Apr 182018
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This past week Mr. Jason Buchanan announced his belated birthday party that will transpire TONIGHT at the The Crying Wolf off of Woodland street. They have GREAT signature burgers and cheezy tots, I highly suggest you go try their food out there.

You can see the mighty Left Lane Cruiser tonight, I haven’t had the chance to run across them lately. My last time seeing them was last spring at Moonrunner’s but they always put on one hell of a show.

Also you’ll get to see one of my favorite roots bands called Hellfire Revival and another VERY talented man named Mr. Mark Porkchop Holder and his band MPH.

The Music City debut of the song that’s been burnin’ up them charts in the U.S. and Europe! the tune that all the girls is gettin’ naked for!

It’s a song about an Elvis Imposter. It’s a song about an Elvis Imposter from America. It’s a song about a cheap Elvis Imposter from America.

It’s a song about the Cheapest Elvis Imposter in America.

It’s a song about the King. It’s a song about the road.

It’s a song about The King Of The Road.

It’s a song about me, $2 Elvis. It’s called “$2 Elvis”!

We’re gonna have ourselves a hunka hunka burnin’ fun with a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!

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This show is being presented by Kustom Thrills Tattoos and Mr. Jason’s own King Of The Road Limo Service for all your tourist needs in Music City go visit their page and book a tour NOW!

Apr 152018


I wanted to touch briefly on a band that will be appearing at Merlefest and also Bluegrass At The Bottoms in Kansas City called Elephant Revival.

Recently they debuted a new video of a Pink Floyd cover “Have A Cigar” that was filmed at the Red Rocks amphitheater. As our 2018 Red Rocks performance nears, we wanted to share our cover of “Have a Cigar” from last year’s Red Rocks show with you!
Thank you so much to Relix, who premiered our video today & who has been so supportive of Elephant Revival from the start.

It has been reported by their publicist that beginning in May they will be taking some time off the road to record some new material. Gary Hayes Country will be keeping an eye out for their announcement to the media for new music.

04/26/18 04/29/18 Wilkesboro, NC MerleFest

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05/18/18 05/19/18 Kansas City, MO Bluegrass in the Bottoms

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05/20/18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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Apr 152018

John CD

Next weekend when we are all flocking to the stores for Record Store Day Country Legend Mr. John Carter Cash will release an ALL NEW album aptly named “We must Believe In Magic” which ironically was also the name of my favorite Crystal Gayle album.

The 17-track release is a collection of songs recorded over the last ten years and features an astounding host of musical guests, including some of Nashville’s most recorded session players and artists representing Rock, Gospel and Country Music. Tony Rice, Ana Cristina Cash, John Cowan, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Jerry Douglas, Dave Roe, The Daeger Brothers, Bob Moore, Etta Britt, Charlie McCoy, Tony Harrell, Jamie Hartford, Sam Bush, Jack Clift and the Cedar Hill Refugees, Sarah Peasall McGuffey, Ira Dean, Ronnie and Rob McCoury, Eric Hamilton and many others took part in the project. The album’s imaginative cover features the faces of many of the individuals who contributed to the music and is designed by Roberto Parada.

The project is made up of original material, some co-written with master songwriters, including Bill MillerShawn Camp, and Wesley Orbison. A remake of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt,” previously released by Cash’s father is also a highlight on the release. Much of the production is sparse and simple, focusing on the song and the individual instrumentalist. John Carter holds no limit or containment around his creative energy, and the double-album promises to be diverse and presents an unparalleled epic journey.

The title song, written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, is the essential message of the album. John Carter commented about the track, saying “I remember believing in MAGIC. I recall the wind in itself being alive and with a voice… It smelled awake, purposeful and spoke in a resounding tongue I perfectly understood. All was vast, open, dazzling and wondrous. I believe this to be the truth of the world……the MAGIC is inside us all. And though it may be forgotten, it can be remembered once again… It is only up to us to do one single thing, and do it purely…BELIEVE.”

Released through Reviver Legacy, the full-length album is produced by John Carter Cash and was engineered and mixed by Chuck Turner at Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tennessee, where John Carter worked with his parents Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash on much of their latter life recordings.

Growing up among one of Country music’s most recognizable families, there’s no surprise that John Carter Cash would mature to become an accomplished and award-winning record producer. Having been a producer for over 25 years now, he’s garnered six Grammy Awards and seven Grammy nominations, and has production credits that includes Alison Krauss and Union Station, Chris Cornell, Elvis Costello, John Cowan, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Carlene Carter, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, John McEuen, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Jamey Johnson, John Popper, Ruston Kelly, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Nelson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim O’Brien, John Prine, Earl and Randy Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, Josh Turner, Dr. Mavis Staples, The John Randal and Jessi Alexander, Wylie and the Wild West, to many more.

Having written music for decades, John Carter continues to live inside a creative world reaching far beyond just music production. He is a singer-songwriter and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son from the marriage of John R. Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors.

John CD
We Music Believe In Magic
 – Track Listing:
1. We Must Believe in Magic (Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)
2. Feel Like Going Home (Charlie Rich)
3. Brave Young Man (John Carter Cash, Bill Miller)
4. Dragon Song (John Carter Cash)
5. Runaway Train (John Carter Cash, Sarah Peasall McGuffey, Janie Lidey, Trey Call)
6. Prayers For St. Regis (John Carter Cash and Shawn Camp)
7. The Dungeon (John Carter Cash)
8. Heaven’s Song (John Carter Cash and Justin Miller)
9. Holy Train (John Carter Cash, Natalie Aulvin, Dave Daeger)
10. Dance With Me (John Carter Cash and Wesley Orbison)
11. Awake Sweet Dreamer (John Carter Cash and Jack Clift)
12. Jayne Hill (John Carter Cash and Jack Clift)
13. Hurt (Trent Reznor)
14. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (John Carter Cash)
15. Paradise (John Prine)
16. Poor Boy & the Captain’s Daughter (John R Cash and John Carter Cash)
17. Into the Blue (John Carter Cash, George Daeger, and Dave Daeger)

Apr 142018

So hey everybody let’s dwell on a really fun subject that will transpire on April 21st 2018, and that is Record Store Day. In the last ten years after the demise of Myspace, we have witnessed a plethora of growth in vinyl records. Now practically every new release is offered on vinyl with digital download cards for other forms of media to us.

I have been keeping track of this behemoth nationwide holiday for people like us, and what we can expect from our local stores. Nationwide this day is observed by many people and if you are anything like me, you can click HERE for a nice list of new releases. Sooo what have YOU been looking forward to buying, ME? I want the debut Joshua Hedley and also the Nathaniel Rateliff. There are more I want as well, however I’ll see what my finances agree with next weekend.

THE LIST IS LAUNCHED! Find out about the special releases coming to indie record stores on 4/21 as part of Record Store Day 2018!


HEY BABY!  Record Store Day swag for all ages on sale now. USE CODE RSD2018EMAIL now through 4/21 for 11% off in honor of the 11th Celebration of the Indie Record Store! 






I’ll be honest I REALLY look forward to Record Store Day at one of MY favorite stores operated by my Muddy roots CEO buddy Mr. Jason Galaz downtown called the Vinyl Bunker where Roots Music is celebrated and provided a haven for RIGHT UNDER the noses of the powers that be! clicking on the Vinyl Bunker name will take you to their party info link.

We’ve ordered hundreds of exclusive Record Store Day releases! We also have thousands of used 50’s-80’s rock n roll and country albums in stock. WXNA will be spinning records all day, and after you’re done shopping don’t forget to stop by our partners Flying Saucer Nashville for a nice beverage.

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“Godfathers acts as a dynamic, crucial companion piece to American Hardcore, The Decline of Western Civilization and other films chronicling the evolution of Eighties punk.” – Rolling Stone

Here at RSD HQ we love music, of course, and we’re also big fans of movies about music and there have been some fine ones. One we’re excited about right now is The Godfathers of Hardcore, and one of the reasons we’re excited is that it’s the Official Film of Record Store Day 2018.

Filmmaker Ian McFarland tells the story of Roger Miret and Vinnie Stigma, and their band Agnostic Front, past and present. Who are these New York Hardcore (NYHC) lynchpins and how could a band who played a key role in the creation and definition of a scene remain relevant and influential nearly thirty years later? Part of their tremendous impact and appeal is due to the tight and sometimes bizarre friendship between Roger and Vinnie, two strong but very different individuals, whose iconoclastic personalities perfectly complement one another. Today, Roger, 53, and Vinnie, 62, continue to release music filled with integrity and authenticity on a regular basis while playing over 100 shows a year, including numerous hardcore and European festivals. They remain the very embodiment of hardcore, representing endurance, perseverance, brotherhood, strength against oppression and the will to keep going, obstacles be damned. Agnostic Front exists on a level all their own—a level of their own creation.

For Record Store Day 2018, a special vinyl edition of Aaron Drake’s film score, packaged in a gatefold sleeve and with a poster, will be released in indie record stores.

