Apr 252018
 
MAGNOLIA ROADS AMERICAN ROOTS HOEDOWN III
Magnolia Roads presents Third Annual American Roots Hoedown in Nashville  
Night One at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, Madison, TN 
Featuring Don Gallardo, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, James Scott Bullard,
Taylor Kropp, The Traveling Ones, and Daniel Lawrence Walker   
 
Night Two at The 5 Spot, East Nashville, TN 
Featuring Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparao & The New Effect, Rich Mahan,
Mike Younger, Jason Daniels Band, and Arkansas Dave   
 
NASHVILLE, TN March 9, 2018 – Magnolia Roads presents the third annual American Roots Hoedown. A showcase of the Magnolia Roads family of artists and friends. Twelve bands over two nights at two of Nashville’s hippest live music venues. Returning for the third year are Mike Younger, Rich Mahan, and the Jason Daniels Band. New this year are Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparaco & The New Effect, Arkansas Dave, Don Gallardo, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, Daniel Lawrence Walker, The Traveling One, Taylor Kropp and James Scott Bullard.
 
American Roots Hoedown III Pre-Party
6pm-2am Friday, April 27, 2018
Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, 102 E. Palestine Ave., Madison, TN 37115 
Lineup: Taylor Kropp, Boo Ray, Allen Thompson, James Scott Bullard, 
The Traveling Ones, and Daniel Lawrence Walker
 
American Roots Hoedown III 
6pm -2am Saturday, April 28, 2018 
The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206 
Lineup: Bonnie Blue, Ben Sparaco & The New Effect, Mike Younger, 
Rich Mahan, Jason Daniels Band, and Arkansas Dave
 
What is American Roots? Exactly what the moniker sounds like, music that grew from the roots of America. The Magnolia Roads family of artists epitomize American Roots music through their blend of Blues, Country, Funk, Jazz, and a whole lotta Rock and Roll, flavored with the deep grooves of the South and an occasional West Coast psychedelic twirl. 

 
Allen Thompson (Nashville, TN) East Nashville Hippy Folk/Americana singer/songwriter and local Nashville favorite. www.magnoliaroads.com/allen-thompsonwww.allenthompsonband.com
 
Arkansas Dave (Austin, TX) His sound is rooted in the influences of blues, rock and indie blended with the sounds of the South. Arkansas Dave’s self-titled debut album, recorded in 8 days at Muscle Shoals’ infamous Fame Studios, will be released April 20. 
 
Ben Sparaco and The New Effect (Nashville, TN) Blends elements of Americana, Blues, Folk, Funk and Rock with jazz-inspired improvisation drawing on inspirations ranging from the Derek Trucks Band to the Grateful Dead to Bob Dylan to John Coltrane. Following up on Ben’s 2017 solo debut album, “Wooden,” the group’s upcoming self-titled album will be released June 8. 
  • Ben Sparaco (Ben Sparaco and The New Effect) interview questions &
    answers April 2018
    www.magnoliaroads.com/ben-sparaco
    www.bensparaco.com
     What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal?
    My song “Soul Miner” is probably the most personal to me because it’s
    about the struggles of getting through to somebody that was close to me
    and getting them to open up.
    Favorite topic to write about? Why?
    I generally like to write stories that may or may not be loosely based on
    my own life. I think writing using characters and fictional scenarios
    helps to make the songs less specific and makes it easier for people to
    connect with them in different ways. It also gives me the ability to kind
    of create another world in our songs.
    Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    When I was touring with Butch Trucks (founding member and
    drummer of the Allman Brothers Band) I turned around during
    “Mountain Jam” to see him smiling bigger than I’ve ever seen. That
    was surreal.
    Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Jerry Garcia, Derek Trucks, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan, and David
    Byrne. They all went against the grain and carved their own path.
    5) First album you ever bought?
    Probably American Idiot by Green Day or Ocean Avenue by
    Yellowcard.
    First live concert you ever attended?
    Van Halen and Ziggy Marley, 2008.
    Are you a “superfan” of any band?
    I grew up as an Allman Brothers superfan and eventually because a
    superfan of the Grateful Dead. I wouldn’t consider myself a current
    “superfan” of anybody.
    What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musicion? Who
    taught it to you?
    It’s all about your intention, no matter what you play. Thank you
    Colonel Bruce Hampton.
    If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your
    life–what would they be?
    A Love Supreme by John Coltrane and The Times They Are A-
    Changing by Bob Dylan.
    What’s your dream venue to play?
    Red Rocks or the Beacon Theatre.
    What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?)
    I pound back Clif bars all the time on the road because they’re cheap,
    fill you up, and have quality ingredients! We don’t always have time for
    a full meal.
    Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician what
    would you be?
    Dead.
    Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows?
    Lots of friends on the lineup and a lot of opportunities to play with
    different people.
Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL) Bluesy Southern/Roots Rock Jam Band known for their organic live shows they live up to their mantra “the music never stops.” They’ve been touring in support of their 2017 debut studio album, “No Lookin’ Back.”
 
Boo Ray (Nashville, TN) Americana Outlaw with a pure Muscle Shoals Southern Country Rock sound. Following up on his Americana Music chart Top 40 album “Sea of Lights,” he has been in the studio recording a singles duet project. 
 
