VERY Excited For The New Tanya Tucker.

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Jul 142019

My buddy Mr. shooter Jennings stays busy, and so does Miss Brandi Carlile. Mr. Shooter is currently on tour at The Big Sky Festival in Montana, and Miss Brandi is currently messing around with her new supergroup the Highwomen, which I am working on writing about now. She announced a huge Ryman concert run in 2020 and is having a GREAT year, however she stopped to get together with Mr. Shooter Jennings to co produce the ALL NEW album from Country Legend Miss Tanya Tucker .

For the first time in 17 years we will have new music from her in the form of the 10 track album called “While I’m Livin’ “, which is available now for pre order and will be available on August 23rd.  The first single and video have been released already for the song called the “The Wheels Of Laredo”, and I have embedded them here.

I have a lot of respect for what Shooter Jennings does for so many people like her and Hellbound Glory, and Billy Don Burns. He releases a lot of music that not many else would. This album is going  to be a blockbuster turning point for her career, and will hopefully reignite her as she has announced a show at the Exit In this fall.

This album is reportedly molded after her life and the places she has been, like the song “Mustang Ridge” which is about her troubled youth and hard times growing up in central Texas. “High Ridin Horses” was a 1987 song that was selected by Shooter that featured Mr. David Lynn Jones and his father, Waylon Jennings.

I am going to be eagerly writing more on this subject at a later date folks!

1. Mustang Ridge (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
2. The Wheels Of Laredo (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
3. I Don’t Owe You Anything (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
4. The Day My Heart Goes Still (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
5. High Ridin’ Heroes (written by David Lynn Jones)
6. The House That Built Me (written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin)
7. Hard Luck (written by John C. “Pete” Bailey, David Lee Mitchell, Raymond L. Turner and Jerry Ontiberoz)
8. Rich (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
9. Seminole Wind Calling (written by Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)
10. Bring My Flowers Now (written by Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, Tim Hanseroth and Phil Hanseroth)

Mr. Joe Rucker Hosts The Midnite Jamboree.

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Jul 132019





I keep up with so many ongoing Country Music function, that it would be ludicrous to continuously focus on the same acts and the same community time after time. Not only would it become mundane but it would copy too many other websites out there covering the same content, and it’s been quite some time since I took a fast jaunt down to the Midnite Jamboree.

Anybody that keeps up with Texas music and the ongoing spat here can tell you the age old argument of “There is no real Country in Nashville” ( YAWN) can easily tell you that if you look and listen to the right avenues you can find some TRULY GOOD Country Music here in town. It’s just totally ignored by those people that want to gripe about it.

Mr. Joe Rucker is one of my local friends that I have known for years and is enjoying his two girls growing up while playing music locally. he isn’t one of the many road dog touring bands I know, however he has many years of shows and music under his belt. Make no mistake that beneath his gentle and easy demeanor lies a raging Country Music beast, that like me salivates for steel guitar laced Honky Tonk sadness.

Every week this show begins with music from the great legend Mr. Jimmie Rogers whom Mr. Ernest Tubb idolized along with others like Mr. Merle Haggard. There are many breaks and recordings as Miss Jennifer Herron advertises new products for sale in the store, and online as well.

Mr. Joe played the Harlan Howard classic “Above And Beyond” that Mr. Buck Owens released in 1960, additionally Mr. Wynn Stewart garnered much commercial success from the song in 1967 on his album he did for Hilltop Records. To find that album is a top find for vinyl collectors abroad. Another song he played that REALLY sparked my attention tonight was “House Of Blue Lovers” from Mr. James O’Gwynn. He was a VERY obscure artist active in the early 60s produced by Mr. Pappy Daily, who was one of the many producers that were patient enough to work with a young George Jones when he was insistently inebriated.

He played an original called “150 Old Mims Road”, a song about his Grandparents whom lived across the street as he grew up. He is cutting that song on a new album coming in August, along with a few more he said. Along with his band that consisted of Mr. Pete Finney on steel guitar ( Reba, The Judds, Patty Loveless and more), Mr. Rob Price on bass (Gail Davies, Crystal Gayle), Mr. Rick lonow (Poco, Flying Burrito Bros.), Mr. Will Barrow on keys (Suzy Boguss) and Mr. Andy Reiss on guitar whom is a legend in his own right, Mr. Joe played songs like “Happy Hour Blues” by Mr. Jim Glaser.

Having been mentored at an early age by Country Legend Mr. Hank Locklin he showed his affection for his late teacher by playing “Send Me The Pillow” one of his most beloved classic songs of all. Initially the song did not chart, and it wasn’t until he made a 1957 re release of the song for it to chart at 5th. He also played the Red Foley version of “Peace In The Valley”, before receiving an honorary award from the ALM nashville Chapter.

The ALM is the Acadamey  Of Local Musicians  that recognizes local artists in different communities across America for their contributions to the art of music. Also there was a great advertisement for the new Gospel album from Mr. Tony Booth on Heart Of Texas Records, I love what Mr. Tracy Pitcox is doing out there in Texas.

Country Legend Miss Margie Singleton is a very special performer to me right now, as she is one of the last remaining people whom were signed to the Starday label in the late 1950’s. Along with her late husband Mr. Shelby Singleton they produced and wrote more Country music that I could name in a short article like this one.

She performed her famous song that Mr. Brooke Benton cut called “Lie To Me”, that he cut in 1962. She also played a wonderful Gospel song called “The Road To Damascus”. I distinctly remember her from the movie Road To Nashville with Mr. Marty Robbins and others I used to enjoy as a kid.

The final guest was Mr. Guy Gilchrist, whom played a song he wrote with Mr. Jimmy Payne called “Angel In Black”.  Mr. Guy was the original designer of the muppets for Mr. Jim Henson, and he drew for the comic strip of Nancy for years. he is also a great Country Music songwriter in his own right.


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The Devil Makes Three live At Red Rocks.

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Jul 132019

In 2018 The Devil Makes Three unveiled some of their finest work in the form of the 2018’s album “Chains Are Broken”.  The California based trio have been leaders in the Americana community for a very very long time now, gracing stages all over the world with their music that embellishes many different sounds through the years.

This band is amazing live, and this venue is on EVERYONE’S bucket list. In fact this weekend I’ll be writing about the very first appearance of Mr. Cody Jinks at Red Rocks as well, but right now I wanted to tell you about this album.

This LIVE baby has seventeen songs on it spanning all of their album from back to their humble beginning in the form of their self titled 2002 debut. In fact it opens with “The Bullet” which was from that album, and features their wonderful three piece harmonies. It also features the toe tapping fun song called “Spinning Like A Top”, from the 2013 album I’m A Stranger Here.

The Redemption And Ruin album boasted the song “Drunken Hearted Man”, along with “All Hail” from the Do Wrong Right album. Now, this album concluded with one of their more popular songs “Aces And “Eights” from that same album. In my opinion it is one of Roots music’s more iconic albums, and this band is one of Americana’s more popular bands.

One of the songs that speaks to me the most lyrically and also intertwines the vocals of the three members Mr. Pete Bernhard, Miss Lucia Turino and Mr. Cooper Mcbean is the title song off their 2018 ‘Chains Are Broken” album. As a recovered addict I also can love the meaning of this song, along with many others in their catalogue.

This song called “Bad Idea” is from the “Chains Are Broken” album followed by one of my favorite songs they do the touching Gospel ballad “What Would You Give” . Especially with their three part harmonies and as they break into another one off “Redemption And Ruin” called “There’ll Be A Jubilee”, which is about that wonderful day the Lord calls his children home.

“Old Number Seven” is an OLD SONG from WAY BACK to their first album as well, and like I said I regard their debut album as an Americana and Roots music classic album. If you do not know this album you MUST go check it out, the fiddle work is exquisite and sweet. I mean what can be bad about a song about Jack Daniels whiskey?

“Pray For Rain” and also “Deep Down” were also songs off the album “Chains Are “Broken” that closed the album out quite well along with the previously mentioned “Aces And Twos” . Overall the song choices were spectacular and it was recorded very well. They have an earlier live album from 2011 at the Mystic theater, which had the song called “They Call That Religion” that pokes fun at fake preachers and fake churches…we won’t mention names……This band has a home here on Gary Hayes Country. Com and always will.

Texas Country Radio Summit Set For September 23rd.

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Jul 122019


Registration Is Now Open

FORT WORTH, TX. – (June 17, 2019) – CDX president, Joe Kelly is proud to announce the inaugural Texas Country Radio Summit taking place at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 23. The one day event, presented by CDX TRACtion, is designed to bring together like-minded people with the common goal of growing Texas Country music as a genre and radio format. $25 registration is open now at

“We are super excited to kick off our inaugural event in Fort Worth, Texas,” says Joe Kelly. “We have been distributing singles to Texas radio for quite some time and we continue to hear how important the format is to the music business especially in Texas. This event will allow for industry veterans and newcomers to meet each other and learn tricks of the trade to help them furthering their goals. Our TRACtionTX  monitoring system and chart were designed to help Texas Country grow through transparency and real actionable data. We look forward to sharing and showing how the system works and how artists, managers and agents can use it to monetize their efforts.”

Panels throughout the day will feature some of the top artists and radio programmers sharing ideas and educating attendees.

TRACtion Texas is the premiere digital delivery service for Texas Country Music and the only U.S. based monitored airplay chart serving the Texas Country community.  TRACtion has the ability to empower everyone in the business to formulate targeted and focused marketing and promotion plans.

For more information or registration:

About CDX:
CDX was founded in 1991 by late Country Music Hall of Fame Broadcaster Charlie Douglas and national record promotion veteran Paul Lovelace as a delivery system for labels and artists to supply their upcoming singles to all full-time US country stations, satellite providers, syndicators, and programming consultants. In 1991, CDX clients’ music was distributed via the then new medium of CD. Today, our clients’ singles are digitally distributed via InstaTrack e-blast, integration into our smart phone app, and also included on our regular CD compilation disc. CDX also expanded by creating CDX TRACTION which is an airplay monitoring and tracking software system. CDX TRACTION monitors radio stations through the online web stream of their broadcast signal. It utilizes a proprietary and patented music recognition system to log every song played. CDX now offers distribution in all music formats.About Joe Kelly:
Joe Kelly started in Country music in 1992 working for CDX allowing him 7 years of radio promotions knowledge before venturing into the radio promotions side of the industry in 1999. Joining Intersound Country and Platinum Entertainment where he was named Southeast Regional Director of Promotion and controlled a seven-state area with sixty-two major radio markets, Joe quickly learned there was more to promotion than just calling radio and giving them a box of free CDs. Working in radio promotions only inspired Joe to learn more about all the aspects of the label business eventually bringing him to partner with two others to launch Aspirion Records Group in 2004. Aspirion Records Group became a traditional label with A&R, marketing, sales, publicity, as well as offering distribution and label services. The label soon became home to Joe Nichols, John Corbett, Collin Raye, T. Graham Brown, and many others. In 2011, Joe’s career came full-circle when he rejoined CDX as Director of Marketing and Label Relations and has now ultimately purchased the company. He has continued the innovation that is a part of the company’s DNA by inventing the radio monitoring system TRACTION , which garnered him a nomination as Innovator of the Year by the Nashville Technology Council. TRACTION is the software system that is used to calculate the single and album charts for the Americana Music Association. In addition, CDX publishes national charts in Mainstream Country and Texas Red Dirt.

Billy Strings Debuts New Single, New Album Home Coming in September

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Jul 112019

By Joshua Wallace

Billy Strings just dropped the first single from his new record titled Home called “Taking Water”.   The new album is coming out on September 27th.  You’re going to want to get this one.  We will have a full review on it closer to release, but let me just tell you this.  Billy Strings is one of the best acoustic guitar players alive and this new single “Taking Water” is proof.  Billy Strings reminds me of when you would hear Chris Stapleton with The Steeldrivers.  So much talent and you just know he is going to break out of the bluegrass scene and onto bigger things in a similar way very soon.  You can pre-order the new record Home starting tomorrow and there are a bunch of tour dates this fall starting with a two night run in Atlanta, GA at Terminal West in September.

Miss Michaela Anne Debuts New Single, Announces New Album And Tour Dates.

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Jul 112019

Michaela Anne Drops “Child of the Wind” via Brooklyn Vegan
New Tour Dates Announced
Desert Dove to release September 27th on Yep Roc Records
July 9, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Michaela Anne is proud to debut “Child of the Wind”, which exclusively premiered today via Brooklyn Vegan, who dubbed the track “a catchy, breezy dose of modern country.” You can listen here. The single is the newest from her upcoming album Desert Dove, out September 27th on Yep Roc Records. In June, Anne released the first single from the record, “By Our Design”, which premiered on Rolling Stone. In addition to playing notable festivals like Wisconsin’s Mile of Music and Nashville’s long-running AmericanaFest, Michaela Anne announced new East coast dates today for her fall tour. Pre-order Desert Dove here.
Recorded over the course of several weeks in San Clemente, California, Desert Dove was completed “on location” with the help of an all-star cast. Producers Sam Outlaw and Delta Spirit’s Kelly Winrich assembled guitarist Brian Whelan (Dwight Yoakam, Jim Lauderdale), fiddler Kristin Weber (Kacey Musgraves, Margo Price), and drummers Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller, Butch Walker) and Daniel Bailey (Everest, Father John Misty) to address this batch of songs with a fresh take, not leaning too hard on traditional arrangements or instrumentation. “Child of the Wind” is a great example of this; using a chunky, fuzzy electric guitar in place of what could have been a pedal steel or fiddle intro, adding sonic and tonal variables to the breadth of Michaela Anne’s range of characters and motifs.
Amidst the ups and downs of Desert Dove, there is a recurring focus on the emotions that fall in between peaks and valleys. “This record, for me, highlights the gray area, the nuance of emotional life and relationships that seems to be harder to convey in today’s modes of communication and limited attention spans: short excerpts on Instagram or Twitter paragraphs,” says Michaela Anne. “Nothing is black and white, solely good or bad. Who we are, how we live, how we love, what we desire or reject, it’s all full of contradictions and confusions. I wanted to explore that through my songs with care, depth, reality as well as light-heartedness, fun and fantasy.”
Michaela Anne also attacks most of the album with a sharp feminine perspective, dealing out wisdom, confidence, and sass with authority and maturity that is never tiresome. The easiest example of this is Michaela Anne’s light-hearted rebuttal to condescension and “mansplaining” with “If I Wanted Your Opinion,” but her stance drives deeper with each new song, all the way through the end of Desert Dove. “When I got to Nashville, I was told the ‘rules’ of songwriting,” Michaela recounts. “I was informed that a woman in a country song can never be the victim, but she can also never be the perpetrator. That’s not real life. As a woman, sometimes you’re everything all at once, and I wanted to write about those real experiences.”
Desert Dove is Michaela Anne’s full-length follow up to her critically-acclaimed 2016 release Bright Lights and the Fame, which garnered praise from NPR, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Stereogum, and Noisey, who celebrated her as the antidote to commercial pop-country, calling her “our saving grace, our angel, the person who will help usher us into a new age.”
Desert Dove is also Michaela Anne’s first release as a new signee to Yep Roc Records. North Carolina-based Yep Roc announced their partnership with Michaela Anne on May 16th of this year, making her label mates with the likes of Mandolin Orange, Jim Lauderdale, Aoife O’Donovan, Chatham County Line, The Felice Brothers, Amy Helm, Tift Merritt, and Kim Richey. Billy Maupin, Yep Roc’s General Manager, says of the signing, “We are ecstatic that Michaela Anne is now part of the Yep Roc family. Her new album showcases her as a triple threat of singer, songwriter, and performer. We are excited to be part of the release.”
Michaela Anne on Tour:
August 1-2 – Appleton, WI – Mile of Music
September 10-15 – Nashville, TN – AmericanaFest
October 10 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
October 11 – Raleigh, NC – Kings
October 13 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
October 16 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
October 18 – Lowell, MA – The Town and The City Festival
October 19 – Saugerties, NY – Hangin’ and Sangin’
More About Michaela Anne:
Michaela’s writing first began garnering national attention with the 2014 release of Ease My Mind, an old-school collection hailed by The New York Times for its “plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing” and named one of the year’s best country albums by The Village Voice. After a move from Brooklyn to Nashville, Michaela followed it up in 2016 with the similarly lauded Bright Lights and the Fame, which featured guest appearances by Rodney Crowell and Punch Brother Noam Pikelny. Rolling Stone compared her to Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris, and Noisey praised her as the antidote to commercial pop country, calling her “our saving grace, our angel, the person who will help usher us into a new age.” Songs from the record landed on high profile Spotify playlists as well as the HBOseries ‘Divorce,’ and the album earned Michaela slots at Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Merlefest, and both the US and UK iterations of AmericanaFest, along with a seemingly endless series of dates across the States and Europe with the likes of Mandolin Orange, Courtney Marie Andrews, Joe Pug, Ron Pope, and Sam Outlaw.
About Yep Roc Records:
Founded by Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen in 1997, Yep Roc Records is based in Hillsborough, NC and calls itself “the artist-driven label that refuses to be labeled.” With a strong belief in the vision of each of its artists, Yep Roc Records strives to serve each project based on its unique characteristics. Over 20 years, the label has released albums from North Carolina and international artists, including Aoife O’Donovan, Mandolin Orange, Tift Merritt, Chatham County Line, Dave Alvin, Los Straitjackets, Nick Lowe, and Robyn Hitchcock. The label is exclusively distributed by Redeye.

