Monthly Archives: June 2021

Hinterland Music Association Announces News.

One of the 275 yearly festivals we feature here on this website is Hinterland out there in Iowa. We update these festival articles on a regular basis, and we enjoy sharing these festival lineups with all of you.

This festival is one of the ones I cover that started in 2015, and hasn’t been one of the more powerhouse festivals until now. This year however, I think that they are going to have one hell of a record year of attendees. They are pretty much keeping their lineup from last year, and ( like all of them ) are honoring last year’s tickets.

Available Now

Camping Passes
3-Day Bronze/General Tent – $35
3-Day RV Bronze – $250
Parking Passes
3-Day General – $25

Campfire just got hotter

Orville Peck will play an additional set at the Campfire Stage on Saturday, August 7. Paul Cauthen will join him for part of the set for some The Unrighteous Brothers songs and more!

Larry Joe Taylor Fest Announces News.

LJT Fest September 13-18, 2021
Melody Mountain Ranch Stephenville, TX
LJT Fest coming in September!
We are excited to be back and share a few artists performing on the Miller Lite & Allsup’s Stages this September.
We will continue to share new artists as we get confirmations and will announce the final line up on July 6th.
Discount Early Bird Tickets, Camping, VIP, & Parking on sale HERE
Stay up to date with all new artists announcements HERE
Purchases carried over from rescheduled LJT Fest 2020 & 2021.
Tickets – If you ordered tickets to the 32nd Annual LJT Fest before March 1st 2021, Please look for your new tickets to arrive via email by May 31st.
Camping – We will begin sending out new camping decals to anyone with camping spaces in the general campground on June 21st. If you need to verify the correct address or upgrade any camping, you may call our office from 10am – 3pm Monday – Thursday at 254-968-8505 before June 21st.
VIP and Sponsors – Please look for new tickets and VIP camping decals to arrive by end of June. General admission tickets for VIP purchases will be sent out via email and VIP camping decals will be mailed by June 30th.
Parking & Keystone Camping – If you purchased parking and/or a campsite in the keystone camping area before March 1st, 2021 please look for your new parking and or keystone camping tickets to arrive via email by May 31st.
Thanks for hanging in there with us and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Melody Mountain in September!
LJT Office
Office Hours Monday – Thursday 10am –

My dear friends, I just cannot stress the Relevance  of the Texas Music Scene and the importance of the wonderful independent music that is currently culminating from the small Texas honky tonks and hole in the walls all over the state.

The local music scene is so prevalent over there and it flourishes so heavily that the state draws music fans from all over the world! Years ago, in the 70’s Country Music Legend Mr. Larry Joe Taylor began an outdoor festival, to create a place where all of those artists can be featured in one place.

Ultimately, I think that is why all genres of music created the multiple day outdoor festival. Many of the Legends of the genres began devising plans for this to happen, where you get multitudes of acts for one set price.

I do revisit these festival articles from time to time and add more information, and to talk about the acts that are performing at all of the respected names. So, as they go through the summer, and into the fall by announcing more acts, and the playlist grows bigger…so will this article!

Texas Music Festival Camping InformationHOW DO I GET A CAMPSITE ~

Anyone trying to upgrade or acquire more sites to a previous reservation must call our office at (254) 968-8505 or (254) 968-6204 to make reservations.
Online purchases – Once the order has been placed our office staff will assign you a campsite based on the criteria you provided in the purchased. The campsite assigned will be the best site available at the time of your purchase. You will receive an email within 24 hours with the assigned site.*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
All Camping decals purchases after April 2nd will be held at Will Call at the camping gate under the original purchasers name.CAMPING PRICES
*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*
Type of Campsite Advance Price Gate Upgrade
Electric and Water
(3 night minimum)
Section D
sites are 28′ x 35′
50 AMP $65.00
30 AMP $58.00

per day
50 AMP $70.00
30 AMP $63.00

per day
Electric and Water
30 AMP (3 night minimum)
Section E

sites are 25′ x 35′
per day
per day
Preferred Camping
(3 night minimum)
Non-electric & Non-water
Preferred Section A, B, C, F
sites are 30′ x 32′
Shiner Group
sites are 25′ x 35′
per day
per day
Reserved Camping
(2 night minimum)
Non-electric & Non-water
Reserved Section A, F, G, H
sites are 30′ x 32′
per day
per day
Keystone Non-Reserved
(1st come, 1st serve upon arrival)
(2 night minimum)
sites are limited to 30′ x 32′
per day
per day
More Information Here! $318.00
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General Open Camping Reservations
Sign Up for Email UpdatesSign up for Camping and Ticket Updates.
General open camping reservations begin February 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am Central Time
If you DID NOT HAVE a campsite last year, you may reserve site(s) during this period.
Sites not re-reserved will be available at 10:00 am on February 5th, 2018.Also advance purchase of unmarked, primitive campsites will be available on January 15th, 2018. These sites are not marked and will be available on a first come first serve basis upon arrival.By reserving these sites you will be guaranteed a camping spot at the festival.

