Moon Runners Music Festival: Valentine’s Day Videos.

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Feb 142021

Moon Runners Music Festival has always been one of my TOP favorite festivals of the last ten years. Even though it’s not as old as a few of the others I cover, it does not make it any less relevant. Mr. Jahshie P. was one of the few first people I met while getting into the Roots Music world, as he and his ilk were revolutionizing the Chicago area music community.

At the time of me writing this one ( as I am frantically trying to catch up ) there are two day’s worth of videos out already now. I missed day 1, but got to watch day 2. You can easily go back and watch the videos again, many times.

Over the next few weeks I will be ( and I have been ) listing and working with so many festivals and venues, telling you about the ones that have cancelled. Well, Moon Runners is one of the ones that HAS NOT cancelled. If you don’t mind I would like to include some links to others that are going like Fresh Grass.They continue to plan their Jamgrass lineup to us.

The Blue Ox Music Festival in nearby Wisconsin also plans to continue on with their 2021 festival plans. I do a lot of work with that specific festival, and they are watching the current situation carefully to make a final decision.

But MANY of the festivals I yearly follow have indeed cancelled, and have either dropped out altogether, or issued videos like these. Some of the festivals that have cancelled are one of my favorites Rooster Walk and one of my New York festivals called  The Great Blue Herron.

Through the years, many of these bands have been featured on this website and I have had the pleasure to maintain friendships with many of them through the years. Even though I try my best to keep track of many different music communities all over America, I do not always get to watch everything LIVE, and I have to it on video.

Shoot, there are times that I have two different videos from two different genres on computers at the same time. But the main thing here is this: I enjoy doing this! This link HERE is where you can donate to them, so they can continue the fight against shitty corporate music!

Bluegrass Queen Miss Rhonda Vincent Finally Inducted Into The Grand Ole Opry

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Feb 142021


Rhonda Performs Merle Haggard's "Momma Tried" with Dierks Bentley
Rhonda Performs Merle Haggard’s “Momma Tried” with Dierks Bentley
Watch the moment HERE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi-award-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent was formally inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry Saturday by Opry member Dierks Bentley. The invitation was delivered in February of 2020 by Opry member Jeannie Seely with an original induction date scheduled for March 24, 2020, prior to the pandemic.

Dierks said, “I’ll never forget the night that our mutual friend Marty Stuart made me an official member of the Opry and I’m so pleased to get to do the same for you tonight. Rhonda, you are now an official member of the Grand Ole Opry! I know you will carry the Opry banner proudly wherever you go.”

“It’s been 343 days, seven hours, three minutes, and five seconds,” Rhonda said laughing sharing how many days it had been since the Opry invitation came last year. “This is a night I will never forget and will cherish the rest of my life. I am proof that dreams really do come true.”

“It’s great to have the supremely talented and very patient Rhonda Vincent as an official Opry member,” said Dan Rogers, Vice President and Executive Producer, Grand Ole Opry. “She brings with her countless fans, industry respect, and heartfelt passion for keeping the Opry vibrant and entertaining for generations to come. We look forward to Rhonda spending the rest of her career with us as part of the Opry family.”

Additional performers included Opry members Riders In The Sky, Jeannie Seely, and Mark Wills as well as special guests Don Schlitz and MCA Nashville Records artist Parker McCollum, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut.

Saturday’s Opry was broadcast live on Circle and Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access and YouTube and could be heard on 650 AM WSM and SiriusXM.

About Rhonda Vincent:
The Grammy-winning Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, singing with her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at twelve, performing with the family band at festivals on weekends. Rhonda struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown. Her opportunity eventually led to a deal with Rebel Records. Her work caught the attention of Giant Nashville’s president, James Stroud, who signed Vincent to record two contemporary country albums. After Giant, she signed with Rounder Records where her passion for traditional bluegrass music flourished. With the release of her debut album “Back Home Again,” “The Wall Street Journal” crowned Rhonda Vincent the New Queen of Bluegrass. She’s a multi-award winner, with a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album (2017), Entertainer of the Year (2001), Song of the Year (2004), and an unprecedented 7 consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (2000 – 2006). Her powerful vocal style transcends the boundaries of bluegrass music, as evidenced in her collaboration with Dolly Parton on the Elton John / Bernie Taupin Tribute Project “Restoration” 2018. Rhonda Vincent’s lifelong dream came true when she was invited to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry on February 28, 2020.

The Great Blue Heron Music Festival Cancels.

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Feb 132021

Blue Heron 3

Our Summer 2021 Plans-

We know that this is probably not the news you want to hear today, but we will NOT be having The Great Blue Heron Music Festival again this year. This would have ben our 30th year, so we are very sad about this and we’re sure you are disappointed, too. 

With COVID restrictions still in place and no idea when they will be lifted, we view this as the smartest and safest direction for 2021. We know this will be a huge disappointment for many, but hope you will understand that we see it as the best path for us with so many unknowns.

The GOOD NEWS is that we ARE starting to figure out how to offer music and family fun all summer long for you!

