Miss Jeannie Seely Has A Career Display In Downtown Nashville.

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Nov 302021

Jeannie Seely

Photo Credit: Moments By Moser Photography

There are not as many of our beloved Country Music legends left today, and many of Miss Jeannie’s ilk have passed away in the last few years. This is why it’s imperative that we cherish her now while she is still performing, and in active status.

Another beautiful Opry star we have with us still, that is not active now is the great Mr. Stonewall Jackson. This is why I love to make these articles, and release this information to you, my readers. My world without Stonewall Jackson and Jeannie Seely will suck, and I don’t want that.

I recently published an article about Mr. Jack Greene and Miss Jeannie Seely ( you can read that HERE) which received some very good feedback on social media. As I mentioned on that article, I have an extensive collection of his and her material in my home. I am very excited to go down to Music Row and see this display.

NASHVILLE, TN. – (August 13, 2021) – Country music royalty and soon-to-be 54-year member of the Grand Ole Opry®, Jeannie Seely, has been chosen as the feature display in the prominent lobby of Regions Bank on Music Row in Nashville. The display showcases milestones of her illustrious career, which includes the album cover and wardrobe worn on An American Classic, her current album on Curb Records. Also included are many of her accomplishments and awards for her achievements in the music industry and the community, a tour jacket from the 1981 and 1982 Willie Nelson tour, stage production memorabilia and items from hosting her Willie’s Roadhouse segment Sundays With Seely on SiriusXM. Visitors will also see a replica of her star on the Music City Walk of Fame and the diploma for her Honorary Doctorate from Lincoln Memorial University, many personal photographs and Hatch Print posters documenting collaborations of performances on the Grand Ole Opry® and television specials, wardrobe selections and original 8-tracks, cassettes, vinyl records and so much more.

“What an honor to be featured in this wonderful exhibit space! I cannot thank Lisa Harless and all of her staff enough for allowing me to showcase some of the most memorable moments in my career so far!” exclaimed Jeannie Seely. “I am blessed beyond measure! I’m also grateful to the people who believed in me along the way and gave me all of these opportunities.”

“Regions Bank is excited to pay tribute to Jeannie and her incredible career as a Country music legend. Jeannie helped pave the way for today’s women of Country and she is still going strong,” stated Regions Bank Senior Vice President and Private Wealth Advisor – Lisa Harless.

“Jeannie Seely is a force to be reckoned with whether it’s on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, co-hosting the SOURCE Awards, or singing in front of her millions of fans,” added Kari Barnhart, wealth advisor for Regions Bank’s Entertainment and Sports Division. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide a showcase for such a wonderful entertainer and icon.”

The public is invited to visit the lobby and view the feature display during regular business hours at 1600 Division St., Suite 100, in Nashville. Masks are required, and visitors should practice social distancing. A sanitizing station is also available in the lobby area.

The Regions Entertainment and Sports Division is immersed in the entertainment industry, offering artists and business managers resources, personal service and market intelligence at every stage of their development. Regions’ professionals deliver a range of financial solutions for artists and business managers for everyday banking needs, as well as tour support, financial advising, publishing financing and royalty lending.


The Infamous Stringdusters Announce 2022 Tour.

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Nov 262021

Yeah, it’s pretty tough following all of these bands on 2022 tour announcements and all of the 275 festivals we report on here, and also catch up on all of the 2021 work we missed while taking care of our issues we had to step back over.

You can be sure to bet that it will take many hours of labor over the keyboard to catch up with everything I need to do on this website, but rest assured I am going to kill this job.

The Infamous Stringdusters have influenced me in my quest for total music knowledge for many, many years now.Their first three albums on the Sugar Hill label were three very influential albums for me. The Bloodshot label boasted many Roots albums that I loved, as well as a ton of the Jamgrass bands and Bluegrass bands like Split Lip Rayfield, and this band…The Stringdusters.

They have a new album hitting the market on February 18th and they have a new tour list being released today, and I wanted to touch on both here.

