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Legacy Recordings Releases Lynn Anderson’s Classic Albums ‘Singing My Song’ and ‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There’ For The First Time To All Digital Providers

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May 112020
 

 

Lynn Anderson: Singing My Song
Lynn Anderson: Stay There 'Til I Get There
Through Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Entertainment)
Nashville, Tenn. – Legacy Recordings has opened the vault to release two additional albums from the timeless collection of country music pioneer, Lynn Anderson. Her fans now have access to two more of her classic albums that have just been released to all digital platforms through Legacy Recordings. Anderson’s digitally remastered albums ‘Singing My Song’ and ‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There’ were released in late March.

In addition to the release of these legendary albums, Sony Legacy Recordings re-released two other albums of Lynn Anderson’s that were digitally remastered. ‘Cry,’ was released on March 6th and ‘Listen To A Country Song’ was released on March 20.

Ranked among the most admired and trailblazing entertainers in America throughout her six-decade career, Lynn Anderson’s sparkling vocals brought a new level of sophistication and glamour to country music. Her groundbreaking pop-country sound helped her become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal. Many firsts were achieved throughout Anderson’s career; some of which broke social barriers. Anderson was the first female country singer to perform on The Tonight Show, first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden and the first female to win an American Music Award. Lynn repeatedly delivered chart topping songs, such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the 70s. Too timeless to be forgotten, events and celebrations are in the works to honor the classic hits and sweet southern personality that Anderson engraved in hearts across the world.

“It is so exciting to have not only ‘Cry’ and ‘Listen To A Country Song’ available digitally, but now we have ‘Singing My Song’ and ‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There’ as well,” says daughter, Lisa Sutton. These are all albums that were only available on the original recordings. Now, they are back out there and sounding as good as ever. This is a wonderful way for old fans and new ones alike to come together through music. Just stay tuned, because we have some more surprises coming very soon!”

To listen to the re-released album ‘Singing My Song’ visit:
Spotify | Amazon Music | Apple Music | Google Play | Pandora | YouTube | Tidal

To Listen to the re-released album ‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There’ visit:
Spotify | Amazon Music | Apple Music | Google Play | Pandora | YouTube | Tidal

To keep up with events and announcements visit LynnAndersonRoseGarden.com and follow Anderson’s social channels linked below:

‘Singing My Song’ Track Listing:
01. Honey (I Miss You)
02. He’d Still Love Me
03. If Silence Is Golden
04. Big Girls Don’t Cry
05. Singing My Song
06. I Live To Love You
07. If I Kiss You (Will you Go Away)
08. Love Me, Love Me
09. Dark Moon
10. I’ve Been Everywhere

‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There’ Track Listing
01. Stay There ‘Til I Get There
02. Words
03. Country Girl
04. When You Hurt Me More Than I Love You
05. Don’t Leave The Leaving Up To Me
06. Good
07. True Love’s A Blessing
08. I’d Run A Mile To You
09. Honey Come Back
10. Fancy
11. Someday Soon

About Lynn Anderson:
Lynn Anderson’s six-decade career charted 12 #1 singles and a total of 18 Top 10 hits, with more than 50 Top 40 hit singles total. Aside from being named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music twice and “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Country Music Association, she also won a Grammy Award for her signature song “Rose Garden.” Anderson later won a People’s Choice Award, and was the very first female artist to win an American Music Award. In 1974, she became the first female country act to sell out Madison Square Garden. Record World, a major music trade magazine of the 1950s to the 1980s, honored Anderson as ‘Artist of the Decade’ for 1970-1980. Anderson’s memory continues to live on through her legions of fans from around the world.

What I Know About Record Store Day 2020.

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May 112020
 

Several weeks ago I reported on the moving of Record Store Day 2020. However, after having announced a new date the beloved ‘holiday” that so many of us celebrate has once again been altered.  Many of the stores involved with this have their own rules and regulations as to how they can and cannot conduct business, therefore this has to be approached from a different perspective and I think this was a good choice.

To be honest, this will be three different days of celebrating small businesses instead of just one. Many states have so many different laws and rules that they will be dropping on three separated weekends in the year of 2020. As I have previously stated in many of my recent articles I have a strong suspicion life will never return to the echelon it once was.

Just about every festival has been postponed or cancelled to next year, and we see very little hope for big major shows to come back before mid fall of this year. Most of us have turned to podcasts and videos of our favorite bands we love,  and continuing to enjoy new release albums of 2020.

So with that in mind let me release to you, my dear readers just exactly what I know about Record Store Day this year:

RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store’s place in the community. As members of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party.

Record Store Day 2020 is moving to June 20.

We think it’s the best move we can make given all we know (and don’t know) about what’s going on around us. The safety and good health of everyone who makes up Record Store Day (the customers, the staff and the musicians who come to the party) is super-important to us because we want to celebrate with you for many Record Store Days to come!

So check off a new date on the calendar, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and if you’re stocking up to spend some extra quality time at home, save some toilet paper money and stop by a record store. They’ve got exactly what you’ll need for extended time on your sofa: books, movies, games and of course, music.

They, like all small businesses, would appreciate the support.
They’re wiping down the door and the bins right now!

RSD DROPS

Since 2008, Record Store Day has grown into the world’s largest single-day music event, shining a light on the culture of the indie record store across the globe. In 2020, that world is different, so Record Store Day will be too. RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly distanced release dates on Saturdays in August, September and October.

Record Store Day will look very different this year, but supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever. We don’t know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we’re focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD Official List this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way.

The titles on the RSD 2020 Official List, launched on March 5th, will be released at participating record stores on one of these three RSD Drops: August 29th, September 26th, and October 24th.   The new version of The List, with newly assigned RSD Drops dates will launch on June 1 so check back here for a look at when you’ll be able to pick up the titles on your RSD 2020 wishlist at your local record store.

 

See all the special releases coming to record stores on 4/18 as part of Record Store Day! 

Once again our friends at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery are helping us celebrate and we think their #RSD20 Official Poster is out of this world! Get one FREE while they last, at participating record stores on April 18, and select stores that sell Dogfish Head beer.

(Designed by 2020 Dogfish Head Art Series guest artist
Dan Stiles, who has been doing stellar work for bands and brands for more than 25 years) 

RSD Podcast host Paul Myers demonstrates the #RSDShelfie. Take a snap in your favorite record store, tag them on socials, use #RSDShelfie, and maybe end up on the Podcast telling the world about that favorite store.
RSD PODCAST every other Tuesday. 
Listen/Subscribe/Review where you get your podcasts. 

 

Well, we would have been celebrating our big Day tomorrow, but things in 2020 are turning out a little differently. We’ll be throwing a party at a record store again for sure, but this weekend, let’s make sure record stores know how we feel about them. Check below for ways to celebrate, spread the word and share your love for record stores! 
SHOW OFF YOUR SHIRTS!
Head to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and show us what stores you’re wearing on your sleeve/chest/elsewhere!  Use #RSD2020
I’D RATHER BE AT A RECORD STORE!
Click the picture below to download a graphic for Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (stories too!) and tell the world where you’d rather be on April 18!  Use #RSD2020
WATCH A MOVIE! OR THREE!
You could have a veritable film fest this weekend! Details below! 
OUR VERY FIRST EVER OFFICIAL FILM OF RECORD STORE DAY! Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay’s look at Sound It Out Records, her hometown record store, and the cast of characters you’ll recognize from your OWN cherished shop.  FREE TO SCREEN FOR A LIMITED TIME–and a bonus watch party and reunion show on Saturday April 18! Jeaniefinlay.com
A deep dig into the crates of the vinyl record resurgence to discover what an old technology says about our relationship to music and each other in a divided time in America.
The premiere was supposed to happen this spring, but…
Participating record stores are selling “tickets” for special online access to the film over the original RSD weekend so buy a ticket, support a record store and check out VINYL NATION in the comfort of your own record room.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM TICKETS GO TO THE INDIE RECORD STORE! 
The documentary about the beloved New York City record store Other Music has an “online cinema experience” this weekend, and tickets benefit indie record stores and theatres. Check with your local record store –the ticket links go live today!
50% OF THE PROCEEDS FROM TICKETS GO TO THE INDIE RECORD STORE! 
BUY SOME RECORDS! 
No matter the format, no matter the amount. Record stores across the country are open for business — by phone, by email, online, on Instagram, and some for curbside pickup! No better way to let them know you care. 

Luck Reunion Presents Hello Walls Weekly Mini – Series.

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May 102020
 

 

 

Each week this great video series features a guest host that plays some of THEIR favorite artists, all streamed from their homes. Every Sunday night a new episode will broadcast and grant viewers the ability to call in and ask the artists questions during the duration of the episode.

Here lately I have been watching a LOT of podcasts and videos from homes, and studying on a long list of artists and bands to add t our lists. This year has pretty much been a bust for festivals and small venue shows, solely relying on live streams and podcasts to enjoy music.

Tip weekly artists or the charity of their choice at venmo.com/luckreunion #hellowalls

Learn more about Sunday’s live stream at www.luckreunion.com/hellowalls and keep checking in for more from Luck and Amazon Music Present including our upcoming mini-series “Prime Cuts”: a real-time, interactive cooking event. Stay tuned, more information headed your way soon.

Last week I joined on the broadcast hosted by Mr. Chris Shiflett, that included Midland, Miss Brandy Clark, Miss Molly Tuttle, Mr. Patterson Hood ( From The Drive By Truckers) , Mr. Hayes Carll and Brian Fallon.

Watch Luck and Amazon Music Present: Hello Walls Episode 4 hosted by Chris Shiflett (of the foo fighters) from LuckReunion on www.twitch.tv

Episode 3 was hosted by John Paul White. Guests include Mr. Tom Colicchio, Miss Molly Tuttle Miss Rosanne Cash, Mr. Billy Reid and The Sklar Brothers.

Watch Luck Presents: Hello Walls Episode 3 – Curated by John Paul White from LuckReunion on www.twitch.tv

Episode 2 was hosted by Mr. Langhorn Slim, and it contained Mr. Billy Strings, Mr. Jonny Fritz, Skyway Man, Miss Katie Pruitt and Mr. Louis Michott ( from the Lost Bayou Ramblers).

You’re listening to Chris Isaak. Stay tuned for tunes from host of the week John McCauley of Deer Tick, Thayer Sarrano, Amythyst Kiah, Alec K. Redfearn and more.

News About Some Of Country Music’s Greatest Losses.

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May 102020
 

 

Jan Howard and Jeannie Seely

Like pretty much everybody in society today, I have a million things going on here in the office and around the house. I’m waiting to get called back into work when it becomes safe to do so, and I am taking care of many personal issues as well.

A PLETHORA of hot new albums have embellished the market, upon which Mr. Joshua has been writing a ton of reviews for them and I have been keeping track of all the live streams going on. Just about every band we cover in every genre has been playing from their homes to combat the time lost from not being able to travel.

The pandemic has greatly affected all of us in so many ways, and has greatly affected the health of a few Country Music Legends like Mr. Joe Diffie and Mr. John Prine. I pretty much lumped up many of them into one big piece here, and shared some press releases I got in my inbox.

When I was a young boy of about six, I began embarking on a huge lifelong journey of all of my music influences and ardent admiration of the Legends whom wrote the songs, and played on the albums as well as the artists and band.

Songwriters have always been a huge part of my infatuation with music, and Mr. Kenny Rogers had one of his biggest hits with a song Mr. Don Schlitz wrote called ‘The Gambler”. To be honest , the album itself was not the best to me…some of the songs were kind of a disco sound ( which was popular at that time…hell  even KISS was doing it).

To say that Mr. John Prine wasn’t one of my TOP 3 most influential and beloved songwriters would be a lie. He was indeed one of the few whom inspired me to pick up a pen, and write songs myself.  He made me really LISTEN to the lyrics and dwell on the words, his witty tales of life in the south and other places were subtly in my mind as a young child. I owe a LOT of who I am to him and the likes of Mr. Jerry Jeff Walker and Mr. Dean Dillon.

In 1980, one of my favorite albums of all time came around from Mr. Kenny Rogers. It was a concept album about a Texas cowboy who was reflecting back upon his life, and since Mr. Willie Nelson had such great success with his concept album called “Red Headed Stranger”, he persuaded his own label United Artists Group to do the same.

I also began listening to the Opry on the radio on weekends, and watching it on TNN and other various outlets I could. I watched HEE HAW and other shows any chance I got. The Grand ladies of the Opry  were a small group of ladies that were regulars on the Opry every weekend.

Once again, being married to iconic songwriter Mr. Harlan Howard ( whom also greatly influenced me) Miss Jan Howard brought forth some of Country Music’s greatest albums and songs on her own, and also with Mr. Bill Anderson as a duo.

Miss Jan Howard had a long and nefarious life of marriages to physically abusive men, most of which was revealed in her 1987 autobiography called “Sunshine And Shadows”. Below are some press releases which talk about the impact she had on some of her industry friends upon her death.

