Mar 172018

By Joshua Wallace

  Pat Reedy has sound that puts him right within the traditional, honky tonk and outlaw crowds.  It has everything you would expect from a classic 70’s country album right down to the working class musician attitude that Reedy carries.  That’s All There Is is Reedy’s third album and first new release on the Muddy Roots record label. This is a good starting point for new fans of Pat Reedy and for those that dig in, it is bound to be one that sticks with you.

  An immediate favorite of mine is “Nashville Tennessee at 3am” which both praises and bemoans the current scene in Nashville, TN with it’s overabundance of tourist and wannabe outlaws.  Nashville still has some appeal because that is where the subject of the song and Reedy choose to be. Another immediate favorite is “Conversations With Jesus”. It is always refreshing when an artist isn’t afraid to approach religion and does it in a refreshing way.  “Conversations With Jesus” finds the main character of the song having a near death experience and Jesus tells him all of the things wrong with his life from his approach to religion and politics to cursing.

  “Funny Thing About A Hammer” also has some great songwriting that displays Reedy’s working class sensibilities in a great tune about blue collar workers.  The album’s lead single “Bloodshot Heart” is a perfect introduction to this record. It’s an upbeat honky tonk number that’s bound to have boots moving on the dance floors in East Nashville and beyond.  Another good track is the ballad “Wedding Ring” which features some great fiddle playing.

  There are several songs about working in the coal mines on this album.  None are more apparent than “Coal Train Blues” which drives home the working class musician theme which runs through this album.  Coal mining songs are a long tradition in country music almost as big as trucking songs and “Coal Train Blues” is a great addition to that.

  I highly recommend checking out this album as I think it will be great for fans of real honky tonk and outlaw country.  Pat Reedy is a working class musician doing things his own way. This is his first original release on Muddy Roots records and I highly recommend checking it out.  Reedy is going to be a name to look out for as his music stands up against the legends and contemporary artists doing honky tonk and outlaw country. If you’re going to Muddy Roots 2018, I highly recommend checking out his set during the festival.  That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More) is available everywhere on April 6th with an album release party April 7th at the American Legion Post 82 in Nashville, TN. You can read more about Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners HERE

Favorite Tracks :Bloodshot Heart, Conversations With Jesus, Nashville Tennessee at 3am, Funny Thing about A Hammer, Wedding Ring

Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners – That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More) (2018)


  1. Bloodshot Heart

  2. Lucky I’m Alive

  3. Nashville Tennessee at 3am

  4. Wedding Ring

  5. You Don’t Have To Tell Me Again

  6. Fare The Well

  7. Same To Me

  8. That’s All There Is (And There Ain’t No More)

  9. Conversations With Jesus

  10. Funny Thing About A Hammer

  11. Pennsylvania Hills

  12. Coal Train Blues


Mar 162018

By Joshua Wallace

 This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of checking out the 2018 Ameripolitan Outlaw Female of the year Nikki Lane and Sarah Shook And The Disarmers. This was a double bill with Sarah Shook playing a solid hour and Nikki Lane closing out the night with a roughly two hour set. The opening band that night at 5th And Thomas was  The Trongone Band from West Virginia.

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The Trongone Band

 The Trongone Band was entirely new to me going in.  They played songs from their 2017 album “Keys To The House”.  This band brings a good stripped down southern rock sound. They have one lead vocalist / guitar player in Andrew Trongone, and one keyboard player who also has some vocal duties on certain tracks in Ben White.  The rest of the band is rounded out by Todd Harrington on bass and Johnny Trongone on drums. They have a sound that is very reminiscent of The Black Crowes and you can hear that in most of their songs.

 A couple of my favorite tracks from their set were “Not Coming Home” and “Another Lost Rambler.”   “Not Coming Home” features Ben White on vocals and really highlights how tight the band is in the interaction between their guitar and keyboards.  “Another Lost Rambler” feels like a classic southern rock song that you’d hear from any southern rock act traversing across the state of Florida in the seventies.  You could hear the crowd’s appreciation for this band as I believe they caught many in the crowd off guard with how good they were.

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Andrew Trongone and Ben White rocking out

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Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

 Up next was Sarah Shook & The Disarmers.  It was clear that many people came mainly for Sarah Shook and she did not disappoint despite this being her 3rd show in a 24 hour period having played in Savannah, GA at Midnight the night before and in Jacksonville, FL that afternoon.  I was blown away by her pedal steel player Adam Kurtz, especially on tracks like “Dwight Yoakam” and the new song “New Ways To Fail”. That song in particular seemed to get over well with the crowd who enjoyed the hook in the chorus. Another new song that got over well with the Tallahassee, FL crowd was “Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t”.  Her set was a mix of old and new stuff. I highly recommend checking her out on this run if you want to hear some of the new album early. The newer tracks have more of a traditional country sound and leave behind a lot of the punk and alt country influences of her album Sidelong.

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Sarah Shook

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Nikki Lane

 Finally, Nikki Lane closed out the evening with the most stripped down band of the three.  The band’s sound was anchored by her lead guitar player Alex Munoz and supported by a bass player and drums.  Her band had a more americana and western sound which was a good compliment for her varied recorded output. Some highlights included “Highway Queen” and “700,000 Rednecks” off her most recent album, and “Man Up” and “All Or Nothin’” from her second release.  She even went back to her debut album with hits like “Gone, Gone, Gone” and at a fan’s request did a stripped down version of “Walk Of Shame” after explaining the story behind the song. One surprise of the evening was a special appearance from Brent Cobb who is local to the area.  They both did a cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” which was originally released by The Byrds.

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Nikki Lane and Brent Cobb

Nikki Lane’s set was a fun, lighter way to close out a long evening of good outlaw country music and southern rock.  I highly recommend checking out any of these bands on tour if they come to a town near you. If you are going to Muddy Roots this year, as I know many who read this blog do, I highly recommend checking out Sarah Shook & The Disarmers set.

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Mar 142018

By Joshua Wallace

  The Goddamn Gallows are back with their 6th full length studio album and it’s a barn burner.  They are fully embracing their metal side with this album and it shows. You can even see it in the album artwork which was done by Andrei Bouzikov who has done artwork for bands such as Municipal Waste, Skeletonwitch and Hellmouth.  The album was even produced by a metal legend in Jack Gibson of Exodus. You might recall that he previously produced the debut LP from Stump Tail Dolly with great results.

  This band has always had a sound that lends itself to heavy music, but now they are embracing it.  This means more than just cranking up the guitars in the mix, they bing the riffs too. Just check out track “Shitwish” and you’ll hear some killer riffs and growling vocals from Mikey Classic mixed in with some great accordion.  It’s sure to be a headbanger at live shows. Another headbanger is the new version of Jayke Orvis’s “Dreadful Sinner”. This version keeps the familiar tune and banjo riffs of the Broken Band original, but adds some heavier riffage throughout.

  Another favorite of mine is “City Of Fools” and that track is probably my favorite composition on the album.  It presents the best mix of the classic sound from The Goddamn Gallows and their new heavier angle. Another fan favorite will likely be “Down With The Ship”.  It has already been a fan favorite at live shows and it is great to finally have a recorded version of this track which features vocals from both Fishgutzzz and Mikey Classic.

  If you’re a fan of The Goddamn Gallows, you know they have always been heading in this direction.  From live covers of classic metal tunes to an often heavier sound in their live shows, it is good to see them finally fully embrace this side of their music on an album.  This isn’t just a roots band with cranked up guitars, The Goddamn Gallows bring the killer riffs and growling vocals you would expect from a great metal band. This album is out everywhere digitally now and will be available on CD on March 23rd.

Favorite Tracks : City Of Fools, Dreadful Sinner, Down With The Ship, Shitwish

The Goddamn Gallows – The Trial (2018)


  1. Grassmuncher

  2. Blackened Soul

  3. It’s Gonna Be Ok (no, It’s Not)

  4. Shitwish

  5. When No One’s Around

  6. The Trial

  7. City Of Fools

  8. Honeyhole

  9. Dreadful Sinner

  10. Down With The Ship


Mar 072018

I tell you what I USED to attend many Country Music auctions in order to acquire as much memorabilia as possible in my home here. What I have done is arranged my home in chronological time order according to years of Country Music history. For instance if you enter my home through the laundry room it begins with Deford Bailey, the Fruit Jar Drinkers and Uncle Dave Macon. Pretty much from 1900 up until 1927-30 when Uncle Jimmy Thompson was first featured on the fledgling show called The Grand Ol Opry.

That is…until I learned Marty Stuart was sending “his people” to these auctions with straight THOUSANDS in cash. I mean, there wasn’t even an auction! I suppose all is fair in  love and war if you have enough money…which he does. He owns the largest collection of Country Music memorabilia in the United States, the ONLY complaint that collectors such as myself have with his horde is that the public isn’t  allowed access to it..until now.

Partially, portions of his record collection has been for sale at Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop down on Broadway. And I understand those are just his duplicate albums! However you aren’t going to be able to acquire previous property of a Country Music Legend while he is alive for a small price. The album are marked up pretty high, I bought a few of them as I could afford them.

Just recently Marty Stuart himself announced his proposed plans to construct a museum, library and performing arts center in his hometown of Philadelphia Mississippi. He made this announcement public last Wednesday at a press conference in Jackson Mississippi. Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music will be in Philadelphia, about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Jackson, and is speculated to open in three years.

Digital rendering of country star Marty Stuart's Congress

He presented digital interpretations of the finished project at the Mississippi state capitol last week, as he plans to feature most of his 20,000 piece collection of all types of artifacts. For over 30 years Mr. Marty has been one of the forefront advocates of the preservation of the history of Country Music and a hero to people like myself.

It will be built in his hometown of Philadelphia Mississippi, and will incorporate the  town’s historic Ellis Theater. Also, this project will include a concert venue, museum and an educational center where the public can learn about the various careers available in the music industry. The center is already subsequently endorsed by the Grammy Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum and the Library Of Congress.

Many of his clothing articles worn by Hank Williams and Porter Wagoner along with instruments they played will be on display for ALL to see. The next step in Mr. Marty’s plans is securing funding for this project, as he tours this year in support of Chris Stapleton.


