2021 Blue Ox Music Festival Announces the Daily Artist Lineup.

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Feb 052021
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Shakey Graves, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Charlie Parr, Molly Tuttle, Lissie, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades plus 2 nights of Pert Near Sandstone, are among the artists to perform at the 7th annual Blue Ox Music Festival.
The 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival will take place on August 19-21, 2021 at The Pines Music Park – formally known as Whispering Pines Campgrounds.
Tickets are on-sale now at
3-day and 2-day tickets on-sale! 

You can purchase your order in-full or split it into 4 payments using EZ Pay.

*One day admissions will only become available on a later date based on event capacity.

*All ages welcome. Children 13 and under are free with paid admission.

Blue Ox Music Festival welcomes back the annual summer pilgrimage of Bluegrass, Americana, and Roots artists, and their devoted music festival fans; returning to the tall pines and hardwoods of northern Wisconsin. Moving into a new year Whispering Pines Campground has been re-branded as The Pines Music Park, reflecting a re-newed focus as a music venue that will host a variety of concerts throughout the summer. With the same team in place, artists and
attendees can expect the same level of passionate commitment to the music and camping experience that has earned loyalty and a reputation for quality over the past seven years.

This year, Blue Ox honors a fine lineup of performances by heavy hitters – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Shakey Graves, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Charlie Parr, Molly Tuttle, Lissie, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Charley Crockett, The Lil Smokies, Kitchen Dwellers, Henhouse Prowlers with Tony Trischka, Lillie Mae, Them Coulee Boys, Sunny War, Julian Davis & The Situation, Nora Brown, Jon Stickley Trio, Arkansauce, Armchair Boogie, Kind Country, One Way Traffic, Short Round String Band, Feed The Dog, Intuitive Compass, Barbaro, and The High 48s.

With Pert Near Sandstone hosting the Blue Ox Music Festival for the seventh year, in addition to performing for two nights.

The return of the full Blue Ox Music Festival in 2021 will be one of historical celebration after a year of uncertainity and waiting, which has all but shuttered the live music industry. Artists, management, crews and venues alike, have all been affected by the COVID pandemic. Yet resilience, creativity and hope, have held the torch high as we discovered ways to stay united through live streaming performance concerts, and an abundance of exciting new music and collaboration.

Since its premiere in the summer of 2015, Blue Ox Music Festival has consistently brought together a lineup of top level regional and national acts that have set the stage and standard of artists for the true music festival fan’s experience for years to come. With the vision of an intimate music and camping experience focused on Bluegrass, Americana Roots genres – the 3-day festival creates a unique experience with an impressive lineup of notable artists, in a familial and beautiful outdoor venue setting.

New this year, in addition to the traditional Blue Ox late night sets – The Backwoods Stage will feature regional and emerging artists from 11:30AM to 6:30PM on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21. Performances for the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival Backwoods Stage include – Miles Over Mountains, Good Morning Bedlam, The Thirsty River, Dig Deep, Never Come Down, Pit Wagon, Katey Bellville, Gabe Barnett, and Doug Otto and The Getaways.

This past year in 2020, Blue Ox Music Festival, and the Campout in the Pines summer series were dedicated to step forward bringing the artists and music fans unique experiences to watch live performance safely. The socially conscious solidarity of the shows and live streams kept many loyal fans sane and connected to each other.

The music lives on in the loyal hearts of festival fans, and Blue Ox feels optimistic that it will be safe to come together with our festival family again in August; always following safety and health guidelines that are approved by the regional health authorities and well organized for all attendees of the festival.

The 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival will be a limited capacity event, and due to rollovers from 2020, tickets are currently 50% sold out. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets soon in order to take advantage of the best prices available to date. Please join Blue Ox Music Festival on August 19, 20, 21, 2021 – for three days of phenomenal music and camping in a family friendly, intimate atmosphere.

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Blue Ox and The Pines Music Park looks forward to the new year of music and live performance!

As artists and ambassadors for the festival – members of Pert Near Sandstone, Nate Sipe and Justin Bruhn, produce and host the popular, Road to Blue Ox Podcast. In each episode, Bruhn and Sipe interview performing artists on the lineup, as well as highlighting key information and updates about the festival.

Nate and Justin are currently in the studio working on the 2021 season of the Road to Blue Ox Podcast. The new episodes will include music premieres and exclusive interviews, news about the Blue Ox Music Festival, and some other surprises along the way. Tune in for new Road to Blue Ox Podcast episodes on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and Pocket Casts. Follow along on Spotify and be notified as soon as a new episode is released. Stay tuned for upcoming monthly installments of the Road to Blue Ox Podcast, featuring Bluegrass, Americana, and Roots, legends as well as new artists on the scene.


Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Announce New Album

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Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Announce New Album

Coming March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno’s self-titled record is old-soul roots music to its core. Though both just out of college, the duo’s musical talents extend far beyond their years. Produced by GRAMMY-winning Cajun roots heavyweight Joel Savoy at his Louisiana studio, Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno (coming March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records) is not some soulless collection of songs imitating previous masters of American music. Rather, the pair has responded to one of the darkest eras in American history with an album of stunning breadth and originality. With mass protests, fires raging near their current home in the Pacific Northwest, and no prospect of touring anytime soon, it’s an aptly biting, bittersweet group of songs for an uncertain time. Yet, Leva and Calcagno balance this with a sense of optimism—a notion that at our most vulnerable we might emerge better humans because of it all, perhaps beginning with our own intimate relationships. The eleven tracks elegantly reprise the deep threads of old-time and classic country present throughout Leva’s debut album—she did grow up in rural Appalachia outside Lexington, Virginia, the daughter of celebrated old-time musicians, after all. However, the pair fluidly meld this traditional backbone with fresh iconic melodies, expanded production, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of indie folk. It’s an artistic statement made from this moment but built to last.

I’m not going to lie folks, DO NOT be amazed if this one does not end up on my TOP 50 at the end of the year here. WOW. This album touches on so many different types of arrangements, that I’m still not close to being done to listening to this one yet folks.

It has warm fiddle tones and equally warm and soft steel guitar laced songs filled with their signature harmony, that make their music stand out above everyone else. I’ll be updating this article very soon.

Track Listing:

  1. Will You
  2. Leaving On Our Minds
  3. Hallowed Hearts
  4. On The Line
  5. Red hen
  6. Biding All My Time
  7. Love And Chains
  8. On Account Of You
  9. My Teardrops Say
  10. You Don’t See Me
  11. Good And Gone



Paige King Johnson Wins In Three Categories At The Carolina Country Music Awards

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Feb 052021

2021 is going to bring us a TON of great music from all areas and genres. One of the more mainstream acts that is on my radar is Miss Paige King Johnson. She only has a few singles out now, but I’m sure her full length album is soon coming.

Upon hearing her songs you can easily ascertain that she has a hunger for a more traditional sound here, and took a refreshing direction in a sea of crap on the radio. Much like gals like Miss Ashley McBryde, she brings a HUGE traditional flavor to the mainstream audiences.

We’re going to be watching for her to release more music, and be on that as soonas we hear from her people.

Awarded 2020 Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Emerging New Artist and Country Tour of the Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-based singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson wins big at the 2020 Carolina Country Music Awards, being named Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Emerging New Artist and Country Tour of the Year with Faith Bardill. Clearly a force to be reckoned with, Johnson continues to deliver music to fans worthy of praises. Continuing the success of her current single “Just Like You,” with accompanying music video, co-directed by Pam Tillis and producer Josh Sikkema and debuted on CMT, Johnson has been climbing the Music Row chart and added to country radio across the United States. “Just Like You” was Johnson’s first release with the distinguished PCG Artist Development Records based out of Nashville, Tennessee, and is available to download or stream on all digital platforms.

Watch the music video on YouTube.

“I’ve been part of the Carolina Country Music Association for 3 years, and to be able to say that I am now among all the other insanely talented musicians who have received a Carolina Country Music Award is so special,” says Johnson. “I didn’t start playing music to get awards like these, but it’s always such an honor. I write and play music every day hoping that it can mean something to just one person & these awards are just sweet reminders that what I’m doing is making a difference.”

Aside from working hard to deliver the “Just Like You” music video to fans, Johnson released a Christmas cover of “Santa Train”, which was premiered acoustically by Country Rebel. With a rare work ethic and a humble heart, there is no project too big for Johnson to tackle! Stream the “Just Like You” music video on YouTube and follow Johnson on her social channels linked below to keep up with future projects and exciting announcements.

About Paige King Johnson:
Born in a quiet North Carolina town just 22 miles south of Raleigh, as a young 9-year-old girl, Paige King Johnson spent her summers under the crepe myrtles imitating the styles of Loretta, Patsy, Waylon, and Merle. Having a grandpa as her biggest fan also meant receiving the gift of her first guitar – a baby Taylor – and enrolling in lessons. After her grandpa passed, the bright-eyed dreamer carried on his memory by taking her newfound discovery to local fairs, festivals, and any other stage she was allowed to stand on. As she grew older, Johnson added “opening act” to her resume, supporting chart-topping artists like Scotty McCreery, Neal McCoy, Luke Pell, and James Otto. And with high school graduation came the realization that this was more than a hobby. The Angier native traded in horse pastures and back roads for the bright lights of Music City in 2015. Upon starting school at Belmont University for Music Business, Johnson honed in on the magic that had heavily influenced her as a child: the art of storytelling through songwriting.

The famous Bluebird Café was just one of many writers’ circuits around Nashville that provided a safe space for Johnson to meet other writers, try out new tunes, and get feedback. In return, Johnson began captivating audiences with her down-home stage presence, cut straight to the bone stories and raw country voice, reminiscent of the classic country era. In the last four years, Johnson has traveled back and forth between Nashville and the Carolinas, playing shows like the North Carolina State Fair and running her dinner theater, Country on the Outskirts of Town, that she founded in high school. Johnson’s quarterly show provides an atmosphere for locals to enjoy Southern cooking, fellowship with friends, and the sounds of classic and current country music with some gospel thrown in. A three-time Carolina Music Awards Nominee for Best Country Female Artist, Johnson’s devoted homegrown fan base continues to expand farther than just her backyard.

Albums I Missed In 2020: William Elliott Whitmore.

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Feb 052021

William Elliott Whitmore I’m With You

The foot-stompin’ Iowa singer/songwriter/banjoist/guitarist/folk hero/punk rock preacher’s brilliant new album I’m With You, his first collection of original material in five years, is out now on digital, CD, and vinyl LP (including limited edition marbled grass green). Get it HERE.

I have been an avid fan of this man’s music since the 2009 “Animals In The Dark” album, and it is one of the 50 albums that culminated my LOVE and PASSION for Roots Music, (or whatever you call underground music ). As I was going through my divorce, I found solace in music that came in many forms.