“So sorry to lose my friend and Opry sister Jan Howard. She was one of the first friends I met on my first trip to Nashville in 1963. We shared many great times and got through some rough ones. And right up to the end she flashed that million dollar smile. I’m sad she’s gone but I’m glad she didn’t linger and suffer. The first memory that came to my mind today was one time she called and when I asked her what she’d been doing, she said well I just got through riding an elephant! Jan always said ‘Life is not a rhearsal, this is it, make the most of it.’ She made me promise her that I would put her cell phone in her casket just in case! Her sense of humor was like no other. She’s already missed.”
–Jeannie Seely

Jan was sweet as honey and tough as nails. When I was at Vanderbilt in 1976, she invited me to stay with her during final exams so I could be close to campus. She helped me study and she woke me up every morning and made breakfast for me. She was always incredibly generous and kind to me. I hadn’t seen her in decades, but I got a message last December that she wanted to see me. I went to visit her and she told me stories about the past, about my dad, and about her life. I’m so grateful we had that last conversation and I’m so grateful I could call her a friend.
–Rosanne Cash

“Knowing Jan Howard’s music was a blessing but knowing her was a a double dose of blessing.  When she walked into a room or on a stage, she always brought a warm smile and cherry note.  I will miss her talent and her funny stories. One of the real grand ladies of the Grand Ole Opry.”
–Charlie Monk

“Jan was the most honest and strongest person that I’ve ever met. She lived life to the fullest. I was blessed to call her a very good friend for the past 23 years.  She lived and loved Country Music.”
–Bobby Tomberlin

“The Exile family is saddened at the passing of a great lady, a legend, and our friend, Jan Howard. Go rest high dear friend.”
–Exile (Sonny LeMaire, JP Pennington, Marlon Hargis, Les Taylor and Steve Goetzman)

“We are sad to say so long to Jan Howard. She was a friend of our family for many years and she will be missed. A sweet, strong woman that I am so very glad to have known. Thank you for the memories Jan!”
–Julie Fudge and the Patsy Cline family

“Jan Howard was not only loved for the great artist and years of music she shared with the world, but the fact that she was “REAL”. It broke our hearts to hear the story of her son that died in Vietnam after watching the Ken Burns Country Music Documentary, but makes us happy to know that they’re rejoicing together in Heaven today. You will be greatly missed, Jan.”
–Darin and Brooke Aldridge

“Very sad news today. Singer-songwriter Jan Howard, one of the “Grand Ladies of the Grand Ole Opry,” has passed away. She had everything to be admired in a woman… strength, beauty, smarts, talent and heart. She will be missed.”
–Dallas Wayne

“Jan Howard was a bestselling singer, Grand Ole Opry star, songwriter, author, but also a successful human being and a beloved friend to many.”
–Bobby Braddock

“Jan Howard was always a great friend to us Rio guys. Everytime we saw her at the Opry we were always met with smile and a BIG hug. We held a charity Golf Tournament for 10 yrs and Jan was always one of the first celebrities to participate. We will truly miss her friendship and sweet soul.”
–Diamond Rio

“With the passing of our wonderful friend Jan Howard, we have lost one of the very few remaining links connecting the roots of early California country music to the Nashville songwriting gold rush era of the early 1960s. I never had a conversation with Jan that I did not learn things that were important to me. I loved her and I will always treasure her friendship.”
–Buddy Cannon

“Jan’s wonderful contributions to country music not only included her music, but also her best-selling autobiography “Sunshine and Shadow.” There’s no more shadow in Jan’s life now. She’s walking in total sunshine, and I’m sure she’s hugging her two sons and her country music friends. It’s hard losing a special friend, but if you miss them it means you were lucky you had that special person in your life. And Jan was certainly a special person. She left this world peacefully, without suffering or pain, and without contracting this terrible virus, so that is comforting. And I know she was ready to go home. A sunset on Earth is a sunrise in Heaven.”
–Ron Harman

“I have had a lot of wonderful memories over the years with Jan Howard. She was real, honest
and compassionate. She also had a great sense of humor. I am blessed to have known such
a Grand Lady.”–Carrie Moore-Reed – Third Coast Talent

“Jan Howard left us with a legacy of music. Songs that she sang, songs that she wrote, and a voice that we’ll never forget. Rest in peace ‘Lula Grace.’  I will miss you and love you always.”
–Shannon McCombs – Radio & Television Host

The 80s and early 90s were decades of the last I remember of QUALITY radio friendly Country Music the likes of this man Mr. Joe Diffie. Oh, how these years glorified Country Music with soulful songs of Mr. Vince Gill and Mr. Ricky Van Shelton.

The Opry was on the last leg of its TRUE PRIME with members like Miss Terri Clark and Mr. Travis Tritt becoming members, and still holding active duties now.

Joe Diffie and John Berry

“I am very sad to hear the news of the passing of Joe Diffie. His traditional sounding voice had a soothing timber and I enjoyed hearing him sing. He recorded songs that touched everyday folks and for me it was his recording of  “Ships That Don’t Come In” that changed my life. The song and his delivery were the inspiration that led me to come to Nashville to work at taking my music to a larger audience. I will be forever grateful to Joe for following his dreams of being a singer and for recording a song that fueled my dreams. I will miss you Joe.”
–John Berry

I am in shock and so sad over the passing of my long time friend, Joe Diffie. Joe and I go way back to when we both started out in this business. He IS without a doubt one of the finest country singers that has ever sung into a microphone. His pronunciation and country vibes were amazing, but he backed that up with a voice that could belt out a song like a tenor doing a duet with Pavarotti, that’s what made him truly one of the best singers I’ve ever heard.
Joe was so fun and a blast to hang with at all times and he made me laugh. I will miss my friend and salute him by cranking “Ships That Don’t Come In” till I go to sleep tonight. Rest in Heaven brother and sing one when you’re ready, they’re gonna love you!
–Tim Rushlow

Extremely hard to lose two Opry family members within two days, Jan Howard, and now Joe Diffie.  Joe brought a special energy with his music, not only to radio but to the Grand Ole Opry. He’s always had a distinctive country sound, but updated to fit his generation. His personality matched his music – warm, friendly, energetic and fun. It just always felt good to see him. Everything about Joe Diffie will be missed and my heart goes out to his family, our Opry family and his many fans around the world.
–Jeannie Seely

There are voices that come along and catch our attention…and then there are VOICES that come along and capture our hearts forever more. We lost one of the greatest Country voices of ALL time today!!
Joe Diffie was special in every way! His vocal range was absolutely massive…. like those lungs were unreal. His tone was as rich as the OK dirt he was raised in. His heart was as warm as the comfy front lounge of his bus where he’d proudly serve up his homemade craft brews and shared stories of life, love, and the road. Joe was real, and that resonated with all of us from his peers, to family, to friends, to his millions of fans alike.
Joe made me want to be a better singer without a doubt. I’d sit on the side of the stage and wait for Ships That Don’t Come In or White Lightenin’. Anything that came out of his mouth was stylistic AND mechanically perfect. You usually don’t get to have both qualities, but Joe did.
I’m humbled and honored to have called him my buddy and my heart breaks for his wife Tara, his beautiful kids, and big extended family as well. “One take Joe” came on in here and made us all feel special for awhile…now, he’s leading the choir of heavenly honky tonk angels! He made one hell of a mark….
–Heidi Newfield

“I had the great honor of writing and producing a track for Joe Diffie, a song Milton Brown and I wrote for a movie entitled Mi Amigo. Joe had the purest and beautiful voice. So thankful I had the chance to work with him.”
–Steve Dorff

“Shocked and heartbroken to hear of old friend Joe Diffie’s death from COVID-19. Prayers for his family.”
–Exile (Sonny LeMaire, JP Pennington, Marlon Hargis, Les Taylor and Steve Goetzman)

“Joe was a good one. We played a lot of the same radio shows together and charity golf tournaments back in the day. I just saw him on the Country Music Cruise last year and enjoyed our time together. Hard to put loss like this into words. Godspeed Joe!”
–David Ball

“Joe Diffie was one of my first concerts in high school. I drove 45 min to see him play in Parsons, Kansas. “It’s Always Something” and “So Help Me Girl” were my favorite songs at the time. In “It’s Always Something”, he says “lunchtime, a new place, waitress says her name. Why does it have to be? Emily!” I had a huge crush on a girl named Emily at the time so the song was very fitting and I would cruise what we called the oval in my small town, blasting Joe Diffie. Thank you for your music Joe, Country Music won’t be the same.”
–Kyndon Oakes, Lockelend

“Prop Me Up Beside The JukeBox” & “Pick Up Man”, we’re two of the biggest songs I remember from my childhood.  I hear those tunes and it takes me right back to my hometown. Thanks for the music Joe.”
–Mark Vikingstad, Lockeland

“Thank you Joe for the beautiful legacy of stories, laughs, tears and memories. Your music was real, and so are all the lives you have touched over the years. Deepest thoughts, prayers and condolences to Joe’s family, friends and bandmates.”
–Michael Boris, Lockeland

“Our hearts are heavy today as we say goodbye to a musical legend and friend, Joe Diffie. We had the privilege of getting to know Joe over the last couple years and got to jam on some tunes with him on the 2019 Country Music Cruise. He always had a smile and a song ready to belt out and man could he bring it! Thank you for touching the hearts and lives of everyone around the world with your love and music, Joe. Country Music certainly lost a treasure.”
–Darin and Brooke Aldridge

“I am so saddened to be reading the news of my friend Joe Diffie’s death. His family is in my prayers.  I can’t imagine the sadness and shock they must feel. I told someone a little while ago that this loss is a kick in the gut! The virus may seem like a mystery and even far away to most of us, BUT to Joe’s family it is a very real thief that has stolen their husband and father and brother or sister. This brings it too close to our circle.”
–Linda Davis

“Joe Diffie’s music IS 90’s Country. His presence in the music business was iconic, his voice and look were instantly recognizable, and his songs were the soundtrack of so many lives… especially ours.”
–Joe and Martina

A couple years ago some friends and I went on a writing retreat and one night at dinner we were talking about songs we wish we had written. Without hesitation, I yelled out “John Deere Green”. Yes, it’s one of my favorites for the songwriting but also for the voice that sang it. It would’ve been a dream come true to have that voice on one of my songs. Joe Diffie was born to sing country music and, in my opinion, will continue to be one of the greatest country vocalists of all time. The world lost an amazing person and artist today.. This song was so hard for me to get through, but I wanted to sing it in memory of him. Thank you for the songs and for sharing your voice with us, Joe Diffie, fly high
–Dallas Remington

 

Fellow Artists and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Grand Ole Opry Great Jan Howard and Country Music’s “Pickup Man,” Joe Diffie
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nineties country-music hitmaker Joe Diffie died Sunday, March 29th due to complications related to COVID-19. The feel-good tunes that Diffie created continue to bless fans around the world. In all, Diffie charted 18 Top 10 singles, with the majority reaching the top five, including 1993 radio essentials “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)” and iconic song, “John Deere Green.” Diffie’s popular hits also include “Home,” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.”

Fellow artists mourn the sudden loss of their friend and recall fond memories that they’ve shared and will forever cherish with legend, Joe Diffie.

“Joe Diffie always had a ready smile and something good to say. Without a doubt, he was a great, natural country singer and his many friends and fans are going to really miss him. God Bless and comfort his family at this sad time. Here we are recording the CMA Vocal Event of the Year, “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair.” Rest In Peace, old friend.” – T. Graham Brown

“The loss of Joe Diffie was a shock!! I was just processing the news that he was diagnosed with Covid19 when in just a few days he was gone. Yes, his incredible country voice will be missed (I have been listening to him all morning) but man Joe was one of the good guys. He was always nice to everyone and everyone loved him. My prayers today are for his family and for John Prine.” – Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys

“Sadly we lost another great country singer this week, my friend Joe Diffie… this time to the coronavirus – hard to believe. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Rest In Peace!” – Lee Greenwood

“Without a doubt Joe Diffie was one of the most authentic and greatest voices country music has ever known! A beloved member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was also one of the sweetest people on earth! Joe’s sudden departure is a huge loss and has left all of us broken-hearted and stunned. My prayers are with his family.” – Deborah Allen

“The voices in Heaven just keep getting sweeter. So saddened to hear of the passing of Grand Ole Opry Star Joe Diffie. One of Country Music’s greatest voices. The last time I saw Joe was in a Nashville restaurant. I am honored to have sang harmony on his #bluegrass CD. A song titled “Route 5 Box 109”. Our deepest sympathy for Joe’s family. Rest In Peace Joe, you’ve made it “Home.” – Rhonda Vincent

“I’m so saddened to hear about Joe Diffie. I worked shows with him on many occasions and what a great guy and great talent he was. Many prayers for his family & friends. – Janie Fricke

“I am so shocked and saddened that Joe has passed. So tragic. Joe was a great singer and a great songwriter and I loved his records. I always loved the shows we played together and running into Joe at the Opry. I will miss my friend.” – Crystal Gayle

“My heart is battered and bruised today from the loss of two of my musical heroes, but I am trying to concentrate instead on the joy that they brought to the lives of their friends and fans. I had the honor of playing with Joe Diffie many times over the course of my career. Joe’s voice was the quintessential country voice.  He could tear out your heart, or he could make you forget your troubles for a while. When Joe sang a song, that song had been sung.” – Tim Atwood

“Rest In Peace! Another great one gone too soon! He was a co-writer on my new single that we have right now called “Love Me To Death”. So sad!” – Shane Owens

“So saddened by the passing of my friend Joe Diffie! His songs span my entire childhood into my high school/college years. I was just getting ready to write with him for the first time. So many prayers to his wife Tara and family!” – JD Shelburne

“As a classic/ 90’s country fan and lover of all things country music, it breaks my heart so much to hear of both Jan Howard and Joe Diffie passing away over the weekend. Country music fans all around the world are truly mourning more than just the loss of these staples, but the loss of these creative spirits still giving back to the unstoppable  machine that is country music. They will truly be missed, but their love for music will live on forever through the great lyrics they spent their lives putting their heart and soul into. God bless them and their families!” – Paige King Johnson 

“Tough times just got tougher with the passing of two great country legends. Both Jan Howard and Joe Diffie are icons in this genre. I’ll forever remember driving down the road with my father singing along to Joe Diffie. Such a tragedy, but thank you for the memories.” – Austin Merrill

Remembering Jan Howard

Chart-topping country leading lady and 49 year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jan Howard, died peacefully on Saturday, March 28th at age 91 in Gallatin, Tennessee. In 1960 Howard relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville, where she began appearing on the Opry. Howard would sing demos of songs including “I Fall to Pieces,” a monumental success for Patsy Cline. Howard would also team with Opry star Bill Anderson on a number of duets, including her sole number one, “For Loving You.” After a recording career with Capitol Records, she was signed to Decca’s label, landing a top five single with “Evil on Your Mind.”

Friends and fellow artists mourn the tragic loss and recall precious memories with the timeless, Jan Howard.

“I am so saddened that Jan Howard has left us. Jan is one of the legendary artists who paved the way in country music for all of us ladies who followed. She has always been so nice to me and I always loved listening to her stories. We will miss you, Jan.” – Crystal Gayle

“Jan Howard was a great golf partner and friend. She was rare and feisty! The last time I talked to her was at church when she came to hear me sing. We will all miss her very much! Prayers for her family and friends.” – T. Graham Brown

“I had a chance to work with Jan Howard over the past few years donating our time and music for the Bluebonnet Youth Ranch fundraiser in Victoria, Texas. We all became close friends and I enjoyed her so much. This is such sad news about such a great lady.” – Janie Fricke

“So sad to lose two very special legends as well as the Opry family. Jan Howard was always such a feisty woman who took her talents to levels that even she never could have imagined. A great lady who will be missed by all.” – Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys

“Jan Howard was more than an Opry icon and a great entertainer.  Jannie Mae was my friend for over four decades. If she loved you, she would give you the shirt off her back.  She was a talented artist, an American patriot, a straight-shooter, a class act and when I started out on my solo career she was one of my biggest cheerleaders.  I loved Jan Howard. I always will.” – Tim Atwood

“So sad to hear of the passing of Jan Howard. One of the Grand Ole Opry’s most talented and beautiful ladies! So proud to call her my friend! True grit and grace combined with her amazing vocal talent & stellar songwriting insured her iconic place in country music,a Grand Lady of the Grand Ole Opry.” – Deborah Allen

“This lady was a straight shooter. I am so lucky to have played in many celebrity golf tournaments with her, where it gave us the opportunity to have dinner and long evenings where we could visit. I loved when the Women of the Grand Ole Opry all shared one make up room. For a visiting performer to the Grand Ole Opry, this was one of the most amazing things to get to visit and share a dressing room with the Opry Stars. She was a real sizzler, who wasn’t afraid to zing you; but also surrounded you with her love and joy. So many great memories. Thank you Jan for your friendship. May you rest in sweet peace.” – Rhonda Vincent

“Jan Howard was such a great talent and I always enjoyed hearing her perform. Most definitely one of the greats of country music. Her Grand Ole Opry performances were always great as well. Another legend gone, but never forgotten.” – Shane Owens

“As an artist and as an avid fan of the Grand Ole Opry, I was saddened to hear the recent passing of Country Music Legend, Jan Howard. I learned of Jan’s music growing up in Kentucky and visiting with my grandparents through the years. What a legacy.  She will be missed.” – JD Shelburne

 

Fellow Singer/Songwriters and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Lyrical Legend John Prine
John Prine (by Jeremy Westby)
Photo: Jeremy Westby
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy Award winning, Songwriters Hall of Fame Member John Prine passed away at age 73 due to Covid-19. Some of his most legendary hits include, “Hello in There,” “Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery” and “Paradise.” Prine used these masterpieces to highlight moments that the average mind grazed over with empathetic words and light-hearted lines. Writing for big industry names such as Johnny Cash, George Strait, Don Williams, the Everly Brothers, Carl Perkins and Bette Midler, all while being a singer, author, actor and record label owner, leaves Prine with one of the most renowned legacies in music history. Prine was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, John Prine.

