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Steel Guitarists Along The Road.

Steel Guitarists Along The Road.

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Travis Egnor

I have so many different series going on within my website that sometimes It’s hard to keep them all well groomed and current, but I do. This endeavor turned out to be a major undertaking in both a positive and negative way for me but I took the negative a turned it into a learning experience to which I could still capitalize on as a man. Attempting to pin some of these hard working steel guitarists down has been a challenge, people THINK the music business is one big party, or a wild drunk fest full of drugs and women…and it’s not. ANYTHING can be turned into that I suppose but most people don’t STOP and understand the time and effort placed into pulling off a profitable show.

I have been wanting to do this project for some time now and I either didn’t have the time or the resources to pull it off in the fashion it deserves to be done in, I don’t do ANYTHING half assed or in hokey fashions. I comb my information but sometimes I make horrible face palm to the forehead mistakes and I retreat with my tail between my legs…but I come back out swinging and more aggressive than I was when I made that mistake. I know THE PEOPLE that once graced the stages of Country Music behind the steel guitar, Pete Drake, Hal Rugg, Ralph Mooney,Little Roy Wiggins and the Legends of the instrument. BUT when it came to tuning and how it works I once knew nothing about it, and I thought well HOW can I write about Country Music in Nashville and NOT KNOW?

Country Music has THREE staple pillars of it’s foundation or it’s backbone if you will. Those are in this order the songwriter, the producer, and the steel guitar in my opinion it takes those three to make a classic Country Music album. My point being Willie Nelson “Red Headed Stranger” and “Wanted The Outlaws” as two prime examples that had all three. Shooter will tell you rapidly “Wanted The Outlaws” was the first platinum selling Country Music album EVER and defied the scorn it was initially given by Nashville in the 1970’s.

Local music as a whole contains such a plethora of well rounded steel guitarists and pickers waiting for you to discover them if you are willing to wade through the broken beer bottles and travel the worn out back alleys of America you will find them. You have to look in the places most normal people wouldn’t, and you have to listen. You have to brave the heat and cold and discomfort of the fields and farms that spew forth these festivals, mostly you have to study and watch for them.

I cover over 9,000 songwriters,bands and artists on here from six different genres and many of them involve steel guitarists in some fashion or another. I know TONS of them but YOU might not so I thought WHY NOT start interviewing THEM and bringing THEM to the forefront so we can better appreciate the artists they play for?  I don’t ask many questions about their “boss” unless it’s a mutual band, BUT many of them are readily willing to divulge information about the man (or woman) up in the front that employs them. In fact I am enjoying these last few years where the WOMEN have been releasing the stronger albums like Sunny Sweeney and Margo Price.

This installment of my series brings me to the telephone with the current steel guitarist for Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies and his name is Mr. Austin Tripp he called from south Carolina last night and graciously donated some time with Gary Hayes Country and I thank him SO MUCH for this opportunity to bring you folks this article!

GHC
How did you get started playing the steel guitar?

Mr. Austin
Well, it’s really a long story short but I used to play the fiddle and I began playing it at eleven or twelve. They used to have country music shows out at a little antique shop close to where I lived, and they had a fiddle player there that I befriended around the end of 2004. We went out there to the store, they had a steel player and a fiddle player and banjo there was a bunch of people. I was interested in watching the fiddle player and it was mostly Bluegrass but every once in awhile that steel player would start up and I was like man that sound. The sound of it is what attracted me to it and I got to watching him play a little lick, and I didn’t know nothing about it. I didn’t know what the instrument was called I didn’t know anything.

I finally got the courage to approach him and ask him what it was and he said it’s a pedal steel guitar, I said well I got to learn how to play one. He said well, I’m not a really good teacher but I can show you a few things. The problem was I didn’t have one and I didn’t know where to even find one and it was hard for him to show me on his and have to sit down and play it. So in the summer of 2004 and 2005 I worked all summer for a friend of mine and bailed hay to save up money to buy my first steel.

I couldn’t make it do what I wanted, I couldn’t make it do the crying and all that stuff but he lead me along, and I got to where I wanted and after a month and a half of getting one, I got started playing with him. He also plays the guitar and he would play it and let me play steel behind him, and the rest is history. I love the sound of it and I love the challenge that it put up, I’m one of those types that loves a challenge. I kind of got bored with the fiddle to be honest, and I was looking for a challenge and I found it in the pedal steel guitar.