Complete List Of Local Ky And Tn Shows.

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Jul 102019

If YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at 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.

Mr. Joshua and I cover hundreds of shows a year, and many festivals in person. Online, we cover 200 festivals yearly and bring a LOT of news to the masses. Folks WHATEVER YOU DO PLEASE support live venue music.

Rye Davis
Bourbon Barrel Tavern July 25th

Vince Gill
Ryman Auditorium July 25th

The Steel Woods
The Shed Maryville Tn July 27th

Andrea Colburn And Mud
The Local July 28th

Steel Woods (opening for R.E.O.Speedwagon)
Ryman Auditorium July 29th

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 July 30th

The Steel Wheels
City Winery July 22nd

The Legendary Shack Shakers
Southgate House Revival August 1st

Nick Dittmeier And The Sawdusters
The Wicked Eyed Woman August 1st

Blackfoot Gypsies
Mercy Lounge August 2nd

Brett Cobb
Rye Davis
Spillway August 3rd

The Bottle Rockets
Beaver Dam Ky August 3rd

Steel Woods

John Anderson
Country Music Hall Of Came August 8th

Mark Chesnutt
Cahoots Dance Hall August 9th

Erin Enderlin
3rd And Lindsley August 10th

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd and Lindsley August 11th

James Carothers
Southgate House Revival August 16th

Raelyn Nelson
The 5 Spot August 19th

Read Southall
The Basement East August 22nd

Tanya Tucker
Exit In August 22nd

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 24th

Rhonda Vincent And The Rage
The Caverns August 24th

Lost Dog Street Band
Acme Feed And Seed August 26th

Austin Lucas
The Basement August 29th

Tim Atwood
Two Rivers Campground September 1st

Mandolin Orange
Ryman Auditorium September 6 and 7th

Dwight Yoakam
Ryman Auditorium September 8th and 9th

Little Harpeth Brewing September 8th

Holly Williams
City Winery September 8th

Whiskey Myers
Minglewood Hall September 13th

The Mavericks
Ryman Auditorium September 13th

Drew Holcomb
Ryman Auditorium September 14th

Hogslop String Band
IBMM Owensboro Ky September 15th

Rhiannon Giddens
City Winery September 21st

Whiskey Myers
Bourbon And Beyond September 22nd

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 25th and 26th

Greensky Bluegrass
The Caverns September 25th

The Steel Woods
Minglewood Hall September 26th

Jon Pardi
Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd

Greensky Bluegrass
Minglewood Hall October 2nd

Chris Stapleton
Fed ex Forum Memphis Tn October 5th

Trishia Yearwood
Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 5th

Ian Now
Exit Inn October 10th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 October 15th

Infamous Stringdusters
the Caverns October 18th

Joecephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Exit In October 20th

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 October 23rd

Ian Now
The Southgate House Revival November 1st

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

Josh Abbott Band
William Clark Green
Marathon Music Works November 3rd

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Josh Abbott
Cannery Ballroom November 7th

The Rhythm Shakers
Nashville Palace November 8th

Southern Culture On The Skids
high Watt November 9th

Ryan Bingham
The Ryman Auditorium November 11th

The Charlie Daniels Band
Bridgestone Arena November 20th

Del McCoury Band
The Caverns November 23rd

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Brandi Carlile
January 14,15th and 16th 2020
Ryman Auditorium

2019 Music Festivals: Outriders Under The Big Sky Festival.

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Jul 102019

Outriders Present Under The Big SkyBig Mtn Ranch, Whitefish Montana

July 13th + 14th / Noon - 11PM


Country Music Festival


Outriders Present is committed to the Whitefish community and is thrilled to roll out our green initiatives for Under the Big Sky Festival. Please read more about our efforts and how you can help us make the event—and our community—sustainable for years to come.

Recycling, Composting, & Material Recovery

Under the Big Sky wants to challenge conventional behavior around material waste. Through a partnership with Citizens for a Better Flathead and their WasteNot Project, our team will be collecting, sorting, and recovering materials for reuse, recycling, and organics composting. Do your part by depositing your waste correctly in one of our three-stream recovery stations, and use the QR code at each station to learn more about what is and is not recyclable locally:

  1. iPhone: Simply point your camera at the QR code
  2. Android: Download a free QR code app and follow the instructions

Additionally, each vendor and sponsor will be given a guide to decrease their waste impacts to align with local material recovery infrastructure.


There is a free water refill station located in the middle of the festival for you to stay hydrated in the summer heat. Please bring your own empty reusable bottle under 24 ounces and fill ‘er up!

In partnership with Path Water, there will be no plastic water bottles sold on site. If you leave your bottle at home, we will be selling water in reusable (and infinitely recyclable) aluminum bottles.

Water Resources

Water resources in Montana are under threat, and Under the Big Sky is supporting local watersheds to ensure healthy and sustainable ecosystems. We will be making a 200,000 gallon donation to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s (BEF) Prickly Pear Creek Flow Restoration Project near Helena, about 200 miles from Big Mountain Ranch. We hope to raise awareness about this critical resource and continue to find opportunities to grow this initiative!


Alternative transportation is strongly encouraged! Shuttles, ride shares (Uber/Lyft), carpool, and biking will all be available at the event:

  • We are offering shuttles running between the festival and Depot Park in Whitefish through the duration of the event. Uber and Lyft are also available in the area, as well as local transportation options, which can be found here.
  • You can find detailed parking instructions for all forms of transportation here. If you are driving, carpooling saves money and reduces our emissions!
  • We will have secure places to lock up your bicycle in both of our parking lots. The total trip from Whitefish is only 3.2 miles to the ranch, so roughly a 15-minute bike ride. Save money and work on those summer body goals!


 If your phone is drained, charge up without feeling down. Oscillation Transia will be providing a solar-powered charging station onsite that will get you and your phone back on track!

As 2019 will be the first ever Under the Big Sky Festival, we will be tracking our carbon emissions to understand how we can further decrease our environmental impacts and support local clean energy efforts.

Attendee Engagement

Flathead County is a stunning corner of our country, and it is worth protecting. We are excited to learn how we can continue improving our event and how we can address local environmental resources. Come find our friends at Climate Smart Glacier Country, give them your thoughts on our sustainability efforts, and learn how you can continue supporting community efforts after our weekend together!

Tickets Still Available!

All ages welcome and children under 6 admitted for free!

VIP Tickets:

  • 21+ only
  • VIP Parking
  • VIP Viewing Areas (main stage pit access)
  • VIP Barn and Beer Garden
  • Upgraded Restrooms

Group VIP Tickets:

  • 21+ only
  • 15 VIP passes
  • VIP parking
  • VIP access (viewing areas, barn, beer garden)
  • Upgraded Restrooms
  • Private tent/lounge
  • Shuttle transport to/from Whitefish
  • Catered menu (custom curation available)
  • Host/Server

Alcohol not included with VIP or Group VIP.

Getting Here

Glacier Park International Airport is only 15 minutes away and offers direct flights from major cities.

Amtrak’s Empire Builder arrives twice-daily at the historic Whitefish Railway Depot from Chicago and Minneapolis to the east and Portland and Seattle from the west.

Driving from any direction takes you through some of the most scenic landscapes in the country.


Under the Big Sky is happy to provide shuttles in Whitefish. Shuttles will be running from 11 AM until Midnight on both days of the festival, July 13 & 14. They will be running continuously throughout the day and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please plan accordingly and note that travel and pick up/drop off times will vary each day.

The shuttle locations are:

Depot Park
510 Railway St, Whitefish, MT 59937

Ski Lodge

3889 Big Mountain Rd

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact


Bigfork, MT
Bridge Street Cottages – 32.8 miles – 45 min.
Flathead Lake Resort – 36.9 miles – 50 min.
Flathead Lake Suites – 3 7.6 miles – 52 min.
The Islander Inn – 37.4 miles – 52 min
Marina Cay – 32.3 miles – 45 min
Timbers Motel Travelodge by Wyndham – 32.6 miles – 45 min
Swan River Inn – 32.5 miles – 44 min

Columbia Falls, MT
Glacier Basecamp Lodge – 8.7 miles – 16 min.
Meadow Lake Resort – 4.8 miles – 10 min.
The Reclusive Moose Cabins -16.5 miles – 27 min.
Silverwolf Log Chalet Resort – 17.5 miles – 27 min.
Smoky Bear Ranch – 16.4 miles – 26 min.
Travel Inn – Glacier – 8.8 miles – 16 min.

Coram, MT
Evergreen Motel – 16.5 miles – 28 min.
Under Canvas Glacier – 18.1 miles – 28 min.
10% off July 12, 13, 14, or 15 with code: UTBS

Hungry Horse, MT
Mini Golden Inns Motel – 13.5 miles – 24 min.
Historic Tamarack Lodge & Cabins – 15.0 miles – 26 min.

Timber Wolf Resort – 14.0 miles – 23 min.

Check out rates at multiple hotels in Kalispell courtesy of Discover Kalispell:

Kalispell, MT
Aero Inn – 18.9 miles – 33 min.
America’s Best Value Inn – 15.9 miles – 25 min.
Best Western Plus Flathead Lake Inn And Suites – 25.8 miles – 39 min.
Blue And White Motel – 17.2 miles – 28 min.
Country Inn & Suites – 9.1 miles – 15 min.
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites – 18.7 miles – 32 min.
FairBridge Inn & Suites – 18.4 miles – 32 min.
Glacier Ridge Suites – 16.6 miles – 26 min.
Greenwood Village Inn & Suites – 16.7 miles – 27 min.
FairBridge Inn & Suites – 18.4 miles – 32 min.
Hampton Inn – 18.9 miles – 28 min.
Hilton Garden Inn – 19.0 miles – 33 min.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites – 15.4 miles – 23 min.
Homewood Suites by Hilton – 15.8 miles – 25 min.
Kalispell Grand Hotel – 17.7 miles – 28 min.
Motel 6 – 18.7 miles – 32 min.
My Place Hotel – 16.3 miles – 25 min.
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham – 16.2 miles – 25 min.
Quality Inn Big Sky – 18.1 miles – 29 min.
Red Lion Hotel – 17.6 miles – 30 min.
SpringHill Suits by Marriott – 15.7 miles – 24 min.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott – 4.5 miles – 11 min.
Super 8 by Wyndham – 18.4 miles – 32 min.
Travelodge by Wyndham – 17.8 miles – 28 min.

Somers, MT
Somer’s Bay Log Cabin lodging – 27.4 miles – 42 min.

West Glacier, MT
Glacier Guides Lodging – 21.8 miles – 35 min.

Whitefish, MT [Low Availability]
Grouse Mountain Lodge – 4.7 miles – 10 min.


Is there camping on site?

Unfortunately there is no on site camping at Under the Big Sky this year, but there are plenty of lodging and camping options in the area right here.

Can I leave my car overnight in the parking lot?

While we don’t encourage you to park overnight, the safety of our fans is our number one priority and we will not be towing any vehicles. Remember that there are plenty of shuttles, taxis, and ride share options to and from the event.

For additional camping and/or RV options, please follow the below links to make a reservation, request a permit, or get more information on various campsites within the area.

Getting Around

Once in Whitefish, getting around is easy. Ride a bike, take a free ride on the S.N.O.W. Bus, or grab a local taxi, Uber, or Lyft. For festival attendees staying at Whitefish Mountain Resort, shuttles will make regular trips between the resort and Big Mountain Ranch. The ranch is located just 3.2 miles from downtown Whitefish.