The Infamous Stringdusters Announce 2022 Toward the Fray Tour
Kicks off Jan. 20 with Greensky Bluegrass,
Dustbowl Revival supporting west coast leg
Presale Live Now, On-sale Thursday, Nov. 4 at 10am PT via thestringdusters.com/tour (headlining dates only) and Friday, Nov. 5 at 10am ET for Greensky dates
Hot on the heels of the new record announcement (Toward the Fray releasing Feb. 18) made last month by Grammy and IBMA award-winners The Infamous Stringdusters, the band is pleased to also announce a January through April tour of the same name. Truly coast to coast, the band will kick off on Jan. 20 in Albany, NY with good friends Greensky Bluegrass, touring through most of the east coast and into parts of the midwest and southeast. Dustbowl Revival will hop on towards the end of March to make several stops in California, wrapping the 4 month tour in Seattle, Washington on April 9th. Pre-sales are, as of today, on-sale for headlining dates. General on-sale starts Thursday, Nov. 4 at 10 am PT. Please visit thestringdusters.com/tour for more information and to purchase tickets.
Toward the Fray, the band’s first release of original music since 2019’s Rise Sun, will be released on February 18th, 2022 on Americana Vibes via Regime Music Group. Fans can now listen to the first single, “Toward The Fray” right here and digitally pre-order or pre-save Toward the Fray now at this link. The Dusters also designed a plethora of new merchandise to celebrate both the tour and release of Toward the Fray—including, but not limited to, a Stringdusters North Face jacket, limited edition colored vinyl, and an adorable Toward the Fray teddy bear. Pre-order all of these and more at the Infamous Stringdusters online store.
Want to ring in the new year with ‘em? The Stringdusters will be returning to The National in Richmond, VA for a 3-night New Years Eve run. The band will be joined by special guests Sam Bush on Dec. 30 and Keller Williams on Jan. 1, while the Dec. 31 show is billed as a 3-set “Evening With…”. Tickets are currently on sale through AXS.com.
More About The Infamous Stringdusters: The Infamous Stringdusters is a progressive acoustic/bluegrass band, who first emerged in 2006, consisting of members Andy Hall (dobro), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (bass). The Dusters won three awards at the IBMAs in October 2007 for Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Fork in the Road), and Song of the Year for the album’s title track. The band was also nominated at the IBMAs in 2017 for Entertainer of the Year. In 2011, “Magic No. 9” (from Things That Fly) was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 2011 Grammys, while in 2018 the band won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for Laws of Gravity.

Record Store Day Black Friday Lists.

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Nov 252021






It’s time once again for every music lover to finish digesting their food, and start taking a peek at all of the lists  for their RSD picks for tomorrow.

Since its inception, Black Friday has turned the day after Thanksgiving into the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Traditionally, Black Friday has been about super-cheap prices on mass-produced goods and primarily takes place in malls and big box stores. But we really like the idea of a shopping season, especially when that shopping is all about, at its heart, a way to show the people you like that you like them. (And a way for them to show you, too. Gift-GETTING is also awesome!)

We work year-round to shine a light on the independent businesses in your local community that sell you records and other things that make you happy, make you smile, make you sing, bring you comfort, bring people together (with proper safety protocols in place, of course!). This year that has felt more important than ever, as local businesses of all kinds face unprecedented challenges, and we’ve been so happy to see how you’ve all supported them. Everything you find in a record store (or on a record store’s website) would make a great gift for someone, so in this year when the holiday season may be a little strange, but also a little special, and it may feel even better to wrap up and give a little something to someone, helping record stores be a part of that ‘shopping season’ makes more sense to us than ever.

There are artists, labels, managers and distribution companies who feel the same, and we’ve put together a list of titles for that season that will be available at participating record stores. They come out on Black Friday (this year 11/26) but may be available at record stores throughout the rest of the year, because record stores are the best place to go with a Holiday Wish List.

Record Store Day and RSD Black Friday are different events, and you can find out more about that on our RSD BLACK FRIDAY FAQ
The List of special releases is below, in a WEBSITE form where you can search and get more information, and a PDF that you can print out and use as a Wish List or Shopping Guide.


RSD BF 2020 - The List

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There are three categories on our List:

EXCLUSIVES: These titles are physically released only at indie record stores.
RSD FIRST: These titles are found first at indie record stores but may be released to other retailers or webstores at some point in the future.
SMALL RUN/REGIONAL TITLES: These titles are either regionally based and sold at specific stores, or are press runs under 1000, which means they may be harder to find at record stores around the country. (If a title is regionally based and is not available throughout the country, it will say that in the description. The majority of titles on this section of the List are there because they have a limited run.)


*Some titles have moved from 11/26 and will be coming to record stores on another date. Find out more HERE

*Record Store Day does not give or sell the releases to participating stores. Each indie record store makes their own buying decisions and may choose to bring in some titles and not others.

*The titles on the RSD Black Friday list are limited in number, as are most things created for special time periods or exclusive to certain retailers. This means a store may not get all copies they wanted or that a store may sell out of a release before you are able to purchase it. (NOTE: This is the US website for Record Store Day. The pressing runs listed on our site are the number available in the US.  Worldwide numbers are sometimes found in the description of a specific title, when we are given that information.)

*The List of titles may change. Titles may be added, titles may drop off, information may be amended. We will update the List as changes are made.

