Introducing the MerleFest Mega Raffle

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Mar 082021
 
MerleFest, presented by Window World, announces Mega Raffle
Over $127,000 in cash and prizes with drawings held every 2 minutes during a virtual drawing on Tuesday, May 11
March 1, 2021 – Wilkesboro, North Carolina – The Wilkes Community College Foundation is pleased to announce its first annual MerleFest Mega Raffle in support of scholarships at WCC. Net proceeds from the raffle will directly support the Presidential Scholarship and the WCC SAGE Fellows program. The Mega Raffle includes over $127,000 in cash and prizes with drawings held every 2 minutes during a virtual drawing on Tuesday, May 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern. Tickets are $100 each and will go on sale on the website on Monday, March 1, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. Only 2,500 tickets will be sold. Each ticket purchased entitles the ticketholder to two entries into the drawings. For more information on the benefactors, official contest rules, prize list, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.merlefest.org/megaraffle.
You, my dear readers know that I cover over 275 festivals each year, and I have spent the last few days catching up with each one of them. Some of them have canceled and many more plan to continue on…this is one of them.

NOT ONLY are they going to move forward with their plans, but they are one of ONLY TWO festivals right now holding a contest. The other festival is ROMP right here in my home state of Kentucky.

What MerleFest does for their local community is absolutely amazing, and they bring a lot of bands and artists to the front line, and it garners many new fans that will hopefully support music in every way.

I’m not really sure if anything on the live music world will ever come to fruition this year or not. It’s not really anybody’s guarantee that festivals will or will not ever come back at all? In either event, this is one of them that always exceeds my expectations as a music fan, and I plan to further promote them, and cover them.

MerleFest Mega Raffle
Wilkes Community College (WCC) Foundation will hold its first MerleFest Mega Raffle to support scholarships at Wilkes Community College. The MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at  merlefest.org/megaraffle**Prizes**
2021 Ford Bronco • 2021 Nissan Rogue • Two MerleFest Gold Patron Packages • PS 5 Gaming Package • Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitar • Samsung 55″ TV and Bose Sound System • Nintendo Switch Gaming Package • Apple Watch Series 6 • Custom-Designed Ring • Giant Bike • Nine $1,000 Cash Prizes • $2,500 Cash Prize • $5,000 Cash Prize • $7,500 Cash Prize • $15,000 Cash Prize

Winners will be announced during the live event and will be notified via phone or email to confirm their prize. Additionally, winners will be listed on the MerleFest website.Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two entries to the MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings. Raffle tickets can be purchased on our website. Click the button below to visit the MerleFest Mega Raffle website. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2021.

Visit the MerleFest Mega Raffle Page!
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Nissan Rouge
Cash Prizes
Thank you to our MerleFest Mega Raffle Partners:
Yadkin Valley Motor Company of North Wilkesboro
McNeill Nissan of Wilkesboro
Mountain View TV Center of West Jefferson
GameStop of Wilkesboro
Carolina West Wireless of Wilkesboro
Cook’s Sporting Goods of North Wilkesboro
Michael’s Jewelry of North Wilkesboro
Santa Cruz Guitar Company of Santa Cruz, CA
MerleFest
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See official rules on our website
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MerleFest Mega Raffle
Wilkes Community College (WCC) Foundation will hold its first MerleFest Mega Raffle to support scholarships at Wilkes Community College. The MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at  merlefest.org/megaraffle**Prizes**
2021 Ford Bronco • 2021 Nissan Rogue • Two MerleFest Gold Patron Packages • PS 5 Gaming Package • Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitar • Samsung 55″ TV and Bose Sound System • Nintendo Switch Gaming Package • Apple Watch Series 6 • Custom-Designed Ring • Giant Bike • Nine $1,000 Cash Prizes • $2,500 Cash Prize • $5,000 Cash Prize • $7,500 Cash Prize • $15,000 Cash Prize

Winners will be announced during the live event and will be notified via phone or email to confirm their prize. Additionally, winners will be listed on the MerleFest website.Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two entries to the MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings. Raffle tickets can be purchased on our website. Click the button below to visit the MerleFest Mega Raffle website. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2021.

Visit the MerleFest Mega Raffle Page!
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Nissan Rouge
Cash Prizes
Thank you to our MerleFest Mega Raffle Partners:
Yadkin Valley Motor Company of North Wilkesboro
McNeill Nissan of Wilkesboro
Mountain View TV Center of West Jefferson
GameStop of Wilkesboro
Carolina West Wireless of Wilkesboro
Cook’s Sporting Goods of North Wilkesboro
Michael’s Jewelry of North Wilkesboro
Santa Cruz Guitar Company of Santa Cruz, CA
MerleFest
Want to know more about the WCC Foundation? Click here!
See official rules on our website
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Copyright © 2021 MerleFest, All rights reserved.

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MerleFest Mega Raffle
Wilkes Community College (WCC) Foundation will hold its first MerleFest Mega Raffle to support scholarships at Wilkes Community College. The MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at  merlefest.org/megaraffle**Prizes**
2021 Ford Bronco • 2021 Nissan Rogue • Two MerleFest Gold Patron Packages • PS 5 Gaming Package • Santa Cruz Tony Rice Guitar • Samsung 55″ TV and Bose Sound System • Nintendo Switch Gaming Package • Apple Watch Series 6 • Custom-Designed Ring • Giant Bike • Nine $1,000 Cash Prizes • $2,500 Cash Prize • $5,000 Cash Prize • $7,500 Cash Prize • $15,000 Cash Prize

Winners will be announced during the live event and will be notified via phone or email to confirm their prize. Additionally, winners will be listed on the MerleFest website.Raffle tickets are $100 each and include two entries to the MerleFest Mega Raffle drawings. Raffle tickets can be purchased on our website. Click the button below to visit the MerleFest Mega Raffle website. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2021.

Visit the MerleFest Mega Raffle Page!
2021 Ford Bronco Sport
2021 Nissan Rouge
Cash Prizes
Thank you to our MerleFest Mega Raffle Partners:
Yadkin Valley Motor Company of North Wilkesboro
McNeill Nissan of Wilkesboro
Mountain View TV Center of West Jefferson
GameStop of Wilkesboro
Carolina West Wireless of Wilkesboro
Cook’s Sporting Goods of North Wilkesboro
Michael’s Jewelry of North Wilkesboro
Santa Cruz Guitar Company of Santa Cruz, CA
MerleFest
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See official rules on our website

LIVE SHOWS In My 3 State Area.

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Mar 072021
 

Wynonna Judd
Saturday, March 13th, 2021
City Winery Nashville, Tn at 5 and 7 PM

Blackberry Smoke
March 19th and 20th, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn at 8PM

Lucero
March 26th, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn at 7PM

Steep Canyon Rangers
March 28th, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn at 7PM

Steve Earle and EmmyLou Harris
Saturday, April 3rd, 2021
City Winery Nashville,Tn at 5PM

Robert Earl Keen
April 9th, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn at 8PM

Dan Tyminski
Saturday, April 10th 2021
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame, Owensboro, Ky at 7PM

Steeldrivers
April 10th 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn at 7PM

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Thursday, April 15th, 2021
City Winery Nashville, Tn at 8PM

Del McCoury Band
April 18th, 2021
The Caverns Pelham Tn at 8PM

Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors
May 2nd, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham, Tn 8PM

Blackberry Smoke
May 7th 8th and 14th, 2021
The Shed, Maryville, Tn at 6PM

Rowdy Johnson
Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Spillway, Bowling Green, Ky at 7PM

Mandy Barnett
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Playing at Capitol Theater, Lebanon, TN at 7PM

Ray Wylie Hubbard
May 22nd, 2021
The Shed, Maryville Tn, at 7PM

Margo Price
May 28th, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn at 9PM

Mandolin Orange
June 5th and 6th, 2021
The Caverns, Pelham Tn 7PM
Doug Stone
June 12th, 2021
Homestead Hall, Columbia Tn 8PM

2022 Dates:

Lost Dog Street Band
January 15th, 2022
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville Tn 8PM

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BEAST IS BACK!

 

We are excited to see you again! The venue capacity is reduced by 74% to accommodate socially distanced tables/pods. If we are full this weekend, please join us another weekend. We will be open at this capacity at least Fridays and Saturdays until we can do full shows.

All guests, artists and staff are required to uphold The Basement East Core Safety Policy:

FACEMASKS are required for entry and must be worn at all times in common public areas (entry, restrooms, etc). While in a guest’s assigned pod, facemasks may be removed to allow eating and drinking. For the comfort of guests in nearby pods, facemasks are encouraged at all other times within the pod.

TEMPERATURE CHECKS at entry will measure for guests exceeding 100.4 degrees fahrenheit. Entry for guests with higher temperatures will be denied out of an abundance of caution for other guests.

SOCIAL DISTANCING 6’ or more from one another is required except when in one’s own pod. Guests are encouraged to remain in their pods at all times other than when using restrooms or visiting the food truck.

HAND HYGIENE is encouraged. Hand wash stations and hand sanitization stations are provided near entry, restrooms and bar.

SANITIZATION of frequent touch points in public areas (doors handles, counters and equipment) occurs routinely throughout the show.

SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING is encouraged of all guests. Any violations of the Core Safety Policy or behavior creating discomfort for guests or staff should be reported to venue staff.

