Look Out For Marcus King in 2020

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Oct 172019

By  Joshua Wallace

I first became aware of Marcus King earlier this year when I saw some clips of him playing with Billy Strings.  He’s since made some big moves like debuting on the Grand Ole Opry and announcing the release of his first solo album.  All of his previous records have been under the Marcus King Band.  The new record called El Dorado is out January 17th, 2020 and is produced by Grammy Award winner Dan Auerbach.  It promises to be a genre bending effort with sounds ranging from psychedelic rock to country soul and smooth southern R&B.

Look out for more detailed coverage on Marcus King soon from Gary Hayes Country.  I hope to be able to catch one of his upcoming live shows soon and review that in addition to reviewing the album in January.  In the meantime, here is the first single titled “The Well”.

Suwannee Spring Reunion Announces Dates and Initial Lineup for 2020

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Oct 172019

By Joshua Wallace

Friends, you might remember my coverage of the Suwannee Spring Reunion 2019 and how awesome that festival was.  Well, it’s almost time for the 2020 edition and I’m here with some dates and the initial lineup announcement.  The 2020 edition of the Suwannee Spring Reunion will happen March 19th – 22nd at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL.  This year’s initial lineup announcement features some familiar faces and new ones too.  I’m looking forward to covering this event right here on Gary Hayes Country.

Suwannee Spring Reunion 2020 Initial Lineup

Donna the Buffalo
Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs
The Duhks
Darrell Scott
Jim Lauderdale Band
Verlon Thompson
Shawn Camp Band
Roy Book Binder
Jeff Mosier Ensemble
Sloppy Joe

And many more to be announced!

For more information, tickets, and to reserve camping, please visit



Randy Rogers Band Premieres New Video.

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Oct 122019

OK, so I’m a little behind on news articles this year. I mean, I HAVE BEEN to seven festivals this year alone! I’m currently working on two of them along with news and album features to wrap up 2019 with a bigger bang than anybody else.

Randy Rogers Band is one of my favorite Red Dirt Texas bands, and 2019 has been a stellar year for them indeed as well. You will see them on a bunch of 2019 TOP lists, and I may very well be one of those! And hell, 2020 seems to be no stopping this six piece band from Texas that has been together for an amazing tenure of seventeen years.

Their new album ‘Hellbent” was recorded here in Nashville and I believe Mr. Joshua Wallace wrote a nice review of the album right HERE. They have an April 3rd concert in town here at the Ryman Auditorium that a LOT of folks are looking forward to I’m sure.


The official music video for our new single, “I’ll Never Get Over You” made it’s world premier exclusively on CMT yesterday. We had a lot of fun with this one. The video plays on the lead character — a heartbroken guy doing his best to get over a breakup … and maybe he even gets the girl back…?

This is by far their finest album to date despite some of their earlier recordings not being on Spotify services, especially their MCA and Mercury albums that they recorded in 2006 and 2008. Back in 2006 when I was getting over my divorce and decided to go into music full time on spare time, I found these boys while researching the Texas music scene…and what I found was amazing. These boys are Legends in their own right, they aren’t slowing down or holding back.

Country Legends Miss Loretta Lynn And Miss Crystal Gayle Record First Ever Duet.

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Oct 122019

Everyone this is a supplement article to one of my previous articles about Miss Crystal Gayle, who released a REALLY GOOD album this year and also was blessed to be a Grand Old Opry member. You can readmore about this album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy®, AMA, ACM and CMA award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle released her first new album in nearly 16 years today; You Don’t Know Me which includes the first ever recording with her sister, the legendary Loretta Lynn. Available everywhere, the new album is released by Southpaw Musical Productions, and distributed by BFD in partnership with The Orchard.

Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn (photo by Jeremy Westby)

Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal’s son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Me has already received critical acclaim. Billboard Magazine premiered “Put It Off Until Tomorrow,” the song which finally brings Crystal together with sisters Peggy Sue Wright, and country music icon Loretta Lynn, on a highly anticipated, first-ever recorded trio of them singing together.

“Loretta and Peggy made this album very special by singing “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” with me. It is a song that we have performed together throughout the years. This is the one and only trio performance on record. We’ve done the Boston Pops together. We performed together in Lake Tahoe and Reno and a few things like that. But we’ve never actually made a record together. Peggy Sue still comes out on the road with me, singing backup harmonies. I recorded the track, then Patsy, Loretta’s daughter, asked her to sing on my album. Loretta is such an incredible singer. She got through the song right away and then went, “What’s next?” We should have recorded the whole album together!”

TV & Radio Appearances:
Gayle recently made appearances on Larry’s Country Diner on RFD TV (watch at RFD TV Country Club), TBN’s Huckabee (8/31 and 9/1), with upcoming appearances on Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence (airing 9/6-9/8), Big D & Bubba (airing 9/12), Country Gold With Terry Clark (airing 9/14 & 9/15), a SiriusXM Prime Country special with host Storme Warren (airing 9/20 at 12p ET) and more!

You Don’t Know Me Spotify Playlist Inclusions:

Follow Crystal at or on social media @TheCrystalGayle for the latest news.

You Don’t Know Me Track Listing:
1. Ribbon Of Darkness (Gordon Lightfoot)
2. You Win Again (Hank Williams)
3. Please Help Me I’m Falling (Don Robertson, Hal Blair)
4. Am I That Easy To Forget (Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson, Shelby Singleton)
5. Hello Walls (Willie Nelson)
6. You Never Were Mine (Jay Lee Webb)
7. Just One More (George Jones)
8. There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
9. That’s The Way Love Goes (Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D Shafer)
10. Cryin’ Time (Buck Owens)
11. I’ve Seen That Look On Me A Thousand Times (Harlan Howard, Shirl Milete)
12. Walkin’ After Midnight (Alan Block, Donn Hecht)
13. You Don’t Know Me (Eddie Arnold, Cindy Walker)
14. Put It Off Until Tomorrow featuring Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue (Dolly Parton, Bill Owens)
     BONUS TRACK: I Cried The Blue (Right Out of My Eyes)

Album Name: You Don’t Know Me
Release date: September 6, 2019
Pre-sale date: August 9, 2019
Label: Southpaw Musical Productions / BFD
UPC: 8-19376-01872-0
Produced by: Christos Gatzimos & Crystal Gayle
Buy/Stream/Listen at

About Crystal Gayle:
Grammy®-winning singer Crystal Gayle is an award-winning country music icon whose reign in the music business includes 20 No. 1 country hits, six albums certified Gold by the RIAA and the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. Her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy® Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes” – a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing. Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their “Top Female Vocalist” statuettes. She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards,” voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.” Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal’s career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009. Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. Gayle also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Lynn’s star. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Crystal with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors. Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017 by her sister and Opry legend Loretta Lynn.


Rory Feek Signs on as Chief Creative Officer for RFD-TV and Inks Deal to Bring Intimate New Series to the Network

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Oct 122019


Rory Feek Signs on as Chief Creative Officer for RFD-TV and Inks Deal to Bring Intimate New Series to the Network
Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Rory Feek is kicking off a new chapter that’s sure to thrill fans who have spent years following his music, love, and life. Five years after launching a personal blog to share stories of his family, including his late wife, Joey, and their daughter, Indiana, Rory will turn that blog into a weekly television series on RFD-TV. In addition to this, Rory has stepped into the role of Chief Creative Officer, where he will develop and oversee all new production for the network.
Rory first started his blog in the beginning of 2014 as a way to capture and remember the special moments in his personal life as they were happening. It quickly developed a powerful online presence with nearly 2.5 million followers. This Life I Live, the television series based on the blog, will begin airing on RFD-TV the first week of January 2020. Like the blog, Rory says that the series will take the daily stories of his life and explore not only what’s happening, but why it’s happening. This Life I Live will run weekly on cable as well as be featured on multiple digital platforms.
It won’t be the first time Rory has appeared in a personal TV series; he and Joey were featured in the RFD-TV series, The Joey+Rory Show, that originally ran from 2012 to 2014 and continues to re-run each week. The made-from-home variety show showcased the couple’s music, their family-owned cafe, and their friends and community. It followed their lives for two years as they traveled the world performing together and lived life on their Tennessee farm. They ended the filming of their show in early 2014 when their daughter, Indiana, was born. Soon after, Rory began writing and sharing his blog.
As Chief Creative Officer of RFD-TV, Rory hopes to bring a variety of stories into viewers’ lives – from shows about homesteading and small farm life to comedy and cooking. His goal is to provide a hub for rural and urban viewers alike to find a place to gather, slow down, and share the timeless values and stories that unite everyone. Rory also plans to shepherd RFD-TV into filling the void left by The Nashville Network (TNN), a now-defunct cable network that offered a platform in the 80s and 90s for the country music industry to reach Middle America today. Rory will continue writing books and playing live shows on his farm and around the country and is considering this opportunity an expansion of his already creative storytelling.
“Being a much larger part of RFD-TV is an incredible opportunity for me. I’m someone who, with my wife, has seen first-hand how having an authentic show on RFD can change your life, your business and inspire others. This new role gives me the opportunity to help others experience the same thing,” Rory says.
Although Rory will oversee a great deal of the network’s creative department and programming from its Nashville Music Row offices, he will also be doing a large part of the production in a new studio and sound stage facility that’s in the works in his hometown community of Columbia, Tennessee.
“We are very proud of our primetime programming on RFD-TV, and we have been looking for a way the last several years to really bring that programming to the next level,” said Patrick Gottsch, Founder and President of RFD-TV. “With Rory joining our team as the Chief Creative Officer, I am confident that both Rory and his team will be the answer that we have been looking for. His creativity and storytelling will really resonate well with our audiences.”
Rory is excited about the immense potential for his personal new series as well as the creative direction of the network. “We have the greatest storytellers in the world in town, here on Music Row and in the surrounding communities,” he says. “My goal is to find and showcase some of the best stories and offer a platform for the world to see them. In Nashville, the motto has always been, ‘it all begins with a song’… but even before that, I think it all starts with a ‘story’.”
“I don’t actually have cable TV and haven’t had a TV for most of the last fifteen years, but if I did have one, it would mostly be turned to RFD. It’s one of the few networks that has driven programming of values, rather than the monetary value of programming. Although Patrick and I, and our whole team, know there’s still much to do, an incredible foundation is in place for something special to happen. And I’d like to think that this is the time to do it.”
Rory spoke in more detail about his new opportunity and his life, in his latest blog post here.
Additionally, to view the trailer for his upcoming tv show This Life I Live click
About Rory Feek:
Feek is a New York Times bestselling author and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter. He is most well-known as one-half of Joey+Rory, a country music duo with his late wife, Joey. The couple captured the attention of America originally when they were featured on the CMT series Can You Duet, and captured its heart a few years later as Rory chronicled their love story, the birth of their daughter, Indiana, and Joey’s cancer battle on his blog, “This Life I Live,” as well as their preparation for her passing in March 2016 at age 40. Since, he’s released a documentary, To Joey, With Love, and a memoir, This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever (Thomas Nelson). He has three daughters and lives on a farm south of Nashville with the youngest, five-year-old Indiana, where they recently built a one-room schoolhouse for Indy and other local children to attend.
Rural Media Group, Inc. is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and Western lifestyle. With a mission of reconnecting “city with country,” RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, RURAL RADIO Channel 147 on SiriusXM radio, The Cowboy Channel, and RFD-TV The Magazine. RMG networks are distributed to more than 100 million homes worldwide by DBS, telco and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter Spectrum, Suddenlink, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. Corporate headquarters and broadcast operations are in Nashville, Tennessee.
About RFD-TV:
RFD-TV is the flagship network for Rural Media Group. Launched in December of 2000, RFD-TV is the nation’s first 24-hour television network featuring programming focused on the agribusiness, equine and the rural lifestyles, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RFD-TV produces six hours of live news each weekday in support of rural America and is a leading independent cable channel available in more than 50 million homes on DISH Network, DIRECTV®, AT&T U-Verse, Charter Spectrum, Cox, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and many other rural cable systems. In addition, RFD-TV can be streamed online via The Country Club at, DIRECTV NOW, Roku, and Sling TV’s Heartland Extra package. For more information, please visit

The Grand Ole Opry is FINALLY Listening To Us!

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Oct 122019

Ashley McBryde

The time is coming folks when the Opry FINALLY “Gets It”. I knew this was going to culminate one day! I’m not sure if it’s the new manager that is a TRUE lover of real music or that they are looking for a more diverse crowd? This article here has been culminating in my brain for the last year now, because our music…our beloved “underground” music is FINALLY taking shape up top with mainstream music.

I’m not really sure if the Opry “watches” what the Ryman does, but if Mr. Cody Jinks, Mr. Tyler Childers and Miss Margo Price are any indicators, then I’d say YES THEY DO. Because all of those three have recently SOLD OUT THE RYMAN, and some of them in record time.

You have had several Country Legends like Vince Gill and Reba McEntire previously state that they wished the bro country shit would come ti a close and that the rap country would follow out the door. Well, it pretty much has and many of the prominent figures of the 1990’s have resurfaced and are making quality NEW music, but the problem is that people over 50 that enjoyed it in the 90’s aren’t buying it.

Let me tell you WHO IS. This new demographic of 20-40 year old music fans that grew up listening to the Outlaw Era music FROM the 50 and up people who won’t spend money on music. Pop Country is specifically targeted to women ages 14-25 and soccer moms up to 35 ( there ARE some exceptions to those that like the music that isn’t Pop Country), but now many of those females are coming over to the other side of the Country fence.

Now, mind you that the Opry WILL ALWAYS pander to ALL GENRES of Country and by all means that is GREAT. Because you get a 4 hour show for a GREAT PRICE, and you get a little bit of everything for everyone. But these younger people that are digging up the real Country are becoming very erudite about it. Whether it be word of mouth on social media, or rabbit hole time on Youtube or Spotify, they ARE finding it.

The Opry is picking up on this, and cashing in on it all by offering us all we want. And I’m hoping that very soon they start functioning as the Grand institution they once were. In the past, as far as members go they made some pretty mundane choices, and many of those fools won’t honor what it means to BE A MEMBER.

But then as of January of 2019, things began to change and now I’m seeing a positive, new echelon of shows and invitations of guests. Is this a result of the new manager? In my opinion I’d say YES IT IS. I think being a woman she is making better choices of some of the artists out there busting their backsides to gain the attention in the mainstream world…and it’s becoming easier every day.

From Cody Jinks Instagram account.