GHC
How long did you play before you played for Cody Jinks, and how did you start with Mr. Cody?

Mr. Austin
I started playing professionally since 2009 and I was still in high school. I got offered to go on the road with a band called Broken road, we played with many acts. We played all over Georgia, parts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. We opened for Jake Owen, Colt ford and few others, and I would get to know their steel players and know the bands. Fortunately right after I graduated high school I got the call to go out on the road with Easton Corbin, I didn’t know much about the road, I was green. I didn’t know anything about life on the road I was just getting exposed to it. Thankfully one thing lead to another and after doing shows with Easton I did shows Jake Owen and up to about 2010 I started doing shows with Blake Shelton and that lead me to my big gig and that was with Luke Bryan. And I was with Luke for a year and a half.

I took some time off from playing to care for my grandmother who passed away in 2013 from breast cancer. I took some time off to care for her and started working a manufacturing job for about three years. When my grandmother passed on I got the itch and I was ready to get back out on the road, and play music full time. One night I messaged Brett Robinson who plays for Whitey Morgan, and asked him questions about his guitar. He had got a brand new one and I was just asking him about it, we got to become friends both on Facebook and talking on the phone.

One day I got the courage and I asked him man, who plays for Cody Jinks? And he said well right now nobody, they are going through some lineup changes and nobody was playing for him. Brett was playing for him but it was wearing him down because he was setting up playing with the 78’s doing sound check and playing shows with both bands. I said ask him if he needs a steel player and about six months later in August of 2016 on my birthday I was on my way to work. Brett called me and sang Happy Birthday to me and he said I got you a present and I said what’s that? He said in two weeks you are going to start with Cody Jinks if you want, I said HELL YES so two weeks later I loaded up my steel and headed for Texas and that’s how I started playing with him, and I been with him ever since.

GHC
Without giving away secrets what makes up your sound, and what do you different from other people?

Mr. Austin
My biggest thing is I don’t follow the mainstream steel players, and I’m not taking anything away form them by no means and I learned a lot from them guys like Paul Franklin and Mike Johnson, those guys. But my biggest thing is what Cowboy Eddie Long told me years ago, he said when you play the steel play the way YOU want to play it and play what you hear and that will set you aside from everybody else. I can hear a song and put my own twist on it because I didn’t want to be like everyone else, and I have a unique sound and a style of playing.

The best way to describe it is when Cowboy Eddie did the first two Jamey Johnson records they just set up in the studio and put a microphone up and just played, they didn’t go back and redo anything. That’s what mad me really pull away from mainstream steel guitarists. My tone is really in my guitar, I’m endorsed by BMI and I have been for a year now. We designed this guitar around MY OWN specifications and I feel VERY comfortable behind my guitar. It’s a mix of Eddie Long’s tuning and my own personal tuning and we put custom pickups in it, and it’s MY weapon. It goes back to every steel player since the 1950’s they say it’s in the hands.

GHC
What’s your plans for the future, I see you are hitting the road again soon?

Mr. Austin
We have a lot of stuff going on, this year I believe is going to be the year for Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies. There’s a lot of stuff that is happening right now, you know Cody’s been in it for ten plus years and It’s only March, well we did two tours this year. This last tour we did Conan O Brian and Music City Roots show in Nashville and that wasn’t mainstream TV that’s local in Nashville but Cody said that’s the first time he’s ever done anything like before and of course Conan that was new for all of us.

This year we have shows opening up for Jamey Johnson and we have a few festivals, but we are going into the studio I think sometime in the fall and release a new album. We have already been to the studio a good bit recording a few songs here and there, we did that cover of the Pink Floyd song Wish You Was here, and that actually surprised us all because we had no idea it was even going to be released. We kind of done it as a last minute deal and I think it made it up to number four on the Texas charts and on the national ones I think it made it up to number twenty eight. I couldn’t believe it blew up because there’s not many people who could take a classic rock song and turn it in to a country song and make a hit out of it.