THE GODFATHERS OF HARDCORE is screening now at film festivals and venues across the country. Check out the list below or thegodfathersofhardcore.com and check back often for details on additional screenings and upcoming events at record stores.

3/7 Atlanta Screening (The Plaza Theater)
3/15 Seymour, CT Screening (The Strand)
4/7 Florida Film Festival
4/13 Florida Film Festival
4/13 Phoenix Film Festival
4/14 Phoenix Film Festival
5/27 Punk Rock Bowling, Las Vegas

There are many other stores in my area that honor this special day for vinyl records, and I would like to touch on a few more of them like my wonderful friends in Bowling Green at Mellow Matt’s where they REALLY PARTY for RSD.

Join us for one of the greatest days of the year…Record Store Day! This year is shaping up to be one of the best and we’ll have you set from start to finish. We open at 7 a.m. and will be fully stocked with all of the limited releases, giveaways, plus, Home Cafe & Marketplace will be here handing out their famous breakfast tacos for everyone in line! After the dust settles in the morning we’ll have live sets starting at noon from; CAPTAIN DEEN, The Cartoons, Kenzie Crowe & The Flaming Hots, Full FrontalSaurus, Dos Cobros, Kyle Frederick and The Rough & Tumble! Also, joining in the fun will be Print Mafia® and Pelican’s SnoBalls of Bowling Green will be set up.

Also in Bowling Green is a secret honey hole of mine, that last year surprisingly had a plethora of the highly sought after titles everyone wanted. The Great Escape in Bowling Green is my secret spot to stop and beat bigger crowds.

Apr 132018









Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Alison Krauss
Delta Rae
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Brandi Carlile
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
JD McPherson
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
The Head and the Heart
Old Crow Medicine Show
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Ryan Bingham
The Head and the Heart
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced


Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
The Head and the Heart
Ryan Bingham
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
The Wild Feathers
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 7 Burgettstown, Penn. – Keybank Pavilion
Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Sturgill Simpson
Brandi Carlile
The Commonheart
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 8 Hershey, Penn. – Hersheypark Stadium

Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 9 Toronto, On. – Budweiser Stadium

Willie Nelson & Family
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Terra Lightfoot
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 14 Scranton, Penn. – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion

Willie Nelson & Family
Van Morrison
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Greensky Bluegrass
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

Willie Nelson & Family
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sturgill Simpson
Greensky Bluegrass
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

September 21 Mansfield, Mass. – XFinity Center

Willie Nelson & Family
Sturgill Simpson
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Margo Price
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be AnnouncedSeptember 23 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Willie Nelson & Family
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Lukas Nelson + Promise of the Real
Particle Kid
Other Artists To Be Announced

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Apr 122018

By Joshua Wallace

Culberson county is in the desolate and isolated regions of far west Texas.  It is comprised of mostly desert with most of the population in Van Horn, TX on I-10.  Red Shahan’s second album is titled Culberson County and while there is no underlying concept at work here, you get the idea that this album would sound best driving down stretches of lonely desert roads in the heart of west Texas.  There are some more rocking country tunes here mixed in with the quieter solemn moments and it makes for a complete package that is an amazing introduction to Red Shahan’s music.

I love the opening track “Waterbill”.  It’s a rocking tune with some killer riffs and imagery that sets the mood for the album perfectly.  This track is about carrying on with the party even though the crushing reality of life such as paying the water bill is always there.  Another favorite is the title track “Culberson County”. This song is about losing yourself in the lonely places in the world. The vast stretches of desert in west Texas sounds like the perfect place to do that.

“How They Lie” is another track about west Texas that turns to the inhabitants of such a lonely place and the hard existence they face.  “Revolution” was one of the pre-release singles and is one of the more rocking numbers on the track with some killer riffs in the chorus.  Finally, “Memphis” is a track that tells a story about the desire to leave such a desolate place like west Texas for the brighter lights of the city and the effect it has on the loved ones it leaves behind.  I feel like this is an important point to make and highlight in an album about the lonely places of the world.

Red Shahan has crafted a wonderful ode to west Texas and all of the lonely places in the world.  The sounds and lyrics of this album take you there and even if just for a moment, you can lose yourself in the music like you can do in such places.  Red Shahan is poised to be in front of a larger audience this year touring with the likes of Cody Jinks, Randy Rogers band and Colter Wall. You can check out Culberson County wherever fine music is sold.  

Favorite Tracks : Waterbill, Culberson County, Revolution, Memphis, How They Lie, Someone Someday

Red Shahan – Culberson County (2018)

  1. Waterbill
  2. Enemy
  3. 6 Feet
  4. Culberson County
  5. How They Lie
  6. Roses
  7. Someone Someday
  8. Revolution
  9. Idle Hands
  10. Memphis
  11. Hurricane
  12. Try
Apr 112018

Well Hell, here I am again in Huntington West Virginia at The V Club for another year of my buddy W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show and his five year anniversary show. We are gearing up for one hell of a lineup here tonight and pretty much like usual this will be a good sized article choked full of news and videos of some of the acts. All of this weekend’s photography will be taken and provided by Mr. Joshua Wallace, who does all my album reviews. We also have a brand new photo system upon which will give a better perspective of this weekend in pictures.

Miss Chelsea Nolan was up first tonight, and she is playing an acoustic set here. She brought an initial flair right off the bat here with many covers in her own style like “Listen To Your Heart” and the Janis Joplin song ‘Mercedes Benz”. I believe the next song was called ‘Rock Bottom”, I wasn’t sure of the title, but it was well written nonetheless.

She played a nice medley of covers toward the end of her set, with pieces of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and she went into songs like ‘I Saw The Light”. I could easily ascertain that she has a deep appreciation of Traditional Music from many different genres of history, much like the rest of us. I have a deep admiration for those that have reverence for those that paved the way for them.  The night continued on with more acoustic music with a fellow I am very familiar with up here, as he was part of the anniversary show many other years as well.

Patrick Stanley is one that I am extremely grateful to see year after year here, as one of The Horse Traders he always entertained us out here yearly. Tonight he played a solo set of a few songs, his first song being “It Ain’t Right To Be Lonely” . He has still maintained his own approach to his songs that I miss when I saw the Horse Traders, which brought a melding of styles together.

His next song was called “Conscription”, and that was followed by another called “I Can’t Abide”, and he closed his set with a Patty Loveless cover called “Cheap Whiskey” from the 2001 Mountain Soul album. It just feels so wonderful to reconnect with so many amazing people again tonight, and see new faces up here as well.

Mr. Ben Knight was amazing, and we got to talk some before the show started tonight, he will be playing in Lexington tomorrow night so he will only be here tonight. I had some phone video problems tonight, and I believe he was the first act I successfully captured fully however it was upright…still was good. The next song I will tell you about was called “Nicotine Gum”, which was a true story revolving around him building a house. Altogether there were some truly fine songs shared here tonight, and I related to many of them for sure!

I HAD to pick up his CD tonight, as it was less crowded Friday night I was able to leave my post to buy stuff. Saturday night I could barely get up to use the bathroom. luckily I bought an extra steak sandwich from Sheetz for later on in  the night on Saturday. I have my “go-to” places to eat all across America, and I utilized quite a few this weekend.

His first song was called “Robbers” followed by another truly great song called “Boats” as he displayed his style of writing tonight as very true to self. His next song was called “Iceman”, and he concluded that set with a song off his album called “Mistaken Identity”.

Mr. Tony Harrah And The Fly Over States was up next, I also had the opportunity to chat with him after his energetic set and found him to be a VERY nice person. I’ll tell you what I have met so many new faces up here it’s just always such a pleasant job to do here.

This man’s set began with “Good Man” and I also believe I did indeed get some footage of him as well. His next song was called “Hi Fi Lovers And Lo Fi Heroes”, followed by my favorite song he does called ‘Here I Am lord”. I myself have been at some low points in my life that required some knee bending prayer too.

‘Sweet Lucinda” was in this set here tonight that also included “Mississippi Wildfire” and concluded with a wonderful song called “Miller’s Farm”.

Mr.Darrin Hacquard brought a REALLY GREAT set here tonight that began with guns blazing with a song called “Huntington” that was basically declaring how awesome it was to return to this area. “Hurricane Season” was next from his album called Signs And Wonders, that’s a long song there. Most of these artists are on Spotify and I did create a playlist here in the promotional article.

“Mountains” was next in his set, which was an awesome song about a gal drunk on karaoke night with many hilarious (but often true) references to mountain life troubles.  That song was followed by “Never Again”, I enjoyed his onstage charisma he has. You can easily tell he just enjoys playing his music up there, and as he belts out songs like “A World Away” he finished his set up with a cover of ‘all My Rowdy Friends”.

I finally got to see the Laid Back Country Picker LIVE, and let me tell you he put on one hell of a show here tonight..in fact it was one of the top acts of the evening here. He opened with a cover of Waylon’s “Are You Ready For The Country’, and went into one his own songs called “I Live In The Now”.

It’s a different kind of show here that incorporates comedy with Traditional Country Music that lightens up your soul and helps you forget the problems of the outside world. He IS a TRUE entertainer in EVERY SENSE of the word, he just provides you with a good time and makes you smile, and laugh.