“I have enjoyed John’s music for many years. He was a truly gifted man and he will be missed. My prayers go out to his family.” – Charley Pride

“All of The Oak Ridge Boys are saddened by the loss of John Prine. The man was a genius songwriter! I have been listening to his music and praying for him since he got sick and to be honest I didn’t really know John personally but my heart is heavy nonetheless.” – Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys

“Nashville has lost another legendary artist. John Prine will always be remembered for his great music. I will always remember John’s wonderful smile and how nice and caring he was. Sending lots of love to his family.” – Crystal Gayle

“So sad to see another great music legend leave us. My family sends prayers to John Prine’s family.” – Lee Greenwood

“John was a sweet genius who always had time for conversation with me and as a songwriter, he was untouchable.” – T. Graham Brown

“After having the honor of seeing John Prine on a few occasions, it was no secret how much he is loved and admired. I last saw him at the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam, and was fortunate to have a front row seat. I captured many great photos, and will cherish the photos as a wonderful memory of witnessing one of the greatest songwriters to walk God’s Earth.” – Rhonda Vincent

“I really feel like we’ve lost one of our generation’s great champions for living outside the senses.” – Lacy J. Dalton

John Prine was a treasure! He inspired every singer/songwriter who has ever lived. He has survived several health challenges and I was praying that he would survive this. There was only one John Prine. Everyone looked up to him and he will be missed by not only Nashville, but around the world. We love you, John.” – Deborah Allen

“I used to sing his song “Paradise” about Muhlenburg county during my shows in clubs. It was written about how the coal mines stripped away the vegetation and trees. He also wrote “Angel From Montgomery,” which was a hit by Bonnie Raitt. This is the kind of music that I have always loved. It was a touch of blues and a touch of pop. I have always loved his music and style. He was a leader in the “awareness” songs and was a huge influence in my life and my approach to music. You will be missed, John.” – Janie Fricke

“I first met John Prine in the 70’s backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.  He was perhaps one of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the honor to meet.  No star attitude whatsoever. He was just an average guy who loved words.  And he became one of the greatest wordsmiths of our time. His lyrics are pure poetry.  He never worried about making his songs commercial. He wrote from the heart and the gut.  Ironically I was in the studio last month and recorded one of his songs that I’ve loved for years called  “Blue Umbrella.” John would say in three minutes what an author would say in 256 pages. What a talent!” – Tim Atwood

“So sad to hear the passing of the legendary John Prine. One of the most influential songwriters of our time gone way too soon! His music will live on forever.” – J.D. Shelburne

John Prine was one of the most beloved and well-versed songwriters in the business, and his passing is a huge loss to songwriters and fans alike. The mark he made on the americana/folk/country music industry was remarkable – one that no one else could ever dream of accomplishing. His songwriting will be deeply missed, but even more than that is his infectious smile and sweet spirit. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of John’s family and friends, as well as all the fans he has made over the years. There will truly never be another John Prine.” – Paige King Johnson

Message From Oh Boy Records 

We miss John so much and we know you all do too. Thank you for the outpouring of love and support during the last few weeks. It’s been both a source of solace and strength for us. We wish we had the right words to share today, but honestly, it’s going to take a while for us to come to terms with what has happened. Like most times, it’s usually John’s lyrics that help guide the way for us. So let’s all keep playing and singing his songs “And when we get through we’ll make a big wish that we never have to do this again. Again? Again??

Toy Heart a Podcast About Bluegrass.

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May 052020
 

 

 

 

BGS Announces The Launch of
TOY HEART: A Podcast About Bluegrass
Hosted by Tom Power, Canadian radio mainstay and host of CBC’s daily show
First Episode features Del McCoury; series trailer out now
Los Angeles, CA – March 4, 2020 – “I’ve spent years sitting down with celebrities, and while I’ve been excited and honored to speak with the likes of George Clooney, Emma Stone, Keith Urban, and Chris Rock, my background and passion has always been bluegrass,” says Tom Power, host of BGS’s brand new podcast, TOY HEART: A Podcast About Bluegrass.

Premiering tomorrow, March 5, 2020, on thebluegrasssituation.com and everywhere podcasts are available, TOY HEART is a journey into bluegrass lore with Power, host of Canada’s all-encompassing public radio talk show, q; similar to Fresh Air or The Howard Stern Show in the U.S. While Power is best known in the north as a radio personality, he is also a musician—an accomplished guitarist with remarkable prowess in Irish and traditional Newfoundland music—and music scholar, having studied ethnomusicology with an emphasis in bluegrass at university. “I’m using the skills I’ve acquired in this field to get the ‘real’ stories behind bluegrass music,” says Power. “Not the myth; but how these musicians went from their homes in a post-industrial America and created a brand new form of music, creating a culture and a movement.” An in-depth discussion between BGS and Power ahead of TOY HEART’s launch can be found here.

The premiere episode of TOY HEART features the last great patriarch of bluegrass and Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer, Del McCoury, along with his sons Ronnie and Rob, torchbearers and Grammy Award winners in their own right. The trailer for episode one can be streamed via Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Stitcher—click here to listen.
The in-depth interview series delves into the intricacies of the lives of those who made bluegrass and helped it grow, with luminaries such as Ricky Skaggs, Alice Gerrard, Béla Fleck, Jesse McReynolds, Jerry Douglas, and more. Over the span of eight episodes—released every other week—roots music fans will hear interviews with Grammy Award-winners, IBMA Award-winners, Bluegrass Hall of Famers, and beyond; genre-defining artists discussing their lives, their stories, and their songs. TOY HEART’s theme song was composed by Chris Eldridge (of Punch Brothers).
As detailed in a preview of the show’s first episode, as a teenager Power picked up the five-string banjo and took lessons from once Blue Grass Boy and now Bluegrass Hall of Famer Neil Rosenberg, who just so happened to live nearby in Power’s native Newfoundland. Though his work as q’s host often reaches far beyond his home island and his favorite chosen folk music, Power’s ethnomusicological expertise still centers on bluegrass. His passion and urgency in documenting these stories are exhilarating and contagious, but certainly well-warranted. “As we begin to lose the likes of Earl Scruggs, Hazel Dickens, and Mac Wiseman—now is the time to do it before it’s too late.”

TOY HEART joins the BGS Podcast Network as the brand’s fifth original podcast, joining the ranks of THE BREAKDOWN, SHOW ON THE ROAD (both in their second season) and others. BGS is proud to partner with Power and his co-producer Stephanie Coleman to present this platform for bluegrass storytelling, an examination of the true narratives that gave rise to this singular genre.

About Tom Power:
Tom Power is an award-winning musician and broadcaster who hosts the national arts & entertainment program q on CBC Radio One. Hailing from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Tom started his career programming folk music on college radio while pursuing a B.A. in Folklore from Memorial University. In 2008, after a stint as a news announcer for a local radio station, Tom joined CBC as the host of Deep Roots. At 21 years of age, he was the youngest national radio host on the station since Peter Jennings.
In 2011, Tom became the host of Radio 2 Morning, the CBC’s flagship daily morning national music program. His engaging personality allowed him to expand his listenership to a new audience of younger listeners. Tom is also an established ‘go-to’ person for arts coverage on CBC Television. He has brought critical insight and expertise to stories on David Bowie, Gord Downie, and George Martin. As host of q, Tom has been praised for his in depth conversations with artists such as Diana Krall, George Clooney Paul Simon, Guillermo del Toro, Emma Stone, and Chuck D.
When not on the air, Tom leads his own band, The Dardanelles, who have introduced a new audience to traditional Newfoundland music—playing festivals and theaters around the world. He is a member of the Polaris Music Prize jury and the CARAS Music advisory committees.
About The Bluegrass Situation:
The Bluegrass Situation is the world’s largest community for American roots music, culture, and lifestyle. What began as a blog for like-minded Los Angelenos pining for bluegrass in Southern California has morphed and grown over the greater part of a decade to become a national and international standard-bearer for all of the things we love about bluegrass within every branch and offshoot of the roots music family tree — from vibey pop-folk to ravishing alt-country; plus blues, singer/songwriter, Americana, old-time, and everything else above, below, and in between. The Bluegrass Situation proudly represents a unique gathering place that supports the rich and varied history of these musics, while looking ahead for ways to transform traditions into a carefully curated, 21st century lifestyle.

Curve Signs The Western Swing Authority.

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May 052020
 

CURVE MUSIC SIGNS THE WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY

 

CURVE MUSIC SIGNS THE WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY

 

 

Curve Music is excited to announce the signing of one of the best bands I was introduced to at the Ameripolitan Awards last year. The Western Swing Authority! As part of the deal, Curve Music will re-release the band’s catalog  worldwide and the band will shortly begin work on a new album.

Starting March 2nd, the bands catalogue, “BIGDEAL”, “ALL DOLLED UP”, “NOW PLAYING” and the bands self titled first release “THE WESTERN SWING AUTHORITY” will be available worldwide both digitally and physically through Curve Music.

The Western Swing Authority is Canada’s most recognized and awarded authentic Western Swing group. Made up of a collection of some of the country’s finest touring and studio musicians, they came together to play the timeless style of music they love. Seamlessly combining stellar musicianship and vocals with traditional country and jazz standards and their own “new vintage” originals, they have created a sound that is truly their own.

“As Curve Music enters its 18th year of operation, it’s extremely exciting to be able to work with WSA, who are all amazing folks and incredibly talented individuals in their own right” says Brian Hetherman, Curve Music President and owner.

WSA have been recognized with awards and nominations in both Canada and the United States and are reintroducing the Western Swing sound to an entire new generation of music lovers with every performance.

“We are thrilled about this partnership with Curve Music. It’s so exciting to team up with people who believe in the kind of music we want to play and create.” says Shane Guse, the band’s founding member.

“We look forward to the opportunity to bring our unique brand of Western Swing to new audiences all over the world, both digitally and onstage. And Curve Music? Now that’s a name I can get really get behind…” says Stacey Lee Guse, lead singer of the band.

So after this press release, I wanted to share a past article from the Ameripolitan Awards from 2019 where I encountered this large ensemble of a band. I thoroughly enjoyed their set this weekend, and quickly bought a bunch of albums of theirs.

The Western Swing Authority was an absolute THRILL to get to see, and I got some good shots of them. Dad’s Place was a GREAT venue, and in just a few minutes I shall be heading over there for the Kim Lenz album release party. They played some truly great cover songs of classic Western Swing, like “Roly Poly” that got people up swing dancing all over.

“Mississippi” was another great song, that glorified this city that we are in right now, Memphis. I did spend some time downtown on Beale street, I’ll talk about that soon here. “Dance With Who Brung Ya” made popular by Asleep At The Wheel. That band is one of my favorite one, and these Western Swing bands are some fun times. “In The Middle Of The Song” was another great selection off their Big Deal album. Very smooth and Bluesy melody that sets the mood for slow dancing.

Mr. Shane Guse, Miss Stacey Lee Guse, Mr. Paul “Chappy” Chapman, Mr. Ed Ringwald aka Pee Wee Charles, Mr. Matthew Lima, “The lovely and talented” Dan Howlett and Mr. Jim Boudreau comprise this large ensemble of swing greatness!

“Swinging From The Rafters” was the last song I got from them, I tell you what, I truly enjoy watching people swing dancing to this kind of stuff here. This song mentions illegal substances and other things, complete with horns and all the like.

Blackberry Smoke To Release New Album In June.

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Apr 192020
 

On March 27th the pre sale began for this album on CD and vinyl both, for the new LIVE Blackberry Smoke album that will drop in June 19th.  Blackberry Smoke lead singer Charlie Starr plays Duane Allman’s iconic Goldtop Les Paul guitar in the band’s new version of “Midnight Rider”, which you hear in their set often.

They have released that single on March 26th which is the same day as the formation of the Allman Brothers Band, and also the release of the initial song in 1971.  For many many years Mr. Charlie Starr (vocals, guitar), Mr. Richard Turner (bass, vocals), Mr. Brit Turner (drums), Mr. Paul Jackson (guitar, vocals), and Mr. Brandon Still (keyboards) have been beating the road HARD since 2004.

This band has always embellished Independent music and loudly loves their influences and heroes both in song and in person. In fact as I write this, they are currently in the studio working on their new album once again produced by Mr. Dave Cobb. This album will also feature guest vocals by Jamey Johnson and a few others.

This album was recorded LIVE from the iconic Capricorn Sound Studio in their hometown of Georgia, in Macon Georgia. That studio has always been regarded as the birthplace of Southern Rock having recorded some iconic albums from Allman Brothers Band, and Marshall Tucker Band.

The studio was bought in 1967 as a studio space for Mr. Otis Redding, and other artists that were on his label. The studio opened in 1969 after Redding died, and became a mecca for Southern Rock bands. On December 3rd 2019 the 20,000 square foot studio was re opened, and this is one of the first bands to record something there.

1. Midnight Rider

2. Take The Highway ft. Marcus Henderson

3. Keep On Smiling ft. Jimmy Hall and The Black Bettys

4. Grits Ain’t Groceries ft. The Black Bettys

5. Revival ft. The Black Bettys

6. Southern Child ft. The Black Bettys

Upcoming T.J. Hernandez Album Is On Fire.

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Apr 182020
 
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I been catching up on some albums here that kind of fell through the cracks of this year’s mess here, but this is an upcoming release form an artist I became familiar with in 2018. Folks this is Mr. T.J.Hernandez , and his second album here is a top notch effort from both a songwriting and a recording aspect.

The recording job on this new album is very pellucid, and it rivals a big time label from Nashville. I think Nashville is becoming more aware of some of the better recorded albums in underground music. Mr. Bill McDermott did a wonderful job producing this album, and that’s a name I haven’t heard in quite awhile.