 

– The Basement East

Confederate Railroad
June 5th, 2021
The Shed, Maryville, Tn at 6PM

Terri Clark
June 26th, 2021
The Shed, Maryville, Tn at 7PM

Ward Davis
July 17th, 2021
The Shed, Maryville Tn at 6PM

The Steel Woods
July 23rd, 24th 2021
The Shed, Maryville Tn at 7PM

The Cadillac Three
August 14th 2021
The Shed, Maryville Tn at 7PM

Whiskey Myers
August 20th and 21st 2021
The Shed Maryville Tn at 7PM

Southern Culture On The Skids
November 6th 2021
The Mercy Lounge, Nashville Tn at 7PM

2021 Music Festivals As Reported To Me.

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Mar 072021
 

Bluegrass Heritage Festival – April 23 – 25th
Mile 0 festival – April 27th – May 1st
Larry Joe Taylor Festival – September 13 – 18th
James Wimmer Bristol Spring Bluegrass – April 9th – 10th
The Calf Fry – April 29th – May 1
Backwoods At Mullberry Mountain – August 26 – 29th
Red Dirt And Barbeque Festival – May 1st
DelFest – September 23-26th
Roots Under The Texas Sky – November 1 – 3rd
The Western Swing Out – May 28-31st
Dr. Ralph Stanley Memorial – May 26 – 29th
Valley Bluegrass Festival – May 1 and 2nd
Moonrunners Music Festival – October 9th and 10th
Texas Crab Festival – May 7 -9th
Bluegrass Island Festival – October 21 – 23rd
Pickathon – July 30th – August 2nd
Palisade Bluegrass Festival – June 11 -13th
The Blue Ox – August 19 – 21st
Back 40 folk Festival – June 3 – 6th
Mountain Music Festival – June 3rd – 5th
Pondstock At Lake Hedke – June 10 – 12th
Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival – June 17 – 19th
ROMP – June 23 – 26th
So Cal Hoedown – June 26th
Camp Greensky – June 3 – 5th
Telluride Bluegrass Festival – June 17 – 20th
Tailgates And Tallboys – June 3 – 4th
Moccasin Creek Music festival – June 17th – 21st
Laurel Cove Music Festival – June 11th – 12th


Windy City Music Festival – July 9-11th
Floyd Fest – July 21 – 25th
Winnipeg Folk Festival – July 8 – 11th
Northwest String Summit – July 15th – 18th
Red Ants Pants – July 21 – 25th
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival – July 16-19th
The Redwood Ramble – July 15-18th
Red Wing Roots Music Festival – July 9 – 11th
Under The Big Sky Festival – July 17 – 18th
Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival – July 22 – 25th
Master Musicians Festival – July 16-17th
Oyster Ridge Music Festival – July 23-25th
Podunk Bluegrass Festival – August 12-15th
Pickin’ In Parsons – August 3 – 7th
Braun Brothers Reunion – August 12 – 14th
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival – August 13 – 15th
Fayetteville Roots – August 26 – 29th
Hoxeyville Music Festival – August 13-15th
Symco Hotrod Weekender – August 13th and 14th
Railbird Music Festival – August 20-21st
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – August 13 – 16th
Moondance Festival – August 13-16th
Viva Las Vegas – September 9-12th
Merlefest – September 16 – 19th
Americanafest – september 21 – 26th
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival – September 24- 26th
Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – September 19 – 26th
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass – September 4th
Festival of The Horse – September – 10 – 12th
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – September 16 – 18th
Oldtone Roots Festival – September 12 – 14th
Bristol Rhythm And Roots – September 10 – 12th
Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival – September 12-20th
New England Shake Up – September 24 – 26th
Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival – September 24-26th
Pickin’ In The Pines – September 17- 19th
Hoopla At Devil’s Backbone – September 25 – 27th
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival – September 23 – 25th
Firewater music Festival – Sept 30th – October 2nd
Locki’n Music Festival – October 1-4th
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – October 1- 3rd
Hangtown Music Festival – October 21 – 24th
ACL Fest – October 1 – 10th
Old Settler’s Music Festival – October 21st – 24th
Old Mill Music Festival – November 6 and 7th

Eight Lee Greenwood Catalog Albums Streaming For The First Time Available Today

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Mar 062021
 

 

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eight catalog albums by Grammy-award winning Lee Greenwood are available today for the first time across all streaming formats. Albums included for release are: If Only For One Night, If There’s Any Justice, Inside Out, Love Will Find Its Way To You, Love’s On The Way, Streamline, This Is My Country, and When You’re In Love. These albums have remained fan-favorites throughout the years creating singles such as “Ring On Her Finger,” “Hearts Aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love),” “Ain’t No Trick (It Takes Magic),” “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “She’s Lying,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose),” “Don’t Underestimate My Love for You,” “Didn’t We,” ” Mornin’ Ride,” “You Can’t Fall in Love When You’re Cryin’,” “I’ll Be Lovin’ You,” ”Touch And Go Crazy” resulting in four #1 hits, and 6 Top 10 hits.

We have gone from LPs to cassettes to CDs and now I can say my music has gone streaming! This is great for my fans who have supported my career from the beginning as well as the new legion of fans that are discovering my music for the first time through these new forms of distribution,” shares Greenwood.

Greenwood has some exciting projects in the works for the coming months including his partnership with Soldier Valley Spirits to develop and distribute the Lee Greenwood Signature Bourbon Whiskey. This special ‘90 proof’ bourbon whiskey is bottled in a canteen shaped bottle embossed with the number “6” and includes a hanging military-style dog tag showcasing the letters “LG”. The silver foil label contains the replica signature of Lee Greenwood. The special blend of bourbon is available for pre-order at soldiervalleyspirits.com and will be at retail by Memorial Day 2021.

Later in the year, Greenwood is also being honored for his significant contribution to the music industry with an all-star salute celebration which will encompass his 40 years of hits. This exclusive event features special guest appearances from a few of Greenwood’s friends. The celebration is yet another marker in the illustrious career of Lee Greenwood, commemorating years of success in the music and entertainment industry. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville Alabama. Fans will not want to miss all Greenwood has in store for the coming months.

About Lee Greenwood:
Throughout his expansive career, international country music icon Lee Greenwood has earned multiple CMA and ACM Awards, a Grammy Award for Top Male Vocal Performance on “I.O.U,” in 1985, and a multitude of other prestigious award nominations. His discography includes twenty-two studio albums, seven compilation albums, seven No. 1 hits, and thirty-eight singles including songs like “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “Ring On Her Finger Time on Her Hands,” “She’s Lyin’,” “I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going Going Gone,” “You Got A Good Love Comin’,” among others.

His stand-out hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It reached the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart shortly after 9/11. Known for his stand-out patriotism and support of the U.S. military, Greenwood has been honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s National Patriot’s Award and entertained troops on more than 30 USO Tours.

Winter Wonder Grass Releases Episode 4.

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Mar 052021
 

I really enjoyed these videos from my friends at Steamboat Winter Wonder Grass, which is one of the 2020 festivals THAT DID actually happen. This video has some numbers from Mr. Billy Strings, Horseshoes And Hand Grenades, The Travelin McCoureys and MORE.

I am currently working very hard to recover my LIVE MUSIC reports and festival articles to you, as well as keep up on other news. I slap it all together into one big website and let you sift through all of the wonderful music on here!

Album Feature – Bobby Dove – Hopeless Romantic

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Mar 042021
 

By Joshua Wallace

This is a breath of fresh air in a year that has so far been void of great releases.  Bobby Dove has released their second LP in Hopeless Romantic.  It follows the also great 2016 release Thunderchild.  I must admit, this is my first experience with Bobby Dove’s music.  I saw this release recommended several times on Twitter and when I finally listened to it, I was blown away.  Great traditional country music here with good song writing, some variety and yes, it has pedal steel.  Read on to find out why this is the first record I’m writing a review for in 2021.

If you like twang in your country, the opening title track to Hopeless Romantic will be all you need to hook you.  I love Bobby’s vocal range on this track and the instrumental is tight and fun.  The interplay with the pedal steel and lead guitar is great.  I love lyrical turns like “I’m a known assassin // When it comes to killing years // My heart’s been stranded // And I’ve been branded //A hopeless romantic”.  This track has everything you need to get you into the groove for this record.

Another favorite is the upbeat “Gas Station Blues”.  Once again, Bobby shines with great vocals on this track that is built around classic blues characteristic of repetition with variation.  Each opening line gets repeated with some variation in the second.  I dig the guitar solos after each short verse too.  It’s a song I can’t wait to hear a live version of as I’m sure it will be a jam.  Also be sure to check out the ballad “Haunted Hotel”.  It’s a story song about an unrequited love affair between two singers.  It explores the ups and downs of such a relationship and the lonely feelings that can come with it.  I love the haunted sounds of the pedal steel as it plays off the piano in this track.

Another track you should check out is the Spanish language “El Hormiguero”.  It’s a slow haunting ballad about a love that destroys you to the point that you have an out of body experience and get to look down at your experiences like it were an “ant hill” which is what the title translates to.  I love the whining pedal steel on this track and it’s a great ballad with strong Spanish vibes.  Finally, you need to check out the acoustic number “Golden Years”.  It’s a highlight of the record with great guitar playing and vocals from Bobby.  It’s a song about questioning how you made it so far and how you’ll make it to your “Golden Years”.  It’s a very good and simple track that deserves a listen.

Bobby Dove’s new release is a bright spot in these dark times.  If you like good traditional country sounds, I highly recommend checking this one out.  If you like good pedal steel and a healthy dose of twang on your songs, I highly recommend checking this one out.  I have to give props to the pedal steel player Burke Carroll and piano player Steve O’Connor for their exceptional playing on this album.  The entire band is great, but they are certainly highlights that will have listeners coming back for more.  Hopeless Romantic was released independently on February 12th, 2021.