Last summer we opened The Heron Campground and welcomed many of you for camping, music, socially distanced activities, and our new “Taste of Heron” food series. In December, Hipcamp recognized us as #1 Tent Campground IN THE USA!!! and Best Overall in NYS!!! We also earned Airbnb SuperHost status!!  We are proud of all the quick changes we made to survive 2020. We are extremely thankful to our staff and all of you that supported us and made this possible.

So we ask for your patience for another month or so, while we figure out our 2021 schedule for enjoying the land, live music, wonderful food from our farm, and EACH OTHER here at The Heron! Keep your eyes on our social media pages for updates!

P.S. In the near future we will communicate with patrons who told us they wanted to hold their 2020 GBH tickets. 


Over here at Gary Hayes Country, we ardently follow over 275 small do it yourself festivals and bigger corporate ones as well. I currently have a huge list of festivals that are ongoing, and ones that cancel. You can read the article HERE, and it is updated every other day.

Many of the articles from the ones that cancel, have their own announcements in the form of solo articles. I am currently working on one coinciding with this one as Fresh Grass WILL INDEED transpire as of now.

This would have been their 30th anniversary, and as with many of these festivals this pandemic is tearing apart many of the huge milestones each of these festivals have faced.  So just because we cannot physically be at our favorite festival, to partake in those special moments with our festival families.

I honestly do not know how life is going to unfold, or when outdoor events will ever begin to happen again? When will you, my reader, have the ability to go to your favorite festival so you can see your favorite band. When will I be able to return back to work covering all of my favorite bands from behind the scenes.

Until that tines comes around, what we will continue to do on here, is to report on as many of these festivals that we can. The list will continue to be a large compilation of festivals that are both cancelling and still ongoing.

So please excuse me while I go back to working on these festivals for you!

Fresh Grass North Adams Plans To Happen!

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Feb 122021

See you in September!

With vaccines rolling out and many experts predicting a return to live music events in the fall, we cannot wait to welcome our bluegrass family back to MASS MoCA for FreshGrass North Adams 2021 on September 24-26.

We’re putting together a stellar lineup (more info soon!) and making sure all suggested safety protocols are followed (more info below). We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to gather together for a special 10th anniversary festival in September. Join us for a family-friendly weekend brimming with the brightest talent in bluegrass and roots. Grab your tickets, then RSVP on Facebook to let your friends know where you’ll be!

‘Til then, mask up, jam out, and stay tuned for lineup news in March!

FreshGrass Festival
September 24-26


Health + Safety

The health and safety of festival-goers, musicians, vendors, staff, and the local community are our top priority, and we will be working closely with all local and state authorities to ensure a safe experience for all.

We will be sharing more information about the specific requirements and protocols that will be in place in the coming months. We thank you for your patience and understanding as the future continues to be a bit of a moving target; please stay tuned—many more details to come!

These last few days, I have taken the time to do some in depth looks into a lot of venues and festivals, wondering which ones will actually transpire in 2021. This time of year while running my website, I am linking band names into current year’s lineups.  I’m usually contacting over 275 festival directors for information and comments.

I just recently published a good article on what The Caverns in Pelham Tennessee is doing to meet standards, so they can have live music again. All over America, venues like Billy Bob’s in Texas are maintaining their operating status by having live music while meeting protocols.

I cover a vast array of genres  of music, and festivals, and I try my best to report to all of you on every one of the festivals. I study so many different festivals all over America, that are either still going on or cancelling.

Now, not only does Fresh Grass hold two different festivals across America it also publishes No Depression magazine, offers college grants and more! For many years the quarterly music publication of No Depression has been a top “go-to” route for new music and new bands.

In the next few coming weeks, I will be publishing several more articles from other festivals that are cancelling like the announcement made last week by the Great Blue Heron from my friends up in New York.

We have, and will continue to publish ongoing shows from venues like Billy Bob’s Texas and festivals like and Rooster Walk. We are all ardently busy delving into all of these different music outlets, to bring you the goods!

Volunteers and Virtual Events at BCM Museum in February

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Feb 112021


Volunteer Training, Virtual Events at
BCM Museum in February

Bristol, Tenn.-Va. (January 28, 2021) – This February, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum is open to visitors (with health and safety guidelines in place), and asking for a little help from volunteers to welcome guests and for work behind the scenes.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and that hasn’t changed during the pandemic,” said Dr. Rene Rodgers, Head Curator at the museum. “Though most of our outreach programming is online, we still need volunteers to help with operations at the museum in a wide range of areas both on the front lines and behind the scenes. Our Virtual Museum Volunteer Training breaks down all the areas of interest, and lets potential volunteers find the path that most interests them.”