“The Things I Do” is a classic sounding two step, that has a very retro Honky Tonk sound to it. That automatically attracted me to this album myself. This song has a real bounce to it, along with cleverly written lyrics and that old style piano that the current “Country” we have now is lacking in immense fashion. He co wrote this song with Mr. Bryan Martin.

“Between A Woman And A Song” is a really nice but poignant road dog song, about the loneliness of choosing between being home with family and performing for your fans. This song was co wrote with Mr. Tom McElvain.

The songs on this album show ardent growth in his ability as a songwriter , and it is juxtaposed well with the really nice steel guitar work and the way this album flows. All of the songs compliment one another quite well, and from him they stand believable. and relatable to anyone who travels the roads.

“Desperate Men” is a Billy Don Burns song that was arranged VERY WELL on here. The harmonica and guitar solos from Mr. Jelly Roll Johnson and Mr. James Mitchell  push this song along very well, it’s always been one of my favorites Mr. Billy does. Followed up by the slower song called “Destination Unknown”, which delivers inspiration to the dreamers, and folks who are on the bottom crawling to fight on the way up. I can tell you even as a journalist myself, there have been a plethora of times that I have been at the end of my rope and wanted to quit..and I didn’t.

All eleven songs on this album are truly outstanding “Right All My Wrongs” spoke to me as an individual because right now I am fresh out of recovery from a pill addiction. I’m 60 days sober now, and righting all my wrongs while working my twelve steps and finding a sponsor. I think I went back and finished all the work I left aside while being messed up..sobriety is a WHOLE NEW ADVENTURE!

I think this album will begin a new adventure for him. It’s well written, and very old school sounding, gives you a truly warm retro feeling in the feels. Get prepared to kicked in the gut, and have your teardrops assaulted with darkness and gloom..cause this album has it all.

You can pre order this album HERE.

Track Listing

Tracks:
1. Hair of The Dog
2. The Things I Do
3. Between A Woman And A Song
4. Desperate Men
5. Catch Me If You Can
6. A Writer’s Mind
7. Destination Unknown
8. Ditches
9. Right All My Wrongs
10. Blaze Your Own Trail
11. Right Where I Am

 

Nice List Of Great Music Live Streams For Many Genres.

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Apr 172020
 

I been cooped up in this house almost six weeks now like the rest of you guys. Getting projects done around the home, and getting caught up on here as well. I’m not much one for TV , but I’ll admit, I have indeed watched some of that too.

Lots of us are completely uncertain as to when we will return to work, or receive our unemployment. Some aren’t getting any at all, or we don’t know when it’s coming.. so we are all turning to music to heal our wounds or mend our insecurities. I KNOW I AM.

So I had an epiphany today that since I USUALLY publish a list of ongoing local shows that I could put together some LIVE STREAMS going on around many of the genres that I enjoy covering on here. There is going to be a large number of bands being included on this one people, so hold on tight.

Todd Snider – EVERY SUNDAY at 11AM
Aaron Watson – May 20th, 27th.
Luke Winslow King -, May 23rd, 30th, June 6th , 13th, June 20th,
Sean McConnell – May 20th
Hayes Carll  – May 26th
Shane Smith And The Saints – May 20th
Ray Scott – May 22nd

Sunny Sweeney – Full Band – May 29th
Matt Woods – May 23rd
Barnyard Stompers – May 20th
Blackfoot Gypsies – May 24th
Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters – June 4th
Randall King May 28th
Reverend Horton Heat – May 20th, May 22nd

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band – May 21st
Wonky Tonk – May 30th
Blue Water Highway – May 21st
Cody Canada And The Departed – May 20th

Sons Of The Pioneers, The Lost Masters To Be Released By Country Rewind Western Heritage Records.

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Apr 162020
 

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 27, 2020) — Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters is targeted for release on March 15 by Country Rewind Records Western Heritage Collection to be distributed by Select-O-Hits. The new music will also be available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more.

“On this fine CD the songs written and performed by the Sons of the Pioneers will be sung a thousand years from now; perhaps on other planets,” shared Roy “Dusty” Rogers Jr. “What a great heritage to have left the world.”

Sons of the Pioneers that appear on the original “The Lost Masters” recording various times include Lloyd Perryman, Pat Brady, Tommy Doss, Shug Fisher, Karl Farr, Roy Lanham, Hugh Farr, Dale Warren, Rusty Richards, Bob Minser and Billy Armstrong.

Track List – Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters
1. Cowboy Jubilee (Ken Carson)
2. Blue Prairie (Bob Nolan, Tim Spencer)
3. Open Range Ahead (Bob Nolan)
4. When Payday Rolls Around (Bob Nolan)
5. Wind (Bob Nolan)
6. Yippi Yi Your Troubles Away (Tim Spencer)
7. The Everlasting Hills of Oklahoma (Tim Spencer)
8. A Cowboy Has to Sing (Bob Nolan)
9. Along the Navajo Trail (Larry Marks, Dick Charles, Eddie De Lange)
10. Hold That Critter Down (Bob Nolan)
11. Cimarron (Roll on) (Johnny Bond)
12. Chant of the Plains (I Need You) (Bob Nolan)
13. Whoopie Ti Yi Yo (Traditional)
14. Song of the Trail (Stan Jones)
15. Ridin’ Home (Bob Nolan)
16. Chant of the Wanderer (Bob Nolan)

Sons of the Pioneers, The Lost Masters was produced by Rex Allen Jr. for Boxer Productions at Jim Farrell Studios, Towanda, KS and Executive Producer Thomas Gramuglia, with mastering by Jim Farrell and John Forbes.

These recordings are a follow up to Country Rewind Records previous releases of such greats as Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith, Jeannie C. Riley Rex Allen Sr., Carl Smith, Rex Allen Jr. and more which have all received great reviews by music critics worldwide.

Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners by bringing unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary Country era.

Stay current with Country Rewind Records on their website countryrewindrecords.com and social media platform Facebook.

About Country Rewind Records:
Country Rewind Records (CRR) was founded by Thomas Gramuglia of Hindsight Records in 2014. Gramuglia obtained a treasure chest of unreleased recordings from recruitment radio shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The superb CRR collection of original master recordings contains music from more than 100 country music legends and trendsetters (including intimate performances by country music greats such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and many more). These recordings were never released for commercial use. After a diligent quest to collect appropriate and legal permissions from artists and/or their estates, CRR has now recorded and produced multiple, quintessential, “must-hear” projects. With the mission to transfer these never-heard-before tracks to a high quality, state-of-the-art recording; complemented by contemporary instrumentation and background vocals, Country Rewind Records will release this historical American music to America’s music generations of the future. For more information visit countryrewindrecords.com.

About Select-O-Hits:
Select-O-Hits  is owned by Sam W. Phillips and John Phillips, was co-founded in 1960 by their father, Tom Phillips, and uncle, Sam Phillips, the legendary founder of Sun Records. Tom Phillips began his career in music as Jerry Lee Lewis road manager for a number of years. He had invested all of his savings into an upcoming 1958 European tour when news of Lewis marriage to his 13 year-old cousin hit the front pages. Lewis’s career came to a sudden, although temporary, halt. The tour was cancelled, and Tom was broke. Sam helped him by giving him a job in the Sun Records warehouse and allowing Tom to live with him while his family stayed behind in Mobile, Alabama. Eventually, Tom saved enough money to send for his family in 1960. Tom was not satisfied with running the warehouse, so with the help of his wife, Lucille, he opened a small record store and one-stop that provided small, predominantly black-owned record stores with everything from phonograph needles to display racks. In the mid-1970s, Select-O-Hits began to concentrate more on distributing and less on retail and one-stops. The retail store closed in the mid-1980s, and the one-stop followed a few years later. Select-O-Hits has formed a number of successful record labels, such as Avenue, Icehouse, SOH, Brutal Records, Basix Music, Blues Works and Prophet Entertainment. In 1997 half of the company was sold to Malaco Records of Jackson, Mississippi. While all genres of music are represented in the family of labels Select-O-Hits distributes, Rap, Blues, Soul and Gospel are still the largest portion of the business. Today with sales offices and staff in Memphis, Atlanta, Nashville, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami, Chicago, Houston and Seattle, Select-O-Hits is one of the largest independent record distributors in the country, providing services for over 300 independent vendors to all key US music traditional “brick and mortar” retailers and digital media sites.

 

Just Behind the Creek: Field Recording at Kickin’ It on the Creek 2019 By Luther Center.

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Apr 152020
 

In order to get this review out quickly to readers who may be interested in listening to or purchasing this sampler before the April 30 deadline, I’ve copied and/or paraphrased some of this information from the project’s Bandcamp page.

This is a sampler collection for the complete Dolceola Records album “Just Behind the Creek: Field Recording at Kickin’ It on the Creek 2019”, to be released in September 2020.  The sampler offers 17 tracks played by as many different artists. All tracks were newly recorded on September 20-21, 2019, just behind the stage of Kickin’ It On The Creek. 

KIOTC is one of the best music festivals in Appalachia and is organized by Byron Roberts of Wolfpen Productions and staged in Ross’s Creek, Kentucky, at Byron’s farm.  It features local and regional bands in the mountains of Estill and Lee County Kentucky, as well as practitioners of traditional music styles from all over the country. These recordings show a wide variety of music with renowned and talented musicians playing traditional tunes as well as their own beautiful original songs.

This digital sampler is currently available only as a download from Bandcamp through April 30th for a suggested price of $10.  100% of the proceeds go to musicians to help support them during the current COVID-19 crisis.  I have added links to artists’ webpages, where I could find them.  Please consider visiting the merchandise sections there and perhaps purchase an item or two to help out further.

Here is the link to purchase this recording.

I contacted Dan Torigoe of Dolceola Recordings (based in Japan) via email about this effort and he responded, “I first heard about KIOTC from a friend of mine…..while we recorded a banjo master Jack Bunch in London KY. I was very interested in this unique fest as it was focused on showcasing current mountain music with local artists. It perfectly fitted our mission, to document current situation of community-based music in the United States.

We did the recording sessions at Byron’s bar room just behind the stage. We usually use Ampex 601 and RCA 77DX, which are same ones Alan Lomax loved to use for his recording sessions back in ’50s and ’60s.”

I also spoke to Byron Roberts about this project and he could not be more proud to have these recordings as a testament to just how wonderful the current music scene is in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.  

Interestingly, these recordings were not planned in advance!  Dan simply showed up at the gate and asked if he could make field recordings of some old time music using his 1950’s vintage microphone and tube equipment.  Eventually he and Byron got together and turned the Roberts’ living room into a temporary recording studio.  Byron started spreading the word among the musicians present at the festival and before long there was backstage buzz about it.  They ended up with 35-40 performances from which the final album will be culled.

Byron wants to thank Dan for coming from the other side of the world to record music from this Eastern Kentucky festival,  and sharing the music with the world.  Further, he is thankful to Dan for offering to give all proceeds from the sale of this sampler back to the music community in the Eastern Kentucky area.

Music truly is a worldwide family, community, and uniting force.  I personally could not give this collection a higher recommendation.

 Tracklisting:

1. Bobby Britt Music (from Town Mountain): Improvisation / Little Pine Siskin / Out of the Woods- enjoyable and expertly played improvised medley by Grammy nominated Town Mountain fiddler

Town Mountain
Bobby Britt
Rough beast Records

2. Teresa Prince (from Luna and the Mountain Jets): Pepsi Girl- LATMJ vocalist/guitarist and “Honey” from the Laid Back Country Picker band performs a self penned pop tune acoustically, giving it a whole new Appalachian feel

Luna And the Mountain Jets

3. Brett Ratliff: Pass Around the Bottle-Eastern Kentucky musician plays banjo and sings a very old tune made popular by The Skillet Lickers. This performance would not be out of place on a Ralph Stanley album

Brett Ratliff

4. Blakeley Burger: Glory in the Meeting House-University of Louisville student and Kentucky Folk School fiddle teacher shines on this traditional classic

5. Don Rogers: Greek Medley- one of my current favorite musicians picks up the fiddle and kicks it into gear.  Check out his work as a solo country/rock artist, his bands The Apostlebillies, Bluegrass Collective, The Green Genes and probably about 15 others he sits in with

6. Montana Hobbs (from The Local Honeys): I Love My Honey- Eastern Kentucky musician and member of traditional Appalachian band The Local Honeys plays banjo and sings this sweet tune

The Local Honeys

7. John Thomas: Ashokan Farewell-23 old fiddler for Padre Paul Handelman on tour plays the beautiful theme from the 1990 PBS miniseries “The Civil War”

8. Walter DeBarr: Oceans-Buckhannon, West Virginia folk singer/guitarist plays the self-penned haunting neo-classic “Oceans” from his first EP

Walter DeBarr

9. Ritch Henderson: If It’s Only for Tonight- Alabama singer/songwriter/ guitarist performs his brand new tune

10. Joe Macheret (from The Tillers & Joe’s Truck Stop): Red Mountain Wine- super talented fiddle player and singer performs the Gib Guilbeau song from 1972

Joe’s Truck Stop

11. Sean Geil (from The Tillers): I Saw a Man at the Close of Day- like Macharet, he is also a Tiller.  The singer/songwriter/guitarist pulls out a Grayson and Whitter classic from the 1920’s and makes it his own. 

The Tillers

12. Chris Shouse (from Hancock & Shouse): Don’t Have a Clue- Irvine, Kentucky school music teacher and Appalachian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist plays a blistering version of this original song

Hancock And Shouse

13. Crownover: Alive (somehow)-Kyle Crownover is a very young, very likable, and very talented singer songwriter here performing one of his original tunes.  Never seen without a big smile on this face, you may have seen him on tour as Tyler Childers’ road manager

Kyle Crownover

14. Jesse Wells: Muddy Creek- speaking of Tyler Childers, this fella plays in his band, The Food Stamps, and formerly (and still sometimes) a member of The Wooks.  This guy plays about 15 different instruments and if he’s in someone’s band, he’s the secret weapon.  

15. Abe Partridge: Appalachian Farewell- Alabama native and multi-talented singer/songwriter plays his original ode to Appalachia.  He’s also a supremely talented folk artist and I highly recommend checking out webpage to see his original paintings.

Abe Partridge

16. Padre Paul Handelman: Gypsy Home- Former army ranger/rancher  and current singer/songwriter and restless soul plays a great version of “Gypsy Home”

Padre Paul Handleman

17. Senora May: All of My Love- Eastern Kentucky singer/songwriter playing a great original tune here.  I highly recommend going to see her live if she plays in your neck of the woods.

Senora May

A Message From Our Friends At Roots Radio WMOT.