I found it mostly on MySpace and Bandcamp. I finally got to see him at Muddy Roots one year, and was just mesmerized by his emotions up there. I could not take my eyes off his movements, as he sat there and plugged away at his songs.

One of the songs that spoke to me the most here was “Solar Flare” WOW. At my age of 52 I have lost all of my childhood friends to death. We partied pretty hard, and I lost one to suicide, and three to car accidents. Funerals are hard on us all, and this song makes you stop and appreciate EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of life. You aren’t guaranteed one more second on Earth, and I’m VERY satisfied with my life here.

The songs on this album were masterfully crafted by a man I consider to be a Legend of Roots Music. The ONLY complaint I have is the album is only 9 songs long , and a short 33 minutes long. I waited 2 years for new music from him, and although this album was well worth my wait..I crave more.

Some of the song subjects were all over the grid, and didn’t exactly compliment one another, but THAT IS NOT ALWAYS BAD. Especially with this man and his music. “Black Iowa Dirt” was a good song, and was the closing song on the album.



Mary Sarah’s Bridges Gets A Reissue.

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Feb 052021
Mary Sarah - 'Bridges'
Album Features Duets With Legends On Their Iconic Hits, Including
Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka, Big & Rich and Freddy Powers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mary Sarah’s ‘Bridges‘ will be reissued by Time Life on November 20, a powerful reminder that great country music and great country artists always stand the test of time, bringing joy to the generations who grew up with them and to those who have just discovered them for the very first time. Recorded 10 years ago when Mary Sarah was just 15, the album features duets with beloved country music legends including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka, Big & Rich, and Freddy Powers.

“Music brings people together, and the concept of this album was to do exactly that by building a bridge across the generation gap,” Mary Sarah explains. “These incredible artists have paved the path for artists like myself. People who are my age and younger might recognize some of the songs but don’t really know the person or the journey behind them. I wanted to show younger generations how these icons opened doors for so many artists.”

Mary Sarah is uniquely positioned to do this, with help from a dedicated fan base amassed during her performances as a contestant on ‘The Voice’ and her performances with the wildly popular Kidz Bop music series. Recorded when she was just 15 years old, the album literally and figuratively reflects the multi-generational appeal of the songs.

“It’s crazy now to look back and think that I made the record when I was 15 years old, in the studio with Dolly and everyone,” she reflects. “At that time, in all honesty, I don’t think I understood the magnitude of what was happening but now being 25 years old and looking back, I marvel at how we did this and am humbled by how was I the lucky one to be the artist to help build the bridge.”

Mary Sarah and Friends: BRIDGES Track Listing:
1. Jolene with Dolly Parton
2. Crazy with Willie Nelson
3. Heartaches by the Number with Ray Price
4. The Fightin’ Side of Me with Merle Haggard
5. Texas (When I Die) with Tanya Tucker
6. Go Rest High on That Mountain with Vince Gill
7. Rose Garden with Lynne Anderson
8. Dream On with The Oak Ridge Boys
9. What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life with Ronnie Milsap
10. Where the Boys Are with Neil Sedaka
11. My Great Escape with Big & Rich
12. All I Want to Do Is Sing My Song with Freddy Powers
13. I’m Sorry

This album is a very solid project I have always really liked, the songs were all picked very well. I didn’t really care for the music arrangement on the song “Crazy”, but vocally I thought it was good.

I was really happy when they announced they were going to re issue this album that brings back so many wonderful stars we have now lost like Mr. Ray Price and Mr. Freddy Powers. Now, that is a name that is VASTLY overlooked by SO MANY. But without people like Mr. Freddy Powers, Country Music wouldn’t have some of the classics from Mr. Merle Haggard and more.

I have always been an ardent student of many of the names and places I find in my research of the genre. Mr. Freddy Powers got together with Mr. Paul Buskirk, whom together both were partially responsible for launching Mr. Willie Nelson’s signature sound and tones on iconic albums like “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.

More importantly though, he was responsible for contributing to the 5 decade catalog of Mr. Merle Haggard. The sales from that album spawned the idea for Mr. Merle to call him to work on songs for the album “It’s All In The Game” and more.

Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” From 1961 Nearly Tops Newsweek’s Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time After 60 Years

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Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” From 1961 Nearly Tops Newsweek’s Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time After 60 Years

T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Lee, Charley Pride, Lynn Anderson and Conway Twitty Make List 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To ring in the New Year, Newsweek in association with Billboard magazine compiled a list of the Top 100 Country Songs of All Time. These singles are deemed essential to country music history and to the evolution of modern country songs. From 1959 to the present day, these singles leave a lasting impression on fans around the world. 2911 Media clients frequent the list ranking from #2 to #84 with artists such as Leroy Van Dyke, Charley Pride, Lynn Anderson, Conway Twitty, T.G Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, and Johnny Lee standing out as country staples.

The #2 spot on the list occupies the single, “Walk on By” by Leroy Van Dyke. It spent 37 weeks on the country charts in 1961, with a record-breaking 19 in the #1 spot. It was one of the first country-rock songs that inspired rock bands such as the Eagles.

“The main ingredient to any degree of success in the music business is finding the magic song,” says Leroy Van Dyke. “‘Walk On By’ was my lucky charm! After that, it’s remaining proficient and professional.”

Other record-breaking hits such as, “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” by Charley Pride, “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson, “Hello Darlin'” and “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” by Conway Twitty, “Party Time” by T.G Sheppard, “I’ll Get Over You” by Crystal Gayle and “Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee contribute to the Top 100 list and round out the 2911 Media roster; providing constant inspiration for modern country artists. These songs have lasted the tests of time and will continue to shape the genre for years to come.

Visit HERE to read the Newsweek, Top 100 Country Songs of All Time Rankings.

Some of these press releases I let out without adding anything. Some of them I write myself, and some of them I do a little of both. I do it as I see fit, when I want to include some studies and information. This article here I wanted to add a little bit of commentary on this one.

Initially, I was elated to read the title and I am just as excited to bring it to you. But if you carefully sort through this article, you will find some SHIT on there…including the NUMBER ONE SLOT.

I mean, COME ON….you’re going to try and tell me that songs like ANYTHING Florida Georgia Line puts out is better than a 5 DECADE LEGEND like Mr. Leroy Van Dyke? Are you on drugs?

Well, that was my first glance reaction to this article….but I continued to read this further, and I’m going to be brutally honest. This list was actually well thought out, and evenly placed, adorned with a plethora of Legends.

Actually, some of the songs were not even well known hits from these artists, and not just simply some common songs from the same ol artists that we all love. In fact, some of them were quite impressive to me. Miss Kelsey really does know her Country Music, unless someone else wrote this and she edited it.

Other than the fact that the top 5 songs were mostly crap, but not all the way bad, I didn’t have any problems with this. I think to cater to so many different types of Country Music fans, you need to do just what she did here.

More Albums I Missed In 2020: Scott H Biram.

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Feb 022021
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We cover so many types of music here on the website, and I get so overloaded with news stories, and my other job that it’s impossible to touch on everything I want to on a timely basis. Hell, I’ll admit that even Mr. Joshua reviews albums I miss out on, and forget to check out until the last minute.
Mr. Scott H Biram is a Legend of Roots Music ( or whatever you consider him to be ), and his “Graveyard Shift” album from 2006 is a classic album for me. Most of you know my personal backstory, and my divorce story from 2007 when music saved my life. I discovered him by browsing MySpace, and since Bloodshot Records heavily inspired my love of underground music, I loved many of these artists we have today ten years ago!
This from the press release:

Fever Dreams, the 12th album from Central Texas singer/songwriter/guitarist/foot-stomper/harmonica player/preacher/hellraiser Scott H. Biram, AKA The Dirty Old One Man Band, is a fervent yet intimate collection of blues, classic country, and rock-n-roll sealed with punk, heavy metal, and frankly, whatever the hell Biram wants. As the man himself told us, “You’re gonna want to pop open a cold tallboy for this one.”

Honestly laying down his bare soul at the people’s feet once again in a way that very few can, this record dips and sways, as always, in true Biram fashion, with tales of hard, homesick traveling, lost love, over indulgence, spiritual rejoice, and, of course, some tributes to some of his favorite music pioneers.

This album contains another Legend to me Mr. Jesse Dayton, who’s album “The South Austin Sessions” was another album that culminated into what makes me do what I do here.  “Single Again” was the more Honky Tonk song they did together on this album, and it was a DAMN GOOD ONE!

“Drunk Like Me” was one of the stripped down gritty guitar songs that he is most known for, as a one man band. Truth is, he never needed any big huge band to present what he has to the world. He is THE ORIGINAL bad ass blues man!

More Albums I Missed In 2020: Kailey Nichole.

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Feb 012021


The Young Country Singer Returns To Her Southern  Roots

(Release Date: January 24, 2020)

Nashville, TN —Vegas-born, California-raised and now living in Nashville, Kailey Nicole’s music is inspired by her family’s southern roots.

Nicole was shaped by the country music always playing in the house. Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash all made an indelible impression on Nicole and their “honesty and ‘trailblazing’ attitude toward their craft” helped shape her own musical spirit. “Back in the day, my grandmother looked and sounded like Connie Frances,” Nicole described. “In order to pay her way through nursing school she would perform as Connie throughout Kentucky. She picked me up every day after school when I was young, so she has had a big influence on my music and me.”

Kailey Nicole got her professional start singing and acting in theatre when she was nine years old. She’s worked in film, TV, voice-over, and commercials, which has helped set the stage for her recording career. But above all, Kailey has always enjoyed playing the guitar and writing music. She made her first mark on the music scene in 2015 when she was just 16 years old, with her first EP, Nashville Stick-up (Fervor Records). The EP and accompanying video for the title track were well received by critics and marked Nicole as someone who sang like an old soul at a young age.

With the Nashville Stick-up under her belt Nicole decided to take time off from performing to study music at the University of Southern California. Now graduated, she has reemerged with the release of her bold new eponymous titled EP. The new collection of songs was produced by musician Niles Thomas (Roxystar), the EP was mastered and engineered by six-time Grammy winner Bonzai Caruso (Madonna, Stephen Marley).

With this new record, Kailey Nicole has found her harmonious sweet spot –the place where old and new meet. “Both EPs are traditional as well as contemporary country, but I think this new EP blends in some other genres, as well. This time the approach to production is different, the lyricism is different, and my approach to vocals is different. I think what’s working now is a sense of vulnerability and my comfortability in myself and the artist/songwriter I’m becoming.” Her blend of old-school country with new-school style makes her sound diverse and yet, relatable. Kailey Nicole is known for soulful lyrics—Y’all wire called them “gut wrenching and soul searching”—and it’s a one-two punch when paired with her powerful, yet ethereal voice.