*Record Store Day does not own or produce the releases (with the exception of those we create ourselves.) The information on each title has been provided to us by labels and distributors and is correct to the best of our knowledge.

*Black Friday, for better or worse, is traditionally an American “thing”. Many other countries are celebrating the kick-off to the holiday season, though and many record stores in those countries may have some of these releases. Check with your local record store if you’re not in the US. (NOTE: for all kinds of reasons, some titles may be offered and available in some countries but not others. Record Store Day has no control over that.)

Jeannie Seely And Jack Greene Album To Be Released.

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Nov 252021
Together Again Artwork
As a HUGE Country Music fan and a collector, one of the largest collections of memorabilia I have is that of Mr. Jack Greene ( including his tenure with Miss Jeannie Seely ).  In fact, I have one of the largest collections of Jack Greene items in the state of Kentucky, and I am told I have one of a kind items that nobody else in the world has I bought from his estate.
Many of the items I acquired before his death he came to see through social media, however he was suffering from dementia, and I’m not totally sure he understood what he was being shown. I have a plethora of pictures and letters of his band the Jolly Greene Giants as well.
The fact that someone out there cares enough to do this makes my heart swell up with joy that I cannot write in words here. Here is the official press release:
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 15, 2021) — Jeannie Seely and Jack Greene Together Again has been released to retail and digital music platforms today by Country Rewind Records, who has established a well-known tradition of bringing unreleased traditional country music into the contemporary country era. This album consists of recordings made exclusively for radio broadcast and, although some song titles may be familiar, these specific recordings have never before been commercially available. The original master tapes were rescued by Country Rewind’s president and executive producer Tom Gramuglia and put in the safe hands of producer Paul Martin who brought the recordings up to twenty-first century audio quality. Mastering  was provided by engineer Mick Conley with overdubs, remix, additional guitars, bass, drums and keys by Paul Martin. Background vocals for the project were sung by Nora Lee Allen, Jamie Allen Martin and Paul Martin. Stream and download Jeannie Seely and Jack Greene – Together Again on Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Apple Music, Pandora and your favorite digital music platforms here.

“I was thrilled that these recordings were still in existence and that they would be available to the public once again,” said an excited Jeannie Seely when she heard that these long-forgotten tapes had been re-discovered. “I was so thrilled to hear I would be working with Paul Martin on this project, ” Paul Martin is not only one of the nicest guys you could ever know, but he is absolutely brilliant musically. I knew this would be fine-tuned to be the best it could possibly be, and he didn’t disappoint. I’m also proud to call him and his family close personal friends.”

Seely added, “It will always be special to remember the years Jack and I worked together with an incredible group of musicians,” she said. “We were both excited to carry on the traditions of country music, but also to update our sound and presentation to expand the limits as far as we could. The friendships we formed with each other, and our fans, are treasures. These recordings brought back wonderful memories of that very busy time in my career,” added Seely. “This also reminded me that we really did have a great sound and a great show, as these are the arrangements that we used in our live stage shows.”

“It was an honor to work on this particular project,” said Martin. “Jeannie and Jack have always been two of my musical heroes. I am grateful that I have gotten to know them through the years. Growing up working with my parents’ country band in the 70s, I performed many of the songs you will hear on this project with my folks back then. These songs seem so familiar, but they also show just why these two artists are true legends. It always takes a great song, but combined with 2 great singers, you get a timeless piece of art.”

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.

Jeannie Seely and Jack Greene – Together Again Track List

  1. Mr. Record Man (Willie Nelson)
  2. There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
  3. Our Chain Of Love (Willie Nelson)
  4. Don’t Touch Me (Hank Cochran)
  5. All The Time (Lonnie Melvin “Mel” Tillis; Wayne P. Walker)
  6. Wish I Didn’t Have To Miss You (Dave Kirby; Hank Cochran)
  7. Love Takes Care Of Me (Jimmy Peppers)
  8. Welcome Home To Nothing (Hank Cochran)
  9. Love Is No Excuse (Justin Tubb)
  10. Enough To Lie (Jeannie Seely)
  11. Please Be My New Love (Hank Cochran)
  12. The Great Speckled Bird / It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels Medley (Reverend Guy Smith; J.D. Miller)
  13. There’s A Whole Lot About A Woman (A Man Don’t Know) (Bill Eldridge; Gary Stewart; Walter Haynes)
  14. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Kris Kristofferson)
  15. Sidewalks Of Chicago (Dave Kirby)

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

Asleep At The Wheel – Half A Hundred Years.