GHC
Well you know Whitey Morgan did that with a Springsteen song. I started incorporating more Red Dirt into my website and even though that crowd isn’t embracing Nashville they do really well out here and I’m enjoying it.

Mr. Austin
Well the Texas music comes back to me and you know people listen to what the radio gives them to listen to and sadly enough they don’t play anything from any of the Texas guys and it’s sad because that to me is music that’s the way I feel. When I get on my motorcycle and take a ride some of the Texas songs like Jason Isbell and Wade Bowen are what get me into my feelings and that’s the kind of stuff that I listen to. It should be played on mainstream radio but they wont because it doesn’t sell to teenagers today I guess unfortunately.

GHC
Now I’m getting three to five thousand hits a day and I can’t get over that five thousand mark but people like what I feature.

Mr. Austin
It’s getting out there and honestly I have been a fan of Cody’s before I even worked with him, just because he has pushed the music out there and he’s trying to get above that Red Dirt scene and sort of branch out and get above and beyond and rise up but he’s staying true to where he came from. That’s what I love about working for him, we do everything our way but our way is the people’s way and that’s what I love about him. They come from all over to the shows and a lot of times we see the same crowd which is awesome, the last show we did in Denver Colorado and there were people there from Tennessee and Arkansas and I had a friend fly in from Georgia to see us. They want that rawness, they don’t want the orchestrated concert that you pay seventy five to a hundred dollars to see and you’re sitting in the nosebleed section. They want to see the rawness of the real deal I guess you could say.

GHC
Your Flockers are a very strong following let me tell you,I have had a lot of dealings with them. Let me tell you I’m involved in many scenes being the type of media that I am. I’m in with Bluegrass people and the Muddy Roots people and Americana folks, and they are a pretty dedicated bunch.

Mr. Austin
They are very dedicated and you know I started right at the end of August and I was number fifteen hundred or sixteen hundred. At that time Cody did not have anything to do with the Flocker group, they started themselves and asked him if they could start a fan group. Cody said go ahead you can run it and do whatever you want to, so it did. Now they are up to twelve or thirteen thousand members and they’re dedicated. They come to every show there’s a least a row of them at every show and it’s awesome I love them, they’re a fun group of people.

At every show there’s always one or two that keep us entertained and they take pictures for us and things like that. They help us like on April the sixth there’s a show in Nashville to honor Merle Haggard, they had posted that they were looking for talent. Man, the Flockers got on there and started blowing it up by posting get Cody Jinks, get Cody Jinks and they had to shut the page down. They were trying so hard to get us on the show.

GHC
As a steel guitarist who influenced you the most?

Mr. Austin
I would probably have to say Cowboy Eddie Long, I don’t know him too good and I have only met him a couple of times but he showed me many things on the steel guitar and I have known him for about a year now. I would have to say the style and the way I play it would have to be Cowboy Eddie. But alongside him would have to be Ralph Mooney, I been listening to Waylon for as long as I can remember. I loved the song Rainy Day Woman and I remember hearing Ralph start it off with that steel, when I first started playing the steel I was venturing more towards Ralph Mooney his tone and his style. He said in an interview one time his style was simple but effective and you know he was with Waylon until the day that he died.

GHC
Yes, and he was the first steel guitarist to ever be put in the front line, Ralph Mooney was. Now I notice you sit to Mr. Cody’s left is that the reason you do that?

Mr. Austin
You know really Cody loves the steel and I watched videos of his past steel players and I wanted also to sit right beside him, and I asked him where do you want me to sit? He said man I need you on the front line so people can hear your leads. That’s another reason I love him he doesn’t care about just him, I don’t care about exposure for me but I love it when people come up and ask hey what is that you’re playing. Cause I’m right up front and everyone sees me and they cannot miss me.

They ask questions and that’s what I love, we were playing a show at the Wescott Theater in Syracuse New York and there was young man that I have pictures of on my Facebook of he was right up front all night. I was watching him study me all night he was probably about ten or eleven and he was just amazed by what I was doing. After the show I was walking out to the bus, and his dad stopped me and just like I asked that guy, he said man what is that you’re playing? I said It’s a pedal steel guitar he said my son was amazed by it and I brought him on the stage and he sat behind it,I let him play it and he said it was so cool.