6-Day Ticket holders WITH 6-Day Camping will have the ability to upgrade their
camping to 7-Days at the gate to come in early on Sunday, April 22nd (gates open at 12:00 noon)
NOTE: To reserve a 4, 5 or 6-Day campsite you must purchase a 4, 5 or 6-day ticket.
*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*
*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
Every campsite must be kept clean – any campsite found to be left unclean will result in a $30 charge applied to the purchaser’s credit card. It is the original purchasers responsibility to make sure campsites have been picked up and cleaned upon leaving the festival grounds. No household furniture or large items may be left behind. Please have all trash bagged and ready for pick up upon leaving the festival grounds.
There will be a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE to and from the festival Wednesday through Sunday (donations accepted). Call Donnie Hill at (254) 300-7558 to schedule a ride.
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Friday: Will start picking up at 12:00 pm and run around the clock thru 6:00 am Sunday morning.
You can call the day you need the ride but it helps if you call 24 hours in advance. You can bring your coolers on the van but NO open containers allowed.
~NEW~ All drop-offs and pick-ups will now be in the parking lot.
(a much closer walk to and from the stage)
Provided by Jesus Crew Ministry, BSM and Anytime Fitness
Need to Rent an RV?
3500 S Central Expy
McKinney, TX 75070
Local: (972) 562-1900
Reservations: (800) 367-6507
Fax: (972) 562-3990
CLICK HERE to view
El Monte RV pricing & packages!
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El Monte RV Campsites!
5100 Airport Freeway
Ft. Worth, TX 76117
Phone: (817) 834-7141

Other Campsite Information
Dogs allowed on leash in campground, however NO DOGS ALLOWED in concert areas
Water & Electric Sites
These sites each have water and a 30 amp electrical plug (please make sure you have the appropriate adapter for a 30 amp receptacle) All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Shiner Group
These sites are a little larger than our normal sites and are located in “Shiner” Section on the map and are easy access to both the Bud Light Stage and the Allsups Stage. These sites will be sold in groups of 7,6,5,3,2 and a few singles will also be available. These sites have been carved out of a wooded area located next to section D & E. These sites have plenty of shade and are in a low traffic part of the ranch campground. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Preferred Camping Section A, B, C & F
These sites are located at the front of section F on the camping map. Section A rows A thru H, Section B, Section C & Section F sites 11-19 will be within 200 yards of the West Stage and adjacent to the parking area and The Tuesday night Campground Stage. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 3 days.
Reserved Non-Electric
These sites are marked sites in Section A rows I thru CC & all Tree Line sites, F sites 1-10, G, & H. By reserving these sites you will be guaranteed a marked off campsite in the section you choose. Sites are 32′ X 30′ in dimension. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days.
Keystone Non-Reserved
By reserving a Keystone non-reserved campsite you will be guaranteed a campsite, however these sites are not marked off and the location of your campsite will be on a first come, first serve basis when you arrive. These sites will be located in the Keystone non-reserved camping area only. Please limit these sites to a 30′ X 30′ dimension. All sites must be reserved for a minimum of 2 days.
Only one motorized vehicle is allowed per campsite. All other vehicles must park in the designated parking area. Vehicles without a camping decal will not be allowed to enter the campground at any time. Please make sure all camping supplies are in the vehicle that has a camping decal. Motor homes will be allowed to have one additional vehicle, however, the additional vehicle must be attached or directly behind the motor home upon arrival.
Camping Decals
Camping decals will be mailed for each campsite purchased in advance. These decals should be place on the vehicle that will be parked at the campsite. The first set of camping decals will be mailed out at the end of March.
More Information


We have built a permanent 22 stall shower house to provide the needs of festival-goers. There will be eleven men’s and eleven women’s showers each having a handicap accessible stall available on the camping grounds.

5-Day Shower Pass 4-Day Shower Pass 3-Day Shower Pass Single Shower Pass
$20.00 $17.00 $13.00 $5.00

Shower House Hours:
Open: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Closed for cleaning: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Open: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

There are ample porta-jons around the stage area as well as in the camping areas, however, if you would like to reserve a private porta-jon for your campsite please call (254) 968-2191.
Your camping decals will be sent to you in the mail along with your campsite numbers at the end of March.
Place this decal on the upper left windshield of your primary vehicle used for camping before you enter the festival grounds in April.

*Only one vehicle allowed per campsite*
*All Camping Reservations Are Final And Non-Refundable*
Parking Decal Price & Gate Hours
Parking decals will grant your vehicle admission into the PARKING LOT, these decals WILL NOT give you any kind of of vehicle admission into the CAMPGROUND. These decals should be placed on the vehicle that will be parked in the parking lot. Parking decals are not transferable from one vehicle to another.
After you purchase your parking, You will receive an email within 24 hours with your parking barcode attached as a *pdf file for each decal. You must print and use these files to exchange for a decal to gain parking admission into the festival.
Parking Days Valid For Gate Hours Advance Price
+ Tax
Gate Price
*Tax Included
6-day parking Monday – April 23rd
Tuesday – April 24th
Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Monday – April 23rd
12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
(must have a 6-day ticket)
(must have a 6-day ticket)
5-day parking Tuesday – April 24th
Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Tuesday – April 24th
12:00 noon – 11:00 pm
(must have a 5-day ticket)
(must have a 5-day ticket)
4-day parking Wednesday – April 25th
Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Wednesday – April 25th
9:00 am – 12:00 midnight
3-day parking Thursday – April 26th
Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Thursday – April 26th
9:00 am – 12:00 midnight
2-day parking Friday – April 27th
Saturday – April 28th
Friday – April 27th
10:00 am – 12:00 midnight
1-day parking Saturday – April 28th Saturday – April 28th
10:00 am – 11:00 pm
*Tax Included
Absolutely NO GLASS bottles or containers allowed at Melody Mountain Ranch


ACL Festival 2021

ACL Fest

Texas….yeah Texas…It is beloved in Country Music and is one of the many epicenters of the genre as a whole. There are so many variations of Texas music, in the forms of Red Dirt and Texas Swing and so many more. Every time I listen to one of those new Texas podcasts ( and there are TONS of them ), I find new and exciting artists and bands out there to feature on here.