Mar 062018

This is one of my hometown festivals that I haven’t missed much of the first few years it’s transpired. It’s grown by leaps and bounds in those few years as well, emanating from many venues and stages. It was moved one year because of a problem with the hotel, but moved back to the ballroom last year. I’m going to publicly admit I’m not really interested in the car portion, but that’s JUST ME. I LOVE the people that come display their vehicles and still go see the hot rods and all that. The clothes and styles of the Rockabilly scene are always fun to see as well as the western styles like you’ll see at Nikki Lane’s Marketplace at a California festival this year. THIS VERY WEBSITE was formulated and spawned at the Junebug Ranch on a hot summer weekend in 2013, where Muddy Roots and my personal friend Shooter Jennings helped me start this. My FIRST article was launched at Outlaws And Legends at Altamont and featured Kara Clark in 2013.

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This portion is from my good friend Jason Galaz personal page:

We have the world’s largest venue for a rock & billy event! The Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender is held at the Opryland Hotel Resort which currently has 3000 rooms, 2 large atriums, 17 restaurants & bars, & hundreds of thousands of feet of ballrooms and event space. But to make it even better they are adding more rooms and an exclusive waterpark just for guests!

They’ve been so kind as to give us our own little corner all weekend long.The Tennessee and Magnolia ballrooms are all ours for the weekend which will keep us in one spot while onsite! No more Ryman hall downstairs.They also give us $259 rooms for $159 a night. I recently paid $147 for the old Fiddlers Inn across the street for a band. Check the value!You can purchase tickets for this event HERE.

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We also have one of Nashville’s last remaining REAL honky tonks across the street called The Nashville Palace with an old school dance floor complete with a neon guitar on the ceiling. Country music superstars used to frequent the joint. You can find many of their hand prints in concrete out front of the neighboring building classic Hollywood style.

We have a massive parking lot behind the palace for our carshow which is now more accessible to the public.

We run shuttles between the two nonstop.

With all that said, rooms and tickets are limited. We are down to a few hundred per night. Don’t wait because I am just getting started!!!!

It’s that time again to bring you my article on the Muddy Roots Nashville Boogie and bring it I shall, as I always do every year. This event and the Muddy Roots main event in Cookeville are ones that I have never missed a single year of and I have reported LIVE from them for the entire three and a half years my website has been functioning.

On May 24-27th Nashville will once again fall victim to an all out assault on crappy music when Mr. Jason and his crew of REAL MUSIC crusaders usher in the real deal to the Opryland area.  Over 80 performances on 5 stages, over 4 days at 3 venues. Located at the Grand Ole Opry House, Opryland Hotel, & Nashville Palace. Includes a large indoor car show, western fashion show, huge vintage vendor market, pinup contest, a record convention, and a vintage slide show.

Larry Collins
Levi Dexter
The Paladins
The Polecats
Narvel Felts
Hillbilly Moon Explosion
The Rimshots
Carlos And The Bandidos
Luis And The Wildfires
Charlie Hightone
Deke Dickerson
Hillbilly Casino

Boz, the international playboy currently known as a co-writer and guitarist for Morrissey Official is hailed as a pioneer in the neo-rockabilly world as a member of The Polecats and other various projects. We’ll celebrate his life work by working him like a mule at the 2018 Nashville Boogie Vintage Weekender & Car Show!

Official scheduled performances currently include the following but wouldn’t be surprised to see him on stage during other acts.

* The Polecats
* The Boz-Allstars (w/ Stephen Dibbs Preston of the rockcats, Lyn, Steve & Pete)
* The Sonny George Band (From when Sonny lived in Holland)
* The Deltas (Guest spot)

Wildfire Willie And The Ramblers
The Planet Rockers
The Rocketz
Charlie Thompson
Royce Porter
Billy Harlan
Psycho Devilles
Tommy Ash
Art Adams
The Deltas
The Tremors
Little Lesley And The Bloodshots
The Krank Daddies
Jane Rose
The Cowpokes
The Fly Cat Trio
Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Kyle Eldridge And The Rhythm Rounders
Little Boy Arnold
The Desperados
Texas Steve And The Tornados
Eddie And Thee Scorpions
Bailey Dee
Will And The Hi Rollers

Club Hotel Nashville Inn And Suites
Country Inn And Suites Opryland North
Best Western Opryland
Holiday Inn Express Opryland
Airport Super 8 Opryland
Courtyard Nashville
Hampton Inn And Suites
Guest House Inn
Days Inn Opryland
Fiddler’s Inn Opryland

Mar 052018

I mean WHAT CAN I SAY here folks, let’s shoot back to the beginning of this very website here. MY IDEAS began brewing in 2007 when this “Roots Music” began to fester from the depths of social media AKA the almighty MYSPACE. I can remember many many sleepless nights of sitting on my fat butt consuming 16oz cans of Pabst while discovering Bob Wayne, Honky Tonk Hustlas, and THESE GUYS…

In their own way they are Legends in this sort of music here, and have stood their test of time some ten years later. Mr. Soda Gardocki, Mr. Husky and them Ditchrunners have all been leaders in this scene of music, and now they play many more festivals than just the original one..Muddy Roots.

Part of my video from below is in the dark but that’s my point even in the storms THIS BAND blows your mind, it also features Miss Caroline his wife on bass, and Mr. Puppy on drums there. You can kind of get a slight taste of what you’ll have on stage there.TRUST ME you will NOT be upset.

I have many, many memories of watching Mr. Husky drop the blues bomb on unsuspecting souls for years. To people that don’t know him he may look innocent until he straps that guitar on and strikes the first chord. I’m REALLY GLAD to hear from him, and the fact he decided to include songs from his earlier albums. Because “Hog Jaw” and “Black Snake Boogie” are classic Husky. So HERE is his official statement he wanted me to release for him:


Back on the road this month and couldn’t be happier about it. I’ve acquired a new fire by bringing back a lot of the old tunes from the first two albums. Folks have been asking for them so they’re back in the set every night and sounding better than ever! I also have some brand new songs in the set that are from the upcoming split release, Whiskey Trippin’. Zach “Puppy” Babbe(Soda Gardocki) will be on drums for the first leg and Derrick Maddox(The Ditchrunners) for the second leg. Super excited to have both of these amazing drummers as part of the family on the road this Spring! Help spread the word and we’ll see y’all out there. As always, thanks for the continued support!


Spring Shocker Tour Dates


3/07 Nashville Palace, Nashville, TN

3/09 Brew and Cue, Chattanooga TN

3/10 Fireside Bar & Grill, Chattanooga TN

3/15 High Rock Outfitters, Lexington NC

3/16 Pigeon Mountain Grill, Chickamauga GA

3/17 Mountain Creek Harley Davidson, Dalton GA

3/22 Funny Ears Fringe Fest, Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN

3/23 Frank N Steins, Portsmouth OH

3/24 Traditions Bar, Watseka IL

3/25 Reggie’s, Chicago IL


3/30 Cold Shot, Appleton WI

3/31 Polack Inn, Wausau WI

4/04 The Lift, Dubuque IA

4/05 Lefty’s, Des Moines IA

4/06 Guitars and Cadillacs, Springfield IL

4/07 Westport Saloon, Kansas City MO

4/12 Gillie’s, Kearney NE

4/13 LoveLace Art & Design, Lincoln NE

4/14 War Goat Fest, St Louis MO

4/18 Red Brick Bar, Norman OK

4/19 Lucy’s Lot, Grapevine TX

4/20 Walk This Earth Festival, Albany TX

Mar 052018

Recently at the Ameripolitan Awards I got the opportunity to spend a little time with Nikki Lane and she told me a little about this project. I’m hoping that she extends this project into other ventures like the Nashville Boogie.Her new album Highway Queen made my TOP 50 OF 2017 lasy year.

I predict Miss Nikki to do nothing but rise to the TOP of the non mainstream lists…and I predict this “non mainstream” music to TAKE OVER and BECOME more mainstream as the need and want for it escalates.

“Curating the Stage Stop Marketplace is the perfect way for me to blend my love for country music with my love for vintage Western wear and American-made products,” Lane said via a press release. “All of the vendors are hardworking small business owners working to maintain integrity and authenticity with regard to how they dress and live.”

On top of curating the shops, Lane and her friends will be surprising guests throughout the weekend by popping into the stores for acoustic performances right inside the marketplace. The Stage Stop Marketplace will include vendors from all over the U.S., such as High Class Hillbilly, Lone Hawk Hats, Honeywood Vintage and Bandit Brand.

I am thrilled to announce Nikki Lane’s Stage Stop Marketplace at Stagecoach 2018 which will be open all weekend long, April 27 through April 29. Curating the Stage Stop Marketplace is the perfect way for me to blend my love for country music with my love for vintage western wear and American made products. All of the vendors are hardworking small business owners working to maintain integrity and authenticity with regard to how they dress and live. I am excited and proud to share all they have to offer with all of you!

The Marketplace will include curated vendors, such as High Class HillbillyLone Hawk HatsHoneywood VintageBandit Brand, and more. All of which will provide anyone who stops by the opportunity to deep dive their eccentric styles and country inspired fashion.

In addition to curated vintage goods, I will be bringing along some of my closest musician friends for pop-up acoustic performances right inside the marketplace. These will be artists outside of the Stagecoach lineup performing exclusively at the Marketplace so you will not want to miss it!
I can’t wait to share all that the marketplace has to offer at Stagecoach this year with all of you, so please be sure to stop by to say “hello” and pick up a few unique items to highlight your inner country style.
See you at the Polo Fields!

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Mar 042018
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Music City Roots PRESENTS: “Roots On The Road” at The Nashville Palace – A Little Jimmie Dickens Tribute Show Featuring: Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Connie Smith, Carpenter Ants, John Ellison & Todd Burge Doors open at 6pm. Show Starts at 7pm. Watch the web stream Wed 7pm CT right here.

We have many ticketing options, from GA to Reserved seats and also meal packages. First come first serve for general admission tickets! Limited amount of reserved seats available for purchase. You can purchase tickets HERE.

Listen to the new album
The Rhinestone Hillbilly – A Tribute to Little Jimmy Dickens

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  • Reserved Chair (front of stage) w/Meal
  • Reserved Table w/ Meal
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    What is Music City Roots?

    Music City Roots, Live From The Factory is a weekly, radio show and webcast that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to about 9:30 pm, CST, Music City Roots showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. The show is broadcast live over WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM from Middle Tennessee State University and webcast in Livestream video at A weekly syndicated show is distributed to a network of affiliates around the country as well as the major podcasting platforms.