He was inspired and I’m pretty sure his parents were out a lot of money in those next few days but that’s what I like. I like to be on the front line to inspire as many people I possibly can. I don’t want to say it’s dying but on mainstream country radio, it’s gone. The Texas guys are pulling it out but man I don’t want to see it die.

GHC
That’s why I wanted to start this series because there are so many of you in I want to say underground music per say, and there a lot of bands that have steel guitarists but nobody knows about them.

Mr. Austin
Yeah, probably in the past ten years it’s just dropped out so much and I know everybody rags on Luke Bryan and those guys but you know I worked with him and Luke has a steel player right now but it’s just not headlining like it was back in the day. The one that is promoting it the most right now is Easton Corbin with Jamie Lennon.

GHC
I agree with you and I think Jon Pardi is doing it really well too.

Mr. Austin
Jon’s good his steel player is a good friend of mine Andy Ellison.

GHC
Yes,I’m going to get him on this series soon.

Mr. Austin
And there are several young steel players that I’m friends with on Facebook I haven’t had the opportunity to meet them yet but there is a young kid I think he’s thirteen named Jacob King he’s playing a lot of the Midwest steel guitar shows. They’re great steel players not like when I first started I didn’t even have Youtube to learn by so they got a little advantage on me, I love to see young people playing the steel. I’m still young but I love the younger people sitting down and getting involved with it. And it’s addictive once it starts I want to see them on the Grand Ole Opry.

GHC
I’d like to see you on it too, my main goal when I started this website is I want people like Whitey Morgan and Cody Jinks and my daughter who is twenty, I want her to able to say they are Legends when she’s forty. That’s what I want.

Mr. Austin
Somebody asked me the other day there was some thing that was comparing Cody and Whitey to Waylon and Willie and all that. It comes down to Waylon and Willie and Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard they didn’t get to where they were by following someone else, and that’s what we are doing. We’re doing our own thing and it takes time. Time and exposure is the key and eventually I think everybody is going to get turned on to our music. For Whitey Morgan he’s been at it for a while now and this will be a big year. For all of those guys this year will be the year a lot of people wake up and say hey these guys got something going on.

Another thing with Whitey and Cody and people like Ward Davis, our fans are their fans and vice versa and a lot of time they will go to both shows in one night or two. There’s a circle fans if Whitey’s close they’ll go to his show and if we’re close they’ll go to our show and that’s a great thing. It’s not just we only like this guy or we only like that guy let’s not go to it.

GHC
Well every scene is like that, I was going to go see The Reverend Horton Heat and the G damn Gallows but I covered them many times and I decided on Wade Bowen. I am trying to incorporate more of the Texas music into this and even if I have to take off work I’ll do it to get to see people like Sunny Sweeney. She needs to be an Opry member, hell she plays more than some of the members.

Mr. Austin
Yes, I cannot wait for that day. Brett and I were fortunate enough about three weeks ago to get to see her there. The night before she had her Trophy release at the Basement East. There were several people there Larry Gaitlin and Crystal Gayle and several others were there. When she started it was just Aw Goodness. It made me feel like back in the sixties it was Country Music and that’s what it comes down to. She’s Country Music.

GHC
I think with the new management being a woman she might speak to her musically from a different standpoint than a man and I think she has a really good chance. She will speak to her from a whole different level.

Mr. Austin
I believe so she’s doing a lot of things right. This CD I listened to it before it came out and there’s several songs on there that will go places. When she released that song from a table away it went up the charts and that’s the first song I ever heard her do, and I believe it’s going to be her year as well.

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2017 Music Festivals: Del Fest.

2017 Music Festivals: Del Fest.

One of my all time favorite festivals to write about that happens in the spring happens in Cumberland Maryland, and it’s called none other than Delfest. You know I LOVE ME some Del McCoury and I highly encourage you to attend the 10th annual Delfest on May 25-28th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD.

The Del McCoury Band plays many of the festivals I cover throughout the year and it’s always nice to run into them on my website adventures. This is his own festival and never falls short of festival fun and you can purchase your tickets and passes HERE.