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Apr 142020
 
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Let’s be real – things are strange right now. We’re feeling confused and we don’t know what’s going to happen this week or next. For lots of us, daily patterns of life might suddenly be looking a lot different right now and the news changes quickly from day to day. But we know we will need music. 
We know – even more than usual – that we are likely going to be yearning for human connection in the weeks ahead, too. To the extent that each of us is limiting our time out or our brains are filled with extra precautions, it means that finding a connection to each other through music is all the more vital. At WMOT, we are here for you and we know how important it is to bring you the music and community that you want and need. 
It’s also important that we continue asking you for support during our spring drive this week. Your support right now is vital to ensuring that the music and community you rely on every day continues to thrive. 
To that end, when you support WMOT today our business partners will donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and Nourish Food Banks. Subaru will provide five backpacks to Second Harvest for each donation made to WMOT. Ascend Federal Credit Union, Contract Management Services and The Alley on Main have each pledged $1000 matching gifts to Second Harvest. Andy Womack’s State Farm Office in Murfreesboro will match $1000 to Nourish Murfreesboro. When you donate to WMOT your dollars go twice as far! 
Community support is an essential part of who we are at WMOT and, we hope you’ll take the opportunity to help keep this music community strong while supporting the important work of our food banks. Do something to feel good today, to take action today, to protect your home for music today and help Second Harvest and Nourish Murfreesboro provide meals for school children and others. Please make a gift to WMOT now.
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Two Great Biographies On A&E Tonight.

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Apr 132020
 

While I was taking care of my medical issues in various hospitals all over America, I didn’t get the opportunity to write about us loosing our beloved Legends like Mr. Kenny Rogers and others. I’m working on a big huge article right now about many people that 2020 has already taken away from us.

This is a perfect opportunity to catch up on documentaries and shows that showcase those that influenced me to doing exactly what I do now, which is write about Country Music among their genres. Many nights I moil very late into the night, researching and studying these famous people, and how they embellished their music.

With thousands of LIVE STREAMS going on right now, and so many others catching up on podcasts, these two shows will be awesome treats to get to watch on television tonight. So as I take this time to catch up on things, I’ll be watching these.

Biography: Kenny Rogers is a journey through Kenny’s life and chart-busting career. Weaving in performances from his star-studded farewell show in Nashville, the biography charts Kenny’s hard-won 60-year career. Featuring performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson and more. Airs on A&E Monday, April 13, at 9 PM ET.

“Biography: Kenny Rogers” chronicles Roger’s life from his childhood, through the rise and fall of The First Edition, the iconic release of “The Gambler,” and to the height of his career as a successful solo artist, actor and pop-culture icon. Utilizing live performances and behind-the-scenes moments from Rogers’ 2017 star-studded farewell concert, All In For The Gambler, in Nashville, this “Biography” special pays tribute to a true country music legend. The two-hour documentary also features exclusive photos, a never-before-seen interview and acoustic performance by Rogers himself as well as intimate interviews with family and fellow luminaries including Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson and more.

“Biography: Kenny Rogers” is produced by Blackbird Presents for A&E Network with Keith Wortman, Ken Levitan, Mark Anstendig, and Robert Rauffer serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

The celebrated ‘Biography’ brand continues to highlight newsworthy personalities and events with compelling and surprising points-of-view and remains the defining source for true stories from some of the most accomplished non-fiction storytellers of our time. Biography.com is the home to hundreds of profiles of notable cultural figures and influencers.

Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton

“Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend” is a one-night-only concert special honoring the music and legacy of Merle Haggard. On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ben Haggard, Billy Gibbons, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson and more come together to pay tribute to Merle’s career. Fans will witness an all-star sing-along with artists singing “Okie from Muskogee,” never before seen interviews, exclusive behind the scene footage, and never before televised captivating performances from some of country music’s biggest artists.

“Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend” is produced by Blackbird Presents for A&E Network with Keith Wortman, Theresa Haggard, and Mark Rothbaum serving as executive producers and Robert Rauffer and Mark Anstendig as Co-Executive Producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson serve as executive producers for A&E Network.

Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend is a one-night-only concert special honoring the music and legacy of Merle Haggard. On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ben Haggard, Billy Gibbons, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson and more come together to pay tribute to Merle’s career. Airs on A&E Monday, April 13 at 11 PM ET.

Mr. Billy Don Burns And Guests Mr. Tony Logue, Mr. Tim Lynch And Mr. Chris Rogers In Tennessee.

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Apr 122020
 

One of my last unfinished projects I have was this one here, and it transpired in 2019 at The Warehouse In Clarksville Tennessee. This show was set up and hosted by Mr. Chris Rogers, who ardently contributes to the Kentucky local scene. I have never met him before, but I have had dealings with the Kentucky Opry before of course.

Mr. Chris Rogers played some songs tonight, pretty much the entire night was mostly all acoustic stuff but to get to go see Mr. Billy play some of his timeless hits on a personal environment is amazing.  I have a deep appetency for  Classic Country Music, and those that wrote them.

These three guys that played first have some pretty intense songs, and brought a unique personal touch to this event. They are all very overlooked songwriters by many others, and that is one thing I attempt to rectify on this website here.

One of his songs was a working title called “She Just Took It To Texas”, it’s from an upcoming album called “Winter Hay”. The line in that song refers to a breakup, and he hasn’t quite allowed her to give back his heart yet. Very simple and well written sad old Country song that embodies the core dynamic of Country Music songwriting as a whole.

He also played “The Truth Lies In the Whiskey”, which was a pretty self explanatory song there. He is just trying his ass off to make a name for himself in local music by hosting shows, and showcasing his own music for a few songs. To be honest, he was enjoying the other three sets as much as I was.

I’m strongly convinced he is doing this for the love of the music, and the proliferation of this craft, and I hope he does more shows around here. This next gentleman is not only a fantastic songwriter I enjoy, he is a personal friend. He has extended his help toward me on a personal level before, and I will never forget that.

Mr. Tim Lynch is from my area of Kentucky,and not too long before this show I actually played on the same bill as him. He plays all types of music to be honest, I couldn’t really categorize him under any type..it’s just good music. “Halfway To Rockcastle” is one of his staple originals that he always does I enjoy.

He also does some terrific cover songs like ‘Long Time Gone” by Waylon, followed by his original “Hoptown” a nickname for Hopkinsville Kentucky. Pretty much the biggest town between the two of us on any map, and it can be a rough area.

One of the more personal favorite songs of mine he does is called ” Hard Livin”. You know my friends I’ll say this about the hard living about the music business, I NEVER realized how tough their lives were until I began following them around as a journalist. I have been doing this for about 11 years now, and traveled to many many states and places. I stayed in some HORRIBLE hotels, and REALLY NICE ones as well, these guys and gals run a VERY tough schedule touring on a local level.

One of the artists I was really looking forward to featuring first, was Mr. Tony Logue, however my personal problem prohibited me on doing that and many other websites got to feature his shows first. I kind of missed the boat on that one, and I have nobody but my own self to blame.

His song “The Storm” really “REALLY” speaks to me as a man, because I DO WORK in a Kentucky steel plant, and even RIGHT NOW we are weathering a storm being laid off with this virus going on. we get notices by the time clock all the time, and I have 14 years in at the plant NOW….and I live in a red brick house. I feel like he wrote that song about me, and THAT’S what music is supposed to make you feel like.

His songs are dark, poignant, and choked full of gritty Kentucky folklore. He tells grim stories of neighbors robbing one another, and killing them as they stepped on the property like “Deadwood”. You just don’t hear long drawn out 5 minute story songs anymore..his music isn’t radio friendly….and he couldn’t be more proud of that.

“Cutt Riley’s Daughter” is an absolute masterpiece, and it is written with such intense down home flavor that it could be construed as fiction or fact, and still remain enjoyable. I mean, you can sit back and just close your eyes and LISTEN, and this man will take you to places that will melt your mind.

“Jenny Ridge” is a song he closed with which was a ghost story, and I don’t really want to ruin the plot for you. Just GO CHECK OUT THIS ALBUM. The shit he comes up with was AMAZING to me, and when he mailed me his albums out of the blue one week, I was BEYOND impressed. Another thing I would like to point out, is the fact this young man and his wife turned out to be wonderful personal friends.

“Life’s Blood” was a true story about where he grew up, and a place that got turned into a national park.  He also played a rousing song called “Tennessee Girl”, some of the songs he played tonight were not on either album and it was fun to get to hear them live.

He played a song called “Baptized” about the Cumberland river, and a few others before leaving it to our hero Mr. Billy Don Burns. He is indeed one of the last true songwriting Legends left alive today still active, he pretty much raised me as a music fan with songs like his song ” I Always Come Back To Loving You” off the 1975 Mel Tillis album called “Best Way I Know How”.

Another album that seriously influenced me was Miss Connie Smith’s 1974 album “That’s The Way Love Goes”, which included his song called ” Be Alright In Arkansas”.  And even though he doesn’t often perform the older songs as much as the new ones, he is still just as beautiful of a performer.

He opened with a song from the “Train Called Lonesome” album called “Lonesome 77203”.  He played “Stranger” which is from from the 2012 album called “Nights When I’m Sober”, along with “That’s Alright”.

He stops during the set multiple times to weave tales of his previous debauchery and wild days of old, with his friends like Paycheck, and many others. I vividly embrace his stories of beloved heroes like Mr. Mack Vickery whom died in 2004, and Mr. Chris Gantry.

“Graveyard In Montgomery” is the title track of his 2016 album from by friends over at Rusty Knuckles. He followed that up with ” Hey Willie”, would you record another one of my songs? The song “Church At Gaylor Creek”, was from Mr. Cody Jinks 2016 album “Lifers”.

His live album ” A Night In Room 8″ was my album of the year in 2016, and the song “Dead Or Alive” was from it, and another as well. Miss Brigette London the traveling highwaywoman recorded his song called ” Hank Williams Lonesome Keith Whitley Blue”.

His new album contained the song he wrote with my buddy Mr. Tim Ledford called “I Like Trains”.  He played the ever popular song ” Outlaws At The Cross” which was a terrific song for Easter Sunday, I had to go back and listen to that one twice.

He opened his “Night In Room 8” album with “Outskirts Of Desperate”, which was a good song about a single father. And he closed his show with “Desperate Men”.  I wanted to go on right away and talk about his NEW album, you can purchase on his website called “The Country Blues”.

This version of “Runnin’ Drugs Out Of Mexico” was by far one of the best with the banjos and fiddles, and his vocals were captured very well. Age has not faltered his vocals or his ambiance for that matter, he tells an articulate tale about a “Mexican Woman”.

“Damn Cryin’ Shame” is a MASTERPIECE and the vocals here were so vividly laid out, I deem this the apex of the album..usually that doesn’t happen so early on in any album for me. Another new song I have never heard yet was ” The Prison Song”, you can FEEL the story here. And Mr. Billy makes every word 100 percent believable here, straight from the mouth of one of Country Music’s most precious Legends still with us.

One that I was REALLY looking forward to is the Billie Gant song called “No God In Juarez” that I have heard Mr. Billie perform many times, but never heard Mr. Billy Don Burns play. He played a higher tempo version of the song with a real Spanish flair to it, in fact many of the songs here on this album had that added flavor.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2020) — “You Lied Our Love Away” has been announced as the first single delivered to radio off the Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues album released by Country Rewind Records with physical distribution by Select-O-Hits. The new recordings are available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more here.

“Happy that Country Rewind Records liked it enough to release it and that Shooter Jennings liked it enough to endorse it,” shared Billy Don Burns.

This album is about the life of a honky tonk singers’ fifty years on the road and he’s still doing it 250-300 days a year. His songs have been recorded by the old guard, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Connie Smith and others, and lots of new up and coming artists like Cody Jinks, Colter Wall.”  Billy Don Burns

“It is a great album, Billy Don sounds great, as he always does. The songs are fantastic. He sings about the truth and hard times, but he tells a tale of warning and a tale of heart with this album,” exclaims Shooter Jennings. “Long live Billy Don Burns and his very important place in the history of Country and Western Music.”

Track List – Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues
1. Runnin’ Drugs Out Of Mexico (Billy Don Burns)
2. Mexican Woman (Billy Don Burns)
3. No Shortage Of The Blues (Billy Don Burns/Mack Vickery)
4. Damn Cryin’ Shame (Billy Don Burns/Mike Randolph)
5. Stranger (Billy Don Burns)
6. The Prison Song (Billy Don Burns)
7. Ramblin’ Gypsy (Ken McDuffie/Robin Gipson)
8. You Lied Our Love Away (Billy Don Burns/Hank Cochran)
9. I Like Trains (Billy Don Burns/Tim Ledford)
10. No God In Juaurez (Billie Gant)
11. Wild Dogs (Billy Don Burns)
12. Honky Tonk Boots (Billy Don Burns/Mack Vickery/Scott Blackwell)

Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues was produced by Executive Producers, Charlie Ammerman and Thomas Gramuglia and co-produced by Billy Don Burns / Jeff Williams / Mike Randolph at “The Den” Nashville Music Group with mastering by Aaron Dethrage.

These recordings are a follow up to Country Rewind Records previous releases of such greats as Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith, Jeannie C. Riley Rex Allen Sr., Carl Smith, Rex Allen Jr. and more which have all received great reviews by music critics worldwide.

Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners by bringing unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary Country era.

Stay current with Country Rewind Records on their website countryrewindrecords.com and social media platform Facebook.

About Country Rewind Records:
Country Rewind Records
(CRR) was founded by Thomas Gramuglia of Hindsight Records in 2014. Gramuglia obtained a treasure chest of unreleased recordings from recruitment radio shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The superb CRR collection of original master recordings contains music from more than 100 country music legends and trendsetters (including intimate performances by country music greats such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and many more). These recordings were never released for commercial use. After a diligent quest to collect appropriate and legal permissions from artists and/or their estates, CRR has now recorded and produced multiple, quintessential, “must-hear” projects. With the mission to transfer these never-heard-before tracks to a high quality, state-of-the-art recording; complemented by contemporary instrumentation and background vocals, Country Rewind Records will release this historical American music to America’s music generations of the future. For more information visit countryrewindrecords.com.

The Muddy Roots Southern Gothic Festival.

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Apr 102020
 

Right next to where I live in Lick Skillet on the other side of the Red River, you have Adams Tennessee. Southern Gothic is a fall festival hosted by Muddy Roots that celebrates darker roots music. I brought the website to both of the Southern Gothic festivals, and this year I had some arthritis shots in my back, so I covered this a little bit differently than my normal depth.

I’m going to jump around with the pictures of the bands, and write about the bands here. We had some wonderful sets this weekend performed by a TON of good bands from quite a few genres. THAT IS the unique thing about Muddy Roots…variety. Mr. Jason brings forth so many different types of music all juxtaposed into one major area.

I’m also going to jump around the lineups here, and tell you about the bands as my notes tell me about this event. I have information on quite a few bands I have never covered on this website, and a few that I haven’t encountered in quite some time…so let’s talk about the music, shall we?

Fable Cry is self described as a theatrical scamp rock band from Nashville, TN. They draw inspiration both musically and poetically, from all things imaginative, mythical, and spooky. They were extremely different in every way to me, and from the very first song I was immediately a fan. They are currently on tour with The Legendary Shack Shakers, and slim Cessnea’s Auto Club.