Country Music got it’s start in Bristol Virginia on the aspect of the recording side of it, and from the live part it emanated from Chicago, Nashville, and even Memphis. Now this wonderful festival covers so much more than Country Music, which is why I like it so much. My website is a proud supporter of many other genres aside form Country.

ACL Fest Lineup
This is it! The Official 2021 Lineup is here. George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus, Rüfüs Du Sol, DaBaby, Erykah Badu and many more will be headed to Zilker Park this October for the best two weekends of the year.

Claim your spot for the 20th Anniversary when 3-Day Tickets go on sale TODAY at 12pm CT! Check out our GA, GA+, VIP and Platinum options for both weekends, starting at as little as $50 DOWN. Start making your plans today!


We’re back, y’all. Mark your calendars for the 20th Anniversary of ACL Festival this October 1-3 & 8-10, 2021!
See Tickets
It’s time to step it up this year with a GA+ Ticket! Take a break in the private, shaded lounge with air-conditioned restrooms or catch a set on the jumbo screen with live streams of the festival stages.
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Ready to get fancy in VIP? New in 2021: a brand new VIP Lounge on the west side of the park! ACL Fest VIPs will have unlimited access to two VIP lounges, with main stage viewing decks, bars, premium restrooms and more!
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Experience ACL Fest the right way with a Platinum Ticket. From up-close, prime viewing areas at six stages and lounge access to golf cart transportation and private entrances, get ready for the best weekend ever.
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  • The safety of fans, artists and staff remains our top priority. ACL Fest organizers are in regular communication with local health and public safety officials and will follow current recommendations and guidelines in place at the time of the festival. As the weekends approach, ACL Fest patrons will receive regular updates with important information regarding safety policies and procedures before entering Zilker Park, and which will also be shared at, on social media and via the ACL Fest Email List. ACL Fest is excited to partner with the City of Austin and Austin Public Health to encourage vaccination in the months prior to the festival.

News From Mr. Tyller Gummersall in 2021.

Through the years of doing this website, I have had the elite pleasure of meeting, and networking with many from all over the world, and within many communities and genres of the music industry. I have met and become acquainted with my heroes of Country Music as well as the up and comers on the independent levels of the music world.

One of those people that are up and coming is this young man from Colorado, that I met years ago at an appearance he had in Nashville. I wrote all about meeting  him, and the music he played that night in this article HERE. One can quickly ascertain that he is quite an ardent janissary of the genre of Country Music.

He has been blessed enough to have had the help of some of Country Music’s greatest ‘behind the scenes” people, like the mighty Mr. Lloyd Maines, whom produced his third album, which was the echelon I met him on in his career.

10 years ago this month I was turning 21 and recording for the first time in Nashville. The EP was called “Beer and a Rose”, which was recorded all analog at Welcome to 1979 with some amazing players.

Brad Pemberton threw that session together for me after I reached out to him on a whim. Brad is an incredible musician who has played on some of my favorite albums ever, from Patty Griffin to Ryan Adams and most recently Steve Earle.
His wonderful and talented wife Marna Taylor graciously sang some harmonies (check out her band Daughters of Justice).  Dave Jacques, another amazing player who I’d grown up listening to on John Prine records lent his hand at bass. And Jon Graboff, also from the Cardinals played steel and mandolin…

My long winded preamble just leads to this- It was super special being back in Nashville a few weeks ago. I was producing an album for my friend Robert Kent Voss yet again at Welcome to 1979. And later in the week, Brad, Marna, Dave and I played some music live (for the first time in I don’t know how long) at a CDX radio listening party.

These are some special musicians! One of the songs we played, I Can’t Say Goodbye, is from that ep (Beer and a Rose). It was pretty dang cool picking up where we left off 10 years later and not really missing a beat! It was so much fun and I’m really happy to be able to share these songs with you!
Check out the video below:

I Can’t Say Goodbye – Tyller Gummersall (live)
You Pay For It – Tyller Gummersall (live)
All on My Mind – Tyller Gummersall (live)

Last year, he released a really nice 8 song album that was well received by all of us.  It included some powerhouse help once again both production wise, and musically, and when you combine that with his peacefully resonant lyrics molded after those long forgotten trail riding cowboys of old.

Here are some of the things he has been up to lately. This new song called “Right Side Of The Dirt”, grabbed me right off the bat with the first few words as a seasoned factory worker of nearly 20 years. I’m not very far from my planned retirement time to pursue music journalism, and to just be a fan.

I too haven’t scored all too well in the love department either, so many aspects of this song spoke to me as an individual on many levels. I can also say the same victorious statement about my tough life, at least I’m still alive.