    Music fans worldwide know Nashville as the epicenter of country music, and Music City Roots, Live From The Factory embraces and builds on that foundation. MCR is broadcast to a global audience, not just as the keeper of the traditional flame, but as a trusted tastemaker that looks to the future of music in all its forms and sub-genres: bluegrass, folk, alternative, western, rockabilly and crossovers into rock, jazz and world music. There has never been a time of greater variety, abundance and quality in Nashville’s creative community, and Music City Roots looks to put that talent on a worldwide stage.

    Each broadcast features four artists in 25 minute segments and short interviews, plus a show-closing Nashville Jam where all musical guests embrace the spirit of Music City as the collaborative epicenter of tradition and innovation. Nashville’s legendary Keith Bilbrey is the announcer; Jim Lauderdale and other leaders of the music community host the festivities.

    Born and raised in Bolt, Raleigh County, “Little” Jimmy Dickens was 4 foot 11 inches tall and a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949.

    In 1964, Dickens became the first country music star to circle the world during a tour. Dickens charted hits in every decade from the 1940s to the 1970s.

    Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983 and was in the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Dickens’ last Opry performance was December 20, 2014, four days after his 94th birthday. He passed away just two weeks later on January 2, 2015.

Mar 042018

If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage. NEW IN 2018, folks I am always looking for ways to enhance what I do for you. So this year I’ll be reporting on further Kentucky shows, and further Tennessee shows as well.

Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music

Sarah Gayle Meech
Robert’s March 15th, 17th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st

Sarah Gayle Meech
Layla’s March 16th, 23rd,25th.

Erin Enderlin
3rd And Lindsley March 12th

The Bottle Rockets
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky March 15th

Elizabeth Cook
The Basement East March 15th

Rye Davis
Sidelines In Glasgow Ky March 16th

Travis Meadows
3rd And Lindsley March 18th

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday Night March 20th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
The Basement March 23rd

The Goddamn Gallows
The Southgate House March 23rd

The Tillers Record Release
Pert Near Sandstone
Al Scortch
The Southgate House March 24rth

A Man Called Stu
Room 62 Nashville march 24rth

Urban Pioneers
Southgate House March 27th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace March 28th

Lorin Walker Madsen
Lynaugh’s Pub Lexington Ky March 28th

Dusty Rust
Dee’s Country lounge March 28th

Sunny Sweeney
3rd And Lindsley March 29th

Blank Range
Basement East March 29th

Sunny Sweeney and Rye Davis
Spillway Bar And Grill March 30th

The Supersuckers
Southgate House March March 30th

The Supersuckers
The Basement East March 31st

Jim Lauderdale
Station Inn March 31st

Unknown Hinson
Zanzabar Louisville Ky April 4rth

A Man Called Stu
Springwater Supper Club April 4rth

Jim Lauderdale
Willies Locally Known Lexington Ky April 5th

Mountain Heart
Nashville City Winery April 5th

Steel Woods
Covington Ky April 5th

Lee Ann Womack
The Basement East April 6th and 7th

The Steel Woods
The Warehouse Mt. Victor April 7th

Emi Sunshine
Grand Theater Frankfort ky April 7th

Erin Enderlin
The Bluebird Nashville April 10th

The Tillers
Zanzabar Louisville Ky April 12th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Willie’s Locally Owned April 12th

Josh Turner
Renfro Valley April7th

Shawn James
The Burl Lexington Ky April 17th

John Morland
Deer Tick
Cannery Ballroom April 17th

Dead Horses
The High Watt April 19th

David Allan Coe
Renfro Valley April 14th

Justin Wells
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky April 13th

John Moreland
Cannery Ballroom April 17th

Shooter Jennings
Nashville Palace April 17th

Shawn James
The Southgate House April 18th

Charlie Robison
City Winery April 19th

Raelynn Nelson
O Connors April 20th

Lindi Ortega
The Basement April 20th

Bobby Bare
Renfro Valley April 20th

Confederate Railroad
Plaza Theater April 20th

Ryan Bingham
City Winery April 20th

The Barnyard Stompers
The Cobra April 21st

J.D. Wilkes (Solo)
Golden Pond April 21st

The Josephines
Tidball’s April 21st

Gene Watson
Renfro Valley April 21st

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday April 24rth

Paul Cauthen
The Basement April 25th

Tim Montana
The Warehouse Mt Victor April 27th

The Barnyard Stompers
The Spillway Bowling Green Ky April 28th

Joshua Hedley
The Basement East April 24rth

Ascend Ampitheater May 2nd

Dwight Yoakam
Iroquois Ampitheater Louisville Ky May 4rth

Tracey Lawrence
Renfro Valley May 5th

Billy Strings
The Burl May 5th

Clint Black
State Theater Elizabethtown Ky May 10th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Revelry Room Chattanooga Tn May 11th

William Clark Green
3rd And Lindsley May 12th

The Josephines
Spillway Bowling Green May 12th

Joe Diffie
Renfro Valley May 12th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cosmic Charlie’s May 13th

Kris Kristofferson with Ben Haggard
Basement East May 16th

Willie Nelson
Ascend Ampitheater May 18th

Margo Price
Ryman Auditorium May 20, 21 and 23rd

Kristiana Murray
Nashville Nashville Tn May 22nd

Ruby boots
Basement May 18th

Trampled By Turtles
Ryman Auditorium May 18th

Parker Milsap
3rd And Lindsley May 20th

John Moreland
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky

Dailey And Vincent April 28th

Colter Wall
Grand Theater May 18th

Trampled By Turtles
Ryman Auditorium May 18th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Stoddart Family Farm Crawford Tn May 26th

The Oak Ridge Boys
Beaver Dam Amphitheater June 1st

The Oak Ridge Boys
Renfro Valley June 2nd

Justin Townes Earle
Headliner’s Louisville Ky June 2nd

American Aquarium and Cory Branon
The Basement East June 5th

Colter Wall
Louisville Palace Ky June 8th

The Josephines
The A frame Bowling Green Ky June 8th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Big Sandy And The Fly Rite Boys
Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Southgate House June 13th

John Anderson
Palace Theater Crossville Tn June 22nd

Jamey Johnson
Renfro Valley June 23rd

John Anderson
State theater June 23rd

Lavender Country
The Basement June 23rd

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday June 26th

Jamey Johnson
The Shed June 29th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Exit Inn June 30th

The Blasters
Exit Inn July 1st

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Janie Frickie
Renfro Valley September 7th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th

Mar 042018


Let’s shoot back to 2010 when Myspace was diminishing facebook was on the rise and this type of music I feature was blooming. I was learning more and more about Red Dirt coming out of Texas and Oklahoma, this outlet was the first place I learned of people like Cody Canada, Randy Rogers, Josh Ward and Bri Bagwell. It was run by a gal named Katie Key, and it came from Houston at the Texas Music Chart Headquarters. So THIS IS directly from Texas Music Pickers Website:

Many an artist stopped in to the Texas Music Chart world headquarters in Houston including: Randy Rogers Band, Josh Ward, Cody Johnson, Bonnie Bishop, and Bri Bagwell!  (You can see those interviews and performances here:   One of my favorites was this one with Cody Canada:

 I left the Texas Music Chart in 2014 and the Cluttered Corner went on for two more years, hosted by the late great Ed Shane and his wife Pam Shane.

I’ve always wanted to bring it back and now I have that opportunity!  The Cluttered Corner is coming back better than ever!  Same great Texas/Red Dirt/Country music artist interviews and performances but recorded in a new location: Coals Smokehouse!  Real Content Solutions will be the company handling all production.  The finished videos will be shared on, and, as well as other social media outlets.

We’re currently looking for segment sponsors who are interested in getting their company in front of 50,000-70,000 viewers each month, and offer a variety of packages to best suit your company’s needs!  For more information on these sponsorship opportunities, contact us at

Mar 042018


Today I wanted to feature a VERY GOOD album that I received in the mail called Laura Benetiz And The Heartache which is a West Coast outfit of  TERRIFIC Honky Tonk Country from California. This album was sent to me in a press kit, and when I finally got time to listen to it I was PLEASANTLY astonished. HOW have I NOT heard of this gem before, even her previous 2014 album “Heartless Woman” is equally TERRIFIC. But now let’s delve into this one called “With All It’s Thorns.

The pedal steel guitar work on this album is INSANE and truly precise, Mr. Ian Sutton completed a masterpiece of solos on songs like “Our Remember Whens” which was a lover’s song about future good times between two lovers. You know the feeling when you have a NEW relationship, and you JUST KNOW there are good times coming. You KNOW the times will be remembered and recalled in time.

The album jumps right into a murder ballad called “In Red” it’s a seductive and sultry tune about a fornicating man, with a new unsuspecting wife that regrets dressing in white. These eleven songs are so wonderfully written I am just raving about this album. I have given it to so many other outlets that promote this kind of music, it’s unreal. She eventually ends up shooting this man and the TWANG of this song is VERY enjoyable.

This album begins with a song reminiscent of the 1980’s women like Miss Mary Chapin Carpenter and Miss Dolly Parton  with a song called “Something Better Than A Broken Heart”, which was the only co-write on the album. It has a New Orleans type flair to it, also the song “Whiskey Makes Me Love You” was another perfect throwback song. This young lady has the total package for today’s Honky Tonk crowd, she has the Legends sound and reference, while maintaining today’s fresh look like Miss Sarah Gayle Meech and Tommy Ash.

‘The Fool I Am Right Now” is a good boot stomping two step beer drinking song about typical regret of something I think many of us are..fools in love with people who treat us less than we deserve. if THAT doesn’t hit the Honky Tonk nail on the head i don’t know WHAT DOES.

The last song is a slower one called “Nora Went Down The Mountain” with some terrific fiddle work and a truly compelling story of adventure. I’m telling you folks this album is EXACTLY what I was looking for when I want a female fronted Honky Tonk outfit.

1. Something Better Than a Broken Heart
2.Easier Things to Do
3.Our Remember Whens
4.In Red
5.Whiskey Makes Me Love You
6.Almost the Right One (Casi Mi Cielo)
7.Ghost Ship
8.The Fool I Am Right Now
10.Why Does It Matter
11.Nora Went Down the Mountain

Mar 30
The Monkey House
Berkeley, CA

Apr 06
Fireside Lounge
Alameda, CA

Apr 22
Ivy Room
Albany, CA

May 17
Bar Fluxus
San Francisco, CA

May 19
Neck of the Woods
San Francisco, CA

May 22
Bazaar Cafe
San Francisco, CA

Mar 032018

A lot of websites will most likely be writing about the legendary Country Music variety show host Mr. Ronnie Prophet, who died yesterday at age 80 in Florida following a bad heart attack. He remains embedded deeply into my youth as I grew up watching television shows like ‘The Ronnie Prophet Show” and “Hee Haw”.  He established himself at the famed Nashville Carousel Club in the 1970’s, and after the late 80’s, he joined the many Country Music Legends that built Branson Missouri into the Country Music mecca of the mid American area.