Nicole actually started out recording a group of singles that slowly developed into Kailey Nicole. Two of the songs have been previously released as singles;  “Diamonds and Coal” was released in February 2018 and “Brand New Day” was released in September 2018.  The spirited sharp-tongued send-off  “ “Diamonds and Coal” was written  after a breakup and leaves you with the sense that Nicole isn’t going to let anything get her down—“Coming ‘round you miss me now, seems as though you’ve figured out, never be another one like me.” The song,  “Brand New Day” was originally intended to be a demo for Kenny Chesney and she was asked to sing the vocal for the pitch.  After Kenny passed on the tune the writers (Niles Thomas, Bonzai Caruso) offered it to Nicole and she decided to put it on her EP.

The soft and sweet, “Save Me For A Rainy Day” is a song that Nicole said, “just fell out of me” and was inspired by Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”. The lively and rousing song, “Tennessee” didn’t start out that way. “When I first wrote the song I had the intention that is was going to be a heartfelt ballad about chasing your dreams and not letting anyone stop you,” she relays. “Then I stepped out of the room for a moment and when I came back Niles was completely changing the vibe of the song. He asked me to give him 20 minutes to see what he could do and if it didn’t work out, we’d go back to the ballad.  I was practically having a panic attack, but after a few minutes I started to see where he was going and of course, that’s where the song ended up. Now it’s not only about chasing your dreams, but it has a little fight to it.”

“Country Love Song” is one of the first songs she ever wrote at the age of 15.  “Because of that it will always have a special place in my heart,” she explains.  “What is funny is the fact that I was 15 and certainly didn’t have any boys in my life to write about at that time so I used my imagination.  That’s half the fun of songwriting sometimes.”

Nicole has recently made her home in Nashville. “I love Nashville and always knew it would be where I ended up,” she notes.  “I was visiting there not too long ago and had a hard time getting back on the plane to head home.  I didn’t want to leave Nashville and just sat there as the airlines called my name over the loudspeaker.  It was then that I realized, ‘Hey! I’m an adult now.  If I want to move here, I can.’ I got on the plane to California and started making the plans to make Nashville my new home.”

Playful yet determined, Kailey Nicole reminds us of popular music’s rich history of strong female voices and relative importance.  The record follows in their footsteps with its fresh, vibrant vocals and Nicole’s fearless confidence and firmness in her musical direction.


Fireside Collective to release Mountain Home debut, Elements, on March 20

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Fireside Collective to release
Mountain Home debut, Elements, on March 20

Arden, North Carolina (January 24, 2020)
— With music that is part bluegrass and part roots rock with a dose of funk-influenced danceable rhythms, Fireside Collective is stylishly blurring the lines of traditional roots genres. The Asheville, North Carolina-based group is out to make a unique artistic statement through a diverse approach — one that has already gained the quintet a fervent fanbase and the attention of their peers.
On Elements, Fireside Collective blends the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy. The album, now available for pre-order, will be released March 20.Fireside Collective members Joe Cicero (guitar); Alex Genova (banjo); Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin); Tommy Maher (resonator guitar) and Carson White (upright bass) each bring a strong, original voice to his instrument, and the unique contributions of different lead and harmony vocalists complement the variety in the group’s songwriting.

Produced by Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, Elements is distinctive, continuing to use a wide influence of sounds to create a body of work that belongs to Fireside Collective alone.

The album is preceded by two singles, “She Was An Angel” — premiered by The Bluegrass Situation — and “Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me,” which gained ground for the band with national radio airplay and critical acclaim.

Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots noted, “Fireside Collective’s ‘Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me’ is bluegrassy twang with a soulful groove. The dobro lines running wild, the rhythm and chop keeping perfect time. There is such a vibe to this tune. It’s the expert blend of tradition with modern pizzaz that is impossible to not jive with and groove to. I may have found one of my favorite new-to-me bands here. Dig it folks. Dig it deep.”The groovy “Winding Road” and the funky “Bring It On Home” show what can be done with bluegrass instrumentation outside the genre’s conventions, while songs like “Waiting For Tennessee” and “High Time” capture the band’s ability to bring their live energy to recording.

“Circles” and “Done Deal” bring an introspective restlessness, accentuated by the former’s musical pointillism and the latter’s insistent, loping rhythm and regretful lyrics, and the instrumental, “Night Sky From Here,” shows off Fireside Collective’s mastery of moods with an ever-moving spotlight on each member in “breakdown” passages that alternate with driving bluegrass rhythms.

Elements announces the arrival of a band that has found its place in the contemporary era of roots music by both reflecting and shaping new sounds of the genre. Pre-order it HERE.

Fireside Collective has signed with Mountain Home Music Company. Front row, from left: Mountain Home’s Francesca Huffman and Fireside Collective’s Jesse Iaquinto and Tommy Maher. Back row from left: Mountain Home’s Audrey Fletcher and Jon Weisberger; Fireside Collective’s Joe Cicero; Mountain Song Productions’ John Felty; Fireside Collective’s Carson White and Alex Genova; Mountain Song Productions’ Stacy Claude; and Mountain Home’s Ty Gilpin.
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Arden, North Carolina (August 20, 2019) — Fast rising Asheville Progressive Bluegrass band Fireside Collective has partnered with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company to release new music.

“I could not be more excited to be working with Mountain Home,” says banjo player Alex Genova. “When I was growing up, listening to bluegrass music as a teenager in Wisconsin, much of my experience with great, authentic, bluegrass came from my collection of CDs. A great number of the albums that inspired me then and continue to inspire me today have the Mountain Home logo on them. It is an honor to get to work with their amazing team and to be a part of their incredible roster of artists.”

Fireside Collective and Mountain Home plan to release the first single “She Was An Angel” on September 6 with more singles to follow and a full album release in Spring of 2020.

“We have watched as this fine group has moved from the backyard, to local Asheville sensation to one of the most sought after new national touring bands in roots music!” adds Mountain Home’s Ty Gilpin. “We are excited to be part of their growing success and to help take them to the next level.”Follow Fireside Collective on Spotify to get notified of their upcoming music releases.

About Fireside Collective
A quintet who cheerfully disregard every kind of one-dimensional label that might be attached to their music, Fireside Collective has been on a roll since emerging five years ago from the fertile roots music scene of Asheville, North Carolina. In quick order, the progressive bluegrass group released its debut, won the 2016 Band Contest at MerleFest, earned an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band of the Year nomination and embarked on an ambitious touring schedule that’s earned an enthusiastic reception from traditional bluegrass to wide-ranging, eclectic music festival audiences alike.Blending the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy, Fireside Collective has drawn on folk, blues, funk and a wide variety of bluegrass sounds to create a distinctive body of work that’s all their own. Each member—Joe Cicero (guitar); Alex Genova (banjo); Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin); Tommy Maher (resonator guitar) and Carson White (upright bass)—brings a strong, original voice to his instrument, and the unique contributions of different lead and harmony vocalists complement the variety in the group’s many original songs.

“Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act,” says Iaquinto. “We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” But whether they’re bringing the classic sound of bluegrass or exploring new musical territory, Fireside Collective delivers a fresh, energetic approach and a blast of enthusiastic creativity that’s electrifying audiences across the country.

Time Life Digitally Reissues Eight Albums By David Frizzell On January 15

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Jan 302021
Includes Three Solo Albums, A Live Recording with Jett Williams And Four Frizzell & Friends Collections Featuring Guest Appearances By Allen Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Jimmy Fortune And More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Time Life continues to expand its digital music division with a new, eight album digital distribution deal with country music favorite David Frizzell.  Beginning January 15, three of Frizzell’s solo records, four of his Frizzell & Friends collaborations and a live album recorded with Jett Williams will be available on all major digital platforms. In addition to his work with Williams, songs from the eight albums include appearances by a number of country stars including Allen Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Jimmy Fortune and more.

“Well, we sure didn’t get to hit the road in 2020 so it gave me a lot of time to find the masters to many of my old albums and focus on getting them released on all the digital platforms,” says Frizzell.  “I am so happy to partner with Time Life, who as we know do some of the best country music compilation projects through their informercials. To know that they are going to help get my music out to the masses like they have been doing for all these years is just a true blessing.”

“David Frizzell has incredible talent that shines both as a solo artist and in his collaborations with so many of country music’s beloved artists,” says Mike Jason, Time Life Senior Vice President, Live Entertainment. “It’s an honor for us to work with him and share his great music.”

Frizzell began his career touring with his brother, Lefty, when he was just 12 years old and since then his work has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award and the ACM Vocal Duet of the Year for two years in a row as well as an ACM Award for Song of the Year. Frizzell is also an author and has worked with a number of causes and nonprofits including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation and Music City Animal Rescue. He also runs his own record label, Nashville America Records.

About Time Life:
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

The following albums will be available on all digital platforms via Time Life on January 15:

David Frizzell                “Confidentially: The Ultimate Package”
David Frizzell                “Me & You”
Frizzell & Friends          “LeftyFest”
Frizzell & Friends          “This Is Our Time”
Frizzell & Friends          “Present: Buddy Holly Country Tribute”
Frizzell & Friends          “Roundup”
Frizzell & Friends          “Roundup: Campfire Songs”
Frizzell & Williams        “Frizzell & Williams On Tour Again”

Albums I Missed: Amy Speace Announces New Album with The Orphan Brigade, There Used To Be Horses Here