“Laid Back Country Picker” was his next song off his album, and then he got his telephone out and performed his “Party Line” routine. He is hilarious and involves the audience, with his comedy routine. He played “Jim Frank” and went into “Kathy With An 8 Ball” before going into a few other songs and ending his set.

John R Miller And The Engine Lights was one I did some research on before coming up tonight, and his first song was called “Holy Dirt”.  His set also included the song “Back And Forth” , and another song that Mr. Tyler Childers plays that he wrote when Mr. John was in the Prison Book Club called “Coming Down”.

His new album called “Service Engine” was a great album, and I enjoy listening to it very much. His bio boasts that he has performed in clubs in 50 states of America, and many shows overseas. He brought a nice blend of Blues/Folk and Americana to us tonight.

Jeremy Pinnell was up next, however this one was acoustic for him. He played one hell of a great set list for us tonight, and we enjoyed every minute of it. His album have always gathered attention on my website here, and Mr. Joshua was equally excited to see him.

You know he has this song called “Feels This Right” which mentions my good friend Bobby Mackey, and the fact he is from the Kentucky/Ohio  area. When he has a full band he is so full of twang it’s unreal! He played a wonderful version of a classic song called “The Image Of Me” which was recorded in 1967 by Mr. Conway Twitty and the writer Mr. Wayne Kemp.

The opening track of his album “Ties Of Blood And Affection” was the song called “Ballad Of 1892”, and that was followed by “The Way We See Heaven”. Now he released that album last year and I believe it hit Mr. Joshua’s TOP 50 Of 2017.

He played a wonderful rendition of Merle Haggard’s ‘Today I Started Loving You Again”. Another great song he played was called “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” I remember hearing him play that on a stream at the Westport Saloon one night. “Take The Wheel” was once again off the new album that is one of his more well written tunes, and on the album it has enough twang to satisfy the most hungry of palates for REAL Country Music.

He played a nice cover of “Ramblin Man” and “Freeborn Man”, but one of his last originals was the song called “the Way Country Sounds” which is my favorite song he does right now. I enthusiastically look for growth from this young man, and I firmly see him as the part of Country Music’s future.

Mr. Nicholas Jamerson was here to finish off the entire show, formerly of Sunday’s Best. He also played an acoustic set for us tonight, and began his set with “Goodbye God”. The audience truly loved his presence onstage, and he responded with a special authority.

I FINALLY got to hear him perform “Long Way To Wheelwright” tonight and he delivered it in prime fashion followed by a heartfelt rendition of Keith Whitley’s ‘Miami My Amy” . Another original song he performed tonight was called “Brother Rabbit” from his album.

He treated us to a wonderful and lengthy set here tonight with songs like “I’m Gonna Love You” and others like the song called “Cold Black Heart”. Pretty good sized crowd here tonight, however Saturday drew an even larger audience.

We stayed in Ohio at the Comfort Inn South Point Ohio, Giovannis Pizza delivered us a WONDERFUL deep dish pizza for a reasonable price. VERY NICE service and we enjoyed the food, thanks guys.

So tonight we are all slowly gathering once again at the V Club for another night of music fun, as for the first time ever Ol W.B. has booked two nights worth of shows for his anniversary show. We got people already piling into the venue for this one,as pre sales were better tonight.

And begin tonight we shall with The Winetree which is from Kentucky, and they got their name from an old misspelled winter sweater. Mr.Ryan Harvey  and Mr. Isaiah Muller make up this duo I’m about to include here tonight, and as they begin their set with “It Reminds Me Of You”.

Their set continued on with a song called “Tracks Of Coal” , and followed that with a song that W.B. requested from them called ‘There Is A Time”. That song is pretty much public domain, it was famously featured on the Andy Griffith show by the Darlings (AKA The Dillards).

Their set continued with a Willie Nelson themed song called “Red Headed Stranger (never meant so much to me) which displayed some amazing harmonies from them tonight, this was off to a great start tonight. They concluded their set with a song called “Kentucky Nights”.

Mr. Coby Langham will be up next here tonight with one of his songs I got to research from him called “Heroin Girl”. I especially related to this song personally well on many levels. This right here is downright good old fashioned Honky Tonk music.

Another of his songs I related to was called “The Farm” because I also grew up on a farm. It sounded like they were singing about my own father. Then they played a high pitched twang trucking song called “Years On The Road”, This young man has LOTS of energy. That I believe is honestly what we need at the beginning here in West Virginia, and as he sang a song for his gal called “As The crow Flies” I was further amazed by his creative writing style.

He played a song called “5 x 7” which boasts a 40 dollar bet that he couldn’t make O’l W.B. cry, but this song about his late wife whom died of an addiction did indeed make him cry. It was a very strong and poignant tear jerking ballad of sorrow.

Mr. Will Stewart was next tonight, not long ago you’ll remember Mr. Joshua Wallace reviewed his new album called County Seat. You can read about all that right HERE. Since today is actually his album release day, I will go purchase this album on vinyl even though we were sent a digital copy. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC PEOPLE!

His next song was called “County Seat” which of course was the title track of the album, along with the song called “Heaven Knows Why” also off that album. Although he has been living around Nashville, he recently returned to Alabama to live where he grew up.

I related well with the song County Seat about the same old mundane everyday type life, I use this website to break up my boredom of same old same old. I would highly suggest you buy this album here!

The Local Honeys are a duo that have been featured many times on this website, as they have been a part of this anniversary show for a few years now. They opened their set with  and then followed that up with one of my favorites called “Cigarette Trees” that you’ll find on their album.

O’l W.B. suggested that they played an all Gospel set tonight, and with their gorgeous harmonies and lightning fast banjo playing they played “He’s With The First Church Of God”.  They told us that their good friend Mr. Don Rogers wrote that song, and they followed that song with a Kentucky fiddle tune.

As they closed with “Freight Train Blues” Miss Linda displayed her AWESOME vocal range, paired with their once again AWESOME vocal abilities this was truly a special set! The Local Honeys display comfort and poise up on stage together, and play like a well oiled machine!

Mr. Blake Berglund and I had the chance to speak before the show here, as he will also be playing Tumbleweed, which my man Mr. Joshua Wallace will be covering for me as I go elsewhere. He began his set tonight with a song called “Pretty Good Guy”, and with Miss Belle Plaine he took us through other songs.

He’s another Canadian artist and that song “Pretty Good Guy” was off a concept album he released about himself as he struggled with personal issues and demons. His latest album called “Realms” gathered much attention from the media that covers independent music.

“Crooked Old Earth” was really well written song about the state of today’s day and age of the “normal” world. Absolutely amazing guitar skills were displayed here tonight by Mr. Blake and his band. Miss Belle Plaine then took over the stage and played “Is It A Crying Shame If My Tears Don’t Fall”.

Mr. Ian Noe is another one I have been wanting to catch live here lately this year, I CAN TELL YOU that I am NOT moving from my spot here because I want to dwell on the entire remaining lineup. He has been garnering a plethora of attention here lately, and I wanted to write about him.

He played a song called “That Kind Of Life” that was very well written, and accompanied with his powerful voice it made for a VERY fun set to watch. Right now he is playing “I’d Rather Be Over You” and he followed that with a song called “P.O.W. Blues”.

His blend of Americana and other genres were unique and special, and it separates him from others because of his huge vocal ability which stresses his lyrics. You can pick him out of a crowd of other artists just by his voice alone, much like Tyler Childers or Colter Wall. “Doesn’t Do Me In’ was included on his set tonight,which was a good song as well.

One of my favorite songs he does was called “The Last Stampede” and after that he played his own version of the song “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”, he just changed the lyrics around some. He finally ended up his set with a song called “Irene” as his last song here tonight. “The Last Stampede” is a truly well written song from the opening line..I was born in the mornin’ just sounds cool, and a well play on words.

Mr. Justin Wells is amazing as usual here tonight, and he opened up the set with a new song, He also played the song called “Going Down Grinnin”, from his album “dawn In The Distance”. “The Highway Less Taken” was a great song about the life of a traveling musician, now trust me folks. I been following folks like Mr. Justin for five years now, and it’s NOT a big party like everyone thinks. If you think they only work four hours a day on stage…you are a fool. What these folks do takes HOURS of work, and I can easily why they get discouraged.

Mr, Justin is one of the many here tonight that are fresh off the Hagfest over at the Southgate House, and he came down here to sing songs for us like “The Dogs” and “No Rain” which is always another sure bet for enjoying this man’s music here tonight, followed by another great song called “Little Darlins”.

“Can’t Break my Heart” was up next tonight, and as the evening was winding down to the last two bands of the evening he played his damn fine version of “So Far Away” by Dire Straits, that is also on his album. O’l W.B. acknowledged a gentleman that drove out here from Texas to be here with us.

Mr. Arlo McKinley is another act that I have had the pleasure of seeing on this show before in the past. In fact he has had Mr. Arlo on this show three past times before.  “Don’t Need To Know” was one of the first songs he played tonight.