On August 28th Underground Country Music sensation Mr. Cody Jinks made his Opry debut with 3 songs, to where after the first song he paused and said “I’m not going to lie to y’all, I’m pretty scared right now”. He played three songs, and right now along with Whiskey Myers and Mr. Chris Knight they are PISSING ALL OVER CORPORATE NASHVILLE ( hell some of them are based out of New York and California). It’s TRUE that these “DIY” artists are doing it THEIR WAY and mainstream radio is losing, and so are the artists that mainstream radio pushes down our throat on a daily basis. Radio used to be a very viable way of gathering an audience, but it’s not anymore and I couldn’t be happier.

One of the most prominent artists in this formula that has set many standards as an independent female artist is my friend Miss Sunny Sweeney. Her music is just a soulful and beautiful as she is, and she embellishes Country Music with her songs in a fashion only she ever could.

NOBODY deserves to be an Opry member more than her right now, having over 50 appearances under her belt, she has identified as one of the “Grand ladies of the Opry” like Miss Jan Howard and Jeannie Seeley are now. I mean don’t you all agree that ladies like her and Miss Kelsey Waldon would be sufficient additions of a new group of younger ladies that would carry on that tradition left behind by Miss Jean Shepherd BUT STILL allow and even proliferate those still alive like Miss Jan Howard?

I want EVERY ONE OF YOU To contact the Opry in any way you can and tell them that we MUST make Miss Sunny Sweeney a member!  And you can damn sure bet I’ll be there in attendance to cover that news when it does happen!

A few years back Miss Kelsey Waldon made her debut on the Opry and I recently had the opportunity to catch her set at Kickin It on The Creek in Irvine Kentucky, which I’m still writing about now. She recently released a new album on Mr. John Prine’s label Oh Boy Records, and will grace many a TOP 50 lists of 2019.

In my opinion she would equally be a good candidate for future performances on the Opry, along with the Pistol Annies, and SO MANY other younger female artists that are out right now, and outperforming the males in my opinion. I recently started writing my Americanafest articles and BY ALL MEANS I enjoyed the gals more than the guys there, I don’t know maybe it’s just what I LIKE more, and I’m not meaning this in a physical manner, their songs just speak to me MORE as a person.

Childers Opry

Mr. Tyler Childers has played the Opry twice now, since his rise to fame in the underground music realm but it has gotten so large and amassed so much notoriety, one simply cannot argue with his success. The sales and attendance of the Opry when this man takes the stage means that he deserves to play on a regular basis.

I’m not trying to say that all of these artists deserve to walk in the door and become members in ANY fashion people. In now way do I sit here and write this and boast that they should be inducted without a plethora of performances under their belt on the stage…I’m just saying that the Opry has the right idea.

Joe Diffie, Clint Black, John Anderson, Terri Clark, man there are SO MANY great artists out there that play the Opry frequently, and are a hell of a lot better choices than the crap emanating from the FM radio speakers now. There have been a few recent good choices for good members with such names as miss Crystal Gayle and Mr. Luke Combs.

I’ll be completely honest here folks, I don’t like the music that Mr. Luke Combs does at all. It just doesn’t speak to me in any fashion, but I’ll be honest it’s probably some of the best mainstream music out there. In a nutshell, this man’s  music could easily lead others to more underground music.


Tyler Childers, Robert Earl Keen, And Town Mountain At Red Rocks.

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Tyler Childers – Red Rocks- Sept 30 Red Rocks Amphitheatre 

September 30, 2019

If you’ve not noticed the meteoric rise in popularity of Tyler Childers since the release of his 2017 album “Purgatory”, you’ve missed out on one of the coolest stories in the recent  history of country music.  

The story goes….An unassuming but supremely talented singer songwriter from  eastern Kentucky goes road-warrioring and releases his first independent album at the age of 19.  He gains a rabid following in his local region and seven years later gains the notice of fellow Kentuckian and Grammy award winning artist Sturgill Simpson, who helps produce his breakthrough album.  On the strength of that album and years on the road, he starts selling out venues and winning his own awards, culminating in 2 sold out appearances at The Ryman Auditorium in 2018 with Margo Price. 

Flash forward to fall 2019 and our hero is now riding an even higher wave of popularity thanks to his second major album release, “Country Squire”, and on September 30, 2019, he and his band The Food Stamps bring their road show to the famed Red Rocks Ampitheater near Morrison CO, along with old running mates from North Carolina, bluegrass band Town Mountain, and one of his biggest influences, legendary Texas singer songwriter Robert Earl Keen, to open the show.

I arrive in Denver day of the show, check in to my hotel, then hustle over to The Thirsty Lion, where my shuttle to Red Rocks will leave.  In the outdoor patio, the place is filled with TC and Kentucky shirted folk all heading to Red Rocks for the evening.  I sit with a group of friends that I recognize, and the excitement is palpable.  

After some food and libation, we board the buses and a half hour later arrive at Red Rocks.  In the parking lot, The Wooks, a popular Lexington KY bluegrass band, are doing their Wooky thing, and the folks are loving it.  After a few minutes, I head on up to the top entrance and am greeted with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and desert.  After a quick stroll through the Museum, I head to the concessions area and get my first glance of the stage.  It’s a beautiful natural amphitheater framed in amongst the red rock formation… really a stunning sight.

Next it’s time to stand in the half hour line of hundreds of people to buy merch!  After walking away with a very nice show poster (available for purchase on Tyler’s website), I head to one of the many concessions to grab a snack and a beer, then head to my seat.  I’m fortunate to be on the 16th row, near one end, with a great view of the stage.  Everything around me seems otherworldly, as I’m now surrounded by majestic rock formations, and an awful lot of Kentucky accents. 

After making some new friends with the folks seated next to me, I run into some more folks that I know, then settle in to wait for the show.   At 7:00 on the dot, North Carolina’s Town Mountain takes the stage with their brand of modern bluegrass music.  They warm the crowd up with a 10 song set, culminating with Tyler joining them onstage to sing a song he co-wrote with banjo picker Jesse Langlais, “Low Down”.  Needless to say, the crowd goes crazy when Tyler appears.  The performance of the song is outstanding and when Town Mountain leave the stage after a crowd-please 45 minute set, there is a sense of anticipation in the air.  

After a mere 15 minute wait, Robert Earl Keen and his crackerjack band take the stage to rip through a gem-filled nearly hour long set, hitting highlights from his 35 year recording career.  I have been an avid fan of Keen’s for 25 of those years, and this set takes me on a memory filled journey of that time.  The 11 song set is filled with Keen standards such as “Gringo Honeymoon”, “Feeling Good Again”, and “Comin’ Home”.   By the end of his set, much of the crowd, mostly there to see Childers , and many not familiar with Keen’s music, are on their feet and singing along to “I Gotta Go”.  Keen and band exit the stage to a rousing ovation.

The stage clears and one by one, the individual members of Tyler’s outstanding band, the Food Stamps, appear on stage to prep their instruments.  

For the record, they are:

Drums-Rod Elkins

Bass-Craig Burletic

Keyboards-Chase Lewis

Guitar and Steel Guitar-James Barker Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle-Jesse Wells

and are currently one of the best live bands working stages today.  

The Food Stamps are on stage, the lights go down… and the familiar strains of (surprise!) “Party Line” start up as Laid Back Country Picker (David Prince) takes the stage! An old friend and former school teacher of Childers’, looking bigger than life in his black cowboy shirt, white boots, cowboy hat, and Telecaster, he expertly leads the group through one of his signature songs, culminating with the introduction of Tyler Childers over the “party line” onstage telephone.   

Tyler comes onstage to a roaring ovation and proceeds to preach the gospel of Eastern Kentucky.  In his high lonesome voice, he evokes images of the coal mines, roads winding through the wooded hills of Appalachia, colorful characters from all walks of rural life, one room churches, moonshine runs, the glorious beauty and the shady underbelly of mountain life, and the comforts of family and home. 

Throughout the show we are graced with artwork by Colonel Tony Moore and Jimbo Valentine from the new album jacket, projected behind the band, giving the rocky amphitheatre a down home feel. 

Tyler starts us off with “Whitehouse Road” from his “Purgatory Album”, an ode one of the roads near where he grew up and a nod to his days delivering appliances via van truck.  He then hits us with several songs which pre-date “Purgatory”, highlights being “Deadman’s Curve”, and his near perfect “Shake the Frost”.  This crowd knows its Tyler, and sings along to every song.  

Next he hits us with songs from the new album “Country Squire”, playing them suite-style with no breaks.  We get the title song, “Bus Route”, “Creeker”, “Gemini”, and “House Fire”, which are the first 5 songs on the album in order.  Throughout the show, the Food Stamps are in top form, but they really hit their peak on this suite and the extended jam intro to “House Fire”. 

We then get a few that he’s not recorded yet, before playing one of his more popular songs “All Your’n”.  After that, he goes back to “Purgatory” for “I Swear (To God)”, “Honky Tonk Flame”, “Feathered Indians”, and “Universal Sound”, and finishes off the band portion of the show with their extended version of the Charlie Daniels song “Trudy”.

The band leaves the stage, and Tyler stands alone with acoustic guitar for crowd-pleasers “Nose On The Grindstone”, “Lady May”, and “Follow You To Virgie”.   

At this point he calls his band back onstage, along with Robert Earl Keen and his band, and Town Mountain vocalist Robert Greer, for a rousing show-ending romp through the ever popular REK song “The Road Goes On Forever”.  Keen, Childers, and Greer trade lead vocal duties, and everybody in the bands gets a shot at throwing a solo in.  One of the highlights of this song for me personally was to see drummer Rod Elkins in the background playing maracas with one of the largest grins I’ve ever seen!   

All leave the stage at this point to a tremendous roar from the crowd.  

This is one of the highest profile gigs Tyler has had to date, and he and the Food Stamps absolutely nailed it.  I feel as though I witnessed something very special this night.  And judging from crowd reaction and social media afterwards, I’m not alone.

LBCP and Food Stamps

Party Line

w/The Food Stamps:

Whitehouse Road 

Deadman’s Curve 


Shake the Frost 

Born Again 

Tulsa Turnaround 

Country Squire 

Bus Route 



House Fire

Redneck Romeo 

Take my Hounds to Heaven 

All Your’n 

I Swear ( to God)

Honky Tonk Flame 

Universal Sound 

Feathered Indians 



Nose on the Grindstone 

Lady May 

Follow you to Virgie 


The Road Goes on Forever (with Food Stamps, REK and band, and Robert Greer of Town Mountain)


Dreadful Selfish Crime                                                                     Corpus Christie Bay
Over The Waterfall
Shades of Gray
What I Really Mean
Feelin’ Good Again
Gringo Honeymoon
If I Were King
I’m Coming Home 

I Gotta Go


Won’t Be Satisfied

            New Freedom Blues
Snowin’ On Raton
Witch Trials
One Drop In The Bottle

            Life and Debt

            Lines On The Levee
I’m On Fire
Down Low (with Tyler Childers)

New Changes Coming To Tumbleweed 2020.

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Oct 112019
One of my favorite jobs this year was Tumbleweed Music Festival. I’ll be doing my 2020 pushes for over 200 nationwide festivals here in the next few weeks. I keep in constant touch with directors from all over the nation on their festivals to bring YOU the BEST coverage possible.
Now, this is an email sent to me ( and if you join their mailing list, you got this also) that has some of the changes coming in 2020. At this juncture, I cannot say whether I’ll be there in person or have a team member there. I plan to change up my festival presence for 2020, but I also plan to “tie in” a few that coincide time wise and travel wise.
I mean WHY THE HECK NOT? Wouldn’t YOU WANT ME to cover Bluegrass and Red Dirt in a weekend?
See here is how I look at this…let’s create a LARGE national network of “stops” for ALL local music and ALL genres. Let’s juxtapose all of these scenes, and stop treating them like scenes. Let’s make them a big huge community.
One organization is doing JUST THAT and it’s Mr. Jim Guthrie  and his wife Miss Victoria from the Honky Tonk Hotel out in Missouri. Those two are taking some of the Appalachian artists and bringing them to the Midwest regions, and I applaud them. I mean, this gives people like me easier work and more access to other artists because they pass through. He is closely in connection with Tumbleweed, and he and I talk all the time about ways to improve music functions. He does a LOT for the artists, booking, lodging, and needs people like me to help promote the music. Most importantly to me..he takes NO income from what he does, and that is honorable in my opinion. It costs money to keep the water and lights on!
With all that being said I am currently in contact with 250 festivals to date, and getting information on 2020 dates, times, places, lineup announcements, new stages, less stages, and the whole nine yards. We got info coming for well over 250 festivals for you on this website, as I work with 6 other websites that deal with festivals directly.
The addition of a more intimate stage pleases me, this year Master Musician’s Festival did it. It went over VERY WELL, and gave us the fans more of an opportunity to get acquainted with the musicians and absorb the lyrics easier. Muddy Roots also does this with TWO stages but they are right off the main vendor area, so you still have clamor and loud talking. This announced stage area is WELL OFF the main area and will provide AMPLE QUIET for you..but I have one concern. Cross traffic on foot. There simply was not enough space to facilitate LARGE AMOUNTS of pedestrians crossing to the main stage…unless they move the main stage.
As of right now, the Tumbleweed head director has no more information to share with you via text last week. But he DOES what to say THANK YOU for being there, enjoying the festival, loving the music, and being a patron. HE NEEDS our input to make Tumbleweed the BEST festival possible, and on May 28th- 30th 2020, let’s make it happen….MORE TO COME!

If YOU HAVE A comment, question or suggestion you can contact them, they are good folks!

Based on your valued feedback and our commitment to delivering an outstanding festival experience, we are committed to the following improvements for Tumbleweed 2020.


Introducing a 2nd stage located in an intimate and shaded area (where archery was). This stage will run from about noon to 5pm and pick-up again at about midnight when the main stage ends. It’s a beautiful spot and the perfect size. Main Stage will run from approximately 5pm to midnight.


More units, more locations, easier access, cleaned twice daily


Campers! fixed-price $5 per person, includes camping gear from the parking to camping on horse wagons. Established “taxi stands” at main stage, camping and parking for easy ride-hailing. We’re exploring gear drop-off at the forest for Thursday arrivals!


VIP-exclusive bathrooms and shade tent at main stage with dedicated bar in that tent serving all levels of VIP. No pre-set chairs/reserved seats in VIP, but able to place personal chairs daily. A late-night VIP dance party will kick-off after the last main stage act goes off – around midnight. The country dance party is held in the VIP Tavern.


The GA+ section will be closer to the stage than this year’s placement, with vendors pushed back to allow more room on each side. GA+ is essentially GA from this year. We’ve introduced GA+ to allow for a lower-price “GA” ticket. The lower price GA ticket is for fans who are tight on funds and don’t mind distant viewing of the stage.


The General Store returns with its essentials, including ice! No vendors will be located in camping, eliminating the generator noise.