Things To Do

From Downtown Whitefish:
– Head east on 2nd St/E Second St
– Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto Columbia Ave
– Turn left onto 10th St
– Turn right onto Park Ave
– Turn left onto Voerman Rd
– GA Parking will be on your left

From Columbia Falls:
– Head west on Hwy 2
– Continue straight onto MT-40 W
– Turn right onto Dillon Rd
– Dillon Rd turns left and becomes Voerman Rd
– GA Parking is located on your right

From Glacier Park International Airport:
– Turn left (North) onto US-2 E
– Turn left onto MT-40 W
– Turn right onto Dillon Rd
– Dillon Rd turns left and becomes Voerman Rd
– GA Parking is located on your right

From Kalispell:
– From Hwy 93, head north and make a right on Hwy 40
– From Hwy 2, head north and make a left on Hwy 40
– Turn north onto Dillon Rd
– Dillon Rd turns left and becomes Voerman Rd
– GA Parking is located on your right

From Bigfork:
– Head north on MT-35 W
– Turn right onto Montana Hwy 206
– Turn left onto US-2
– Continue straight onto MT-40 W
– Turn right onto Dillon Rd
– Dillon Rd turns left and becomes Voerman Rd
– GA Parking is located on your right


From Whitefish:
– Head east on 2nd St/E Second St
– Turn right onto E Edgewood Dr
– Follow Edgewood Dr until you see signs for the Parking Lot & Drop Off on your right
From Columbia Falls:
– Head west on US-2 W
– Turn right onto Halfmoon Rd
– Halfmoon Rd becomes E Edgewood Dr
– Continue onto E Edgewood Dr
– Follow Edgewood Dr until you see signs for the Parking Lot & Drop Off on your left

From Glacier Park International Airport:
– Head north on US-2 E
– Continue straight onto Halfmoon Rd
– Halfmoon Rd becomes E Edgewood Dr
– Continue onto E Edgewood Dr
– Follow Edgewood Dr until you see signs for the Parking Lot & Drop Off on your left

From Kalispell:
– From Hwy 93, head north and turn right on Hwy 40
– From Hwy 2, head north
– Continue straight onto Halfmoon Rd
– Halfmoon Rd becomes E Edgewood Dr
– Continue onto E Edgewood Dr
– Follow Edgewood Dr until you see signs for the Parking Lot & Drop Off on your left

From Bigfork:
– Head north on Hwy 35
– Turn right onto Montana Hwy 206
– Turn left onto US-2
– Turn right onto Halfmoon Rd
– Halfmoon Rd becomes E Edgewood Dr
– Continue onto E Edgewood Dr
– Follow Edgewood Dr until you see signs for the Parking Lot & Drop Off on your left

What Can I Bring?

We want to ensure that your time at the ranch is comfortable and safe. Here’s what you can bring:

  • Cell phones
  • Bug Spray
  • Non-professional cameras
  • Medium backpacks/purses (18x13x8 or smaller)
  • Blankets/towels
  • Sunscreen (contents to be checked at entry, limited to 4oz)
  • Sealed gum
  • Sealed chapstick
  • Sealed lipstick
  • Sealed eyedrops
  • Sealed makeup
  • Empty 24oz (or less reusable water bottle)

Heavily Encouraged:

  • GoPros (w/o sticks)
  • Sunglasses
  • Good times

Prohibited items:

  • Pets
  • Onsite RV parking
  • Totems
  • Hula hoops
  • Drugs / drug paraphernalia
  • CamelBaks / bladders (water stations provided + one empty 24oz (or less) empty reusable water bottles (Please make sure your bottle is EMPTY to expedite entry into the festival)
  • Large backpacks (under 18x13x8 inches OK)
  • Glass bottles or containers
  • Outside food / drink
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Laser pointers
  • Selfie sticks
  • Audio recording devices
  • Professional photo / video cameras
  • Drones
  • Umbrellas (parasols ok)
  • Makeup (sealed makeup OK)
  • Chalk, markers, sharpies
  • Chains / chain wallets
  • Stickers / flyers / solicitations
  • Cleated shoes

Miss Kelsey Waldon Readies New Album.

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Jul 102019


Kelsey Waldon Readies New Album White Noise/White Lines
For Oct. 4 Release
Her first on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records; Tour dates with Prine announced
First single “Anyhow” and accompanying video available now
July 9, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY, native Kelsey Waldon has announced the release of her new full-length album White Noise/White Lines, her first with Oh Boy Records, for October 4th. With White Noise/White Lines, Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Because of that approach, the record feels immediate, somewhere between a concert and a conversation. Co-produced by Waldon and Dan Knobler, the collection opens with a confident anthem, “Anyhow,” which finds the Nashville-based songwriter forging ahead after some frustrating setbacks. Garden & Gun praised the song as “a fitting first taste of an album that should firmly establish Waldon as one of classic country’s rising torchbearers.” “Anyhow” and its accompanying video are available today. White Noise/White Lines can be digitally pre-ordered here. Visit to snag the pre-order bundle which includes digital, cd, and vinyl—plus a limited edition 7” vinyl of duets from Prine and Waldon.
Aside from the songs themselves, White Noise/White Lines is riddled with unique touches, very personal to Waldon. From the Chickasaw Tribe chant which Waldon recorded on her cell phone at her father’s hunting camp—added to the record with their blessing, of course—to a voicemail recording of Waldon’s father who’d called to tell her he’d heard her on the radio, to a snippet of her friends playing the bluegrass classic “Run Rabbit Run”; little moments and memories dropped into the album’s tracklist speak worlds to Waldon’s deep connection with her roots, her family, and her home state of Kentucky. All of these threads run tirelessly through White Noise/White Lines, weaving together a decidedly country sound, but not without some of Waldon’s unique influences shining through. The Band and The Meters, to Hazel Dickens and Ralph Stanley, to Ann Peebles and Bill Withers have all left their imprint on how Waldon fleshes out her songs.
Waldon recently found herself honored by one of her biggest influences and songwriting heroes, John Prine. White Noise/White Lines will be her first release on Prine’s own independent label, Oh Boy Records. As their first new artist signing in 15 years, Waldon doesn’t take the relationship with Prine and Oh Boy lightly. “It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” says Waldon. “To have someone like John, who I have looked up to my whole life, who I have set my songwriting standards after and my general music making standards after, to have someone like him endorse my music and care enough about it to make sure it reaches a wider audience…that means everything.” Waldon recently joined Prine on stage in Manchester, TN, for his set at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, dueting on “In Spite Of Ourselves” much to the delight of their Saturday evening crowd.
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Official video for “Anyhow”
1. Anyhow
2. White Noise, White Lines
3. Kentucky (Interlude)
4. Kentucky, 1988
5. Lived and Let Go
6. Black Patch
7. Run (Interlude)
8. Run Away
9. Sunday’s Children
10. Very Old Barton
11. My Epitaph
See Kelsey Waldon On Tour:
July 9 – Nashville, TN – American Legion Post 82 (HonkyTonk Tuesday)
July 13 – Central City, KY – Lu-Ray Park and Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Aug. 11 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival
Sept. 7 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
Sept. 10-14 – Nashville, TN – AMERICANAFEST
Oct. 1 – Hollywood, CA – John Anson Ford Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Oct. 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (with John Prine)
Oct. 4 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (with John Prine)
Oct. 12 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall (with John Prine)
Oct. 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre (with John Prine)
Nov. 11-15 – Punta Cana, Domincan Republic – All The Best Festival
Dec. 6 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Theater (with John Prine)
Dec. 7 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (with John Prine)
About Kelsey Waldon:
On her new album, White Noise/White Lines, Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Waldon is native of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, who took an interest in singing, songwriting and playing guitar as a child. After moving to Nashville, she cultivated a loyal following through frequent touring across the U.S. and two critically acclaimed albums; the most recent of which, I’ve Got A Way, made it onto NPR’s Fresh Air host Ken Tucker’s “Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2016,” while the album’s lead single, “All By Myself,” was featured on NPR’s list of “Top 100 Songs of 2016.” Her persistence paid off when, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, John Prine invited Kelsey to join his Oh Boy Records family. White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on Oh Boy Records.
About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label has released almost 50 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider, along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.
In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label’s first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on the A-side and “Silver Bells” on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine’s Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist-owned independent label in the country and the oldest in Nashville.

The Quebe Sisters Add Innovation To Western Swing With New Self Titled Album.

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Jul 092019



DALLAS, TX (June 7, 2019) — “Here we are again, for the first time”: It may be a strange statement from a band that has been delighting audiences with its unique take on Western Swing music for 15 years and counting. However, it’s the perfect way for Dallas’ The Quebe Sisters to approach their fourth release, a self-titled album that is due out September 20th.

The five-piece, centered around real-life sisters Grace, Sophia, and Hulda Quebe, is already well-loved for its glowing sibling harmonies and authentic Americana influences, but the group is never afraid of branching out and building on its roots. “This album represents a new phase of our band and the start of a new direction for us,” the sisters explain.

“In a lot of ways, the process of making this album felt like starting over; deconstructing what we knew about music and then trying to put it back together again. That’s the primary reason why we felt a self-titled album would be appropriate.”

The set was recorded at Texas Treefort Studio, which the band terms “the best kept secret in all of Austin.” The studio features Jim Vollentine at the helm where the group went for a self-production route in order to deeply explore their synergy.

“It was a holistic process, involving everyone in the band,” they relate. “We’ve never arranged and recorded so collaboratively before, so it’s very rewarding to hear everyone’s musical fingerprint in the final sound.”

Fans of the Quebes’ previous three albums will doubtlessly appreciate the new directions they chose for this collection. In addition to including original compositions for the very first time–Sophia, Grace, and bass player Daniel Parr put their pens to three of the 10 songs–the trio chose to branch out from its signature triple fiddles and three-part harmony vocals to spotlight individual solos, showing off each member’s strengths.

While taking pioneering steps in that direction, the band worked at the same time to preserve its traditional vibes. In order to create an inviting audio experience, the band recorded together in one room, using vintage gear for a warm and classic sound. They also selected a range of covers perfectly suited to progression — from Jesse Harris’ “Always Seem to Get Things Wrong” to Willie Nelson’s “Summer of Roses.” The overall result is a collection of songs simultaneously strong and wistful; peacefully blending new and old waves.

“This album came from the curation of our inspirations,” note the Quebes. “We looked at all the styles that we play, and found a single performance that embodied the essence of everything we loved about that style. Then we dug into the mood and feel of those performances, and used them as reference points for how we played the album.”

The Quebe Sisters have toured North America, Europe, and Russia over the past decade and a half, and will be bringing their efforts to a national stage later this year in support of the new album.

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Miss Kelsey Waldon Inks Deal With John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.

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Jul 092019


Kelsey Waldon Inks Deal With John Prine’s Oh Boy Records
Oh Boy’s First New Artist Signing In Fifteen Years
May 29, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Hailing from Monkey’s Eyebrow in Ballard County, Kentucky, Kelsey Waldon is certainly no stranger to the rural, workingman’s world in which John Prine’s songs come to life. Both artists are admired for their often candid, occasionally humorous view of normal, everyday life, so when it came time for Waldon to find a home for her songs, Prine and his long-independent Oh Boy Records welcomed her with open arms. Waldon has played shows with Prine before, but none as impactful as their appearance on last night’s Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. After performing her own Opry set, Prine called Waldon back to the stage to sing his classics “Unwed Fathers” and “Paradise” together. Following their duet, in front of a sold-out Opry audience and in honor of all the legends that have graced that stage before her, Prine announced Waldon’s new partnership with Oh Boy right in the center of the famed Opry circle. Watch here.
It’s been a hard fought journey up to this point in Waldon’s career, but a strong dose of perseverance and patience has led her to greener pastures as of late; spending the last year opening for Tyler Childers, Jamey Johnson, and the head of her new label, John Prine, as well as completing her third full-length album which is due out this fall on Oh Boy.
“It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” says Waldon. “To have someone like John, who I have looked up to my whole life, who I have set my songwriting standards after and my general music making standards after, to have someone like him endorse my music and care enough about it to make sure it reaches a wider audience…that means everything.”
It has also been some time since Oh Boy Records recruited new talent. With Kelsey’s signing, their first in fifteen years, Oh Boy is keen on ushering a fresh, inspired artist into a world where important traits like authenticity and honesty have been replaced with marketability and catchiness. Jody Whelan, Director of Operations at Oh Boy, says of the signing, “It’s an honor for us to work with Kelsey. There is an honesty and commitment in her music, both as a performer and songwriter, that we’ve long admired. Evident in all her work is a strong point of view, and a reverence for the culture and history of country music and songwriting, she is exactly the type of independent-minded artist that Oh Boy Records was founded to support.”
Prine echoes Whelan’s excitement adding, “I am bursting with pride to have Kelsey Waldon recording for Oh Boy Records. Her music continues an important arc of traditional folk and country music. I love Kelsey’s singing. Her voice is one of the more authentic country voices I’ve heard in a long time. I’m looking forward to all the shows we’ll be performing together this year.” Speaking of shows, Waldon will join Prine for a handful of dates starting in July. See below for announced tour dates and stay tuned to for additions in the coming months.
“All I have ever wanted in a label home was for it to feel real, like a little family, and for a label to really ‘get it’. I couldn’t ask for a better dream team, in all seriousness. I’m so thankful I kept on my true north,” Waldon graciously stated. “After everything I’ve been through up until this point, Oh Boy feels like home.”
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On tour:
June 28 – Lexington, KY – The Burl (with John R Miller & the Engine Lights)
June 29 – Galax, VA – The Blue Ridge Music Center
July 13 – Central City, KY – Lu-Ray Park and Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Aug. 11 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival
Sept. 7 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
Oct. 1 – Hollywood, CA – John Anson Ford Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Oct. 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (with John Prine)
Oct. 4 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (with John Prine)
Nov. 11 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – All The Best Festival
Dec. 6 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Theater (with John Prine)
Dec. 7 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (with John Prine)
About Kelsey Waldon:
Since the release of I’ve Got A Way, Waldon has been busy touring the country with a tight-knit band of extremely talented musicians opening for artists such as John Prine and Jamey Johnson. Waldon has played on the Grand Ole Opry and has been featured on some of the country’s biggest festival lineups, including ROMP Fest, Pickathon, Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, National Folk Festival, and Gasparilla, to name a few. But despite the fame and notoriety she’s seen in the past three years, Waldon remains humbled by her success, “I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding, “you never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time.”
About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label has released almost 50 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider, along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.
In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label’s first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on the A-side and “Silver Bells” on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine’s Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist-owned independent label in the country and the oldest in Nashville.

Album Feature: The Royal Hounds: Low Class Songs For High Class People.

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Jul 082019

The Royal Hounds are amazing Rockabilly band with an eclectic variety of influences that derive from Memphis to Bakersfield. I mean, if you study their roots they are not ashamed of history. I actually moved up in respect for them on a few levels after seeing how much love they have for  obscure people in music history the likes of Mr. Billy Lee Riley, and Mr. Bobby Darin.

They are am intense three piece band from the Nashville area fronted by Mr. Scott Hinds and include the guitar wizardry of Mr. Matheus Canteri from Brazil. According to their press release it took many years to clear his visa to work in America. Now this album really stuck out for me from the other two albums because they really focused on more guitar riffs and solos than lyrics. The songs are just plain out Rockabilly FUN, and easy to “get”…you don’t have to sit and analyze anything. Just DANCE and JAM on these 11 songs.