Daniel Lawrence Walker (Nashville, TN) A soothing voice and soulful songwriting, the Americana artist is tapping into genre bending music. 
 
Don Gallardo (Nashville, TN)  “Artist You Need To Know. ​A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene’s true journeymen.” – Rolling Stone. His new album “Still Here” will be released April 27, night one of Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III.

Don Gallardo interview questions & answers April 2018
www.dongallardo.com
Don Gallardo interview questions & answers April 2018
www.dongallardo.com

Who are your musical influences? The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Elton John, CCR, The Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder, Queen, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly

First live concert you ever attended? Guns n Roses

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Just be you. You write great songs so don’t try to imitate anyone else. Just play how you feel and play every show like you are playing to the biggest crowd you’ve ever played to. Who taught it to you? Chuck Day (musician from my hometown. He’s the one who wrote the riff on the song “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers. He also played Bass with the Mamas & the Papas and he also played second guitar on “Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’”

If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your life–what would they be? Cephas & Wiggins – Cool Down and The Beatles – Revolver

What’s your dream venue to play? Ryman

 
James Scott Bullard (Mullins, SC) Outlaw Country Southern rocker. ‘If Waylon Jennings had a pet eagle named Evel Knievel that liked to stand on furniture with a guitar, had a homemade Smokey & The Bandit tattoo on it’s chest, a Skynyrd tattoo on it’s middle talon, Keith Richards’ blood in it’s veins, Johnny Rotten’s cocked eye and John Oates’ mustache, that MIGHT come close’ to describing JSB’s music. His new album, “Full Tilt Boogie” will be released April 27, night one of Magnolia Roads American Roots Hoedown III.
  • James Scott Bullard interview questions & answers April 2018
    www.magnoliaroads.com/jamesscottbullard
    www.jamescottbullard.com
     What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal?
    Definitely “Back to You.” Because it’s about my son, and how he’s so
    amazing despite my bad decisions in life.
    Favorite topic to write about? Why?
    My bad decisions…i.e.: Women, my self-destructive nature, etc. It’s such
    good source material!
     Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    I got electrocuted! My hand was on my guitar, my mouth was on the mic
    and my boots were standing in a beer the opening act spilled. I didn’t know
    there was a hole in my boot. The soundman figured it out quickly and
    Gorilla taped my boots…On with the show!
    Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Hank Williams Sr., Waylon Jennings, Lightnin’ Hopkins. Because they
    understood that keeping the formula simple, to the point and telling the truth
    was how you get to folks.
    First album you ever bought?
    Kiss-‘Destroyer”
     First live concert you ever attended?
    Whitesnake
     Are you a “superfan” of any band?
    W.A.S.P. or Pantera
    What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Who
    taught it to you?
    “The entertainment industry is a lot like following an elephant with a
    shovel”-Actual advice from David Allan Coe.
    “If everybody likes you, you’re doin’ it wrong!” and “Learn to bum cigarettes
    or quit smoking.”-Actual advice from Butch Walker.
    If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of
    your life–what would they be?
    Waylon Jennings-“Honky-Tonk Heroes” and The Rolling Stones-“Sticky
    Fingers”
     What’s your dream venue to play?
    The Ryman.
    11) What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?)
    Welches Fruit Snacks-My Road manager got me addicted and they’re an
    easy, quick go to.
    Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician
    what would you be?
    I can not do safe. Tom Waits once said: “Normal, well adjusted people don’
    get written about.”…I don’t read about bankers a lot. If I wasn’t a musician I’d be
    a grave digger because the clients are easy to deal with I hear.
     Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows?
    The opportunity to share the stage with so many great artists. Plus, I never
    have a bad time in Nashville.

 
Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS) American Roots Music, which seamlessly blurs the lines between Country, Blues and Funk. He returns to the studio in May to record the follow up to his debut album, “Dashboard Visions and Rearview Reflections.” 
 
Mike Younger (Nashville, TN) Americana rocker and reclusive veteran of the music business, he rose out of the streets to record with artists like Rodney Crowell, Jim Dickinson, and Levon Helm. His most recent album, “Little Folks Like You And Me” debuted last July in the Top 5 Most Added Albums to Americana Radio.
 