OK They aren’t even Country, SO WHAT? You know I do deviate from time to time with many of the different types of bands I run across, if I like their music. They played a song called “Dead Or Alive (For Now), from their album called “We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are”.

Also from that album they played “Fancy Dancing”, and some new songs from an upcoming album they have in the works. Mr. Zach Ferrin – Vocals, Guitar fronts this band  along with Miss Jo Cleary – Violin whom also sings. Joining this band is Mr. Scott Fernandez – Bass, Miss Melody Ryan – Keys, Flute, Vocals and Mr. Andrew Core – Drums.

This band from Oregon called The Builders And The Butchers were an exciting band to say the least.They have been around for quite some time now, and they have an eclectic assortment of albums under their belt. “Bringin Home The Rain” is from their 2007 self titled album, as well as their 2010 album called “Where The Roots All Grow”.

This band is a little folk type Bluegrass with doomy harmonies and String Band vibe all mashed into one band.  You’re evil as the demons that haunt you, forgetting all it was that they taught you….yeah this band has some pretty poignant lyrics with foot stomping fever.

They played “Never Tell” from their 2017 ‘Spark” album which was a good song to hear live. They formed in 2005 and Mr. Ryan Sollee playes guitar and fronts the band. Mr. Justin Baier on drums, Mr. Willy Kunkle on bass guitar, Mr. Ray Rude on all kinds of stuff and finally Mr. Harvey Tumbleson make up this band.

SHE WORE BLACK DRESSES was in their set, about an evil woman who never cried or smiled in the morning and has a stone cold heart. Also probably my personal favorite song they play here, along with “All Turn To Fire”, which they have a VERY GOOD version of LIVE on their 2017 “LIVE From Doug Fir” album.

There were two days of bands I want to tell you about here, and some of them I have covered in the past. Some of them just don’t get to my area often enough, and also when you cover as many bands as I do, it’s hard to see that many shows.

I need to tell you about a Western Kentucky Legend in my area, and he is well known in the Owensboro area Bluegrass community. Mr. J.T.Oglesby is a fixture in my area, with deep ties to the history of Bluegrass in the Western Kentucky area.

Country Legend and Muhlenberg County native Mr. Merle Travis recorded the song “Nine Pound Hammer”, that he played today for us with note for note precision. You know, one thing I have always admired about Mr. J.T. is that he is extremely versatile in many styles of music, and he is quite the entertainer.

Also included in his set was a rousing version of the song “Saint James Infirmary” which I have heard many different bands play through the years from Bluegrass to Rockabilly. It stems from the 1920’s where Mr. Louis Armstrong played it among others.

“Minor Swing” and one of the songs I enjoy of his is called “Ghost Of Appalachia” . You need to check out his videos of Western Kentucky Thumbpicking and all of his forward roll videos to truly grasp the full platform of his work in music. Playing with him tonight was Mr. Matthias Bartley and Mr. Brandon Harper, whom have a band called Creep Diet.

Friends….THAT IS what music is all about and what Muddy Roots was founded on. Our buddy Mr. Robert Brown worked what little security we needed, and a bunch of friends traveled from far areas like Mr. Mark Simmons and many many more. This event is already being announced for 2020 and you can purchase tickets HERE.

I physically watched as many bands as I could this weekend, but to be honest I could barely keep myself upright or get eased outside. It was ( and still is ) very hard for me to combat this issue. However I took so many pictures and I wanted to include them all along with the bands I didn’t get to see as best as I could.

This year I had some very bad medical issues, and I had to lean heavily on all of you friends for moral support. That is the reason that this piece is so late, if you are an avid reader of my website you know what my plight was. For the last three months, I have battled an addiction to pills..and so far I have WON!

These beloved bands need me, and I had to fight a battle to overcome this problem because I was getting to the point where I was not beneficial to the music world without sobriety. ALL OF THESE BANDS need our support and our love, and I needed to change some things in order to do that.  I’m truly sorry to everyone involved about the late article for this event, I cannot do anything but apologize and move forward in my newly changed life.

Ahhh my old friend The Reverend Red, you need to check out his duo album with Mr. Duane Mark, it is one of my personal favorites in my collection. He has a NEW ALBUM out NOW called “Lakewood Dreamers” and he played a few songs from it tonight, he is just a good guy to get to get to know. He and I have really cool conversations about things at festivals.

“Water” is a really good song he played tonight, and to be honest it’s one of the best songs on his album. I think it showcased his vocals really well. From his 2015 “Goode hill Road” album, he played “I Did It For Denver” and another called “Knock Three Times”.

“Wayfaring Stranger” he played that was a cover, along with “Western Slope”. Pictured below is our buddy Mr. Duane Mark, whom also has a new album out and my other buddy Mr. W.T. Newton. You know not many people even cover the old ( what we call Roots music ) anymore. I really think that is ludicrous and stupid because it’s great!

He played a couple more songs for us before the other bands all got to play their sets all day today. Like my buddies over at S.S.Web from the good old Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.It’s been TOO LONG since I got to see Mr. Henry and Mr. Chris Bissell, and Mr. David Schuster play some of those older classic songs like “Sharpen Up The Meat Cleaver” from their “Revenge…” album.

Also they played ” 2 Devils” one of MY favorites, I got a devil in each ear telling me what to do, why can’t I break myself of you? Just their classic songs were played here tonight in their full force punk infused string band form. i did get to catch Mr. J.T. Oglesby jamming out in front of the stage during their set.

“Bring Me Home” was included in tonight’s set along with others like the title track to their 2018 album called “This Cold Soul”. They played “GAMBLING”, which always gets a lot of rousing reaction from the audience, as well as “Most Anything”…or as I like to call it “Bottle Of Whiskey”.

“Dead Man’s Bar” is from their 2011 “North” album when this music was at it’s period that I became to LOVE these bands. “Knockin’ At My Door” was one of their newer songs they played tonight, along with “Hang It Up”. They played a bunch more songs that I didn’t write down.

O’Death was there this weekend, and I got to catch them playing “Wrong Time” from the “Out Of Hands We Go” album. Mr. Greg Jamie – vocals, guitar, Mr. Gabe Darling – vocals, ukulele, banjo, Mr. David Rogers-Berry – drums, Mr. Bob Pycior – violin and Mr.  Newman – bass make up this New York based band.

The campground itself is very spacious and right along the Red River with plenty of camping area and fishing, canoeing and other activities. This is the second year for this event, the first year was quite a bit colder than last year.

Murder By Death was one of the bands I didn’t catch the entire set this weekend, however they did indeed play some songs off the new album called “The Other Shore” from Bloodshot Records.

Mr .Adam Turla – Vocals, Guitars, Miss Sarah Balliet – Cello, Keys, Mr. Dagan Thogerson -Drums, Percussion, Mr. Tyler Morse – Bass, and finally Mr. David Fountain – Piano, Percussion, Mandolin, Banjo, and Backup vox all make up this Bloomington Illinois band.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer  was another band I missed, and they are from Kansas City. The band Freight Train Rabbit Killer is made up of Kris Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer). They often describe themselves as Roots or heavy doom blues, and from my past shows where I HAVE seen them…they are intense!

Blood On The Harp from Atlanta came out to play songs from their two albums “Ghosts volume 1 and 2”. This band was one of the more classic examples of Southern Gothic than anyone.  Mr. Miguel Olascuaga, Mr. Russell Blair, Miss Keena Graham, Mr. Chris Johnson, Mr. Christopher Salmon, and finally Mr. Nick Skillman brought a type of music to me that contained so many influences it completely flummoxed me.

Johnny Lawhorn And The Pentagram String Band I didn’t get any pictures of them, but I do remember their songs like “Blood So Warm”, and “Cadillac Jesus” from the album called “Busker’s Boneyard”.  Mr. Johnny Lawhorn – banjo/guitar/vocals, Miss Hannah Bernardini – mandolin/vocals, Mr. Dustin Johnson – upright bass/backup vocals and Miss Nicole Bax – washboard/backup vocals make up this band here.

Also from Kansas City, they emanate that Roots type music like “Old Face” and “Dorris”. They finished their set with “Gasoline Road” and others.

The stage is really nice and the seating area fits quite a bit of people, and has plenty of standing area in the front which is usually what the Muddy Roots crowd does at most of the events. I also invited my friend Angela to come with this year, as she lives close by.

These are her 3 boys Mr. Tyler her oldest, her middle son Mr. Dylan and her youngest son Mr. Riley. they are my little buddies and I like very much to play with them. The other day we had fun playing football outside when it was a little warmer out.

This band from Nashville Tennessee called Coffin Hunter was one I REALLY ENJOYED here, playing songs from the album “Red State Blue State Interstate 8” like the opening song intro called “The Great Chase”, which then went into the “ATF” (Alcohol Tobacco And Firearms).

They played some traditional Bluegrass songs like “Pig In A Pen” and also played some of the story songs like “Chronicle Of The Coffin Hunter” played throughout the album here. “Binge Of The Barfly” , and their last song was called “Target At The Market”.

Other bands I missed this weekend were my friends over at Saddle Of Southern Darkness, but I have indeed wrote a few great reviews on many festival articles. Their new album from 2019 called “The Feral Few”, was amazing on vinyl.

Mr. Trent Williams- Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Mr. Chase Williams- Vocals, Dobro, Guitar, Mr. Mark Rossi- Upright Bass, and finally Mr. Robert Van Natta – Percussion make up this Denver based doom Roots band. They display a very deep passion for many different genres of music, and a very menacing stage presence but they are good guys.

Songs like “Killbilly” and “Death Of The Saddle” will defiantly bring you up to a whole new echelon of Doomy Punkgrass type stuff. I never really got the chance to review their new album, because of my personal problems, and although it’s really not a valid excuse I hope they will forgive this old man!

I suppose to be honest I am using the website to work my twelve steps of AA, and mending fences with so many in written form. I know for a fact there will be MANY MORE future shows with these boys, and if you aren’t familiar with this band…you need to be!

Mr. Shawn Patrick Sweeney, Mr. Patrick Mcgillicuddy and also Mr. Dane “The Assassin” Talley make up the Kansas City band called Ghosts Of Grandad’s Past. This next piece is from their website:

Hailing from Kansas City, Ghosts of Grandads Past have spun their own tale on songs and stories of depression & murder, love & hate, Satan & sadness to come up with their own style on southern gothic tales while throwing in elements of folk, punk rock, goth rock and classic country.

“Down By The River” was an EP they released last year, and it was amazing, I’m really sorry I missed some of these sets this weekend, bur the first day I arrived kind of late from my doctor appointment. Mr. Lance Whalen was there as well and I didn’t get to catch him.

Viva Le Vox are my buddies in so many ways, out of North Carolina, and it’s always so good to be around them. Mr. Scarecrow Jenkins, Mr. Tony Bones, and the elusive Mr. Johnny Tugboat make up this intense trio of Roots badness.

Their 2009 album “Desperation Alley” is an iconic roots music album from that period of time that I was being introduced to bands like Those Poor Bastards, .357 String Band, Filthy Still and others. I really, really enjoy their stage shows with all the dark lights and his self harnessed mic rig.

These three guys really do proliferate their genre with videos and support of other bands that play the lineups with them. They don’t JUST SHOW UP AND PLAY, they continually and ardently support the other bands almost more than themselves.

In a nutshell everybody I wasn’t totally in my element this weekend on a mental level, and right now I’m on the cusp of beginning a new adventure of life in my own sobriety. Do I still plan to work shows in bars and around the things that ailed me?  OF COURSE , and I will not judge or condemn drinkers or anything that anybody else does.

But from now on, wherever you find the AA meetings, and my beautiful friends that attend them while enjoying all types of music…you’ll find the new and improved Gary Hayes.

Part Of The .357 String Band Makes History!

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Apr 082020
 

Hey folks this is one of two of the VERY FIRST times I have ever covered a LIVE STREAM for anybody. I’m not totally sure if they can still take donations but it was Streetgrass 77 @ gmail.com.  Even I had to dig a little here to make SURE I got the albums correct, after all most of these songs were by far older than 10 years.

This band was monumental to me in many ways, and EVERY ONE of the five members are great people in my opinion. Mr. Joseph Huber has graced my TOP 50 many times in the past. He tours HARDCORE, and supports a TON of the festivals I cover. When ANY of the festivals request a wish list from me Mr. Jospeh and Mr. Jayke (with or without the Goddamn gallows) are BOTH on my wish list.

A couple of my fellow Milwaukee boys, and even though we didn’t meet up until they were touring, I was a BIG fan of what they did…and YES I DO have a T Shirt guys…in good condition still!  So they began with the very first track on the first album of 2006, and one of the most integral albums of MY OWN journey into this style of  music called Ghost Town. That song is the great cover of “Pig In A Pen”.

From the 2008 ICONIC second album “Fire And Hail” they played the title track, as well as displaying their still existing banjo and mandolin chops. Speaking of ICONIC albums, they played “There’s A Higher Power” from the 1959 album “Satan Is Real”.

One thing that turned me onto music like this was as nerdy as I am they accepted me and I found a HOME with these bands that idolized the Legends like I do, but also loved the punk metal, and the heavy metal too. We were on that cusp of celebrating ALL genres.

“Stillest Hour” was a good slow song they played from ‘Ghost Town”. “Cluck Ol’ Hen”, “Black River Blues” were from “Fire And Hail”. Their cover of “Milwaukee Here I Come” was written in 1968 by Mr. Lee Fykes, and was originally recorded by George Jones first…many followed.

Of course “Shot Down” was included as was “I’m Gone”. However for me the apex of this whole show was their beautiful harmonies they still have for ” Long Put Down That Gospel”. That song is amazing and hits me right in the feels every time. And they did indeed the Those Poor Bastards song ” Glory, Amen”.

They closed with ‘Little Black Train Of Death”  and after talking to us in our homes, they finished with ‘Down On a Bender” both songs off of “Fire And Hail”.  Honestly, I’m not quite sure if there would ever be a full on reunion of any combination of the five past members but they acknowledged all three of the past members.

It truly was an up and down day, because shortly after they signed off so did our hero Mr. John Prine. He decided to go to Hillbilly Heaven last night, and lost a hard battle with the deadly Covid19. Here is the other article I made for the show :

Man I gotta tell you when I heard this I HAD to whip up this piece really fast for these two old friends of mine.  Mr. Jayke Orvis and Mr. Joseph Huber, whom both helped open my own floodgates to MANY more bands of so many genres. THIS to me is so personal, and I have a strong appetency  for these old classics.

I want to say this outright to these two guys and to all of you. Bands like this one MADE ME into the intense journalist I am, and they are my core of being.  Sam Bush, Old 97’s, Dale Watson, Jason And The Scorchers..and these guys.  They are always very welcoming and accept EVERYONE into their crowd.

Also, on a personal level I was adopted and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin where they came from. I didn’t know them but possibly could have been around them, as I’m 50. When I left in 1996 to come to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career, they came around.