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Jan 302021
Amy Speace Captures Deeply Personal Album
with The Orphan Brigade,
There Used To Be Horses Here
Out April 30th; Hear the album’s first single today
January 11, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Looking back on a twelve-month span between her son’s first birthday and the loss of her father, award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Speace culled eleven new songs directly from her depth of personal experiences—childhood memories, coming of age in New York City, and losing a parent while learning to become one—to create her new full-length album, There Used to Be Horses Here; out April 30th on Proper Records/Wind Bone Records. While many of the subjects on the album are heavy, There Used to Be Horses Here isn’t a sad record. Instead, it’s a direct reflection of that year in Speace’s life, propelled by a playwright’s eye for detail, a performer’s gift of vocal delivery, a poet’s talent for concise writing, and the extraordinary musicianship of collaborators, The Orphan Brigade.The end result is a sum much greater than its parts; a calling card for fans and critics alike to ask themselves whether Speace still fits only into the folksinger box she’s long been placed in—or perhaps, with this new album, she deserves to be seen in a new light.
Today, Rolling Stone premiered a music video for the album’s first single and title track, “There Used to Be Horses Here,” calling it “melancholy but gorgeous,” and noting that the video’s vivid imagery of a picturesque farm and its beautiful occupants serve “as a metaphor for all that we lose to both progress and the passing of time.” Speace laments, “During the last week of my father’s life, I drove [the road on the way to her parent’s house, past a farm she’d grown to love] and the farm had been sold, gutted for condos, and the horses were gone. I wrote this song very quickly after he died, the loss of both the horses, my childhood, my parents’ house, and most acutely, my father all tied to the images in this song.” SiriusXM’s The Village also debuted the single this morning with an exclusive interview. Click here to listen. Fans can hear “There Used to Be Horses Here” now right here and pre-order or pre-save the album at this link.
In its most powerful moments, There Used to Be Horses Here sets Speace’s majestic voice to symphonic arrangements, yet her songwriting remains intimate and emotional. As a fan and friend of the Nashville band The Orphan Brigade, she invited its three members—Neilson Hubbard, Ben Glover, and Joshua Britt—to collaborate as songwriters and co-producers, inspired by their persistent rhythms and sweeping sonic palette. Remembering her vocal sessions, Speace says simply, “While I was singing over what those guys were playing, it made me feel like I was flying.” Speace observes that every vocal performance on the album is the first or second take, and that the musicians in the room are finding their way in the moment. The approach sums up her goal as a producer: “You need to make sure you press ‘Record’ while musicians are fumbling, because while they’re trying it out is when the magic happens. You should never let anything be perfect.”
There Used to Be Horses Here is an album and exhibition of songcrafting that Speace is immensely proud of. “The best songs I have written have been since my son was born when I thought I was going to lose all creative powers to mothering—and it didn’t happen,” she says. “It kicked it into high gear and made me think, ‘I may not have much time left on the planet. Maybe I should just get to the point.’” When There Used to Be Horses Here winds down to its end, listeners will look back over the eleven-song journey to see Speace’s knack for vibrant storytelling and ability to capture hardship in beautiful detail on display; her craft sharper and more meaningful than ever before.
There Used to Be Horses Here In Amy’s Words: “A month after I turned 50, I gave birth to my son, Huckleberry. My father was present for the birth and held him within hours. My Dad was 81 years old and we both knew my Dad would not see my son grow up. In the year between my son’s birth and my father’s death, these songs spilled out of me. I grieved in writing. I wanted to illuminate my father and his stories, from the horse farm near his home that was bulldozed to make room for condos (“There Used To Be Horses Here”) to his memory of a car ride that came back to him in a dream the night before he died (“Down The Trail”) to a photograph found in an old album (“Father’s Day”). I wrote to my son as I nested with him in the morning (“One Year”, “Mother Is A Country”). I sang to our ailing world as the pandemic raged around us (Warren Zevon’s “Don’t Let Us Get Sick”).
There Used to Be Horses Here Tracklisting:
Down the Trail
There Used to Be Horses Here
Hallelujah Train
Father’s Day
Grief is a Lonely Land
One Year
Give Me Love
River Rise
Shotgun Hearts
Mother is a Country
Don’t Let Us Get Sick

Billy Bob’s is Open!

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Jan 292021


New concerts announced and tickets on sale now for Lee Brice, Restless Heart, Shenandoah, Jon Pardi and more

FORT WORTH, Texas – Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Billy Bob’s Texas first opened in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment each month when stars from the present and past grace the stages. While kicking 2021 off in style, Billy Bob’s Texas will also begin a year-long celebration, marking its 40th Anniversary, bringing in the biggest names in music to the hottest rising stars hitting the charts.

More new shows have just been announced to Billy Bob’s concert calendar. Tickets are on sale NOW for the following concerts:

FEB 05 – Jamey Johnson And Randy Houser
FEB 06 – Lee Brice
FEB 12 – Read Southall Band
FEB 13 – La Mafia
FEB 14 – Real Love, Rare Love In Texas
FEB 19 – Jimmie Allen
FEB 20 – The Cleverlys @ The 81 Club
FEB 20 – Restless Heart & Shenandoah
FEB 26 – Mike & The Moonpies
MAR 5 – Shane Smith And The Saints
MAR 6 – Charley Crockett
MAR 12 – Aaron Lewis
MAR 19, 20 – Dwight Yoakam And Tennessee Jet
MAR 26 – Samantha Fish
MAR 27 – Justin Moore
APR 1 – The Gatlin Brothers
APR 2, 3 – Hank Williams Jr.
MAY 14 – Jon Pardi
MAY 15 – Jon Pardi
JUN 05 – Joe Nichols

For the full concert calendar, special event, and visitor information, please go to

Billy Bob’s Texas
Historic Fort Worth Stockyards
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
(817) 624-7117

Circle airing Live At Billy Bob’s Texas!
Live at Billy Bob’s Texas gives the listener a front-row seat to concerts at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. The music series has compiled powerful performances featuring hits from legendary country music artists like Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Eddy Raven, Gary Stewart, Asleep at the Wheel, Janie Fricke, and more.

Circle network is carrying Live At Billy Bob’s Texas! Circle Media celebrates the country lifestyle and puts fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Based in Nashville, Circle includes a linear network as well as a companion over-the-top (OTT) premium entertainment service which is expected to launch in spring 2020. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

Go to for shows, schedules, and a simple guide to getting the channel.

Visit for more information, or to buy any of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas CDs and DVDs, click here to visit the online store.

Billy Bob’s: Lending a Hand to Music History:
Artists placing their hands in cement has been a tradition at Billy Bob’s for more than two decades.

Many of the club’s showcased artists have been honored with various awards and accolades. For some, however, their favorite honor is being part of what is now known as Billy Bob’s ‘Wall of Fame’.

Patrons can visit the Wall of Fame and see the handprints and autographs of Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and even Ringo Starr to name a few. Many fans enjoy comparing their hand size to the celebrities.

To view the gallery, click here.

About Billy Bob’s Texas:
Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the 100,000 square foot cattle barn became Billy Bob’s Texas in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment and real bull riding at “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk”.

The facility can hold 6,000 rowdy patrons on a given night and has been host to hundreds of musical acts, from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top. On Fridays and Saturdays, the venue also features live bull riding – a step up from the mechanical variety. It seems like an unlikely source for a series that has sold millions of albums.

Billy Bob’s has been named the Country Music Club of the Year 10 times by the Academy of Country Music.

To buy Billy Bob’s Texas merch or any of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas CDs and DVDs, click here to visit the online store, or to buy tickets for special events and concerts, go to


Asheville Songwriter Anna Lynch prepping EP, Apples in the Fall, for March 13 release

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Jan 292021

Asheville Songwriter Anna Lynch prepping EP,
Apples in the Fall, for March 13 release


Great songwriters can turn the hardest hits in their lives into the best songs. There’s a worrying ache to these songs, a hint of bitterness, and a sense of loss. And if the songwriter has a sense of humor, there’s a bite to their lyrics. It’s not easy to fake, and it’s this heartbreak that lies at the heart of the best country songs. With this in mind, North Carolina songwriter Anna Lynch has turned her own recent heartaches and lost days into a series of songs for her new EP Apples in the Fall (March 13, 2020). These songs speak to love in the modern age as easily as they reference the country songs of old, and there’s a hint of wry irony in many of her lyrics. “He touches my backbone, and proves that I’ve got one, so I’ll pick a fight,” she sings in “Hotter than Hades.” It’s hard to write songs that are both brutally personal but also universally relatable. That’s the magic trick to great songwriting, but Lynch finds it easier to relate in song than in person. “I feel like it’s easier for me to show my heart in songs,” she says, “whereas in a day to day, I definitely use sarcasm to relate. I guess some people have called me standoffish. And that really sucks because I’m actually a really nice person.” Lynch is quick to laugh, but slow to forget, and she’s learned not to be afraid of drawing her own story into her songs.

It’s been a long path for Anna Lynch to release these new songs. She first recorded them after a hard landing in Portland, Oregon, when she decided to leave her adopted home state of Alaska. Alaska’s tight-knit and supportive music community had helped her build her songwriting reputation early on, and though her birth state of California informed the EP’s title song, “Apples in the Fall,” other songs were written on the road, while moving, even in the Austin airport in one case. She’s settled down a bit now from her nomadic lifestyle, putting down roots in North Carolina, and finding a new music community there to help her turn these earlier songs into full band arrangements.


Like many today, Lynch has a sense that American culture, and the music industry especially, are due for a massive change. Speaking about the new wave of powerhouse women at the forefront of Americana and country right now, Lynch says “we’re screaming so loud that if you didn’t hear us before, it’s kind of impossible not to now. I love that.” Lynch also wants to relate an honest perspective on love in country and Americana songs, where traditionally internal conflicts and doubt have translated as “whiny” when a woman sings them, but powerful when a man sings about them. Her standout song “Hotter Than Hades,” as Lynch says, “is about modern love in the age of Tinder. What that looks like and also not being judgmental to yourself. It’s okay to want what you want and get what you want and be the person you are. I think a lot of people do feel judged a lot of times for being themselves and taking joy in things that they take joy in. And I wanted to put that out there because I know I’m not the only one.” She may not be the only one experiencing the strangeness of love in modern times, but she’s one of the very few that can write such cutting and beautiful songs about it. 

The Lil Smokies Release Third Studio Album Tornillo.