New Music from Tyller Gummersall featuring Twin Kennedy
The above video is a live version of Right Side of the Dirt, filmed by Cinematographer Tim Sutherland (Nashville, Stranger Things, Rodney Atkins, Jerrod Niemann).


The studio version featuring Tyller (Guitar/Vocals), Twin Kennedy (Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals) and Dave Jacques (Bass) will be released as a single on all platforms May 26th.
“We met Tyller 10 years ago playing a live show during one of our first trips to Nashville. We immediately connected as string players, singers and songwriters! Although we were countries apart at the time – with us living in Canada and Tyller in the US – we stayed in touch and became great friends and co-writers. We were honored when Tyller invited us to be featured on his recording of “Right Side of the Dirt”, which the three of us wrote together in Nashville. We decided to record a live video for the tune because it represents what brought us together in the first place – live music! With the added beauty of Southern farmland and a moody sunset, the live video for “Right Side of the Dirt” takes us back to how we first met – standing around a microphone and sharing a song!” ~Twin Kennedy
“This song’s life (Right Side of the Dirt) has been a really fun journey, the whole thing has just flowed naturally! A few years back while I was in Nashville, Twin Kennedy and I sat down to write some songs. We were throwing ideas around and Carli mentioned a catchy phrase that her fiancé’s colleagues used at work; “at least I’m on the right side of the dirt”. I loved that concept and started noodling on the guitar. The opening lick started coming together, Julie grabbed her fiddle, Carli grabbed a Ganjo. They are such an amazing musicians and literally by the third time I’d run through the intro we were playing the tune together as if a thousand times before! Lyrics fell into place, their harmonies floated in seamlessly. Sometimes songs just come together like that and boy it’s fun when they do!” – Tyller Gummersall

Red Ants Pants Festival 2021.

We wanted you to be the first to know: we are overjoyed to announce a stellar 2021 lineup featuring festival fan favorites over the past decade! This year’s lineup features legendary three-time GRAMMY Award winner and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Taj Mahal. A 2017 Grammy win for TajMo, his collaboration with Keb’ Mo’, brought his Grammy tally to three wins and 14 nominations.

The lineup also features festival favorites and Grammy award-winning musicians, The Mavericks, who will headline the main stage on Saturday night. This year, The Mavericks the debuted their first-ever, all-Spanish album, released on the band’s own Mono Mundo label.

Friday night’s headliner is Watchhouse, the band formerly known as Mandolin Orange, who topped Billboard’s Heatseeking Album’s Chart in 2019. The 2021 festival lineup also includes Lucero, The Lone Bellow, Hayes Carll, Suzy Bogguss, The Steel Wheels, Jeffrey Foucault, Mipso, Supaman, and more!

In all, the festival includes a free street dance on Thursday July 22nd along with 16 main stage and 14 side stage musical performances. With a reputation for paring Grammy award-winning superstars with festival producer Sarah Calhoun’s hand-picked rising stars, Calhoun has curated a special reunion lineup representing many of our favorite artists to celebrate the past ten years in the cow pasture – the festival has grown from 6,000 attendees in its first year to a record 18,500.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is locally-produced and supported by hundreds of volunteers. Thanks to your support, a portion of the proceeds from the four-day event have a lasting impact by supporting the Red Ants Pants Foundation’s mission of increasing women’s leadership, promoting rural communities and bolstering our working family farms and ranches.

Held in a working cow pasture on the Jackson Ranches just outside of White Sulphur Springs, Montana, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival will take place July 22nd – 25th 2021. Each year, we feature this festival information along with 275 others in a yearly fashion.


• $25 per person covers you from Thursday at 11am – Monday at 12pm.
• Kids 12 and under are free, if accompanied by an adult.
• Camping bracelets available for purchase at campground entrances and main ticketing tent
• NEW for 2017: General Admission camping passes can be purchased online. You MUST present your printed proof of camping pass purchase at the campground entry for your purchase to be honored; there is NO will call for camping passes.
• The campground is divided into “Regular” and “Quiet” sections.
• Any camper, RV, tent, sheep wagon, teepee, or vehicle is welcome.
• Showers available on site for free.
• Potable water, porta-potties, hand washing stations, and trash receptacles are provided.
• Breakfast and ice available for purchase.
• There are no RV hook ups or power hook ups.

Sites are first come, first serve, but there is plenty of room for everyone. This is Montana-style camping, folks. Please only take the space you need and be nice to your neighbors!!

We ask that you leave no trace of your campsite upon departure, including trash. The Jacksons have been very generous in allowing us to use their ranch, so please show your thanks by leaving it in good shape. Thank you!

Festival Camping Rules

*NO PETS Seriously folks, leave them at home. We love listening to loud music, camping and carrying on in the hot sun, they don’t.

*NO OPEN FIRES (small camping stoves are allowed, but please use good judgment! This is Montana fire season and we don’t need to demonstrate how quickly a grass fire burns:) Thanks!

*NO WEAPONS, FIREARMS, OR FIREWORKS. Security will be checking weapons at the gate. You will be able to retrieve them at the end of the event. To save the headache just leave them at home. Thank you!

*PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHER CAMPERS. Everyone is here to have a good time. PLEASE JUST BE NICE!!




*NO RUNNING ON THE DOCK. Just kidding, we don’t have any docks. LOL I saw that guys!