Bandcamp : https://bobbydove.bandcamp.com/

Pre-Order Physical Copies : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hopeless-romanitc-pre-sales-and-fundraising#/ 

Favorite Tracks : Hopeless Romantic, Gas Station Blues, Haunted Hotel, El Hormiguero, Golden Years

Bobby Dove – Hopeless Romantic (2021)

  1. Hopeless Romantic
  2. Sometimes It’s A Lonely Road
  3. Gas Station Blues
  4. Chance In Hell (With Jim Cuddy)
  5. My World’s Getting Smaller
  6. Haunted Hotel
  7. Like It Or Not I Love You
  8. El Hormiguero
  9. Early Morning Funeral
  10. Golden Years
  11. New Endings New Beginnings

Posthumous Tony Joe White Album, Smoke from the Chimney, Set For May 7th Release With Easy Eye Sound

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Mar 042021
 
Posthumous Tony Joe White Album, Smoke from the Chimney, Set For May 7th Release With Easy Eye Sound
Produced by Dan Auerbach from nine unreleased vocal/guitar demos; “Boot Money” and accompanying animated video out now via NPR/World Cafe
“Smoke From The Chimney is more than a faithful tribute to one of the great Americana musicians and national treasures, performed by an ensemble who capture the DNA of Tony Joe White’s songs with beauty, warmth, and reverence.”
February 19, 2021 – Nashville, TN – On May 7th, Smoke from the Chimney, a nine-song album of never-before-heard Tony Joe White tunes, will be released on Easy Eye Sound. Produced by Dan Auerbach and rounded out by Nashville’s most seasoned studio musicians, Smoke from the Chimney started out as a number of unadorned voice and guitar demos from White’s home studio before being transformed into full band arrangements harkening back to the albums he recorded in the late 60s and early 70s in Nashville and Muscle Shoals—just as he was emerging as an internationally recognized songwriter and recording artist.
It takes a keen eye and a steady hand to restore something great from the past; to take the time to examine, catalog, and care for every last task without resorting to bolt-on mail-order parts and cheap paint. What was always great deserves that extra care and attention to detail, and when the time came for White’s son and manager Jody White to revisit his dad’s catalog of unreleased songs, he knew Auerbach was the one to make them shine once more.

Yesterday, NPR/World Cafe gave fans their first listen of “Boot Money,” a gritty, thumping ode to keeping a little bit of extra scratch hidden away. Of “Boot Money” and the album as a whole, Bruce Warren of World Cafe wrote, “For Tony Joe fans, these songs and the stories they tell, are some of his best. It’s hard to conceive that these were songs that didn’t make it on previous albums.” “Boot Money” comes accompanied by an animated video from director Robert Schober which colorfully places White and Auerbach in the recording studio to kick off the tune before following along while White lives out the song’s storyline. “As someone who grew up in Louisiana and the Panhandle,” says Schober, “it was a pleasure working on video paying homage to a legend of the southern airwaves.” Fans can see the video for “Boot Money” at this link and pre-order or pre-save Smoke from the Chimney right here.

In the last 10 to 15 years of his life, White would preserve new compositions or revisit older tracks in his home studio with only a guitar—usually his Fender Stratocaster—and that inimitable voice. Most of that material would ultimately wind up on his late-career albums. But when an unproven song didn’t make the cut for a release, or if he couldn’t get another artist interested, the song stayed right where it was as Tony Joe moved on to other things. This dismissal was not a reflection of the song’s quality; in fact, it meant quite the opposite, as he would often reserve his best material for other artists.
After his father’s death in 2018, Jody started transferring those multitrack home recordings to digital files. Looking back on the moment he unearthed the demo of “Smoke from the Chimney,” he recalls a mix of happiness, gratification, and shock. As he continued to find other songs that didn’t make an album, he moved the material into a separate folder. Within a year, those select recordings would evolve into Smoke from the Chimney. Jody says that even in those basic tracks, that definitive Tony Joe White groove instantly stood out. “He always finds a tempo and a pocket that is exactly right. And it’s a little bit different than anybody else would choose themselves,” he says.
Ever since meeting Tony Joe backstage at an Australian music festival in 2009, Auerbach sought to make a record with him. For nearly a decade, Jody tried to line up session time for them but Tony Joe demurred. “For one reason or another, my Dad would never just want to go into a studio and write with somebody, or go work with somebody,” Jody says. “He liked to do it at his place, and his way, and it turned out how it turned out, you know what I mean? So, this album really all worked out perfectly. He was making these tracks for Dan all along, but we just didn’t know it.”
Auerbach agrees. “Jody and I had been talking about this record for so long, and it didn’t happen for a reason,” he says. “It’s because it wasn’t supposed to happen. I was in a nervous cast of characters until the last few years, and if you’d given it to me any earlier, it wouldn’t have been right. I felt like all these people on the record were the right people and they laid in there behind Tony Joe. It felt really magical when we were making it happen.”
“These songs feel like a collection to me and they all seem to work together, in a weird way, even though they’re so different,” says Auerbach, who is releasing the album on his Easy Eye Sound label. “There’s some heartbreaking ballads and some really raunchy carnal blues. But it all works together like scenes of a movie.” The cast of musical characters brought in by Auerbach to accompany White’s guitar and vocal recordings includes legendary keyboardist Bobby Wood (Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett), Nashville pedal steel ace Paul Franklin, next-generation guitar hero Marcus King, and Grammy and ACM award-winning fiddler Stuart Duncan, just to name a few.
Jody believes that his father would love the way Smoke From the Chimney turned out. “I feel like it’s validation that Tony Joe was one of the greatest of all time,” he says. “That he could make something so potent, even so late in life, is something that not many people can do. I think it’s going to make people who loved him already love him even more.”
Smoke from the Chimney Tracklist:
Smoke from the Chimney
Boot Money
Del Rio, You’re Making Me Cry
Listen to Your Song
Over You
Scary Stories
Bubba Jones
Someone Is Crying
Billy

High Water Festival Has Cancelled.

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Mar 032021
 

 

Dear High Water Festival fans,

We will be taking a pause in 2021 and will return to Riverfront Park in April 2022. We wouldn’t be able to deliver the festival experience you know and love this April, so we are going to focus all our efforts on preparing for next year.

We are excited to start sharing plans for next year, so stay tuned to our website and social media for updates. Thank you for your continued support!

Guys, I am always diligently working on all these festivals that are and are not going to happen. I can already make a solid prognostication that live music will return in festival form this fall ( with some restrictions, and NOT at full capacity )!

RIGHT HERE is my current ongoing list of festivals that are indeed planning on going forward with their plans. I am currently working on that article and many more individual ones. Additionally, I am compiling a list of festivals like this one, that have decided to cancel for 2021.

I certainly understand and sympathize for the ones that do indeed decide to cancel.  I’d like EACH OF THEM to know that we are still following them, and supporting them and the bands they represent.

The Shootouts Announce Sophomore Album “Bullseye” – Out April 30th

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Mar 022021
 
The Shootouts Offer Genre-Jumping Country And Western Styles On Their Sophomore Album Bullseye
Produced by BR549’s Chuck Mead; First track, “Rattlesnake Whiskey,” out now
“Great songs. Great picking. Great singing. Bullseye gives it all to you.
What more can you ask for?” – Chuck Mead
Nashville, TN – February 4, 2021 – Before the pedal steel sneaks in, with a flurry of Telecaster picking and an earnest, pure country voice, The Shootouts’ new album Bullseye doesn’t waste time getting to the point; they’ve done their homework. Equal parts vintage Nashville, Texas swing, and Bakersfield bravado, The Shootouts’ sophomore album draws heavily from the music on which the band’s members were brought up, packaging all of country music’s classic subgenres in their modern, signature sound. Produced by former BR459 lead singer Chuck Mead, Bullseye shows The Shootouts mining their roots and expanding the territory they explored with their debut album, Quick Draw. The songs invoke a wide array of country music’s most important contributors, lassoing the band’s classic influences and bringing them straight into the present.
On April 30th, The Shootouts will release Bullseye via Soundly Music, but Wide Open Country just premiered a video for the album’s first track, “Rattlesnake Whiskey,” a live staple and fan favorite from the band’s catalog that’s finally being immortalized on record. Fans can watch the video for “Rattlesnake Whiskey” at this link, pre-order or pre-save Bullseye right here, and get a glimpse of the album’s eleven other songs via The Shootouts’ album preview video. To find more information on The Shootouts and to purchase all-new Shootouts merchandise—including limited edition, colored vinyl—visit shootoutsmusic.com.
When the band scheduled their recording sessions for March 2020, producer Mead said they had no idea that a tornado would rip down his street in East Nashville three days before starting, or that a worldwide pandemic was about to really kick in while they were in the studio. “In the face of all that, these folks came into the studio with good humor and tenacity and proceeded to kick major ass,” Mead said. With Mead at the helm, The Shootouts—Ryan Humbert (lead vocals, guitar), Emily Bates (backing vocals), Brian Poston (lead guitar), Dylan Gomez (drums), and Ryan McDermott (bass)—got to work laying down songs like “Here Come The Blues,” an upbeat California country tune about the reckoning of loneliness and longing, “Everything I Know,” a galloping “High Plains” anthem told from the perspective of a lovesick fool, and “Saturday Night Town,” another rowdy live show staple beloved by Shootouts fans.
While Bullseye is packed with rollicking barnburners that are just flat-out fun, some of its finest moments come from songs that evoke the heartfelt authenticity that has always been at the core of country music. “Another Mother,” not only evokes this sense of emotion but also celebrates one of the sources of Humbert’s passion for country music: his mother, who passed away unexpectedly in 2018. The lyrics are a moving, honest reflection on her impact, while also challenging listeners to never take family relationships for granted. “Forgot to Forget,” written by longtime Shootouts sideman Al Moss, is a classic “tear in my beer” country breakup song with sweeping pedal steel and rich Hammond organ emphasizing the heartbreaking lyrics.
Most of all, The Shootouts’ mission with Bullseye was simply to create an album that puts a smile on listeners’ faces—music that helps them escape from the difficult times they’ve recently faced. “For everyone’s sake, this needed to be a fun record,” Humbert said. “We’re living through a time where people are suddenly out of work, have lost loved ones, and have been experiencing unimaginable stress on a daily basis. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, we want them to take a break, crank it up, and enjoy themselves.”
Bullseye Track Listing:
1. I Don’t Think About You Anymore
2. Rattlesnake Whiskey
3. Another Mother
4. Hurt Heartbroke
5. Bullseye
6. Here Come The Blues
7. Everything I Know
8. Waiting on You
9. Missing The Mark
10. I Still Care
11. Forgot to Forget
12. Saturday Night Town
More About The Shootouts: The Shootouts are known for their energetic blend of honky-tonk, Americana, and traditional country. After releasing their acclaimed 2019 debut Quick Draw, the band charted Top 50 on Americana radio and in 2020, were nominated for an Ameripolitan Music Award for “Best Honky-Tonk Group.” They have shared the stage with luminaries Marty Stuart, Jim Lauderdale, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Sheryl Crow, and many more. Produced by Grammy-nominee and BR549 founder Chuck Mead, their new album Bullseye ranges from catchy pedal steel-filled numbers (“Everything I Know”) to two-step worthy tunes (“Here Come The Blues”) to never before recorded fan live favorites (“Rattlesnake Whiskey” and “Saturday Night Town”).
Hey y’all — we’re back!