They had no designated front man, and they blazed through local bars with their own style of Bluegrass or Streetgrass…or WHATEVER the fuck you want to call it…I haven’t been THIS excited for anything in a while. For me to make an article about a live stream is unheard of…but so was this ( I thought ).

The .357 String Band has released three albums  that turned me onto an entirely whole new world of bands and artists, 2006’s Ghost Town, featuring performances by Lonesome Wyatt from Those Poor Bastards, Rebecca Manthe from the Tossers, as well as co-production from JD Wilkes of Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers were another band that inspired me as well..and in my opinion Col. J.D. Wilkes is a Legend.

2008’s Fire & Hail is one of local music’s most iconic and important albums and that one  features performances by Andy Gibson of Hank III’s Damn Band, and performances by Donnie Herron of BR549. I’m going to tell you what folks, Mr. Andy Gibson produced some DAMN FINE albums in my time.

2010’s Lightning From The North, also recorded by and featuring performances by Andy Gibson. Right around 2011 they disbanded and went about their separate ways, be that good or bad. Because each one of them have blessed us with some DAMN FINE solo music, and Mr. Jayke’s contributions to the Goddamn Gallows is beloved by me and many others.

PLEASE join me on the LIVESTREAM and let’s donate a TON of money for them to live through this virus crap, and return to life. Here’s how YOU can see this tonight:

Hey everyone…Jayke and I will be playing at a a safe distance from each other while attempting to bring you all some sweet temporary relief with some olden .357 songs. It’ll be my first time playing some of these songs in a decade. Join us if you’d like at 5pm central from…I believe either of our music fb pages (not the .357 site). Be safe out there WI voters and all you good people!

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My Friends At The Blue Ox have Rescheduled Dates For August 2020.

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Apr 082020
 
As many of you know we are ardently keeping track of festivals that are moving, and cancelling outright. We can direct you to the proper places for a refund or exchange to many of the festivals listed on these articles.
For ONGOING ones go  HERE
For ones that have cancelled or rescheduled please go HERE.

Hello Everyone,
As you might have suspected, our June dates for the 2020 Blue Ox Music Festival will not be possible this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, we have worked closely with Eau Claire County Officials, Town of Union Officials, Blue Ox Artists, and their Management Teams to reschedule the festival for August 27-29, 2020. Without their efforts and cooperation this would not have been possible.
We realize how much this event means to all of you, and believe that shifting to the end of the summer will give us the best chance of having a festival in 2020.
As many of you know we are a small, family-owned festival; our team works passionately throughout the year to make this event a reality. Finding ourselves in this situation is something that we never could have imagined.
We are working hard to make sure all the pieces are in place for these new dates which includes maintaining our original 2020 lineup. These efforts have been moving along successfully thus far. We will release these details as they get finalized in the coming weeks.
All tickets, including reserved campsites and car passes, purchased for the originally scheduled festival dates on June 11-13, 2020 – will be valid for the new festival dates – August 27-29, 2020.
If you are unable to make the rescheduled dates, your credentials can be rolled over to the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival scheduled for June 2021. Blue Ox is also working on a refund policy to fit this unique situation.
We kindly ask for your patience, for this will take a bit of time, as we iron out the details with our ticketing partner to achieve ticket rollovers, refunds, and a potential official ticket transfer system.
We realize that the disruptions caused by this pandemic have affected many of us differently. We will come up with a solution for all ticket buyers. You are our festival family and we will do everything that we can to make this as seamless as possible for you.
In the meantime, we are presently collaborating with Blue Ox artists as well as Jamgrass TV, in releasing shows from our festival archives to create a Blue Ox Music Festival experience from the comfort of your own homes.
Hopefully this serves as a reminder to STAY HOME! We are all in this together and will get through this together.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you once again in August!
*Please feel free to contact us at info@blueoxfest.com with any questions or concerns.
Until then, take care and stay safe,
The Blue Ox Team

 

A Message From Fiona Prine And Oh Boy Records.

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Apr 082020
 

Good friends today I have been writing, and catching up even more on the website. I have a huge mega article upcoming on not only Mr. John Prine, but the loss of several others like Miss Jan Howard. I wanted to make a different angle article than everyone else did, that is what sets me on a different echelon than the rest.

I have a bunch of irons in a bunch of fires, and a bunch of home projects going on during this time of uncertainty. Just bear with me folks, I’ll be publishing MUCH MORE in the next week or so.

Meanwhile, here is an email I got this morning..and if you are on the Oh Boy Records mailing list you got it too:

From Oh Boy Records

It is with heavy hearts we have to share this sad news. Some of you may have already heard, but we wanted to take the time to let you know personally, and to say thank you. Thank you so much for all the well wishes, thoughts, prayers, stories, and songs. They helped us keep going through this tough time, and they will continue to bring us comfort.


Thank you for your love and support of John all these years. We know that it is what kept him going. He absolutely loved what he did, and he loved all of you. Thank you and we love you. – The Oh Boy family

From Fiona Whelan Prine…


Our beloved John died yesterday evening at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville TN. We have no words to describe the grief our family is experiencing at this time. John was the love of my life and adored by our sons Jody, Jack and Tommy, daughter in law Fanny, and by our grandchildren.


John contracted Covid-19  and in spite of the incredible skill and care of his medical team at Vanderbilt he could not overcome the damage this virus inflicted on his body.

 

I sat with John – who was deeply sedated- in the hours before he passed and will be forever grateful for that opportunity.


My dearest wish is that people of all ages take this virus seriously and follow guidelines set by the CDC. We send our condolences and love to the thousands of other American families who are grieving the loss of loved ones at this time – and to so many other families across the world.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the outpouring of love we have received from family, friends, and fans all over the world. John will be so missed but he will continue to comfort us with his words and music and the gifts of kindness, humor and love he left for all of us to share.


In lieu of flowers or gifts at this time we would ask that a donation be made to one of the following non profits:


thistlefarms.org
roomintheinn.org
nashvillerescuemission.org

TONIGHT The .357 String Band Plays Half Cocked….LIVE!

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Apr 072020
 

 

Jayke Orvis's photo.

 

Man I gotta tell you when I heard this I HAD to whip up this piece really fast for these two old friends of mine.  Mr. Jayke Orvis and Mr. Joseph Huber, whom both helped open my own floodgates to MANY more bands of so many genres. THIS to me is so personal, and I have a strong appetency  for these old classics.

I want to say this outright to these two guys and to all of you. Bands like this one MADE ME into the intense journalist I am, and they are my core of being.  Sam Bush, Old 97’s, Dale Watson, Jason And The Scorchers..and these guys.  They are always very welcoming and accept EVERYONE into their crowd.

Also, on a personal level I was adopted and raised in Milwaukee Wisconsin where they came from. I didn’t know them but possibly could have been around them, as I’m 50. When I left in 1996 to come to Nashville to pursue a songwriting career, they came around.

They had no designated front man, and they blazed through local bars with their own style of Bluegrass or Streetgrass…or WHATEVER the fuck you want to call it…I haven’t been THIS excited for anything in a while. For me to make an article about a live stream is unheard of…but so was this ( I thought ).

The .357 String Band has released three albums  that turned me onto an entirely whole new world of bands and artists, 2006’s Ghost Town, featuring performances by Lonesome Wyatt from Those Poor Bastards, Rebecca Manthe from the Tossers, as well as co-production from JD Wilkes of Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers were another band that inspired me as well..and in my opinion Col. J.D. Wilkes is a Legend.

2008’s Fire & Hail is one of local music’s most iconic and important albums and that one  features performances by Andy Gibson of Hank III’s Damn Band, and performances by Donnie Herron of BR549. I’m going to tell you what folks, Mr. Andy Gibson produced some DAMN FINE albums in my time.

2010’s Lightning From The North, also recorded by and featuring performances by Andy Gibson. Right around 2011 they disbanded and went about their separate ways, be that good or bad. Because each one of them have blessed us with some DAMN FINE solo music, and Mr. Jayke’s contributions to the Goddamn Gallows is beloved by me and many others.

PLEASE join me on the LIVESTREAM and let’s donate a TON of money for them to live through this virus crap, and return to life. Here’s how YOU can see this tonight:

Hey everyone…Jayke and I will be playing at a a safe distance from each other while attempting to bring you all some sweet temporary relief with some olden .357 songs. It’ll be my first time playing some of these songs in a decade. Join us if you’d like at 5pm central from…I believe either of our music fb pages (not the .357 site). Be safe out there WI voters and all you good people!

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Legacy Recordings Re-Releases Lynn Anderson’s Classic Albums ‘Cry’ and ‘Listen To A Country Song’ To All Digital Providers

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Apr 072020
 

Lynn Anderson: Cry Lynn Anderson: Listen To A Country Song

 

Through Legacy Recordings (the catalog division of Sony Entertainment)
Nashville, Tenn. – For the first time since her passing in 2015, Lynn Anderson fans now have access to two of her iconic albums that have just been re-released to all digital platforms through Legacy Recordings. Anderson’s digitally remastered album ‘Cry,’ was released on March 6th and ‘Listen To A Country Song’ will be released on March 20. The fan-favorite ‘Top Of The World’ has been confirmed for release, with a street date still to be determined.

Ranked among the most admired and trailblazing entertainers in America throughout her six-decade career, Lynn Anderson’s sparkling vocals brought a new level of sophistication and glamour to country music. Her groundbreaking pop-country sound helped her become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal. Many firsts were achieved throughout Anderson’s career; some of which broke social barriers. Anderson was the first female country singer to perform on The Tonight Show, first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden and the first female to win an American Music Award. Lynn repeatedly delivered chart topping songs, such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the 70s. Too timeless to be forgotten, events and celebrations are in the works to honor the classic hits and sweet southern personality that Anderson engraved in hearts across the world.

“Lynn Anderson was an icon to millions around the world, but to me she was mom,” says daughter, Lisa Sutton. “It is so exciting to have two of her classic albums re-released through Sony Legacy during a time when we need it the most. Until now, they were only available on vinyl. This is a wonderful way for old fans and new ones to come together through music. Just stay tuned, because this is only the beginning!”

‘Cry’ Track Listing:
01. Cry
02. Never Ending Song Of Love
03. Ask Any Woman
04. Bedtime Story
05. I Won’t Mention It Again
06. Tonight My Baby’s Coming Home
07. Cotton Jenny
08. Kiss Away
09. When You Say Love
10. We Can Make It
11. We’ve Got To Get It On Again

‘Listen To A Country Song’ Track Listing:
01. Listen To A Country Song
02. Reason To Believe
03. There’s A Party Going On
04. Everybody’s Reaching Out For Someone
05. If I Can’t Be Your Woman
06. Just Keep It Up
07. Fool Me
08. Take Me To Your World
09. You’re Everything
10. It Don’t Do No Good To Be A Good Girl
11. That’s What Loving You Has Meant To Me

About Lynn Anderson:
Lynn Anderson’s six-decade career charted 12 #1 singles and a total of 18 Top 10 hits, with more than 50 Top 40 hit singles total. Aside from being named “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music twice and “Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Country Music Association, she also won a Grammy Award for her signature song “Rose Garden.” Anderson later won a People’s Choice Award, and was the very first female artist to win an American Music Award. In 1974, she became the first female country act to sell out Madison Square Garden. Record World, a major music trade magazine of the 1950s to the 1980s, honored Anderson as ‘Artist of the Decade’ for 1970-1980. Lynn Anderson died at age 67 on July 30, 2015, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Anderson’s memory continues to live on through her legions of fans from around the world.

Hats Off To The 80s & 90s – The Music Continues Presented By The 615 Hideaway Event Draws A Crowd Of Over 260,000 Viewers

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Apr 072020
 

Hats Off To The 80s & 90s

 

Acoustic concert featured artists T. Graham Brown, Bryan White, Wade Hayes, Tim Rushlow, David Frizzell, Ronnie McDowell, Tim Atwood And Lulu Roman 

 Aired by WWTW ShortWave Radio And Live Streamed By CDX, Do You Remember?, Nashville.com, The Heartland Network, RFD-TV, Country Rebel, Visit Music City  and more!

Hosted by Megan Alexander of Inside Edition

Nashville, Tenn. – On Monday, March 23, the acoustic live-stream concert “Hats off to the 80’s and 90’s- The Music Continues” presented by the 615 Hideaway took over the internet drawing in over 260,000 country music fans from around the world to enjoy live country music from the comfort of their homes. The special event was hosted by Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander and arranged by country hit maker T. Graham Brown in an effort to keep spirits high, hearts strong and bring optimistic entertainment to those stuck inside during times of social distancing. Brown, joined by fellow artists Bryan White, Wade Hayes, Tim Rushlow, David Frizzell, Ronnie McDowell,Tim Atwood and Lulu Roman put on a show that left fans counting down the days until the next live-stream concert.

“It was so much fun getting to be with friends during these tough times,” says Brown. “Music heals the heart and right now, we need a lot of heeling. So, when I started calling all of these guys – they all said yes! Hopefully we helped ease some minds and bring some happiness into some homes. Now, are you ready for us to do it again? You just never know…”

The two hour event aired live via social media platforms as well as WWTW ShortWave Radio, CDX, Do You Remember?, Nashville.com, The Heartland Network, RFD-TV, Country Rebel, Country Road TV, Visit Music City and many more. T. Graham Brown kicked the evening off with his legendary chart topping hits, “Hell or High Water,” “Wish I Could Hurt That Way Again” and “Wine Into Water.” The show continued with light-hearted jokes, hit songs and legendary performances from all the artists.

Please go to Visit Music City on Facebook to watch the full show: facebook.com/nashvillemusiccity/videos/550110802275943/.

To view off Facebook, click here.

To keep up with “Hats off to the 80’s and 90’s” tour announcements visit tgrahambrown.com.

About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots.

In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune and more. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as “Larry’s Country Diner” and “Country’s Family Reunion.” Brown’s uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.

Full List Of Live Tn And Ky Shows.

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Apr 032020
 

Folks I am trying my best to keep up with all of the venues, festivals and all else for you. These dates are ALL tentative, and I move the dates that reschedule of cancel RIGHT HERE . Your guess is as good as mine as to exactly when we will have live music again, or if the economy will ever fully rebound from this global tragedy.

I know for an absolute FACT any shows before the 15th of April have been cancelled so I’ll start logging dates and events that are slated to transpire AFTER April 15th. Even the Southgate House Revival whom reports not knowing when they will re open, has been left up on here after the 18th JUST IN CASE they can re open.

Until then, everybody hunker down at home and enjoy all of these live streams and watch movies. ME? Well, I just been working on the house chores and catching up on all of my back work on the computer. Catch a few podcasts I don’t always get to listen to, and enjoy my record collection.

BE WELL MY DEAR READERS. God Bless All Of You.