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Nov 242021
Half a Hundred Years

I wanted to first write a few things about this epic band here, called Asleep At The Wheel, and how they are relevant to me today. Throughout their extensive career ( which like the title states, has indeed been 50 years long ) this band has boasted an ever rotating stable of talented musicians. Many bands like them have had that same format as well, like the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and The Time Jumpers.

Anybody that considers themselves a jannisary of Texas Country Music knows to site them as forefathers of the genre, as well as the fact that Mr. Ray Benson is a walking, talking encyclopedia of local Texas music!  He hosts a video show called “Texas Music Scene” where you can learn about some fantastic bands coming from the Texas area ( and some from Oklahoma as well ).

Some of my favorite periods of theirs was with Miss Cindy Cashdollar on steel ( which was 1992 – 2002 ), and the one album that Mr. Junior Brown did with them called “Pasture Prime” in 1986. However on this new album a few old members have returned to embellish this album to greatness. There have been so many lineups and variations to their roster, yet they always sounded perfect.

My dear friends, I cannot express my love for Mr. Ray Benson and what this beloved band means to me as a man. I mean, next week I will be 52, and I cannot count how many times I sat in my room as a kid, and get lost in this band’s albums. Music like this raised me and it heavily influenced me, and I believe I am a loving and responsible man because of this music.

This newest album offers a metric ton of guest appearances and some old members have returned for a limited time appearance for this project. Many of the songs on this album are previous hits, however the title track is a new song, and there are a few other ones new. Here is the official press release:

Asleep At The Wheel To Release New Studio Album Half A Hundred Years
Featuring Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, and more; Hear title track “Half A Hundred Years” now
August 6, 2021 – Austin, TX – There’s no mistaking the pride in the voice of long time Asleep at the Wheel front man, Ray Benson, when he sings “Start the jam, roll one up, and ice another beer. I’ll tip my hat and raise a toast to half a hundred years.” The revelrous, to put it lightly, refrain of “Half A Hundred Years” is the icing on the birthday cake for Benson and his band who are ringing in their 50th anniversary with a brand new album on October 1st, 2021. Sharing a name with this first single, Half A Hundred Years is a nineteen-track celebration of Asleep At The Wheel’s half-century-long career, filled out by a number of world-class friends of the band; a guest-list testament to Asleep at the Wheel’s reputation as a cornerstone of American music for the last 50 years. Greats like Willie Nelson, George Strait, Emmylou Harris, Lee Ann Womack, and Lyle Lovett appear throughout Half A Hundred Years on a host of classic and destined-to-be-classic Western Swing and Country tunes. Fans can listen to “Half A Hundred Years” now at this link and pre-order or pre-save Half A Hundred Years ahead of its release on Home Records in partnership with Thirty Tigers right here.
“I went over to the ACL stage to see Jamey Johnson,” says Benson, recalling the spark that led to this new song. “I told him ‘Ya know it’s Asleep at the Wheel’s 50th anniversary!’ He looked at me and said, ‘That’s Half a Hundred years!’” Benson knows a great song title when he hears one, so he went home and got to writing. “I was trying to get across the sacrifices you have to make in 50 years on the road and the other positive side of it. The great experiences, the places I’ve been, and all the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to meet and play music with.” The sentiment comes across swimmingly, with a grooving rhythm section and incredibly tight horn arrangements dancing around Benson’s familiar, friendly voice.
From day one, Benson and Asleep at the Wheel set out to bear a torch and carry the roots of American popular music into the future. 50 years later, and they’re still walking that same road. This is most evident in their cover of Bob Wills’ classic “Take Me Back To Tulsa,” the first Bob Wills song Asleep at the Wheel recorded way back in 1972. This time around, the band is joined by fellow Bob Wills and Western Swing aficionados, George Strait and Willie Nelson. Benson jokes, “To me it doesn’t get more Texan than George, Willie, and Asleep at the Wheel doin’ a Bob Wills classic!” And he’s not wrong, though Asleep at the Wheel doing their classic “The Letter That Johnny Walker Read” with Lee Ann Womack—the very next track on Half A Hundred Years—is a close contender. Additionally, three original members of Asleep at the Wheel—Chris O’Connell, Leroy Preston, and Lucky Oceans—returned after 4o years to lend their voices and musicianship to a number of tracks on Half A Hundred Years.
When it’s all said and done, Half A Hundred Years is a reminder for one to take ownership and care of the things they love, just as Ray Benson has cherished, polished, built, and rebuilt Asleep at the Wheel, and to some extent, the history and future of Western Swing music—even when the odds were stacked against him. “The one reason that I kept going,” Benson says, “is that every week a fan would come up and be so appreciative, saying, ‘Don’t ever stop. You’re the only band that goes out on the road and does this old, cool music.’ That’s when I knew it was more than just a living–that I was blessed with caretaking a form of music.”
Half A Hundred Years Tracklist:
Half A Hundred Years
It’s The Same Old South feat. Chris O’Connell
I Do What I Must feat. Leroy Preston
There You Go Again feat. Lyle Lovett
My Little Baby feat. Chris O’Connell
Paycheck To Paycheck feat. Leroy Preston
Word To The Wise feat. Bill Kirchen
That’s How I Remember It feat. Chris O’Connell
The Photo feat. Leroy Preston
I Love You Most Of All (When You’re Not Here) feat. Lucky Oceans
The Wheel Boogie
Take Me Back To Tulsa feat. George Strait and Willie Nelson
The Letter That Johnny Walker Read feat. Lee Ann Womack
Bump Bounce Boogie Feat. Chris O’Connell, Elizabeth McQueen, & Katie Shore
Miles And Miles Of Texas
Get Your Kicks On Route 66 Feat. Leroy Preston, Johnny Nicholas, & Ray Benson
Marie Feat. Willie Nelson
Spanish Two Step Feat. Johnny Gimble And Jesse Ashlock
The Road Will Hold Me Tonight Feat. Emmylou Harris And Willie Nelson
About Asleep at the Wheel: Founded in 1970, Asleep at the Wheel has been part of the American roots music landscape for more than 50 years. Although the band got its start on a farm in Paw Paw, West Virginia, Asleep at the Wheel became a cornerstone of the Austin, Texas, scene upon its arrival in 1973. Inspired by Western swing and honky-tonk country, the band has accrued 10 Grammy Awards. In the fall, a career retrospective recorded with the current lineup and a few special guests will carro the band back onto the road, where they’ve remained a staple for five decades.