Virtual Museum Volunteer Training will take place on Monday, February 1, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST via Zoom. Those interested are urged to check out the Events page at for more information. To sign up for the session, send an email to

The second edition of the museum’s Virtual Speaker SeriesBefore Coal Miner’s Daughters and Many-Colored Coats: Pioneering Women in Country Music, takes place February 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST and highlights some of the often overlooked ladies of early country music. Musician and WBCM Radio Bristol show host Bailey George discusses little known trailblazers such as Louise Massey, Cousin Emmy, Molly O’Day, Jenny Lou Carson, and Lulu Belle Wiseman. The event is free, but you must register through the Events page at

On Friday, February 5 at 11:00 a.m. EST the museum will release a new edition of its Virtual Story Time for families and children, featuring the book How Chipmunk Got His Stripes, based on a Native American folktale and written by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac, and illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. And then on Friday, February 19 at 11:00 a.m. EST, our Virtual Story Time program will share Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton and illustrated by Brooke Boynton-Hughes. Both installments will include a fun word or reading activity after the reading. Participants may access Virtual Story Time via the Museum from Home link on the museum’s website at and on BCM’s YouTube channel.

There’s plenty of time to read The Devil’s Dream by Grundy, Virginia native Lee Smith, the latest book to be discussed on the next Radio Bristol Book Club Thursday, February 25 at 11:00 a.m. EST. Though the Book Club doesn’t meet in person, “members” are encouraged to read along each month and tune in to the show at and email their questions and comments to using the subject line “Radio Bristol Book Club Comments” so their thoughts can be included on the monthly program.

Visit The Museum Store to pick up weekend passes to the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, scheduled for September 10-12, or purchase online at; you can also take advantage of the event’s payment plan option. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Tanya Tucker, Blackberry Smoke, Yola, and others are set to lead the lineup with more acts to be announced in the spring. Stay tuned!

Finally, there’s still time to visit the museum’s special exhibits Honky Tonk: Portraits of Country Music, 1972-1981, featuring the photographs of Henry Horenstein, A Selection of Hard Rock’s Country Music Memorabilia, and two poster exhibits commemorating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage. However, for those wary of venturing out during the pandemic, BCM continues to offer Museum from Home for those looking for fun and educational activities while staying at home.

For more information about everything the Birthplace of Country Music has to offer, visit



Celebrating the Women of Early Country Music
Join the Conversation with Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s
Virtual Speaker Series Feb. 2

Bristol, Tenn./Va. (January 26, 2021) – Louise Massey. Cousin Emmy. Molly O’Day. These names may not be familiar to you, but they helped pave the way for today’s ladies of country music. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum celebrates these often overlooked pioneers of the country music genre, and many others, in its next Virtual Speaker Series entitled “Before Coal Miner’s Daughters and Many-Colored Coats: Pioneering Women in Country Music.”

Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. EST guest speaker Bailey George, who has been collecting and researching country music since he was 11 years old (he’s now 23), will lead the fascinating discussion on the impact of these pioneering female artists, musicians, writers, and performers. Bailey is himself a local musician and host of WBCM Radio Bristol’s Honky Tonk Hit Parade.

“Country music has always been filled with fantastically talented female artists and an especially prolific period was the Radio Barn Dance era from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s,” said Bailey. “For years the stories of these pioneers have been obscured by the Nashville-centric country music industry. It’s time we shed some light on these trailblazing musicians!”

Traditionally the role and widespread recognition of women in country music has been relegated to a handful of superstars who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. But female country artists have been making their mark since the beginnings of country music recording. The impact of these early artists has been somewhat overshadowed by flashier, pop-oriented female entertainers in recent years, but without these trailblazing recordings, the country music industry as we know it would not exist.

Bailey George’s Honky Tonk Hit Parade explores country music from the 1940s and 1950s, and airs each Wednesday 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST on Radio Bristol at 100.1 FM in the Bristol area, through the free Radio Bristol mobile app and at Archived episodes of the program are also found at that web address.

The March Virtual Speaker Series, on Tuesday, March 2, will feature Alona Norwood and William Isom discussing the work of Black in Appalachia and the importance of amplifying Black narratives and histories.

The Virtual Speaker Series is free and open to the pubic, but you must pre-register to join the Zoom program. To do so, visit the Events page at

About Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of the 1927 Bristol Sessions and their lasting impact on our music heritage. From the Bristol Sessions and beyond, our region continues to influence music around the world.

The museum is located at 101 Country Music Way (corner of Moore & Cumberland Streets) in Historic Downtown Bristol, Virginia. Through multiple theater experiences, film and sound, and interactive, technology-infused displays – along with a variety of educational programs, music programs, and community events – the exciting story of this music and its far-reaching influence comes alive. Rotating exhibitions from other organizations and  institutions, including the Smithsonian, are featured throughout the year in the Special Exhibits Gallery. The museum is also home to a digital archive.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays and most major holidays; call ahead for clarification at 423-573-1927.



Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Gather All-Star Cast

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Feb 102021
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Gather All-Star Cast For A Timely Cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’”
With verses from Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash, The War And Treaty, and Steve Earle; Proceeds to benefit Feeding America
“Come, senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall”
February 5, 2021 – Nashville, TN – In the fifty-seven years since Bob Dylan released his career-altering folksong, “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” the times he sang of did seem to change. But now, in another period of national unrest, a President refusing to concede defeat or peacefully transfer power, and a renewed fire for justice in the long-fought battle for civil rights, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s new version of Dylan’s classic sounds more poignant and insistent than ever before. “I’ve been a fan of Bob Dylan’s since I was a teenager, living in California,” says NGDB founding member and lead singer Jeff Hanna. “I was fortunate enough to see him sing “The Times They Are A-Changing” in concert the year the song was released: 1964.” Today, JamBase shared NGDB’s star-studded version of Dylan’s classic. Beginning today, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” is available for “name your price” purchase on the band’s Bandcamp page with all proceeds going to Feeding America. On February 8th, the song will become available on digital service providers with those proceeds also going towards Feeding America’s cause. More information can be found at
Amidst the compounding, pleading verses of Scottish ballad by way of Greenwich Village, the Dirt Band’s distinguished musical guests—Jason Isbell, Rosanne Cash, The War And Treaty, and Steve Earle, all of whom are no strangers to writing and singing their beliefs on record, each step to the microphone to contribute a verse with Isbell also adding slide guitar—carry the same tone and energy in their voices as the song’s writer did almost six decades ago; an unfortunate but earnest reaction to the all too evident parallels between now and then. “It moved me deeply then and that hasn’t changed,” Hanna notes. “The lyrics are as relevant today as they were when Dylan wrote it. Maybe even more so.”
Produced by Ray Kennedy, “The Time’s They Are A-Changin;” was collectively recorded up and down the east coast. John Leventhal recorded his wife, Rosanne Cash’s vocals in their New York City home studio and Steve Earle contributed his verse via the world famous Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village. In Nashville, NGDB and guests joined Kennedy in his Room & Board Studio. Rounding out the already outstanding cast of characters on this track are all of the current members of NGDB—Jeff Hanna (lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Jimmie Fadden (drums), Bob Carpenter (accordion), Jim Photoglo (electric bass), Jaime Hanna (electric guitar), and Ross Holmes (fiddle and mandolin)—as well as Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers) on additional drums and Nashville songwriting legend—and Jeff Hanna’s better half—Matraca Berg on harmonica and harmony vocals. “We’ve got great admiration for all of these folks, not only as artists, but more importantly, as people,” says Hanna.

Cooley, Hood And Isbell Reunited And LIVE From 2014.

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Feb 092021

Preorder Live At The Shoals Theatre, an in-the-round performance by Mike Cooley, Patterson Hood and Jason Isbell, available here as a limited edition colored vinyl 4 LP set and on CD. The album is due out June 4th, 2021. Due to the limited nature of this release, copies are limited to one (1) per format, per person/household.

Like many of you that read this website, I am a big fan of the Drive By Truckers. Many of my friends have the opinion that they are too political, and even though I am a Libertarian, their politically laced lyrics do not deter me from being a fan.

A few of their albums were not as good as others, but I myself enjoy the albums where these three were the focus of the band. The trio played a ton of material from the 2004 album “The Dirty South”, and the album “Decoration Day”. Even though this album does not contain one of my personal favorite songs called “Daddy’s Cup” from the Dirty South album.

I watched many videos from this show, because I wasn’t thinking there would be any release like this of the event. There appeared to be absolutely no resentment between these former band mates, on the contrary, there seemed to exist an eudaemonic chemistry between them.

This era of the band has long since been a happy separation as Mr. Jason has gone on the record some of his greatest work solo, and the Drive By Truckers have equally gone on to record some wonderful albums. But if this ever became a permanent fixture to have these three on the front line again, I think it would revolutionize  another fantastic era of the Drive By Truckers.

For those of you that are like me, and collect different colors and pressings of the same album, this set will come in translucent blue and red, and pink and coke bottle clear ( as pictured above ).

From the Bandcamp media release :

On June 15th 2014, Jason Isbell reunited onstage with former Drive-By Truckers bandmates Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley for a special round-style night in Muscle Shoals Music. reunited for a show at the historic Shoals Theatre in Florence, AL to benefit Terry Pace.

The setlist includes acoustic versions of Isbell-era Truckers gems including “Heathens,” “Decoration Day” and “Zip City” as well as post-Isbell Truckers tracks like “Space City” and solo Isbell faves such as “Cover Me Up.”

The set opens and closes with a pair of classic Hood-sung numbers, 2004′s “Tornadoes” and 2001′s “Let There Be Rock.” Live At The Shoals Theatre is available to preorder here now as a limited edition 4 LP colored vinyl set on translucent blue & translucent red vinyl and on CD.

The 4LP box set will include coke-bottle clear and transparent pink vinyl. Both the LP and CD set will feature liner notes from Patterson Hood. We are excited to announce that this legendary recording will be released both as a 4LP and 2CD set on June 4, 2021

Pre-order the box set, signed cover prints, test pressings and more.