However Ronnie Prophet was raised and grew up in Canada, and got started in local clubs. He made his television debut on a show called the “Happy Wanderers”, and then appeared in Montreal nightclubs before coming to Nashville in 1969.

As a recording artist in the 1970’s Ronnie Prophet recorded twenty seven albums, and five of his singles reached the Billboard charts. His highest reach on the charts was his 1975 single “Sanctuary”. He also hosted the Country Music variety show called the Ronnie Prophet Show in 1974, but it only lasted one season featuring eleven episodes.

However the reruns became a 1970’s mainstay on the youthful TNN during cable TV’s youth, and I vastly credit The Ronnie Prophet show for proliferating the Outlaw movement as he featured Hank Williams Jr. and George Jones among many others.

He toured and opened for Country Legend George Jones in September and November of 2005. He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and will be laid to rest in Florida where he resided in later years.

Prophet’s widow, with whom he recorded several duets including 1984’s “If This is Love” and 1985’s “I’m Glad We’re Bad at Something,” said in her Facebook post that his sense of humor sustained her through the years.

“Chet Atkins music was playing softly in the background till he left us for his heavenly home this morning at 8:40. He loved life, and friends, family and his fans were so important to him,” she wrote.

“His passion for music was part of who he was and it was always his wish to keep people smiling wherever he went. Thank you for all the kind and encouraging words. I will continue to read them and they will help my grieving heart of losing him but knowing that he was loved and will be missed by others. God bless you all.”

Feb 252018

Three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt Solon, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.Over on the Kinfolk Stage, you’ll find great music, dancing and awesome presentations for the children. There are TONS of playgrounds and games and activities for them to do while you enjoy the music.



Trampled by Turtles,
Josh Ritter,
Steep Canyon Rangers,
I’m With Her,
The Secret Sisters,
John Moreland,
Colter Wall,
The War and Treaty,
Charley Crockett,
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters,
Nicole Atkins,
The Scott Miller,
The Tillers,
Devon Gilfillian,
David Wax Museum,
Dori Freeman,
Ellis Dyson & the Shambles,
The Ghost of Paul Revere,
Jon Stickley Trio,
Old Man Luedecke,
Songs From The Road Band,
Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line,
The Judy Chops,
The Brother Brothers,
Cicada Rhythm,
Leah Blevins Music,
The Way Down Wanderers,
Dharma Bombs,
Furnace Mountain Band,
The Walking Roots Band


Hampton Inn South is our official Red Wing VI hotel sponsor.

The closest hotels are located in Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA, each only about 15 miles away.

Bed & Breakfasts/Inns

There are numerous Inns and B&Bs in the area. Here’s a partial list:

Augusta County

Buckhorn Inn

2487 Hankey Mountain Hwy, Churchville 540-337-8660

Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast

320 Wayne Ave, Waynesboro 540-943-1910

B&B at Penmerryl Farm

273 Penmerryl Dr, Greenville 540-337-0622/540-292-0897

Blueberry Hill Farm

956 Spottswood Rd, Steeles Tavern 540-377-2240

Cross House Garden Inn

1224 Keezletown Rd, Weyers Cave 540-234-8065

Frederick House

28 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-4220

Inn at Old Virginia

1329 Commerce Rd., Staunton 540-248-4650

Iris Inn B&B of Waynesboro

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro 540-943-1991

Montclair Bed & Breakfast

320 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-8832

Olde Staunton Inn

260 N. Lewis St, Staunton 540-886-0193

Shenandoah Mountain Inn

434 Shen. Mtn. Dr, West Augusta 540-939-4164

Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast

607 Oak Ave, Waynesboro 540-946-4899

Staunton Choral Gardens

216 W. Frederick St, Staunton 540-885-6556

Sugar Tree Inn

Hwy 56, Steeles Tavern 800-377-2197

Tree Streets Inn

421 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro 540-949-4484

Rockingham County

By The Side Of The Road B&B

491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg 540-801-0430

High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Rd, Grottoes 540-249-3936

Joshua Wilton House

412 S. Main St, Harrisonburg 540-434-4464

Old Massanutten Lodge

3448 Caverns Dr, Keezletown 540-269-8800

Shenandoah Valley Farm Inn

882 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville 540-289-5402

Silver Lake Bed & Breakfast

1331 Silver Lake Rd, Dayton 540-879-2717

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 E. Market St, Harrisonburg 540-433-8233

Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 8-11, 2018 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage with the band at Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students ages 5 – 19. Students will receive individual and group instruction from highly trained music teachers and will also be coached by members of The Steel Wheels throughout the week. Daily curriculum will include group classes, mini lessons, improv and jam sessions, technique and tone development, stage performance, electives, recreation, panel discussions, showcases, and more. Each day will close with a camp wide rehearsal to practice for Red Wing performance.

Throughout the 4-day workshop, students will learn several tunes to perform collectively. On Friday, July 13, 2018 the Academy experience will culminate at Red Wing Roots Music Festival with a live, on-stage performance with The Steel Wheels.

Scholarship opportunities are available for qualifying students. Admission to the festival and a T-shirt are included for participants.

Detailed schedule and class descriptions will be announced this spring!

Registration deadline: May 25 (late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis) Refunds cannot be given after the registration deadline.

Email or call 540-588-0332 for more information or to inquire about overnight accommodations on campus if you are traveling from out of town.

Red Wing Academy Volunteer and Sponsorship opportunities are available in exchange for passes to Red Wing Roots Music Festival and other perks. You may also order additional T-shirts for family and friends! Please also consider donating to Red Wing Academy’s scholarship fund. Stay updated at and on facebook!

Feb 252018

Tonight was basically a lazy Saturday for me, it was warm and rainy out. Apparently there were some quite severe storms in my area…I was actually napping before y neighbor picked me up to go to Third And Lindsley for the big show tonight.

The first act was a songwriter named Mr. Aaron Raitere, who had some REALLY inventive songs that were cleverly arranged. He had a small three piece band including himself, and they played about 5 or 6 songs for us. Now I did some research and closely studied his portion of the show, and I couldn’t pinpoint song names totally.

One was called “Single Wide Dreamers In A Double Wide World” and another was called “It’s Good Then It’s Gone So Enjoy It While It’s Here”. However perhaps the most clever song he played was one called “I’d Rather Be Fishing With My Mind On God Than Church With My Mind On Fishing”. In fact it indeed was one of the most clever, well written songs I have heard in months.

Miss Faren Rachels has a good album but I’ll tell you what she is AMAZING LIVE. Her band is really good, and her steel player is on point tonight. I was pleasantly surprised with her set tonight, and when she started her set with “Show Me Hands” it set the precedent for a good set to come.

“Nowhere Tonight” was one of the songs off her EP t that was alright to me but dammit once I heard it live I was truly amazed by her. She leans a little more toward mainstream in my opinion, but she still fits in well with the bands that  do not have the propensity to be mainstream like the Steel Woods. She sites influences that border mainstream fans as well, but yet maintain presence in the non mainstream realms.

“If it ain’t fixed” was next and was one of the songs I didn’t think was as good as others but her vocal delivery was superb on it. I just thought others were more well written. That’s not really a bad comment at all trust me it’s just what my opinion was.

After she played one called “Uber Driver” she played a slower song called “On Paper” which showcased her voice really well. She was very comfortable up there on stage tonight and I think she will be growing exponentially. She closed her set with “I Know Better”, and her more popular song called “Free Drinks”.

The Steel Woods have grown with leaps and bounds here in Nashville WOW. It’s truly amazing to see this band sell out this venue, and the ones that are up and coming bands. They played a really good set at the Warehouse in Bowling Green last time I wrote about them, so let’s see what they do tonight.

They came out loud and proud like a southern rock hammer with a song called called In The Pines for an intro they played right into “Wild And Blue”. Their next song was called “Better In The Fall”, They sound really terrific here tonight in Nashville. Honestly every band sounds terrific here, as this is one of my better venues to see music in.

They played most of their debut album including “I’m going To Love You” to a picked out sold out show here thought that is going absolutely insane over their songs. Right now they are playing “Whatever It Means To You”, and other great songs like ‘Uncle Lloyd” along with various covers like “Lonesome Onr’y  And Mean”.

They played a really solid version of  “Yesterday’s Wine” and the Allman Brothers “Whipping Post”, see this band plays longer sets than their one album can accommodate. Not many bands can say that as a positive thing, this band played covers not as filler songs, but as fan favorites. They aren’t boring or time consuming by any means.

“Straw In The Wind” is always a definite fan favorite toward the end of their show, as well as one of my favorites called “Della Jane’s Hear”t. After a lengthy instrumental, they went into the song called “Hole In The Sky” with thunderous fury. The show tonight came to climatic end with “Axe”, and left us waiting for what shall become of this monster band. What will the future albums sound like direction wise, and how will they embrace growth?




Feb 242018


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2-star hotel
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Live Oak

2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
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Quality Inn

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Americas Best Value Inn – White Springs/Live Oak


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Travelodge Lake Park Valdosta

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Simple hotel with free WiFi & a pool
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Hampton Inn Valdosta/Lake Park Area

3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free WiFi & a pool
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Motel 6 Lake Park

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Modern budget lodging with outdoor pool

Best Western Plus Madison Inn


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Days Inn Madison


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Super 8 Madison


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Hotel Joia


Bat House


Hotel  9759 Co Rd 132

North Florida Inn



Bienville Plantation


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Camp Rad


Suwanee Camp



LIVE OAK, FL — Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is excited to announce the addition of Vassar Sunday to the Suwannee Spring Reunion which takes place on March 23-26, at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida. The full schedule of events is now up at Along with incredible music, expect camp pickin’ parties, wonderful food and crafts, and enjoy SOSMP’s many other attractions including disc golf, miles of hiking and biking trails, the bat house, and the chance to venture Way Down Upon The Suwannee River.