We’re thrilled to announce our new album “Bullseye” will be available everywhere on April 30th via Soundly Music! The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by the great Chuck Mead of BR5-49 fame!

Check out the premiere of our first track from “Bullseye” — “Rattlesnake Whiskey” — courtesy of the fine folks at Wide Open Country! We’ve got a bunch of other premieres and press coming soon, so stay tuned to the website as well as our socials.

Preorders for new baseball tees and t-shirts, colored vinyl, discount bundles and more are available now over at our web store at www.shootoutsmusic.com.

Other than sharing our music with your friends, preordering merch directly from the band is the single biggest way you can help us as we move forward with this new album during these difficult days. See below for photos of all the merchandise!

Ryan, Emily, Dylan, Brian and Ryan

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Miss Ashley Monroe Returns With A New Album : Rosegold.

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Mar 012021
 

2021 is going to be a huge and amazing year for the ladies on album releases, sweeping the ACM awards and more. We are at a point where the Opry needs to induct a new crop of “Grand Ladies Of The Opry”, and this young lady needs to be a part of this movement.

Three years after her last album “Sparrow”, she tells the media that this album will be self released. She has finished her label deal with Nashville based Warner Records.

This album will include her new single called “Drive” , which go into more types of sound than her last album did and it culminates into a different journey than we have become accustomed to with her. From what I have heard, we have 10 new sad songs to enjoy here.

Rosegold track list:

  1. “Siren”
  2. “Silk”
  3. “Gold”
  4. “See”
  5. “Drive”
  6. “Flying”
  7. “Groove”
  8. “‘Til It Breaks”
  9. “I Mean It”
  10. “The New Me”

Preorder a Rosegold, CD, Vinyl or T-Shirt

All Of The Festival Information I Have Now.

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Feb 282021
 

Known Dates For 2021 festivals :

30 A Festival – January 14 – 17th
Mardi Gras Texas – February 16th
Bluegrass 1st Class – February 19th – 21st
Outlaws And Legends – March-19-20th
Best Little Cowboy Gathering – March 12 – 20th
Suwanee Spring Weekend – March 18 – 21st
Heart Of Texas Music Festival – March 19 – 27th
Bluegrass Heritage Festival – April 23 – 25th
Mile 0 festival – April 27th – May 1st
Larry Joe Taylor Festival – April 19 – 24th
Winter Wondergrass – April 9 – 11th
James Wimmer Bristol Spring Bluegrass – April 9th – 10th
The Calf Fry – April 27-29th
Backwoods At Mullberry Mountain – April 29 – May 2nd
Red Dirt And Barbeque Festival – May 1st
DelFest – May 27 – 30th
Roots Under The Texas Sky – May 1st and 2nd
The Western Swing Out – May 28-31st
Rooster Walk – May 27 – 30th
Dr. Ralph Stanley Memorial – May 26 – 29th
Valley Bluegrass Festival – May 1 and 2nd
Moonrunners Music Festival – May 1 and 2nd
Texas Crab Festival – May 7 -9th
Bluegrass Island Festival – May 13 – 15th
Pickathon – June 25 – 27th
Palisade Bluegrass Festival – June 11 -13th
The Blue Ox – June 10 – 12th
Back 40 folk Festival – June 3 – 6th
Mountain Music Festival – June 3rd – 5th
Pondstock At Lake Hedke – June 10 – 12th
Pagosa Folk And Bluegrass – June 4th – 6th
Stringbean Memorial Bluegrass Festival – June 17 – 19th
ROMP – June 23 – 26th
So Cal Hoedown – June 26th
Camp Greensky – June 3 – 5th
Telluride Bluegrass Festival – June 17 – 20th
Tailgates And Tallboys – June 3 – 4th
Moccasin Creek Music festival – June 17th – 21st
Laurel Cove Music Festival – June 11th – 12th
Windy City Music Festival – July 9-11th
The Great Blue Heron – July 2 – 4th
Floyd Fest – July 21 – 25th
Winnipeg Folk Festival – July 8 – 11th
Northwest String Summit – July 22 – 25th
Red Ants Pants – July 21 – 25th
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival – July 16-19th
The Redwood Ramble – July 15-18th
Red Wing Roots Music Festival – July 9 – 11th
Under The Big Sky Festival – July 17 – 18th
Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival – July 22 – 25th
Master Musicians Festival – July 16-17th
Oyster Ridge Music Festival – July 23-25th
Podunk Bluegrass Festival – August 12-15th
Pickin’ In Parsons – August 3 – 7th
Braun Brothers Reunion – August 12 – 14th
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival – August 13 – 15th
Fayetteville Roots – August 26 – 29th
Hoxeyville Music Festival – August 13-15th
Symco Hotrod Weekender – August 13th and 14th
Railbird Music Festival – August 20-21st
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival – August 13 – 16th
Moondance Festival – August 13-16th
Viva Las Vegas – September 9-12th
Merlefest – September 16 – 19th
Americanafest – september 21 – 26th
Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival – September 24- 26th
Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – September 19 – 26th
Earl Scruggs Memorial Festival – September 3 – 4th
Redwood Ramble – September 27-29th
Chet Kingery Memorial Bluegrass – September 4th
Festival of The Horse – September – 10 – 12th
Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – September 16 – 18th
Oldtone Roots Festival – September 12 – 14th
Bristol Rhythm And Roots – September 10 – 12th
Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival – September 12-20th
New England Shake Up – September 24 – 26th
Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival – September 24-26th
Pickin’ In The Pines – September 17- 19th
Hoopla At Devil’s Backbone – September 25 – 27th
Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival – September 23 – 25th
Firewater music Festival – Sept 30th – October 2nd
Locki’n Music Festival – October 1-4th
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass – October 1- 3rd
Hangtown Music Festival – October 21 – 24th
ACL Fest – October 1 – 10th
Old Settler’s Music Festival – October 21st – 24th
Old Mill Music Festival – November 6 and 7th

The Barlow Releases Their Second Album “Horseshoe Lounge”.

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Feb 282021
 

You know my usual style folks, I always post the PR article AND my own commentaries down below. These are all album features NOT album reviews, I do things just a little different than everyone else does.

The Barlow Gets Lucky With Sophomore Album, Horseshoe Lounge
Independent country record fuses outlaw, Red Dirt and Southern rock influences
  

Denver, CO (January 26, 2021) — Colorado Country. That’s the sound The Barlow has been making since 2017, combining Red Dirt, Americana, outlaw country and guitar-heavy Southern rock into songs that are as rugged as the band’s Denver home.  Two years after releasing their self-titled debut album, bandmates Shea Boynton, Ben Richter, Brad Johnson, and Troy Scoope are back with 2021’s Horseshoe Lounge. Produced by The Barlow and featuring guest appearances by members of Mike and the Moonpies— whose front man Mike Harmeier contributes vocals on the album-closing track “Part of the Band” and whose pedal steel guitarist, Zachary Moulton, plays throughout the record Horseshoe Lounge is the sound of a band mid-stride, confidently walking down its own lane.

The new album also shines a light on the chemistry generated by a touring schedule that’s kept The Barlow on the road, playing shows throughout West Texas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Wyoming, and the band’s native Colorado. Along the way the group has shared the stage with Mike and the Moonpies, Sunny Sweeney, Ward Davis, The Steel Woods and other acts who, like The Barlow, straddle the line between classic and modern country.

According to the band, “This album is intended to be a blue-collar record aimed at fans of all genres. We’re excited about the evolving songwriting, performance, production, and overall personal growth of the band.  We have all been friends since high school and it’s the record we’ve always wanted to make. Bootstrapping this record has been rewarding and we’re grateful for the work and process.”

Horseshoe Lounge showcases the sharp songwriting of front man Shea Boynton. An oil-field worker during his time offstage, Boynton fills the album with a mix of autobiography and character studies, often sourcing his writing inspiration from those around him.  He isn’t just telling his own story; he’s writing other people’s stories, too.  Boynton’s songwriting chops are adeptly complimented by Brad’s guitar work/vocals, with bass work and drums/vocals provided by Troy and Ben respectively.  The quartet’s contributions meld perfectly, much like whiskey chased by cold beer over a game of darts on a Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, a well-placed cover of Chris Knight’s “Homesick Gypsy” proves The Barlow has good taste when it comes to material written outside of the band, as well.  On February 12, 2021, Horseshoe Lounge is open for business.

Horseshoe Lounge is available on all major outlets 2/12/21.

This album is quite different from the many I have heard lately, I mean it has more twang than the last 10 I listened to! It has some DAMN FINE guitar work, and quite possibly some of the most heart warming steel guitar tone I have ever heard.

When I first read about them, I really wasn’t sure what Colorado Country was to be honest. The above news announcement coins the term with authenticity, believe you me. There are so many types of sounds here juxtaposed all into one well made album here!