WinterWonderGrass Colorado Announces Headlining Acts.

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Nov 212021

Here at Gary Hayes Country, we follow over 275 festivals nationwide each year. 2022 is proving to be an outstanding year for many up and coming bands, and I am going to talk about many of them throughout the end of the year, and into the new year.

I am very excited to be finally writing and researching again, and I’m going to be traveling to new places in the next few years in order to achieve my new goals. One of the festivals out west I have not attended yet, but report on heavily is the entire package of WinterWonderGrass events.

In February, this event will hit the Steamboat Colorado area, and it has announced several of the main headlining acts via email. Grammy award winning Bluegrass giants The Travelin’ McCourrys have been added to the ever growing list of big names.

From a source deep, abundant, and pure the river flows.  It’s there on the map, marking place and time. Yet, the river changes as it remains a constant, carving away at the edges, making new pathways, gaining strength as it progresses forward.  The Travelin’ McCourys are that river.
Two more headliners and plenty more acts will be announced over the next five months. We are sold out of VIP and close on GA, so if you are planning to join us, grab those tickets. You can sign up for the VIP WAITLIST HERE.

The mountain top dinner takes place on Thursday, February 24, at the top of the Thunderhead Gondola. Only 175 tickets are available for this special night of music and gourmet family-style food. 

My good friends over at The Tejon Street Corner Thieves have been making quite a name for themselves lately, and they have a new album dropping early next year. I have been watching them from afar for my own enjoyment, and to report on what they have gong on for my readers.

See, these guys really and truly did begin their journey on the streets busking for spare change, and playing for anybody that will listen. Despite all of the hardships life has thrown at them, this band is continuing to overcome the odds and play on.

Now in the present day, these gentlemen are displayed proudly on many headlining posters with the likes of names like Miss Sierra Hull! THIS IS WHY I do this website job, so that I can watch all of these bands evolve on their own terms.

Speaking of artists doing it on their own terms, they are currently doing some shows with two others that are doing it on the streets as well. Those two are Amigo The Devil and IV And The Strange Band, both of whom I will be reporting more on later.


We have been working hard to bring Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real into the WinterWonderGrass community for several years, and finally, the stars have aligned. I had the opportunity to promote Lukas over 10 years ago at State Bridge.

After spending a little time with him, I learned that he was not only an incredible musician with a stellar band, but he was a kind and thoughtful human—the exact kind of folks we love working with and welcoming into our community. I always love watching a new act take the WWG stage for the first time, and I know POTR’s headlining set is going to just blow minds. This gathering just can not come soon enough!

  • Coast to Coast tickets on sale (Includes GA pass for both CO and CA plus a spot on the Tram Jam)
  • Dec 10th – 11th – Caravan to WonderGrass shows at Cervantes in Denver, featuring The Travelin McCourys and Grateful Ball
  • Dec 15th – WWG California schedule and very limited single days on sale
  • Jan 5th – WWG Colorado Grass After Dark announce and on sale
  • Jan 19th – WWG California Grass After Dark announce and on sale
  • Feb 25th – 27th – WWG Colorado
  • April 1st – 3rd – WWG California
  • May 11th – Sept 11th – RiverWonderGrass

Lefty Frizzell To Be Inducted Into Texas Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame.