Music starts at 2 p.m. Thursday and Donna the Buffalo holds the headlining slot at 8 p.m. on The Amphitheatre Stage, followed by the Grass Is Dead. Other sets that day on both the Amphitheater and Porch stages include Joe Craven, Turtle Duhks, The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Bobby Miller & Virginia Daredevils, and Flea Market Hustlers on Amphitheatre and Porch Stages.

On Friday folks can bounce between those two stages for a sensory feast of music which includes Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Ralph Roddenbery & the B-Sides, Verlon Thompson, and another set by Donna the Buffalo. There will also be a special set called the Craven Rum Jam which includes Joe Craven and Hot Buttered Rum’s Erik Yates, Zeb Bowles, and James Stafford closing out the Porch Stage for the night.

Saturday holds lots of room for some magical musical moments with Sara Watkins, Peter Rowan Band, two sets with Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Mosier with Pickled Holler, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Turtle Duhks, two sets with Tornado Rider, and more.

Workshops and performances will also be going on all day in the Music Hall and on the Music Farmer’s Stage on Friday and Saturday with appearances by Peter Rowen, Verlon Thompson, Joe Craven, Jim Lauderdale, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, Whetherman, Nikki Talley & Jason Sharp, Lon and Lis Williamson, The Applebutter Express and more. All the kids can get really excited too because Tania & the Magic Moon Traveling Circus and Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp will be providing a weekend to remember with kids’ activities and shows. (Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.)

Sunday is Vassar Day, a day of remembrance for all the festival family no longer with us, and for this reunion it is also fun day, a more relaxed day to visit our friends and family and enjoy the beautiful campground. Vassar Clements was a regular at the Spirit of Suwannee performing at every spring and fall event at Spirit of Suwannee until his passing in 2005. Not only was he a legend in his own time, he also became a dear friend to many at the festivals because of his cheer, friendliness, and non-stop pickin’. After his passing, Sundays became the day of remembrance to celebrate Vassar’s life as well as those of other loved ones who passed over.

The Sunday schedule includes special activities in the morning, music on the Porch Stage from 10-2 p.m. Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus Kids open the stage in the morning, followed by Rushadicus and Friends (Tornado Rider) and what is sure to be a memorable Vassar Gospel Jam hosted by “Rev” Jeff Mosier and the Spring Reunion Backsliders Porchestra.

Sunday is also host to art project for roots in the afternoon, a morning permaculture workshop called “Transforming Spaces for Health Food & Living” in the Butterfly Garden, as well as scheduled jams in the campground late afternoon & evening at the Bill Monroe Shrine, Slopryland, and throughout SOSMP. Camping Sunday night is included.

Festival Director Beth Judy says, “I am so excited about Suwannee Spring Reunion. To me, when spring is in the air, it is a very special time of year to gather with friends and family. This festival is truly a reunion; we have artists coming together who have been at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in different incarnations many times over the years, so much they are family. It’s a coming home too for many friends, family, and chosen family joining together to celebrate life love & music under the oaks.”

Suwannee Spring Reunion is offering a multi-day ticket that includes festival admission as well as primitive camping Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia state line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events.

For more information and to reserve camping, please visit

Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus
Suwannee Spirit Kids Music Camp

For four days in March, you can slip your shoes off and dance under the bright blue vistas and star-studded skies. Wander the endless trails along the Suwannee River, tell stories around the crackling campfire or simply lie back and watch the Spanish moss that drapes the sheltering Live Oaks that sway in the breeze. Dance the days away at the Stages and while away the late night hours around the “Picking Parties” that spring up into the dawn’s early light. There are no wrong choices when you arrive at your home and the place where live music lives for the founding of a new tradition, built on the love of the past, the Suwannee Spring Reunion.
For more information and to purchase tickets and reserve camping, please visit
Feb 242018

Well for those of you that don’t know the story behind our friendship I’ll re tell it to the best of my abilities here. One night I was just piddling on the computer learning this host I use to host my website. I knew VERY LITTLE about HOW to go about expanding my knowledge onto print here, or how to proliferate my website. I knew NOTHING about marketing or reading analytic charts, but I was just beginning this website here.

This guy named Mr. Brandon Walker messaged me on Facebook about a Hank Williams Jr. album, he was referred to me by Mr. Chris Miller who does the Blue Ribbon Radio podcast. He began telling me about this idea he had, and who he was going to feature…I started giving him more fuel with bands. Some of them he liked and some he said he wouldn’t walk across his front yard to listen to. I thought man this guy is passionate about what he likes, but doesn’t publicly bash what he doesn’t. He leaned more towards Americana and Appalachian artists I knew VERY LITTLE about.

He started telling me about this kid named Tyler Childers, and I mean this was just a little goofy looking kid that wore bow ties, and to be honest you wouldn’t suspect a voice that powerful could emanate from this kid. He started telling  about this podcast he was doing, and I returned the ideas with this website. We started collaborating with each other more, and supported each other from the start by putting each other on our website sidebars.

He had a one year anniversary podcast on his couch in his living room, and I wrote about it on this website. And every year in consecutive I wrote features for him, and at the bottom there I’ll put links in so you can read how much I HAVE GROWN as a writer, along with how much HE HAS GROWN into what I call “The Paul Harvey Of Podcasters”.

His year one show featured Tyler Childers and a few others like his wife Miss Senora Mae. It was very basic and young, but it was the start of something was the birth of  THIS event here. You can click on any of those past four years and read about what transpired there.

Year 3 Year 2 Year 1Year 4


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Now the venue is the same as every year this event will transpire at the V Club in Huntington West Virginia and here is this year’s lineup in separate links, now folks THIS YEAR it is a two day event. This is the first ever of it’s kind, so let’s enjoy this one. here are the band links:

Friday night:

Nicholas Jamerson
Jeremy Pinnell
John R. Miller And The Engine Lights
Laid Back Country Picker
Darrin Hacquard
Tony Harrah And The Fly Over States
Ben Knight
Patrick Stanley
Chelsea Nolan

Saturday Night:

Luke Bell
Ian Noe
Justin Wells
Blake Berglund
Arlo Mckinley And The Lonesome Sound
The local Honeys
Will Stewart
Coby Langham
The Wine Tree

I remember the first time I went up to Cosmic Charlie’s in Lexington to see Mr. Justin Wells and the Fifth On The floor guys play their last ever show, and I got to see Mr. Tyler Childers play. HERE is the 2015 article you can read about it there.  I look forward to have more past stories and relations with some of the upcoming artists that Mr. W.B. Walker features. AND HEY episode 188 is a gigantic preview of the artists included and you can listen to that HERE.

Feb 232018

Derrick Dove And The Peacekeepers By Joshua Wallace.

Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers are a new regional southern rock outfit out of Tifton, GA.  They bring a sound that is a mix of softer southern rock and blues rock.  Derrick Dove’s voice is as smooth as the guitar playing on this record and it’s a good debut effort.  If you like your southern rock on the smoother side like Tedeschi Trucks Band or Gregg Allman, you’ll dig this one for sure.

The album kicks off with a road song in “Ramblin’ Soul” in one of the heavier tracks on the album.  There is some nice solo work at the beginning to let you know what you can expect going forward.  Another favorite is one of the album’s singles “So Strong”.  This song is about the struggles of a loving relationship and is a very smooth southern rock track.

The first thing anyone heard from the album is the acoustic ballad “Hangin’ Out With The Blues”.  It’s a smooth break-up song that highlights Derrick Dove’s great vocals.  “Georgia Bound” is another rockin’ number about coming back home to Georgia.  Finally, I’m a fan of the slower number “Dig My Grave”.  It’s got a heavy drum beat that the guitars dance around and is a great late album ballad that pairs well with the amazing slow solo work of the mostly instrumental finale, “Everybody’s Feeling Fine”.

I highly recommend this album if you like to love southern rock music, especially the more blues inspired variety.  Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers present a strong effort here that should not go ignored.  This album is available Friday, February 23rd.  Check out his band website for everything you need to know on the band.

Favorite Tracks : Ramblin’ Soul, So Strong, Georgia Bound, Hangin’ Out With The Blues

Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers – Derrick Dove & The Peacekeepers (2018)

  1. Ramblin’ Soul

  2. So Strong

  3. Woke Up This Morning

  4. Brand New Life

  5. Hangin’ Out With The Blues

  6. What’s Real

  7. Hurricane Of Love

  8. Georgia Bound (feat. Yonrico Scott)

  9. Dig My Grave

  10. Everybody’s Feeling Fine (feat. Yonrico Scott)

Feb 232018

Caleb Caudle: Crushed Coins By Joshua Wallace.

Crushed Coins is Caleb Caudle’s follow up to the decidedly country 2016 album Carolina Ghost.  This new record keeps the country influence but the songs offer more Americana and folk flair this time around for a more varied sound.  That doesn’t mean this record is out there or misses the mark.  It is still very country.  It’s just obvious that Caleb Caudle is open to taking a song to whatever direction it needs to go in and that helps create an amazing soundscape around his smooth southern voice.

One of the singles to come out before the record was “Love That’s Wild”.  This song keeps the country influences with some amazing pedal steel work by Brett Resnick, but it also has a smooth Americana vibe to it.  It’s a great passionately written love song that will stick with you.  I’m also a fan of the track “Headlights” which showcases more of that Americana and folk vibe.  This song echoes the central message of the album of looking for a ray of hope in a dark place.  

Another favorite track that reinforces the album’s theme is “Madelyn” which features Joshua Hedley on the fiddle.  This is one of the stronger country tracks of the album and Joshua Hedley kills it on the fiddle here.  On the opposite end of the spectrum, “Stack Of Tomorrows” showcases the driving rock sound of Americana with a flair of country in some great pedal steel work on the track.