I usually include a nice Google map for every festival however I couldn’t find an address for this event so HERE is the local area motels:

Local Hotels:    

The All Seasons Inn and Suites: 406.547.8888
The Spa Hot Springs Motel: 406.547.3366
Tenderfoot Motel and Cabins: 406.547.3303
Gordon’s Highland Hotel: 406.547.3880 (Includes camping and tent sites with RV hookups.)

 Lodging a little further afield: 

Bob’s Bar Restaurant and Motel, Neihart: 406.236.5955
Checkerboard Cabins: 406.572.3373
Crazy Mountain Inn, Martinsdale: 406.572.3307
Cub’s Den, Monarch: 406.236.5922
Grassy Mountain Cabins and Lodge: 406.547.3357
Heriem House: White Sulphur Springs, nhereim [at] yahoo [dot] com, sleeps 6
Martin’s North Forty, Wilsall: 406.220.3225
Montana Sunrise Lodge, White Sulphur Springs: 1.888.379.5468
Roots To Rise Garden B&B, Wilsall: 734-657-3056

2021 Red Ants Pants Music Festival 10th Anniversary Lineup
Taj Mahal
The Mavericks
Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange)
Lucero * The Lone Bellow * Hayes Carll
Suzy Bogguss
The Steel Wheels
Jeffrey Foucault * Mipso
Supaman * Parsonsfield
Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs
Jessie Veeder * Smith River Young
Jackson Holte & The Highway PatrolPlus 14 Side Stage Performers!Also including…
Agriculture and Work Skill Demonstrations
Local Food, Beer, Wine, Art and Crafts
Kids tent and activities
Beard and Moustache, Yodeling and Cross Cut Saw Competitions!

This is the tenth year of the music festival, which benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities. Held in a cow pasture on the Jackson Ranch, and surrounded by the Big Belt, Little Belt, and Castle Mountain ranges, the festival will bring in more than two dozen different artists performing on separate stages. The weekend-long, grassroots, Americana music festival brings in millions of dollars to the rural economy.

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival is also proud to announce the 2021 poster artwork contest winner, Kate Settle-Ruland of Broadus, Montana with her artwork entitled Montana In Song.

Artwork from additional submissions will be featured on festival tickets. Poster contest runners up are:

  • 1st Runner Up – Hat on the Range, Anna Moore (Park City, UT)
  • 2nd Runner Up – Party Animals Under Baldy, LoRae Hartman (Bozeman, MT)
  • 3rd Runner Up – Cows Around, Paul Gorsuch (Helena, MT)
  • 4th Runner Up – Nightly Stroll, Kayla Berg (Havre, MT)

Ticket information:

$155 in advance
SINGLE DAY PASS (choose Fri, Sat, or Sun)
$60 in advance
A limited number of VIP ticket holders will have access to a VIP area including premium, shaded seating with complimentary refreshments! VIP passes are available online and at the Red Ants Pants store in White Sulphur Springs, Montana ONLY.
$30 per person
Buy online, at a hard ticket outlet, or pay with cash at gate. Our campground is for festival attendees only.
NEW: Attendance is capped; tickets are limited.

Ticket purchasers can also avoid credit card fees and support rural and small businesses by visiting Red Ants Pants Music Festival hard ticket outlets. For ticket information and a full list of hard ticket outlets visit:

A word from our festival producer and founder, Sarah Calhoun:

“We know there is a lot of healing needed to move forward from a challenging year and we’re grateful to be a part of that process by bringing good folks together to celebrate rural Montana. We’re thrilled to share the depth, diversity, and incredible star power of our 2021 lineup. The life stories of our musicians include the dreams of immigrant families, the voices of our indigenous community, women leaders, along with rising artists that have earned loyal festival fans over the last decade. I envision moments where we all belt out the words to songs we know by heart, and moments of awe where we embrace something new. We thank the Meagher County community and the Jackson Family Ranch for their partnership over the last decade and can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the cow pasture.”

Thank you and see you this summer!
Sarah and the Red Ants Pants Music Festival Family

Hoxeyville Music Festival Announces News.


Hoxeyville is the Midwest premier Americana and Roots festival. We boast two stages featuring national touring artists, and the best and brightest Michigan talent with an intimate capacity of three thousand. We are proud of our incredibly supportive community, safe, family friendly camping (and playground!), excellent kids’ tent programming, unbelievable food, and an easily traversable site.

Hoxeyville is strategically located near various mountain biking trails and the Pine River—a national wild and scenic river, world class blue-ribbon trout stream and a renowned paddle sports playground. Kestelwoods restaurant, party store and campground is a convenient five minute walk from the festival grounds

Announcing the lineup for Hoxeyville 2021!

Our socially-distanced, limited-capacity festival returns to Wellston, MI August 13-15, 2021. 

Festival tickets are now on sale.

Get your tickets today!

Also this festival

Best Bear Lodge & Campground Baldwin/Irons Area


Low-key resort offering rustic cabins

Caberfae Peaks


Ski Resort
Open until 6:00 PM

Scully’s Manistee Outpost Motel


Casual pick with free breakfast & WiFi

Coyote Crossing Resort



The Forest Lodge


Big River Properties

Real Estate Agency
Closing soon: 2:00 PM

Black Bear Inn



Cozy Cottage on Big Bass Lake


Harper Lake Resort



Blue Lake Resort


 Free Wi-Fi

Lost Pines Lodge



Little River Casino Resort and Hotel


Gaming destination with low-key rooms
 Free Wi-Fi

Coho Center Resort



Inn at the Alpine


1-star hotel
Low-key hotel with a pool & a playground
 Free Wi-Fi
 Free breakfast

Steelhead Fishing Hunter Lodge


Indoor Lodging

Cabin Fever Resort



Portage Point Resort



The Rockwell Lake Lodge


3-star hotel

Crosswinds Resort



Manistee Crossing Family Resort


August 13-15, 2021

reminder: ALL tickets purchased for 2020 will be honored this year.