Live At Shoals Theatre Tracklist

  1. Intro
  2. Tornadoes
  3. Carl Perkins’ Cadillac
  4. Decoration Day
  5. Heathens
  6. Eyes Like Glue
  7. TVA
  8. Puttin’ People On The Moon
  9. Marry Me
  10. Goddamn Lonely Love
  11. My Sweet Annette
  12. Women Without Whiskey
  13. Outfit
  14. Daddy Needs A Drink
  15. Self Destructive Zones
  16. Cover Me Up
  17. The Living Bubba
  18. Space City
  19. Danko/Manuel
  20. Grand Canyon
  21. Cartoon Gold
  22. Alabama Pines
  23. Zip City
  24. Never Gonna Change
  25. Let There Be Rock

T. Graham Brown Welcomes Tanya Tucker As His Guest.

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Feb 082021
T. Graham Brown Welcomes Tanya Tucker As His Guest On February’s Live Wire On SiriusXM’s Prime Country Channel 58 Starting Wednesday, February 3 at 10/9c
T. Graham Brown and Tanya Tucker SiriusXM Prime Country Channel 58
With continued airings throughout February, T. Graham Brown’s Live Wire will feature live cuts from artists including Alan Jackson, Gary Morris, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Seger, plus an exclusive interview and live cuts from Tanya Tucker
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown’s LIVE WIRE on SiriusXM’s Prime Country Channel 58 will debut new episodes for February, starting Wednesday, February 3 at 10/9c PM, featuring an interview with Tanya Tucker. LIVE WIRE is a one hour show that showcases live cuts & interviews with some of T. Graham Brown’s closest friends and heroes, sharing fun stories about life on the road.

“The February edition of “LIVE WIRE” boasts live music from Alan Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Gary Morris, Dwight Yoakam, and Bob Seger,” says T. Graham Brown. “The highlight will be my conversation with my soul sister, Tanya Tucker. I’ll be playing a few from her great new album, ‘Live From The Troubadour’, recorded over two nights at the legendary venue in West Hollywood, California. Tune in to Prime Country channel 58 on SiriusXM as I take you to 6 different concerts. You will smile!”

With continued airings throughout February, the show will feature live cuts from artists including Alan Jackson, Gary Morris, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, and Bob Seger, along with an interview and live cuts from hitmaker, Tanya Tucker. Listen closely to hear never-before-told stories and rare live performances from your favorite Prime Country superstars! LIVE WIRE is also available on-demand worldwide with the SiriusXM app and Pandora NOW with a standard SiriusXM subscription.

How subscribers can listen:
SiriusXM subscribers are able to listen on SiriusXM radios, and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app, and at home on a wide variety of connected devices including smart TVs, devices with Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Go to to learn more.

Additional airings in February include:
Thursday, February 4 @ 1 am and 3 pm ET
Sunday, February 7 @ 11 am ET
Tuesday, February 9 @ 12 am and 11 pm ET
Thursday, February 11 @ 3 am ET
Monday, February 22 @ 12 pm ET

For T. Graham Brown’s most updated concert calendar visit

About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel, and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca-Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s, and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots. In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy-nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, and more. In 2019, Brown became part of the SiriusXM family as host of Live Wire with T. Graham Brown airing monthly on Prime Country Channel 58. In 2020, Time Life partnered with T. Graham to reissue several of his classic albums and has recently released his latest album Bare Bones. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion. Brown’s uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.

For more information, visit

The Caverns In Tennessee Has Returned To Live Music.

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Feb 072021

I have been publishing all sorts of venues that are starting to bring back something WE ALL have been craving for months…live music. What venues are open? What festivals are still going to happen? Which ones cancelled or moved? What protocol is being met for the ones that ARE operating? Make sure you tune into ALL of my articles to see.

I LOVE the idea of ordering merch and drinks on an app, and having them DELIVERED TO ME so I do not miss any of the show, I mean how cool is that? Now that raises one question to me…this means more staff, which as a businessman like me understands…means higher prices to offset that labor cost.

I’m anxious to see the outcome of this one here.

Live music returns to Grundy County, Tennessee with NEEDTOBREATHE (March 12-14), Blackberry Smoke (March 19-20), Lucero (March 26), Moon Taxi (March 27), Steep Canyon Rangers (March 28), The SteelDrivers (April 10), Del McCoury Band with Sierra Hull and Justin Moses (April 18), St. Paul and The Broken Bones (April 23-24), Dailey & Vincent (May 16) and Margo Price (May 28). These concerts will be outdoors and in socially distanced 2-person, 4-person and 6-person pods.