Caleb Caudle’s Crushed Coins is a strong effort for an artist who is trying to step out of his comfort zone.  I look forward to more albums with this new direction in his sound.  I hope that he can continue to be open to letting the songs take the sound where they need to go.  That seems to be working well on this record.  Caleb Caudle’s Crushed Coins album is out everywhere on Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Lost Without You, Headlights, Love That’s Wild, Stack Of Tomorrows, Madelyn

Caleb Caudle – Crushed Coins (2018)

  1. Lost Without You

  2. N.Y.C. In The Rain

  3. Headlights

  4. Empty Arms

  5. Love That’s Wild

  6. Crushed Coins

  7. Way You Outta Be Seen

  8. Stack Of Tomorrows

  9. Madelyn

  10. Six Feet From The Flowers

  11. Until It’s Over

Feb 192018

It’s time once again to feature a festival I WILL be attending VERY soon, or sending a representative to cover an extensive series of articles from and that is the almighty DelFest. DelFest is a four day four night extravaganza up in Cumberland Maryland, now in it’s eleventh year. Now folks this is a short piece from their website here:

DelFest is held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD (2.5 hrs from Baltimore and DC).  The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will again offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch.  Personally chosen by Del, the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD served as the perfect location for DelFest–nestled along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds are convenient to four major airports and easily reached by rail or road. The city of Cumberland is also a great host offering multiple hotel options, a charming downtown and great amenities including biking, a steam train engine and museum, and some top notch dining.

In addition to traditional stage sets by these world-class artists, attendees can again expect to see one-of-a-kind collaborations, special guest sit-ins, various tributes to Del McCoury and his musical legacy, intimate appearances, both at unique “playshops”—informal workshops where the emphasis will be on performance rather than instruction—and in late night indoor performances and picking sessions. Delfest will be immediately preceded by a 3-day Music Academy hosted by The Travelin’ McCourys and other all star players.

There are MANY ticket packages available by clicking HERE and I have camping information as well.

On-Site Camping

All multi-day passes include on-site walk-in camping.  Parking NOT included, see below. On-site camping at DelFest surrounds the perimeter of the fairgrounds among ballfields, in the woods and beyond in Green Acres. On-site camping is walk-in tent camping only. Expect to be parked tightly and efficiently, and to use the wooded areas for walk-in camping. You won’t be too far from your vehicle, but do not expect to camp right next to your car as we need to maximize parking space, and park efficiently. Wagons and hand carts are encouraged. Shuttles will be available to assist in load-in.

Tent Camping at DelFest

The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday.

DelFest is accessible to all guests with disabilities. View Accessibility Information and Registration details here.

Family Camp

There will be a family camping area designated for those who would like a more kid-friendly environment that is quieter late at night (and a bit louder early in the morning). If you’ve got little ones in tow and you are interested in camping in Family Camp, let your parking attendant know and you’ll be pointed in the right direction. Must have a Family Camp RV Pass or On-Site Parking Pass to be placed in Family Camp. As always space is designated on a first come, first served basis.

Sherpa2PShow Sherpa 

Are you searching for a hassle-free Delfest camping experience? The Show Sherpa is here to help! Leave the camping gear behind and let The Show Sherpa do the heavy lifting. We have your tent set up when you arrive and we take it down after you leave. Stand up and stretch! No tiny dome tents here. The Sherpa Village is outfitted with large Eureka! cabin style tents with almost seven feet of headroom and 100 square feet of space, not to mention the sturdy comfortable camping cots. The Show Sherpa’s pre-pitched tent rentals also include camping chairs, a lantern, and all Sherpa Village amenities featuring FREE COFFEE in the morning, a complimentary bag of ice daily, large shade tents filled with comfy chairs for relaxing in between the music. We have a full camp kitchen including a large gas grill, an expedition stove as well as all the pots, pans & utensils you need to make a great meal to refuel for more dancin’.  More details here.

DELuxe DELivered RV Packages – New This Year!

Want an RV experience without the hassle of renting and driving an RV?  DELuxe DELivered is for you! 

Our friends at Ace RV Rentals will provide the rental unit, you just show up!  These packages will include:

  • 2 DELuxe Experience passes
  • Waived on-site parking fee for one regular sized vehicle
  • RV or Travel trailer (located at the Pavilion) hooked up to power and water
  • Amenities including bedding (bed linens, pillows, towels), basic kitchen sets, coffee pot, disposable cups, plates, utensils, and camp chairs.

All units are late model RV’s. Two options include RV (31 – 32 foot Class C Motor Home) sleeps 6 for $4,399 and Trailer (25 – 26 foot travel trailer) sleeps 4 for $3,499.  These packages will go on sale with the general on-sale tomorrow, January 9th, at 10am EST.

Prefer to make your own RV arrangements? Ace RV Rentals is the preferred RV rental company for DelFest.  Contact them directly to arrange an RV rental with either pickup (they’re just 5 minutes from Dulles with complimentary pickup between 9am and 5pm) or have it delivered to DelFest!  Use promo code DELFEST for a 5% discount!  They have a lot of festival experience and will take good care of you.


Greensky Bluegrass
The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Danny Barnes, Sam Grisman
Richard Thompson – RT
The Infamous Stringdusters
Rhiannon Giddens
Mandolin Orange
The Gibson Brothers
The California Honeydrops
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
New Orleans Suspects
The Broomestix
The Grass Is Dead
Justin Moses & Cody Kilby

The Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Old Crow Medicine Show
Ricky Skaggs And Kentucky Thunder
Sam Bush
Richard Thompson
The Jerry Douglass Band
The Wood Brothers
Sierra Hull
Billy Strings
Bryan Sutton Band
Rising Appalachia
The Gibson Brothers
The California Honeydrops
the Kruger Brothers
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
The Lil Smokies
Cris Jacobs
The Dustbowl Revival
The Brothers Comatose
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
New Orleans Suspects
Birds Of Chicago
Jon Stickley Trio

This is a multiple stage outdoor festival event, that is conveniently located by airports and many hotels.  The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday. There WILL BE a family type camping area that is quieter at night, and camping IS INCLUDED in your ticket price, however you may not be camped near your vehicle due to attendance. You also have to purchase a separate parking pass to park your vehicle on the adjoining property. As always because I am a patron that requires hotels at my festivals that my website covers here are some that I found on their website and my own research.

Late Night Shows Announced!

Take a nap now because you’re not going to want to miss any of these DelFest late night shows! DelFest is excited to bring you Fruition with The Lil Smokieson Thursday, The California Honeydrops with Dustbowl Revival on Friday,Billy Strings with The Brothers Comatose on Saturday and The Travelin’ McCourys’ Midnight Convention with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades closing things out on Sunday. All shows are separately ticketed events and are only $25 each. Get more details here and BUY LATE NIGHT TICKETS HERE.


Grand Ole’ Ditch and Mountain Ride at DelFest and Artists at Large Announced!

We’re happy to welcome back Cumberland locals, Grand Ole’ Ditch to DelFest and from just across the Pennsylvania border, DelFest newcomers Mountain RideStuart Duncan, Ronnie Bowman, Garnet Bowman and DelFest emcee, Joe Craven are this year’s Artists at Large. Can’t wait for some fantastic sit-ins! Check out videos, bios and more on these and all the bands appearing at DelFest by visiting this year’s just published Artist Page.

Hotels and Motels

Fairfield Inn & Suites
21 N. Wineow St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Vale/Cumberland
1076 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502


Ramada Cumberland
100 S. George Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

Red Roof Inn LaVale/Cumberland
I-68 at exit #40
12310 Winchester Rd SW, LaVale, MD 21502

Super 8 Motel La Vale/Cumberland Area
I-68 at Rt 53
1301 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502

Rocky Gap Casino & Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd. NE
Flintstone (Cumberland), MD 21530

Frostburg Days Inn
11100 New George Creek Road
Frostburg, MD USA 21532

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn
1268 National Highway
La Vale, Maryland 21502

Comfort Inn & Suites
1216 National Highway
LaVale,  MD 21502

Hampton Inn
11200 New George’s Creek Road
Frostburg, MD  21532

Microtel Inn
70 N Tornado Way
Keyser, WV 26726
toll free: 1.800.771.7171

Bed and Breakfasts/Historic Inns

The Inn On Decatur
108 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.4887 or 240.727.7039

Town Hill Hotel Bed & Breakfast
31101 National Pike
Little Orleans, MD 21766

Local Campgrounds

Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone MD 21530


Want to learn how to play your favorite stringed instrument with the pros?

DelFest Academy takes place the Sunday through Wednesday prior to the festival (May 20 – 23, 2018), and offers a friendly, encouraging, and intensive four-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass serving as instructors for students of all levels.  The Academy currently offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and dobro. The all-star instructors provide lessons to students which target their individual needs and leave ample time for plenty of one-on-one interaction. Joining the Travelin’ McCourys [Rob McCoury (banjo), Ron McCoury (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Alan Bartram (bass)], who host The Academy each year, this year’s instructors include Frank Solivan (mandolin), Mike Munford (banjo), Chris Luquette (guitar)Ronnie Bowman, and Jay Starling (dobro) and more.

More info on The Academy her

Feb 182018

Well folks It’s no wake up call that Mr.Jon Pardi has been one of the VERY FEW that is being played on FM radio, ergo he is one of the heroes of this website. Simply because the people I consider “normies” like soccer moms get exposed to real Country Music here while he maintains integrity of real Country Music. On the other side of the coin Mr. Jon gets evenly placed with the acts the normies embrace like Luke Bryan.

He debuted a new video here right before he sets out on the ‘Living Like Hippies Tour” with Miss Miranda Lambert, and the Steel Woods. They stop at the Rupp Arena next Friday, and the tickets for that are available HERE. After he finishes her tour he will be paired up with Luke Bryan this summer.

Recently his recorded version of Tom T. Hall’s ‘I Like Beer” was the anthem for a beer commercial on television, which aired during the Super Bowl, and was extremely successful. His latest album “California Sunrise” was amazingly chart friendly, and I am extremely excited. Mr. Jon Pardi often makes me Conciliate with my ire over FM radio music.


Feb 172018

We are the oldest non-profit Bluegrass Association in the United States according to the Library of Congress and The Smithsonian. SFBA hasn’t missed a monthly Bluegrass festival in over 40 years! While SFBA is focused on Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music, we have also been a valuable member of the community helping many other nonprofit organizations reach their goals.

Volunteers like yourself, members and member bands staff our events. The first Sunday of each month, SFBA holds a Bluegrass festival at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach. In 2013, we produced our 35th consecutive internationally recognized Everglades Bluegrass Festival. Many “Bluegrass Legends”, emerging artists and members of “The Grand Ole Opry” have performed on our stage. For over 40 years we have brought acts such as Bill Monroe, Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse and Blue Highway to perform in South Florida.