If you need a copy of your receipt, email us at

Hoxeyville is committed to your safety by providing an environment where we can ALL enjoy a wondrous weekend of music together. You can help! We are confident that by August, all adults desiring so can be vaccinated against Covid-19. While we cannot mandate attendees be vaccinated, we will protect our youngest campers for whom vaccines are not yet available by requiring ALL ADULTS to have properly worn masks and socially distance in shared public spaces—this includes Stage areas, Vending, Kids Tent and walking paths. Our artists, vendors, staff and volunteers depend on you to do your part to keep live music safe and sustainable. We missed you! We have waited so long to see amazing music, be with our friends and just relax here in the woods. Hang with your pods and families & give each other a little (socially distanced) elbow room. We can’t wait to see you!

Covid Safety Plan

 As we look forward to this summer’s events we are committed to bringing you safe and clean events by adhering to the following new health and safety measures. Below you will find the details for how these shows will function. We can’t wait to see you all this summer!


  • Main Gate Entrance off W 48 ½ Rd, ¾ mile west of M-37

  • Guests will be pre-screened with a thermal thermometer. Anyone with temperature over 100 degrees will be refunded and not admitted.

  • If you have been sick, had a fever within the last 48hrs, or been around someone who has been sick, please do not plan to attend to help ensure the health and safety of our staff and other patrons.

  • We reserve the right to refuse entry.

  • Once you have been temp-screened, your wristbands will be verified. Please stay in your vehicle at all times. Staff will assist will you at your vehicle. Do not get out of your vehicle until you arrive at your campsite, this will ensure a safe and speedy entry for everyone.



    • ALL ADULTS are required to have a mask to enter. If you lose your mask during the weekend (hey, it happens!) you can purchase a new one at the gate or merch tent.

    • ALL ADULTS will wear masks properly over NOSE AND MOUTH and maintain 6 foot social distance from non-pod groups in shared public spaces – this includes Stage areas, Vending, Kids Tent and walking paths.

  • Hand Sanitizer will be available at multiple locations throughout the venue for your use.

  • Hand washing stations will be available at restroom locations.

  • Please wash your hands frequently and for 20 seconds at a time.

  • Guests who cannot abide by the rules will be asked to leave with no refund.

  • All staff and volunteers will be required to wear personal protective gear including masks, gloves, and be temp-screened prior to working, for your safety.


  • Capacity for our 2021 shows has been limited by 30% in an effort to ensure the proper space needed to accommodate these new safety protocols.

  • In addition to reduced capacity, the venue area will double in size to give us all more elbow room.

Swift Silver Release Debut Album.

Swift Silver to Release Eponymous Album June 4, 2021
Songwriters Anna Kline and John Looney Hail in a New Era of Southern Rock and Soul

“Southern roots music at its finest. John can play the hell outta anything with strings and Anna has a fiery voice that’s as sweet as it is fierce. Together they are a sight to behold, with these nine songs proving that, much like the finest Kentucky bourbons, the duo’s sound has only gotten better with age.” –Matt Wickstrom, Freelance music and culture journalist

I agree with everyone here concerning their vocal sound. What we have rghtbhere is a damn fine debut album from a duo whom will make some serious waves in the music community.

MT. STERLING, Ky. —   Get swept away by Swift Silver’s big river of sound with their self-titled debut album due out June 4. Swift Silver marks a meaningful milestone for Southern songwriters Anna Kline and John Looney as a 180° (re)turn to their musical roots: the drawling tremolo of rhythm and blues, the redemptive strains of Southern gospel, and the twang of the rural soul.

From the moment the listener presses play; from the mid-tempo album opener, the vocally empowering “Belleville Blues,” to the last track, a reflective ballad, “Ain’t Wrecked Yet;” Swift Silver celebrates the tenets of Southern sound. This is a collection of songs cultivated in the dim lights of listening rooms and local jams, regional festivals and side street bars, as well as alone in the woodshed or crafted as an ensemble.

Kline’s vocal performances—on both lead and harmony—display an astonishing range of versatility and skill, her voice flows as smooth as a rippling river current. Looney gives a masterful performance on lead guitar, not only displaying his expertise as an integral sideman but also as a talented arranger, showcasing a finely-tuned ear for nuance and groove. Together, they drive the contagious electric surge of sound that is Swift Silver.

“This album speaks to the path we tread. These songs help us navigate lingering questions we daily seek to answer, they pulsate with discovery, and melodically confess the hunger to right a few wrongs.” — Anna Kline

Swift Silver is lyrically insightful, eloquent—and timely when examined through the lens of current events. This is exemplified in the lyrics of “Blackbird’s Refrain,” an energetic, Beatlesque track showcasing John’s slide guitar: “This world is coming alive to some strange times, we’ve got to bend and sway together.”