Margo Price is Coming to The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater, May 28, 2021
Our pre-sale starts this Wednesday at 10a CT • Access code: PRICEPODS
On May 28th, for the first time since 2019, modern country traditionalist Margo Price and her band will headline a concert to an audience of in-person attendees. The socially-distanced show presented by Lightning 100 will take place outdoors at The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater, where all aspects of the event will adhere to strict guidelines to help protect the health and safety of everyone involved.
Watch the video below to get the vibe of how what an outdoor and socially distanced concert at The Caverns is like. To learn even more about how we’re bringing back live music responsibly, visit this webpage.
Don’t miss Margo Price with Jeremy Ivey on Friday, May 28, 2021! Being a subscriber to our e-newsletter has its perks, get your pods early during our exclusive pre-sale this Wednesday before they go on sale to the general public on Thursday at 10a CT.
Pre-Sale Starts Wednesday (1/27) at 10a CT • Access Code: PRICEPODS
General On Sale Begins Thursday (1/28) at 10a CT


More Above Ground Shows
Friday, March 26, 2021
The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater
For more information about this show, including frequently asked questions, visit this webpage.
Steep Canyon Rangers
Sunday, March 28, 2021
The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater
For more information about this show, including frequently asked questions, visit this webpage.
Del McCoury Band
Sunday, April 18, 2021
The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater
For more information about this show, including frequently asked questions, visit this webpage.
St. Paul and The Broken Bones
April 23 & 24, 2021
The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater
Presented by Lightning 100. For more information about this show, including frequently asked questions, visit this webpage.
Dailey & Vincent
Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater
For more information about this show, including frequently asked questions, visit this webpage.
It’s Warm Underground!
The Caverns stays the same temperature year-round. Whether you visit us in the summer or in December, it’s always 59 degrees underground. On a cold winter day, it feels nice and cozy in The Caverns. Experience the great outdoors—indoors—with The Caverns daily cave tour. We’re open 7 days a week from 9a to 5p CT. Come on down!
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

The Caverns is proud to bring back live music in a responsible way with a new, socially distanced venue—The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater.

Join us outdoors on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Payne’s Cove for an epic night of music.

For these concerts, we have a solid plan to bring us all together, but it is going to take everyone doing their part. We’re all in this together. Between our staff, the artists, their crew and YOU—we are going to make this work!

Guests will arrive at staggered times, be asked COVID-19 screening questions, receive a temperature check, and enjoy the show from socially distanced pods. You’re welcome to bring your own chairs for this show as seating will not be provided. Masks will be mandatory, except when guests are in their pods. All concessions and merchandise will be ordered through an app and delivered contactless to your pod eliminating lines and limiting the need to leave your pod.

While the music plays on above ground, restrooms will be used inside The Caverns subterranean music venue to give guests an opportunity to duck below the surface to see the world famous underground music venue.

For all aspects of the event, The Caverns will adhere to the State of Tennessee’s Tennessee Pledge based on CDC guidance to bring back live music.

The Caverns is proud to bring back live music in a responsible way with a new, socially distanced venue—The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater.

Join us outdoors on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Payne’s Cove for an epic night of music.

For these concerts, we have a solid plan to bring us all together, but it is going to take everyone doing their part. We’re all in this together. Between our staff, the artists, their crew and YOU—we are going to make this work!

Guests will arrive at staggered times, be asked COVID-19 screening questions, receive a temperature check, and enjoy the show from socially distanced pods. You’re welcome to bring your own chairs for this show as seating will not be provided. Masks will be mandatory, except when guests are in their pods. All concessions and merchandise will be ordered through an app and delivered contactless to your pod eliminating lines and limiting the need to leave your pod.

While the music plays on above ground, restrooms will be used inside The Caverns subterranean music venue to give guests an opportunity to duck below the surface to see the world famous underground music venue.

For all aspects of the event, The Caverns will adhere to the State of Tennessee’s Tennessee Pledge based on CDC guidance to bring back live music.

News From Rooster Walk.

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Feb 062021


    RW12 * POP’S FARM  *  MAY 26-29, 2022

Sad news. Happy news. Big news.

     We held out as long as we could, but current and projected state laws governing maximum crowd sizes make it extremely unlikely Rooster Walk 12 would be allowed to take place at Pop’s Farm in late May. As such, we have several important announcements for you:    
   A) Rooster Walk 12 won’t take place this May. Which is very sad, but…
   B) We’re thrilled to announce “Rooster Walk Reunion,” a three-day festival at Pop’s Farm, will take place on the Oct. 8-10 weekend! RW Reunion will bring many of your favorite bands, vendors and friends back to Pop’s for something that looks and feels like RW in all the right ways, but adds changing leaves, cooler temperatures and an even more intimate vibe. We are sooooo excited about this! Stay tuned for more details very soon…
   C) We’re not done yet! We will also hold a series of one-night concerts at Pop’s Farm starting this spring, complete with on-site camping. These shows will be planned and announced as socially distanced (pod) concerts, but if state health laws allow us to change them into a good, old-fashioned “pre-COVID” format (AKA no pods) we will absolutely do that. Two of these shows will take place over Memorial Day weekend at Pop’s (Fri & Sat, May 28-29). Don’t miss ’em.
   D) Ticket Questions, Etc.: In the coming weeks, once we’ve announced more details about Rooster Walk Reunion and the spring concerts, we will offer ticket Roll Overs/Exchanges/Refunds. This means patrons who have already purchased a ticket to Rooster Walk 12 will have the following options: Hold onto your ticket(s) for use at Rooster Walk 12 held next year (May 2022); exchange your RW12 ticket(s) for tickets to the spring and fall events at Pop’s; get a refund for your RW12 tickets; donate your ticket purchase to Rooster Walk Inc. (a 501c3 nonprofit charity). **None of these options are available at the current time, but they will be soon. We promise to give you plenty of heads up via email and social media posts.**
   It goes without saying that we’re extremely bummed to miss out on Rooster Walk in May yet again, but it seems disingenuous and counterproductive to promote a festival that, based on all research and resources available to us, won’t be allowed to take place in late May. However, we are very excited to offer the spring shows and Rooster Walk Reunion, all of which will allow camping, dancing and much-needed merriment at Pop’s Farm this year! 
   Thank you so much for the incredible patience, love and generosity you’ve shown us over the past year. It means more than you will ever know. Can’t wait to see you on the farm.