The title song here on this album is one of my favorites on the entire list, because it showcases some mighty fine production work, along with a band that plays like a well oiled honky tonk machine! It just paints a picture of me when my days were wild, and my hangovers were wilder, and the mainstream country world doesn’t have the most minuscule idea what wild times are.

“Before You Know” is what I’m listening to now, and it has a terrific drum roll to open a well written song…but the NEXT SONG called “Gallows” really spoke to me, and sounded like some type of retro 70’s power ballad. This song has so much feeling and it flows with such a lonesome vibe. It is a working double standard here,  being a beacon of hope while being poured out upon us with such an appetency FOR that beacon of hope.

I am just sitting here in awe of the constant barrage of retro sounds of all of these songs here, while the lyrics keep the songs fresh and new. I have been trying to inculcate bands like this to festivals all over the country, bands like this keep the roads and stages HOT, as other bands move to higher echelons.

Announcing Hillberry: The Harvest Moon 2021!

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Feb 272021
 

 

Hey now Hillberries! We all need something to look forward to and we miss our Hillberry family! Deadhead Productions & Railroad Earth are pleased to announce Hillberry, The Harvest Moon  2021! Taking place 10/8 – 10/10, You can expect three nights of music & camping!

Pre-sale tickets to go on sale soon. Information on RV spaces will be available in the coming months. We will make a decision on if we will allow craft vendors as we get closer to that time.  Stay tuned for more information. This event is approved by the Arkansas Department of Health. Go to the event page for more detailed information on our COVID guidelines. This can be a completely contact less event when adhering to our rules. Stay tuned for more details!!!

Hillberry Festival is one of the festivals that is indeed planning to transpire right now, and although there is no lineup yet, or vendor plans, I wanted to report on this one. I have been working on reporting on festivals all weekend, and making separate articles for them.

While you are visiting here, and we are on the subject of festivals, why don’t we look into some others that currently plan to happen like The Blue Ox Music Festival. Some more that are happening will be ones like Fresh Grass up in Massachusetts.

Giving you a quick look into what is NOT going to transpire as of today for 2021, we have ones like The Great Blue Heron Music Festival has announced they will be canceled. Rooster Walk was another of my favorites that added to the cancellation list.

We’re so very happy to be able to announce Hillberry, The Harvest Moon Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Oct. 8-10, 2021 in partnership with our friends at Deadhead Productions! We’re cautiously optimistic that fall will have us in a better place, and hope that we can find a way to gather and celebrate live music with public health remaining a priority. Strict Covid-19 regulations will be put in place and followed. Read more about the guidelines on the event page. More info and pre-sale tickets coming soon. See you (safely) at The Farm!!! ��

Mac Leaphart Releases Wry, Rugged Music City Joke

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Feb 262021
 

 

Mac Leaphart Releases Wry, Rugged Music City Joke

MacLeaphart MusicCityJoke AlbumArt

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I’m not going to lie here folks, in 2021 I already have a few possible entries for my
TOP 50 albums of the year. For the first time ever, I have some albums great enough to make it through the year. This album is one of them by a long shot.
I get sent more albums and emails than I can possibly keep up with, and it’s not entirely often that I come across an album like this one. This one was just absolutely amazing, and I was very eager to share this album with you. I’ll be writing a whole new article of my take on this album.
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NEW YORK — Feb. 12, 2021 — “If there is an overall arc that links these songs, it’s that I am trying to connect in a way that I never have before,” singer-songwriter Mac Leaphart says of Music City Joke, out today. The 10-song collection vacillates between high-energy tales that would be at home on any dancehall stage to wry examinations of the human condition — though Leaphart’s detailed writing style equally weaves throughout the more rollicking tracks on the album just the same.

“I’m a journeyman musician who spent a decade on the Southeastern bar band scene before settling in Nashville,” Leaphart explains. “I moved here with the idea of writing some of those big hits you hear on country radio; it wasn’t too long before I realized there’s a lot more that goes into writing a smash hit than just great songwriting, and I wasn’t chuckling at Nashville anymore. The joke was on me. I peeled the ‘kick me’ sign off my back and got down to focusing on my own songwriting like never before–writing late at night and performing at writers’ rounds to see what stuck and what didn’t. And here it is: the song, the album…and the punchline.”

Music City Joke offers Leaphart’s strongest batch of songs to date: wry, rugged, and recharged, he’s singing songs that conjure up memories of front porches, honky tonks, heartbreaks, and dive bars. Produced by Brad Jones (Hayes Carll), Music City Joke is a rallying cry from an artist who has spent more than a decade paying his dues and whittling his craft, joined by a team of longtime Nashville staples, including Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, and Matt Menefee, as the soundtrack to his lyric-driven, story-based songwriting.

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“Music City Joke presents the listener with a number of snapshots that define the less glamorous aspects of survival in Nashville, while also tipping its hat to the numerous working musicians knocking out a living in an overcrowded market. It’s also a striking collection of plain-spoken songs, very much in the present, from an artist with an eagle eye for the minor detail.”

– Lonesome Highway

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The album kicks off with a reimagined version of “El Paso Kid,” which originally appeared on Leaphart’s 2015 release, Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth. “Blame on the Bottle,” inspired by a preacher on the left end of the radio dial, examines both self-will and self-righteousness just the same.

The rollicking “Honey, Shake” is the purest example of Leaphart’s Southern rock-inspired upbringing, to which The Boot advised listeners to ”put on your dancin’ shoes…”Honey, Shake” will have you ready to groove.”

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Mac Leaphart channels the humor and heart of folk heroes like John Prine and Hayes Carll on “Blame on the Bottle.”

– Wide Open Country

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“Ballad of Bob Yamaha or A Simple Plea in C Major” is a nod to Shel Silverstein and a shining example of Leaphart’s dedication to smartly written songs from the perspective of a weathered guitar that just wants to be played by someone who really knows their way up and down the frets. Inspired by Leaphart’s move from the South Carolina Lowcountry to Nashville, the album’s title track, “Music City Joke,” is a reckoning of expectations and reality.

“That Train” continues to showcase Leaphart’s signature style – mixing twang, tempo, and tightly-constructed lyrics into the same package, with American Songwriter noting its “clever bundling of nostalgic allusions and raw honky-tonk harmonies.”

“Window from the Sky” offers a stripped-down take on how much good a change in perspective can do. “Every Day” is a look into the dynamics of a relationship, while “Division Street” laments a tiny, shared apartment, close living spaces, and the eye-opening experience of living inside “the party house.”

Before earning his stripes as a road warrior, Leaphart launched his career in South Carolina, where he balanced a nighttime gig as a bartender with a steadily-increasing stream of shows. Leaphart’s first album, Line, Rope, Etc., was released in 2009 and a few years later, in 2012, he took his signature sound with him to Nashville. There, he has launched a popular recurring songwriter’s night called Southpaw Social Club and strengthened his own writing chops, penning songs for other artists’ albums as well as his own. Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth arrived in 2015, followed by Lightning Bob – featuring collaborations with Sadler Vaden – in 2018.

Leaphart — now a husband and father — received a reviving kickstart later that year when he was named a winner of the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition.

Music City Joke Track Listing:

1. El Paso Kid
2. The Same Thing
3. Blame on the Bottle
4. Honey, Shake!
5. The Ballad of Bob Yamaha or A Simple Plea in C Major
6. Music City Joke
7. That Train
8. Window From the Sky
9. Every Day
10. Division Street

Honky Tonk Heroes Guest Interview: Morgan Wade.

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Feb 252021
 

Sometimes over here at Gary Hayes Country we admire the work of other people, and the folks over at Honky Tonk Heroes are on that list. Today, they are interviewing a much talked about young lady Miss Morgan Wade. I promise you guys, you will be hearing a plethora of news about her in the future.

This article was published by me, but other than that all of this article was done by them, including all of the questions and graphics. I promise you, I am equally enthusiastic to read this, let alone publish it to you…so without further waiting….

Happy to finally share our first “Honky Tonk Hero” interview with the incomparable Morgan Wade!

Words/design : JJ Waters, Onehungirishman Art

Photos : Alexis Faye, Crybaby Management

Pre-order the new album “Reckless” here:
This interview will also be available via GaryHayesCountry.com in the very near future!

Guy Clark Documentary Without Getting Killed Or Caught to Premiere at 2021 SXSW Film Festival