He played a song called “Time In Bars” next, obviously this man is a well sought after artist out in this area because this place is packed pretty tight here tonight. I have had a blast out here tonight with all these bands as they all brought us terrific sets!

They just finished their new record and it will have 14 songs on it.  I think Mr. Arlo has some of the best writing ability of many of the other acts, with songs like “Gone For Good”. So I’ll be keeping an eye on them, and I shall feature that aforementioned album. Some of the new songs he played had a lot of old rock and roll influences to them, and one was called “I Get Lonely, But I’m Never Alone”.

He played the song called “iv’e Got Her” and another called “Just Like The Rest” were also included in his set tonight. “Waiting For Wild Horses” was another epic song that he sings, with huge crowd interaction here. As his set began to reach a climatic pinnacle he closed his set with “Getting Older”.

Mr. Luke Bell is another great man that was involved in my Ameripolitan Awards escapades this year in Memphis Tennessee. His album has also graced my TOP 50 OF 2017 recently, however I still haven’t had the opportunity to witness him live yet.

He opened with a Hoyt Axton song called “Greenback Dollar” and one of his own songs off his new album called ‘Where You Been”.  They covered a terrific version of Merle Haggard’s song “Swinging Doors”, various old timey fiddle tunes and brought the most unique form of nostalgia in the entire weekend.

His style of yodeling and western swing tunes were unrivaled all weekend here, and as he played “Sometimes” from his current album the entire crowd went crazy! His set produced some vivid history as his fiddle player told stories of his Grandfather, and played many old tunes for us tonight.

As he bellowed out his epic song “Loretta” Mr. Luke Bell proved once again his fierce passion for history and the preservation of REAL Country Music with songs like “Bullfighter” and many more.

They ended the weekend with a bunch of group songs that brought up the remaining artists and O’l W.B himself. I tell you what if you haven’t witnessed this movement he is creating you MUST become a part of it. I’m VERY PROUD to call him a friend of many years, I am blessed to be one of the ones that got to see him begin from a couch.

I been with him the entire time watching him do this..he built an empire himself. He featured many GREAT bands that have went on to become NATIONAL phenomenons so far, and I figure he will push many more forward before this is over folks….Aaaaoowww



Apr 062018


By Joshua Wallace

Western Centuries is a band like no other that I know of currently out there.  They have 3 songwriters and with 3 voices they often switch around between who is playing drums, lead and rhythm guitar on different tracks.  You don’t see that very often these days. You might get two singers in a band, but 3 with 3 distinct songwriting styles and voices? Cahalen Morrison (Country Hammer), Ethan Lawton (Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers) and Jim Miller (Donna The Buffalo) take full advantage of having 3 songwriters on the record and split the duties evenly across 12 tracks.  The country supergroup is back with their second full length album and they are masters of their craft.

One of the first singles from the album was “Earthly Justice” which was written by Cahalen Morrison.  It’s a song kind of about how no matter how bad things get, there is always another page to turn. It uses the failures of the justice system as a vehicle to relay that message.   I also love the pedal steel work by Leo Grassl on this track. He can be heard throughout the album and it really does add to the record. Another favorite is Ethan Lawton’s “Own Private Honky Tonk.”  It starts off with some good honky tonk piano by Eric Adcock and it has a killer honky tonk vibe throughout the track.

Jim Miller contributes the slower track “Rocks and Flame” to the album.  It has kind of a slow dance vibe to it. I love the B-3 organ here played once again by Eric Adcock.  “Wild You Run” is another Ethan Lawton track about straying from the path. Jim Miller contributes one of the more rocking tracks on the album “Time Does Not Rest”.  It’s still a slower number but features heavier guitars and a great solo.

The three songwriters of Western Centuries bring their various influences to the table here in a great way.  Each songwriter contributes 4 tracks to the album and they all have a distinct quality about them while sounding like the same band.  By using 3 songwriters as successfully as they have across this record, Western Centuries have accomplish something that Drive-By Truckers once did with Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Jason Isbell.  Songs From The Deluge is highly recommended if you love traditional country with big time singer-songwriter sensibilities. This album is out everywhere on April 6th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Earthy Justice, Own Private Honky Tonk, Rocks and Flame, Wild You Run, Wild Birds, Time Does Not Rest

Western Centuries – Songs From The Deluge (2018)

  1. Far From Home

  2. Earthly Justice

  3. Wild Birds

  4. Wild You Run

  5. Rocks and Flame

  6. Own Private Honky Tonk

  7. Cloud Of Woes

  8. Borrowed Time

  9. How Many More Miles To Babylon

  10. Time Does Not Rest

  11. Three Swallows

  12. Warm Guns

Apr 062018


By Joshua Wallace

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have come a long way since the 2015 original release of their first album Sidelong.  The album was re-released in 2017 on Bloodshot records and found a much larger fanbase ready to embrace a country singer with a punk rock attitude and classic country sound.  Sarah Shook’s 2018 release Years features an even more traditional country sound but still carries the same fuck you attitude that Sidelong had.

The album’s lead single “Good As Gold” gives you a good idea of what this record is all about.  It’s a good traditional country sound bolstered by Sarah’s songwriting and some amazing pedal steel guitar by Phil Sullivan.  Another early release track that is actually receiving good reactions at live shows is “New Ways To Fail”. It features a catchy hook that has the line “I need this shit like I need another hole in my head” which goes over well with live audiences.

“The Bottle Never Lets Me Down” is another favorite track.  It is not a cover of the Merle Haggard tune with a similar title.  This is Sarah bemoaning the fact that a bottle of liquor is more trustworthy a lover.  Sarah’s southern drawl was made for drinking songs and it shows here. Another track that was received well when I recently saw Sarah Shook live was “Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t”.  It’s a more rocking number that is a pure foot stomper. Another great track is the short but rocking “Lesson” which features some killer guitar work from Eric Peterson.

Sarah Shook is proving to be the female version of the country side of Hank 3 with this album.  Years has traditional country sounds, but at the same time the album carries a punk rock attitude and sneer that many fans liked about the early Hank 3 records.  The lyrics are both revealing and defiant. It all just feels real. Sarah Shook is currently out on tour playing many of these songs live. If you’re at Muddy Roots this year I highly recommend checking out her set.  Years is out everywhere on Bloodshot Records on April 6, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : “Good As Gold”, “New Ways To Fail”, “The Bottle Never Lets Me Down”, “Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t”, “Whatever It Takes”

Sarah Shook – Years (2018)

  1. Good As Gold

  2. New Ways To Fail

  3. Over You

  4. The Bottle Never Lets Me Down

  5. Parting Words

  6. What It Takes

  7. Lesson

  8. Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t

  9. Heartache In Hell

  10. Years

Apr 062018


By Joshua Wallace

The modern kings of southern rock are back with a new record called Find A Light. This album is another great addition to what is turning into an amazing record catalog for Blackberry Smoke.  It has everything you have come to expect from a Blackberry Smoke record including some great guest artists like Robert Randolph, Amanda Shires and The Wood Brothers.  Let’s take a deeper look at some of the tracks featured on this album.

One of my favorite album tracks features Robert Randolph of Robert Randolph & The Family Band.  “I’ll Keep Ramblin” is a true rocker that opens with a riff that will grab you and take you on through the entire track nodding your head and tapping your feet.  To change the pace a bit, “Medicate My Mind” is a slower acoustic track about the need to just slow down the world and medicate your mind, however you choose to do so.

“The Crooked Kind” is a straight rock track with some of the killer riffs good southern rock is known for.  “Nobody Gives a Damn” goes more into alt country territory on a track that is about those folks who let little accomplishments go to their head too much.  The album closes with a rootsy acoustic track featuring The Wood Brothers called “Mother Mountain” about redemption always being close at hand. It closes the album out on a smoother more rootsy note with help from The Wood Brothers on vocals.

This album is another high point in the career of Blackberry Smoke.  For many fans this has the potential to be a favorite album. While I like to hit the high points, there just isn’t a bad song on the album. It’s just that good.  Blackberry Smoke continue to stay well within the realm of southern rock proving themselves to be gods of the riff while at the same time stretching out their soundscape and exploring more acoustic and alt country sounds.  Find A Light is available everywhere music is sold on April 6th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : The Crooked Kind, Medicate My Mind, Nobody Gives A Damn, I’ll Keep Ramblin’, Lord Strike Me Dead, Mother Mountain

Blackberry Smoke – Find A Light (2018)

  1. Flesh And Bone

  2. Run Away From It All

  3. The Crooked Kind

  4. Medicate My Mind

  5. I’ve Got This Song

  6. Best Seat In The House

  7. I’ll Keep Ramblin’ (feat. Robert Randolph)

  8. Seems So Far

  9. Lord Strike Me Dead

  10. Let Me Down Easy (feat. Amanda Shires)

  11. Nobody Gives A Damn

  12. Till The Wheels Fall Off

  13. Mother Mountain (feat. The Wood Brothers)


Apr 052018
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I’ll be honest my friends sometimes I wish I could be more omnipresent as I do this, ergo I have to report on music functions as they offer me the spot. As one offers me an invitation first I do them, but I CAN SAY if I wasn’t going out of town tomorrow for other irons in the fire I WOULD BE HERE this Saturday for Mr. Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners album release party.
Mr. Joshua Wallace wrote a mighty fine album review for it, and you can read that HERE. I have had the opportunity to cover his set a few times, and you can find that On My Muddy Roots Articles, and on those you will read about his new songs in their early stages.