He came across Mr. Matheus on a chance video he saw on social media and sought after him in a heavy way. You see the guitar RIGHT AWAY on the song “The Walk” it just opens right on your face on the first song, and can get a live audience involved with a HEY HEY. This song is for people like ME, I LOVE MUSIC but I cannot dance at ALL. I’m clumsy as a stump! This song spoke to me as a person, and made me feel like he wrote it about ME, and that sold the album to me on the first song.

This band has an amazing live set as they stand on the bass and shred guitars, and stand on their drum kit. Mr. Nathan Place, from Texas is an accredited producer in his own right, and is the current drummer . However the drummer on this album was Mr. Scott Billingsley. Mr. Nathan has toured America as a drummer and fiddle player and has earned his own place in the independent music scene with hard work and attention to detail.

The dancing songs continue with a song called ‘Whackity Do” which features a fun stomping beat you can twist to or whatever dancing you like to enjoy. It goes on to the song “The Parthenon” , however one of the songs that I enjoyed was the guitar filled song called “Pororoca” , which is an actual thing that happens on the Amazon river. A giant wave makes it’s way down the river and people go out to ride the wave. It’s kind of a personal shout out to Mr. Matheus homeland.

“Tweakers From Outer Space” and “Pizza Party” were two crazy songs with lyrics that are just nuts, and it’s just fun to listen to them. The album gets to be the best during the song ‘Road Scholar” which chronicles how difficult their road life is. You know folks, I never realized how hard the road really was until I began following these bands around America. I load and unload semi trucks on a loading dock on third shift, so I treasure those real country trucker songs. This song really hit the mark for me! This song really put me to mind of Red Simpson and others that brought out that genre.

“Herbie The Butterfly” is a song about a butterfly that got caught on the band’s tour van windshield wiper, and he went to Tupelo, Tennessee and Texas. He went to butterfly heaven and lived a great life up there. Another great jam song on this album was “Chinese Buffet” I mean everybody loves to pile up plates of crap from a good hole in the wall buffet. For 10 bucks you can tear up some food! The album closes with a rousing cover of ‘Ghost Riders In The Sky”, written by Mr. Stan Jones in 1948.

This album becomes available for sale on AUGUST 2ND

Wed, JUL 10
Knoxville, TN

Tue, JUL 16
The 5 Spot
Nashville, TN

Fri, JUL 19
Brennan’s Irish Pub
Birmingham, AL

Sat, JUL 20
New Orleans, LA

Sun, JUL 21
Gasa Gasa
New Orleans, LA

Tue, JUL 23
Robert’s Western World
Nashville, TN

Thu, JUL 25
JV’s Restaurant
Falls Church, VA

Fri, JUL 26
10th Ave Burrito Co
Belmar, NJ

Sat, JUL 27
Skinny Dennis
Brooklyn, NY

Tue, JUL 30
Purple Fiddle
Thomas, WV

Wed, JUL 31
O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill
Bristol, TN

Wed, AUG 7
The Southgate House Revival
Newport, KY

Fri, AUG 9
Casa Nueva
Athens, OH

Sat, AUG 10
The Rockabilly Ruckus
Cortland, OH

Thu, AUG 15
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg, TN

Fri, AUG 16
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, TN

Sat, AUG 17
Second Bell Music Festival
Knoxville, TN

Thu, AUG 22
Madlife Stage & Studios
Woodstock, GA

Fri, AUG 23
Mule Camp Tavern
Gainesville, GA

Sat, AUG 24
Sixes Tavern
Cartersville, GA

Sat, AUG 31
Pistons Bar & Grill
Evansville, IN

Sun, SEP 1
Eville Shindig
Evansville, IN

Sat, SEP 7
The Rebel Rousers Rumble
Ashland, OH

Sun, SEP 8
w/ The Billy Price Band @ Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Worthington, OH

Fri, SEP 13
Zach an Fergie’s Wedding
Louisville, KY

Fri, SEP 20
Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge
Pigeon Forge, TN

Sat, SEP 21
Private Party
Tn, Knoxville

Sun, SEP 22
O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grill
Bristol, TN

Sat, NOV 2
Jimmy’s Sports Bar & Grill
Lebanon, TN

Fri, NOV 8
Alive After Five at the KMA
Knoxville, TN

Fri, NOV 22
Paddy Wagon Irish Pub
Richmond, KY

Mr. Vince Gill Readies His New Album “Okie”.

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Jul 072019


I’m extremely excited for 2019 and 2020 just for the simple fact that so many artists whom were prominent in the 1980’s and 1990’s are popping up now making new albums that sound better than ever. I have a huge list of names that I could rattle off with names of people to expect in 2019 alone.

One of those names would be Vince Gill, as he announces the August 23rd release of his new album called “Okie” which embraces and celebrates his Oklahoma roots. It’s been reported that this album will address some of the issues we have today in society, as the album itself is named after an old derogatory name for an Oklahoma resident.

They were viewed as scum that migrated westward during the dust bowl era of 1930-1937 when severe drought plagued the nation and many went elsewhere to find work. This is more of a concept album in it’s own right by all means, in that it displays so much knowledge and life lived lessons in these twelve songs.

Mr. Vince Gill wrote nine of the songs on the new record solo, and co-wrote the other three. His co-writers on Okie are Leslie Satcher, Charlie Worsham and Dean Dillon. So far there are two singles released from this album, one was released on Mother’s Day and it was called ” A Letter To My Mama”. The second one was called ” When My Amy Prays”, inspired by his wife of 19 years Miss Amy Grant.

Also on the album is ‘Forever Changed,’ which Gill introduced at the 2018 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Written from a female perspective, it focuses on a story of sexual assault. The song will stir poignant memories of that standing-ovation CRS performance, during which Gill opened up about his own #metoo story, of how a gym teacher had attempted to molest him when he was in middle school.

” A Letter To My Mama” in my opinion is just amazingly classic Vince Gill back into his prime form, with his heart on his sleeve and that sad lonely voice that could make tears emanate from a rock. Vince Gill could make Mr. Roy Acuff cry backstage at the Opry every time, and I think he could again if he wanted to….and he evidentially does.

1. I Don’t Wanna Ride The Rails No More
2. The Price Of Regret
3. Forever Changed
4. An Honest Man
5. What Choice Will You Make
6. Black And White
7. The Red Words
8. When My Amy Prays
9. A Letter To My Mama
10. Nothin’ Like A Guy Clark Song
11. That Old Man Of Mine
12. A World Without Haggard

More News On Aaron Watson.

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Jul 062019


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To be honest folks my co writer Mr. Joshua Wallace did a great review of the new Aaron Watson album “Red Bandanna”. He has a big and busy schedule well through 2019 playing some big shows across America. He played some HEADLINE shows at the Ryman Auditorium last year, and did a great job.

As far as the overall album goes I myself enjoyed Underdog more than his next two albums, it just had more of an independent “feel” to them. I STILL LOVED this album, but it’s getting a little too pop sounding for my personal taste as he moves forward. Of course that’s just basically MY opinion of his new albums as of late.

But the more I sit and dwell upon JUST WHY he may be doing this, I can not blame him for trying to become more friendly to larger audiences that embrace a more mainstream sound. I mean I’m not hip on Mr. Eric Church or his music but to say he didn’t expose a whole new echelon of people to the Drive By Truckers by taking them on tour with him would be ludicrous. I was thankful to Kid Rock for what he did for Hellbound Glory as well. I don’t normally make a big huge stink when my favorite artists throw a different sound at me in the name of audience growth or trying new markets.

I cannot take away from his twenty plus years of creating and writing and distributing independent music on his own terms and his own fashion. Just because I dislike one or two of his albums, I just cannot justify tossing him totally aside for that one reason. I actually look forward to him live one day soon, and I’ll go from there folks. He is still ONE HELL of a prominent frontrunner in the Texas Country Music community.

7/12 – Riverfront Live!, Cincinnati, OH
7/13 – Jam in the Valley, Varysburg, NY
7/18 – Adams County Fair, Hastings, NE
7/19 – Lazy Gators, Lake of the Ozarks, MO
7/20 – Texas Live!, Arlington, TX
7/26 – A Night in the Country, Yerington, NV
7/27 – Clos La Chance Winery, San Martin, CA
8/1 – Adams County Fair, Brighton, CO
8/2 – Starlight Ranch, Amarillo TX
8/3 – Whitewater Amphitheater, New Braunfels, TX
8/9 – Brewster St. Parking Lot Party, Corpus Christi, TX
8/10 – Ford Park Arena, Beaumont, TX
8/15 – KC Live!, Kansas City
8/16 – Revolution Music Room, Little Rock, AR
8/23 – Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, CO
9/5 – Washington State Fair, Puyallup, WA
9/7 – New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque, NM
9/20 – Southport Hall, Jefferson (New Orleans), LA
9/27 – Tulsa State Fair, Tulsa, OK
10/11 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ

Album Feature: Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts.

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Jul 052019

I have a PILE of album I have to feature on here, and this week I plan to catch up on some of them like this man Ryan Chrys & The Rough Cuts from Denver Colorado. In 2019 they released a damn fine Outlaw Country album with enough twang to keep my foot tapping at my desk for an hour or so. Every song was a decent 2:30 plus, which was good and the songs all complimented one another quite well.

The backup vocals from this band were really awesome and brought out the lead vocals very well, on songs like “No Leash No Chain”. that was a great male rebound song after a breakup. Quite the typical Country song about no pain ( meant to be a lie) spun into a positive song of freedom. My dogs are my best friends, and my booze bottles.

“Burn Up The Highway” was a heavy and fully loaded rowdy song about being a road warrior, which is exactly what this band does. They play a whopping number of shows during the year in the local bars and festivals. “Almost Gone” was a song about a cheating woman in her rare from, however it also reverts to his own self. The lines “my fear shows and my age grows, I think about the life I chose from dusk till dawn, I’m almost gone” were attention grabbers for me. I felt like he was singing the song about ME. That’s what I look for in an album from anybody.

“Guitars, Bars & Hotels” is a great song about the perils of the road, the bed bugs and lice line was GREAT, and so true. You know I’ll tell you what, I never knew how hard the road was until I began following these bands all over the United States. I learned many highway stretches and good places to eat along the festival circuits and byways of America.

The album closes with “Sorrow” and the longest song on the album is “Gimmie Some” at a whopping 6 minutes long. “Sorrow” is a dark and poignant song that can be taken another way toward the end. If every soul could be strong there will be sorrow no more is indeed a noble thought to have.

The Rough Cuts

Ryan Chrys: vocals/guitar
Jack Yoder: guitar/vocals
Michael Jochum: drums
Susan Phelan: bass/vocals
Lauren Michaels: vocals

Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts formed in January, 2013, and have since been touring steadily through the North, Mid and South West states. The core of the band is made up of Ryan Chrys on guitar and vocals, Susan Phelan on bass and vocals, and Michael Jochum on drums. In their home state of Colorado they often perform with Laura Quam on violin. Bradely Weaver helped launch the band and performed in the band up until the end of 2017, when he departed for personal reasons. During the last couple years, Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts have earned some prestigious local and national accolades including a nomination for 2018 Oultaw Group of the year by the Ameripolitan Music Awards.

Ryan’s mother was a folk and country singer who performed at the Troubador in Hollywood where artists like Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, and the Eagles all got their start. Eventually her love for horses and mountains lead her to move to Montana to work on a cattle ranch. It was on that Montana cattle ranch where Ryan was born and raised and learned to strum along on the guitar with his mother. Amidst playing in bands in his hometown of Missoula, Ryan eventually graduated from the University of Montana before moving to Denver to pursue a life of music.

Since 2004, Ryan has been performing, touring and recording for various acts as a lead guitarist, doing so lead him across the country performing at venues like Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Fillmore Auditorium, and the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. Along the way he shared the bill with a diverse range of notable acts including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelic, and The Fray.

Susan Phelan is a master musician and has played with countless acts. She sings, plays the stand up and electric bass and is highly respected in the Colorado scene. She was once a pro wrestler! To learn more, check out this in-depth article about Susan Phelan on Westword Magazine.

Michael Jochum is an accomplished drummer from Los Angeles, California, he has so many credits and accolades its tough to mention them all! He has toured with bands from Jackson Browne to Korn. Check out Michael’s pages on Wikipedia and AllMusic.

Jack Yoder and Lauren Michaels are both accomplished musicians who fronted their own bands for years.

The Barrel
Boulder, CO
Sun, JUL 7
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Denver, CO
Thu, JUL 11
Bluebird Theater
Denver, CO
Fri, JUL 12
Buffalo Rose Saloon
Golden, CO
Sat, JUL 13
Olde Town Arvada Summer Concert Series
Arvada, CO
Tue, JUL 23
Cowtown Moosic Fesitval
Miles City, MT
Wed, JUL 24
Little Missouri National Grassland
Medora, ND
Thu, JUL 25
The Custer Beacon
Custer, SD
Fri, JUL 26
Iron Horse Saloon – Sturgis
Sturgis, SD
Sat, JUL 27
Boots & Bikes for Heroes
Rapid City, SD
Sun, JUL 28
Arapahoe County Fair
Aurora, CO
Thu, AUG 1
Levitt Pavilion Denver
Denver, CO
Fri, AUG 2
Kickstands Campground & Venue
Sturgis, SD
Sat, AUG 3
Kickstands Campground & Venue
Sturgis, SD
Tue, AUG 6
Deadwood Mountain Grand
Deadwood, SD

2019 Music Festivals: Red Wing Roots Music Festival.

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Jul 052019

The Steel Wheels

Virginia-based acoustic roots music collective The Steel Wheels have announced the July 12th release of their 7th full-length album, Over The Trees. Recorded in Maine with producer Sam Kassirer, Over The Trees draws attention to the impeccable harmonies of the four original members: Trent Wagler (guitar/banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (bass), and Jay Lapp (guitars/mandolin). Kevin Garcia, who plays multiple percussion instruments, keyboard, and mallet-based instruments, formally joined the band after the 2017 release of Wild as We Came Here, which Kassirer also produced. In addition to familiar-to-fans harmonies, The Steel Wheels ventured a little farther out of their known comfort zone for Over The Trees. “This is a bit of an experimental record at times, with new sounds and influences,” Wagler says. “We know where we come from. We are a string band from Virginia, but we are evolving with this album, and we are embracing the future.” [Read More]

The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters.

The Steel Wheels present the seventh annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival on July 12, 13 & 14, 2019, brought to you by Blue Mountain Brewery and WNRN.