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Jan 282021
The Lil Smokies Release Third Studio Album Tornillo
Praised by Billboard, American Songwriter, and more
Announcing new tour dates
January 24, 2020 – Nashville, TN – Montana-based rising stars, The Lil Smokies, are pleased to announce the release of their third studio album, Tornillo, available everywhere today. Recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX, with producer-engineer Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Midland) Tornillo is a focused and refined representation of the sound The Lil Smokies have become known for, Live For Live Music deeming the release “…an album with a point to make.” Click here to stream or purchase on your platform of choice.
Earlier this month, American Songwriter praised the new release declaring Matt Cornette (banjo), Andy Dunnigan (vocals, dobro), Scott Parker (bass), Matt “Rev” Rieger (guitar, vocals) and Jake Simpson (fiddle, vocals), collectively known as The Lil Smokies “…are in the center of bluegrass’ evolution with their rapid banjo plucks, buoyant choruses and music created out of a composite of influences.” Speaking of the evolution, Billboard cited the band’s “experimental” side when featuring “World’s On Fire,” one of the album’s singles.
On Tornillo, The Lil Smokies dove deep into their well of influences—most notably Laurel Canyon songwriters from the 1970s—and used their traditional string band instruments to craft very non-traditional songs and arrangements. Throughout the album’s eleven tracks the band found themselves trekking into new sonic territory. With Reynolds’ guidance, hints of drums, baritone guitar, and synth pads wove their way into the band’s usual instrumentation. With the goal to enhance the songs, never overwhelming them, The Lil Smokies used their last few days in the studio to experiment, eventually going deep enough to find themselves tracking one of Billy Gibbons’ (ZZ Top) electric guitars through an amplifier previously used by the industrial band Ministry.
As one of the centerpieces of the album, “Carry Me” offers magnificent musicianship and eludes to the distance that is created by life on the road. Dunnigan explains, “It’s about the dreams we have, and what we go through to make those dreams live on.” While that longing for a sense of home permeates Tornillo, the band also found inspiration in unlikely places. For example, “Giant” was written after Dunnigan watched a documentary about Andre the Giant and his struggles with living in the public eye. Other songs, like “Fortunes” and “True Blues,” are less obvious in their origins, which is intentional. “I like having a little bit of ambiguity in songs, using some impressionistic lyrics, and making it sparse,” Dunnigan says. Another common thread weaves through the entirety of Tornillo; room for the music to breathe. “It seems like over time we’re learning that it’s not the more you play, but the tastefulness and space in between the notes that can pull that emotion out,” says Dunnigan. The band attributes a lot of that space and emotion to the outdoors, where they recharge and find their inspiration. Read more about this process via American Songwriter’s conversation with Dunnigan.
“Our time there encapsulates all of the good things about being in a band and making music,” Dunnigan says. “The word ‘tornillo’ in its literal definition means a screw or a bolt. That’s exactly what this experience in the studio did for us as a band. We really came together and worked as a unit, and we got back to those reasons why we do this.” The transcendent vibe of Sonic Ranch ultimately helped the band recalibrate, resulting in an album that’s both exhilarating and introspective.
In addition to the release of Tornillo, the band has announced a slew of new tour dates. See below for tour dates with more dates to be announced in the coming months. Visit for more information and click here to stream or purchase the new release.

The New England Shake Up To Make Major Announcements!

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Jan 262021

For seven years now, Miss Beck Rustic and her crew work diligently to bring a TON of good bands to the northeast. Now, I’ll admit that this is one of the few festivals I have not yet had the opportunity to visit, and cover YET. There are just so many GREAT festivals to attend all over the United States, and I’m only one man.

Tomorrow night at 7 Central 8PM EST, on Mr. DJ Del Villarreal’s Go Kat Go Rockabilly Radio Show there will be a bunch of news announced, like the band lineup announcement and event news.  Listed below are the already confirmed acts, that were on for 2020. Now USUALLY I include links to EVERY ARTIST , and when the full lineup is announced I may do that.

Many of you know I work third shift, so I will be just waking up before this segment airs, and I will be listening in to what I can of this event. I will update this article for you, and let everyone in on the news, in case anybody is interested and missed out in the show.

We are working with the bands from the 2020 lineup, and most of them are confirmed now, for 2021. Below are the confirmed acts so far.
Full lineup will be announced in January.

THE RIP’EM UPS! From California
DADDY LONG LEGS! from New York
SHAUN YOUNG! from Texas
JOSH SORHEIM! from California
MICHAEL HURTT & HIS HAUNTED HEARTS! from Michigan and Louisiana
THE HI-FI LOWDOWNS! from Rhode Island
THE SOAPBOX SAINTS! from Rhode Island


The Bay State Barn Dance is a Live Music Variety show, and the special guests listed below are each doing only a few songs… it’s a spectacular event, and some of our special guests are coming in JUST for the Barn Dance!






Sing Me Back Home A Tribute To Merle Haggard Has Come to Live Concert And Recording.

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Jan 262021

Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard honored Merle and his music on what would have been the icon’s 80th birthday. Just as I was elaborating on how many good concerts and old albums are being reissued on vinyl, comes another good one!

Miss Loretta Lyyn has reissues as does others like Mr. Willie Nelson with American Outlaw and more importantly Mr. John Prine. All of these Legends have albums being re issued in 2020 and 2021, which makes me even more glad I began collecting vinyl.

The CD/DVD captures 29 incredible performances including Merle classics “Mama Tried,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive”, “Misery And Gin” and so much more from Alabama, Ben Haggard, Billy F Gibbons, Bobby Bare, Buddy Miller, Chris Janson, Connie Smith, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson, John Anderson, John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Aaron Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Tanya Tucker, The Avett Brothers, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, and Willie Nelson.

This concert covered hit songs from an extensive four decade career, beginning from his first hits in the 60’s that Miss Liz Anderson ( mother of Miss Lynn Anderson ) wrote for him. She wrote “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive” for him, however she was unaware of his previous prison stretch.

Mr. Merle was never extremely vocal about his prison life, unless it was in a song. In fact, he and Cash both became the brightest beacons of light that ever reached out to any prisoner in history. Mr. Merle proved to the prison community that it was possible to turn your life around, and become a member of society.

Once released from San Quentin prison, he amassed 38 number one hits on the Country charts. He received numerous awards within the CMA and ACM realms, and was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 1994.

In 1977, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame. He was awarded Kennedy Center Honors, and 4 different Grammy awards. So this show is not one to be missed by any Country Music fan here!

Ben Haggard & the Strangers – “What Am I Gonna Do”
Ben Haggard, Aaron Lewis & the Strangers – “Heaven Was a Drink of Wine”
Tanya Tucker & the Strangers – “Farmer’s Daughter”
Bobby Bare & the Strangers – “The Fugitive”
Connie Smith & the Strangers – “That’s the Way Love Goes”
John Anderson & the Strangers – “Big City”
Toby Keith & the Strangers – “Carolyn/Daddy Frank”
Jake Owen and Chris Janson – “Footlights”
Miranda Lambert – “Misery & Gin”
Rodney Crowell – “You Don’t Have Very Far to Go”
Jamey Johnson – “Kern River”
Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss – “If I Could Only Fly”
Alison Krauss – “Sing a Sad Song”
Alabama – “Silver Wings”
Hank Williams Jr. – “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
Loretta Lynn – “Today I Started Loving You”
Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Honky Tonk Nighttime Man”
The Avett Brothers – “Mama Tried”
John Mellencamp – “White Line Fever”
Kacey Musgraves – “Rainbow Stew”
Ronnie Dunn – “It’s All in the Movies”
Billy Gibbons – “The Bottle Let Me Down”
Warren Haynes and Billy Gibbons – “Workin’ Man Blues”
Dierks Bentley – “If We Make It Through December”
Lucinda Williams – “Going Where the Lonely Go”
Sheryl Crow – “Natural High”
Keith Richards – “Sing Me Back Home”
Keith Richards and Willie Nelson – “Reasons to Quit”
Willie Nelson and Kenny Chesney – “Pancho and Lefty”
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith – “Ramblin’ Fever”
Willie Nelson and cast – “Okie From Muskogee”


Still Woman Enough Coming March 19

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Jan 242021


Still Woman Enough Coming March 19

When it comes to vintage Country Music from the 60’s and forward, many names come to your mind as you dwell on past Legends. There were many names from those ranks that emanated from the pages of life’s big history book.

Let me tell you a little bit about what Loretta Lynn means to me, and how she broke many boundaries from her period of time. Miss Loretta began her journey in the mid 1950’s at a time when Country Music was volatile, and had no “boxes”.

It was volatile for many reasons, but mainly because it lacked superstars with the death of Mr. Hank Williams, and Mr. Jimmie Rodgers. It had many uprising superstars like Mr. Roy Acuff ( even though he came to the Opry in 1939) his prominent rise to fame came simultaneously with Miss Loretta. Another rising superstar that gained steam with Miss Loretta was Mr. Ernest Tubb.

I say that Country Music had no “boxes” because back in the 1970’s Country Music had three very well known areas of evolution, that were culminating into the mainstream music communities. I’m NOT saying that it was ONLY three, but these three were the more well known areas.

The Bakersfield Era, The Outlaw Era, and The Nashville Sound period were three of the “boxes” that existed during the time of her rise to fame….that she never tried to fit into. She never tried to lump herself into either of these areas of marketing ( because that is what they initially were ). Now, I won’t get into a big speech here on the Outlaw movement, because it was more of a creative control angle than a marketing scheme. But it ended up being VERY marketable!

The Nashville Sound was the current version of pop country, that was going around back then. The stringed arrangements and crooning style  of music was not her style or desired release. In fact, neither of the three were anything like what Miss Loretta was offering…until she met another Country Music superstar..the afore mentioned  Mr. Ernest Tubb.

With some help from the Opry and Mr. Ernest Tubb, she pioneered a platform for women of her era by breaking many boundaries that women didn’t have back then. She and Miss Patsy Cline ( whom died in 1963, as Miss Loretta rose up) steamrolled their way into mainstream life, with nothing more than word of mouth and hitting the road.

Even though many like Miss Kitty Wells and Miss Molly O Day ( and others) came out and recorded earlier than her, nobody sold albums like Loretta Lynn. She became one of the most popular, and all time biggest selling female artists ever…and NOW she is one of the oldest ACTIVE living Legends of Country Music.

At an amazing age of 88, she remains active on the Opry and remains relevant through recordings like this one coming out this year, and I’m SURE it will make it’s way onto many TOP lists of MANY websites.

Still Woman Enough Coming March 19
The American music icon’s 50th studio album (excluding her 10 studio duet collaborations with Conway Twitty), Still Woman Enough celebrates women in country music. From her homage to the originators, Mother Maybelle Carter and the Carter Family (via her cover of “Keep On The Sunny Side”) through a new interpretation of her very first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” Loretta Lynn acknowledges her role in the continuum of American country music with a special collaboration with Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood (“Still Woman Enough”), and duets with Margo Price (“One’s On The Way”) and Tanya Tucker (“You Ain’t Woman Enough”), sharing the musical torch with some of the brightest lights and biggest stars in contemporary country music.
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50 Years of Coal Miner's Daughter

50 Years of Coal Miner’s Daughter
Celebrating 50 years of this landmark album, Coal Miner’s Daughter will be reissued on black vinyl by MCA Nashville/UMe on February 12.
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The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Acquires Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.

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Jan 212021


The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is now publishing bluegrass music’s “most important publication”.

The first issue published under the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum banner arrived in November.  To guide the process, Dan Miller has been named editor of Bluegrass Unlimited.  Miller hit the ground running establishing the editorial calendar, working with columnists and other writers, providing input to the design and layout team, and supporting sales efforts.

The work of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is intended to inspire current and future generations of bluegrass artists and fans to engage with the music. Bluegrass Unlimited is one of the important tools we will use to encourage that engagement. Bluegrass music has a permanent address at 311 West 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY, and we are excited to welcome Bluegrass Unlimited to its new home.  To subscribe, click here.