To maintain ticket integrity, we’re discontinuing the Ambassador Program. The least expensive tickets are always available online at The ticketing schedule remains in-place, with price increases following the ticket schedule announced and published at

Tumbleweed 2020 tickets launch on August 5th for a one-week massive sale… the lowest prices of the year. We appreciate your support of Tumbleweed’s authentic and independent country music experience! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach us at



Double Album Feature – Cody Jinks – After The Fire / The Wanting

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Oct 102019

By Joshua Wallace

Cody Jinks is back with his follow up to 2018’s Lifers release.  This time around he’s releasing 2 different albums a week a part.  This is a different strategy from the typical double album release most artists would do with this kind of output.  However, I feel like these two albums stand out on their own. Each record has its own loose lyrical theme with After The Fire focusing on the aftermath of events and The Wanting focusing on opposites like light vs dark and good vs evil.  Jinks worked with some of his common co-writers on these albums. Names fans will be familiar with like Josh Morningstar, Ward Davis, Tennessee Jet and Paul Cauthen are all here. There really isn’t a bad track on either of these albums, but here are a few of my favorites.

After The Fire

This album kicks off with the title track “After The Fire”.  It describes the lows of a man who lost it all and the thing that potentially saves him in the end.  It’s a perfect introduction to the theme of this album which appears to be touching on the aftermath of certain events through one’s life.  I love the great pedal steel work on this one. “Yesterday Again” continues the theme with a song taking place after a breakup. Jinks is looking back and wanting to do “yesterday again” and hoping for the best the second time around.  It’s a great piece of songwriting and a track that will resonate with a lot of listeners.

Up next is the song “Think Like You Think”.  This track originally appeared on one of Cody’s early albums called Collector’s Item.  These are no longer in production, so this remake of the song is putting the track back out there.  It’s a great tune that follows a character after a drunken bender and his wife gets onto him because his actions do not follow his beliefs.  I love the message here and the play of light vs dark and good vs evil with this very sobering song.  

Another amazing song on this record is the tearjerker “William and Wanda”.  It follows an elderly couple finally meeting again in the afterlife. I won’t describe this one any further because it truly must be heard to appreciated.  “One Good Decision” picks the pace back up on a track that is sure to be a fan favorite live. It’s about a man who has had his night at the bar and isn’t really struggling with the decision he has to make on whether to go home or cheat because he’s got a good thing at home.  It’s a lyrical take on the end of the night at the bar song you don’t hear very often.

The Wanting

“Same Kind Of Crazy As Me” is going to be the anthem of these two records.  I expect this one to be on Jinks setlists for a while. It’s a great tune right in line with his other most popular songs and it will resonate with a lot of his fans.  “Never Alone Always Lonely” is a song that is about how you can always be lonely even in a crowd. I personally know this feeling very well.  Lyrically Jinks plays off that theme a lot with lines like “Easy to find, seldom seen”. It’s a very well written song that captures that feeling that a lot of people don’t always get.

I really dig the imagery in “Which One I Feed”.  It’s a song that highlights the lyrical theme of light vs dark and opposites in this album.  “It Don’t Rain In California” is another well written song about a breakup where “She said she needed sunshine / She had enough of clouds” and California represents the sunshine and the main character of the song is the clouds.  It continues the play on opposites that you see throughout this album and it’s really clever.

“Ramble” is a cover of the Chris Hennessee song from his 2018 album of the same name. Jinks does a great cover here and I love how he always represents artists who don’t always get their due on a big stage like this.  If you’re not familiar with Chris Hennessee, I highly recommend checking out his work. Finally the album closes out with “The Raven And The Dove”.  It’s another song of opposites about how some days can be good and some can be bad. The acoustic guitar work is the highlight here as it plays off a foot stomping beat and I can imagine this one being a live favorite as well.


These two albums include some of Cody Jink’s best work.  There isn’t a bad track in the bunch and there are some that many fans will call their new favorites.  Personally, I think The Wanting is my favorite disc of the two, but it is very close. I will admit, when he announced that he was releasing two separate albums instead of one double disc, my main concern was that these songs would be thrown on each of the albums with no rhyme or reason for them being there.  You can put that concern to rest as the track listings for each album make sense and carry their own lyrical themes throughout each record. As a final note, I hope to be able to catch Cody Jinks live next month and report back here with some live reviews of these new tracks so keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, After The Fire is out October 11th, 2019 and The Wanting is out October 18th, 2019 and you can find them anywhere.

Cody Jinks – After The Fire (2019)

Favorite Tracks (After The Fire) : Ain’t A Train, Yesterday Again, Think Like You Think, William And Wanda, One Good Decision

  1. After The Fire
  2. Ain’t A Train
  3. Yesterday Again
  4. Tell ‘Em What It’s Like
  5. Think Like You Think
  6. William And Wanda
  7. One Good Decision
  8. Dreamed With One
  9. Someone To You
  10. Tonedeaf Boogie

Cody Jinks – The Wanting (2019)

Favorite Tracks (The Wanting) : Same Kind Of Crazy As Me, Never Alone Always Lonely, Which One I Feed, It Don’t Rain In California, Ramble, The Raven And The Dove

  1. The Wanting
  2. Same Kind Of Crazy As Me
  3. Never Alone Always Lonely
  4. Whiskey
  5. Where Angels Fear To Fly
  6. Which One I Feed
  7. A Bite Of Something Sweet
  8. The Plea
  9. It Don’t Rain In California
  10. Wounded Mind
  11. Ramble
  12. The Raven And The Dove

Album Feature – The Quebe Sisters – The Quebe Sisters

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Oct 082019

By Joshua Wallace

The Quebe Sisters are a Progressive Western Swing band out of Dallas, TX.  Instead of featuring the huge band lineup you would find in western swing outfits like Asleep At The Wheel, The Quebe Sisters are the three sisters on fiddle and vocal, Simon Stipp on guitar and Daniel Parr on bass.  This stripped down lineup allows them to do some different things with the western swing genre. The focus is always on three part harmonies and the fiddles, however there are some jazz and traditional country elements in there as well.

A favorite track on this record is “Pierce The Blue” which is more of a country waltz song.  The majority of the track features acoustic guitar and bass backing up the sister’s vocals and it’s a great stripped down song on this record.  “Lonesome Road” starts off slowly before picking up the pace. The guitar kicks into high gear and everything just comes together. This is a great western swing traveling song from the sisters  “Bluegrass In The Backwoods” is my favorite instrumental on the album. It feels like a bigger band is doing this, but it’s not. I love the fiddle work on this track and it is some of the best you’ll find on this album.  “Twilight On The Trail” closes out the record with the sisters delivering their take on the classic Perry Como western trail song. This is a great cover of this classic that often goes unheard. I love the use of the bass for the low end harmonies on this track.

The Quebe Sisters are one of the best bands in all of western swing going today.  They’re also one of the best sibling harmony groups going as well. I hope to get to see them live someday out here on the east coast, though I know that is rare.  Their self titled album is out everywhere you can find good music as of September 20th, 2019.    

Favorite Tracks : Pierce The Blue, Lonesome Road, Bluegrass In The Backwoods, Twilight On The Trail

The Quebe Sisters – The Quebe Sisters (2019)

  1. Always Seem To Get Things Wrong
  2. My Love, My Life, My Friend
  3. Piece The Blue
  4. Load at 7 (Leave at 8)
  5. Summer Of Roses
  6. Lonesome Road
  7. Lullaby of the Leaves
  8. The Waltz You Saved For Me
  9. Bluegrass In The Backwoods
  10. Twilight On The Trail

Album Feature – Jason James – Seems Like Tears Ago

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Oct 072019

By Joshua Wallace

Jason James has finally released the follow up to his highly acclaimed 2016 self titled debut album.  This record is called Seems Like Tears Ago and it is once again one of the most traditional country albums you will find this year.  You will hear him channeling the likes of George Jones and others throughout this great throwback record. Lets dig into a few tracks on this one.

The album kicks off with the title track “Seems Like Tears Ago”.  This one would fit right in with your classic George Jones playlist.  The pedal steel on this track is perfect along with the fiddle. Another favorite is “Move A Little Closer”  which brings in the twangy guitar on a faster track that changes things up a bit for this album. I love the solo that plays between the fiddle and guitar on this track.   “We’re Gonna Honky Tonk Tonight” is a song that reminds me of the songs like Hank Sr.’s “Setting The Woods On Fire” celebrating the old tradition of going honky tonkin with your favorite girl.  Finally, “Cry On The Bayou” also harkens back to a Hank Williams classic in “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”. This is an original with some lyrical allusions to the Hank Sr. classic. I really love how Jason James pays tribute to those that came before him and inspired his style heavily on this record.

Jason James is quickly becoming a huge name when it comes to traditional country music in these modern times.  Seems Like Tears Ago is just another example of classic execution of styles of country music that you don’t always hear in their purest forms.  This album is available everywhere you can find good music as of October 4th, 2019. 

Favorite Tracks : Seems Like Tears Ago, Move A Little Closer, We’re Gonna Honky Tonk Tonight, Cry On The Bayou, Ole Used To Be

Jason James – Seems Like Tears Ago (2019)

  1. Seems Like Tears Ago
  2. I Miss You After All
  3. Move A Little Closer
  4. We’re Gonna Honky Tonk Tonight
  5. Achin’ Takin’ Place
  6. Simply Divine
  7. Coldest Day Of The Year
  8. Cry On The Bayou
  9. Foolish Heart
  10. Ole Used To Be

Muddy Roots 2019

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Oct 052019

It’s time once again for my annual visit to the almighty ultimate independent music festival that brought forth all of the Roots Music bands, of course I’m talking about the TENTH ANNUAL Muddy Roots Music Festival. A LOT has changed at this festival in the ten years I have been going to it, and to be honest a LOT has changed with my website in the ten years I have been operating it as well.

In those years, I have been to over 31 states and traveled MANY miles covering this local music I bring to you. I have taken on another writer Mr. Joshua Wallace, and NOW I have ANOTHER writer I’m trying out for this job. We shall see if he does well, I’m already pretty excited about him coming aboard to help because I think the world of him as a person and as a friend.

Miss Delaney Chavez and her husband Mr. Milton REALLY stepped up and designed ALL of the logistics of this event beginning with double port a potties and better stage placement for the BEST sound EVER. Most of the stage times flowed along nicely, and EVERY time I saw her she was working VERY HARD to give us ALL an awesome time. She and her husband are VERY approachable, and will take care of ANYTHING the guests need.

We are going to chat about EVERYTHING from the weather to the vendors here, the bands and THE PEOPLE. That’s right folks YOU MAKE MUDDY what it is, if YOU bought a ticket and bought merchandise, and enjoyed the music on behalf of Mr. Jason and his ENTIRE CREW I thank you from deep in the heart.

I have a new writer this week from Ohio trying his hand in the Muddy Roots article game, his name is Mr. Luther Center. He wrote up some of the first sets I missed as Mr. Joshua Wallace and Miss Marla Gibson of Marla Gibson Imagery who was on board to help me with photography this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Luther Center

My good festival buddy Mr. Luther Center is a new face to my website, and he is a music nut like I am. He goes to a TON of music festivals, and I enjoy his input on my articles. He made some comments that he saw some whole sets that I kind of saw partially, and I thought WHY NOT INVITE him to participate? So here is what he had to say about a few things.

The sun is high, the temperature is a warm but manageable 80 degrees, and the trees surrounding the stage are swaying with the breeze and providing just enough shade to accommodate the growing crowd as the Muddy Roots Music festival has started!

Not many bands are better suited for Muddy Roots than are Black Tarpoon. The band (Vocals/Acoustical pickin’- Jesse James, Bass/Dirty vocals- Oatmeal Reed, Resonator- Billy Mo, Washboard- Tasha the Don, Drums- Daniel Rangel) from Corpus Christie, TX, have long been top practitioners of punk acoustic/electric Americana roots music.

The band settles in onstage early and are joking with the crowd as all present anxiously await the High Noon start for their set. Suddenly we hear, “We are Black Tarpoon. 1-2-1234” and they are off, as the band kicks immediately into high energy “Fixin’ To Play”. For the next 55 minutes we are treated to a blistering set featuring much of their first two records (2016s EP “Creature from the Black Tarpoon” and 2017s full length “A Macing Grace”) as well as tracks from their recent 1332 Records split 45 EP with Black Irish Texas titled “Blacked Out at Muddy Roots”.

I know their set included “Little Irish Bird”, “Ghost On The Highway” and one that features the young lady on washboard a lot called “Love Songs Ain’t Easy”. One of my favorite songs of theirs was one called “Black Widows Waltz”. None of my crew got to catch the entire set of any of the bands this weekend, as we roamed around to evenly catch as many sets as humanly possible here.

What a way to begin my Muddy Roots weekend! Their set was energetic, they were fun to watch, and their punk-roots style kept the crowd engaged and moving throughout the show. Highly recommended to see live if they show up in your town. Their music is available for sale on Bandcamp and from 1332 Records.

Photo Courtesy of Marla Gibson

It’s approaching the hottest part of the day Friday as Sean K. Preston And The Loaded Pistols take the stage. Sean coolly appears, looking svelte in his matching black suit pants and vest with a bright red long sleeved shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He straps on that guitar, the Pistols lock in, and off they go with “Homeward Bound”.

“Last Call” was part of the set today as well as “The Decision” . He began with a really nice instrumental of his lead guitar talents before transitioning into “Ain’t A Dog”. Mr. Christopher “Sparky” Spiridigliozzi  on drums and Mr. Cory McGrath on upright bass makes up the Loaded Pistols right now, and as they played songs like “Get Thee Behind Me” they displayed why they deserved to be a part of this lineup.

Preston incorporates power blues, country, and rockabilly into his music, and adds a sometimes sinister edge. It’s all on display as he heavily features extended tracks from his 2018 album “Forgive” on the Rusty Knuckles label, which happens to be one of my favorite records released last year. His band is tight and steady as Sean controls the stage with his confident voice and wicked guitar licks on songs like “The Twister” and “The Widower”.

Photo courtesy of Marla Gibson

While Gary Hayes was unpacking his camper behind the showers with Mr. Joshua Wallace he got to hear him play “Barnburner” and more of his set before ending the show with his signature song, “Satan”, the crowd has now reached fever pitch and, if you can believe it, Sean and the boys have ratcheted up the heat even more. I’ve seen Sean and the Pistols numerous times in recent years, and they never disappoint. The same was true here, and I’ll be sure to buy the next record and see them the next time they’re in my town.

The next set Mr. Luther got to see was Moonshine Wagon  who hails from the Basque Country in Northern Spain. They brought their high energy show to Muddy Roots not once, but twice this year, playing the pre-party Thursday night at the Wood Stage, followed by a 1:30 set in the Big Tent on Friday. They describe their music as “Hellgrass” (as in “Hellgrass = Bluegrass + Heavy Metal”), and it’s a good description. They play their bluegrass fast, loud, and with an enthusiasm that is hard to match.