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Feb 242021
 

Guy Clark Documentary Without Getting Killed Or Caught to Premiere at 2021 SXSW Film Festival
The film, which chronicles the relationship between Guy Clark, Susanna Clark, and Townes Van Zandt, pulls from Susanna’s personal diaries as well as Tamara Saviano’s 2016 Clark biography
“One of America’s most revered musical storytellers” – American Songwriter
Feb. 10, 2021 – Austin, TX – Diehard fans and musicians alike have long shared myths and legends about the late-greats amongst themselves, but it’s rare for any of those tall tales to be corroborated. Rare, but not impossible. Enter Without Getting Killed or Caught, a remarkable documentary film about the mythical, complicated relationship between legendary songwriters Guy Clark, Susanna Clark, and Townes Van Zandt, and the art it inspired; a film with enough charm to create new fans of Clark and his music and enough depth to appease long-time followers. Without Getting Killed or Caught—which will make its virtual World Premiere at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival March 16-20—was produced and directed by longtime Americana music producer and executive Tamara Saviano and filmmaker Paul Whitfield. The film was originally scheduled to debut at SXSW in 2020 before the pandemic shuttered the festival, and for those not already attending SXSW 2021, stay tuned for additional information on public screenings with Kessler Presents, YETI, SiriusXM Outlaw Country, and more. A trailer for Without Getting Killed or Caught can be viewed now at this link and more information can be found at Withoutgettingkilledorcaught.com.
Without Getting Killed or Caught is the true story of Guy Clark, the dean of Texas songwriters, who struggles to write poetic, yet indelible songs while balancing a complicated marriage with wife Susanna, and a deep friendship with singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, on whom Susanna forged a passionate dependence. Clark, who died in 2016, wrote and recorded unforgettable songs (“L.A. Freeway,” “Desperados Waiting for a Train”) for more than forty years. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him, and no one inspired Guy more than his wife, painter, and songwriter Susanna Talley Clark, and their best friend, fellow songwriter Townes Van Zandt.
Narrated by Academy-Award winner Sissy Spacek, Without Getting Killed or Caught follows Guy, Susanna, and Townes on their journey from obscurity to reverence: Guy, the Pancho to Van Zandt’s Lefty, struggling to establish himself as the Dylan Thomas of American music, while Susanna pens hit songs and paints album covers for top artists and Townes spirals in self-destruction after writing some of Americana music’s most enduring and influential ballads. Based on the diaries of Susanna Clark—the film tells the saga from Susanna’s point of view—and Saviano’s 2016 book Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, which No Depression called “an intimate, affectionate, sometimes sad, often hilarious, and vibrant chronicle of one of our most memorable artists.”
Saviano, a longtime figure on the Americana scene, as a journalist, artist manager, and Grammy-winning producer, wrote the film with Bart Knaggs. She had the complete cooperation of Clark, who sat for numerous interviews on and off-camera. Without Getting Killed or Caught (the title comes from “L.A. Freeway”) also offers poignant reflections from Clark’s closest friends and musical allies, most prominently Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Verlon Thompson, and Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, as well as record executive Barry Poss.
The film makes excellent use of Clark’s songs, family photographs and archives, vintage film footage, and radio talk shows on which Clark appeared solo and in tandem with Van Zandt. But the real emotional zing comes from Susanna’s pained remembrances, culled from her private journals and secret audio diaries, as well as taped conversations that Susanna made of the trio and of the “salon” that regularly gathered around them—all serving as witnesses to this seemingly fated intersection of love, art, and tragedy.
More information available at Withoutgettingkilledorcaught.com and on Facebook.

Cast & Crew

Directors: Tamara Saviano, Paul Whitfield
Writers: Tamara Saviano & Bart Knaggs – from Saviano’s book, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, and the diaries of Susanna Clark
Narrated by: Sissy Spacek as Susanna Clark
Starring: Jo Harvey Allen, Terry Allen, Guy Clark, Susanna Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Barry Poss, Verlon Thompson, Townes Van Zandt

A Slow Uvalde Films Production

Produced by: Tamara Saviano and Paul Whitfield
Director of Photography/Film Editor: Paul Whitfield
Story Editor/Film Editor: Sandra Adair, A.C.E
Executive Producers: Bart Knaggs, Jay Newberg, Barry Poss
Associate Producer: Connie Koepke Nelson
Music by: Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson
Music Supervisor: Andrea von Foerster
Art & Animation Director: Mel Chin

Without Getting Killed or Caught - Official Trailer (2020)

Johnny Lee’s New Album ‘Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright’ Is Available Now

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Feb 232021
 

 

Johnny Lee by Jeremy Westby

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country legend and Urban Cowboy Johnny Lee, known for his dynamic stage presence and No. 1 smash crossover hit “Lookin’ for Love,” has released his highly anticipated new album, Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright by BFD/Audium Nashville distributed exclusively through Orchard. 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. Each of the fourteen tracks showcases a different side of Lee, allowing his listeners to experience a journey that draws on his past, but more importantly highlights the future. A special lyric video for Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright premiered on Taste of Country in January and each track has been exclusively premiered by various outlets and is available on all streaming platforms at orcd.co/JohnnyLeeEverythingsGonnaBeAlright

Johnny exclusively shared with People.com about his recent diagnosis and ongoing struggle with Parkinson’s disease, and how he’s not going to let it keep him down. Read the full story HERE.

“I am very proud of my new album Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright, says Lee. “I took my time finding the perfect songs, written by myself or others that truly reflected where my heart is today. The response has been incredible from not only my fans but from the many outlets that premiered each of the 14 tracks. It makes my heart feel good.”

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

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the hit movie Urban Cowboy starring Johnny Lee, 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. Old and new fans will not want to miss the release of this one-of-a-kind legacy album!

Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright Track Listing and Premieres:
1. Everything’s Gonna’ Be Alright: Premiered by Taste of Country
2. Pledge Of Allegiance: Premiered by People.com
3. Take Me Back To Texas: Premiered by People.com
4. Did You Enjoy Hurting Me (w/ Willie Nelson on Trigger): Premiered by Wide Open Country
5. A Song For You: Premiered by Tulsa World
6. Statue Of A Fool: Premiered by My Kind Of Country
7. Sawin’ On The Fiddle: Premiered by The Music Universe
8. I Know Me: Premiered by Sounds Like Nashville
9. Highways Run Forever: Premiered by Country Sway
10. Annie: Premiered by Nashville.com
11. If You Drive Your Husband To Drinkin’: Premiered by The Hollywood Times
12. There Never Was A Doubt In My Mind: Road Dog Media
13. Livin’ Hell: Premiered by Americana Highways
14. Father’s Daughter (Cherish Lee): Premiered by Sounds Like Nashville

Here

Johnny Lee "Everything's Gonna' Be Alright" (album cover)
Johnny Lee "Everything's Gonna' Be Alright" (back cover)
Johnny Lee by Jeremy Westby

 

Ashley McBryde: Never Will: Live From A Distance And A New Song On The Opry.

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Feb 222021
 

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One of the greatest female up and comers ( hell in my opinion she is already on top ) is none other than Miss Ashley McBryde. She has generated such a gigantic buzz around Nashville, and among the many festivals all over America.

Her songwriting abilities far exceed many other gals on her level, and to be honest she exceeds most males on her level by leaps and bounds. There are not many people I would even try to compare to this young lady’s songs.

In the past few weeks, she has announced that she will be releasing a LIVE album in support of her third album called ‘Never Will”. This weekend she released an AWESOME video and single release for the song called “First Thing I Reach For”, co written by Mr. Mark Holland and Mr. Randall Clay.

That is indeed one of the best songs on the entire album, and perhaps one of the best songs of 2020. There aren’t many songs that she does that I do not like, but she recently knocked it out of the park last weekend….

See, last weekend she played her 19th Opry performance and she debuted a new song, that will be on the forthcoming untitled new album. The song is aptly called “Whiskey And Country Music”.

She sings pretty easy to understand, good old fashioned Country Music with no frills or any bells and whistles. You get a mighty fine two step Honky Tonk song that she debuted here. And yes she did indeed pick the perfect place to debut it.

You can damn sure bet that I will be watching for news and new happenings from Ashley McBryde. I can promise you that anything she does new will be heavily featured on here.

The reason why is simple…. she strives to uphold the Opry tradition and holds that lust for real Country Music in her heart. We need to rebuild the Grand Ladies Of the Opry, and by inducting her along with 7 or 8 others….we will have just that.

The Opry is built around the concept of these stars having a HOME to come to toward their road day’s end. A place to retire and to hold them close to our hearts each weekend. THERE IS STILL HOPE….here is one fine example.

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Mr. Lorin Walker Madsen Has New Music Out NOW!

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Feb 212021
 

I recently had the chance to stop and chat with my good old friend Mr.Lorin Walker Madsen, who has new music out now. I wanted to stop and share with you the conversation we had VIA instant messenger as of late.

This album is a gathering of new songs except the song “Colorado Man” , which was on the album “The Kind Of Man I Am” from 2013. The other 3 songs are all new, and he will explain of that below:

Lorin Walker Madsen “LIVE @ Archive Recordings” Was recorded back in late January 2020, just before the world would change and shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

I was coming off a short run of shows in Southern California and had a few new tunes that I knew I wanted to eventually record for the next record, but had most the guys there, and available, so I said what the hell. Why not, ya know?

And now, I’m glad I did. The players and band for this live session was built of Taylor Flandro (fiddle/vocals), Raymond Mathews (upright bass), and Eric Watson (drums). My long time friend and owner of Archive Recordings here in Salt Lake City, Wes Johnson manned the helm and engineered, mixed, and even mastered these tracks.

He also tracked and engineered my 2017 release, “Slave of the Road”. We’ve known each other know over twenty years, growing up in the Utah music scene. We’ve now become just great friends who like to fish together and just hangout on the regular (pre Covid of course), but he’s someone I’m extremely comfortable with and trust.

So it was fun to lay these new ones down with him, and anticipate him being apart of the next studio release as well whenever I can get everyone in a studio and room safely again. Three of the four songs from this live session are previously unreleased, and the fourth being a full band version of a song from my debut solo release in 2012 “Colorado Man”, one that I’ve always wanted to put together a full band arrangement for but haven’t for whatever reason up to that point.

The other three unreleased tracks I mentioned I would like to see on a studio release as well in the near future, along with a handful of others that I’ve been sort of been sitting on or cooking up during this quarantined time at home. So again, once the opportunity to get together in a studio environment safely again with the crew you can expect a proper studio record. Most likely a full length.

Other than that, I’ve been spending the last ten months at home in Utah soaking up the extra time off the the road with my little boy and wife. Fishing and enjoying the outdoors as much as possible, and getting back to working on songs for the love of writing songs and playing music.

Sometimes you looses sight of that when you’re spinning the wheels out on the road day in and day out. “LIVE @ Archive” is currently available on all digital streaming and downloading platforms

Janet Simpson To Release Her New Album “Safe Distance” March 19th.