Along with promoting our musical heritage, SFBA has had a large part in supporting local communities and projects. Wings Over Miami, Old Davie School House, Fairchild Gardens, City of Dania Beach are just a few of the more resent partners we have assisted. Along with community projects, SFBA supports music in schools. In 2012 South Florida Bluegrass Association started the “Bluegrass in Schools” program. SFBA sends a band to a local elementary school and they play music, teach the kids about Bluegrass and show them how to sing a traditional song. The students and their families are then invited to perform at the Everglades Bluegrass Festival with the band. We have had such a positive feedback from this program that we are looking into expanding the program to more schools. With such a need for positive culture in our communities and good clean family entertainment, South Florida Bluegrass Association provides the area with an outlet.

South Florida Bluegrass Association is providing music and culture now and into the future. With an ever changing board and growing volunteer pool, there is always a way you can get involved! Being an organization built by the people for the people, we are always looking for new ways to make a difference. We use a grassroots method of promoting the music we love and helping the community at the same time.

That’s a piece from their website folks over at The South Florida Bluegrass Association presents the Everglades Bluegrass Festival in it’s 40th annual run this year on March 2-4rth at Greynolds Park in North Miami Beach Florida.

That poster there will tell you  all about camping and tickets which you can purchase by clicking HERE and the prices are there as well. Just like every edition of these articles I shall include a full list of bands names and all nearby hotel info. We got maps, videos and other goodies for all you festival patrons of this event.

Flatt Lonesome
Junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice
Trinity River Band
The Lilly Mountaineers
Carolina Express
The new River Boys
Pine Island Express
Alligator Alley

Feb 172018

I been doing a lot of research about this subject because I’ll be honest Mr. John Hartford is an area that I LOVE to study, and delve into….nerd you if you will. One time I decided to do an article about that Sun Records cafe downtown when they boasted about being the FIRST 24 hour cafe in Nashville. I answered THAT with an article about a John Hartford song about the iconic Linebaughs Diner. They soon retracted their public statement.

The derby wearing fiddle man was perhaps one of the most iconic and influential students of the traditional fiddle that ever lived, and when he died in 2004 his family found scrapbooks composed of hundreds of fiddle tunes he composed throughout his life. His daughter Miss Katie Hartford Hogue and he husband Mr. Eric have labored feverishly to preserve his legacy, and allow us to still enjoy his music today.

A social media campaign was released that resluted in the re issue of the classic 1971 Bluegrass album produced by Mr. David Bromberg that brought 16 tracks of greatness to the world. Classics like “Steamboat Whistle Blues” and the popular “Tear Down The Grand Ol Opry” were on this album, and it’s a holy grail on vinyl.

They went past vinyl in November and released a 2 CD set of albums from his Flying Fish era in the late 1970’s, the albums being “Slumberi’n On The Cumberland’ and the other being “Headi’n Down Into The Mystery Below”. Slumberi’n contained a great song called “Southern Moon” wrote by Alton Delmore, that’s a classic song! It’s a Country album that was made with Mr. Pat Burton, and former Bluegrass Boy Mr. Benny Martin.

This summer at the John Hartford Memorial festival in Bean Blossom Indiana his estate will issue a fiddle book called “John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection Of Fiddle Tunes” based on the discovery of 60 plus journals that Mr. John was using to compile fiddle tunes from 1983 to 2000.

So this book WILL be available during the John Hartford Festival which will run May 30- June 2nd 2018, and after that will be available on their website. MORE info to come on this subject when I publish more work for the John Hartford Memorial Festival.

Feb 172018


By Joshua Wallace

Brandi Carlile returns with her first studio album since 2015’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter.  Her new album, By The Way, I Forgive You, features production work from both Dave Cobb and Shooter Jennings and is sure to be a fan favorite release.  It goes away from the more poppy elements of some of her previous work to feature more country and Americana sounds.  It plays to her strengths as a songwriter and the music helps set the mood for every track perfectly.

The music is varied throughout the record.  From quieter more orchestral moments like “The Joke” to the faster folksy number “Hold Out Your Hand”, this album hits lots of high notes.  Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb have created a soundscape here that is as varied as the stories featured on the songs.  The songs themselves are all hard hitting and impact and this is quite possibly Brandi Carlile’s heaviest and most emotionally intense record yet.

The album’s opening track is a rather catchy tune about a problem many people can relate to: that one song that comes on the radio that brings about a memory you didn’t want to return.  It also echoes the title of the album in the album as Brandi is forgiving of the person who ruined that favorite song for her.  Another favorite track of mine is the barn burner of the record titled “Hold Out Your Hand”.  It’s a faster acoustic romp with a catchy shouted chorus that is sure to be a concert favorite.

I love the psychedelic bend that the track “Fulton County Jane Doe” takes the album on.  The song has a very 70’s folk quality to it that echos Elton John.  “Sugartooth” is a track that takes on the opioid crisis and how someone can be a “slave to the sugartooth”.  There are more personal tracks on the album like one of the lead singles “The Mother” and album track “Most Of All”.  Both of these tracks reflect on Brandi’s family life and serve as some of the more intimate tracks on the record.

Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You is an emotional journey through loss and regret and pain and suffering.  It takes a look inward while at the same time examining some of today’s social issues in a way that is not as in your face as other artists can make it.  This is a very enjoyable album on many levels and will be sure to please fans of Brandi’s earlier more folksy records.  Shooter Jennings and Dave Cobb have come together to create a very layered soundscape around these songs and it’s a pleasure to listen to from start to finish.  Brandi Carlile’s By The Way, I Forgive You is available everywhere Friday, February 16th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Every Time I Hear That Song, Hold Out Your Hand, Sugartooth, Whatever You Do, Fulton County Jane Doe

Brandi Carlile – By The Way, I Forgive You (2018)

  1. Every Time I Hear That Song

  2. The Joke

  3. Hold Out Your Hand

  4. The Mother

  5. Whatever You Do

  6. Fulton County Jane Doe

  7. Sugartooth

  8. Most Of All

  9. Harder To Forgive

  10. Party Of One

Feb 162018

By Joshua Wallace

You never know what you can expect from a new project by J.D. Wilkes.  While he has released a couple of old time banjo records under his own name, Fire Dream is the first true debut solo record from Mr. Wilkes.  It has a different sound than what you have come to expect from The Dirt Daubers or The Legendary Shack Shakers.  Fire Dream brings all of the southern Gothic elements of Americana to the forefront and mixes it in with a variety of sounds from fiddle driven hoe-downs to southern Gothic blues.

The opening title track sets the tone perfectly with a dreamlike soundscape that brings about images of devils dancing around a fire to the song.  The same dreamy effect can be heard in the first single from the album “Walk Between The Raindrops” with it’s haunting fiddle that plays throughout.  These’s tracks heavily feature the gothic overtones that are present throughout the album.

I love that J.D. Wilkes has chosen to re imagine two songs from his old projects here.  He has taken “Hoboes Are My Heroes” from The Legendary Shack Shakers and “Down In The Hidey Hole” from his album with The Dirt Daubers titled Wild Moon.  He has reworked these songs to fit the style of this new project and they work well.  This new version of “Hoboes Are My Heroes” might be my favorite version of the song.  It’s a slowed down Gothic blues romp that works for the track.

I love that J.D. Wilkes never seems to do the same thing twice.  Every band he has been in has had a different sound from The Dirt Daubers to the Shack Shakers to this solo record.  I always look forward to what J.D. Wilkes brings to the table on an album because he celebrates southern sounds, but works with them in ways that moves them forward.  Be sure to check this out if you’re a fan of anything J.D. Wilkes does or a fan of Americana music with a southern gothic flair.  Fire Dream is available everywhere on February 16th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Hoboes Are My Heroes, Fire Dream, Walk Between The Raindrops, Moon Bottle

J.D. Wilkes – Fire Dream (2018)

  1. Fire Dream

  2. Down In The Hidey Hole

  3. Moon Bottle

  4. Hoboes Are My Heroes

  5. Wild Bill Jones

  6. Walk Between The Raindrops

  7. Starlings, KY

  8. Bible, Candle and a Skull

  9. Rain and Snow

  10. That’s What They Say

Feb 162018

By Joshua Wallace

Some songwriters tell stories, and some songwriters set moods. Courtney Patton is a storyteller and it is certainly front and center on her third album titled What It’s Like To Fly Alone. The sound on the record is pure country as you’ve come to expect from Courtney Patton. However, this album is all about the stories and these songs will work with a full band or stripped down with just an acoustic guitar.

Patton’s storytelling is prevalent in one of my favorite tracks titled “Round Mountain”. Round Mountain is an actual small town in Texas that you’ll miss if you blink while driving through it. This song is the story of a woman trying to survive in that environment with all of its hardships. She eventually strays off the path and it leads to a bitter ending. Some songs carry a more personal note. “Fourteen Years” is a heartfelt ballad that Patton wrote for her sister who has long passed away but lives on in memory. It’s a touching song that anyone who has suffered loss can relate to.

Another favorite is the track “Open Flame” which is about a relationship coming to and end and how it might hurt but the hurt doesn’t last forever. Later on in the album we have the track “Gold Standard” which is a beautiful romantic ballad that I feel is one of my favorites on the record. I can hear it working well as a duet with Jason Eady at future shows with both of them.

A new album from Courtney Patton is like a new short story collection from your favorite author. You want to dive into it and find your favorite story while at the same time devouring every one. Courtney keeps the music behind the stories purely country with an amazing band behind her. What It’s Like To Fly Alone is available everywhere digitally Friday, February 16th, 2018. You can pick up CDs and vinyl on Courtney Patton’s website.

Favorite Tracks : Round Mountain, Fourteen Years, Gold Standard, What It’s Like To Fly Alone, Devil’s Hand

Courtney Patton – What It’s Like To Fly Alone (2018)


2.What It’s Like To Fly Alone

3.Round Mountain

4.Open Flame

5.I’ve Got One Waiting

6.This Road To You

7.Words To My Favorite Memory

8.Sometimes She Flies

9.Gold Standard

10. Devil’s Hand

11.Red Bandanna Blue

12.Fourteen Years

Feb 162018

Well I am finally home and rested and took care of some home issues before sitting back down and reflecting on the last two days of music and travel. I also did a lot of shopping at the merchant tables, man I brought home two bags of stuff like vinyls! I was kind of sad they sold out of shirts at the showcases and I missed getting one, but I did get a poster. Yeah, I had to save vacation time this year and I couldn’t come out for the entire weekend..sadly.

I did have a wonderful time in Memphis and I’m going to re-post the live blog I did, instead of re posting all that show info. This is more a short article to include the hotel I stayed at and a few GREAT PLACES I went to eat at while I was in Memphis.