Three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt Solon, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

The 2019 line up includes Lucinda Williams, The Wood Brothers, Mandolin Orange, Peter Rowan’s Carter Stanley’s Eyes, The Tim O’Brien Band, The Gibson Brothers, Della Mae, Charley Crockett, The Lil Smokies, Fruit Bats, River Whyless, Lindsay Lou, Birds of Chicago, Big Daddy Love, Hush Kids, Feufollet, Lonely Heartstring Band, The East Pointers, Sam Reider, Larry Keel, Dead Horses, Lula Wiles, The Hollering Pines, Sean McConnell, Kaia Kater, Fireside Collective, Cedric Burnside, Courtney Hartman, Cedric Watson, Danny Knicely, Kristin Andreassen, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Locust Honey, John R Miller & the Engine Lights, Justin Jones, Jordan Tice, Oliver Craven, The Judy Chops, Corner House, Saw Black, Dogwood Tales, The Wildmans, The Walking Roots Band, The Bright Siders, Ragged Mountain String Band, Dirt Road Sweetheart featuring Nora Jane Struthers, The Fernandez Sisters and more!

The towering limestone chimneys, reaching more than 120′ in the air, provide a spectacular backdrop for you to lounge in the Music Meadow and hear some great music in the great outdoors.

Red Wing focuses on the whole experience: an incredible variety of food, craft vendors, kids activities, camping, swimming, organized bike rides, fun runs and hiking adventures, and much, much more!


Natural Chimneys Park

Located near Mt. Solon in Augusta County, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, Natural Chimneys Park features rock “chimneys” formed from limestone that began to accumulate and harden into stone about 500 million years ago in the Paleozoic Era, when the region was underwater. Over time, enormous upward pressures of magma and widespread geologic upheaval, which created the Appalachian Mountains, combined with erosive forces of water and destroyed weaker layers of stone. Eventually, this created the rock chimneys which can be seen today. The chimneys tower as much as 120 feet above ground level. (Wikipedia)


FRI, JULY 12th


Shenandoah Mountain Stage
3:00pm  Hush Kids
5:30pm  Peter Rowan
Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
The Roots Stage
10:30pm  Larry Keel
The Kinfolk Stage
1:00pm  Appalachian Stories
2:00pm  For Goodness Snakes
6:15pm  The Steel Wheels‘ Kids Set
7:15pm  Square Dance
The Hill Stage
2:00pm  The Wildmans
5:00pm  Corner House

SAT, JULY 13th


Shenandoah Mountain Stage
1:00pm  Jordan Tice
3:00pm  River Whyless
5:30pm  Della Mae
Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
6:45pm  Feufollet
9:15pm  Fruit Bats
The Roots Stage
1:00pm  John R Miller
3:00pm  Lula Wiles
5:30pm  Kaia Kater
8:00pm  Square Dance
10:30pm  Big Daddy Love
The Kinfolk Stage
1:00pm  Appalachian Stories
2:00pm  Birds of Prey
brought to you by Kline’s Dairy Bar
6:00pm  Corner House
The Hill Stage
3:30pm  Locust Honey
5:00pm  Justin Jones
6:30pm  Lula Wiles
8:00pm  Jordan Tice


SUN, JULY 14th


Shenandoah Mountain Stage
12:00pm  Dead Horses
4:30pm  Lindsay Lou
Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
11:00am  “Gospel” Set
5:45pm  Tribute Set
The Roots Stage
12:00pm  The Wildmans
2:00pm  Justin Jones
The Kinfolk Stage
2:00pm  Pick Along Jam Session
3:30pm  Dogwood Tales
4:30pm  Saw Black


Please be advised, Google Maps can send you to the wrong location!  We are working to fix this, but in the meantime please use these GPS coordinates:  38.355792, -79.086199.  You can also search by the address, 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt Solon, VA 22843.  If you search for Natural Chimneys Park or click on the marker for Natural Chimneys Park in Google Maps, you will be sent to the wrong location.

From the North or the South:

From Interstate-81, take Exit 240 toward Bridgewater.  At the end of the ramp, turn onto VA-257 West/Friedens Church Rd toward Bridgewater and follow for 3.3 miles to stoplight at VA-42/Main St.  Turn left at the stoplight and head south on VA-42 for 3.7 miles.  Turn right onto Mossy Creek Rd (State Rte 613)*.  Follow Mossy Creek Rd for 2.4 miles to the 4-way stop sign intersection in Mt Solon.  Turn right onto Natural Chimneys Rd (VA-731) and follow for 0.6 miles to the entrance to Natural Chimneys Park, turning right onto Natural Chimneys Lane.

*Large RVs, trailers or buses:
To avoid a hard right hand turn at the 4-way stop sign in Mt Solon, do not turn onto Mossy Creek Rd from VA-42.  Instead, continue to follow VA-42 South for another 4.6 miles to a slight right onto VA-731/Moscow Loop.  Stay to the right and follow VA-731 (which becomes Natural Chimneys Rd) for 2.5 miles until the 4-way stop sign intersection in Mt Solon.  Continue straight through the intersection on Natural Chimneys Rd (VA-731) and follow for 0.6 miles to the entrance to Natural Chimneys Park, turning right onto Natural Chimneys Lane.

Shenandoah Mtn Stage
1:00pm  The Hollering Pines
3:00pm  Hush Kids
5:30pm  Peter Rowan
8:00pm  Mandolin Orange
10:30pm  The Wood Brothers
Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
12:00pm  Allison & Tatiana
2:00pm  Cedric Burnside
4:15pm  The East Pointers
6:45pm  Charley Crockett
9:15pm  The Lil Smokies
The Roots Stage
1:00pm  Courtney Hartman
3:00pm  Kristin Andreassen
5:30pm  Oliver Bates Craven
8:00pm  Sam Reider & The Human Hands
10:30pm  Larry Keel
The Kinfolk Stage
1:00pm  Appalachian Stories
2:00pm  For Goodness Snakes
4:00pm  Red Wing Academy
5:00pm  Dirt Road Sweetheart
6:15pm  The Steel Wheels’ Kids Set
7:15pm  Square Dance
The Hill Stage
2:00pm  The Wildmans
3:30pm  Courtney Hartman
5:00pm  Corner House
6:30pm  Allison & Tatiana
8:00pm  The Judy Chops
Shenandoah Mtn Stage
1:00pm  Jordan Tice
3:00pm  River Whyless
5:30pm  Della Mae
8:00pm  The Steel Wheels
10:30pm  Lucinda Williams
Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
12pm  Locust Honey
2:00pm Cedric Watson Trio
4:15pm  Lonely Heartstring Band
6:45pm  Feufollet
9:15pm  Fruit Bats
The Roots Stage
1:00pm  John R Miller
3:00pm  Lula Wiles
5:30pm  Kaia Kater
8:00pm  Square Dance
10:30pm  Big Daddy Love
The Kinfolk Stage
1:00pm  Appalachian Stories
2:00pm  Birds of Prey
3:00pm  The Fernandez Sisters
4:00pm  Cedric Watson & Danny Knicely, brought to you by Kline’s Dairy Bar
5:00pm  The Bright Siders
6:00pm  Corner House
The Hill Stage
2:00pm  Oliver Bates Craven
3:30pm  Locust Honey
5:00pm  Justin Jones
6:30pm  Lula Wiles
8:00pm  Jordan Tice
Shenandoah Mtn Stage
12:00pm  Dead Horses
2:00pm  Birds of Chicago
4:30pm  Lindsay Lou
6:45pm  Gibson Brothers
Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage
11:00am  “Gospel” Set
1:00pm  Sean McConnell
3:15pm  Tim O’Brien Band
5:45pm  Tribute Set
The Roots Stage
12:00pm  The Wildmans
2:00pm  Justin Jones
4:30pm  Fireside Collective
The Kinfolk Stage
1:00pm  The Fernandez Sisters
2:00pm  Pick Along Jam Session
3:30pm  Dogwood Tales
4:30pm  Saw Bllades

Hampton Inn South is our official Red Wing VI hotel sponsor.

The closest hotels are located in Harrisonburg and Staunton, VA, each only about 15 miles away.

Bed & Breakfasts/Inns

There are numerous Inns and B&Bs in the area. Here’s a partial list:

Augusta County

Buckhorn Inn

2487 Hankey Mountain Hwy, Churchville 540-337-8660

Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast

320 Wayne Ave, Waynesboro 540-943-1910

B&B at Penmerryl Farm

273 Penmerryl Dr, Greenville 540-337-0622/540-292-0897

Blueberry Hill Farm

956 Spottswood Rd, Steeles Tavern 540-377-2240

Cross House Garden Inn

1224 Keezletown Rd, Weyers Cave 540-234-8065

Frederick House

28 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-4220

Inn at Old Virginia

1329 Commerce Rd., Staunton 540-248-4650

Iris Inn B&B of Waynesboro

191 Chinquapin Dr, Waynesboro 540-943-1991

Montclair Bed & Breakfast

320 N. New St, Staunton 540-885-8832

Olde Staunton Inn

260 N. Lewis St, Staunton 540-886-0193

Shenandoah Mountain Inn

434 Shen. Mtn. Dr, West Augusta 540-939-4164

Speckled Trout Bed and Breakfast

607 Oak Ave, Waynesboro 540-946-4899

Staunton Choral Gardens

216 W. Frederick St, Staunton 540-885-6556

Sugar Tree Inn

Hwy 56, Steeles Tavern 800-377-2197

Tree Streets Inn

421 Walnut Ave, Waynesboro 540-949-4484

Rockingham County

By The Side Of The Road B&B

491 Garbers Church Rd, Harrisonburg 540-801-0430

High Laurel Inn

51 Horsehead Rd, Grottoes 540-249-3936

Joshua Wilton House

412 S. Main St, Harrisonburg 540-434-4464

Old Massanutten Lodge

3448 Caverns Dr, Keezletown 540-269-8800

Shenandoah Valley Farm Inn

882 Bloomer Springs Rd., McGaheysville 540-289-5402

Silver Lake Bed & Breakfast

1331 Silver Lake Rd, Dayton 540-879-2717

Stonewall Jackson Inn

547 E. Market St, Harrisonburg 540-433-8233

Festival Guidelines

We are committed to fostering a relaxed atmosphere, but there are certain guidelines that must be followed to ensure a safe and fun festival for everyone. Every attendee must abide by the following:

  • NO CLIMBING ON THE CHIMNEYS!! Please stay on the designated trail.
  • Absolutely NO PETS allowed on the festival grounds, campgrounds or parking lots (licensed ADA assistants excepted). This will be strictly enforced.
  • No fireworks, drones, smoke bombs or sky lanterns
  • No drum circles or amplified music from 11pm – 11am
  • No outside alcohol permitted.  Coolers and bags will be checked.  (Augusta County Park Rules)  Beer garden brought to you by Blue Mountain Brewery provided with beer, wine and cider available*
  • No unauthorized vending – if you’re not a registered vendor you may not sell or distribute anything on the festival grounds
  • Audience and radio taping only (no soundboard patches), except when prohibited by performing artist.
  • No video recording of any performances
  • No motorized vehicles (golf carts, ATVs)
  • Do not remove your festival admission bracelet.  It cannot be replaced and you will be denied entry
  • No weapons or firearms

On the Music Meadow
(The main viewing areas of Shenandoah Mountain Stage and Blue Ridge Timberwrights Stage)

  • No aluminum cans or glass bottles in the meadow.  Reusable drinking bottles/cups allowed.  Disposable plastic water bottles discouraged.
  • For safety reasons, no Frisbee throwing in the music meadow
  • All personal possessions must be removed from the music meadow after each night’s performance
  • Lawn chairs & blankets allowed only in designated areas (wheelchairs exempted)
  • Coolers allowed only in designated chair areas
  • Camp chairs with built-in shade awnings and other sun-blocking apparatus that does not obstruct the view of other festival-goers are allowed
  • No pop-up tents are allowed anywhere on festival grounds, other than campgrounds
  • No large umbrellas allowed on the music meadow (sun or rain)

Enjoy the relaxed festival atmosphere, but be proactive about the security of your belongings. Leave your campground overtly empty.  Don’t bring what you cannot afford to lose and be sure to look after one another.  Our community is not possible without your participation!

Festival goers must abide by all local, state, and federal laws. NO ALCOHOL OR DRUG SALES tolerated anywhere on the festival site or annexed properties. Anyone caught selling or distributing illicit substances will immediately have their wristband cut and be ejected from the festival. Further legal repercussions are likely.

We’ll have free water so bring your reusable bottle!

*To partake our delicious craft beer and cider in our Blue Mountain Beer Gardens, you must purchase tickets from booths stationed inside the ABC area. Beer/cider/wine tickets are $6 each, for 16oz beers or 12oz cider servings. In our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, we minimize plastics by only serving drinks in Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups. Purchase one in the garden, or re-use your cup from last year, Rooster WalkThe Festy Experience or FloydFest!

YOU MUST BRING A VALID ID to consume alcohol.  (Having grey hair and grandkids are not acceptable forms of ID)

**The festival grounds are wheelchair/handicap accessible, including portable restrooms.  A limited number of handicap spaces will be designated in General Admission Parking; a parking pass is still required.  If needed, a golf cart ride from main gate to Music Meadow will be provided.

Festival Camping


2 tents and 4 people max per site. Good for 4 nights (Thurs 11am – Mon 10am). This camping area has three zones: 1) Large camping area – pick your own camping spot in the shade of the trees, out in the meadow or tucked in the woods; 2) Drop-off zone so you can drive close to your chosen spot to drop off your gear; and 3) Chimney Ridge Parking lot for vehicles. Personal fires allowed and nearby parking for one vehicle. Once the festival begins on Friday, there will be limited access to drive into Chimney Ridge. Basically, once you’re there, plan to stay! 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all camping guests! NO PETS. Click HERE to learn more about Chimney Ridge Camping. 


One premium campsite purchase per order.  These spacious RV Campsites include electric and water hook-ups and are good for 4 nights (Thursday 11am – Monday 10am). Each site allows one RV/trailer/popup plus two tents (or if no RV, four tents total) and parking for up to two additional vehicles. A picnic table and fire ring are provided at each site. 12 people max per site. 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all camping guests!  NO PETS. 

SUPER GROUP PREMIUM CAMPING AT NATURAL CHIMNEYS  Put a group of friends and family together to buy this package and enjoy a few extra perks as well!  **SOLD OUT

  • Price is $2,500 (A limited number of sites available.)
  • 1 Premium RV site with room for tents and parking for 2 vehicles
  • 12 3-day General Admission passes
  • 1 extra General Admission Parking pass
  • 1 signed festival poster by The Steel Wheels
  • $50 gift certificate for RWR festival merch

Super Group includes 1 premium campsite purchase per order.  These spacious RV Campsites include electric and water hook-ups and are good for 4 nights (Thursday 11am – Monday 10am). Each site allows one RV/trailer/popup plus two tents (or if no RV, four tents total) and parking for up to two additional vehicles. A picnic table and fire ring are provided at each site. 12 people max per site. 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all camping guests!  NO PETS.


6 person max per site and one car. Good for 4 nights (Thurs, 1pm – Mon, 10am). Only a 3 minute walk from the Music Meadow, drive into the field and park your RV or camper. No hook ups for electricity or water and no fires. You may bring quiet, clean generators for your RV. Once the festival begins on Friday, there will be limited access to drive into Z Lot. Basically, once you’re in Z Lot, plan to stay! 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all camping guests!  You do not need to reserve a specific spot, your plot will be assigned when you arrive at the festival. NO PETS. ONE VEHICLE LIMIT PER SITE.