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

Hotels and Motels

Fairfield Inn & Suites
21 N. Wineow St.
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.0340

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

301.729.4800

Ramada Cumberland
100 S. George Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.724.8800

Red Roof Inn LaVale/Cumberland
I-68 at exit #40
12310 Winchester Rd SW, LaVale, MD 21502
301.729.6700

Super 8 Motel La Vale/Cumberland Area
I-68 at Rt 53
1301 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502
301.729.6265

Rocky Gap Casino & Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd. NE
Flintstone (Cumberland), MD 21530
800.724.0828
301.784.8400

Frostburg Days Inn
11100 New George Creek Road
Frostburg, MD USA 21532
301.689.2050

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn
1268 National Highway
La Vale, Maryland 21502
301.729.3300

Comfort Inn & Suites
1216 National Highway
LaVale,  MD 21502
301.729.6400

Hampton Inn
11200 New George’s Creek Road
Frostburg, MD  21532
301.689.1998

Microtel Inn
70 N Tornado Way
Keyser, WV 26726
304.597.1400
toll free: 1.800.771.7171

Bed and Breakfasts/Historic Inns

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

Town Hill Hotel Bed & Breakfast
31101 National Pike
Little Orleans, MD 21766
301.478.2794

Local Campgrounds

Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone MD 21530

Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Trey Anastasio Band
Gov’t Mule
Bela Fleck
Railroad Earth
Leftover Salmon
Hot Rize
The Infamous Stringdusters
Steep Canyon Rangers
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
Tim O Brien
The Gibson Brothers
Sierra Hull
Jeff Austin
Cabinet
Donna The Buffalo
Fruition
Sara Watkins
Noah Pikelny
Billy Strings
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
River Whyless
Dead Man Winter
Cris Jacobs
The Broomstix
Dead Winter’s Carpenters
junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice
Dre’ And The Collective
The Ballroom Thieves
Head For The Hills
Ghost Of Paul Revere
Kitchen Dwellers
Grand Ole Ditch

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Bluegrass Legend Bobby Osborne Releases A Few New Albums In 2017.

Bluegrass Legend Bobby Osborne Releases A Few New Albums In 2017.

We haven’t heard anything new from Bluegrass Legend Bobby Osborne since 2009’s Bluegrass And Beyond, but I feel we are in store for a real treat in the next few weeks with the release of Rural Rhythm Records. They are very proud to announce today’s new album release, “MEMORIES: Celebrating Bobby’s 60th Anniversary as a Professional Entertainer.” The album was produced by Glen Duncan, Bobby Osborne and Bobby Osborne, Jr. and contains many golden classics and new original songs written especially for this celebratory project.

As most of you know Bobby and Sonny Osborne were the first Bluegrass act to play on the Opry with amplified instruments as they played the 1967 classic Rocky Top with amplified instruments until 1974 when the Opry moved from the Ryman to the new house. They reverted back to acoustic instruments due to noise stipulations at the venue, and in the 80’s it was inducted as the Tennessee state song. The Osborne Brothers were also the first Bluegrass band to perform at the White House.

This one from Rural Rhythm Records released in 2017 Contains:

1. I m Going Back To The Mountain
  2. One More Time
  3. Heartache Looking For A Home
  4. Muddy Waters
  5. I Wrecked My Life For You
  6. The Old Oak Tree
  7. The Last Bridge You Burn
  8. Why Don t You Turn Me Loose
  9. Low And Lonely
  10. Born In Kentucky

In 1964 the Osborne Brothers were inducted into the Grand Old Opry, and although brother Sonny Osborne retired in 2005 brother Bobby decided to continue to play shows and perform on the Opry with the Rocky Top X Press. This is a list of the songs on this new Memories album:

Mountain Fever (with Russell Moore)
Bring Back Yesterday
Ruby
Memories (with Patty Loveless)
With a Pain in My Heart (with Audie Blaylock)
Rocky Top
Man from Rosine (with Glen Duncan, Ronnie McCoury, David Grisman, Sammy Shelor & David Harvey)
Hidin’ in Hyden
Up this Hill and Down (with Takeharu Kunimoto)
Old Man and His Fiddle
Memories of Yesterday
Bobby Van Waltz (with David Grisman, Glen Duncan, Ronnie McCoury & David Harvey)
I’ve Seen It All
When I Meet Mother in Heaven