It was gorgeous weather but it rained both days in fact on my trip home it rained so hard I had a three hour delay getting back to the Palace for the Dallas Moore and Craig Gerdes show. Several wrecks going home and stalled traffic, and oh yeah I stopped at McKay’s used record store (They sell new too). I highly suggest stopping there it’s basically TWO HUGE FLOORS of music, books and movies at cheap prices.

I briefly stopped in Waverly by the river at the Loretta Lynn’s gift shop and because of my short allowed time there I didn’t stop at the ranch. But I did however stop and absorb some of the history there of Miss Lynn’s past, and even though she is up in age, she remains one of Country Music’s most active Legends today.

I stayed at the Days Inn At Graceland, which is off Elvis Presley Blvd across the street. They have a pretty cool tourist attraction there for Elvis fans complete with a guitar pool and gift shop. It was pretty reasonably priced however the staff was ABSOLUTELY FRIENDLY…actually EVERYONE from the city was beyond friendly to me. The room was clean and spacious and helped me enjoy my trip, I would defiantly stay there again, and use it as my “go to” hotel for any return trips.

The Guesthouse At Graceland was gorgeous and even though I didn’t stay there so I’m not sure how nice the rooms were, I can say the ballroom and other amenities were beyond nice. The only thing I thought was a weird policy was the way to purchase drinks in the lobby, you had to wait in two different lines to complete a drink transaction. BUT I do NOT think that was of any control of the Ameripolitans, and it was a venue rule. I only drank cokes, as I pretty much stopped drinking totally, but I felt bad for the hundreds of my peers that were drinking there.

It was totally an overwhelming experience to say the least, with that many industry people all in one area, it was almost like R.O.P.E only in Memphis. I mean I literally spent an hour going from group to group socializing, while trying to maintain my live blog I had going. This was truly a difficult function to totally absorb in every fashion, with so much going on at once.

MOST IMPORTANTLY was this fact: HISTORY IS RESPECTED AND UPHELD HERE as tonight Legends were appreciated like Mr. Lloyd Green and his contributions to Legends like Mr. Charley Pride as he played on many of Charley’s studio albums. Mr. Fluke Holland was loved on as were many other Sun Records contributors, stories were told like HOW W.S. Fluke Holland was given his nickname. Mr. Jimmy Van Eaton was also honored tonight, having contributed to many of the Sun Records recordings..perhaps more than anyone here tonight.

Mr. Dale Watson and Miss Danielle Colby hosted one hell of a program here tonight with live performances by SO MANY people tonight, like I previously stated there was SO MUCH to take in, and was so much fun that I cannot wait for 2019. In case you missed it here is a copy of my LIVE BLOG from this week at the Graceland Guest House.

Folks we JUST GOT started here tonight and they introduced tonight’s hosts Mr. Dale Watson and Miss Danielle Colby. They played a gorgeous version of America The Beautiful. They are explaining the program and what is to transpire here.

8:15PM Mr. James Hand is performing “In The Corner By The Table”.

8:18PM Miss Danielle is introducing Miss Nikki Lane and she is performing “Viva Las Vegas’.

8:25PM Miss Rosie Flores is here, Mr. Dale is telling us about her Cowpunk and Bakersfield influences.
Mr. Levi Dexter is here presenting the Honky Tonk Female and the winner is Miss Brennen Leigh.

8:27PM Miss Danielle is with Mr. Dale introducing Asleep At The Wheel, and they are playing “Get You Kicks On Route 66′.

8:34PM Mr. Dale And Mr. Ray are performing ” Feeling Haggard” off their duet album.

8:40PM Mr. Jake Penrod and Miss Nikki Lane just announced Luke Bell as Honky Tonk Male winner!

8:42PM Mr. Dale is loving on Tillford Sellers, who couldn’t make it tonight. He is watching from heaven.

8:43PM Motel Mirrors is performing right now.

8:48 The Reeves Brothers just won Honky Tonk Band of the year.

8:53PM Mr. Unknown Hinson is playing right now.

8:55PM We are announcing the Outlaw Female Winner being presented by Miss Bonnie Montgomerey and the
winner is…….Nikki Lane.

8:58PM Mr. Jesse Dayton and are presenting the Outlaw Male Award and the winner is Cody Jinks.

9:14PM Junior Brown is presenting the Pioneer Of The Sound winner Mr Lloyd Green.

9:22PM Mr. Lloyd Green is playing Jukebox Charlie and Just between You And Me. He played on the
studio albums of both songs and MANY MORE!

9:48PM We are back from intermission, with beer jokes.

9:50PM W.S. Fluke Holland and others are remembering Mr. Sam Phillips and Sun Records.

10:00 The Humna Jukebox Mr. Sleepy Labeef is playing songs now.

10:03 Mr. Jesse Dayton is up right now talking about a story on Crooke And Chase, and how he
got to record with Waylon and Cash. He is playing Big River.

10:16PM Mr. Jason D Williams is tearing the place apart with two drummers!
Mr. Joshua said as Mr. Dallas Moore would say this was a righteous rendering
He broke it. Absolutely AMAZING drum and full band number.

10:21PM The band is STILL JAMMING and tearing the roof off this place!

10:28PM Mr. James Intveld is here. Wonderful man with AWESOME Music.
We are learning about the Elvis Sun Records material.

10:36PM Mr. Dickey Lee is here, who is the last original Sun Records artist alive.
He wrote “She Thinks I Still Care” and others. He is playing right now, some of the
greatest music I have heard in a LONG TIME is here tonight.

10:44PM Mr. Big Sandy is here! I LOVE him in fact he was the first person I ran into when I
arrived in Memphis. Same hotel. He is playing a Carl Perkins song.

10:51PM Mr. Dale declared Memphis as “Ground Zero” for independent music, and before the Outlaw movement
Mr. Sam Phillips created true independence for local music.

10:55PM Mr. Ricky And Mr. Gunner Nelson are playing “milk Cow Blues”. Their father Ricky Nelson wrote the song
and Elvis had a hit with it.

11:00PM Mr. Robert Gordon has called up Sam Phillips family, to tell more stories and accept the 2018
Legend award winner Sam Phillips. His son accepted the award tonight. He is telling stories
about his father, who said the secret to Rock And Roll, is reaching deep down inside of you
and pull it out of your asshole.

11:07PM Mr. Chris Casello and Miss Brennan Leigh are now presenting The Ralph Mooney Award winner
and the winner is…..Chris Scruggs.

11:12PM Mr. Chris is THANKING so many REAL heroes of music. HE IS the real deal.

11:15PM As Mr. Dale is introducing all of the house band they are moving on to
award the venue of the year. There are SO MANY GREAT venues nationwide.
And the winner is….Sportmen’s Tavern.

11:20PM Mr. Jason Galaz is presenting Festival Of the Year Award with Miss Cheryl Desiree
and others. And the winner is……The New England Shake Up.

11:24PM Mr. James Riley is presenting Ameripolitan DJ of the year….and the winner is…
WB Walker!
11:28PM Mr Jim Heath AKA Reverend Horton Heat is now performing.

11:41PM Mr. James Intveld and Mr. Big Sandy are presenting the award for Western Swing Female.
And The Winner is…..Miss Sophia Johnson.

11:44PM Mr. Gunnar Nelson and Miss Katie from Asleep At The Wheel are now presenting the award for
Western Swing Male….And the winner is Mr. Billy Mata.

11:47PM Mr. Big Sandy and Miss Sandy Walker are presenting the Western Swing Group of the year
And the winner is…..The Carolyn Sills Combo.

11:57PM Miss Lara Hope and Mr. Sam Phillips Jr. are announcing the award Rockabilly Female
And the winner is…Miss Bailey Dee.

12:00PM miss Celine Lee and are presenting the Rockabilly Male award…and the winner is Mr. Al Dual.

12:00AM The Rockabilly Group of the year are The Go Getters.

Right down the road was a local pizza place called Exline’s Pizza, which had a TERRIFIC pizza with chopped meats and fresh vegetables on it. The meats were under the cheese and at first I thought my order was wrong, until I checked into this further. I also had an appetizer which was also equally good, the food was terrific.

The next day on Wednesday I checked out of my hotel, and began my ride home BUT FIRST I stopped at The Commissary for barbecue ribs and pulled pork shoulder. This location is in the Germantown area, however it has a crazy parking situation going on, the food was FABULOUS.






(MEMPHIS, TN) – In a night filled with incredible musical performances, artists in rockabilly, western swing, outlaw country and honky tonk music were honored at the fifth annual Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Guest House at Graceland in Memphis.


The awards were the ultimate cherry on top of four days of music and festivities in Memphis. Here is the complete list of winners and honorees.


2018 Honky Tonk Female

Brennen Leigh


2018 Honky Tonk Male

Luke Bell


2018 Honky Tonk Group

The Reeves Brothers


2018 Western Swing Female

Sophia Johnson


2018 Western Swing Male

Billy Mata


2018 Western Swing Group

The Carolyn Sills Combo


2018 Rockabilly Female

Bailey Dee


2018 Rockabilly Male

Al Dual


2018 Rockabilly Group

The Go Getters


2018 Outlaw Female

Nikki Lane


2018 Outlaw Male

Cody Jinks


2018 Outlaw Group

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s


2018 Ameripolitan DJ

W.B. Walker


2018 Ameripolitan Venue

Sportsmen’s Tavern


2018 Ameripolitan Festival

The New England Shakeup-Up


2018 Ameripolitan Musician

Chris Scruggs


2018 Keeper of the Key

Reverend Horton Heat


2018 Founder of the Sound

Lloyd Green


The Master Award

Brian Setzer


The Legend Award

Sam Phillips


The Ameripolitan Music Awards were created to benefit and acknowledge artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s “country” or other music genres and organizations. It also provides fans with a means of finding these artists and their music. Ameripolitan – This thought provoking word is intended to be an invitation to discuss the future of the music that is important to so many of us. By leaving the hopelessly compromised word “country” behind and exclusively using the term “Ameripolitan,” our intention is to reestablish this music’s own unique identity, elevate its significance and help reinvigorate it creatively. Also, because of our place in history, we have the privilege and responsibility to pass a great musical tradition on to future generations who will otherwise have no direct connection to this music. The Ameripolitan Music Awards began in 2014 in Austin, Texas. The fifth annual event will be held in Memphis, Tenn., in February of 2018.



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