A Message from the Executive Director:

“Will the circle be unbroken?…By and By, Lord By and By”
I think we can all find a bluegrass music lyric that speaks to us during the good times and the bad times! This my friends, unfortunately, is a tough time with each and everyone of us being affected. We have been thinking about you– bluegrass fans, artists, musicians, partners, members and friends—praying for your health and safety through this difficult time.
COVID-19 has had a signficant impact on the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Closing our doors mid-March due to the pandemic, concerts and events were cancelled, staff furloughed and revenue has been nearly non-existent. People cannot travel to us due to federal, state and local public health strategies aimed at reducing the spread of disease. But, you cannot stop the music! We reopened in June and quickly became more adept at communicating virtually, recording the Saturday Lessons Program, virtual museum tours, etc. While we miss seeing you in person, we are doing all we can to expedite a virtual bluegrass music experience. Check out our website at to see our offerings! We miss you and look forward to seeing you again…by and by!
Chris Joslin, Executive Director

Justin Moses To Release Eclectic New Album Fall Like Rain On January 22nd

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Jan 202021
Justin Moses To Release Eclectic New Album Fall Like Rain On January 22nd
 Releasing via Mountain Fever Records, the album also features guests Sierra Hull, Del McCoury, Dan Tyminski, and Shawn Lane
January 7, 2021 – Nashville, TN – For the last three-quarters of a century, in the world of bluegrass music, one thing has always been certain; the cream rises to the top. And it didn’t take long for International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winner Justin Moses to rise to his now prestigious status as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in acoustic music. On January 22nd, Moses’s pickin’ prowess and songwriting skills will be on full display with his release of Fall Like Rain, a new self-produced full-length album on Mountain Fever Records. Featuring Moses on vocals and a slew of stringed instruments—from flat-top six-string and Weissenborn guitar to mandolin and banjo—Fall Like Rain not only sheds light on his many talents, but on the skill and perseverance it takes to piece them all together to create the final product. Fans can pre-order a signed copy of the album at this link and pre-save or pre-order the album digitally right here.
Prior to the album’s release, critics doted over a number of early singles and they’ve all performed well on Bluegrass Today and Roots Music radio charts with the album’s title track reaching number 1. The Bluegrass Situation called “Taxland,”— which features Moses’s wife of three years and acoustic superstar in her own right, Sierra Hull—“a melody that is all at once careening wildly towards its end and impossibly, impeccably clean,” and Bluegrass Today premiered “Between The Lightning and The Thunder,” a track featuring Moses’s former bandleader during his time in the Dan Tyminski Band, Dan Tyminksi. The level of talent filling out these songs’ arrangements speaks highly of the respect Moses carries in the acoustic music community. Del McCoury, Shawn Lane, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Cody Kilby, Barry Bales, Michael Cleveland, Jason Carter, Jerry Douglas, and more can be heard between the album-opening Eric Clapton cover, “Fall Like Rain,” and its tenth and final track, “Locust Hill.”
Moses began his musical journey at the age of six after becoming interested in the mandolin. He first started to hone his skills playing in his family’s band as a child. Since then, he’s toured with bands such as Blue Moon Rising, The Dan Tyminski Band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, and The Gibson Brothers. In his two-year stint with Tyminski, he realized an early dream of playing the Grand Ole Opry for the first time and recorded the 2009 IBMA Album of the Year and Grammy-nominated album, Wheels. In 2018 and 2020, Moses was the recipient of the IBMA’s Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year award. Moses has appeared on stage or in studio with a diverse swath of artists including Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Brad Paisley, Joe Diffie, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Frampton, Rosanne Cash, Dwight Yoakam, and Barry Gibb.
Moses has performed on prominent national shows such as The Late Show, Conan, The Today Show, and Grand Ole Opry LIVE. He performed alongside Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs on the CMA Awards in 2018 and appeared with an all-star cast of artists on the PBS special Country Music: Live at the Ryman in conjunction with Ken Burns’ Country Music documentary in 2019. That same year, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum honored Justin by featuring him as a part of the American Currents exhibit.
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Fall Like Rain Tracklisting:
1. Fall Like Rain (4:24)
2. Taxland (3:28)
3. Between The Lightning and The Thunder (feat. Dan Tyminski) (3:17)
4. Walking To Lebanon (3:50)
5. Wise & Born (2:49)
6. My Baby’s Gone (feat. Del McCoury) (3:13)
7. Looking For A Place (feat. Shawn Lane) (3:19)
8. Watershed (3:00)
9. U.F.O. (3:09)
10. Locust Hill (2:44)

Johnny Lee’s New Single “Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright” Available Now

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Jan 192021
Johnny Lee’s New Single “Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright” Available Now
“Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright” Lyric Video Exclusively Premiered By Taste Of Country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country legend Johnny Lee, known for his dynamic stage presence and No. 1 smash crossover hit “Lookin’ for Love,” has released the new single and title track “Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright” from his upcoming album which will be released by BFD/Audium Nashville distributed exclusively through The Orchard on February 12, 2021.

Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright consists of fourteen songs, some written or co-written by Johnny, that he has saved throughout the years for the perfect album that truly reflects his life and legacy. Lee also wanted to include “Statue Of A Fool,” which was the first country song he ever learned. A special lyric video for “Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright” premiered on Taste of Country and is available on all streaming platforms.

To watch the lyric video for “Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright” visit HERE.

“The last few years have had some major ups and downs in not only my life but in the whole world,” says Johnny Lee. “Music brings us together and gives us peace of mind like nothing else. Throughout my entire career, I have worked hard to record the best music possible and while creating this album, that was the entire goal. This is a hard world we are living in, but I want everyone to know that Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright. I believe it so much so, it is the title track and first single on my new album. This is my legacy and I can’t wait to share it with you.”

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the hit movie Urban Cowboy, which changed the dynamics of country music and catapulted it to the next level in pop culture. As part of the celebration, Johnny Lee reunited with Mickey Gilley for the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour. In November at the 54th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, both were recognized for their contributions to country music and Lee’s hit single “Lookin’ For Love” was featured and performed by Old Dominion. The Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour will continue throughout 2021.

For more information on Johnny Lee, visit his website or follow his social channels below.

About Johnny Lee:
Johnny Lee was born in Texas City, Texas, and is a member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. In 1968, he began a 10-year working relationship with Mickey Gilley, at the World Famous Nightclub ‘Gilley’s’ in Pasadena, Texas. In 1979, Lee’s first screen role was in a TV Movie, ‘The Girls in the Office,’ starring Barbara Eden and Susan St. James. He was then asked to perform in the film, ‘Urban Cowboy,” starring John Travolta and Deborah Winger. “Lookin’ For Love,” was included on the movie’s soundtrack, and became Lee’s first Gold record. The song spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country chart, and #2 on the Pop chart. It later became one of the Top 100 Best Country Songs of all Time.

Johnny’s familiar songs include a string of Top 10 hits, such as “One In A Million,” “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender,” “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break,” and many more. When not traveling and performing, Johnny can be seen on many celebrity hunting and fishing shows, as well as on RFD TV’s “Larry’s Country Diner” & “Country’s Family Reunion”. Currently, Johnny can be seen performing solo and together with Mickey Gilley on the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour.

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About Bob Frank Distribution (BFD):
Bob Frank Distribution (BFD) was formed in 2013 as a boutique independent music distributor with a global sub-distribution arrangement with The Orchard. BFD currently represents over 50 companies and artists with thousands of masters including Righteous Babe, Blue Hat, DPTV, Astor Place Recordings, Big Deal Records, Once Upon A Time, Node Music, Silva Screen, Woodward Avenue Records, The Atlantic Screen Group (Filmtrax), REMT, Pra/Bad Dog, UFO, as well as artist-owned labels and catalogs including Crystal Gayle, Dale Watson, Dave Davies, Mark Collie, Darryl Worley, Lee Roy Parnell, Trini Lopez, and Charlie Daniels.

Mr. Mark Chesnutt Releases “Live From The Honky Tonk”.

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Jan 182021

Right at this juncture I am kind of going backwards, and touching on a few small things I missed in 2020, and in this instance….even 2019. It makes me reflect with great sadness how many Legends we lost last year, and how integral these guys and gals are from the 80s and 90s.

Most of you know right now my TOP Album Of 2020 was none other than Mr. John Anderson, and my TOP 50 list was filled full of people that Mr. Mark Chesnutt considers to be his ilk. I have been treated to a plethora of new music from so many names that most regular people thought were gone…or even dead!

That is one of the objectives of my blog here, it is my onus to bring to you the news and new music from those deemed unimportant by the mainstream media, and other media outlets alike. It is very integral to Country Music that these people receive recognition for not only their contributions to the genre, but to Country Music history.

I’m going to print the official press release as well as some other information on this wonderful live album I have researched here. Mr. Mark is one of the ones we still have with us that is in good health, and is still actively touring.

12-Side Album, Featuring Chart-toppers & Fan Favorites, Due October 15, 2019
Nearing three decades in the music business, Mark Chesnutt, one of country music’s finest stylists and a traditional mainstay, is set to introduce his very first vinyl LP—LIVE FROM THE HONKY TONK (Nada Dinero Records) — Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Produced by Chesnutt and pressed on 180g vinyl, the 12 sides showcase live performances of the string of hits that brought him to the dance in the 90s (“I’ll Think Of Something,”  “I Just Wanted You To Know,” “Ol Country” and “Too Cold At Home”) along with country music standards, fan favorites and medley tributes to George Jones (“The Race Is On”/”White Lightning”) and Waylon Jennings (“Clyde”/”Are You Sure Hank Did It This Way”/”Good Hearted Woman”).
Capturing the authenticity of Chesnutt’s branded vocals and trademark honky tonk and dancehall shows, the tracks were recorded at The Trapp in Nashville and spotlight performances by his touring band—current and former members— (Mark Burch–keyboards • Delaney Jackson-electric guitar/background vocals • Lee Kelley–drums • Steve Ledford-bass guitar/background vocals • Cary Stone-acoustic guitar/ background vocals • Aaron Till–fiddle • Slim Yamaguchi-steel guitar).
“We’re in a day and time where the ‘old is new’ again. It’s hard to believe, after all these years, we’re releasing my music on vinyl,” Chesnutt said. “Back when I was signed, labels were far and away from producing music on vinyl. I think, joining loyal country music lovers, the new age listeners have a growing appreciation for the ‘raw and the real’ live sound—like being right there in the room—and, I for one, am right there with ‘em.”
Continuing to carry the torch in the footsteps of George Jones and Waylon Jennings, Mark Chesnutt’s signature voice has shaped the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music generation. Chesnutt plays nearly 100 dates a year canvassing the country. He has four platinum albums, five gold albums, 14 No. 1 singles and 23 Top 10 singles to his name. The two-sided vinyl LP, LIVE FROM THE HONKY TONK, is his 18th album release, second live recording project and first on vinyl; it will be available through Chesnutt’s online store ( and for purchase at his shows. ($20/$30 for autographed copy)
For more information on Mark Chesnutt, visit: To connect with Mark Chesnutt, visit: and (@MarkChesnutt).