Photo courtesy of Luther Center

I had never seen Moonshine Wagon before, so I had no idea what I was in for. I enjoyed the Thursday evening set from the Camp Ohio area while visiting with friends, so I didn’t see them, but I did hear them, and man, I liked what I heard! I made a point to see their Friday set.

I walked into the Big Tent just as their Friday set began. Appropriately enough, they opened the show with the dirge-like strains of the title song from their new album “Straight From the Mud”. Midway through the song, it kicks in to the high energy punk metal bluegrass we’ll get to hear for the remainder of their set.

They play, sing, and perform expertly, and their energy throughout is infectious. The crowd is on their side and before long, it’s a party in the Big Tent! They went on to play the title track from their 2017 album “Porca Miseria”, followed by “Ghost” which opens with a great acoustic sound.

Goiatz Dutto, Joel Bruna, Lander Lourido and Victor Martin make up this trio that included songs like “Running And Hiding”, which was one of the more upbeat songs with the more Bluegrass sound.  ‘Everybody Lies” starts out with some GOOD finger picking and fiddle style, and was great to dance to.  “Days Go By” “You Yourself And You” , and “Ace Of Spades” wrapped up the set.

They leaned heavily on the new album, available at Roots Union, and they should, as it is excellent. With select songs from their two previous albums and a cover or two, Moonshine Wagon provided the perfect soundtrack for day one of Muddy Roots. I bought the album at their merch table and vowed to see them again as soon as I can.

Photo courtesy of Joshua Wallace

Mr. Joshua Wallace got to see Mr. James Hunnicutt whom always does a stand up job at Muddy Roots, and is one of the most positive and humble people I have ever met. So here is what he had to say about that.

James Hunnicutt was on the tent stage on Friday at 3:30pm – 4:30pm. He had already started by the time I entered the tent and had a huge crowd with the tent about half to three quarters full. He was sitting down for this year’s set but he still had the same amazing vocals and raw energy that he always brings to his regular acoustic Muddy Roots set.

Photo Courtesy of Joshua Wallace

I heard him do crowd favorites like “My Pain” and “99 Lives”. He did his amazing version of “Long Black Veil / My Wayward Bride” which always turns into a sing-a-long with the Muddy Roots crowd and this year was no exception. He also did a selection of tracks from his first album which included the Muddy Roots anthem “Risk The Fall”.

The last song I caught from James was the always popular “Don’t Let Teardrops Fill Your Eyes”. It is always interesting to watch the Muddy Roots veterans who know the hand signs for this song and the new fans looking around wondering what is going on. James Hunnicutt always delivers a highlight set of Muddy Roots and this year was no different.

Photo courtesy of Marla Gibson

Miss Marla Gibson was kind enough to take my own camera and take a few of me with others like my big buddy Mr. Brooke Blanche from the Calamity Cubes, whom we will touch on later. Right now, we will flip over to my account of the mighty Hillbilly Casino.

2017’s “Red White And Bruised” album brought up their opening song called “Give It All Up For You”, followed by the song “No Toll Taken” as their leader Mr. Nic Roulette violently swings the mic around while flailing about like a crazed madman. This stage show is not for the weak or daft souls, and they truly light up the tent ( literally) with a mechanics light, and oversized stuffed animals that end up crowd surfing.

“She’s Got Tricks” and “How Do You Think” were both taken from the new album as well. Now from a seasoned fan like me, I’m not sure they will ever be able to beat my favorites “Big Dan” or “Tennessee Stomp” which the later of the two was the closing song. Hillbilly Casino is ( I believe ) the only band that has played all 10 years of muddy Roots, I’m pretty sure that is correct.

Photo courtesy of Marla Gibson.

After you see these two pictures here, I’m quite sure you will agree that having her on board this time was a GREAT choice. I met her in Mississippi at another festival and when we talked I could tell that she “gets it”. I arranged for her to come with us, and she had a wonderful time here.

“PBR” was included in the set, as well as “The Hole” and “One Cup Beyond” from the iconic album “Three Step Windup”.  Mr. Ronnie got out the other guitar and started into the solo intro for “Violets In May”, which resonated through the entire tent with furious fever.

They closed with “Troubles” and “Jibber Jabber” and as usual and like I stated earlier their last song was indeed “Tennessee Stomp”. As always they left the entire festival stunned, and just going nuts. They are by far one of the many Muddy Roots favorites on the list.

Photo courtesy of Marla Gibson

Another Muddy Roots powerhouse duo is the mighty Left Lane Cruiser whom just recently released a new album called “Shake And Bake” on Alive Records!. I’m in the works of making them an article for the album feature, maybe I’ll come back and embed it here.

They went old school on one of their songs from the 2006 album “Gettin Down On It” called “Riverwalk”. This band is one of the older roots bands that I found out about on the mighty MySpace. I began discovering these bands in 2007 and 2008 myself, and they were one of them. I’ll be honest I have so much on festivals on my desk, I think I may have lost some of my notes.

Mr. Joe Evans and Mr. Pete Dio come from Fort Wayne Indiana, and blend Mississippi blues and rock and many other forms of roots music to formulate their own sound, and volume! There were a few bands I got to only check out one or two songs from before moving along, they were one of them.

I meandered down to the wooden stage to see Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. This is a Denver Colorado outfit that I have featured many times on here, and they have played Muddy roots many times. Munly Munly, Mr. Slim Cessna, Mr. David Edwards, Mr. Jeffery Paul, Lord Dwight Pentacost, Miss Rebecca Vera, Mr. Ian O’Dougherty, and Andrew Warne make up the current lineup.

“This Is How We Do Things In The Country” has the whole crowd dancing and going nuts into the night air. I went up into the media tower to take some pictures of the crowd as well as side stage. They also played “Children Of The Lord”, among others.

This year they played the wood stage and had a little more room to spread out, and it helped to see the stage show a little better. They played a rousing rendition of “Do You Know The Enemy”, that included one of Lord Pentacost’s trademark double neck guitars which I caught on camera here, before I called it a day. The first night is always the roughest for me, as I work third shift and travel here in the morning right after work.

I woke up for day 2 ready to go, and even though I got enough sleep I was still pretty sore. I ventured out onto vendor row to see some of the food and shopping choices this year, sadly I didn’t get the chance to visit the waterfall but I may go out there on my own to bring you a better story that way. I did get to write a really nice article a few weeks ago, and you can read it HERE.

I wandered down my familiar favorite vendor row, the one that I have loved and cherished for ten years. The gravel road where I have made many friends, and we remember ones we have lost to death. A gravel road where I have seen children born and gotten to watch them grow up. You see folks, Muddy Roots really is a family in many aspects.

Many of these people are so close to me as personal Friends, like Mr. Ralph Miller who heads up one of the biggest original roots music’s labels called Rusty Knuckles. That label has recorded some of the most iconic albums in all of roots music history. If I ever wrote a book on the history of roots music the role of Rusty Knuckles would be the most prominent of all of them.

Also pictured above is my good friend Miss Sarah Brown who operates the traveling store of original hand made goods called Stoned Beautiful Jewelry. This young lady travels all over the country and sells her wares to every music audience out there, and you need to check her out.

There were plenty of great food vendors like our friends G’zs BBQ from East Nashville. There were plenty of choices for every person’s lifestyle, however I’m not sure about vegan. I’m not as trained to look for vegan choices, and I need to look for more vendors that can cater to gluten free folks.

One of the first acts of the second day was none other than Country Rock artist Mr.Jason Charles Miller.  He is also the front man for the industrial rock band called Godhead, and I knew very little about him until now. His resume was indeed quite impressive from a Country and Metal lover’s standpoint, as he has opened for big names on both genres. Some of the pop country I wasn’t really impressed with, but to have worked with some of those names just shows me his versatility.

From his 2011 album called “Uncountry” he began with a song called “The River”, and went into a song called “No Bridge Left Unburned”. His songs were all pretty heavy and even though they did have a country influence they were pretty much good old fashioned rock and roll.

Cmon folks this is Muddy Roots you know damn well were going to have the entire spectrum of music at our fingertips! This man fit in really really well with Muddy Roots, in EVERY way and I enjoyed his songs. His album called “In The Wasteland” boasted a REALLY cool song called “Old Scarecrow” who sits in the sun and his work is never done…good line. “Trunk Full Of Bibles” was another good song included in his set today, along with other songs like “In The Wasteland”, and “You Get What You Pay For”.

He closed his set with his own version of the Hank Williams classic song “I Saw the Light”, and I got to sing along with him as I wandered off to the wood stage to listen to my Colorado area friends called the Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

They started with their song called “No Good” from their 2016 album called “Every Last Drop”, and with  the help of one of the members of the Bridge City Sinners (whom I’ll touch on next) they tore up the wood stage today. Now, they just released a live album out called Live At Western Jubilee which as many of these songs on it.  “All We Need” is a whiskey drinking song, and pretty much self explanatory.

Mr. Connor O’Neal – Banjo, Percussion, Lead and Backing Vocals, Mr. Shawn D’Amario – Washboard, Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals, Mr. Spencer Mode – Washboard and Mr. Michael Flecha – Bass make up this band that glorifies the Westport Saloon on songs like “Goers”. Every community has an anthem and it has pillars of the scene, and the Westport Saloon is indeed an integral part of the Roots music scene.

The same can be said about Four Roses Bourbon, as they have been a longtime sponsor of this community and its wonderful bands and fans. I myself have been a Muddy Roots family member for over Ten years now. “Home” was next, a song about a man that thinks he is going be killed unless he spends the rest of his life on the road.

“Whiskey Shivers” and “.44″ were next, .44 being about a drunkard with a loaded .44. It’s a very poignant and dark song filled with their signature gravely harmonies that Roots music is noted for. It’s about poor choices and failure so how can it be a bad song? There has been a time in everyone’s life they have felt unworthy of the love of the Lord.

‘No Water” was next followed by a cover of “Minnie The Moocher”, and at that time I went up front to the merchandise area to shop and eat. The next band I had in mind to see was an amazing one I have never covered before called The Bridge City Sinners.

Part of the fun of festivals is running into so many friends on the roads from stage to stage as everyone goes and sees their favorite band all day and night. This afternoon I for one found a new favorite band in the Bridge City Sinners, who come from Portland Oregon and was formed in 2016.

They have a new album called “Here’s To The Devil” out now on Flail Records and from that album they opened with “Through And Through” which was full of suicidal innuendos and selling your soul to the devil, you know all that happy stuff. This band is choked full of wonderful scenes like holy water burning your fingertips.

This band was originally slated to play the Southern Gothic festival in October, but couldn’t play. I was disappointed, because songs like “Kreacher” are inventive and fitting for Halloween fun. Miss Libby Lux has her signature growl and evil laugh on songs like “Laugh While You Can”, where they display an absolute macabre sense of hilarity to the stage. It’s evil and it’s fun, it’s raw and edgy but at the same time it’s professional and contains complex music from the likes of Mr. Lightnin’ Luke Bespiel on fiddle whom also assisted the Tejon Street Corner Thieves.

The band also has Mr. Jesse Payne on acoustic guitar, Mr. Michael Flecha on the resonator AKA King Strang. Mr. Scott Michaud who owns Flail Records played upright bass today for them. Also they had Mr. Clyde McGee on the banjo for their set.

I was beyond impressed with the amount of people that this band drew here today. On the third day of any festival and this early in the day, to draw a crowd this size is indeed an impressive feat.

“Song Of The Siren” I cannot see how she performs that night after night without loosing her voice. It truly digs deep out of her chest to sing that song, and while it is well written for a Roots song it has that accompanying Gothic theme to it. “Pussy Cat” was pulled from their self titled 2016 album as was the song “St. John’s Infirmary” which gets covered by many. “Ashes” was next which had all the fine fiddling I needed to satisfy my palate and make me jump in joy.

“Virgin Sacrifice” was next followed by “Run From The Sun”, and the last song I caught by them was called “Witches Wrath”. And as the partying continued my crew and I parted ways into the musical abyss to capture so many different aspects of the festival, some of these photos may not be Country bands..but this website appreciates ALL KINDS of REAL MUSIC!

Photo Courtesy Of Marla Gibson.

Miss Marla took thousands of terrific photos and shared many of them on social media in groups and on pages. Many of the artists and bands were enjoying them and using them. Once again if you would like to hire her or purchase some of her photos her page is right HERE.

The next band I got to see was the Texas based Mike And The Moonpies whom also released a new album right on the time of the festival date here. There were so many great bands that released new music on this weekend it was uncanny. I am going to let Mr. Joshua Wallace write about them, but all of us were there for this one!

I’m going to focus some time on this band and then I’m going to share some photos for you that Miss Marla took, and ones I took of Punk Metal Legends The Dead Kennedys, and others like Hank Von Hell, and a BUNCH of others that played on the Saturday portion of this event.

Mike Harmeier was a local songwriter who, in 2007  recruited drummer Kyle Ponder, guitarist Catlin Rutherford, bassist Omar Oyoque, and steel guitarist Zachary Moulton to form a powerhouse band in Austin Texas called Mike And The Moonpies. This band also helped usher in the Red Dirt movement, and I hope that muddy Roots joins in that movement. See that’s what’s unique about Mr. Jason, he enjoys ALL KINDS of stuff and books what he enjoys. On one stage you may have GZA and another you may have this band.

Once again I wanted to thank Marla Gibson Imageryfor her contributions to my weekend of work on Muddy Roots, with these pictures of The Dead Kennedys and The Koffin Kats and Hank Von Hell. To be honest, I have always been more of a Country and Roots website that has strayed many times into different forms of music you cannot make a genre out of.

And that is honestly what Muddy Roots is all about. Mixing so many different kinds of music fans into one big field enjoying each other’s company. For the select few that actually ‘get it” and get what Muddy is all about we enjoy some beautiful company and life long friends. Hugs and smiles all around make Muddy Roots my HOME festival.

Mr. Charlie Overbey played the wood stage at the same time as Mike And The Moonpies, and we got to see him play “Slip Away”. I myself didn’t get to see him play much more than two songs today, because I was bouncing around so much this weekend.

This young man’s music has been impressing me, and I have been keeping an eye on him and the Broken Arrows, which is his band. He was born and raised in California, which actually has a rich history of West Coast Country Music that this young man carries into his present day stage act.

He has a similar past to many of us my age, to where we grew up with Country Music and it remained deep within our veins only to remain docile, but not until our Punk Rock or Metal years have been quenched that it shall surface. However, when that day does indeed emerge it triumphs any and all other passions in our souls.