Rich Mahan (Nashville, TN) Roots music Buddha, his music conjures a similar vibe to Delbert McClinton, Warren Zevon, Hayes Carll, Little Feat, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, and his favorite, The Grateful Dead, with influences from 70’s FM Rock and Pop radio, as well as Outlaw Country from that same era. He is recording a follow up his to highly acclaimed debut solo release “Blame Bobby Bare.” His new album, “Hot Chicken Wisdom” is slated to be released late 2018.
  • Rich Mahan interview questions & answers April 2018
    www.magnoliaroads.com/rich-mahan
    www.richmahan.com
    What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal?
    a lot of my songs are about true stories, so in a sense they are all personal.
    Momma Found My bong is an honest to God true story. Doesn’t get much
    more personal than getting busted by your parents
     Favorite topic to write about? Why?
    Life and love. I love to share the universal qualities of the human existence
    in a song.
     Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    I think every musicians has had their share of bad gigs where the sound
    sucked, etc… I just remember the gigs where everything clicked and the line
    bewteen the audience and the stage / band just dissolved. that’s magical
    when that happens
     Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Whatever moves me and makes me take notice. It could be the way
    someone talks, or the way a woman moves her hips when she walks, or Leo
    Nocentelli’s guitar solo in Dr. John’s Right place wrong time.
     First album you ever bought?
    45rpm single of Van Halen’s Dance The Night Away
    First live concert you ever attended?
    Rolling Stones
    Are you a “superfan” of any band?
    Grateful Dead
     What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Who
    taught it to you? Stick up for yourself and don’t let club owners push you around. Merl
    Saunders.
    If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of your life–what would they be?
    The Who – Quadrophenia and Grateful Dead Europe 72
     What’s your dream venue to play?
    Royal Albert Hall
     What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?)
    BBQ or Mexican food. Because when they are done right, they are as good
    and any haute cuise anywhere
     Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician
    what would you be?
    Music is a calling. when you are called it won’t stop until you answer.
    Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows?
    Getting to hang with a ton of good friends I haven’t seen in a while and
    playing for an appreciative crowd!
 
Taylor Kropp (Nashville, TN) Americana/Roots Rock singer/songwriter/guitarist influenced by the melting pot of American music, including The Allman Brothers Band, Dwight Yoakam, and Tom Petty, and the imagery of the old west and desert. He has been touring in support of his debut album “Coming Up For Air,” released last September. 
  • Taylor Kropp interview questions & answers April 2018
    www.magnoliaroads.com/taylorkropp
    www.taylorkroppmusic.com
     What is the most person song you have? What makes it so personal? –
    Even If You’re Wrong. I was just so frustrated by how people were treating
    each other in the post 2016 Trump election that I had to put it to paper.
     Favorite topic to write about? Why? – Heartbreak. You can’t ever have
    too many love songs right?
    Craziest thing that’s ever happened while on stage (issues, crazy fans,
    losing power, etc.?)
    – One time while playing in Cheyenne, Wyoming the  doors flew open and
    the club flooded with cops and drug dogs. Turns out
    there was a Meth dealer selling out of the bathroom stall. He had kidnapped
    a client who owed him money and the cops were searching for him. When
    they found the prisoner he alerted the cops to the dealer was selling down at
    the club we were playing. I remember they found a gun in the trash and they
    escorted him out in handcuffs.
     Who are your musical influences? Why?
    Allman Brothers Band. Pure musicianship of the highest caliber. And they were so
    young as well. Dwight Yoakam cause he doesn’t take shit. Tom Petty. See answer for Dwight
    Yoakam. Jackson Browne. A true American Poet. My guitar teacher John
    Garcia. One of the best men I’ve known. Pure class and musicianship.
     First album you ever bought? – Steven Curtis Chapman. Christian artist
    haha.
     First live concert you ever attended? ^ See above.
     Are you a “superfan” of any band? – Allman Brothers. I can hang with
    any trivia.
     What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a musician? Who
    taught it to you? – Take every gig cause you never know where it will lead.
    Also take any gig for any amount of money because it’s more important to
    see what you’ve earned at the end of the month then at the end of the day.
     If you had to bring two albums with you to listen to for the rest of
    your life–what would they be? – Layla and other Assorted Love Songs by
    Derek and the Dominos and Dwight Yoakam’s A Long Way Home.
     What’s your dream venue to play?
    Fox Theatre in Oakland.
     What’s your favorite food on the road? (Why?) Chipotle. If you do it
    right you can get two meals out of one.
     Why didn’t you become a banker? Or, if you weren’t a musician
    what would you be?
    I would open my own coffee shop in the middle of
    Montana. And play Jazz guitar there in between making coffee.
     Bonus?! What makes you most excited about playing the MagRds
    American Roots III weekend shows? – Jamming and hanging with so many
    great musicians. And seeing Don Gallardo sing. He’s a great artist.
 
The Traveling Ones (Nashville, TN) Americana duo known for their soulful harmonies, bluesy slide guitar, and heart-felt lyrics. They’ve been touring in support of their 2017 debut album, “Meet Me There,” as they prepare for their for their new album.
American Roots Hoedown III Pre-Party 4/27 Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/431561347275650/
5:30 Daniel Lawrence Walker (Nashville, TN)
7:15 The Traveling Ones (band –  Nashville, TN)
7:55 Allen Thompson (solo –  Nashville, TN)
8:45 James Scott Bullard (solo – Mullins, SC)
9:45 Taylor Kropp (band)  Nashville, TN)
10:45 Boo Ray (band –  Nashville, TN)
11:45 Don Gallardo (band –  Nashville, TN)
 
American Roots Hoedown III 4/28 Facebook eventhttps://www.facebook.com/events/334692473683286/
6 Arkansas Dave (Austin)
7 Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS)
8:05 Rich Mahan (Nashville)
9:20 Mike Younger (Nashville)
10:25 Ben Sparaco and The New Effect (Nashville)
11:40 Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL)
12:45 All-star super jam*

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