Preview the Double Disc CD

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Feature the star of your collection first.


1. It’s A Little Too Late
2. Bubba Shot The Jukebox
3. Too Cold At Home
4. All My Old Flames Have New Names
5. I Just Wanted You To Know
6. Goin’ Through the Big D
7. Ol’ Country
8. Brother Jukebox
9. I’ll Think Of Something
10. What A Way To Live
11. Heart Over Mind
12. Beer, Bait & Ammo
13. Waylon Jennings Medley



1. Dreaming My Dreams With You
2. Johnny Cash Medley
3. Big Mamou
4. Pride & Joy
5. I’m not Ready Yet
6. George Jones Medley
7. Whiskey Bent & Hell Bound
8. Swinging Doors
9. I Never Go Around Mirrors
10. Whiskey River
11. She Was
12. It Sure Is Monday
13. Gonna Get A Life
14. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

2020 Brings More Reissues Of John Prine Albums.

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Jan 172021

Even though last year totally eradicated the entire music industry, there was still a plethora of new releases on vinyl. Whether it be new albums on vinyl or simply re issues on vinyl…the choices created an endless assortment of good stuff, and there was no ambit or ending on how many they can release.

One that they re issued on vinyl last year was the 1985 ( and different times around then ) was John Prine Live, one of his most beloved and revered albums in his back catalogue. This album originated in California and Illinois, and also Austin City Limits. There exists so much John Prine material, they could continue this every year for a long time.

Part of the reason we all adored Mr. John so much, was his eclectic stories he told onstage. They came from so many walks of life, and looked at life from so many angles and perspectives. He never shoved any belief or agenda down our throats like many do now, rather he just told enjoyable and FUNNY stories.

He juxtaposed so much wit and clever plays on words into all of his songs, that many people just loved his “Aw Shucks” demeanor. I mean, this man has decades of material that could easily be re issued onto vinyl or CD, and it would sell like hot cakes.

Record Store Day drop number three, that statement became evident as they re issued FOUR Prine albums from the past:

Common Sense – 1975
Diamonds In the Rough – 1972
Sweet Revenge – 1973
John Prine – 1971

Those four albums have been re issued in limited quantities, and were one of the more sought after titles of all 3 drop days.  His debut self titled album is one of my own favorites for the songs on it, but the fact Mr. Buddy Emmons played ORGANS on it, and not STEEL.

The second album “Diamonds In The Rough” introduces us to his collaborations with Mr. Steve Goodman ( YES, the one Mr. David Allan Coe Mentions ), and in my opinion culminated his best work ever.

For the first time since it’s original, limited release to vinyl in 1988, we are proud to bring you John Prine Live on vinyl! This very special, Oh Boy exclusive will be limited to 1,000 vinyl and comes on purple vinyl. 

Oh Boy Exclusive vinyl includes: 
180 Gram weight, double vinyl
Opaque purple-colored
Foil stamped, numbered jackets (1-1000)
Limited edition custom label

The majority of the album was recorded during three-days at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, California. The version of “Angel From Montgomery”, was recorded at a memorial concert for Steve Goodman, held in Chicago in January 1985 and is joined by Bonnie Raitt. The version of “Souvenirs” is taken from a 1970s performance by John and Steve Goodman from Austin City Limits. The album was dedicated to John’s mother, Verna Prine. This record also includes some of John’s timeless concert storytelling, including the infamous “Happy Enchilada” story.

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In 1978, Prine became upset with the promotional efforts ( or lack of ) with Atlantic and he signed a contract with the Asylum ( Elektra ) label. He released three major albums during that period, and recently two of them have been released on CD.

Bruised Orange – 1978
Storm Windows – 1980

“Bruised Orange” is regarded as one of his strongest albums of songs until he released “Tree Of Forgiveness”. It stands stalwart today as one of his most iconic albums ever, with timeless classics like “Sabu Visits The Twin Cities Alone”.

The story of that song on the above LIVE album was an enjoyable ride into the mind of Mr. John Prine, and if you REALLY LISTEN it paints a really funny picture into the mind of those who listen.  Stories this inventive simply cannot be duplicated or copied by anybody…ever.

Willie Nelson American Outlaw

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Jan 162021

I cannot say enough cool words about Blackbird Presents, because they have arranged so many outstanding shows in Country Music, like this one. I did not get to physically see this event, I cannot be omnipresent…sadly.

Mr. Willie Nelson made my TOP 50 OF 2020 TWICE.Last year was one of the best years for Legends and artists from the 80s and 90s new music. We still have a bunch of Country Music Legends around, and they are actively releasing new music. This man is no exception to that statement of the year in a nutshell.

This man has appeared in so much media via television or other artist’s albums…probably more than anybody in music history ( I’m NOT 100 percent saying that ). He has received every possible award imaginable, and recorded more albums that even his most devoted janissaries  know about…heck there are actual GROUPS that exchange albums of his that are out of print and rare.

On this tribute show, many artists got together under one roof to celebrate the life and times of Mr. Willie Nelson, and his vast contributions to the genre. They shared stories about touring with Willie, or being around him on stages all over the WORLD.

Willie Nelson American Outlaw honored living legend Willie Nelson and featured some of his greatest hits performed by today’s biggest superstars. Own the CD/DVD from this once-in-a-lifetime concert event which took place Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

The star-studded event features performances by Willie Nelson, The Avett Brothers, Bobby Bare, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, George Strait, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill.  Includes 24 tracks on 2 CDs, plus 27 performances on the DVD.

As of right now to my knowledge it is not available on vinyl yet, however for all of us whom still enjoy CD’s (like me), this is a must have in your collection. The single fact that we still have Mr. Willie with us now, after the debacle that was 2020 commenced.I’m about to publish a “Stars we lost in 2020” article, and sadly it contains a plethora of names we all have enjoyed through the years.

This past July, he released his 70th studio album…you read that correctly..70. He has appeared on more albums than anybody in the history of Country Music, and in my opinion he recorded the greatest album in Country Music history..Red Headed Stranger from 1975.

Performance highlights include “Willie Got Me Stoned” (Performed by Jack Johnson) and Nelson classics such as “Whiskey River (Performed by Chris Stapleton), “Me and Paul” (Performed by Eric Church), “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” (Performed by Vince Gill), along with duets “The Harder They Come” (with Jimmy Buffett), “Crazy” (with Dave Matthews) “You Were Always On My Mind” (with Chris Stapleton and Derek Trucks), “After The Fire Is Gone” (with Sheryl Crow), and an All-Star performance of “On The Road Again.” In addition to these star-studded performances, music history was made when Nelson and George Strait performed together for the very first time on “Sing One With Willie” and “Good Hearted Woman.”

Whiskey River (Live)
Chris Stapleton
Three Days (Live)
Lee Ann Womack
Sister’s Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Live)
Steve Earle, Margo Price
I Thought About You, Lord / Time Of The Preacher / Hands On The Wheel (Live)
Micah Nelson, Lukas Nelson
A Song For You (Live)
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Shotgun Willie (Live)
Lyle Lovett, Ray Benson
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Live)
Vince Gill
Georgia On My Mind (Live)
Jamey Johnson
City Of New Orleans (Live)
Willie Nelson, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks
Bloody Mary Morning (Live)
The Avett Brothers
I Gotta Get Drunk (Live)
Norah Jones, The Little Willies
Willie Got Me Stoned (Live)
Jack Johnson
Me And Paul (Live)
Eric Church
Crazy (Live)
Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews
After The Fire Is Gone (Live)
Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow
Pancho And Lefty (Live)
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris
Till I Gain Control Again (Live)
Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell
Me And Bobby McGee (Live)
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Church
The Harder They Come (Live)
Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett
Always On My Mind (Live)
Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Derek Trucks
Sing One With Willie (Live)
Willie Nelson, George Strait
Good Hearted Woman (Live)
Willie Nelson, George Strait
On The Road Again (Live)
Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, …
Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die (Live)
Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, …

More On Mr. Steve Earle’s Tribute To His Son.

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Jan 152021

This one is a tough article to write my friends, because I truly enjoyed the music of Mr. Justin Townes Earle. Like many others, I had a terrible year here in Ky.  I too like Mr. Justin had a few bouts with addiction, and I had to check myself into rehab in February.

As soon as I was released from rehab, and began to live again I went back into work for three days…then came covid. I was sent home and told to report to unemployment for 4 months. I stopped writing for the website the entire year and when I was home, I snuck up to Wisconsin and picked up my daughter. I had to get her straightened out!

While we were all quarantined at home, the world of music lost a TON of Legends and artists including this man..a young budding ( but troubled ) artist with only a handful of albums named Justin Townes Earle.

I have always thought with as many of then I actually know personally, it must be the toughest challenge to have a famous last name. I couldn’t imagine having to constantly live up to his father’s echelon of notoriety to the “regular” music fans out there. Can you imagine pouring out your heart with songs like “Learning To Cry”, and after the show some dumb ass comes up asking for “Copperhead Road”?

He struggled all alone to pave his own path through local music communities and also through Nashville with ardent appetency to do it all alone, and with a fan base all his own. His songwriting had a different habile, and it had a style all it’s own. If another artist covered his songs, you could easily ascertain it was indeed a Justin Townes Earle song.

When they found Mr. Justin dead many websites went on tangents to release police reports and speculations…predictions…prognostications…blah blah blah. He had demons and hurdles like WE ALL DO. I’m NOT going to sit my ass on this recliner and PRETEND I am a “journalist” and it’s “my duty” to bring you that crap..I’m going to tell you that we lost ONE HELL of an artist, a fine fellow and a terrific songwriter.

You can damn sure bet I’ll be delving further into this album as it culminates into fruition for public consumption. I’m back my friends, and I’m in the BEST SHAPE I have been in years….Just pray for the Saint Of Lost Causes.

Track Listing.

I.  Don’t Care
2. Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving
3. Maria
4. Far Away in Another Town
5.  They Killed John Henry
6. Turn Out My Lights
7. Lone Pine Hill
8. Champagne Corolla
9. The Saint of Lost Causes
10. Harlem River Blues
11. Last Words
On the forthcoming album, J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes pay tribute to Steve’s late son, Justin Townes Earle (J.T.), who passed away on August 20, 2020 in Nashville. The album will be released digitally on what would have been Justin’s 39th birthday, January 4, 2021, CD and vinyl formats will release March 19, 2021.