2 tents, 4 people and 1 car max per site. Good for 4 nights (Thurs 11am – Mon 10am). Similar to Z Lot Tent Camping, when you arrive Red Wing campground staff will assign you a site where you can pitch your tent beside your vehicle. You will have approximately a 20′ x 20′ area next to your vehicle for your set up. Fires not allowed on Park-n-Pitch campsites. Once the festival begins on Friday, there will be limited access to drive into Chimney Ridge. Basically, once you’re there, plan to stay! 3-day General Admission tickets are required for all camping guests! NO PETS. Click HERE to learn more about Chimney Ridge Camping. 


Good for 3 nights (Fri, 9am – Mon, 10am). You get a nice, flat 15′ X 15′ plot to set up your tent(s), chairs and maybe even a foosball table…as long as it fits, go for it! The sites are nice but it’s not glamping, there are no hook ups for electricity or water. No fires, and most importantly, no cars. Folks camping here must park in the general admission parking lot and walk in with their stuff, so pack smart!  And since you will be parked in the GA parking lot, don’t forget to purchase a parking permit for each vehicle (carpooling encouraged). 2 tent and 6 person max per site. NO PETS.



The Show Sherpa brings The Sherpa Village, a pre-pitched tent rental community, to Red Wing this summer. The Show Sherpa is hassle-free camping at its best. They do all the heavy lifting; you just focus on the fun! Located in the Chimney Ridge Camping area, The Sherpa Village is outfitted with large cabin style Eureka tents with almost seven feet of headroom and 100 square feet of space. No tiny dome tents here!  2-Person packages available. In addition to the tents, packages include comfy Eureka camping cots, a lantern and camping chairs as well as all Sherpa Village amenities featuring FREE COFFEE, a daily complimentary bag of ice, and a large shade canopy filled with plenty of comfortable chairs for relaxing between performances. There is also a full camp kitchen with a large gas grill, expedition stoves, as well as, all the pots, pans & utensils you need to make a great meal in order to refuel for more dancin’. Limited amount of tents available and they will go fast. One car per site. Click here to purchase camping with The Show Sherpa. 


Stokesville Campground (464 Stokesville Rd, Mount Solon, VA) Located just four miles away from the festival, Stokesville offers spectacular views, lots of room to spread out and exclusive use of the Stokesville Bridge swimming hole. This mountain edge campground also includes amazing hiking and mountain biking trails. Note: This year Stokesville will be privately run by Stokesville Campground and Lodge and will not be providing a shuttle service to the festival. 

Shenandoah Valley Campground is the only campground in Virginia with a spectacular waterfall and four 6-person indoor hot tubs. They offer free Wi-Fi, river tubing, wading, and trout/bass fishing in the river as well as their well-stocked weed free lake.  They have a huge pool and a kiddie pool, 18 Hole mini-golf, game room and two playgrounds.

Sherando Lake Recreation Area’s Family Campground provides an ideal camping destination. Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s known locally as the jewel of the mountains, where visitors enjoy hiking, fishing, swimming and relaxing on the sandy beach. Click for Sherando Lake campsite registration.

North River Campground This open area campground was originally constructed as a CCC camp. Evidence of the original sites and logging trails still remain today. North River Gorge is a popular hiking, biking, and fishing area with a swinging bridge spanning the North River. Close proximity to Wild Oak National Recreation Trail, Staunton Dam Day Use Area and Elkhorn Lake provide multiple recreational options that are easily accessible within a few miles. Campsites cannot be reserved in advance. First come, first serve. Sites are primitive, but vault toilets are located on-site. No drinking water provided.

Camping fee is $5 per site, per night. Operated by North River Ranger District: 540-432-0187

Todd Lake Recreation Area Located in Augusta County, visitors to Todd Lake Recreation Area enjoy a historic campground complete with universally accessible beach. A volleyball court, horseshoe pits, children’s playground and an onsite campground host make this location an ideal place to spend a relaxing summer afternoon. Explore multiple trails from this location popular amongst mountain biking, backpacking, and hiking enthusiasts. Sites are $16.


We are proud to host Red Wing Roots Music Festival as a family-friendly experience. Rest assured, kids AND parents are going to have a great time!

Over in the Shady Grove area you’ll find a whole pile of games and activities for kids and families. Plus…Over on the Kinfolk Stage, you’ll always find great music, dancing and awesome presentations! 


Thanks to sponsorship from Venture Builders, we have a collaborative mural to paint, tie-dye workshops on Saturday and Sunday, a mist pavilion, outdoor games, and a rock climbing wall. Plus you’ll find a slackline zone, an instrument petting zoo run by The Front Porch, and a toddler/parent zone run by the fine folks at Our Little Planets.  We also have our friends from KINGDOMS Lawn Games showing us how to play this competitive family-friendly game that combines elements of fantasy with a new variant of bowling.

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Alan Jackson “Small Town Southern Man” Documentary Available Now.

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Jul 042019

I’m going to be totally honest here, the last few days I have been reflecting on many of the artists from the 80’s and 90’s that seem to be returning to the forefront here, much like vinyl records and other items of the past. You have SO MANY artists well on their way of becoming Country Music Legends, like this man…Mr. Alan Jackson.

You are going to learn a LOT about the early years of a man well on his way to legendary status in Country Music, as well as his middle years. I mean, we all know what he HAS accomplished since his first album called “Here In The Real World” . We all know that he began his professional career by getting a job in the mail room of The Nashville Network’s mail room, and his wife got in contact with Mr. Glen Campbell who helped jump start his career.

But what about his youth and his early years? Who were his parents? Where did he come from? What was his childhood like? Well friends this documentary answers many of those questions. Nobody in his family even knew he could sing, and his older sister didn’t take his secret too well, nor did his mother. His other sisters and father shared his enthusiasm to make the move to Nashville. It took him a LONG TIME to get a break and become the first artist signed to the then new Arista Records. His parents really DID live in a tool shed his grand daddy rolled down on two logs.

In the years to follow he sold 80 million albums, 66 titles on the charts, 35 were in the top 5, 36 were number ones. He is the recipient of two Grammy Awards, 16 CMA Awards, 17 ACM Awards and nominee of multiple other awards. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2001. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017 by Loretta Lynn and into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

A few years back his album ‘Angels And Alcohol” made my album of the year, and he shows NO SIGNS of slowing down at all. He played a sold out show at Red Rocks Ampitheater, and playing huge tours all over the world.

Of course, true Alan Jackson fans know he’s a man willing to fight for what he believes in. This new documentary is available digitally on iTunes and Amazon Prime and on DVD through the Eagle Rock website. This piece from their website:

This weekend, our Sunday Night Rocks concert is Keepin’ It Country thanks to a little help from 18 time Academy of Country Music Award winner, 16 time CMA winner, and multi-platinum country superstar, Alan Jackson. Watch as he celebrates his 25th anniversary with a sold out crowd at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and a catalog of mega country hits that have withstood the test of time including “Gone Country”, “Chattahoochee”, “Remember When”, and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. Don’t miss a single song from the set and tune in this Sunday, March 12th at 10/9c ONLY on AXS TV.

Before the show, check out this sneak peek of “Good Time”:

2019 Music Festivals: The Great Blue Heron.

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Jul 032019

It’s HOT down here in Kentucky already this year and I have covered some TERRIFIC Festivals in the first half of 2019. Now, as I prepare for the second half of the year, I am on my annual July 4rth vacation, holed up in my COOL house and catching up on some music website work for the year.

I am catching up on my festivals for the rest of the year, and I wanted to touch on some friends in the northeast up in New York State that bring some GREAT String Bands and Bluegrass and also Americana to their area here..folks this is the Great Blue Heron Music Festival in New York. This is the 28th year of the annual evnet, here is a brief history of it all:

A summer tradition since 1992, the Great Blue Heron Music Festival is an annual celebration that brings thousands of music lovers to the rolling hills of Western New York each July. With a wide variety of live original music on three stages – including the Main Stage, the intimate Tiger Maple Stage and a big-top Dance Tent that swings through the night – plus instrument workshops, dance lessons, and activities for both children and teens, the festival provides many ways to enjoy the Independence Day weekend. And that is why so many music fans come back year after year, sharing the event with family and friends while camping out among the breezy fields and shady woods that grace the property

Main Stage • Dance Tent • Café in the Woods • 300+ Acres Rural Setting • Food & Merchandise Vendors • Instrumental Workshops • Square Dances •
Healing Arts Workshops

Come to The Heron, in Western New York, Chautauqua County. It's real pretty here!
Come to The Heron, in Western New York, Chautauqua County. It’s real pretty here!

For Google Maps searching
the festival address is:
2361 Waits Corners Rd
Sherman, NY 14781

Zydeco Dances • Kids’ and Teen Programs • Hiking and Biking Trails • Songwriters Circle • Dance Instruction • Drumming Circles • Supervised Swimming

My Friend Mr. Buddy Jennings Has Heart Transplant.

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Jul 022019

Many people know the Jennings name in the music community, but some of you may not know Mr. Buddy personally like I do. He, along with his family have been wonderful friends to me in the last few years. Mr. Buddy and Mr. Shooter are two of my favorite personal friends I have met through music.

It goes beyond whom they are biologically, and manifests from whom they are as people to me and to others like me.  Every time I am in the area, and can get to them we try to stop and have a nice lunch together and we like to make jokes during Dallas Cowboys games.

Several weeks ago, he was admitted to Vanderbilt Hospital with breathing problems. Mr. Buddy has battled heart problems for many years, and ever since I remember meeting him he has always been in and out of hospitals. Now he has some TRULY WONDERFUL doctors and nurses taking care of him, and his transplant went VERY WELL.

I keep in daily contact with Miss Kathy who informs me that he TOOK A SHOWER, walks and even has been outside as of late. I myself told him he is tougher than day old White Castle hamburgers (heard that). You can darn sure bet he isn’t going to sit around and let this beat him, not the Buddy I know.

I wanted to take the opportunity to THANK the doctor that performed this surgery, and worked a miracle with the generous and life saving gift of that donated heart. You know, oftentimes doctors and nurses do not always get the recognition they deserve or the thanks they should get for saving so many lives on a daily basis.  I have a lot of health issues myself and there is NOTHING more valuable to me than a good nurse that can administer a DECENT IV, and not butcher your arm.

Nurses forgo holidays with loved ones to put up with screaming patients that are sometimes abusive, and clean up blood, vomit and other bodily fluids that many wouldn’t even do for their own family…let alone a stranger. It takes a special kind of love to be a GOOD NURSE, and a special kind of love to be a doctor as important and heroic as Dr. Menachem. This man truly was the answer to all of our prayers, and with the help of his staff preserved a piece of Country Music history in the form of my friend Mr. Buddy.

by Matt Batcheldor

Patients with a form of congenital heart disease — having only one ventricle (pumping chamber) — are now living longer lives due to the successful surgical and medical treatments they receive as children.

However, as these patients survive to adulthood some of them face a new problem — heart failure, for which they will require heart transplantation.

Transplant in these adults with congenital heart disease (CHD), which remains rare, is more frequently required and becoming more common at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the only location in Tennessee and one of a few in the South where such transplants are possible, said Jonathan Menachem, MD, a transplant cardiologist and director of Advanced Congenital Cardiac Therapies (ACCT) at Vanderbilt Health.

Congenital heart disease patient Shawn Land, left, here with his sister, Crystal Faulkner, received his heart transplant in January.
Congenital heart disease patient Shawn Land, left, here with his sister, Crystal Faulkner, received his heart transplant in January.

Menachem, assistant professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, said four single-ventricle patients who have been palliated with a Fontan procedure have been transplanted in the last 12 months, out of a total of nine transplant recipients with congenital heart disease. Fontan is the name of the procedure given to pediatric patients with one ventricle.

Menachem points to two remarkable patient outcomes in the last six months involving Fontan patients. In January, Shawn Land of Clarksville, Tennessee, a Fontan patient with liver cirrhosis (a common complication in these patients), successfully underwent a combined heart/liver transplant. Then, in October 2018, Deja Baynard-Watson of Delaware became Vanderbilt’s first documented case of using a heart from a hepatitis C-positive donor in a patient with CHD.

“These two cases demonstrate the ability of Vanderbilt to take the sickest single-ventricle patients and successfully transplant them using innovative techniques,” Menachem said. “A lot of these patients and also providers don’t realize that transplantation is an option.”

Vanderbilt Health has the second largest heart transplant program by volume nationwide.

“As one of the largest heart transplant programs in the country, we need to leverage our true strengths: an uncommon depth of experience and teams that can work collaboratively when faced with difficult problems,” said Ashish Shah, MD, professor and chair of Cardiac Surgery.

A normal heart has two pumping chambers, called ventricles, said David Bichell, MD, William S. Stoney Jr. professor of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery, professor of Clinical Cardiac Surgery and chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.

“Patients with only a single working ventricle can suffer progressively inefficient circulation, resulting in fatigue,” he said. “The condition can be fatal if untreated. For some, additional surgeries can improve the situation, but not completely repair it.”

Single ventricle heart defects occur in about five out of 100,000 live births, according to the Adult Congenital Heart Association.

With more advanced treatment, these patients are living into adulthood, having jobs, families and children of their own and are becoming candidates for heart transplants in increasing numbers.

One of them is Land, who was born in 1989 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He had three open heart surgeries as a young child.

“They only gave me to age 9 or 10 for survival time,” he said. “I’ve lived to be 29 years old.”

In June 2018, Land found himself on the transplant list at Vanderbilt. On Nov. 6, 2018, he was in for “just a normal checkup” when doctors noticed his liver function was greatly deteriorating. He checked into the hospital that day and waited for a matching heart and liver to become available. His double transplant occurred on Jan. 17.

He says he feels much better after the transplant. “I’m glad that technology has come so far,” he said.

Land’s mother, Teresa, said her son is motivated to fight. He now has a son of his own, Mason, 7. And he fights in memory of his brother Dakota, who died in 2013 with cystic fibrosis at age 17.

“To have this second chance to extend his life is just so amazing to us,” she said. “We’re very, very happy with the outcome and really looking forward to a happy, healthy future. “It’s going to be exciting to see the things he can do now.”

Baynard-Watson, 38, remembers two surgeries when she was 8 years old. Then, as a young adult, she passed out one day when she was walking from her home to her high school to pick up some papers for college. She said a woman revived her and called 911. “From that point on I kept passing out,” she said.

Patient Deja Baynard-Watson poses with Jonathan Menachem, MD.
Patient Deja Baynard-Watson poses with Jonathan Menachem, MD.