This weekend he will be at the American Legion post 82 which has been nominated for Ameripolitan Awards in the past for their OUTSTANDING contributions to my community of LIVE MUSIC, and has become a staple home to MANY of the acts I cover on this website.  TRUST YOU ME this album is most likely PROMISED to appear on my TOP 50 ALBUMS already, and it’s only March!

So on Saturday the 7th head on down to the Legion for a NO COVER show with a terrific lineup:
The Cowpokes
A Man Called Stu
Laura Mae Socks
Leslie Tom

Apr 032018

A few months ago I posted a rather enormous explanation of my interpretation of this upcoming event
at the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

This morning, they announced this HUGE media event that will launch the exhibit much like they did with the Williams Family exhibit. Mr. Dave Cobb and Mr. Shooter Jennings bring us Country’s Roaring 70’s. A concert that will take place May 25th to launch the exhibit that will showcase one of Country Music’s most famous eras..the Outlaw Era.

The Hall Of Fame describes this upcoming event as such:

Willie Nelson. Waylon Jennings. Kris Kristofferson. Jessi Colter. Bobby Bare. Jerry Jeff Walker. David Allan Coe. Cowboy Jack Clement. Tom T. Hall. Billy Joe Shaver. Guy Clark. Townes Van Zandt. Tompall Glaser. Today, all names synonymous with the word “outlaw,” but 40 years ago they started a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond.

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s upcoming major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, will explore this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opens May 25 for a nearly three-year run, will explore the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities.

“Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s offers an unprecedented look at some of the most compelling music and artists in music history,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “This was an era in which renegades Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson fought for and won creative control of their own songs and sounds. It was a time when melodic poets Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver elevated public perception of what a country song could be. It was a time when the Austin, Texas, music and arts scenes blossomed, and when characters like singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, Hondo Crouch (who bought his own town, Luckenbach, Texas), armadillo art specialist Jim Franklin and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal changed Lone Star culture. At the time, some of these things seemed unusual, even insane. Now, they all seem essential to any understanding of this great American art form, country music.”
Outlaws & Armadillos runs through Feb. 14, 2021. and will be accompanied by educational programs, including live performances, panel discussions and films. The museum will produce a companion book that will be available May 25. In addition, the museum in partnership with Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music, will release CD and LP sets featuring music by artists included in the exhibition.

Now if you pre order the album down below, that will become available May 18th
On APRIL 5th you can order tickets for this event that happens May 25th.
Colter Wall
Jason Isbell
Jamey Johnson
Bobby Bare
Amanda Shires
Billy Joe Shaver
Kimmie Rhodes
Willis Alan Ramsey
Gary P. Nunn
Michael Martin Murphy
Jack Ingram
Ashley Monroe
Jason Boland
Jessi Colter
Joe Ely


Outlaws & Armadillos Exhibit Opening Concert
Preorder the album
Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s 
Album on sale May 18.
Pre-sale code valid only for current subscribers of the CMA Theater newsletter list. Limit eight tickets per person on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are subject to availability and are not guaranteed.Presale tickets may not be re-sold. Purchases exceeding the limit or violating the presale terms are subject to cancellation. Additional fees and taxes apply. All sales are final and nonrefundable. Presale valid April 5, 2018. Public on-sale begins April 6, 2018.
Apr 022018

This next edition of my festival series brings us to Aiken South Carolina to the 14th annual Aiken Bluegrass Festival, which is an outdoor two day event. I’ve had reports of terrific musical happenings here, and heard great things from some of the food vendors there. THIS IS one of the premiere festivals of the southeast, and many people travel great distances to come here.

This article will be akin to my other famous editions of 175 yearly complete festival guides from all over America, and a few overseas as well. You can purchase tickets for this event RIGHT HERE.

Trust me for the ticket price this is one of the more reasonable festivals of it’s kind. However when you buy tickets remember you MUST purchase a seperate primitave camping pass, but it’s only 5.00 per person. Coolers are NOT permitted in the stage areas only at your campsite, so you’ll have to buy beer at the vendor tents.
THIS LINK will take you to a nice list of local area hotels for staying for the festival if you are like me and cannot camp.


Apr 012018

If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at garyhayes2@yahoo.com. I literally watch more than 40 venues in Nashville plus belong to many concert websites in order to bring you this coverage. NEW IN 2018, folks I am always looking for ways to enhance what I do for you. So this year I’ll be reporting on further Kentucky shows, and further Tennessee shows as well.

Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music

Hillbilly Casino
Marathon Music Works April 15th

Jaime Wyatt
Nashville Palace April 17th

Josh Turner
Renfro Valley April7th

Shawn James
The Burl Lexington Ky April 17th

John Morland
Deer Tick
Cannery Ballroom April 17th

Andrew Pope
Nashville Palace April 17th

Matt Woods
The 5 Spot Nashville April 18th

Dead Horses
The High Watt April 19th

William Michael Morgan
Ryman Auditorium April 19th

Moondawg Hall
The County Line April 20th

David Allan Coe
Renfro Valley April 14th

Justin Wells
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky April 13th

John Moreland
Cannery Ballroom April 17th

Shooter Jennings
Nashville Palace April 17th

Shawn James
The Southgate House April 18th

Charlie Robison
City Winery April 19th

Raelynn Nelson
O Connors April 20th

Lindi Ortega
The Basement April 20th

Bobby Bare
Renfro Valley April 20th

Confederate Railroad
Plaza Theater April 20th

Ryan Bingham
City Winery April 20th

Aaron lee Tasjan
The Basement East April 20th

The Barnyard Stompers
The Cobra April 21st

J.D. Wilkes (Solo)
Golden Pond April 21st

The Josephines
Tidball’s April 21st

Gene Watson
Renfro Valley April 21st

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday April 24rth

Joshua Hedley
The Basement East April 24rth

Paul Cauthen, Jeremy Pinnell, Ian Noe
The Basement April 25th

James Scott Bullard
Dee’s Country Lounge April 27th

Tim Montana
The Warehouse Mt Victor April 27th

Whitey Morgan And The 78’s
Cotton Eyed Joes April 28th

The Barnyard Stompers
The Spillway Bowling Green Ky April 28th

Joshua Hedley
The Basement East April 24rth

Charley Crockett And Nikki Hill
April 26th mercy Lounge

Parker McCollum
Exit Inn April 25th

Boo Ray
Dee’s Country Lounge April 27th

Natalie Hemby
3Rd And Lindsley April 29th

Ascend Ampitheater May 2nd

No Deceit
Spillway May 3rd

Dwight Yoakam
Iroquois Ampitheater Louisville Ky May 4rth

Howlin Brothers
Tidballs May 4rth

Margo Price
City Winery May 4rth

Kelsey Waldon
Billy Strings
The Burl May 4rth

Tracey Lawrence
Renfro Valley May 5th

Billy Strings
The Burl May 5th

Hot Club Of Cowtown
City Winery May 9th

Clint Black
State Theater Elizabethtown Ky May 10th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Revelry Room Chattanooga Tn May 11th

Nathan Kalish
Dry Ground Brewery May 11th

William Clark Green
3rd And Lindsley May 12th

The Josephines
Spillway Bowling Green May 12th

Joe Diffie
Renfro Valley May 12th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Cosmic Charlie’s May 13th

Kris Kristofferson with Ben Haggard
Basement East May 16th

Willie Nelson And Alison Krauss
Ascend Ampitheater May 18th

Parker Milsap
3rd And Lindsley May 20th

Margo Price
Ryman Auditorium May 20, 21 and 23rd

Kristiana Murray
Nashville Nashville Tn May 22nd

Ruby boots
Basement May 18th

Trampled By Turtles
Ryman Auditorium May 18th

Parker Milsap
3rd And Lindsley May 20th

Raul Malo SOLO
City Winery May 21st

John Moreland
Manchester Music Hall Lexington Ky

Dailey And Vincent April 28th

Colter Wall
Grand Theater May 18th

Trampled By Turtles
Ryman Auditorium May 18th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
Stoddart Family Farm Crawford Tn May 26th

The Oak Ridge Boys
Beaver Dam Amphitheater June 1st

The Oak Ridge Boys
Renfro Valley June 2nd

Justin Townes Earle
Headliner’s Louisville Ky June 2nd

American Aquarium and Cory Branon
The Basement East June 5th

Terri Clark
Wildhorse Saloon June 7th

Colter Wall
Louisville Palace Ky June 8th

The Josephines
The A frame Bowling Green Ky June 8th

William Matheny
The Basement June 9th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Big Sandy And The Fly Rite Boys
Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Southgate House June 13th