 

Quebe Sisters
Station Inn May 21st

Harmed Brothers Album Release Show
Southgate House May 23rd

Shooter Jennings
Exit Inn May 29th

Jesse Dayton
The Southgate House Revival May 29th

Tanya Tucker
Shooter Jennings
Beaver Dam Ampitherater May 30th

John Anderson
Red Barn In Ohio May 30th

Joseph Huber
Chelsea Ford And the Trouble
Gallows Bound
Southgate House Revival May 30th

Gary Allan
Marathon Music Works June 3rd

The Mavericks
Caverns June 5th

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
Cavrens June 6th

Whey Jennings
Nashville Palace June 6th

Ricky Skaggs
Ryman Auditorium July 9th

Mike And The Moonpies
Minglewood Hall June 10th

The Lil Smokies
The Del McCoury Band.
Ryman Auditorium June 18th

Todd Snider
Rhonda Vincent
The Caverns Pelham Tn June 20th

The Bellamy Brothers
Red Barn Ohio July 11th

Charlie Daniels
Bridgestone Arena July 17th

Alabama
Bridgestone Arena July 18th

Vince Gill
Ryman Auditorium July 23rd

Marty Stuart
Acsend Ampitheater July 23rd

Read Southall Band
Minglewood Hall July 23rd

American Aquarium
Minglewood Music Hall August 27th

Town Mountain
Yellow Creek Park Owensboro Ky June 27th

Bonnie Bishop
City Winery July 24th

The Steel Woods
The Shed Maryville Tn July 25th

Wade Bowen
Randy Rogers Band
Ryman Auditorium August 6th

Alan Jackson
Bridgestone Arena August 7th 2020

Blackberry Smoke
Ascend Ampitheater August 9th

Steel Woods
Morgan Wade
the Caverns august 15th

American Aquarium
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville August 16th

John Moreland
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville August 28th

The steel Woods
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky August 29th

Corb Lund
3rd And Lindsley August 30th

Ronnie Mcdowell
The Red Barn In Ohio September 12th

Charley Pride
Bridgestone Arena September 15th

B.J. Thomas
SkyPAC Bowling Green Ky September 19th 2020

Sammy Kershaw
Collin Raye
Aaron Tippin
The Red Barn In Ohio Spetember 24th

Daryl Worley
The Red Barn In Ohio September 26th

Whiskey Myers
Plaza Theater In Glasgow Ky September 26th

Chris Stapleton
Thompson Arean Knoxville Tn October 1st

Chris Stapleton
Bridgestone Arena October 2nd and 3rd

The Dead South
The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band
The Caverns October 3rd

Whiskey Myers
Ryman Auditorium October 20th

Whiskey Myers
Ryman Auditorium November 21st

Jo Dee Messina
The Red Barn In Ohio December 12th

Ian Noe
Lucero
Ryman Auditorium Feb 11th 2021

Chris Stapleton
Bridgestone Arena October 22nd and 23rd

Album Feature – Jessi Alexander – Decatur County Red

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Apr 022020
 

By Joshua Wallace

Decatur County Red is Jessi Alexander’s third record following her 2014 album titled Down Home.  This is actually my first time listening to Jessi Alexander and you might be saying the same thing as it has been six years since her last album.  However you possibly know her music as she has written several songs that have been both great deep cuts on mainstream albums and country radio hits.  She has written songs for the likes of Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and even newer artists like Travis Denning. While she has written for a good list of top country radio names, this record is more in the traditional country realm and it has a really good sound in that respect.  Let’s take a dive through some of the cuts on this album.

First up is the first single from the album titled “Mama Drank”.  This is a great songwriters song that makes great use of setting and character to tell a story.  The song has a bit of fun with the subject and I dig the low key electric guitar riff on this track.  The next track is a song that originally appeared on a Tim McGraw album by the same name called “Damn Country Music”.  I wanted more from McGraw’s cut of the song when I heard it and Jessi Alexander has delivered what I was hoping for here.  The McGraw cut of the song sounded like something was lost in translation. However, you feel it here and Alexander’s cut has the solid country gold sound you would want from a song called “Damn Country Music.”

The album isn’t afraid to have fun either.  The cut “Country Music Made Me Do It” featuring Randy Houser is a fun tongue in cheek duet about the influence of country music on good or bad decisions.  It’s a fun and dance-able track that is fun to throw on during your living room quarantine dance parties. Finally, the song “Lonely Out Of Me” is a great vocal performance from Jessi and it’s a slower track that takes you back to classic country songs of the 60’s and 70’s.

This entire record is solid country gold and at only eight tracks you only get the good stuff.  Jessi Alexander’s career up to this point may be defined by the songs she has written for others, but this is a top notch record that deserves to stand on its own.  I hope that I get to see her live at some point in the future. In the meantime, you can check out her website and social media to find ways to support her during these crazy times.  Decatur County Red is out everywhere as of March 27th, 2020.         

Favorite Tracks : Mama Drank, Damn Country Music, Country Music Made Me Do It, Lonely Out Of Me, How I’m Going Out

 

Jessi Alexander – Decatur County Red (2020)

  1. Decatur County Red Feat. Johnathan Singleton
  2. Mama Drank
  3. Damn Country Music
  4. I Should Probably Go Now
  5. My Problem Is You
  6. Country Music Made Me Do It Feat. Randy Houser
  7. Lonely Out Of Me
  8. How I’m Going Out

Mr. Ward Davis And Mr. Rye Davis At The Spillway.

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Apr 012020
 

I have a bunch of news I want to tell you about Mr. Rye Davis, I was contacted recently that he has a new single out now, and we have it on our playlist. You can go HERE to listen to it. Heck, I BET you’ll find a few more independent bands on there you might like too!

I had to take some time away from my desk to attend to some medical issues, and he has since then released his new album called “Cut To Tape”. Please make sure you go over and purchase his new album after reading this article, which transpired recently at the Spillway Bar And Grill in Bowling Green Kentucky.

Mr. Rye Davis is one of the most overlooked artists in my area by the major media factions, and I am angry about their insouciant attitude toward his music. Not to mention the fact he is always approachable, and ardently passionate about those that love his music.

He played the 1983 song called “The Ride” that Mr. Gary Gentry wrote for Mr. David Allan Coe. It was on the 1983 album called “Castles In The Sand”.  The next song, which is on the new album called “King Me” hit me right in my feels. Because my own father died in 2017 from dementia , and I can really relate to the lyrics here.

My dad got lost and he wasn’t allowed to drive anymore, and he didn’t remember who I was when I went to see him before he died.  My dad didn’t play checkers, but I could easily place myself in that song.  “She’d Know” was another original ( as were the rest of them), that tells us about his feelings about his own wife.

“Blue Jeans” is an absolute masterpiece, and if you haven’t heard it, you are nuts. This song tells of his laments of his youth, but he spins it into a happy memory as well. All of the things he left in his pockets, that his mother found in the past as she washed them painted a story that couldn’t be told anybody any better.

“Everyday America” and “They All Know My Name” were included in his set. His second to last song was a new one called ” Save You A Seat”. This song is dedicated to the people that Bible bash and condemn others for being less religious than them. All in all I can pretty much say I have always had a wonderful time watching his show, wherever it may be.

Mr. Clint Park, whom is also an active member of the Ward Davis band played an equally amazing set of his own songs, and one Leon Russell cover. He has a self titled 5 song EP out now, and you can purchase it on his website by clicking on his name up there.

Now, mind you this concert happened in November of 2019….yeah…that’s how behind I am. However the time I lost was time well invested into my health NOW, and it’s easier to move forward than to fall behind more. I apologized to just about everyone I can think of, and I have never been more proud of myself for finding sobriety within lyrics that speak of pills and whiskey.

While I was detoxing this song ” Why Can’t It Be Raining” really spoke to me, and it’s almost like it was God’s plan to save this article for me to write NOW. See the addiction is all behind me now, and I can say at one time I DID wish the sun would disappear.

“Let It Burn” was played tonight, as well as “Even Texas Ain’t Big Enough”. But the song called “One Track Mind” also spoke to me as a lover of good story songs, and this song truly gave me the chills. Because AT THIS TIME I was teetering on the idea of going to addiction help, and I think this song along with a few more helped me decide to go.

There are not many songwriters that I adore more than Mr. Ward Davis and his style. To me, he is a modern day Dean Dillon or Don Schlitz. I have no doubt in my mind my daughter will one day call him a Legend of Country Music. He is sadly overlooked by the establishment, and thusly he became “one of our boys”.

Despite that his songs have been recorded by Legends, and he has continued to pave the way for people like Mr. Rye Davis….like Mr. Ward’s heroes did for him. Mr. Ward Davis is doing EXACTLY what Mr. Roy Acuff and his ilk wanted us to do…maintain integrity.

“No Goin’ Home” once you’re gone there ain’t no going home. “Time To Move On” was off his new album “Asunder”.  One of the songs he wrote that was recorded by Mr. Cody Jinks was called “Same Kind Of Crazy As Me”. Another song included here tonight was called “Get To Work Whiskey”.

He played covers too! And to be honest that’s GREAT that he honors some of the Legends like the 1958 Sun Records behemoth song by Johnny Cash called “Big River”. It’s from Cash’s third album “Songs That Made Him Famous”….and it did.  Now this next one “Money In the Bank” was from the 1993 John Anderson album ‘Solid Ground”. I wanna say I study John Anderson very ardently, and I thought his version was good. I LOVE the late 80’s and early 90’s Country.

Everybody loves his song he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks called “I’m Not The Devil”, and he did several more before breaking out into his songs like the title track of his bigger album called ” 15 Years In A 10 Year Town”. He also played “Geronimo” and his anthem…the almighty ” Old Worn Out Cowboys”, that originally guest starred Mr. Willie Nelson and Mr. Jamey Johnson.

I truly  enjoy coming out to the Spillway for so many shows, and as soon as this national crisis is over with, our beloved music will soon return to normal and we can start supporting shows and venues again. I decided to go to recovery at a VERY good time.

Ultimately I hope with all my heart and soul that all my music friends still love and support what I do. I was well pleased with the way my crew ran OUR website while I was away, and how they touched base with me as they could to track my progress in recovery.

You know Country Music as a whole often glorifies alcohol and drug use, but in the end it also speaks of redemption and righting your wrongs. It truly is the Lord’s music, even as old as Uncle Dave Macon, it has established itself as a beacon for sinners and heathens alike….and I believe Country Music heals them. I used people like Mr. Ward Davis to heal myself that’s for DAMN SURE!

I’m back everybody, and better than ever!

Two Nights Of Incredible Music Specials On A&E April 12TH & 13TH !

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Mar 312020
 

 

TWO NIGHTS OF INCREDIBLE MUSIC SPECIALS ON A&E APRIL 12TH & 13TH

Biography: Kenny Rogers is a journey through Kenny’s life and chart-busting career. Weaving in performances from his star-studded farewell show in Nashville, the biography charts Kenny’s hard-won 60-year career. Featuring performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson and more. Airs on A&E Monday, April 13, at 9 PM ET. Read more

WILLIE NELSON SPECIAL

Willie Nelson – American Outlaw captures the most iconic moments from a one-night-only concert event honoring Willie Nelson and his music. This two-hour program is packed with over 20 original performances, featuring Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Lukas & Micah Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones & The Little Willies, Nathaniel Rateliff, Ray Benson, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, The Avett Brothers, Vince Gill and more. Airs on A&E Sunday, April 12, at 10 PM ET. Read more

MERLE HAGGARD SPECIAL

Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend is a one-night-only concert special honoring the music and legacy of Merle Haggard. On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ben Haggard, Billy Gibbons, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson and more come together to pay tribute to Merle’s career. Airs on A&E Monday, April 13 at 11 PM ET. Read more

Country Rewind Records Announces Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues.

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Mar 302020
 
Billy Dawn Burns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2020) — “You Lied Our Love Away” has been announced as the first single delivered to radio off the Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues album released by Country Rewind Records with physical distribution by Select-O-Hits. The new recordings are available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms including Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Pandora and more here.

“Happy that Country Rewind Records liked it enough to release it and that Shooter Jennings liked it enough to endorse it,” shared Billy Don Burns.

This album is about the life of a honky tonk singers’ fifty years on the road and he’s still doing it 250-300 days a year. His songs have been recorded by the old guard, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, Connie Smith and others, and lots of new up and coming artists like Cody Jinks, Colter Wall.”  Billy Don Burns

“It is a great album, Billy Don sounds great, as he always does. The songs are fantastic. He sings about the truth and hard times, but he tells a tale of warning and a tale of heart with this album,” exclaims Shooter Jennings. “Long live Billy Don Burns and his very important place in the history of Country and Western Music.”

Track List – Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues
1. Runnin’ Drugs Out Of Mexico (Billy Don Burns)
2. Mexican Woman (Billy Don Burns)
3. No Shortage Of The Blues (Billy Don Burns/Mack Vickery)
4. Damn Cryin’ Shame (Billy Don Burns/Mike Randolph)
5. Stranger (Billy Don Burns)
6. The Prison Song (Billy Don Burns)
7. Ramblin’ Gypsy (Ken McDuffie/Robin Gipson)
8. You Lied Our Love Away (Billy Don Burns/Hank Cochran)
9. I Like Trains (Billy Don Burns/Tim Ledford)
10. No God In Juaurez (Billie Gant)
11. Wild Dogs (Billy Don Burns)
12. Honky Tonk Boots (Billy Don Burns/Mack Vickery/Scott Blackwell)

Outlaw Billy Don Burns, The Country Blues was produced by Executive Producers, Charlie Ammerman and Thomas Gramuglia and co-produced by Billy Don Burns / Jeff Williams / Mike Randolph at “The Den” Nashville Music Group with mastering by Aaron Dethrage.

These recordings are a follow up to Country Rewind Records previous releases of such greats as Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, Connie Smith, Jeannie C. Riley Rex Allen Sr., Carl Smith, Rex Allen Jr. and more which have all received great reviews by music critics worldwide.

Country Rewind Records has dedicated itself to bring classic country with this contemporary feel to not only the past country fans but also to the new country listeners by bringing unreleased traditional Country music into the contemporary Country era.

Stay current with Country Rewind Records on their website countryrewindrecords.com and social media platform Facebook.

About Country Rewind Records:
Country Rewind Records
(CRR) was founded by Thomas Gramuglia of Hindsight Records in 2014. Gramuglia obtained a treasure chest of unreleased recordings from recruitment radio shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. The superb CRR collection of original master recordings contains music from more than 100 country music legends and trendsetters (including intimate performances by country music greats such as Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Connie Smith, Faron Young, Dolly Parton, Conway Twitty and many more). These recordings were never released for commercial use. After a diligent quest to collect appropriate and legal permissions from artists and/or their estates, CRR has now recorded and produced multiple, quintessential, “must-hear” projects. With the mission to transfer these never-heard-before tracks to a high quality, state-of-the-art recording; complemented by contemporary instrumentation and background vocals, Country Rewind Records will release this historical American music to America’s music generations of the future. For more information visit countryrewindrecords.com.

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