Folks you know that I am still keeping track of well over 275 yearly festivals, from all over the United States, and I’ll continue to bring the news and lineups to light. Honestly, I think a lot of the festivals that are scheduled in the spring will be rescheduled for the fall.

I speak with as many festival directors and PR companies as I can, and I ardently watch all of the posts from all of the festivals. On a monthly basis, I get down and dirty for the purpose of music..and my readers.

This article is going to begin a series of articles about the current state of festivals on a huge scale in 2021. I am going to post videos, updates, and all of the news that I can come up with on this subject here.

More About Billy Bob’s Texas!

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Feb 062021

Billy Bob’s Texas 40th Anniversary Celebration To Include Hank Williams, Jr. And Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers.

I have spent so much time researching many of these venues that are open now, and what is going on there. What steps are they taking to remain open during covid regulations?

What shows ARE REALLY going on around America? Well, not long ago general manager Mr. Marty Travis announced this big extravaganza that will take place April 2nd and April 3rd, and will feature none other than Mr. Hank Williams Jr.

ON SALE NOW: Midland and The Steel Woods

Billy Bob’s Texas first opened on April 1, 1981- which means our 40th anniversary is April 1, 2021. We’re celebrating 40 years of good music and great times for the entire month of April!

The full concert line up is still to be announced, but after 40 years of honky tonkin’- it’s bound to be one party after the next.

I’m not in any way a fan of Mr. Scotty McCreery, I think his music stinks. However this article was so positive, that especially now, I think we all need to read something POSITIVE amid all of this bickering and finger pointing.

Billy Bob’s Texas & Scotty McCreery Donate $2,100 To ACM Lifting Lives®

Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Shenandoah, Collin Raye, Tracy Lawrence, and More Set To Take The Stage At Billy Bob’s Texas In February

New concerts announced and tickets on sale now for Aaron Lewis, Dwight Yoakam, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, and more.

ACM Award winner Scotty McCreery played a limited capacity show at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth on January 23rd. $1 out of every ticket sold went to ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music that is dedicated to improving lives through the power of music with health programs and hardship services. With the help of Scotty McCreery and his fans, $2,100 was donated. Billy Bob’s Texas has partnered with ACM Lifting Lives® twice more since 2017, working with Kane Brown and Midland to raise money for the cause.

“We were thrilled at the opportunity to work with Scotty McCreery and partner with such an incredible and important organization again,” says Billy Bob’s Texas General Manager, Marty Travis.

“I love having an opportunity to help a great cause like ACM Lifting Lives, and doing it while performing at a legendary venue like Billy Bob’s Texas is an added bonus,” said McCreery.

“We are immensely grateful to both Scotty McCreery and Billy Bob’s Texas for their generous contributions to ACM Lifting Lives,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “Billy Bob’s has been a great partner in the past, and it was an honor to have their continued support during Saturday’s show. We look forward to using the donation to continue to support those in need in the country music community.”

Before the show, Billy Bob’s Texas presented Scotty McCreery with an oversized check showcasing the donation

Billy Bob's Texas / Scotty McCreery - ACM Lifting Lives check presentation
Pictured: Billy Bob’s Texas General Manager Marty Travis, Scotty McCreery, Billy Bob’s Texas Creative Director Terran Flusche.

Throughout February, Billy Bob’s Texas has booked a wide array of talent starting with Danielle Nicole (Feb 19) and The Cleverlys (Feb 20) will crank things up at The 81 Club, while Jimmie Allen (Feb 19) and Shenandoah & Collin Raye (Feb 20) will keep fans entertained with some of the biggest hits from yesterday and today on the main stage. Rounding out February in style with Texas favorites Mike & The Moonpies (Feb 26) and hitmaker Tracy Lawrence (Feb 27), there is no denying Billy Bob’s Texas is where the entertainment is at!