Mr. Justin Boot ran a very nice open mic stage for the weekend outside of stage one, and it featured a wide array of talent from the festival patrons. The water park area was also in the same area, where kids played and cooled off all weekend while listening to the music.

The side stage tent called the Sweet Time Tent featured some good bands like this one called Sash The Bash. They had a hard rocking set with intense kick you in the balls songs like “Rock And Roll Orgy”. Which was just a hardcore party good old fashioned time. I mean let’s do it on the floor, let’s do it on the table…that gets a guys attention, HA.

Tonight she was just signing, but some of her videos she has a bitching double neck guitar, and her band is top notch up your ass metal.  Now I thought that the song “Bang Your Head” would be the Quiet Riot cover, however it was not, it was their own version of their own song.

Miss Sasha Valleley is the leader of this band of crazies that also consists of Miss Amy Epperley on the bass guitar, Mr. Cullen Curtis and also Mr. Ben Dairedow.

“I Don’t Like You” was their debut single and one of the only ones you’ll see on Spottily. That’s not really a bad thing to be honest, I enjoy YouTube and buying their music from the merch table. This stage was ran by good friend Mr. Chad, who always does a top notch job of managing his stage. He is always a nice friend to me and came to see my set Sunday ( which I may touch on a little). Mr. Chad is a VERY good friend that supports what I do vehemently.

“Hipster Douchebag” is another strong in your face song. This band is very strong lyrically and is an integral part of the presence of women in local music. “Mornin After” , and “Wild Man Child” were both also included in tonight’s set. I thought perhaps the song “Hotwired” was going to be a metal version of a Del McCourry cover song, but again NOPE. This young lady has her OWN style and songs, and fit in VERY WELL with the Muddy Roots way of doing things. I LOVED this set here!

Mr. Chad Martindale one of our yearly stage managers who dedicate their time to make sure we have a good time for ourselves. I think right now is ANOTHER TIME I need to take a few moments out to thank all of the fine folks that do so much for Mr. Jason, like my buddygirl Miss Cole that sells merch and takes tickets every year, Miss Delane Chavez and her husband Mr. Milton. Mr. Chris Cahill and Mr. Robert brown who does all kinds of jobs there.

Photos courtesy of Miss Marla Gibson.

Mr. Luther is going to be writing about this band The Goddamn Gallows whom have played many Muddy Roots festivals. First off, I have to admit that Goddamn Gallows is one of my favorite bands in the world. They are the definition and embodiment of the term “Muddy Roots”. The fact that they’ve played EVERY Muddy Roots Musical Festival should tell you everything you need to know about this band.

That said, their 2019 show at MR is one of the best sets I’ve ever seen them play. Mikey Classic (guitar, banjo), Jayke Orvis (banjo, mandolin), Fishgutzzz (Stand up bass), and Baby Genius (drums), rocked the Truck Stage for 75 minutes, until a stage tech reminded them they were 15 minutes over. They commanded the large stage with their hybrid brand of punk psychobilly hoedown roots metal (say that 3 times fast), or as I like to describe it, bluegrass you can slam dance to, keeping the crowd fully engaged the entire time.

Performing songs from throughout their discography, they were in top form as each member, expert musicians and colorful characters, took the spotlight at some point of the show. The appearance of Urban Pioneers Liz Sloan and Jared McGovern onstage for a few songs gave us a 3/4 Jayke Orvis Broken Band reunion. There were also guest appearances from Gary Lindsay (Black Vermillion) Jack Gibson (Exodus), and Tommy Koffin (Koffin Kats).

Overall, an outstanding set by one of the best bands out there touring and recording today. If they come to your town, go see them!

What Was The High?
7 Devils
Down With The Ship
The Maker
City of Fools
Pass the Bottle (w/Gary Lindsey)
Raise The Moon (w/Liz Sloan and Jared McGovern)
Dreadful Sinner (w/Liz Sloan and Jared McGovern)
When No One’s Around (w/Liz Sloan)
Ol’ Dusty Trail (w/ Liz Sloan)
Waiting Around To Die (w/ Liz Sloan and Jack Gibson)
In League With Satan (w/ Liz Sloan and Jack Gibson)
Howlin’ Wind (w/ Liz Sloan and Tommy Koffin)

Metal Legends Municipal Waste closed out Saturday night with one hell of a set on the wood stage, that I watched from the media tower. Folks I’ll be honest I’m too damn old and wore out for stomping around in mosh pits, but I still enjoy my Heavy metal.

I don’t really mind including these photos in my articles in any way, and I still have a ton of stuff to tell you about as we move into Sunday’s shows. I played my own small set Sunday morning, and got to work with the sound guys on the big tent stage. This was Mr. Chris O Brien from Stage Rite Sound in Nashville.

Sunday ended up being an early departure for me as I had to get my photographer back to the airport very early in the morning so we left shortly before the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band performed. However I did indeed catch some of their set this weekend.

One of the first people I got to see was Mr. Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen on the wood stage, while I took part of the gospel hour in the tent before my own set. Yes folks you heard that correct I did indeed play a full half hour set, but my time was pushed back for scheduling discrepancies. I played a bunch of old timey classic three chord country music.

There was a plethora of good music VERY early today here, as also Mr.Josh Morningstar was on the wood stage and my good friends the Urban Pioneers were also on the big main stage after I played. I will be bringing you coverage of all of these sets from today, as well as some other things I wanted to touch on about Muddy Roots in general.

Mr. Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen plays that good old fashioned country Music that warms the heart and soul, and he possesses a powerfully smooth voice and a equally smooth guitar tone. He plays his own signature compositions and also plays obscure covers that the public doesn’t always pick on as being covers. That’s what I like to do when I play as well. I call it the “BR5-49 Formula” because in the early 90s they were doing it down on Broadway.

Mr. Josh Morningstar, man what can i say about him that hasn’t already been said? This young man is out burning up the highways and byways playing his shows for everyone. he has had a very good songwriting career, having many songs penned for Mr. Cody Jinks and others.

He opened with a song about quitting, and it was called something like “The Only Thing I Ever Quit Was Quitting”. It was one of his newer songs I had never heard before myself, and he also played his title song called ‘The Plea’. Many of his old albums are out of print and have become obscure, and I revel in that obscurity as a collector.

“Damn These Birds” is his anthem for the addicted and the struggling person to get clean. It is about the dealers that push their crap on people, and how they manipulate junkies into needing their stuff. He went into a fun and lengthy version of Roger Miller’s “Dang Me”, which features his passion for Country Music history. It’s always a treat to get to stop and talk to him about Legends that have passed on.

“Must Be The Whiskey” is the first song he had recorded by Mr. Cody Jinks for the Lifers album, and he always plays this on his set. He played a bunch more good cover songs until he got to my personal favorite song called “Jerry Lee”. This song is about Rock And Roll Legend Jerry Lee Lewis who is one of the most overlooked outlaws of any genre of music…period.

Black Irish Texas is a way cool band that played in the big tent stage. They opened with “Join The British Army” among other songs. They are a combination of so many types of music that it’s very hard to label songs like “To hell With The King” into a folder.

Mr. James Fitzsimmons, Mr. Mark Maughmer II, Miss Shannon McMillan , Mr. Michael Franklin, Mr. James Sheeran, Mr. Chad Fitzsimmons, Mr.  Bil Zarate, and Mr. Brian Blackwood make up this Austin Texas outfit here.

I got to catch up with my good friend Mr. John Howie Jr in the Sweet Time tent, now mind you I am catching many sets at one time. This was right before I hired Mr. Luther to help , so now I have more eyes and ears on the field.

He graced my TOP 50 of 2018 with a masterpiece of an album called “Not Tonight”, and blasted us with his first song off that album called “Wish My Heart”.  This song is a lonely lament of not knowing what to do, and wishing your heart would know what to do. Now he pulled some songs from his 2011 album called Leavin’ Yesterday. One was called “Handful Of Heartaches” and some of them were from the Two Dollar Pistols like “Getting Gone”…from way back in 2002 and 2003.

See folks, years ago when I started listening to underground music and Texas music I discovered a plethora of bands like his band, which he lead and people like Miss Tift Meritt and labels like Yep Rock Records. This man is in my opinion a local music Legend,  and I’ll stand on the damn rooftops and shout it out.

From his new album he played “Never Could Say Yes” and another one called “When I’m Not There With You”. Back in 2008 I discovered a BUNCH of GREAT Texas music like Red Meat and Eleven Hundred Springs…and THIS MAN TOO. So many of the songs he played today like “I’m Not There With You” I just stood back and enjoyed.

“So Doggone Lonesome” was another song in his set along with “Breakin Up With Me”, and others. I was rapidly moving around from place to place trying hard to retain everything before we had to leave for the weekend to return to life. His band is all from the Chapel Hill North Carolina area, and consisted of Mr. Mark Murphy on drums, Mr. Nathan Golub on pedal steel, Mr. Tim Shearer on guitar and Mr. Mark Connor on the bass.

My good friends, also from Texas and Tennessee ( and everywhere else)  called The Urban Pioneers is as always Miss Liz Sloan, Mr. Jared McGovern and Mr. Scott on the upright bass. Honestly they have self released some truly solid records in the last few years, only one being on a label which was Muddy roots Records.

Their sixth album was the 2019 release called “Come Out Swingin”, and I didn’t get to hear their entire set or any of the songs that were on this album here. I did indeed get to hear a bunch from their first album called “Addicted To the Road”.

This husband and wife duo are one of the many original people from the first Muddy Roots Festival here, back then they were both playing for Mr. Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies. I remember admiring their musical abilities all those years ago, before they joined Mr. Jayke Orvis And The Broken Band to record two more albums.

The Broken Band disbanded soon afterwards, leaving them to release the 2014 iconic Roots music album that I mentioned just before called “Addicted To The Road”. The songs that I did get to hear from them were selected from this album. They aptly opened their set with “Muddy Roots”.

“Autumn Time” is one I really like to hear myself, and in fact I truly wish the damn weather would act like it was autumn time here. It’s October and it’s 100 damn degrees out! “High On A Mountain” is from their 2016 album called “Feast Or Famine”.

The last song they played that I got to hear was called “Please Give Me A Highway”, then I also got to catch some of the band called Gallows Bound. They played the song called “Broken Glass”, which opens with dark and poignant banjo picking. They are six childhood friends from Virginia that were involved in the local punk scene, and used to privately jam Bluegrass and other kinds of music. Miss Jordan has an absolutely BEAUTIFUL voice, and she is an energetic stage presence, in fact this whole band does!

Miss Jordan Joyes on vocals, guitar, Mr. Jesse Markle on vocals, guitar, Mr.Justin Carver – banjo, Mr. Aaron Blow on bass and finally Mr. Rob Shultz back on the drums make up the band. Their stage presence and demeanor is defiantly one that fits with our Muddy roots frame of mind.


They are a very talented outfit that I have had the opportunity to cover a few times. As soon as she sings take your finger off the trigger, the whole tent goes nuts. They have that punkgrass style mixed with rolling drums and fast picking banjo and mandolins.

“Empty Flask Empty Heart” was another great song here along with “Appalachian Witch” which was later on in the set today. “Black Widow Woman” was another great slow starting song that turns out to be a toe tapping rowdy song about running around the hills. She’s gonna kill you folks, this is pure mountain punk folk music folks.

“Guardian” and “Dogs A Howlin” were part of their set tonight as well as the song they closed with called “Del Fuego”, which is about a working man who is ready to party. This song is a complete jam with lines like when we get to where we’re going we’re going down.

Honestly, right now I am writing three different festival articles and this gal….this gal is involved in two of them. I got to hear some NEW SONGS from her at Americanafest during the fourth annual backyard bash for her label Bloodshot Records. Her band is a well oiled machine, and I get excited about every time I get to cover their set at festivals in ANY type of environment. Do I really need to introduce Miss Sarah Shook And The Disarmers?

She had Mr. Eric Peterson on electric guitar leads still and also Mr. Phil Sullivan on that pedal steel, and this time she had a different bass player, and drummer. The 2017 ( and older) album Sidelong boasted her opening song called ‘Heal Me’, as well as her third song called “Fuck Up”.

Photo Courtesy Of  Miss Marla Gibson

“Parting Words” is a hurtful song about breaking up and using condolences to say goodbye. Many of her songs are taken from the darker side of life and love, she is a modern day female version of Hank Williams in many ways. And that’s not a bad thing one bit, I’ll say this about the gals in 2019…they have outdone the guys in my opinion on music. I’m enjoying them at festivals much more than male artists, with this gal at the forefront.

“Road That Leads To You” was next from Sidelong as well as “Nothin Feels Right But Doing Wrong”. I LOVE this thumping beat song filled those pedal steel twangs that push the song along. One more upper in my hand, one more make it a double…one more…every addict can relate to one more.

I really REALLY enjoy studying Mr. Phil here and I like to zero in on him and just watch what he does. I hope I don’t get in his way or crowd his space on stage ever. “Lesson”, was next also “Good As Gold” was in this set. She included the title track “Sidelong” as well as what I think were some new ones.

“Over You” was another good one I love, as well as “Damned If I Do Damned If I Don’t”. I don’t wanna try this again I’m over you…once again this is just a give up song. Sometimes you just cannot keep retrying to have a good romance if it’s “not there” anymore.

“The Bottle Never Let’s Me Down” and another good one that turned me onto her is “Dwight Yoakam”. She closed her set with “New Ways To Fall” from the second album. I wandered off to catch other sets like The Calamity Cubes!

This was the initial band ever booked by Mr. Jason to play the inaugural Muddy Roots, and they started around 2007. They are Mr. Brooke Blanche, Mr. Joey Henry and Mr. Kody Oh. They were joined by many other musicians today that have played Muddy Roots in so many other years like Miss Liz Sloan.  I got to hear them play “Delia Rose” before I went onto other things for the day.

I did get to hear The Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band play “Clap Your Hands”. We did have to leave early on Sunday for rest and getting back to daily order for us. I still had a wonderful time out at the Junebug Ranch and once again my thanks to Mr. Herbert And Miss Amber Lee Clark for hosting us.

All of the wonderful food at Scooters bar and the gorgeous property that this festival is held on is someones property and I want ALL OF YOU to PLEASE remember to respect that. Leave the wildlife alone and respect the bathrooms and the firewood.


Album Feature – Dallas Moore – Tryin’ To Be A Blessing

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Oct 042019

By Joshua Wallace

Dallas Moore is back with his newest studio album Tryin’ To Be A Blessing.  This album is a follow up to 2018’s Mr. Honky Tonk. Country music has always had a Saturday night and Sunday morning kind of feel to it.  This record is the Sunday morning vibe compared to Mr. Honky Tonk’s Saturday nights. Here we find a much more sober and mellow Dallas Moore. I really dig the juxtaposition between this album and his last.