This one is available on Compass Records as well. This from the labels website on the available pre-order:

The new album features an all star cast of pickers and singers collaborating with Bobby on an eclectic set of songs. Relative newcomers Sierra Hull and Trey Hensley team up with stalwarts Stuart Duncan and Todd Phillips on grass’d up versions of Paint Your Wagon’s “They Call The Wind Maria” and the Bee Gees’ “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You.” The never before recorded Darrell Scott song “Kentucky Morning,” featuring Rob Ickes, gives a nod to Bobby’s heritage while the cover of “Make the World Go Away” with the lush twin fiddles of Buddy Spicher and Matt Combs evokes Music Row circa 1962. Bobby’s touring band the Rocky Top X-Press, with sons Wynn, Robby and Bobby Osborne Jr., deliver an updated version of the Osborne Brothers’ classic “Pathway of Teardrops” while Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, together with Josh Williams and Missy Raines, collaborate on a version of the obscure Mel Tillis song “Goodbye Wheeling.” Additional performers include Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Jim Lauderdale, Del McCoury, Darrell Scott, David Mayfield, Molly Tuttle, Bryan McDowell, and Kenny Malone.

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W.B. Walker Turns FOUR!

W.B. Walker Turns FOUR!

A few years ago this guy hollared at me through Facebook, and had a question about Hank Williams Junior and siad Mr. Chris Miller directed him to me. Well we researched his quandary together until he found his answer, and he told me about his podcast he had going. Now mind you we were both influenced greatly by Mr. Chris Miller and His Blue Ribbon Radio podcast of drunken eclectic playlist format.

This man started a low budget podcast in his living room in a little town in West Virginia called Dingess, and he had his first anniversary show on his couch with toys all over the floor and beer cans all over the table. I mean this guy is a husband and a father just like we are but at night he transforms into (what I have called) the “Paul Harvey Of Podcasts”. This cat has the look and the voice to grab you by your privates and MAKE YOU pay attention to the music he spins.

Spins it he does folks, much like me HE BUYS the music he features and scours the internet for HOURS to find the perfect stuff to feature. Now mind you I am a bit more varied in my featured music than he is but he ONLY PLAYS what’s in HIS heart…just like I wouldn’t write about music I don’t like.

As social media evolved into the networking mecca that it currently is now he has taken advantage of his knack for using it to turn his living room circus into a full blown carnival broadcast from his own bar in his backyard that he worked for. I mean let’s face it this guy is the American Dream like many festival organizers I know, he busted his ass night after night to achieve every accolade he has in life. I pulled MANY MANY all night working sessions in my office here building this empire into a 3-5000 hit per day operation, and honestly that isn’t that impressive of total numbers for a website if you ask me.

I went out there last year to witness the man in his own playground and I’ll tell you if you think I HAVE my operation down to a science you haven’t met him yet. So this year on April 8th in Huntington West Virginia at The V Club like his last two anniversary shows. Mr. Don has a VERY fun venue out there and he is a super nice guy if you go make sure to stop and THANK HIM for working out the deal to host the show.
This man and his wife are like family to me and I stayed with them the whole time, it was the most pleasant visit I ever had in my music adventures. I look forward to re living this visit again for years to come.

You can buy tickets HERE or you CAN buy them at the door but i’m going to tell you UP FRONT…it gets PACKED UP THERE!

So let’s talk about this years current lineup for his fourth anniversary show shall we? Folks for TWELVE DOLLARS YOU GET ALL THIS MUSIC! Jesus use the money you save to buy band merchandise, ok?
You can listen to his podcasts by going to this link HERE.

Sam Williams
Billy Don Burns
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Joshua Morningstar
Tyler Childers
Arlo McKinley And The Lonesome Sound
The Horse Traders
The Local Honeys
Tim Lancaster

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Chris Stapleton Embarks On Tour With GREAT Supporting Talent!

Chris Stapleton Embarks On Tour With GREAT Supporting Talent!

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Folks I study and watch MANY artists and bands with tour schedules and news all over the spectrum and I glanced across Chris Stapleton’s upcoming tour dates and WOW I tell you what he has some rotating opening acts that AMAZED ME.