Hillbilly Casino
Mercy lounge June 14th

John Anderson
Palace Theater Crossville Tn June 22nd

Jamey Johnson
Renfro Valley June 23rd

John Anderson
State theater June 23rd

Lavender Country
The Basement June 23rd

Jeremy Pinnell
Biley’s Taproom June 23rd

Kristina Murray
Honky Tonk Tuesday June 26th

Urban Pioneers
Nashville Palace June 26th

Jamey Johnson
The Shed June 29th

Russell Moore And IIIrd Tyme Out
Yellow Creek Park Owensboro Ky June 29th

The Po Ramblin Boys
Station Inn June 29th

The Reverend Horton Heat
Exit Inn June 30th

The Blasters
Exit Inn July 1st

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82 July 3rd

Shooter Jennings and Turnpike Troubadors
Beaver Dam Ampitheater August 4rth

Del McCoury Band
Ryman July 12th

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
Miller Plaza Chattanooga Tn July 13th

Charley Pride
Renfro Valley July 14th

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 25th

Janie Frickie
Renfro Valley September 7th

The Reeves Brothers
American Legion Post 82
Sept 7th

Cecil Allen Moore
American Legion Post 82
Sept 25th

Marty Stuart
Rupp Arena Ky Oct 27th

Apr 012018

By Joshua Wallace

Ashley McBryde appeared on many traditional country fan radars with her hit song “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega”.  That song enjoyed a long life as a single having been released almost a year before her new album Girl Going Nowhere.  That long lead time and some plugs from popular mainstream artists such as Eric Church have done that song a lot of good and as of press time it has over 2 million plays on Spotify which is amazing for a traditional artist making their major label debut.  Girl Going Nowhere may have a more produced sound to it, however it does not stray from the traditional country sound you know from her previous releases like Jalopies & Expensive Guitars.

“A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” was the perfect lead single for this record.  It sets the tone and if you knew nothing of Ashley McBryde before this song, it lets you know you’re in for a more traditional country sounding album with some amazing songwriting.  That continued with another single titled “American Scandal” which showcased more great songwriting in a track about forbidden love. “Radioland” rounds out the amazing trio of singles with a country rocker reminiscing about the days of families gathering around and listening to the radio together.  McBryde namechecks great songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt and radio personalities like Casey Kasem in a great nostalgic track.

Another favorite from this album is “The Jacket”.  It’s a simple nostalgic song about a jacket, but it’s something everyone can relate to.  Everybody has the kind of jacket that shares all the memories you have of everywhere you’ve worn it.  Another favorite is “Livin’ Next To Leroy” which tackles a subject not always approached in country music which meth use.  Living in the south, everyone knows a Leroy or two and this song hits the nail on the head in describing the drug culture in the south.  Finally, “Home Sweet Highway” is a nice slower song about life on the road and longing for all the things you miss at home. This track has a nice groovy bass line that would make for a good road song.

This album has been a long time coming.  “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” hit hard when it came out and it made the wait for the full album that much harder.  There isn’t a bad song on “Girl Going Nowhere” from the acoustic opener to the slow and groovy closing track. Don’t skip this release, it’s a good one.  Girl Going Nowhere is available everywhere music is sold right now.

Favorite Tracks : A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega, Radioland, American Scandal, Home Sweet Highway, Livin’ Next To Leroy, The Jacket

Ashley McBryde – Girl Going Nowhere (2018)

  1. Girl Goin’ Nowhere

  2. Radioland

  3. American Scandal

  4. Southern Babylon

  5. The Jacket

  6. Livin’ Next To Leroya

  7. Andy (I Can’t Live Without You)

  8. El Dorado

  9. Tired Of Being Happy

  10. Home Sweet Highway

  11. A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega

Apr 012018

I’m VERY excited tonight for this show out here at the Spillway Bar And Grill, man this place is packed for Miss Sunny BUT FIRST we have our old friend Mr.Rye Davis up first here. This is the last of a two night run with Sunny Sweeney, and this article will publish in two parts, to view this first portion please click HERE.

Last night she played a wonderful set filled with a few NEW SONGS that I’ll be the FIRST to tell you about on either of these portions of this job. This is an absolute pleasure to see this venue filled like this for Sunny Sweeney, and it’s an honor to watch her grow exponentially in the last few years. I am relentlessly pursuing Opry management to recognize her involvement toward the Opry, by inducting her as a member. I believe that being one of the younger artists out there playing real Country, she would be a stalwart torch carrier of the institution.

It’s been an honor to have featured Mr. Rye Davis and No Deceit many times in the five years this website has been active, and tonight  both of them are opening acts for her. It’s standing room only here tonight and right now Mr. Robert is introducing some of the fun we have planned tonight.  After tonight I’m gearing up for a few nights in West Virginia W.B. Walker And His Five Year Anniversary.

So once again Mr. Rye Davis is preparing to play some acoustic songs for us here with his usual unique style, and I hope he plays the song about blue jeans..I’ll tell you I have so much going on, and so many irons in the fire it’s unreal here. Business is good!

He opened his set with “If You Wanna Rock and Roll” which is a good uptempo song, and he followed that up with a song called “She Knows”. I think this is of his more well written songs with well structured lyrics and a good melody. He did indeed play the song called “Blue Jeans”, good hooks and inventive lyrics. Growing up and having his mother wash his jeans, they tattled on him from leaving things in the pockets.

His next song is a brand new song called “Stone To Stone” and he completed his set with a song called “They All Know My Name” which was self admittedly his favorite song.  That song is always a good closing song with powerful lines within it’s messages.

No Deceit was next here, and they have been featured on here once before as well. I certainly don’t mind revisiting bands many times over to watch for growth and new songs. They started with the song called “I Smoked Myself Into A Dream”., I’m telling you it’s always FUN to come see a local band that just plays and has FUN on stage.

These young people don’t care about fluffy image or notoriety, they just play rocking music. Their second song was called “Hicktown”. I snuck up to catch some more pictures of this band here, maneuvering through this massive crowd here to catch them in action. This is a very high energy band to have for an opener, and a VERY good opportunity for them to showcase to a larger crowd.

After playing “Might As Well Get Stoned” by Stapleton they played one called “The River”. They followed that song up with one called “Last Dance With Mary Jane”…what a well played cover of a Petty song. They really displayed a FUN ambiance here, and set the tone of the evening right.

“Take It Easy” was NOT a cover of the Eagles song it is indeed their own original, and on their album. However their next song was a Stapleton/Coe/Jones song called Tennessee Whiskey, pretty much a self explained song there. ‘Run Darl’n” was next on the set list, followed by a song called “Free And Easy”. They closed their set with the title track of their album called “Bar Band”, and left us all in a good position for another dose of gettin Sweenered here in Bowling Green!

Sooo here we go, another night of Miss Sunny and her hardcore Country Music. She’s going to lay down some smack ass Honky Tonk upon the Spillway here! I have never witnessed two nights of her set before, and I’m excited to see how she changes them nightly.

I DO KNOW she plans to play the NEW song called “Tie Me Up But You Can’t Tie Me Down’, and hopefully she’ll play the other new one from last night as well. She did come out to the song called “Better Bad Idea”, like she did yesterday. EXCELLENT intro song to come out to!

Right now, we are enjoying “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving”, and after that  a cover of “Rainy Day Woman”. Then, SHE DID PLAY the new song called “Body In A Boxcar” I’m TELLING YOU it’s a rowdy boot stomper here! She has a full house whupping butts out here in Bowling Green! Her band is REALLY TOP NOTCH, both nights they complimented her style and her vocals quite well.

“Pass The Pain” was next, and both nights she went into detail about going through her divorce and an altercation of getting ‘Kindly Removed” from a bar early inspired her to write that song. It is an older song however it is the first song off her new album Trophy, which landed at number four on my TOP 50 of 2017.

Stories backed up all of her songs this weekend, and this brought us closer to her as an artist. “Nothing Wrong With Texas” was next followed by a song called “Trophy” that is the title track of her latest album, and it was not included in part 1. She did juggle the set lists in several areas this weekend for sure.

Her song “Uninvited” came with a terrific story about Vince Gill, followed by “Pills” and the new song “You Can Tie Me Up But You Can’t Tie Me Down”. As I previously stated I did not shoot video of any of her two performances this weekend, for professional reasons.

She once again played both versions of “If I Could”, and shared both stories of why they changed the format around. Her set  list also contained “Drink Myself Single”, “East Texas Pines”, “From A table Away” and another great one with an adult theme called “Whiskey Richard”. Many hilarious references to erectile dysfunction, and sexual jokes abounded at a more suitable setting for that song. However BOTH venues hosted OUTSTANDING shows.

Another song she performed solely at Spillway was “Kiss My Ass”, and she wrapped up her show with songs like “Bottle By My Bed” which once again was related to by many audience members, and this time she played ‘Backhanded Compliment” before wrapping up the show with “Bad Girl Phase”.







Apr 012018

Tonight is the first night of a two night run of local venue shows with Miss sunny Sweeney, and I have the next four days off for Easter holidays. So that pretty much means the website is open for business 24_7, I have so much news to bring you.