“There were several months of quarantine under our belt already, and I was constantly chasing sunshine. Anytime we could get outside, we’d let the dogs play and soak it up. We always start to feel worn thin during the winter and long for warmer days ahead. And, with everything that was going on politically and pandemic-wise, we were really feeling the weight of it all.” Anna says, “The lyrics are a literal bird’s eye view—if a bird, circling above the world and surveyed the chaos we’re all currently living in, what would he have to say about it?”

With the chorus, “The higher you get, the more that you see,’ Anna says, “I’ve always loved how little revelations shift your mind’s eye to perceive nuance in life and situations. And, as a person who has dealt with the life-long struggles of depression and anxiety, these little shifts in consciousness have added up to completely change my life. This past decade I’ve been on a healing journey… and I have come out on the other side. Something I never thought I’d be able to do.”

Anna and John’s collaboration spans ten years of exploring the great expanse of the American songbook—touring, conspiring, songwriting—fused together by the Mississippi heat, molded in the mountain air of Western North Carolina, and flung free in the hills of Kentucky bluegrass. Swift Silver has an unmistakable sound conjured from an intense musical intimacy and this new album embodies a new era of Southern rock and soul.

Swift Silver was recorded at Fat Baby Studios in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, enlisting the help of brothers Kenny Miles and Hayden Miles (of Wayne Graham). Kenny and Hayden not only comprised the album band—adding bass lines, keys and organ fills, as well as a few harmonies— Kenny was also at the helm as engineer and co-producer. The album includes 8 original songs and an alluring cover of Carter Stanley’s “The Fields Have Turned Brown,” a purposeful nod to their lives as bluegrass musicians with some mighty powerful harmonies.

Other songs on the album include a not-so-average cheatin’ song, the country soul “We’ve Given Up On Us;” the guitar driven and vocally riveting homage to Memphis soul, “Looking Back;” and the reflective cosmic country waltz tune, “Tonight, Forever Yours.”

The pondering song, “We All Get Our Turn,” has the lyrics, “We all get our turn… To be young and grow old… Asphalt or gravel… No, it don’t matter… How you got here, the road you traveled… Ask yourself who is your master? Is this the life you’ve been chasing after?”

At the heart of the album, the high energy “Come On Home To Yourself,” steered by the fuzzed-out guitar lick that takes you back to Mississippi by way of Texas blues, is a love letter of sorts to “home.” Anna says, “I was inspired from the stories my parents told me about my kinfolk who settled in Mississippi in the 1800s. When I go home we visit the cemeteries where they are laid to rest. I also felt inspired to draw the parallel between myself and the Mississippi River to illustrate my progression and personal growth, and how constrained the river might feel as men have tried to forcefully control her path all these years, as she meandered and, ultimately, flows her own way.”

She sings, “Fashioned out of the mud… From the Coldwater bottoms… Who wants to walk the Straight and narrow? Seek not to be reborn… Behold I am the pearl… Bent, bowed, undertow, journey on… Find your way back home.”

More about Anna Kline and John Looney:

For the majority of their band life, Anna and John were known as the bluegrass duo, Grits & Soul With a history of major festivals and appearances under their belt—MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Suwannee Springfest & Magnolia Fest, Countryfest in Belgium —and a performance on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern—the time came where they felt led to explore new (and old) musical space. Thus, Swift Silver was born.

Anna comes from a line of several generations worth of musicians, singers, and artists. She grew up in Hernando, a small town between Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, and is a writer of both songs and Southern culture content. From Memphis Soul to Muscle Shoals and working in licensing at Malaco Records, her roots ring clear in her songwriting as well as her capabilities as a vocalist.

John was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and raised in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He is a sought-after multi-instrumentalist (John R. Miller  & The Engine Lights, Wayne Graham) whose accompaniment on mandolin or guitar gives each song personality and a distinct groove. Drawing from the varied influences of his mountain music heritage, blues, and the diversity of the American songbook, John’s contributions—in both live performances and on recordings—are ear candy.

The pair met in Jackson, MS, in 2011 and wrote their first couple of songs together. The following year they decided to move to Asheville to play music full time where they stayed for five years before returning to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky in 2016.

“As collaborators and a couple, it’s all we’ve ever known. 2021 marks 10 years playing music and songwriting together.” Anna says, “We wrote our first few songs together and the course of our lives changed forever.”

Swift Silver Track listing and duration:

1. Belleville Blues 3:56

2. We’ve Given Up On Us 5:20

3. Looking Back 7:06

4. Tonight, Forever Yours 5:32

5. Come On Home To Yourself 5:26

6. The Fields Have Turned Brown 7:28

7. Blackbird’s Refrain 5:34

8. We All Get Our Turn 5:48

9. Ain’t Wrecked Yet  4:10


Players and Instrumentation:
Anna Kline: lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar

John Looney: lead guitar, vocals

Kenny Miles: baritone guitar, bass, organ, harmony vocals

Hayden Miles: drums, keys

And special guest Chris Justice (Wayne Graham, John R. MIller): bass on “Looking Back”

The 2021 Outlaw Music Festival



Willie Nelson will once again be live and in concert with his family and friends, including Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Gov’t Mule, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Bingham, Margo Price, Yola, Kathleen Edwards, Ida Mae, and more as part of the 14-stop tour starting this summer.