Much like Shooter Jennings and other artists I DO like they offer people like Hellbound Glory and Jason Boland opportunities to bring their music to an otherwise unknown audience…the mainstreamers. Not long ago Eric Church (who I’m sort of “iffy” on) brought with him the Drive By Truckers on some shows and THAT was respectful to me, I gave him HUGE props on that. You know I’ll be upfront and honest (in a kind way)..I don’t care for Kid Rock at all, BUT I DO respect his appreciation of music I DO LIKE. It’s NOT “beneath him” to attend a Cody Jinks show, or employ Hellbound Glory to open for him, he also does a LOT for his fans so for THAT I cannot knock the guy too hard.

If you remember my TOP 50 of 2016 you will see the debut solo album from my friend Margo Price made my TOP 50 list, and she is currently on tour with my 2016 2016 Artist Of The Year Colter Wall. Well it appears she was reciprocated that opening slot to a HUGE audience now that on this tour SHE WILL be playing a few slots as well some others that have made my TOP 50 list. Smash album maker Brent Cobb who received HUGE critical acclaim with his album is playing some spots as well as a name you WILL hear more about on here Lindi Ortega .

I also wanted to quickly mention that his previous release with the Bluegrass band the Steeldrivers has been released on vinyl LP recently, and we are highly anticipating his new album. Now that the mainstream people have been exposed to him on that award ordeal maybe they will jump on our bandwagon and pay attention to Margo Price and others that REALLY DO deserve it.

03•25•2017
NORTHLANDS COLISEUM
WITH LINDI ORTEGA
EDMONTON, AB, CANADA

03•27•2017
ROGERS ARENA
WITH LINDI ORTEGA
VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

03•28•2017
KEYARENA
WITH MAREN MORRIS
SEATTLE, WA

03•30•2017
*SPECIAL 3 SONG ACOUSTIC SET* AT 95.5 THE BULL’S ALL-STAR GUITAR PULL
AT RED ROCK CASINO
LAS VEGAS, NV

04•06•2017
COLUMBUS CIVIC CENTER
WITH MAREN MORRIS
COLUMBUS, GA

04•08•2017
TORTUGA MUSIC FESTIVAL
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

04•20•2017
BERGLUND CENTER
WITH BRENT COBB
ROANOKE, VA, USA

04•21•2017
EASTERN KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER
WITH BRENT COBB
PIKEVILLE, KY

04•22•2017
EASTERN KENTUCKY EXPO CENTER
WITH BRENT COBB
PIKEVILLE, KY

04•27•2017
MIZZOU ARENA
WITH LUCIE SILVAS
COLUMBIA, MO

04•28•2017
SHOW ME CENTER
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO

04•29•2017
U.S. CELLULAR COLISEUM
WITH LUCIE SILVAS
BLOOMINGTON, IL

05•05•2017
VERIZON AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
ALPHARETTA, GA

05•06•2017
VERIZON AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
ALPHARETTA, GA

05•11•2017
VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS AMPHITHEATER AT VIRGINIA BEACH
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

05•12•2017
COASTAL CREDIT UNION MUSIC PARK AT WALNUT CREEK
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
RALEIGH, NC

05•13•2017
PNC MUSIC PAVILION
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
CHARLOTTE, NC

05•18•2017
MATTRESS FIRM AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
SAN DIEGO, CA

05•19•2017
AK-CHIN PAVILION
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
PHOENIX, AZ

05•20•2017
THE FORUM
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
LOS ANGELES, CA

05•23•2017
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
DENVER, CO

05•24•2017
RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
DENVER, CO

06•01•2017
SAVE MART CENTER AT FRESNO STATE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
FRESNO, CA

06•02•2017
SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA

06•03•2017
TOYOTA AMPHITHEATRE
WITH BROTHERS OSBORNE AND LUCIE SILVAS
WHEATLAND, CA

06•09•2017
BANKPLUS AMPHITHEATER AT SNOWDEN GROVE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
SOUTHAVEN, MS

06•10•2017
OAK MOUNTAIN AMPHITHEATRE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
BIRMINGHAM, AL

06•11•2017
CMA MUSIC FEST
NASHVILLE, TN

06•15•2017
CHARLESTON CIVIC CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
CHARLESTON, WV