“Mama & Daddy” kicks off the album with Dallas paying tribute to his parents on a great honky tonk track.  I especially love the honky tonk piano on this one. It’s a great track that will be a fan favorite live. Dallas slows things down a bit with “Everything But You”.  This track finds Dallas longing for the one thing he’s missing. It’s a well written love song that has some great pedal steel work throughout.

The title track sees Dallas looking inward and trying to be a blessing through life, love and religion.  There is some nice harmonica work on this one that changes the sound from the previous tracks. This track certainly represents the Sunday mornings and does it well.  Another favorite track is “You Saved Me From Me”. This is another track that continues the religious themes from earlier. Dallas finds an angel that saves him from his darkest times.  It’s a really great track that combines the themes of love and religion that run through this album together.

There are also two great covers to end the album.  “Lovin’ On Back Streets” is a song first released by Mel Street in 1972 and covered by Daryl Singletary more recently.  The other is “Lodi” which is Creedence Clearwater Revival from their third album Green River. Both of these covers are great pieces to end the album with 

You can always count on Dallas Moore for a great album of country music and this one doesn’t disappoint.  This was his second album produced by Dean Miller and between this and Mr. Honky Tonk, I think Dallas has found his sound.  I highly recommend this record and it is out everywhere as of October 4th, 2019. Dallas Moore is always on the road touring and you can find out where on his website.

Favorite Tracks : Mama & Daddy, Everything But You, Tryin’ To Be A Blessing, You Saved Me From Me, Lovin’ on Back Streets, Lodi

Dallas Moore – Tryin’ To Be A Blessing

  1. Mama & Daddy
  2. Della and The Dealer
  3. Everything but You
  4. Tryin’ To Be A Blessing
  5. I Love You Woman
  6. You Saved Me From Me
  7. All I Need
  8. Lovin’ on Back Streets
  9. Lodi

Miranda Lambert: What I Know About Wildcard.

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Sep 272019

2019 is shaping up to be one hell of a HOT year for many Country artists making not so Country albums. That’s ok with me because I feature MORE than just Country. I didn’t care for her first few albums, but I’ll tell you what I know about this new one.

“Mess With My Head” was written by Mr. Luke Dick and Miss Natalie Hemby of the new super group the Highwomen, which right now I am absolutely enjoying every aspect of. That album will be on my top ten right off the bat. She also wrote another song on the album called “Bluebird” with those two writers, and that song is more mid tempo.

Back to the subject of the Highwomen as I talk about her co write with Miss Maren Morris on the duet called “Way Too Pretty For Prison”, to be honest I’m not in any way a fan of Maren Morris solo music. In my opinion it’s terrible, but I wouldn’t hold it against anybody for liking it…that’s not what MY website is about. Find what you love and support it, finance it and attend shows…PLEASE.

I’m kind of thinking here that the Pistol Annies and Highwomen are inevitably going to be compare to each other in sort of a competition with other websites. I mean, let’s dwell on this here both bands have some TERRIFIC harmonies and possess members of impeccable songwriting abilities.

I was equally enthusiastic about the fact that she is bringing Mr. Cody Johnson with her on her arena tours, which will be bringing him into a bigger audience. I have a lot of respect for the bigger acts that help the smaller acts I love grow exponentially.

Miranda Lambert, Wildcard Track Listing:

1. “White Trash”
2. “Mess With My Head”
3. “It All Comes Out in the Wash”
4. “Settling Down”
5. “Holy Water”
6. “Way Too Pretty for Prison”
7. “Locomotive”
8. “Bluebird
9. “How Dare You Love”
10. “Fire Escape”
11. “Pretty Bitchin'”
12. “Tequila Does”
13. “Track Record”
14. “Dark Bars”

Read More: Everything We Know About Miranda Lambert’s New Album, ‘Wildcard’ |

Fooled Around and Fell in Love single artwork


The girls on my fall Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour can sing their asses off. There’s something crazy about seeing these artists with a new fire in their eyes. It reignites your own flame. I’m so excited to watch them every night on tour. Can’t wait to see y’all on the road!


Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Pistol Annies, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack. Lineup varies by show.

The Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour Kicks off TONIGHT! Don’t miss your chance to see Miranda perform “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” + new songs off of Wildcard + your favorite of her hits this fall.

SEP 13 Uncasville, CT
SEP 14 Uncasville, CT
SEP 19 Grand Rapids, MI
SEP 20 Toledo, OH
SEP 21 Highland Heights, KY
SEP 26 Baltimore, MD
SEP 27 Charleston, WV
SEP 28 Columbus, OH
OCT 3 Lafayette, LA
OCT 4 New Orleans, LA
OCT 5 Bossier City, LA
OCT 10 Champaign, IL
OCT 11 Lincoln, NE
OCT 12 Sioux Falls, SD
OCT 17 Fargo, ND
OCT 18 Milwaukee, WI
OCT 19 Saint Paul, MN
OCT 24 Moline, IL
OCT 25 Springfield, MO
OCT 26 Wichita, KS
NOV 7 Charlottesville, VA
NOV 8 Columbia, SC
NOV 9 Orlando, FL
NOV 21 Jacksonville, FL
NOV 22 Duluth, GA
NOV 23 Greensboro, NC



Pretty Bitchin' single artwork


Pretty Bitchin’ is so much fun. Everything in it explains me… it talks about airstreams, Titos, having a band and awesome fans. It’s a good thank you to life for being amazing and for getting to live this dream. It’s definitely pretty bitchin’.


“When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them. I feel you, because I’m just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that go on in my world, and the people around me’s worlds. I want people to get along. Just be who you are, own it and move on from the moments you couldn’t live in.”

Pistol Annies performing

The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour is almost here!!! Miranda’s performing new music and bringing along her band the Pistol Annies! Don’t miss your chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime show.



Tequila Does image


“Tequila Does is country. And country music makes me happy. No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a country song with a steel guitar, it makes my soul feel like it’s on fire.” — Miranda


Full List Of Local Tennessee And Kentucky Shows.

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Sep 252019

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.

Mr. Joshua, Mr. Luther and I cover hundreds of shows a year, and many festivals in person. Online, we cover 200 festivals yearly and bring a LOT of news to the masses. Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue and local music.

Joecephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Exit In October 20th

Southern Culture On The Skids
The Southgate House Revival October 22nd

Clint Black
Music City Walk of Fame Park October 22nd

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 October 23rd

Kacey Musgraves
Bridgestone Arena October 25th

Great Peacock
Basement October 25th

James Hunnicutt
little Harpeth Brewing October 30th

Elizabeth Cook
Will Hoge
The Southgate House Revival October 31st

Royal Hounds
Robert’s Western World October 31st

Ward Davis
Warehouse Mt. Victor October 31st

Ian Noe
The Southgate House Revival November 1st

Chris Gantry
Grimey’s record Shop November 1st

Kelsey Waldon
Station Inn November 1st

Ian Noe
Sierra Ferrell
Southgate House Revival November 1st

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

Josh Abbott Band
William Clark Green
Marathon Music Works November 3rd

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Hayes Carll
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Shovels And Rope
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Shooter Jennings
Lafayette’s Music Room November 6th

Shooter jennings
The Burl November 7th

Josh Abbott
Cannery Ballroom November 7th

Raelyn Nelson Band
3rd And Lindsley November 7th

The Rhythm Shakers
Nashville Palace November 8th

Justin Wells
Jeff Shepherd
The Basement November 8th

Randy Rogers Band
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky November 8th

Ryan Bingham
Tennessee Theater November 8th

Ryan Bingham
The Walker Theater Chattanooga Tennessee November 9th

Southern Culture On The Skids
High Watt November 9th

Blasam Range
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 9th

Shooter Jennings
Capone’s November 9th

Shooter Jennings
Songbird’s November 10th

Ryan Bingham
The Ryman Auditorium November 11th

The Royal Hounds
Alley Taps November 15th

The Charlie Daniels Band
Bridgestone Arena November 20th

Del McCoury Band
The Caverns November 23rd

The Grascals
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 23rd

EmmyLou Harris
Margo Price
Bridgestone Arena November 23rd

The Milk Carton Kids
Basement East November 24th

Clay Walker
Wildhorse Saloon November 26th

Alex Williams
3rd And Lindsley November 27th

Left Lane Cruiser
The Dive November 29th

Sean McConnell
Marathon Music Works November 29th

Po Ramblin Boys
Bluegrass hall of Fame Owensboro Ky November 30th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
J.D. Wilkes
Southgate house Revival November 30th

Town Mountain
Station Inn December 4th and 5th

Josh Abott
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky December 5th

Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue
Chuck Mead
Jim Lauderdale
Jim Ringenberg
The Caverns December 7th

Reverend Horton Heat
Cannery Ballroom December 18th

The PO Rambling Boys
The Station Inn December 6th

Ward Davis
Josh Morningstar
Songbird’s December 13th

Minglewood Hall December 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Chris Knight Album Release
Southgate House revival December 21st

Jd McPherson
Basement East December 22nd

Mac MacAnally
City Winery December 28th

Po Rambllin’ Boys
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 30th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Russell moore and IIIrd Tyme Out
Shepherdsville Ky January 10th

Unknown Hinson
exit In January 10th

Tanya Tucker
Ryman Auditorium January 12th

Brandi Carlile
January 14,15th and 16th 2020
Ryman Auditorium

Drew Holcomb
Tivoli Theater Chattanooga Tn February 12th

Tyler Childers
Ryman Auditorium February 5th 6th 15th and 16th

Miranda Lambert
Cody Johnson Band
Bridgestone Arena January 24th

Ashley McBryde
Luke Combs
Rupp Arena February 14th

Charlie Daniels
Bridgestone Arena July 17th

Album Feature – Billy Strings – Home

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Sep 232019

By Joshua Wallace

Billy Strings is about to explode.  He’s already had an amazing 2019 selling out shows on his tour supporting this album and some amazing festival runs.  His music transcends bluegrass while keeping true to the roots of the genre. He is one of the best guitar pickers alive today and he’s got an amazing band that can keep up with him.  Home is his second studio album and it takes things to another level. There is more great songwriting, more longer jams that you can’t wait to hear live versions of and more lightning fast guitar picking.  This album certainly lives up to the hype.

The album kicks off with “Taking Water” which is one of the more traditional bluegrass tracks on the whole record.  I love the opening of the track with the use of John Mailander’s fiddle to create seagull sounds to help create the setting of the song.  I also dig the track “Running”. This one features some lightning fast picking and while it airs on the more traditional side, it sets the stage for things to come.  “Everything’s The Same” is another track in the same vein as “Running”. Super fast guitar licks here and I love the lyrics here about no matter where you go or what you do, everything’s the same.

There are two longer jam tracks on this album, the first of which is “Away From The Mire”.  The song starts off slow, but picks up pace after the first chorus and doesn’t let go. After the third chorus, the band goes into psychedelic overdrive with a solo that will knock you back a few feet.  When it is all said and done, it ties everything back together and refrains the first verse and chorus. It’s already a major hit live and I personally can’t wait to hear it myself. The second of the two longer jams is the title track “Home”.  This starts off with a very structured melody and some orchestral pieces sparsely sprinkled throughout. Like “Away From The Mire”, this track builds epicly to an amazing finale that is in my opinion, the best thing Billy Strings has put to record in this vein.  It keeps the orchestral element building while he incorporates electric guitar and a sound that is almost Santana inspired during the long solo. It’s really awesome and I cannot wait to hear this performed live.

Another favorite track is “Highway Hypnosis”.  It’s a hard driving bluegrass song about being on the road.  I love the mandolin solo from Jarrod Walker before the song breaks out into a psychedelic sound effect overload for a while before going back to the main tune.  It’s a great use of the trippy elements Billy has been incorporating on an otherwise traditional bluegrass tune.

The final two tracks on the album deliver something a bit different.  “Guitar Peace” is just over four minutes long and it’s a solo piece from Billy on his guitar.  It starts out slow, but builds and some psychedelic effects are thrown in as the pace picks up pace more and more.  It’s a great bit of very technical playing from Billy and I can’t wait to hear what he does with it in a live setting with improv.  Finally, the album closes with the most traditional tune on the record, a bluegrass gospel number called “Freedom”. It’s complete with harmonies from the entire band and ties the record back to it’s bluegrass roots.  Billy certainly isn’t a bluegrass traditionalist by any means, but he never forgets the sound that brought him to this point on this record.

With the release of Home, Billy Strings is set for bigger things.  He is already on tour supporting this record and many shows are sold out if not near selling out.  If that’s not a sign of the start of something huge, I don’t know what is. He’s making music that transcends bluegrass and he’s drawing crowds bigger than most modern bluegrass acts I have seen.  You can stay up to date on everything Billy Strings and pre-order this record at the band’s website.  Home comes out everywhere Friday September 27th.  

Favorite Tracks : Taking Water, Away From The Mire, Home, Highway Hypnosis, Love Like Me, Everything’s The Same, Guitar Peace, Freedom

Billy Strings – Home (2019)

  1. Taking Water
  2. Must Be Seven
  3. Running
  4. Away From The Mire
  5. Home
  6. Watch It Fall
  7. Long Forgotten Dream
  8. Highway Hypnosis
  9. Enough To Leave
  10. Hollow Heart
  11. Love Like Me
  12. Everything’s The Same
  13. Guitar Peace
  14. Freedom

Album Feature – Riley Green – Different ‘Round Here

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Sep 202019

By Joshua Wallace

The 90’s country throwback trend is in full swing and Riley Green’s debut full length release titled Different ‘Round Here will take you back for sure.  There is some good stuff here and if country radio sounded more like this overall, I might find myself tuning back in every now and then. Let’s take a deeper dive into this one and preview a few tracks.

The album kicks off with “There Was This Girl” which is pure 90’s throwback with the twangy guitars and fist pumping beat.  This one is pure rockin’ country made for your next backyard BBQ. I also dig “Same Old Song” which is about staying the same staying true even if you’re rich.  It’s a familiar theme, but with some good songwriting that makes it fresh. Speaking of good songwriting, look no further than “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”. I love the shoutout to Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” in the lyrics.

“Bettin’ Man” is a tune that starts off with some chugging guitars and a slow backbeat before turning up the twang on a song that is a clever break-up tune. I dig this one and it’s a song that would be a #1 hit in the 90’s.  Finally, another song that would be a hit in the 90’s is “Get That Man A Beer”. It’s another clever break-up song where Riley wants to get the man who stole his girl a beer because he did him a favor. It’s another great piece of songwriting on this album full of potential hits.