This multiple city tour spanning all year will be a concert of epic proportions for you. With a rotating roster where every city and show gets a little different perspective.

Most of these artists I have been to see live, and I can tell you firsthand for the price of one ticket you save a LOT. Try going to each of these in concert alone, and add up the cost.



Sunday, August 22, 2021
Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Chris Stapleton
Ryan Bingham

Friday, September 10, 2021
Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Gov’t Mule
Margo Price

Saturday, September 11, 2021
Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Gov’t Mule
Margo Price

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Gov’t Mule
Margo Price

Friday, September 17, 2021
Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Gov’t Mule
Margo Price

Saturday, September 18, 2021
Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Gov’t Mule
Margo Price

Sunday, September 19, 2021
Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Gov’t Mule
Margo Price

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Kathleen Edwards

Friday, September 24, 2021
Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Gov’t Mule
Kathleen Edwards

Friday, October 15, 2021
Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Gov’t Mule
Lucinda Williams
Ida Mae

Saturday, October 16, 2021
Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Gov’t Mule
Lucinda Williams
Ida Mae

Sunday, October 17, 2021
San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Ida Mae

Saturday, October 23, 2021
Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Gov’t Mule
Lucinda Williams
Ida Mae

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Wheatland, CA – Toyota, Amphitheatre
Willie Nelson & Family
The Avett Brothers
Gov’t Mule
Lucinda Williams
Ida Mae


Mr. Ted Russell Camp Releases “Solitare”.

This album of his spoke to me as an individual on a few levels. The opening song called “My Girl Now”, is one I felt was written for many ladies I know, or have known. As a single man, who takes pride in paying bills on time, and properly running a household, I cook and clean…and I am still always picked over.

You know the type of gal that stays with that creep, who enjoys putting her down. You have to idly sit by and watch her cry, and she knows that if she had the courage to change, you could provide her with a better environment.

Yeah, you would be able to boast about her being your girl, no more sad lonely night or verbal put downs.  But you know, it seems for the last few years I play “Solitaire” alone.

This album speaks heavily about different life journeys and adventures. “A Rose Or Two” really spoke to me as well, about working so much and not taking time out for myself. We spend so much time running a household and keeping vehicles alert, we need to stop and smell a rose or two.

I think that he was dealing with the closure of the pandemic last year, by recording these songs at home and producing them himself. He speaks of a nasty breakup and picking up your one or two bags, and leaving. We have almost all certainly experienced this all too often life changing tragedy.

Texas is a hallowed ground for music lovers, on many levels both locally and on a national level. Many of us travel there for shows, and to play as he does here. Nothing but one bag and a guitar. This album isn’t my favorite one he has…but it certainly in my TOP 3 of his albums.


1. My Girl Now (3:16) 

2. Path of Least Resistance (2:52)

3. You Can Go To Hell, I’m Going To Texas (4:17)

4. Birds That Sing At Dawn (3:35)

5. As Far As The Eye Can See (3:37)

6. The Hardest Road to Find – (3:48)

7. Solitaire (3:14)

8. Western Wind – (3:51)

9. Be Your Man – (3:37)

10. A Rose Or Two (4:11)

11. The Spark – (4:19)

12. Only a Broken Heart (3:04)

13. Exception to the Rule (4:43)

14. Lightning Strikes Twice (3:32)

The Notes

Solitaire marks Ted’s 13th record as the artist and front man, and it’s a 14-song record featuring Ted’s bass playing, singing and producing. Recorded almost entirely in Ted’s home studio, The Den, during the months of the COVID 19 quarantine, Ted performed and engineered almost the entire record himself. Featuring a moodier and more introspective approach to songwriting and playing, this record is as much of a classic folk and singer songwriter record as Ted has ever made and features mostly acoustic and intimate performances.

As is usual with a Ted album, some good friends and familiar names in the Americana genre add their talents as well. Solitaire features co-writes and guest performances by Ed Jurdi of the Band of Heathens, Matt Szlachetka, Brian Whelan, Tony Scalzo of Fastball, Mark Mackay, Don Gallardo, Shane Alexander and more. Aside from Ted’s playing, almost every musical guest recorded in their own home studio and sent the tracks in to be added and mixed – recording quarantine style.

This is record deals with the isolation many of us have felt this last year but also has numerous songs of hope and inspiration as we dream and look forward to our future.

The Players

Ted Russell Kamp – vocals, bass, acoustic & electric guitars, dobro, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, Hammond, Wurlitzer, accordion, toy piano, drums, percussion, snaps & claps

Shane Alexander – harmony vocal (Western Wind)

Jim Doyle – drums (The Spark, TX)

Don Gallardo – harmony vocal (Lightning Strikes Twice)

Ed Jurdi – slide guitar & harmony vocal (Exception)

Mark Mackay – electric guitar & harmony vocal (Hardest Road to Find)

Vanessa Olivarez – harmony vocal (TX)

John Schreffler – pedal steel (The Spark, TX) & harmony vocal (Western Wind)

Matt Szlachetka – harmony vocal (As Far As The Eye Can See)

Brian Whelan – harmony vocal (The Spark)

The Team

Produced by Ted Russell Kamp

Mixed by Ted and Mark Rains

Mastered by Mark Rains at the Station House (Echo Park)


Art Design: Paul R Moore

Paintings: Lea Williams

Album photos: Karman Kruschke