06•16•2017
RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
CINCINNATI, OH

06•17•2017
KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
INDIANAPOLIS, IN

06•22•2017
BOK CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST & BRENT COBB
TULSA, OK

06•23•2017
COUNTRY STAMPEDE
MANHATTAN, KS

06•24•2017
NEBRASKALAND DAYS
NORTH PLATTE, NE

06•29•2017
WRIGLEY FIELD WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
SUPPORTING TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
CHICAGO, IL

07•05•2017
SUMMERFEST WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
SUPPORTING TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
MILWAUKEE, WI

07•06•2017
SUMMERFEST WITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
SUPPORTING TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
MILWAUKEE, WI

07•14•2017
XFINITY CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
MANSFIELD, MA

07•15•2017
THE XFINITY THEATRE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
HARTFORD, CT

07•16•2017
DARIEN LAKE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
DARIEN CENTER, NY

07•20•2017
PNC BANK ARTS CENTER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
HOLMDEL, NJ

07•21•2017
NORTHWELL HEALTH AT JONES BEACH THEATER
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB

07•22•2017
JIFFY LUBE LIVE
WITH ANDERSON EAST AND BRENT COBB
BRISTOW, VA

07•28•2017
WATERSHED FESTIVAL
GEORGE, WA

07•29•2017
COUNTRY CROSSINGS MUSIC FESTIVAL
CENTRAL POINT, OR

07•30•2017
MOUNTAIN HOME COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
MOUNTAIN HOME, ID

08•03•2017
AMSOIL ARENA
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
DULUTH, MN

08•04•2017
COUNTRY ON THE RIVER
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI

08•05•2017
HOLLYWOOD CASINO AMPHITHEATRE
WITH MARGO PRICE WITH BRENT COBB
ST. LOUIS, MO

08•10•2017
GIANT CENTER
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
HERSHEY, PA

08•11•2017
KEYBANK PAVILION
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
PITTSBURGH, PA

08•12•2017
BB&T PAVILION
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
PHILADELPHIA, PA

08•17•2017
BUDWEISER STAGE
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
TORONTO, ON

08•18•2017
BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
CLEVELAND, OH

08•19•2017
DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
CLARKSTON, MI

08•25•2017
BANK OF NEW HAMPSHIRE PAVILION
WITH MARGO PRICE AND BRENT COBB
GILFORD, NH

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It’s The Fifth Anniversary For Plowboy Records.

It’s The Fifth Anniversary For Plowboy Records.

Leave it to one of my favorite venues 3rd And Lindsley in Nashville to host the fifth anniversary show for one of the coolest labels in this type of music Plowboy Records. I’m NOT going to lie, this place has WONDERFUL FOOD and an exceptional staff. Great security guys that always do a good job keeping the peace so you can enjoy the show, buy merchandise and have a cold beer. YOU can buy tickets by clicking on the Plowboy Records name up there, I promise you’ll have a GOOD TIME!

I mean WHY wouldn’t you LOVE a record label with a mission statement like this one:  Plowboy Records was established to promote and further the legacy of the late singer Eddy Arnold as well as to provide a platform for recorded projects that focus on the creation of authentic music regardless of genre.

If you recall many months ago I issued a pretty good article about the late Jim Ed Brown and his stellar release called In Style Again among other fine releases they have unleashed upon us. It’s plain and simple folks THIS LABEL isn’t afraid to pound a fist on the debate table and STAND UP for LEGENDS like Bobby Bare (who does a LOT for Muddy Roots) and The Kentucky Headhunters.

You can darn sure bet I’ll be writing about this upcoming album from the Blackfoot Gypsies and some other new releases this label puts out. And on that Wednesday night April 12th at 8 YOU TOO can attend a star filled evening with this celebration of REAL music at a truly fun venue.

Mr. Chuck Mead And His Grassy Knoll Boys are another fine staple within my local Nashville music scene here and I consider him to be a local pioneer on Lower Broadway of sorts, his former band is known for their eclectic and LONG live sets at Robert’s caught on record in two installments. He has released some DAMN FINE material on this label as well, and I covered him on a few festivals last year.

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