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Nov 202021

One of the many Country Music legends I have studied through the years quite ardently has always been Mr. Lefty Frizzell. People often site Mr. Hank Williams as one of the more popular heroes of the Honky Tonk movement, and the greatest songwriter of all time in Country Music. Now, even though Hank wrote more commercially popular songs and charted higher than Lefty Frizzell, the stories of Lefty Frizzell resonate louder with my interest.

He had so many personal demons that inhibited his professional growth, and his health as well, however he still held a significant relevance to the history of Country Music. He took a signature blend of Texas country, with a special vocal delivery, and formed an identity only he could have done.

I am also a huge fan of the songs he wrote, and I love the songs that Mr. Dallas Frazier wrote. But all in all, I am more interested in the crazy stories that fill all of the books and the brains of those that still remember him.

Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association
Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame Weekend will return to Austin, February 11-12, 2022
Austin, Texas — The Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association (Texas Songwriters) is pleased to announce its 2022 Hall of Fame class of inductees: Lefty Frizzell, Nanci Griffith, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Mark James.

Celebrating the songwriting achievements of this latest class, the 2022 Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame Weekend will return to Austin, February 11-12, 2022. The organization also announces a new brand identity with a refreshed logo and new website at TexasSongwriters.com.

Hall of Fame Inductees

Lefty Frizzell:
Texas’ self-styled culture is unique in ways that are respected and envied worldwide, and so is its songwriting. William Orville “Lefty” Frizzell is considered one of the most influential performers in country music history. Many country greats, including Merle Haggard, George Jones, and George Strait, have paid homage to this Corsicana native. His major success came between 1950 and 1954, when he scored five number one country hits and a further ten top ten entries, including “If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time,” “I Love You A Thousand Ways,” and “I Want To Be With You Always and Always Late (With Your Kisses).” In 1972, Frizzell was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his song “If You’ve Got the Money (I’ve Got the Time)” earned him the Grammy Hall of Fame Award. In 1982 Frizzell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Nanci Griffith:
Born in Seguin and raised in Austin, Nanci Griffith is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, winning Best Contemporary Folk Album for Other Voices, Other Rooms. With over twenty albums released, some of her greatest hits include Kathy Mattea’s cover of “Love at the Five and Dime” and Suzy Bogguss’s hit with “Outbound Plane.” Griffith was awarded the Kate Wolf Memorial Award by the World Folk Music Association in 1995, and in 2008 the Americana Music Association awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Trailblazer Award.

Samuel John “Lightnin'” Hopkins:
Samuel John “Lightnin'” Hopkins was an American country blues singer-songwriter from Centerville, who performed for over six decades, recording more albums than any other blues musician over 30 years. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Hopkins as one of the Top 100 guitarists of all time. In addition, he scored a series of national R&B hits with “Shotgun Blues,” “Short Haired Woman,” “Abilene,” and “Big Mama Jump.” The Texas troubadour appeared as one of the last great country bluesmen in the acclaimed 1967 documentary, “The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins,” a tribute to his musicianship and study of the blues. In 1980, Hopkins was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.

Mark James:
Mark James is an American songwriter who has written hits for singers B.J. Thomas, Brenda Lee, and Elvis Presley, including Thomas’ “Hooked On A Feeling,” and Presley’s last US number one hit single, “Suspicious Minds.” A native of Houston, James’ greatest success came with “Always on My Mind,” a collaboration that won a Grammy for both Song of the Year and Best Country Song with Willie Nelson’s version cut nearly a decade later. In 2015, James was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.


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Our Texas songwriters, past and present, reflect in rhythm and rhyme the essence of our state’s culture. The mission of the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Association, in the interest of Texas cultural preservation, is to honor and celebrate Texas songwriters who have played an essential role in defining and interpreting Texas’ distinctive culture.

We recognize Texas as a special place. Even its shape is iconic, serving as a symbol of independence, friendship, strength, pride, risk-taking, firsts, and bests.

Texas’ self-styled culture is unique in ways that are respected and envied around the world. Therefore, it is incumbent on each generation to maintain this rich heritage for generations to come.

Our 501(c)3 organization was formed in 2005, inspired by University of Texas football coach Darrel K Royal’s love for songs and the songwriters. First conceptualized on the back of a napkin at Hills Cafe in Austin, our flourishing organization now produces a Hall of Fame Weekend of tributes, performances, and ceremonies, including a private, sponsor-only DKR Pickin’ Party at the Bullock Texas History Museum, an After Pick at Hotel Ella, and a public Hall of Fame Awards Show at Austin’s Paramount Theatre.