Mr. Joshua Wallace also has many things to bring you from Florida and his office as well. Night one of Sunny Sweeny took place at 3rd And Lindsley on Thursday, and it had Mr. Jamie Kent as the opening act.

He brought an intimate acoustic performance to us first, with a respectful and silent audience he poured out his heart to us tonight. He told many of the stories behind the songs, like the song “Safe” that he wrote from a father’s point of view.  Broke But Not Broken was a good one he wrote after someone broke into his van in Los Angeles and stole his leather bag. He joked that the they left all of his clothes behind, and that he had some expensive shirts.

He played a really touching song for the service men and women called “Home Again”, which dealt with issues of mental health after their return. He proclaimed everyone should have at least four songs about whiskey, and he has only one called “On The Wings Of Whiskey Tonight”.

The title track of his new album was called “All American Mutt” and he followed that with a new song he waited until he got married to release called “I Can Call You Mine”. His final two songs were one called “Look Up” which was about inattentive people on cellphones, and another with a very funny story.

The song was called “Size 9 Cowboy”, and it was about a time he landed a Durango Boot endorsement. They shipped him 5 pairs of boots that were too big for him, they told him to go to a special Boot retailer to exchange them. They sadly informed him they didn’t carry boots under size 10. This was a cleverly written song for short people with small feet.

All together it was truly well played set of songs, and it was easy to ascertain that he was having fun up there performing for us tonight. I would highly suggest catching his set live.

The last time I crossed paths with Miss Sunny Sweeney was at the Ryman With Cody Jinks And Ward Davis, which actually was the last time she announced she played Nashville. Her new album Trophy adorned many a top 50 year end lists, and garnered major attention from the media, to read mine where she secured number 4 click HERE.

She now has four wonderful albums to choose from and tonight she delved into all four of them quite vibrantly. I met with her the next night for the first time since Tumbleweed In Kansas City, where she agreed with me as I mentioned it to her. She said that she does indeed pick many from all four albums, don’t you wish most artists did that? I mean, every album went different directions as HER LIFE was doing the same. Personal issues, divorce, and other issues dictate her writing style on her last two albums, while her first one was simply evolving her own identity with major label struggles.

I found Sunny Sweeney on Myspace early in her career, probably before many of today’s people that are featuring her. She had this KILLER ALBUM self released, and she was emanating from Texas along with the Red Dirt scene. However she had (and still has) this Traditonal Country sound that separates her from her Red Dirt ilk. Even back then as people like Mr.  Roger Creager and Mr. Wade Bowen grew in one area, so did Miss Sunny and she grew in her own identity.

She entered the stage during the drum portion of her song ‘Better Bad Idea” which is now a staple song on her set in the beginning, and went over to her second album “Concrete” by playing “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving”. Neither set this weekend contained many covers, however “rainy Day Woman” was included tonight. “Rainy Day Woman” was released in 1975, and was the first song to be produced by Tompall Glaser for Waylon.

Now folks, tonight’s set contained a few NEW SONGS and one of them she said we were the second group of people to hear. I did NOT film any videos of her out of respect for her material, for me new songs leaked on video early are taboo for me. It may become a new single in the future. However “Body In a Boxcar” was a train sing she wrote and shared with us. “Pass The Pain” was next the first track off “Trophy” , proceeded by “Nothing wrong With Texas” from the same album.

“Uninvited” came from her third album “Provoked” followed by a song she didn’t write called “Pills” that came from “Trophy” originally written by Miss Brennen Leigh.  She performed her first single “If I Could” in two different fashions, along with a story. She said that they had been hired to play a social function, the attendees weren’t paying much attention, so her band was toying with songs. They played this song with a new slower twist, and then played it originally in it’s faster form.

‘Drink Myself Single” was next followed by another NEW SONG called “You Can Tie Me Up But You Can’t Tie Me Down”. I apologize that I cannot provide video for you to enjoy it, I did not film her performing them. Perhaps I can work with her PR company to feature new song premieres in the future.

“East Texas Pines”  That song I believe laid some groundwork for her identity away from her Red Dirt colleagues. However still maintained placing her along with their affection FOR Texas. You see the analysis of mine here? Next song was one of her more commercial songs ever, it was co written with Mr. Bob Dipiero called “From A Table Away” That was the staple single from her second album, which was more commercial overall.

Her song called “Whiskey Richard” was one of her more famous songs you will only hear live. With it’s adult themed references that song I heard first at Tumbleweed, and you might hear her play it during her Hard Candy Christmas.  “Why People Change” was once again off “Trophy” along with her most powerful song to date “Bottle By My Bed” . I think that song speaks to her audience more than any other.

She included the long existing song co written by Angeleena Presely called “You Don’t Know Your Husband”, which deals with those naughty cheating men that make single guys like me to be heavily scrutinized. Once again her first album was contained a song called “Next Big Nothing” that has a good boot scooting beat to dance to. “Bad Girl Phase” was another good song she recorded later on in her career. She ended her show tonight with an encore of a song off her third album called “Backhanded Compliment”, leaving us with a satisfied palate of Honky Tonk Country.

In conclusion I would highly suggest all of you go out and catch her show whenever she come to YOUR area!

Mar 302018

By Joshua Wallace

This past Wednesday night I once again went down to 5th and Thomas in Tallahassee, FL for a show. This venue has been bringing a lot of high quality country acts to the North Florida area and it’s a good thing because this is an area that can be a country music desert sometimes. This time I was going to see Tyler Childers with the opening act of Blackfoot Gypsies. You know we’re a huge fan of Tyler’s work here at Gary Hayes Country and this was personally my first time seeing him live. I couldn’t pass up the chance to see him up close in a small venue with a capacity around 300.

Going into this show I was not very familiar with Blackfoot Gypsies, but they were a great live band. In fact, I liked them better live than what I had heard on record. I couldn’t really tell you what they played or give you a run down of the songs as I’m not familiar with them. However, I can tell you that they are a killer 70’s inspired country rock band. If you like your country rock loud and groovy you’ll dig these guys.

There wasn’t a long period between sets this time and Tyler came on at about 9pm to a packed house. This show sold out just days before and you could feel it in the room. He started off with a fan favorite tune called “Bus Route” and went on through a set full of favorites from Purgatory, some of his older stuff like “Deadman’s Curve” and even some newer tunes. His band was on point this night, even with a few feedback glitches that either came from Tyler’s guitar or the bass, I wasn’t sure which. There were a few extended jams like “Honky Tonk Flame” where I could close my eyes and zone out to the amazing pedal steel and lead guitar solos they did. When it was all said and done, Tyler played about an hour and twenty minutes in a set that included just about everything from Purgatory and a few select older songs mixed in with some newer stuff.

I highly recommend catching Tyler Childers on the road at some point in the near future. He won’t be playing small rooms like this for long and you certainly won’t be able to get this up close and personal. Over the next few days Tyler has a small run through the southeast. He’s got a lot of festival dates lined up this summer including Tumbleweed which Gary Hayes Country will be covering. Tyler also has a few dates in Nashville including May 18th at the Grand Ole Opry and May 19th and 20th at the Ryman opening for Margo Price.

Mar 302018

By Joshua Wallace

Sam Morrow’s third album Concrete & Mud is an album full of foot stompers and funky honky tonk.  This is evident in any of the album’s preview tracks from “Heartbreak Man” to “Quick Fix” or even “Skinny Elvis”.  This album is highly recommended if you like your country fast and loud. Let’s take a closer look at some of these tracks.

The album opens up with “Heartbreak Man” which is a country rock tune complete with an awesome riff and some great funky organ playing.  Another favorite is “Paid By The Mile” which takes you back to the days of 70’s southern rock with a tune about being on the road and wishing you got paid by the mile.  “Skinny Elvis” features the vocal talents of Jamie Wyatt on a killer foot stomping duet.

“Coming Home” is a nice ballad which offers a change of pace.  In this track Sam Morrow recounts his time on the road while at the same time wanting to be home.  Another good storytelling ballad is “San Fernando Sunshine”. This track reinforces the west coast feel that runs through the album.  The album closer is “Mississippi River” which features a more toned down rootsy sound similar to Morrow’s previous albums.

Concrete & Mud finds Sam Morrow stretching out his sound and getting into more of a funky and country rock groove.  It echos back to the days of southern rock dominance while keeping its roots in a Texas honky tonk. This album is highly recommended if you like your country fast and heavy.  Concrete & Mud is out everywhere on March 30th, 2018.

Favorite Tracks : Paid By The Mile, Good Ole Days, Skinny Elvis, Heartbreak Man, San Fernando Sunshine

Sam Morrow – Concrete & Mud (2018)


  1. Heartbreak Man

  2. Paid By The Mile

  3. San Fernando Sunshine

  4. Quick Fix

  5. Good Ole Days

  6. The Weight Of A Stone

  7. Skinny Elvis (Feat. Jamie Wyatt)

  8. Coming Home

  9. Cigarettes

  10. Mississippi River


Mar 302018

By Joshua Wallace

  Will Stewart has created an experience in his solo full length debut called County Seat.  This album transports you to the modern south, specifically Alabama. In these songs you will encounter characters and places of the south and it is gritty, beautiful, complex and sparse all at the same time.  County Seat sits strongly in the Americana with strong country, light rock and folk vibes throughout.