The first track, “Harlem River Blues” is available to stream today. The poignant song is one of Justin’s best-known compositions and took Song of the Year honors at the 2011 Americana Music Awards ceremony following Justin’s win in the Emerging Artist of the Year category in 2009.

100% of the artist advances and royalties from J.T. will be donated to a trust for Etta St. James Earle, the three-year-old daughter of Justin and Jenn Earle. While somber in parts, the album is ultimately a rousing celebration of a life lived with passion and purpose.



Digital Album Available Today

Stream the new album featuring songs from Justin Townes Earle

CD / Vinyl available March 19

A note from Steve… 

Justin Townes Earle left this world a little over a mile from where he came in, having seen more of it than most folks in his thirty-eight years before his all too short arc brought him right back to where he started from; Nashville, Tennessee.

The evening Justin was born, in what was then called Baptist Hospital, his mother, Carol, exhausted after 36 hours in labor fell immediately into a deep sleep and I was left staring into the eyes of my first-born son. After a while, a kindly nurse asked if I would like to carry him to the nursery myself. I don’t know how I ever negotiated the walk down the hall without tripping over my own two feet. I couldn’t take my eyes off him and he looked right back at me, hardly blinking, as if to say, “I know you.” After a bit of a gentle tug-of-war at the nursery door I reluctantly relinquished custody to the nurse.

My arms had never felt so empty.

Suddenly it occurred to me that I hadn’t spoken to any of my family back in Texas since I’d phoned early the day before to let them know that Carol was in labor and we were headed for the hospital.

I beelined for the payphones in the waiting room and was relieved to find a quarter in my pocket (not a given at that point in my career). I dropped it in the slot and dialed my parents’ number in Houston. My Dad answered and immediately upon hearing his voice, I burst into tears and apologized for every shitty thing I’d ever said or done to him, which was a litany.

Carol and I split up when Justin was 3 and he shuttled between our households, sometimes voluntarily sometimes not, until he left home. That event occurred pretty organically when he accompanied me on a teaching sabbatical to the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Justin was playing by that time, having gone from post-mortem Nirvana fan to acoustic blues practitioner by way of Kurt Cobain’s WHERE DID YOU SLEEP LAST NIGHT. He’d only been interested in electric guitar until seeing Cobain hunched over the big Martin acoustic on MTV Unplugged so I pointed him towards the original recorded version in my record collection. Leadbelly was next to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Lightnin’ next to Mance Lipscomb and next thing I knew he was playing stuff I’d been trying to sort out for years. The original idea of Justin going to Chicago (besides just keeping an eye on him) was that he would take a few classes at the Old Town School, but within a few weeks he was TEACHING fingerstyle guitar. By the time I completed my eight-week course and returned home Justin had turned 18 and elected to remain behind.

He was back in Nashville six months later and, musically, things began to develop rapidly. A jug band, a rock band, a short stint as a Duke, but, lo and behold he’d begun to come up with songs of his own and they were really fucking good. He would release 8 full length albums and an EP over 13 years during which our paths crossed infrequently, usually on the road. Ironically, we both sat out the last summer of his life in Tennessee, grounded by pandemic, unable to escape to the only place either one of us ever felt at home.

The Highway.

We spoke often those last few months, saw each other a handful of times and I talked to him the night he died. I am grateful for that.

This record is called J.T. because he was never called anything else until he was nearly grown.

Well, when he was little, I called him Cowboy.

For better or worse, right or wrong, I loved Justin Townes Earle more than anything else on this earth. That being said, I made this record, like every other record I’ve ever made… for me. It was the only way I knew to say goodbye.

See you when I get there, Cowboy,



Chicago Cubs Red & Blue Vinyl
The blue and red pressings are a tribute to Justin’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. 
“Harlem River Blues” // Steve Earle & The Dukes, J.T.

T. Graham Brown Welcomes As His Guest Henry Paul of Blackhawk On January’s Live Wire On SiriusXM’s Prime Country Channel 58, Airing Now!

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Jan 142021
T. Graham Brown and Henry Paul of Blackhawk on SiriusXM Prime Country Channel 58
With continued airings throughout January, T. Graham Brown’s Live Wire features live cuts from artists including Lyle Lovett, Rhonda Vincent, Kenny Chesney and a tribute to Charley Pride, plus an exclusive interview and live cuts from Blackhawk
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown’s LIVE WIRE on SiriusXM’s Prime Country Channel 58 debuts new episodes for January, starting Wednesday, January 6 at 10/9c PM, featuring an interview with Henry Paul of Blackhawk. LIVE WIRE is a one hour show that showcases live cuts & interviews with some of T. Graham Brown’s closest friends and heroes, sharing fun stories about life on the road.

“I hope you will come on in and stay warm during January’s LIVE WIRE,” says Brown. “We are going to have so much fun talking with my buddy, Henry Paul from Blackhawk, and spinning some live tracks from throughout their career. We will also be remembering my dear friend Charley Pride who we just lost. So turn on SiriusXM’s Prime Country and enjoy the show!”

With continued airings throughout January, the show will feature live cuts from artists including Kenny Chesney, Rhonda Vincent, Lyle Lovett, Charley Pride, along with an interview and live cuts from 90’s hitmakers, Blackhawk. Listen closely to hear never-before-told stories and rare live performances from your favorite Prime Country superstars! LIVE WIRE is also available on-demand worldwide with the SiriusXM app and Pandora NOW with a standard SiriusXM subscription.

How subscribers can listen:
SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to to learn more.

Additional airings in January include:
Thursday, January 7 @ 1 am and 3 pm ET
Sunday, January 10 @ 11 am ET
Tuesday, January 12 @ 12 am and 11 pm ET
Thursday, January 14 @ 3 am ET
Monday, January 25 @ 12 pm ET

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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. In 2019, Brown became part of the SiriusXM family as host of Live Wire with T. Graham Brown airing monthly on Prime Country Channel 58. In 2020, Time Life partnered with T. Graham to reissue several of his classic albums and has recently released his latest album Bare Bones. 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.

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Birthplace of Country Music Museum Partners with Smithsonian to Kick Off New Year

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Jan 132021




The Birthplace of Country Music Museum‘s resolution for 2021? To get folks talking, thinking, and reading in the New Year with programming that engages as it entertains. Better yet, participants can enjoy this programming from the comfort of their homes – at no cost.

The award-winning museum, located in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia, is once again utilizing its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution to kick off a new virtual speaker series set to debut on Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00 p.m. EST featuring guest speaker Paula Johnson, Food History Curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH).

“Our new Virtual Speaker Series is a monthly program where we will feature a variety of different speakers, exploring the work of museums, musicians and music history, regional issues and stories, Appalachian culture, and more!” said Head Curator Rene Rodgers. “We are especially excited to be able to leverage our Smithsonian affiliation in order to host Paula Johnson as our first speaker on January 12, and we know that her focus on food and foodways is one that our community and audiences will really connect with and enjoy. It is going to be a great way to kick off the new year and this new museum program.”

The conversation will center around the power of food as a lens for exploring history and the robust food history offerings at NMAH, including Julia Child’s home kitchen, programs on food justice, and live cooking demonstrations that feature chefs, home cooks, and recipes from regional cuisines across the country. Participants will learn how what’s on our plates relates to many strands of economic, political, technological, and social history. January’s Virtual Speaker Series featuring Paul Johnson is free and open to the public, but you must pre-register online to participate. The program is part of a partnership with the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative. Future speakers include WBCM Radio Bristol on-air personality and musician Bailey George discussing the multi-faceted personas of honky tonk women (coming in February), and Alona Norwood and William Isom II from Black in Appalachia talking about their work to record and amplify Black history and stories from the Appalachian region (in March).

To register for the Virtual Speaker Series, go to the Birthplace of Country Music’s Events page at

Virtual Story Time, a new program for children and families, will also become regularly-scheduled programming starting this month. One or two children’s books will be featured in each session, with songs and sounds, learning sheets, or other related activities kids can enjoy from home. Though Virtual Story Time is primarily geared toward children ages 3-6, it may be enjoyed by older kids and adults as a fun activity to do together. Each story has been chosen to relate to museum content, cultural heritage, and Appalachian culture. Each show will premiere on the Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s social media channels twice monthly – usually on the 1st and 3rd Friday except in January – and on the Virtual Story Time web page at This month’s dates are Friday, January 15 and Friday, January 29. Reading aloud is a major factor in advancing early literacy skills in young children, helps in language development, and opens up children’s imagination.

Additionally, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum has rolled out its 2021 roster of great literature to be discussed on its Radio Bristol Book Club program; the show airs on the 4th Thursday of each month at 11:00 a.m. EST on WBCM Radio Bristol, which broadcasts from the museum. Unlike your typical book club, Radio Bristol’s doesn’t meet in person. The program, in partnership with the Bristol Public Library, encourages its audience to read along independently and tune in to the show. At-home readers are also encouraged to send in questions or share their thoughts about each book by emailing Those who do may hear their questions and opinions on-air! Books are chosen to relate to the museum’s content, music history, a current special exhibit or programming, or stories derived from the Appalachian region. Related music is often incorporated into the show and, when possible, an interview with the author is included. The first Radio Book Club “meeting” in 2021 will air on January 28 with a discussion about the biography I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams by Colin Escott.

2021 Radio Bristol Book Club List:

January 28
I Saw the Light: The Story of Hank Williams
by Colin EscottFebruary 25
The Devil’s Dream
by Lee Smith

March 25
Where the Dead Sit Talking
by Brandon Hobson

April 22
Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition
by Lyn Ford

May 27
by Robert Gipe

June 24
Satan is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

by Charlie Louvin
July 22
Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachia
by Sharyn McCrumbAugust 26
Weaver’s Daughter
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

September 23
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song
by David Laskey and Frank M. Young

October 28
The Moon-Eyed People: Folk Tales from Welsh America
by Peter Stevenson

November 18
Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired “Stagolee,” “John Henry,” and Other Traditional American Folk Songs
by Richard Polenberg

December 23
Songteller: My Life in Lyrics
by Dolly Parton w/ Robert K. Oermann

To access and listen to archived Radio Bristol Book Club programs, visit the show’s webpage at

The Radio Bristol Book Club can be accessed by tuning in to 100.1 FM in the Bristol area; it also streams live on, and through the station’s free mobile app.

The 20th anniversary of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival has been re-scheduled for September 10-12, 2021 after being cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, Blackberry Smoke, Yola, The Steeldrivers, Rhonda Vincent, Hayes Carll, Jim Lauderdale, Amythyst Kiah and more are scheduled to perform at the award-winning event which draws more than 40,000 people to Downtown Bristol each year. Weekend passes are on sale now at with a convenient payment plan option.

For a complete list of events and a comprehensive look at everything the Birthplace of Country Music has to offer, visit