My Memories Of Mr. Lucky Chucky.

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Nov 142021

For the last two years, I have taken a little ( and much much needed ) time off to tend to some personal issues, and I am a little behind on many things I wanted to write about that have recently transpired in the music world.  I had to approach several of these articles from a different perspective, because many of the subjects have been covered by so many other websites already, however I guarantee you one thing: Nobody will cover the situation like me.

For me, it began back on a bitter cold mountain weekend in Altamont Tennessee, where I was working on the website, at a benefit festival for a motorcycle crash victim. For many of the bands on that roster that weekend, I had never encountered their live show, and the Dallas Moore band was one of them.

Now I’ll be honest, before going up there I had heard of The Dallas Moore Band, and I knew their immense contributions to the Ohio local music scene. For many years prior to this Mr. Chuck and all of the members of the band embellished the local music community with their intense guitar driven Country and Southern Rock blend.

Before coming up to Altamont, I had never encountered the Dallas Moore band or him solo, which at Altamont he was solo. At that time I had still not met Mr. Chuck Morpurgo, or any of the band members, however that event certainly cultivated his expansion into a larger national territory in the United States…and more of a fan base. Their years and years of intense hard work, and dedication to their craft solidified them into the halls of my website, where they have a permanent home here.

Even though Mr. Chuck was not present the first time I met Mr. Dallas, I was immediately an admirer of his guitar work on the albums that I bought there. At the time of that event his current album was “Blessed Be The Bad Ones”, from 2013. This band of heathens has been weaving a pathway for so many others to follow in the independent music scene for many years to come.

From that moment on, I honestly do not recall ever seeing Dallas Moore WITHOUT Mr. Lucky Chucky beside him. I finally got to meet him, and sit and talk with him at places like Bobby Mackey’s in Kentucky or several places in Nashville. I have witnessed their magic in Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas and so many other states I cannot recall all of them.

Mr. Chuck Morpurgo was the only member of his band that had played on EVERY recording that Mr. Dallas Moore and the Dallas Moore Band ( AKA The Snatch Wranglers ) ever released. Throughout their lives together, the two were absolutely inseparable. And through the years, as I got to cover the band more, I got to know the band better as people and friends.

Everything that had happened to The Dallas Moore Band…happened to Mr. Lucky Chucky as well. This bond they had going together was a precise paragon of some of the bonds that existed in years past with other duos that remind me of Mr. Buck Owens and Mr. Don Rich.

Their unique way of juxtaposing their talents to formulate such a different sound to an age old recipe of what they call “Outlaw Country”, is another way to understand just how ardently Mr. Chucky loved his heroes The Allman Brothers Band. That was overly evident when they would play a precise version of “Whipping Post” on many of the shows I went to. When I would cover their sets, I would watch him…I mean REALLY watch him, and how much care he placed into his technique and his presentation of each note, each bend and each riff he did.

Neither he or Mr. Dallas tried to outshine one another or compete with one another, in the years that I knew him, and they were together. I had many opportunities to sit and talk with him, have meals with him, and just be friends. I never even knew he was a cancer patient, because he never spoke of unfortunate events with me in person. It was always happy greetings, quick handshakes and positive outlooks in life, and I don’t recall him ever having a negative attitude.

Even when I could easily tell he was road weary, and hungry, he was always kind and attentive to conversation. He CARED about the fans, he CARED about the music and he CARED about Mr. Dallas and the ENTIRE band. His absence not only leaves a big blow to local music, but to me as a fan as well.  His sound and his demeanor will forever be etched into my heart, and I’m blessed to have gotten to expose my own daughter to his guitar playing.

Major List Of 2022 Music Festivals.

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Nov 092021

I am especially looking forward to continuing this website in full force by 2022. All of my personal issues have been tackled with rigorous aggression these past two years, and I have overcame victoriously. So now my dear friends, please include all of the wonderful articles I have out now going forward into 2022!

I have piles and piles of notes and events to write about, and FULL notebooks with show notes from all over the United States. I have no plans to quit working for music, and I have plans to continue to study the history of music overall.

My dear friends it is time to look forward to the KILLER lineups and surprises that all of these festivals have in store for us as fans. ALL OF THESE festivals will be updated and will have THEIR OWN articles, complete with maps and info you need to fully enjoy that particular one.

Right now the names of the festival will be linked directly to their webpage, but as I make each individual article the link will change to direct you to that particular event. You can rest assured that I will be working ardently to bring you the BEST coverage of local music and independent festivals nationwide.