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Feb 212021
 
The highway’s empty nobody’s looking out
We could be down the road before they know
But we gotta leave right now
There are few things that are more healing than getting the hell out of town. Maybe it’s a solo trip. Maybe you bring a friend. Definitely a lot of music. Don’t say a thing to anybody. Just get in the car and go. Work it out on the road.
Safe Distance – the new album from singer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Janet Simpson, isn’t a concept record, but it does take a journey. From Nashville to Reno (well, almost), to running away from demons, retreating from your troubles, hiding in plain sight, and returning liberated – ready to skip away again while your past looks on with a dropped jaw. But nothing here rambles aimlessly: Simpson’s characters long to get free (and succeed) while navigating it all with confident purpose. They are reflective but never middling. They hurt but move to healing – or take the time to care for others. And they don’t shy away for a good time – even if they’re having too much of one.
The songs of Safe Distance came to party as well. “Nashville Girls,” the album’s first single, kicks everything off with plenty of swagger and style – less an indictment of artists but those who are attracted to the noise art makes. “Reno” and the “Safe Distance” pair “Ditch Trilogy” Neil Young with Lucinda William’s gutbucket sense of meter. The [Dixie] Chicks would kill for a comeback song as breezy and carefree as “I’m Wrong” – a song born for a sunny-day-windows-down adventure. The Fender Rhodes powered vamp of “Mountain” is lust in search of the perfect parking spot. And “Wrecked” is an immaculate kiss-off that moves mercurially with slyly wicked lacerations worthy of Nick Lowe or Van Dyke Parks.
But it’s not all raucous: The albums more subdued moments often conjure thick, stormy atmospheres. “Slip” and “Ain’t Nobody Lookin’” conjure the late night bleariness of classic Tom Petty but with choruses he could never pull off. “Double Lines” has a steely-eyed saunter the recalls the  late Ennio Morricone. “Silverman” is so stark that it will leave you frozen in time. “Awe & Wonder” also takes advantage of the Rhodes – letting its bells ring out into an ether swimming in synthesized voices and fretless bass.
This last detail is worth mentioning because some of the album’s sonic touchstones were late ’80s – early ’90s boomer statements by Bonnie Raitt, George Harrison, and Paul Simon – influences that were somewhat off the radar of the wunderkind engineer / mixer Brad Timko, who has been producing amazing records with a mix of analog and digital gear from the Communicating Vessels studio in Birmingham, AL, where Simpson and her band call home. Simpson and Timko worked closely in order to achieve the albums sonics, where minimalism reigned supreme. The songs were loosely written and rehearsed, but the band plays with supreme tautness, leaving plenty of room for Simpson’s powerful voice and lyrics – always sharp and occasionally hilarious – to haunt the air just so.
Unbelievably, Safe Distance is the first time that Simpson has widely-released an album under her own name. This is not to say that she hasn’t been busy: Since getting her start in Atlanta in the late ’90s, Simpson has sheltered her dark whimsy under the guise of Delicate Cutters, wielded formidable guitar attacks with bubblegum skronkers Teen Getaway, toured the U.S. and Europe as a crucial member of Wooden Wand and the World War IV, and found a new writing partner in fellow Birmingham, AL musician Will Stewart – with whom she fronts the lean, atmosphere-forward duo, Timber, while also lending her many formidable talents to his solo material (and vice versa). It’s a lot to take note of – and still doesn’t cover her being the secret weapon on dozens of other albums for a wide array of artists. But Safe Distance proves once again that Simpson is a force of nature – and it’s her best work yet.
Janet Simpson’s Safe Distance will be available on vinyl, CD and digital/streaming platforms on March 19th via Cornelius Chapel Records.

New Music From Jackson Taylor And The Sinners.

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Feb 212021
 

I haven’t had the chance to stop and check out everyone as often as I’d like to, and I know we haven’t had any new music from Jackson Taylor And The Sinners. I haven’t had a chance to see him since Tumbleweed 2019.

Tomorrow he has a new single coming out, and I will be keeping up with any new music announcements I hear from them. It has  been quite some time since we got any new music from him, and many other bands as well.

I try my best to bring you all of the music I can, from so many other genres that I really don’t always get around to promoting it all at once. However, this is one of the many singles and albums I am looking forward to the most in 2021.

My landlord really likes this new song here, as he is going through a divorce, and he pretty much is self admitting his own blame here on this one. He relates to this song as he himself said he drank too much, and drove his wife away.

This song pretty much sums that scenario up quite well, and I really look forward to more new music from him in the near future. On the flip side of the future, this song holds an ardent relevance to the past. The sound and style of this song are both reminiscent of the many Legends that influenced him…..and many of us.

Our newest single, “Never Walk The Line.” Due to release 02.19.2021, can now be pre-saved. This ensures you do not miss the release date, and will be one of the first to hear the new song.

Available to pre-save through: Apple Music, Spotify, TIDAL and Deezer. Click the link here: PRE-SAVE NOW.

Join Us: AMERICANAFEST at Folk Unlocked | Feb. 24

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Feb 202021
 

We’re hosting a virtual Spotlight Showcase at Folk Unlocked this year. Will we see you there? We’ve partnered with our friends at Folk Alliance International to bring online attendees a one-of-a-kind showcase, AMERICANAFEST style.

Catch AHI, Mary Gauthier, Arlo McKinley, Lauren Morrow, William Prince and Allison Russell on Wednesday, February 24 @ 5:30pm CST.

Folk Unlocked has a pay-what-you-want pass structure, so you can attend our virtual showcase for whatever you’re willing to contribute.

Register for Folk Unlocked
While you’re logged in, stop by our exhibitors booth and see us! We’ll be talking about our association and how we advocate for American roots music around the world. Feel free to swing by and say hi in the morning or afternoon during exhibitor hours.

I have spent the last few days snowed into my house, my other job has been closed all week due to the bad weather, so I opted to spend all week getting caught up with my beloved website.

With so many festivals canceling and so many still plan to go on ( but may cancel ), I have my work cut out for me! Ultimately, I cover over 275 festivals and more venues than I can name. Keeping track of all this at the center of the keyboard aspect of things……is me.

On this article I wanted to bring to your attention this special offer from Folk Alliance International and AmericanaFest called Folk Unlocked. This whole setup looks sort of like the past AmericanaFest, and the way they had some of the panels set up.

The FAI is hosting this Folk Unlocked in lieu of an actual conference this year, and has amassed a huge list of members of the international folk community. They will offer many different panels, workshops, showcases and other bells and whistles.

I think that given the circumstances of what is transpiring in today’s current society, and the way that technology has helped to improve this society..it also has let it down. It has turned us into a very impersonal society, many do not have any sense of how to conduct an actual conversation or interact among one another.

However on the other side of the coin here, is there is a lot to be learned on these panels and workshops. They call it a year for innovation and creativity, and like all other music communities they both welcome and fear technology. Here is a good example from their website:

“We hope to push the boundaries of what our community can achieve with technology and though this means not every aspect of our typical annual conference will be able to exist in this format, we are excited for this opportunity to initiate a new way of connection “.

Now, even though the continue to announce the 21st annual AmericanaFest as being on September 21 – 26th 2021, they too have created the “Thriving Roots” online mini festival. For a set price you can purchase “packages” or levels of access, and save the videos for later.

In an ordinary year, the annual AmericanaFest is an event that greatly benefits people like me, as it gives me unlimited amounts of industry connections. But to be honest I go there on scouting missions for new bands to put on here. I have an ear to the ground at these functions, to meet new connections.

The only thing I hate about AmericanaFest is driving all over the city in such a short time..in that heat!  Yeah many of the venues are close together, but parking is often rough, and the shuttle bus is often overloaded.

My Memories Of Some Country Music Industry Folks We Lost In 2020.

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Feb 182021
 

This video is property of a GREAT Youtube channel called New Hillbilly.Com.
They have some truly wonderful videos over there, and this one I stumbled upon has prompted me to make an article, and share some memories I have of some of them. In the twelve years I have been running the roads hot following bands and festivals, I have encountered most of these Legends on here.

I got the chance to see Mr. Joe Diffie when he was playing one of the smaller venues around town, and I caught many of his package deal concerts backstage. I call a lot of these 3 and 4 artist combo concerts from the 80’s and 90’s. The term package deal is a business term where a tour pairs the same artist from the booking agency, and offers a flat rate for all of them.

He was always a top notch performer, and his set list was never short of unforgettable hits from decades of playing Country Music. I tried to listen to him on the Opry as much as I could, and I still enjoy his music.

I have many memories of his music growing up as a young adult in the 90’s, and before I moved here in 1996 to study this kind of music, I would have cited him as one of my latest influences to pursue a career in the Country Music field.

My later teenage years are filled with a plethora of times bombing around in pickup trucks with his cassettes and later on cd’s. I am an avid collector of vinyl from this era of Country Music, simply because it’s harder to come by due to supply and demand.

Jan Howard was an Opry juggernaut that graced the Opry with her presence for her entire career, and she had that mutual respect for the Opry that so many of them have. She was an honorary member of R.O.P.E. ( Reunion Of Professional Entertainers ) for as long as I can remember.

This is one of her and I and Leonna Williams from one of the R.O.P.E. functions we had, and I had the opportunity to see her many times at the Opry. All of these people I enjoy their albums, to this very day. They all remain in my constant rotation!

As a sincere janissary and follower of Country Music, I feel that all of us owe a debt of gratitude to her and her husband Mr. Harlan Howard as well. Most of the beloved characters of her generation have long since passed on, but to be honest, many of those on the list ARE her ilk.

Some of these folks I didn’t know and Mr. Fuzzy Owens was one of them, but to say I have not studied his legacy is ludicrous. One year at Muddy Roots music Festival WE HAD country Legend Red Simpson, AND Mr. James Hand! I have two separate stories about them there, on different years.

Mr. Fuzzy Owens discovered Mr. Red Simpson and many others. He was the first to record Mr. Merle Haggard as he got out of prison. He was not only a songwriter, he was a manger and handled many of their finances.

Fuzzy Owens was one of the first few people to bring integrity to the paperwork side of the business, when nobody else knew how to. He managed Merle Haggard for over 30 years, and showed Merle how to divide expenses, and how to turn a profit from his music.