Riley Green’s Different ‘Round Here is another in a long line of great debut country albums that have come out in 2019.  He has released a steady stream of EPs and singles for a few years now, and some of these tracks were on those releases, but this album works as a whole much better.  Riley Green is currently on the Get That Man A Beer Tour and dates can be found at his website.  Different ‘Round Here is streaming everywhere as of Friday September 20th, 2019.      

Favorite Tracks : There Was This Girl, Same Old Song, I Wish Grandpas Never Died, Bettin’ Man, Get That Man A Beer, Outlaws Like Us

Riley Green – Different ‘Round Here (2019)

  1. There Was This Girl
  2. Different ‘Round Here
  3. Same Old Song
  4. In A Truck Right Now
  5. Hard To Leave
  6. I Wish Grandpas Never Died
  7. Bettin’ Man
  8. Numbers On The Cars
  9. My First Everything
  10. In Love By Now
  11. Get That Man A Beer
  12. Break Up More Often
  13. Runnin’ With An Angel
  14. Outlaws Like Us

What’s Dwight Yoakam Up To?

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Sep 192019

Mr. Dwight Yoakam is well on his way to becoming a Country Music Legend if he isn’t already there now. However this year and next year he will become something else, a teacher. He has always been an integral part of what is left of the Bakersfield Sound, that famed West Coast version of Country Music that still exists today in sporadic bands across the California and Arizona local scene.

I have been a HUGE FAN of Mr. Dwight Yoakam now since I was kid growing up in the 80’s, with my favorite album being “If There Was A Way”. In my opinion that album is stuffed full of obscure B side songs that if you REALLY LISTEN make that album an iconic one.

This man took it upon himself to bring Country Legend  Mr. Buck Owens back into the limelight by recording his own version of the Homer Joy classic “Streets Of Bakersfield”, and included him on the video and song, thus bringing him back out into a whole new audience of fans.

This residency brings eager fans closer to the famed style of music that is relentlessly studied by many, and snubbed by others, in many ways. What I find completely extraordinary about this project is how thorough and in depth it is, for being so quickly drafted into form. Here is how YOU can take part in the performance if you live in the area, or choose to travel there.

Dwight Yoakam Tour Admat


Dwight Yoakam has sold 25 million albums worldwide, and now this GRAMMY-winning entertainment icon will make his Wynn Las Vegas debut with a six-night residency, An Evening with Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat, at the Encore Theater. Guests can expect to take a journey with songs, sights, and stories through California country music’s dramatic arrival and lasting impact on American pop music cultureWednesday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 14.

Beginning with the Dust Bowl Era, Yoakam will take the audience on a musical excursion exploring the history of the sounds associated with Bakersfield, Calif. through songs and storytelling in this exclusive residency. Yoakam will perform a variety of the music that influenced and created the “Bakersfield” and “California Country-Rock” genres of country music from their early beginnings to their commercial zenith, in addition to his own original music that was shaped and influenced by this legacy. The unique showcase will reflect the concepts that created his self-curated SiriusXM channel, Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat. These and other influences have inspired Yoakam throughout his career, highlighted by 12 gold albums, nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, and nearly 40 singles on the Billboard charts. And now Yoakam brings his dual mastery of songwriting and storytelling to the Encore Theater, weaving a musical journey audiences are sure to remember.

Buy tickets online or call show reservations at (702) 770-9966.

Dinner & Show Pairings

Before or after the show, combine your ticket to Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat with a specially designed menu at one of four award-winning restaurants at Wynn and Encore.

Performance starts at 8 p.m.

Show Dates:

Dec. 4, 6-7, 10, 12, 14 & Mar. 4, 6-7

News On Scott H. Biram.

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Sep 182019

One of my personal favorite one man bands is defiantly Mr. Scott H Biram AKA The Dirty Ol One Man Band. He’s been blazing local music trails doing his thing for MANY years. I have not had the chance to cover him in 2019 sadly, however I caught up with his people and they sent me some information to bring you up to date on what he is up to.

I’ve got some exciting dates coming up and some exciting news about some new and upcoming releases!

We released the Scott H. Biram/Jesse Dayton 7” last month on Bloodshot Records. If you want to hear some cuts of me playing with a full band, pick one up at or!

Biram Dayton

OUT NOW! Scott H. Biram & Jesse Dayton “Monkey David Wine/Single Again” limited edition 7″ single!

Two Texas Guitar Outcasts on one killer 7” single!

Limited to 500 copies. Includes digital download.

Ground Zero outlaw David Allan Coe’s “Monkey David Wine” gets a sinister gut bucket blues duet treatment. It lands about 11 feet away from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins on a ten foot chain. Pass the bottle, friends.

Side B is Gary Stewart’s “Single Again.” The cool-as-can-be song is a shaggy-haired, floppy-hatted prime taste of 70’s rebel country. Pass the weed, brother

Also Bloodshot will be releasing a special compilation of select Rev. Scott H. Biram Gospel recordings on 12” vinyl later this year, including some previously unreleased material! Keep an eye out for that!

I’m also just finishing up the final tracks of my next full-length album which should be released in early 2020! Thankfully, I’ve already got songs lining up for the one after that too!! At home in Hiram’s Hell Hole….I’m just finishing up some tracks for my next full length album. It should be out early next year! I’m pretty stoked about this one! It’s a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and a little bit of “file under other.”


October, we’re bringing our Scott H. Biram/Goddamn Gallows/Urban Pioneers Tour out west!..and in November I’m back for more Free & Early Shows at C-Boys Heart & Soul on Thursdays in Austin, TX!!

We had so much fun with our buddies The Goddamn Gallows last April, that we’re bustin’ this thing out again on The West Coast in September and October! Y’all get ready for a real good time! Just like the carnival we provided for the eastern half of the US back in April, each band will be doing their own full length sets. Most nights we all end up on stage together for a few songs, and it’s a total blast!


I just got back from a long tour in Europe. It was great! Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thanks to the thousands of people who stood up and rocked for my set at Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival. Everybody was sitting all day. When I started my first song, a few thousand people stood up, came to the stage and started rocking! What a trip at the brain! That’s twice this has happened at this festival. I’ll be back for sure! Now I’m bringing it back to the States! Check out the dates!!

Lastly, toward the end of the year, I’ll be doing some dates with The Dead South in November/December.

Please keep an eye on for tour updates.


We’re heading west with our friends, The Goddamn Gallows and Scott H. Biram!! Full list of dates at
Sept 18 Paper Tiger San Antonio, TX
Sept 19 House of Blues Houston, TX
Sep 20 Kick Butt Café Austin, TX
Sept 21 Lola’s Trailer Park Fort Worth, TX
Sept 23 Hoots Pub Amarillo, TX
Sept 24 Tumbleroot Brewery SantaFe, NM
Sept 26 The Rock Tucson, AZ
Sept 27 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
Sept 28 The Merrow San m Diego, CA
Sept 29 TheDive Bar Las Vegas, NV
Oct 1 The Slidebar Fullerton, CA
Oct 2 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA
Oct 3 Fulton 55 Fresno, CA
Oct 4 The Ritz San Jose, CA
Oct 5 Louie’s Rancho Cordova, CA
Oct 6 Milk Bar San Francisco, CA
Oct 9 Johnny B’s Medford, OR
Oct 11 Bossanova Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Oct 13 The Pin Spokane, WA
Oct 15 Remington Bar Whitefish, MT
Oct 16 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT
Oct 17 Soundwell SLC Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 18 Mesa Theater Grand Junction, CO
Oct 19 Hall on Ash Casper, WY
Oct 20 The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Oct 22 Duffy’s Tavern Lincoln, NE
Oct 23 Spicoli’s Reverb Waterloo, IA
Oct 24 Lefty’s Live Music Des Moines, IA
Oct 25 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Oct 26 Barleycorn’s Wichita, KS (No Urban Pioneers)

Album Feature – Vincent Neil Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women

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Sep 172019

By Joshua Wallace

If you want an album that is 100% Grade A certified classic country in 2019, look no further than Vincent Neil Emerson’s debut record called Fried Chicken & Evil Women.  This record hits all the notes of what you would want in a classic country album. Smooth country crooning, nice pedal steel, honky tonk piano, it’s all there. This 27 year old from East Texas has put together the complete package.  There isn’t a bad track on this record. Let’s take a dive into it.

The first highlight here is a great piece of song writing called “Willie Nelson’s Wall”.  It starts out with an amazing pedal steel riff and I love the opening line “I’m as high as a fly on Willie Nelson’s wall”.  It’s a great upbeat song about being high. Another highlight is the title track “Fried Chicken & Evil Women”. The pedal steel and honky tonk guitar are thick on this track, as it is on most of this album.

“Dade County Jail” starts off with some piano chords that will make you think you’re back in church.  But in reality, the song is a slow blues track about waking up in jail. I love the acoustic guitar solo on this one.  Some really good songwriting here. Finally, “Highway Shine” kicks off with some simple acoustic picking and great crooning from Vincent till the full band kicks in.  It’s a smooth track about wanderlust that closes out the album. There’s some more great solo work on this track and I love the shout out to Billy Joe Shaver.

Vincent Neil Emerson has released an impressive debut album with Fried Chicken & Evil Women.  In fact, this is one of the most country albums you will find in 2019. The playing and songwriting are top notch throughout and I cannot wait to see where this takes Vincent.  I hope to be able to see him live one day. Fried Chicken & Evil Women is available everywhere you can find good country music as of Friday September 13th, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Willie Nelson’s Wall, Fried Chicken & Women, Dade County Jail, Highway Shine

Vincent Neil Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women (2019)

  1. 25 & Wastin’ Time
  2. Willie Nelson’s Wall
  3. Fried Chicken & Evil Women
  4. The Bad Side Of Luck
  5. Cactus Blossom Special
  6. 7 Come 11
  7. Devil In My Bed
  8. Letters On The Marquee
  9. Dade County Jail
  10.  Highway Shine

Album Feature – Ottoman Turks – Ottoman Turks

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Sep 132019

By Joshua Wallace

I first heard about this band through Joshua Ray Walker whose Wish You Were Here record is still in my heavy rotation after reviewing it back in January.  He is actually the lead guitarist of this country and rock n roll outfit called Ottoman Turks. The rest of this Dallas, TX band is rounded out by Nathan Wells on rhythm guitar and vocals, Paul Hinojo on drums and Billy Law on bass and vocals.  This is one record you’re going to want to go out of your way to check out, here is why.

The album kicks off with a mid tempo number called “Apathy”.  It features Joshua Ray Walker’s slide guitar through the track and it’s a funky mid tempo that is a mix of the fuzzy rock and country music you can expect from the rest of the album.  The next two tracks dig into the yin and yang of this album. “Snake Song” is a fuzzy punk influenced rocker. I really dig Joshua Ray Walker’s solo work on this one and the smooth bass groove that the track strips down to for the last verse.  On the other hand, “Glass Bottles” is a classic country drinking anthem. From it’s sing-along chorus to the twangy guitar work on this track. I dig it.

The track “Red” is a slow almost heavy blues number with growly vocals from Nathan Wells.  As the track kicks into full gear, it morphs into a stoner rock sound that just gets faster and heavier as it goes.  This is one of the heavier tracks on the album. “Beer & Women” brings back some country vibes to the proceedings while still keeping the twangy guitars distorted.  It mixes the two sides of this band quite well in a track that maybe somewhat still leans to country.

This band does a great job of blending their heavy rock influences and their country influences into one cohesive sound.  I can only imagine how crazy the energy at a live show gets and hope to see them live at some point in the future. If you want to check this album out, it is available everywhere you can stream music as of August 23rd, 2019 and I’m sure the band still has some physical copies at live shows.

Favorite Tracks : Apathy, Snake Song, Glass Bottles, Red, Beer & Women, Hands Tied, Mas Amigos

Ottoman Turks – Ottoman Turks (2019)

  1. Apathy
  2. Snake Song
  3. Glass Bottles
  4. My Dog
  5. Red
  6. I Find Myself More Lonesome Every Day
  7. O C P
  8. Can’t Promise Nothin’
  9. Beer & Women
  10. Hands Tied
  11. You’re Only Pretty When You’re Sad
  12. Mas Amigos

Tyler Gummersall To Host New Podcast.

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Sep 122019

I featured this young man several years ago, and he impressed me back then. He has some powerhouse people working on his albums all of the time, and whenever he comes around to my area here I’m always sure to stop and see him do his thing.

Recently he got into podcasting and he has some of my own heroes on this program, I’ll be delving into this podcast VERY soon and include it into my own podcast rotation for personal studies. You can listen, stream and share them on THIS LINK.

It has been a very busy year playing out all over Texas and Colorado. And I am also hosting a new podcast in which I interview musicians! We’ll be building a great audience thanks to shares on YouTube and on Cowboys & Indians Magazine’s website, Blog and Facebook.

I’ve been having an awesome time creating some fine podcasts and videos with such greats as Charlie Daniels, Randy Rogers, Jim Lauderdale, Hayes Carll, Hall of Fame writers David Lee & Josh Grider, and Riders In The Sky.

It was such an honor to do an episode on legendary multi-Grammy winning Country Western Band “Riders In The Sky” . The interview was recorded on the grounds of the majestic Bar DChuckwagon Ranch in SW Colorado. Many have aptly called the band a “National Treasure”.

Ty, Ranger Doug & Too Slim

Bar D Wrangler Gary Cook, Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Jeff Taylor and Woody Paul

I really enjoyed singing a song with my mentor, Bar D Wrangler and National Guitar Champ Gary Cook, Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Wrangler John Moore, & hiding behind the CDs is Woody on great Fiddle.

Look for Ranger Doug as a featured speaker in the upcoming Ken Burns Documentary “Country Music”. The band is an amazing group of fine musicians and fine folks. It is such a great opportunity for Ty to get to meet so many very special folks that are keeping the fine Western Traditions alive.

Watch for the podcast to be released later this month on Cowboys & Indians (it will also be available on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform). And let me know who you’d like to hear from in a future episode!
Our mailing address is:
Tyller Music
P.O. Box 1663
Bayfield, CO 81122


We are so proud and enthused about Cowboys & Indians magazine sharing the “RELEASE” of Ty’s “Tales From The Trail” interview series. You can now watch and listen to Season 1 of these Videos and Podcasts.

Please scroll down & down…

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Season 1 of Tales From The Trail:
EPISODE 1 with guests DAVID LEE and JOSH GRIDER: Click to watchEPISODE 2 with guest CHARLIE DANIELS: Click to watchEPISODE 3 with guest KIN FAUX: Click to watchEPISODE 4 with guest JIM LAUDERDALE: Click to watch

EPISODE 5 with guest HAYES CARLL: Click to watch

EPISODE 6 with guest RANDY ROGERS: Click to watch

EPISODE 7 with guest NICK FORSTER: Click to watch

EPISODE 8 with guest RIDERS IN THE SKY: Click to watch

The Muddy Roots Whiskey Train Rolls Out This Saturday.