As of today, I have released news on Merlefest in North Carolina, and also High Sierra festival on the opposite side of the country. We got the Wooks releasing a new album in 2022, and playing on the Rooster Walk festival in 2022.

30A Songwriter’s Festival – January 14th-17th
WinterWonderGrass – Feb 25-27th
Wintergrass – Feb 24rth – 27th
Best Little Cowboy Gathering – March 10th – 12th
Southland Bluegrass And Wilderness Festival – March 12th – 13th
Luck Reunion – March 17th
Suwannee Spring Reunion – March 17th -20th
Heart Of Texas Music Festival – March 17th – 26th
Charleston Bluegrass Festival – March 18th and 19th
Baltimore Old Time Fest – March 18th – 19th
Outlaws And Legends – March 25th and 26th
Bluegrass Heritage Festival – April 8th-10th
James Wimmer Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest – April 8th and 9th
Viva Las Vegas – April 14-17th

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Old Settler’s Music Festival – April 21st – 24th
Moon Crush Pink Moon Festival – April 21st – 24th
Crawfish Music Festival – April 20th – 24th
Cottonfest – April 21st – 23rd
Bluebird Music Festival – April 23rd and 24th
Highwater Festival – April 23rd -24th
Larry Joe Taylor Festival– April 25th – 30th
Charm City Bluegrass – April 29th – 30th
Calf Fry – April 28th – 30th
Stagecoach Festival – April 29th – May 1st
Red Dirt Bbq Festival – May 7th
Tico Time Bluegrass Festival May 12th – 15th
Nashville Boogie – May 20th – 22nd
Rooster Walk – May 26th-29th
DelFest – May 26th-29th
PaPa Joe’s Banjobque – May 28th – 29th
Forecastle Festival – May 27th-29th
John Hartford Memorial – June 1st – 4th

Lost Sierra Hoedown – June 2nd – 5th
Camp Greensky – June 2nd – 4th
Ogden Music Festival – June 3rd – 5th
Pondstock At Lake Hedtke – June 9th – 11th
Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival – June 10th – 18th
Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass – June 10 – 12th
Palisade Bluegrass And Roots Festival – June 10th – 12th
Laurel Cove music Festival – June 10th and 11th
Moccasin Creek Music Festival – June 16th – 19th
Red Wing Music Festival – June 24th-26th
Blue Ox Music festival – June 23rd – 25th
ROMP Music Festival – June 22nd-25th
Blue Heron – July 1st-3rd
High Cierra Music Festival – June 30th – July 3rd
4848 Festival – July 7th – 9th
Under The Big Sky Festival – July 15th – 17th
Master Musicians Festival – July 15th – 17th
Roseberry Music Festival – July 14th – 16th
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival – July 14th – 17th
Redwood Ramble – July 14th – 17th
Winnipeg Folk Festival – July 14th – 17th
Wild Hare Country Festival – July 14th – 17th

Northwest String Summit– July 21st – 24rth
Oystergrass Bluegrass Festival – July 22nd – 23rd

Red Ants Pants – July 28th-31st
Pickathon – July 29th – 31st
Peacemaker Festival – July 29th and 30th

Floydfest – July 27th – 31st
Rockygrass – July 29th – 31st
Hinterland – August 5th-7th
Symco Hot Rod Weekender – August 12th – 14th
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival – August 5th – 7th
Pickin In Parsons – August 2nd – 6th
Windy City Smokeout – August 4th-7th
Valley Fest – August 4th – 7th
Hoxeyville – August 19-21st
Podunk Music Festival – August 11-14th
Braun Brothers Reunion – August 11th – 13th
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – August 18th – 21st
Nelsonville – September 2nd-4rth
Americanafest – Sept 13th – 18th
Moondance Festival – September 17th
Freshgrass – Sept – 23rd-25th
Fayetteville Roots Festival – August – 25th – 27th
Park City Song Summit – Sept 8th-11th
Bristol Rhythm And Roots – September 9th – 11th
Blazin Bluegrass Festival – September 15th – 17th
Walnut Valley Festival – Sept 14th – 18th
Pickin’ In The Pines – 16th – 18th
New England Shake Up – Sept 23rd-25th
Whispering Beard folk Fest – September 23rd – 24th
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival – September 21st – 24th
Firewater Music Festival – Spetember 29th-October 1st
Mempho Music Festival – September 30th – October 2nd
Moonshiner’s Ball – October 6th – 9th
Austin City Limits Festival – October 7 – 9 and 14th-16th
Austin String Band Festival – October 14th – 16th
Bluegrass Island Music Festival – October 20th – 22nd
Wildwood Songwriter’s Festival – November 6th