  You get your first taste of Alabama with the opening track of “Sipsey” which according to Stewart is named after the Sipsey Wilderness Reserve.  It’s a mid tempo rocker about trying to recapture the innocence and feeling of young adulthood. Another favorite is the single “Heaven Knows Why” about living with the darkness of everyday life and accepting that it will always be there.

  Dark Halls” reminds me of something Bob Dylan might have released in his younger days.  Will Stewart can turn a phrase like Dylan and it creates a great tune. Another favorite that references Alabama is “Equality, AL”.  This track highlights the loneliness and sparseness of the modern south where one light towns are commonly surrounded by miles and miles of pine trees.

  County Seat is a great debut full length album from Will Stewart.  It sticks to the theme of life in Alabama and the modern south throughout and creates a soundscape that at times feels sparse and at the same time, complex.  I highly recommend checking this album out when it releases on April 6th, 2018. Will Stewart will be a part of W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show 5th Anniversary Show on Night 2 which is April 7th.  Gary Hayes Country will have full coverage of both nights of the Anniversary Show, with a preview of that HERE

  Favorite Tracks : Sipsey, Heaven Knows Why, Mine Is A Lonely Life, Equality, AL, Dark Halls

  Will Stewart – County Seat (2018)

  1. Sipsey

  2. Rosalee

  3. Brush Arbor

  4. Otis In The Morning

  5. Heaven Knows Why

  6. Dark Halls

  7. Equality, AL

  8. County Seat

  9. Mine Is A Lonely Life

Mar 272018

I tried this last year and it worked quite splendidly, and garnered a lot of web traffic so we decided to take another stab at this. The Country Music Hall Of Fame has once again given us a press kit to share with you, so at 10am Central time we can all enjoy the BRAND NEW 2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES!

  • If you would enjoy looking at a link to a PDF of ALL the Hall of Fame Inductees in order, please click HERE

You know this is THE TIME to avoid social media (much like the CMA or ACM) you have the same old yawning drab comments time and time again…..it should’ve been so and so…Honestly EVEN I have my own preferred agenda  I would LIKE TO SEE but I do understand the process and the politics of it all. Personal politics ravage the music industry like a plague, and many nefarious altercations have occurred in it’s history.

Let’s be feasible here, there are literally thousands of people that are deserving of this accolade here today, and I for one am quite excited to witness this stream every year. I thoroughly enjoy the Hall itself, and I treasure the knowledge that is confined inside it’s walls.

Yeah, I know many people who don’t understand the whole “pop country” concept will often digress because they often build and feature displays for what gets scorned in today’s day and age..however if you approach the hall with the same theories as I do, you’ll soon concur that pop country existed WAY BEFORE Garth Brooks or WHOMEVER you feel ruined Country Music.

I never EVER LEAVE without learning some new information, because when my brain goes on a knowledge spree it goes a mile a minute and becomes a sponge. Names, places and songs adorn my brain on a daily basis, steel guitarists and fiddle players. This institution contains an absolute treasure cache of  life’s most important aspect and the TRUE THING worth more than money of fame…..it contains KNOWLEDGE.

Mar 242018


 The Daryle Singletary Keepin’ It Country Tribute Show is scheduled for March 27 at 7PM. The event will be free and open to the public, allowing all who would like the opportunity to honor the late singer to attend. Less than two weeks before his death, he performed a similar memorial service for Country Legend Mel Tillis. And much like the Mel Tillis service, this one will also transpire at the Ryman Auditorium.

 Performers scheduled to take the stage at the tribute concert include Darryl Worley, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Andy Griggs, Ben Hayslip, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Mo Pitney, Pete Schlegel, Josh Turner and Curtis Wright. 650AM WSM’s Eddie Stubbs will host the show.

Singletary died unexpectedly in his Lebanon, Tenn., home, on Feb. 12, after playing back-to-back shows on the road over the weekend of Feb. 9-11. He leaves behind his wife, Holly, and four children: 7-year-old twin boys Mercer and Jonah, 5-year-old daughter Nora Caroline and 3-year-old daughter Charlotte Rose. A fund to help his family defray the costs associated with his death has been established.

In his twenty four year career he charted five times reaching number two, released seven albums, and was most recently noted for recording a Bluegrass Duet album with Rhonda Vincent .

Mar 242018


Everybody you might remember yesterday as I premiered the second single from Mr.James Scott Bullard from his upcoming album called Full Tilt Boogie. If you missed it please click on the blue second single there, and you can hear that song called “Jesus, Jail or Texas”.

I came on down to Dee’s Country Lounge in East Nashville to watch him perform tonight in connection with his single release on this website, to see exactly what he brings to the table here on stage. Mr. Joshua Wallace will have the review of his album up soon here, and I have more plans for him on upcoming projects as well..keep an eye out for his name.

Tonight he is in the midst of a 20 plus day tour on an acoustic platform here, promoting his new album called Full Tilt Boogie out April 27th.  As I said before you can click on the link up above and hear the second single from that album. He began his set with a song called “Evil Love”, which was off that album.

“Another Heart” was the first video he ever directed and I’m going to include it in this article here along with another one I take myself and include as well.  He brings forth an honest down home approach to simple easy to understand acoustic songs, with a true artistic touch to the simple lyrics.  No fancy frills in any of these songs here, for the simple fact that he doesn’t need them.

“Heartless Woman’ was another great song along with ‘Voo Doo”, and a song called “Runaway Blues”. But perhaps one of the highlights of his set was a song he wrote from an idea about talking adult things with his son, and a phrase his father said. ‘Don’t kick her out of bed unless she wants it on the floor’ actually struck my attention when I was previewing Full Tilt Boogie. That song was called ‘Hey Hey Momma”.

He played a VERY version of Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Help Me Make It through The Night”, a song in which he said his parents danced to at their wedding. He then played a select medley of covers to honor some of the fallen Legends of late news, and a train song he wrote that was inspired by the late Legend Mr. Jimmie Rogers. He told us that later on in his youth when Country became juxtaposed with metal influences he began listening to may Country Legends.

“Skin And Bones” was a song about his grandparents, and has a nice waltz tempo to it.  That song is off of the album The Rise And Fall Of James Scott Bullard, which is on Spotify as well as other places you can buy music. One of his more well written songs he has was called ‘Before The Next Tear Hits The Ground”, that was pretty good hook song.

“Troubled Water” was a new song he said that isn’t available anywhere, and also included in this portion of this his set he played a song called “Leavin On My Mind”. I filmed that song on my video for this article and I have included that song as well.  Speaking of new songs off the album he played the song he released first called “Wicked Ways”, which he wrote about his father and was the first single off of Full Tilt Boogie.

The final song he played tonight was called Jesus Jail Or Texas which you can hear on this website. I thank him and Dee’s for once again having me out, and letting me film and write about this show!


Mar 232018

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By Joshua Wallace

  The Tillers have always been a roots string band with a varied sound that leans heavily on folk.  However, their new self titled album bring a more aggressive style with nods to punk rock and bluegrass.  The band continues to be amazing at telling a story through song and do so with nearly every track on this album.  Let’s take a deeper look at some of the songs on this album.

My favorite track on this record and possibly my new favorite Tillers track is “Like A Hole In My Head”.  It has the witty and smart songwriting you’ve come to expect from The Tillers with their new more aggressive style.  It is a very catchy tune and you can see why they made it the third pre-release single for the album. Speaking of great songwriting, “The Old General Store Is Burning Down” slows the pace a bit and brings about some feelings of nostalgia for the old days when the small town general store used to be a popular thing.  It’s a sweet sentimental tune that longs for those old days of friendship and community.

  Another great story telling song that takes you back to old times is “Riverboat Dishwashing Song” about a boy who longs to do nothing but be a riverboat dishwasher.  It’s full of imagery of riverboats and tells a great story of this young man’s journey. The Tillers do a great job adapting the Woody Guthrie classic “All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose” with new lyrics to reflect current times.

If you’re a fan of The Tillers you will love this album.  They branch out into more aggressive roots sounds and show their bluegrass influences a bit more than they have in the past.  This is a good thing and it creates a record with a good varied sound that touches all areas of Americana and roots music. The Tillers self titled album will be available on March 23rd and will be out in physical and digital varieties everywhere music is sold.

  Favorite Tracks : Like A Hole In My Head, The Old General Store Is Burning Down, Riverboat Dishwashing Song, All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose

The Tillers – The Tillers (2018)

  1. The Weald & The Wild

  2. Migrant’s Lament

  3. Like A Hole In My Head

  4. The Old General Store Is Burning Down

  5. Dear Mother

  6. All You Fascists Are Bound To Lose

  7. Riverboat Dishwashing Song

  8. Revolution Row

  9. Mona

  10. Another Postcard



Mar 232018





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