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Sep 122019

It’s NO secret to any of my readers I am VERY CLOSE to the people that operate Muddy Roots. I mean if you ask me from the heart what Muddy roots REALLY MEANS to me well, I’ll tell you and I’m going to repeat this in my other article for Muddy Roots main festival coming soon.

I have been a member of the Muddy family for ten years now, hell, they been better to me than my OWN family. having been adopted and never really meeting own mother, I can easily say that. In that decade of festivals Mr. Jason has derocinated so many bands from the Roots Music genre, and brought them into a larger audience and THAT IS WHY I LOVE HIM from a professional level.

I mean HOW MANY BANDS have I featured on here because of people like him and his crew of people? TONS! Many of the bands I already knew about and some he taught me about, because I cared enough to open my mind up and find them for myself.  I have met countless friends for life out there in that field, been to weddings and witnessed babies being born…breakups and relationships within the community…I got to see them all.

I get hugged more during Muddy Roots than anytime of the year. Recently Mr. jason started the vintage wine tasting train ride through Tennessee This Americana Roots, Whiskey & Wine Train is Saturday. 11am-5pm. Tons of bands like John r Miller, as Thompson, farmer and Adele, Todd day wait, Tim Bolo

Tastings include Bib & Tucker Bourbon, Tennessee Legend Distillery, Little Harpeth Brewery, and Beechaven Winery. All Tennessee brands.

Tim Bolo
Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen
Allen Thompson
John R. Miller And The Engine Lights
The Farmer And Adelle

Enjoy the taste of Tennessee Whiskey and Wine aboard a vintage train excursion to the Carthage Junction and back. Approximately 6 hours of local drinks, boxed lunch, and live bands. Must be 21+ to ride. Open seating upon arrival. Guests may move about train.

Arrive at Tennessee Central Railway Museum 220 Willow St. Nashville TN. 37210

Boarding: 10:30 am

Departure: 11:00 am sharp

Return: 5:00 pm

Get hard copy tickets to ALL Muddy Roots events here

New Whiskey Myers Videos And Songs From Forthcoming Album.

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Sep 112019

I am absolutely AMAZED by Whiskey Myers stage shows, and trust me I have been around them many times. My last encounter with them was this past summer during Tumbleweed in Kansas City, where they played a few songs from their forthcoming self titled fifth album to be out September 27th.

The first single they released was called “Die Rockin” and was exclusively released by Rolling Stone:

“I wrote Die Rockin’ with the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard [writer of the beer-stained classic Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother], and it really sums up this rock ‘n’ roll life of ours,” says frontman Cody Cannon “We’re consumed by music and are such fans of the legends that came before us.

“We’re out there on the road and in the studio trying to pay homage to those greats that have inspired this generation while we strive to create some magic of our own.”

Now, the reason it’s self titled is because this album is totally produced by the band themselves and the band wrote and co wrote every song on this album overall. I’m listening now on Spotify to “Houston County Sky”, which is adorned with a sweet sounding steel guitar and has a nice Red Dirt flavor to it. I’m VERY hopeful for this album overall, and I’m sure Mr. Joshua already has it for review.

This new album includes other co writers than Mr. Ray Wylie Hubbard including Mr. Brent Cobb on “Running”, Mr. Adam Hood on the song “Rolling Stone” and Tn Jet on the song “Bury My Bones”.  It’s really crazy how many of these bands are collaborating on each other’s albums just like many of our favorite Country Music Legends did years ago.

Whiskey Myers will have a cameo on the new Paramount Network TV series “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner. The bands music will be featured in 4 episodes of the series first season. The Paramount Network will also do an exclusive recap video using the Whiskey Myers song “Stone.” The recap will air on VH1’s top 20 countdown.

Whiskey Myers Track Listing
Die Rockin’
Mona Lisa
Rolling Stone
Bury My Bones
Glitter Ain’t Gold
Houston County Sky
Little More Money
California to Caroline
Kentucky Gold
Bad Weather

JJ’s Beer Garden & Brewing Co.
w/ Tennessee Jet
Thursday, 8:00PM

Fayetteville, AR

Minglewood Hall
w/ Tennessee Jet
Friday, 7:00PM

Memphis, TN

Shady/Lazy Gators
w/ Tennessee Jet
Saturday, 7:00PM

Lake Ozark, MO

JAB Fest
Saturday, 12:00PM

Lubbock, TX

Bourbon and Beyond
Sunday, 7:00PM

Louisville, KY

South Side Ballroom
w/ Read Southall Band
Friday, 7:00PM

Dallas, TX

North Lake Park
w/ The Charlie Daniels Band, William Clark Green
Saturday, 3:30PM

Garnett, KS

w/ Tennessee Jet
Friday, 6:00PM

Fort Smith, AR

The Revelry of Ruston
Friday, 7:00PM

Ruston, LA

Cuero Turkeyfest
Saturday, 11:00PM

Cuero, TX

La Hacienda Event Center
Friday, 7:30PM

Midland, TX

John T. Floore’s Country Store
w/ The Dirty River Boys, Grant Gilbert
Saturday, 7:00PM

Helotes, TX

The Bourbon Theatre
Thursday, 7:00PM

Lincoln, NE

Gillioz Theatre
Friday, 8:00PM

Springfield, MO

Arvest Bank Theatre At the Midland
w/ Tennessee Jet
Saturday, 8:00PM

Kansas City, MO

The District
Thursday, 8:00PM

Sioux Falls, SD

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Friday, 8:00PM

Rapid City, SD

The Cowboy Saloon & Dance Hall
Saturday, 9:00PM

Laramie, WY

Wilma Theater
w/ Rob Leines
Tuesday, 8:00PM

Missoula, MT

Pub Station
w/ Rob Leines
Wednesday, 8:00PM

Billings, MT

Sanctuary Events Center
w/ Rob Leines
Friday, 8:00PM

Fargo, ND

Myth Live
w/ Rob Leines
Saturday, 8:00PM

Saint Paul, MN

Express Live!
Thursday, 7:00PM

Columbus, OH

The Orange Peel
w/ Rob Leines
Saturday, 8:00PM

Asheville, NC

Sold Out
The Orange Peel
w/ Rob Leines
Sunday, 8:00PM

Asheville, NC

Riverwind Casino
Friday, 8:00PM

Norman, OK


Tennessee Jet And The Steel Woods In The Caverns.

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Sep 112019

Down in the ground, where they film the popular show Bluegrass Underground I recently ventured out to Pelham Tennessee to see these two play this venue for the very first time ever. I have always wanted to get down to this venue to see music, and I have just never had the time or the means to get down there. I’ll be making some new articles about this venue in the next few weeks for the upcoming season of the show.

Before I elaborate on the bands, and what was played, I wanted to talk about the ambiance and initial vibe of this place. They take you on a bus trip down this steep hill deep in the woods. You check into the bag check area and then you get to walk down into the cave area, where the merchandise and beer is sold.

The acoustics and the sounds down here are second to none. I mean, folks it is truly something you need to experience for yourself one Time. This place is deep deep in the middle of nowhere and very secluded for such a popular concert hall. They have it a nice cool 60 degrees and when I went it was hot and muggy all day, you can feel the difference in temperature as you defend into the main area.

This is one of the most vivid and surreal experiences you’ll ever see next to Red Rocks, because it is outdoor and indoor both at one time. The only complaint I have was the talking, during the first half of the opening act there were many that just wouldn’t shut up the damn talking so we could hear. In fact, the first act declared during the first song I recognized that it was a song for veterans and to please be more quiet. I realize that no matter what people are NOT going SHUT IT during concerts, the only thing is….YOU’RE IN A CAVE AND IT IS LOUD.

Tennessee Jet was first tonight, and he played some new songs with just his acoustic guitar and a steel player for the first half of his set. accompanied by the overall vibe of the caverns this portion of his set was my favorite. The ONLY drawback was my previously mentioned complaint…that damn talking. It was ridiculous and shameful the way many of these groups of people acted like they were in a restaurant or place where conversation is to be expected.

At the juncture where he played his newly released single called “Never Forget” which addresses veterans and their PTSD and other conditions, he stated out loud that if there was ANY SONG he played where he could have total silence it needed to be this one.

And justifiably so, because this song is very important especially as I write this article on 9-11. When he announces new plans for future recordings you can damn sure bet I’ll be around to report on them. He has a very unique ability to deracinate his sound form so many other influences and genres, that he has culminated his own style that defies all other genres.

He played the song “Lifers” that he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks, and was on his latest album, however in the VERY near future Mr. Cody Jinks will be relasing TWO NEW ALBUMS before the year is over with. Before he switched over to his electric guitar and one arm drum technique that he does, this was his last more country sounding song.

He reverted back to his more familiar sound to me with songs like “What Kind Of Man” and “Hwy 51 Blues”. In these few years I have been watching his local shows around the nation, I have truly witnessed a lot of growth in his stage presence overall, and after playing “Dead Belles And Bones” he unleashed a powerful version of “I Saw The Light”.

The Steel Woods are one of the FEW bands I like with only two albums out that can pull off covers on them. Both of their albums are chocked full of covers indeed, but they have gathered a HUGE gathering, and played the Opry a few times. They PACKED the Caverns tonight, and when Mr. Jay sounded off on the kick drum it resonated off the walls like thunder.

I’m not even sure if i need to introduce these gentlemen on any future articles, most of you know who they are and trust me Mr. Rowdy Cope and company brought it tonight under the ground, and I’m SURE they will asked to return one day soon. They opened with a rousing roar from the audience as they came out to their background music and went into “The Rock That Says My Name”, a great song about a grave digger.

“Wild And Blue” was next followed by “All Of These Years”, which sounded GREAT down here, the thumping bass and pounding guitar riffs just ripped down the walls. The water gets melted and drips down onto your head no matter where you stand in this cave, and YES there ARE bats. One suggestion is to wear rubber muck boots because the floor gets muddy later in the evening.

“Without You” and “Blind Lover” were next followed by a selection called “I’m Gonna Love You” from the debut album called Straw In The Wind.  One of my personal favorites was “Uncle Lloyd” which was about a family friend that had a family issue because of his drinking. In the song he loses his wife to a divorce and deals with it by the bottle, and told through the eyes of a child. it is truly a poignant and dark song of loss, and lonesomeness.

“Whatever It Means To You” was followed by their rousing cover of “Are The Good Times Really Over” by the great Mr. Merle Haggard, from the 1981 Big City album. “Better In The Fall” was next and then they played their LONG version of “Whipping Post” as usual full of flaming guitar licks.

“Old News” contains one of the most powerful lines in a song I have heard all year ” Here’s to miss liberty, and the crack in her bell. There’s a tear in her eye, but her arm hasn’t fell.”. That line moves me greatly, also “Jezebel” was included in this set. “Hole In The Sky” and title track from their debut album called “Straw In The Wind” was there.

Typically, they have played one encore all the many times I have seen them, tonight they played TWO. They were “Axe” and finally “Let The Rain Come Down”. This small band that started out as a jam band opening for people like Mr. Whitey Morgan and his ilk has grown a HUGE following and STILL has not even come CLOSE to their potential apogee of popularity…with little to NO radio airplay. You know I’m in the process of writing an Opry article about how all of these acts with NO airplay are selling out shows and KILLING SALES for nationwide venues…MORE TO COME FOLKS!

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Full List Of Local Shows In Tennessee And Kentucky.

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Sep 112019

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.

Mr. Joshua, Mr. Luther and I cover hundreds of shows a year, and many festivals in person. Online, we cover 200 festivals yearly and bring a LOT of news to the masses. Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue and local music.

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 25th and 26th

Greensky Bluegrass
The Caverns September 25th

The Steel Woods
Minglewood Hall September 26th

Stoney LaRue
3rd And Lindsey September 28th

Basement September 28th

The Cowpokes
Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys
Southgate House Revival September 29th

Jon Pardi
Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd

Greensky Bluegrass
Minglewood Hall October 2nd

Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Nashville Palace October 3rd

Cody Johnson
Owensboro Sportscenter October 4th

Joe Diffie
Nashville Palace October 4th

Chris Stapleton
Fed ex Forum Memphis Tn October 5th

Trishia Yearwood
Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 5th

Josh Morningstar
Southgate House Revival October 5th

Michaela Anne
Grimey’s Music Nashville October 5th

The Steeldrivers
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame October 5th

Bonnie Bishop
3Rd And Lindsley October 6th

Ian Noe
Exit Inn October 10th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Senora May
The Southgate House Revival October 10th

Jesse Dayton
The Basement October 11th

Shawn James
mercy Lounge October 11th

We Banjo Three
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame October 12th

Shawn James
Minglewood Hall October 12th

The Cactus Blossoms
Basement East October 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 October 15th

Infamous Stringdusters
the Caverns October 18th

Chris Knight
Exit Inn October 18th

Joecephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Exit In October 20th

Southern Culture On The Skids
The Southgate House Revival October 22nd

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 October 23rd

Kacey Musgraves
Bridgestone Arena October 25th

Great Peacock
Basement October 25th

Elizabeth Cook
Will Hoge
The Southgate House Revival October 31st

Ian Noe
The Southgate House Revival November 1st

Kelsey Waldon
Station Inn November 1st

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

Josh Abbott Band
William Clark Green
Marathon Music Works November 3rd

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Hayes Carll
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Shovels And Rope
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Josh Abbott
Cannery Ballroom November 7th

The Rhythm Shakers
Nashville Palace November 8th

Randy Rogers Band
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky

Southern Culture On The Skids
high Watt November 9th

Blasam Range
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 9th

Ryan Bingham
The Ryman Auditorium November 11th

The Charlie Daniels Band
Bridgestone Arena November 20th

Del McCoury Band
The Caverns November 23rd

The Grascals
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 23rd

Clay Walker
Wildhorse Saloon November 26th

Alex Williams
3rd And Lindsley November 27th

Po Ramblin Boys
Bluegrass hall of Fame Owensboro Ky November 30th

Josh Abott
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky December 5th

Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue
Chuck Mead
Jim Lauderdale
Jim Ringenberg
The Caverns December 7th

Reverend Horton Heat
Cannery Ballroom December 18th

The PO Rambling Boys
The Station Inn December 6th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Mac MacAnally
City Winery December 28th

Po Rambllin’ Boys
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 30th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Russell moore and IIIrd Tyme Out
Shepherdsville Ky January 10th

Tanya Tucker
Ryman Auditorium January 12th

Brandi Carlile
January 14,15th and 16th 2020
Ryman Auditorium

Drew Holcomb
Tivoli Theater Chattanooga Tn February 12th

Tyler Childers
Ryman Auditorium February 5th 6th 15th and 16th