After several years of procedures, including receiving a pacemaker and a defibrillator, Baynard-Watson ended up on a transplant list at another hospital in Pennsylvania. Deemed too risky to transplant, she was placed in hospice care.

But Baynard-Watson wasn’t ready to give up, and she came to Vanderbilt. “I was really glad that they accepted my case because I didn’t know where I was going to go,” she said.

Her initial course at Vanderbilt was quite bumpy as she nearly died on multiple occasions, Menachem said. However, due to her internal strength and the collaborative team effort to get her to transplant, she was able to undergo transplantation on Oct. 25.

Now she is looking forward to returning home, where she loves being an aunt to her brother’s three children. “I feel back to normal,” she said. “I feel energized and I’m just ready to get back to going back to work.”

Menachem said that as recently as 20 years ago, a 38-year-old single-ventricle patient like Baynard-Watson would be unexpected. But not today. “It’s because they’ve done so well as kids,” he said. “They’re surviving these surgeries, but now they’re having heart failure and needing transplants.”

Vanderbilt has the right elements in place for excellent outcomes for such patients, Menachem said. “A dedicated and collaborative multi-disciplinary team is the key to success,” he said. “In order to transplant these highly complicated and risky patients, you have to have a high-volume transplant program, adult congenital program, and pediatric and adult surgical teams, amongst others. Furthermore, as in the case of Land, there is a need for a dual-organ transplant program as well. It takes a lot of pieces at the institution to make it go well.”

Menachem’s team recently published data in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation that shows that adults with CHD benefit from undergoing transplantation at high-volume centers such as Vanderbilt.

Patients who survive the first year after their transplant have outcomes equivalent, if not better than, non-congenital patients, he said.

“We have a group in place that is focused on taking care of these patients, and while it’s not perfect, we continue to grow and improve due to the dedication of our team and the needs of our patients,” Menachem said. “And with the growth in volume, we expect that our outcomes will continue to improve so that we can positively impact the lives of these patients.”

Don Williams: Music And Memories Of The Gentle Giant.

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Jul 012019
Don Williams
Keith Urban Named Curator Of New Show
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Spanning more than 45 years, the music of Don Williams continues to connect adoring fans around the world, and soon they’ll have a chance to experience those iconic hits in a whole new way. Starting October 31,Don Williams: Music & Memories of The Gentle Giant takes residency at Nashville’s famed Schermerhorn Symphony Center for three nights of reflection of the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s music, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony, with Keith Urban serving as the show’s curator.

“Don Williams and his music are strong threads in the tapestry of my life,” said Urban. “I jumped at the chance to play even a small role in this incredible concert experience. There is no better way to celebrate him and his legacy than reliving those musical moments and I’m honored to be part of continuing to share his story and music.”

Williams – (1939-2017) – was one of the earliest Country artists to take their music globally. In addition to his North American success, The Gentle Giant toured extensively throughout Europe and Africa and his legendary songs reached all corners of the globe and continue to capture the hearts of fans worldwide. His catalog is among the most streamed music from his era.

“This style of show has never been done before in Country music and it’s very fitting that we present Don and his music to the fans in this way,” says Robert Pratt, Don’s long-time manager. “Don was a very quiet and private person who loved performing for his legion of fans. I am especially happy to bring his music back to the fans and premiere this new show in Nashville with the symphony and then take it on the road throughout 2020.”

The concert is a musical journey through historical video performance of Don Williams, plus special guest singers live onstage, all accompanied by Don’s touring band and the Nashville Symphony.

During his career, Williams scored 17 No. 1 hits including “I Believe In You”, “It Must Be Love”, “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good” and “Tulsa Time.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and was best known for his straightforward, yet smooth bass-baritone voice and soft tones which earned him the nickname The Gentle Giant of Country Music.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for these shows go on sale via Ticketmaster with code GENTLEGIANT on Monday, May 27 for a limited time of 80 hours in celebration of Don’s 80th birthday. Tickets are also currently available with Nashville Symphony season ticket packages at, 615.687.6400 or the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office. Any remaining tickets will go on sale July 19, 2019 at 10 am.

About Don Williams:
Williams first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers. The trio recorded several hit records, with the biggest being “Time.” By 1971, Williams had gone solo, and had signed a publishing deal with Jack Clement. The Hall of Fame producer was so taken with Don’s style that he offered him a recording contract with his JMI Records in 1972. Early hits included “Atta Way To Go” and “Come Early Morning,” as well as “We Should Be Together,” which became his first Billboard top ten hit from 1974. He then moved to ABC / Dot (Later MCA), where the hits increased. Tracks such as “Rake and Ramblin’ Man,” “Tulsa Time,” and “Nobody But You” helped to make him one of the most-played artists on Country Radio in the 1970s and 1980s. He took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy from the Country Music Association in 1978, and notched his biggest hit in 1981 with “I Believe In You,” which also crossed over to the top-30 on the Hot 100.

Subsequent moves to Capitol Nashville and RCA kept Williams on the charts into the 1990s, as he continued to play for huge crowds on the road. His success in the United States is well-documented, but the music of Don Williams has made him an international star – with followings in such places as Africa, England and New Zealand. He has placed 52 singles in the top-40 on the Country charts in the United States, with 17 going all the way to the top spot. Williams was a member of The Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry. Williams appeared in the films W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey & The Bandit II with Burt Reynolds.

Don Williams: 1978
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Merlefest 2019 Recap: Keeping Tradition Alive. And News On 2020.

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Jun 302019

Many of you know that FESTIVALS are one of our core specialties here on Gary Hayes Country, and we follow and report on over 200 of them in America. I am not even half done with my 2019 work on festivals, and I have a plethora of 2020 dates rolling into my inbox. Honestly as a fan I’m completely astounded and excited…as a journalist I’m overwhelmed with work.

Merlefest out there in North Carolina has always been a good one vastly supported by me and my crew here for many years. It is one of the largest festivals in America hosting 10 stages over 3 days and attended by over 75,000 people. This festival brings in millions in revenue to the state of North Carolina, and is sponsored by many.


MerleFest 2019 Keeps North Carolina Music Heritage In The Forefront
Highlights include Steep Canyon Rangers’ tribute to North Carolina, Avett Brothers’ homecoming, and Del McCoury’s 80th Birthday Celebration
Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Winners Announced
April 28, 2019 – Wilkesboro, N.C. – MerleFest, presented by Window World, has officially come to a close, but not without a number of electric collaborations, spontaneous sit-ins, and world-class performances. Wynonna & The Big Noise, Amos Lee, Tyler Childers, Sam Bush Band, Brandi Carlile, and The Avett Brothers all brought extra MerleFest energy to the Watson Stage, marking another successful year for the long-running festival. Early estimates show that from its start on Thursday, April 25, to its close on Sunday, April 28, participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 75,000 attendees and artists from across the world. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, which funds scholarships, capital projects, and other educational needs.
“We’ve had an incredible weekend,” Festival Director Ted Hagaman said. “With over 100 artists on 13 stages over the four days, we again feel we succeeded in providing a quality and successful event for all involved. Preliminary numbers show we attracted thousands of fans from all over the world. We appreciate their support. This event could not happen without the work and dedication of our 4,500-plus volunteers and the many great safety and service agencies in Northwestern North Carolina. We’re already looking forward to MerleFest 2020.”
Chatham County Line kicked off the 32nd annual MerleFest with a big “newgrass” bang. At the top of their game, Raleigh-based Chatham County Line appeared right at home on one of the biggest stages their home state has to offer. After Thursday’s sunset, Wynonna Judd and her band, The Big Noise, set about conjuring up enough rock and roll, blues, and country juju to knock the first-day crowd right off their feet. Once the crowd had recovered, the ones left with enough energy to carry on into the wee hours were treated with more electric boogie music in the form of Donna The Buffalo. Sporting dancey rhythms and electric improvisation, Donna proved to be the ultimate weekend ice-breakers, encouraging the late night crowd to let loose during their First Night Dance on the Bojangles’ Dance Stage.
Before the sun had set on Friday, patrons were treated to show-stopping sets from the likes of Texas troubadour Radney Foster, Boston-based bluegrassers Mile Twelve, and the soft folk harmonies and humorous musings of The Milk Carton Kids. Upon the close of the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition, festival first-timer Amos Lee took the Watson Stage with his unique blend of soulful Americana.Tyler Childers closed out the Watson Stage with his now famous concoction of mountain music, old school country, and 1960s The Band-ish rock and roll. Under the bright stage lights, Childers rollicked through songs off of his award-winning 2017 album “Purgatory” to the delight of fans, some of whom had traveled to MerleFest on Childers’ merit alone. During Childers’ set, eclectic folk rockers Scythian set up in the Dance Tent for their second set of the day, the annual Friday Night Dance. Keeping the night owls rocking until almost midnight, Scythianreminded fans just how fun their music can be.
Saturday saw Chris Austin Songwriting Competition winners perform on the Cabin Stage to an audience eager to hear these up-and-coming songwriters before they’ve hit the big time. Now in its 27th year, the contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of music industry professionals (Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale, better known as The Milk Carton Kids, Cruz Contreras of The Black Lillies, and Texas-troubadour Radney Foster), under the direction of volunteer contest chairperson, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale.
The first round of the CASC took place in Nashville, Tenn., and was narrowed down from 970 entries to 12 finalists representing four categories: bluegrass, country, general and Gospel/inspirational.
Each of the 12 finalists received admission and lodging for three nights at MerleFest. Finalists attended a workshop Friday morning given by D’Addario prior to the finals. After the contest, all finalists took part in a songwriting mentoring session with Jim Lauderdale and the on-site judges. The first-place winners in each category received $600 cash from MerleFest, a performance at the Cabin Stage on Friday night, and a 20-minute set on Saturday at the Cabin Stage. In addition, the first-place winners received a live performance/recording session with Saloon Studios Live, D’Addario strings, Shubb Capos, and their winning song will be aired on WNCW 88.7. Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest help support the Wilkes Community College Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship. See below for a complete listing of winners and finalists.
1st Place- Anya Hinkle (Asheville, N.C.) – “Ballad of Zona Abston”
2nd Place- James E. Woolsey (Petersburg, Ind.), David Foster (Petersburg, Ind.) – “Sugar Ridge Road”
3rd Place- Wyatt Espalin (Hiawassee, Ga.) – “Light Coming Through”
1st Place- Andrew Millsaps (Ararat, N.C.) – “Ain’t No Genie (In a Bottle of Jack)
2nd Place- Hannah Kaminer (Asheville, N.C.) – “Don’t Open Your Heart”
3rd Place- Shannon Wurst (Fayetteville, Ark.) – “Better Than Bourbon”
1st Place- Alexa Rose (Asheville, N.C.) – “Medicine for Living”
2nd Place- Bryan Elijah Smith (Dayton, Va.) – “In Through the Dark”
3rd Place- Wright Gatewood (Chicago, Ill.) – “First”
1st Place- Russ Parrish (Burnsville, Minn.), Topher King (Savage, Minn.) – “Washed By The Water”
2nd Place- Ashleigh Caudill (Nashville, Tenn.), Jon Weisberger (Cottontown, Tenn.) – “Walkin’ Into Gloryland”
3rd Place- Kevin T.Hale- (Brentwood, Tenn.) – “We All Die to Live Again”
On Saturday, Molly Tuttle returned to the MerleFest stage for the first time since she won the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition in 2012. A rabid crowd ate up every guitar lick and melody Tuttle played as she continues to push the envelope of what can be played on a dreadnaught guitar. The Waybacks’ annual Hillside Album Hour found the bay-area band covering Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety with Sarah Dugas (formerly of The Duhks) handling most of the vocal duties and Sam Bush, Jens Kruger, Red Young, and Tony Williamson backing them up for yet another memorable Saturday afternoon set. Sam Bush Band lit up the Watson Stage ahead of Brandi Carlile, running through his career-spanning catalog of “New Grass” tunes and closing with his new rousing rock and roll anthem, “Stop The Violence”. Traditional Bluegrass super group Earls of Leicester once again paid excellent homage to the giants of the genre, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. In an era of progression for the genre, the Earls brand of picking reminded the crowd that it’s perfectly OK to stick with tradition from time to time. Brandi Carlile and her band closed out Saturday with her signature songwriting style and vocal fireworks. Drawing from her newest release, “By The Way, I Forgive You,” and then diving deeper into her past works, Carlile and longtime musical partners Tim and Phil Hanseroth belted and whispered in close three-part harmonies well enough to make every last MerleFest attendee’s jaw drop. To close out an already special night, Sunday headliners Seth and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers joined Carlile around a single mic at the front edge of the Watson Stage and performed the Avett’s “Murder In The City”, drawing a huge reaction from the already stunned crowd.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper introduced Steep Canyon Rangers Sunday afternoon on the Watson Stage. Late last year, Gov. Cooper declared 2019 to be North Carolina’s “Year of Music”, adding, “from bluegrass to the blues, from gospel to funk, from beach music to indie and hip hop, North Carolina is the birthplace of many musical styles and iconic performers.” Gov. Cooper was in attendance for Steep Canyon Rangers’ “North Carolina Songbook” set on the Watson Stage which dove into the rich history of the region’s music, specifically the musical heritage of their—and the festival’s—home state, and solidified their place in MerleFest lore. Bluegrass patriarch and hair-style pioneer Del McCoury celebrated his 80th birthday surrounded by friends, family, and the Del McCoury Band. Del and the boys fired up the Hillside Stage, highlighting his eight-decade milestone with class and style that only the McCourys can provide. North Carolina’s own The Avett Brothers closed out the festival after having joined their father, Jim Avett, for Sunday’s annual Gospel Hour. On the Watson Stage, gladly playing tunes that spanned their almost-two-decade long career, The Avett Brothers had the crowd singing along from the very first line. While many MerleFest patrons have seen the Avetts at the festival before, this performance proved that the brothers and their band have now truly transcended to the next level of much-deserved stardom.
About MerleFest
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel, and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects, and other educational needs.
About Window World
Window World®, headquartered in North Wilkesboro, N.C., is America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, with more than 200 locally owned offices nationwide. Founded in 1995, the company sells and installs windows, siding, doors and other exterior products, with over 15 million windows sold to date. Window World is an ENERGY STAR® partner and its windows, vinyl siding and Therma-Tru doors have all earned the Good Housekeeping Seal. Through its charitable foundation, Window World Cares®, the Window World family provides funding for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, which honored the foundation with its Organizational Support Award in 2017. Since its inception in 2008, the foundation has raised over $8 million for St. Jude. Window World also supports the Veterans Airlift Command, a nonprofit organization that facilitates free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families. Window World has flown over 100 missions and surpassed $1 million in flights and in-kind donations since it began its partnership with the VAC in 2008. For more information, or call 1-800 NEXTWINDOW. For home improvement and energy efficiency tips, décor ideas and more, follow Window World on Facebookand Twitter.
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MerleFest is proud to announce they’ve extended their long-running partnership with Window World through 2024—they have been supporting the WCC Foundation for over 18 years. “MerleFest is an amazing event that brings people together from all walks of life to celebrate incredible music,” says Window World Chairman and CEO, Tammy Whitworth. “As a fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, MerleFest works wonders for the students and families in our shared community of Wilkes, and we are honored to be a part of that great tradition for another five years.”
“Window World has long been a friend to the Wilkes Community College Foundation, helping to support the college since 2005,” adds Ted Hagaman, MerleFest Festival Director. “In 2015, Window World increased its sponsorship by becoming the presenting sponsor for MerleFest, the foundation’s primary fundraiser funding scholarships, capital projects, and other educational needs for the college. We are very pleased to announce that Window World has extended their sponsorship for an additional 5 years through 2024 and are thankful to continue our partnership with such a world-class company.”