He was one of the pioneers of festival insurance and how to take the concept of a festival and capitalize on that. Many of the videos that are out there of his I have indeed watched and studied.

Mr. James Hand was one of those that entered the Country Music game late.However the albums he left behind, and the class he brought to the genre cannot be ignored.

One HOT NIGHT out at Muddy Roots, he played a long set in his classic Nudie suit. He did not include his song “Old Man Henry”, and a few of us were upset about that one. On into the night he took us in the back around a campfire and softly played some acoustic versions of that one and a few more.

Mr. Charlie Daniels was always good to me, both as a friend and a fan. He ALWAYS took the time out to spend time with me and answer ALL of my millions of questions I had for him.

The Charlie Daniels Band was a big big part of my childhood, and along with the many bands that hung around him and toured with him on his Volunteer Jam tours. I did a LOT of work with him and people that were associated with him, and I was there the night he was inducted into the Opry.

I recall seeing Mr. John Prine and Mr. Mac Davis my entire life as well, I recall both of them being guests on the Muppet Show when I was young. All of these people inspired me to become what and whom I have evolved into here.

Another Legend we lost that I covered a lot was Mr. Billy Joe Shaver. I have been to more Shaver shows than almost any other artist I cover on here. Period. He has always been one of the more overlooked members of the songwriting community, and I never understood why?

I covered his set from Tumbleweed 2017 with so much passion and enthusiasm that he himself said it was one of the finest articles anybody ever wrote about him. Mr. Jerry Jeff Walker was another of his ilk that passed away in 2020. Country Music took some ungodly blows in that year.

I did indeed get the chance to talk with him on several occasions and in many states. Many of the questions I had for him were so old and forgotten. he couldn’t recall the answers to. He did  remember much of what I asked of him, but basically I just wanted to LISTEN.

As I was additionally saying above as I was talking about the 90’s stars, Mr.Doug Supernaw and his “Red And Rio Grande” album was another on my young adult years list that shaped me as a fan. I vaguely remember the cassette tape was purple, and it was one of the first cd’s I bought.

In this entire list, and on this entire article here, none other is more special to me than Mr. Charley Pride. As I began to collect vinyl, after getting back on my feet, his album catalog was the first one I completed.

I admired his music and style more than anybody in the world of Country Music after the 60’s era stuff. He sang with  more passion and feeling than anybody I knew, and he was my 2016 album of the year. That album of original music was one of his finest albums of the last 15 years.

He was one of the pioneers of bringing forth some of Country Music’s greatest songwriters like Mr. Jerry Foster and many others as well. He put out album after album of timeless classic Country that will live in our hearts for as long as we allow it to.

 

Upcoming Events at Southgate House Revival.

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Feb 182021
 
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Upcoming Events:

All events will be low capacity and 18+. In addition, tables and chairs will be set up to ensure social distancing, seating in the outdoor area has been expanded and hand sanitizer will be available in all restrooms and bars.

Every person entering the venue will be subject to a temperature check. Masks will be worn by our entire staff and mandatory for all in attendance. Our staff will be cleaning and sanitizing multiple times a day to reduce the spread of germs. Due to the limited nature of our upcoming events, we strongly encourage patrons to purchase tickets in advance. We ask that anyone who is ill or has any symptoms of illness not attend.

Ward Davis 

(Sanctuary) 02/26/2021 SOLD OUT

Them Dirty Roses 

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The Southgate House Revival – Sanctuary
Fri March 5, 2021 7:00 pm (Doors: 6:30 pm )
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The MusicFest At Steamboat Announces 2022 Dates!

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Feb 172021
 

One of the few outdoor festivals that I have yet to attend as of yet is The MusicFest At Steamboat. This festival is one of the older of it’s kind, and one of the only ones in it’s area of what it offers the patrons. It is the largest group ski trip of it’s kind in the nation, and it is also one of the longer events I cover in my festival series. This festival usually boasts a 5 – 7 day events period.

For the entire schedule at a combined cost to see each band separately live, you save over 200 buying a ticket to this event. Now to be honest, to take in every act on this roster would be an arduous task in itself.

For the people that ski and enjoy music both, this festival has a great layout in which to plan one hell of a fun vacation week. If you plan your day around the music and skiing, you stay busy. Unless you are like me, where you just stay put for large blocks of time to see a whole lineup of a day’s shows.

This festival is more spaced out, spanning over several different venues, totaling almost 200 hours of music and 7 different venues. All of the artists involved are from the Texas and Oklahoma Red Dirt communities, and usually this is a big job for me. Simply because I like to embed links into all my articles…folks…I cover 275 of them!

As of right now, they have not made any further announcements to the lineup or the logistics of the festival. For now, please read these words from Mr. Kinky Friedman.

From the “Governor”

Welcome to the MusicFest at Steamboat! The last time I was here, I drank a glass that, apparently, contained my girlfriend’s contact lenses. This irritated her but it did give me some new insights into myself. One of the things I learned was that MusicFest is a great way to raise hell and awareness at the same time.

Whether on the stage or on the ballot, independent voices are rare enough in this increasingly homogenized world. It’s not terribly surprising that many of these voices emanate from the Lone Star State. Deep in our hearts, all Texans are independent. In music, this has manifested itself in the rugged, righteous individualism of artists such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Buddy Holly, Billy Joe Shaver, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Ray Benson, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen and Cross Canadian Ragweed to name only a few. Some are dead and some are living. In my life, I’ve loved them all. Not sexually of course.

If I were governor, Texas would be run by musicians instead of politicians. We may not get a lot of work done in the mornings, but Texas would be a better place. Steamboat already has most of our musicians of course, so Colorado doesn’t really need any help. Wish I could be there, but somebody’s got to mind the store.

I ran a spiritual campaign for governor, not a political one. In the words of my spiritual adviser, Billy Joe Shaver, “If you don’t love Jesus, go to hell.”

In the meantime, hang on tight, spur hard, and let ‘er buck. And may the God of your choice bless you.

Kinky Friedman

Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund Issues The Video, Up Now.

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Feb 162021
 

I have been catching up with a lot of work here on the website, with festivals and videos I have been wanting to see. So many videos of him have surfaced in the last few years, and it concerns me to have so many at hand.

Many times this very thing deters people from actually going to shows, when they can watch it at home. I think that I have indeed delved into that very discussion many times with many different folks.

As for myself, I try my best to attend as many shows as I can, while watching as many hours of videos that I can. I am completely enamored by music of all types, and I study every aspect of it. I fall down so many rabbit holes and discover so many cool new bands by watching videos. So, I also think that if implemented correctly videos and streaming is a good thing. Even though this video has some very brief sound issues, the song set list is amazing, and the band is solid.

One thing I have found out through my studies as a janissary  of Country Music, is that Mr. Tyler Childers is indeed a good man. He helps his community, and continuously gives back to the people of Easy Kentucky. He has so many causes and functions he is passionate about, and uses so much artwork from his friends, that he is one of the finest modern day pioneers of Country Music out now.

I remember one time at the final show for Fifth On The Floor, at Cosmic Charlie’s in Lexington Ky, where Mr. Tyler opened for them. He wasn’t a juggernaut yet like he is now, but he remembered my name and who I was. MIND YOU, we had only met three times prior to that.

As a sober man now, having been at my one year mark from a pill addiction, I had my time in rehab. I had ( and have ) resources available to me at my disposal, that many people in East Kentucky does not have. However, their addiction rate is astronomically high. Every county and community is overrun with people that have opiate addictions.

The text below is directly from a media release:

Many folks have asked how the proceeds from Long Violent History are being used. The money is being used to fund ongoing efforts in education, civil rights and addiction recovery.

As it relates to education, the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund is in the process of setting up an endowment fund called the Hickman Holler Appalachian College Fund to support scholarships for students of color and financial need at the following Appalachian colleges and universities:  Berea College in Berea, KY; Marshall University in Huntington, WV; Morehead State University in Morehead, KY; and Ohio University in Athens, OH.

In the area of civil rights, the Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund is supporting the work of the ACLU of Kentucky and the Louisville Urban League.  The ACLU of Kentucky works to ensure the liberties and individual rights of the people of Kentucky by working daily in the courts, legislatures and local communities. The Louisville Urban League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community service organization dedicated to eliminating racism and its adverse impacts on the Louisville community.

The Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund will also support the ongoing efforts of Hope In The Hills, which is a nonprofit dedicated to fighting the opioid crisis in the Appalachian region through direct funding and event-planning.

Our goal is to be as transparent as possible and to ensure every single penny from Long Violent History album and merchandise proceeds goes towards positive change and action. Please follow @HHAReliefFund on socials and check the official website for ongoing updates about how the money is being used, as well as initiatives by the organizations.

 

On Friday February 12th at 8pm EST/7pm CST Healing Appalachia will be sharing a full Tyler and The Food Stamps set from 2019. Tune in to check out the broadcast on Tyler’s Facebook page and YouTube channel or Nugs.tv.

Healing Appalachia works with Hope In The Hills, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting the opioid crisis in the Appalachian region through direct funding and event-planning. To learn more and donate visit the official Hope In The Hills website. 

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THANKS FOR TUNING IN!!
As of the time this post was published, An Evening With Healing Appalachia has been viewed over 200,000 times between our Facebook and Youtube streams!
Along with an incredible turnout, thousands of dollars has been raised for opioid recovery efforts through donations and merch sales!
If you enjoyed this event please consider making a donation here: www.healingappalachia.com/donate
If you would like to support Healing Appalachia & Hope In The Hills through purchasing merch you can do so here: https://brand-yourselfwv.square.site/
If you missed the livestream you can still watch here for a limited time: https://www.facebook.com/healingappalachia/videos/1341645282886546
Once again, thank you to everyone who tuned in and supported the event. Your support allows us to fund recovery efforts throughout Appalachia and host more events and education on recovery resources.