emcee for the weekend.
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, and intimate appearances from the aforementioned artists. Delfest will, as usual, be immediately preceded by the 3-day DelFest Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and other all-star players.
Located along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the ideal location for DelFest. The fairgrounds are conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland, MD, is a welcoming host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown, and great amenities that include biking, fishing, and kayaking, as well as a steam train engine and museum, and interesting dining options. Come for the music, and perhaps stay an extra day to explore the area offerings which are well suited for music fans and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The festival, which typically happens Memorial Day weekend, will make a one-time move to the fall in 2021 to ensure a COVID-safe gathering. Festival organizers are working with local and state health officials to ensure musicians, attendees, and staff are cared for, and will adhere to local, state, and federal safety mandates. COVID-specific protocols will be announced closer to the festival.
DelFest announces lineup additions for 13th annual festival, tickets on-sale now
Sept. 23-26 in Cumberland, MD
Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart feat. Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton, Cabinet, the Seldom Scene, Hawktail, and Jacob Jolliff Band join festival hosts The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys
Cumberland, MD – April 21, 2021 – DelFest, the beloved genre-spanning festival brainchild of McCoury Music and High Sierra Music is pleased to announce additional acts for its 13th annual festival, once again taking place in beautiful Cumberland, Maryland, on Sept. 23-26.
Announced today, festival hosts The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys, will be also joined by Railroad Earth, Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart feat. Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton, Cabinet, the Seldom Scene, Hawktail and Jacob Jolliff Band.
“We are so glad that many acts were able to move with us to this fall, and glad that more friends have agreed to join us. I feel like we’ve got a little something for everyone here, and the best news is, we aren’t quite finished yet,” says Ronnie McCoury of the lineup and fall festival. “I know one thing is for sure, this DelFest is going to mean more to me and my family than any of the previous ones. It’s going to be so special (and probably emotional) getting to play our second home again.”
Previously announced artists include Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sam Bush, The Lil Smokies, Della Mae, Cris Jacobs Band, Hot Club of Cowtown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, The Broomestix, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Steve Poltz, Sister Sadie, Lonesome River Band, Ghost of Paul Revere, Dre Anders, Twisted Pine, Fireside Collective, The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band, Birches Bend, Haint Blue, Dirty Grass Players, and The 9th Street Band. As always, Joe Craven, will emcee for the weekend.
Tickets are, as of today at 12 PM EST, officially on-sale and music fans are encouraged to act fast. DelFest’s famed Late Night programming will be announced in the coming months.
In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, and intimate appearances from the aforementioned artists. Delfest will, as usual, be immediately preceded by the 3-day DelFest Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and other all-star players.
Located along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, and personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hours from Baltimore and D.C.) serves as the ideal location for DelFest. The fairgrounds are conveniently located near four major airports and can be easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland, MD, is a welcoming host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown, and great amenities that include biking, fishing, and kayaking, as well as a steam train engine and museum, and interesting dining options. Come for the music, and perhaps stay an extra day to explore the area offerings which are well suited for music fans and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The festival, which typically happens Memorial Day weekend, will make a one-time move to the fall in 2021 to ensure a COVID-safe gathering. Festival organizers are working with local and state health officials to ensure musicians, attendees, and staff are cared for, and will adhere to local, state, and federal safety mandates. COVID-specific protocols will be announced closer to the festival.
For information including camping, parking, partners, and more, please visit delfest.com and follow DelFest on all social platforms. Can’t wait until September for Del-centered goodness? Refresh with and relive the magic of DelFest on the festival’s Youtube page. To apply for a media pass, click here.

Del Fest is one of the northeastern festivals that I have always made informational articles for each year. This festival community offered many online streaming concerts before they announced the actual festival dates for 2021.

Many festivals have announced a return this year, and this one is one of the more important ones to many. I will be reporting more on this festival, as well as tons more, with all the information you need to enjoy the festival.

Album Feature – Blackberry Smoke – You Hear Georgia

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May 282021
 

By Joshua Wallace

Blackberry Smoke have released their seventh studio album with You Hear Georgia following 2018’s excellent Find A Light record.  But this is no seventh inning slump my friends.  This is their best record since 2014’s Holding Down The Roses.  I don’t know if the band was inspired by the thick humidity in Georgia, but this album is thick with riffs.  If you have been waiting for the return of the riff in modern southern rock, Blackberry Smoke has got you.  This album is full of good songwriting and it even has a couple of great features with Jamey Johnson and Warren Haynes.  Let’s take a deeper dive into what makes this record great.

The album kicks off with “Live It Down” and from the moment you press play you know you’re in for a riff heavy rock n’ roll ride through the south.  A thick and punchy riff greets you and has you rocking through a song about making the most without having much.  The guitar solo on this one is short, but just enough to get you into it.  I love the pause after the solo before the chorus kicks back in.  Up next, is the single “You Hear Georgia” and it’s kind of the anthem for the record.  This song features another killer riff that has a slower groove.  I can hear this one being a live favorite for years to come. 

 “Lonesome For A Livin’” is a great country ballad that breaks up some of the more riff heavy songs on the record.  Jamey Johnson is a good feature for this tune and his voice mixes well with Charlie Starr.  If Jamey Johnson being on this record is one of your inspirations for picking it up, you won’t be disappointed.  “Morningside” is a track that brings back a guitar riff as thick as the darkness the song is about.  I love the lyric “I’m not stumbling in the darkness, I’m just waiting for the morning-side.”  Finally “All Over The Road” is a fun rock heavy track that is one of my favorites on the record.  It goes hard and heavy from the start and doesn’t let up.  Even the mellowed out bridge keeps the vibe going before the solo kicks in.  I love this song and it’s probably going to be a new go to Blackberry Smoke tune for me.

This record does not disappoint.  Lots of great heavy southern rock tunes, thick riffs and good song writing.  If you’ve been a fan of Blackberry Smoke over the years, or a big fan of modern southern rock in general, I highly recommend picking this one up.  Blackberry Smoke has released what I feel like is their best album in years, and it’s an album that brings the rock back to southern rock in a big way.  You Hear Georgia is out everywhere as of May 28th, 2021.  You can catch Blackberry Smoke on tour and this fall they are running their delayed “Spirit Of The South” tour and I’m hoping we can have coverage of one of those dates.  In the meantime, check out the band’s website for tour dates and all of your Blackberry Smoke merch needs.

Favorite Tracks : Live It Down, You Hear Georgia, Ain’t The Same, Lonesome For A Livin’, Morningside, All Over The Road

Blackberry Smoke – You Hear Georgia (2021)

  1. Live It Down
  2. You Hear Georgia
  3. Hey Delilah
  4. Ain’t The Same
  5. Lonesome For A Livin’ (Feat. Jamey Johnson)
  6. All Rise Again (Feat. Warren Haynes)
  7. Old Enough To Know
  8. Morningside
  9. All Over The Road
  10. Old Scarecrow