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The Family Of The Late Mr. Tilford Sellers Announce Record Release Party In Indiana.

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Jun 302019

I have been in constant contact with Mr. Patrick Bowman’s mother, on a very personal level. She wants to express her love and gratitude to all of us in the music community for remembering Mr. Patrick AKA Tillford Sellers. I ran into him many times on my road travels through the years, and we always had a lot of fun enjoying each other’s work within the music community.

I wrote a nice memorial about him when he was killed in an automobile accident in Indiana. I also recently released some information HERE for the upcoming album that is being released by his loved ones. This project was one that was being worked on right at the time of his death, and his former band members rallied together to make this happen.

Sentencing for the man that killed him and injured his fiancee has been scheduled for July 12th, and as I learn of the outcome I will publish a follow up article on here.


Tilford Sellers Tribute – Record Release Dates and Locations!

Thursday, July 18, 2019 – Columbus Bar, 322 Fourth Street, Columbus, Indiana

Saturday, August 24, 2019 – Duke’s Indy,
2352 S. West Street, Indianapolis, Indiana

Stay Tuned. Additional details will be coming very soon.

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Another Day With You by the late Tilford Sellers will soon be available on colored/black LP, CD and digital download. There will also be a CD of the demo versions of each song.

All proceeds from each sale will go to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund. Recipients of this award may use the money for tuition and/or music related expenses such as music lessons, equipment, travel, studio time, etc.

Many thanks to the Bowman family, Dave Becker, Kyle Battin, Eddy Price, Ryan Payton, Lisa & Steve Thompson, Thom Woodard, Justin Meier, Brad Wallace, Jerry Miller, Wes Eberhardt, Paul Mahern and everyone else who helped bring this beautiful album to fruition. 

UPDATE (May 16, 2019) — Ruel Pedigo was found guilty of reckless homicide, causing death while operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance and causing serious injuring while operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for July 12.

COLUMBUS, Ind – The tow truck driver accused of causing the crash that killed an up-and-coming musician now faces felony charges in Bartholomew County.

Ruel Pedigo, 49, is now charged with Reckless Homicide and Causing Death While Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood, and Causing Serious Bodily Injury when Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Controlled Substance in the Blood.

The charges followed a nearly four-month investigation that found Pedigo had Methamphetamine in his system when the tow truck he was driving ran into several vehicles at a stoplight on State Road 46 in late January.  The crash killed 36-year old Patrick Bowman and seriously injured Bowman’s fiancee, Sarah Fliehman.

“Columbus Police, with the help of State Police went through airbag diagnostics, downloaded information from vehicles that were involved in the crash,” said Columbus Police Lt. Matt Harris.  “They also looked at nearby security camera footage.”

Harris says the key evidence came from a blood draw from Pedigo shortly after the crash occurred.

“When we received the results back, it showed Mr Pedigo had methamphetamine in his system,” Harris said.

The charges against Pedigo follow nearly four months of waiting for the family of Patrick Bowman.

Patrick Bowman, aka Tilford Sellers, is remembered as a talented musician with a promising career in country music.

“Patrick was a loving fiancé, brother, son, and valued friend to many,” a family statement said.  “There are no words to describe the devastation we all feel.  Patrick’s death has left a horrible void in so many lives.”

Bowman is remembered as a talented singer-songwriter with a promising career in country music ahead of him.  Bowman performed under the stage name “Tilford Sellers” and recorded original country music with his band “Tilford Sellers & the Wagon Burners.”

“We believe Patrick would want to be remembered for his music,” the family statement said.  “Patrick was one of five nominees by the Ameripolitan Music Awards for the 2018 Honky Tonk Male Artist of the year.  His music career was looking brighter every day.”

Bowman’s family says he was in the process of recording an album at the time of his death.  That album is now set for release in late summer or early fall.  All proceeds from the album will go to a scholarship fund in his name, administered through the Heritage Fund of Bartholomew County.

The fund is taking donations for the scholarship.  A link to that donation website can be found here.

Album Feature – Jim Lauderdale – From Another World

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Jun 282019

By Joshua Wallace

Jim Lauderdale has released From Another World which is the follow up to 2018’s excellent Time Flies album.  Jim has been on a run of great albums as of late and From Another World is no different. Inside you’ll find some good country, good songwriting and a great album.

The track “The Secrets Of The Pyramids” is a somewhat psychedelic country love song that compares the mysteries of the pyramids to the mysteries of the heart.  It’s a great example of the good songwriting you find throughout Lauderdale’s career. “Like People From Another World” keeps that theme and talks about two lovers as if they’re from different worlds, and that’s good.

“For Keeps” is a great ballad on this album.  I love the instrumental with the piano and pedal steel.  There is also a nice classical guitar solo on this one. “I’ll Forgive You If You Don’t” kicks off with some great pedal steel work for this heartbreak love song.  This entire record has some great pedal steel work to dig into. Finally, “Are You Trying To Make A Song Out Of Us?” picks up the tempo for the album closer. The song compares a couple in love with all of the interconnected parts of a song that work together.  I love the lines “You can play my heart like it’s your guitar / Tune me up and let it rock and don’t you ever stop”. Like the rest of the album, it all just works to create a great track and a great overall experience.

From Another World is another gem in the late career of Jim Lauderdale.  I highly recommend this record if you’re a fan of good country. Lots of great pedal steel work throughout the album and great songwriting too.  From Another World is out everywhere you can find good music as of June 21st, 2019.  

Favorite Tracks : The Secrets Of The Pyramids, Like People From Another World, For Keeps, I’ll Forgive You If You Don’t, Are You Trying To Make A Song Out Of Us?

Jim Lauderdale – From Another World (2019)

  1. Some Horses Run Free
  2. When You Can’t Have What Your Heart Wants
  3. The Secrets Of The Pyramids
  4. Like People From Another World
  5. One Away
  6. Listen
  7. For Keeps
  8. Slow Turn In The Road
  9. I’ll Forgive You If You Don’t
  10. Graceland Horses
  11. Ever Living Loving Day
  12. Are You Trying To Make A Song Out Of Us?

Bluegrass Giant Mr. Jeff Austin Has Died.

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Jun 272019

One of my many friends I have made in my travels on the West Coast Mr. Julian Davis whom is a prodigy in his own right, recently began playing in the band of the mighty Bluegrass juggernaut Mr. Jeff Austin. As many of you already know ,Austin is a 15 year founding member of the Yonder Mountain String Band.

This past week he had cancelled a string of upcoming shows because of medical emergencies, and his band reached out for prayers. On Monday June 24th he was pronounced dead after being put into a medically induced coma, he was 45.

If you ask mefor my opinion, who it was that singlehandidly pionerred the Jamgrass or Newgrass movement for the future pickersto evolve it was Mr. Jeff Austin or Mr. Sam Bush.  Back in 1998 he founded the Yonder Mountain String Band in Colorado with Mr. Brian Johnston on banjo, Mr. Ben Kaufmann on bass and Mr. Adam Aijala on the guitar. They were formed to open for a band at the Fox Theater in Boulder Colorado, and quickly built a loyal following. In April of 2014, he left the band for creative differences and conflicting career goals, and he was replaced by Mr. Jake Joliff.

He grew up in Illinois and quickly mastered the mandolin, where Mr. Brian Zjohnston reportedly told him to play anything loud and fast. From there on the four gained steam and created an iconic band that usheredin new growth for Bluegrass that is loathed by purists and praised by younger generations.


Miss Jeannie Seely Awarded Major Accolade In Nashville.

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Jun 272019


Jeannie Seely Embodies the Spirit of the Award, Now Named After Her For Future Recipients

Jeannie Seely

NASHVILLE, TN. – (June 21, 2019) – Country music royalty and soon to be fifty-two year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely, was honored and recognized for her contributions to the entertainment industry by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women in Business. Acknowledged and congratulated by Country Music icon and her friend, Willie NelsonThe Standing Ovation Awardwas presented to Ms. Seely by Gus Arrendale at the inaugural Influencing Women Awards Gala, It’s a Ball Y’all.

Jeannie Seely has created influence and significance in the entertainment industry and has shown the advocacy of other women in her field by mentoring and supporting them in their professional success. She generously shares her time, advocating for her community and various organizations. This year’s recipient embodies the spirit of the award, which will now be named after her.

“I am blessed to live, work and play in the community I love, and to be recognized for your efforts is humbling and such an honor,” said Jeannie Seely. “Thank you to my wonderful friends, neighbors and peers.”

“As the committee was determining the categories for our awards, it was unanimously agreed that this particular award should only be presented to one person, Jeannie Seely,” stated Executive Director – Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce; Terri Williams Nutter. “She exemplifies all the traits, and embodies the spirit of the award, which will now be named after her.”

Jeannie Seely has blazed a trail for others to follow throughout her musical career. From her first singing appearances on a local Pennsylvania radio station at the young age of eleven to her over fifty years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie has consistently paved the way for female artists. She was the first female to host a Grand Ole Opry half-hour segment, as well as the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. Nicknamed “Miss Country Soul”, Jeannie possesses a beautiful voice and infamous sense of humor.

“Jeannie embodies everything it means to be a powerful woman in the music industry. She has remained classy -poised-and relevant to decades and continues to inspire generations of females to this industry including myself,” said Carly Pearce. “Her talent and class have allowed Jeannie to sustain her career over six decades. A Grammy award winning artist, Jeannie continues to write and record. Her latest album, which includes collaborations with Bill Anderson, Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan, Willie Nelson and more, is tentatively set to release this fall. She regularly hosts and performs on the Grand Ole Opry and is an on air personality and host on Sirius XM’s “Willie’s Roadhouse.”

Not only is Jeannie an admired artist, she is also a community advocate. She has served on the Board of Directors for both the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce and as a longtime spokesperson for the Humane Society.  She is also actively involved in the Opry Trust Fund which provides financial assistance to those in need in the country music industry. She is a resident of Donelson and active community member.

The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee held the  inaugural Influencing Women Awards Gala, It’s a Ball Y’all, presented by Springer Mountain Farms in Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry. Sponsored by Ryman Hospitalities, Inc. and Pinnacle Financial Partners, the evening celebrated influential women and businesses in the community. Fifteen women and three businesses were nominated in six award categories. Additional honors went to Gina Keltner – Beyond The Glass Ceiling Award, Megan Sticker – Woman To Watch Award, Pinnacle Financial Partners – Champion of Women Award, Lisa Eastland – WOW Award, Michele Mazzu – Heart of Donelson Award and Betty Cannon – Lifetime Legacy Award.

Stay in touch with Jeannie Seely on her website and all of her social media platformsFacebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Jeannie Seely:
Country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”– a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. Jeannie takes much pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights. In 2017, Jeannie celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, consisting entirely of songs she’s written, Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. In his 2003 book “Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music,” music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities,” and that statement still holds true. Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at

About The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women In Business:
Recognizing that women command a dynamic place in today’s workplace and community, the Donelson Hermitage Chamber of Commerce formed Women in Business (WIB) in 2007 with a  Mission Statement declaring: “Women in Business coming together in friendship to celebrate, connect, mentor and support each other.” The Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce is the community resource connecting diverse people and businesses for the continued economic development and overall enhancement of the Donelson-Hermitage communities.

Jeannie Seely

Album Feature – Aaron Watson – Red Bandana

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Jun 272019

By Joshua Wallace

Red Bandana is Aaron Watson’s first studio LP since 2017’s Vaquero.  This album picks up where Vaquero left off and is 20 tracks deep with good country music.  Aaron Watson continues to produce good stuff and Red Bandana is looking like it will be high on my year end album list.  When an album has 20 songs, it often means there can be a few duds in the bunch, but that is not the case here.

“Ghost Of Guy Clark” kicks things off with an nontraditional song that is more of a recitation.  Don’t let that fool you, this song will still get your blood pumping and get you excited about the rest of the album to come.  If that track gets your blood pumping, “Dark Horse” takes hold of that adrenaline and doesn’t let go. I love the banjo riff that opens this upbeat track that almost sees Aaron rapping through the verses, but it’s done in a way that just fits this track.  It reminds me a bit of “Freight Train” from The Underdog, and it should be a similar hit for Watson.

Switching things up a bit, “Legends” is a great song about country music heroes and legends gone by.  It’s a tasteful callback to those old songs that just never die. “Am I Amarillo” is a very George Strait inspired love song about possibly moving on and trying to make that decision.  “Live Or Die Trying” is another favorite that is somewhat in the same vein as “Dark Horse”. It’s a song about never giving up until you’ve achieved your dreams which is something Aaron Watson has done his entire career.

“Riding With Red” is a tearjerker about an old cowboy that has passed but Aaron looks up to highly in this song.  It’s an amazing example of the great songwriting you find throughout this album. “Home Sweet Home” is another great ballad on this album.  I love the line “My illusion’s delusion has come to conclusion / This world’s not what it seems”. Finally, “You On My Hands” is a smooth country love song like only Aaron Watson can do these days.  He’s written a few good ones over the years and this is another.

This album is a long one, clocking in at 69 minutes, but it’s full of good tunes and none of it disappoints.  I saw Aaron Watson back on his tour for Vaquero back in 2017 and it may be time to catch a show again with all of these new songs.  Red Bandana is available everywhere you can find good music as of June 21st, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Ghost Of Guy Clark, Dark Horse, Legends, Am I Amarillo, Live Or Die Trying, Riding With Red, Home Sweet Home, Shake A Heartache

Aaron Watson – Red Bandana (2019)

  1. Ghost Of Guy Clark
  2. El Comienzo del Viaje
  3. Dark Horse
  4. Heartstrings
  5. Old Friend
  6. Kiss That Girl Goodbye
  7. Country Radio
  8. Legends
  9. Am I Amarillo
  10. Blood Brothers
  11. Live Or Die Trying
  12. Riding With Red
  13. Red Bandana
  14. Trying Like The Devil
  15. Home Sweet Home
  16. Burn Em Down
  17. Shake A Heartache
  18. You On My Hands
  19. To Be The Moon
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