February Concert Lineup:
FEB 19 – Danielle Nicole @ The 81 Club (Ticket Info)
FEB 19 – Jimmie Allen (Ticket Info)
FEB 20 – The Cleverlys @ The 81 Club (Ticket Info)
FEB 20 – Shenandoah & Collin Raye (Ticket Info)
FEB 26 – Mike & The Moonpies (Ticket Info)
FEB 27 – Tracy Lawrence (Ticket Info)

New Concerts Announced & On Sale NOW!
More new shows have just been announced to Billy Bob’s concert calendar. Tickets are on sale NOW for the following concerts:

MAR 05 – Shane Smith & The Saints (Ticket Info)
MAR 06 – Charley Crockett (Ticket Info)
MAR 10 – Koe Wetzel
MAR 12 – Aaron Lewis (Ticket Info)
MAR 13 – Kip Moore (Ticket Info)
MAR 19 – Dwight Yoakam with Tennessee Jet (Ticket Info)
MAR 19 – Stoney Larue
MAR 20 – Easton Corbin
MAR 20 – Dwight Yoakam with Tennessee Jet (Ticket Info)
MAR 26 – Samantha Fish (Ticket Info)
MAR 27 – Justin Moore (Ticket Info)
APR 01 – Larry, Steve & Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers (Ticket Info)
APR 02 – Hank Williams Jr. (Ticket Info)
APR 03 – Hank Williams Jr. (Ticket Info)
APR 30 – The Bellamy Brothers
MAY 28 – Kody West (Ticket Info)
JUN 05 – Joe Nichols (Ticket Info)
JUL 30 – Ted Nugent (Ticket Info)
OCT 09 – Jon Pardi (Ticket Info)
OCT 10 – Jon Pardi (Ticket Info)

For the full concert calendar, special event, and visitor information, please go to


Mike and the Moonpies


Mike and the Moonpies


Billy Bob’s Texas


Friday, February 26, 2021, at 10:00 PM CST

Tracy Lawrence


Tracy Lawrence


Billy Bob’s Texas


Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 10:00 PM CST

Shane Smith & the Saints


Shane Smith & the Saints


Billy Bob’s Texas


Friday, March 5, 2021, at 10:00 PM CST

Charley Crockett


Charley Crockett


Billy Bob’s Texas


Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 10:00 PM CST

2021 Blue Ox Music Festival Announces the Daily Artist Lineup.

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Feb 052021
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Shakey Graves, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Charlie Parr, Molly Tuttle, Lissie, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades plus 2 nights of Pert Near Sandstone, are among the artists to perform at the 7th annual Blue Ox Music Festival.
The 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival will take place on August 19-21, 2021 at The Pines Music Park – formally known as Whispering Pines Campgrounds.
Tickets are on-sale now at
3-day and 2-day tickets on-sale! 

You can purchase your order in-full or split it into 4 payments using EZ Pay.

*One day admissions will only become available on a later date based on event capacity.

*All ages welcome. Children 13 and under are free with paid admission.

Blue Ox Music Festival welcomes back the annual summer pilgrimage of Bluegrass, Americana, and Roots artists, and their devoted music festival fans; returning to the tall pines and hardwoods of northern Wisconsin. Moving into a new year Whispering Pines Campground has been re-branded as The Pines Music Park, reflecting a re-newed focus as a music venue that will host a variety of concerts throughout the summer. With the same team in place, artists and
attendees can expect the same level of passionate commitment to the music and camping experience that has earned loyalty and a reputation for quality over the past seven years.

This year, Blue Ox honors a fine lineup of performances by heavy hitters – Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Shakey Graves, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Charlie Parr, Molly Tuttle, Lissie, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Charley Crockett, The Lil Smokies, Kitchen Dwellers, Henhouse Prowlers with Tony Trischka, Lillie Mae, Them Coulee Boys, Sunny War, Julian Davis & The Situation, Nora Brown, Jon Stickley Trio, Arkansauce, Armchair Boogie, Kind Country, One Way Traffic, Short Round String Band, Feed The Dog, Intuitive Compass, Barbaro, and The High 48s.

With Pert Near Sandstone hosting the Blue Ox Music Festival for the seventh year, in addition to performing for two nights.

The return of the full Blue Ox Music Festival in 2021 will be one of historical celebration after a year of uncertainity and waiting, which has all but shuttered the live music industry. Artists, management, crews and venues alike, have all been affected by the COVID pandemic. Yet resilience, creativity and hope, have held the torch high as we discovered ways to stay united through live streaming performance concerts, and an abundance of exciting new music and collaboration.

Since its premiere in the summer of 2015, Blue Ox Music Festival has consistently brought together a lineup of top level regional and national acts that have set the stage and standard of artists for the true music festival fan’s experience for years to come. With the vision of an intimate music and camping experience focused on Bluegrass, Americana Roots genres – the 3-day festival creates a unique experience with an impressive lineup of notable artists, in a familial and beautiful outdoor venue setting.

New this year, in addition to the traditional Blue Ox late night sets – The Backwoods Stage will feature regional and emerging artists from 11:30AM to 6:30PM on Friday, August 20 and Saturday, August 21. Performances for the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival Backwoods Stage include – Miles Over Mountains, Good Morning Bedlam, The Thirsty River, Dig Deep, Never Come Down, Pit Wagon, Katey Bellville, Gabe Barnett, and Doug Otto and The Getaways.

This past year in 2020, Blue Ox Music Festival, and the Campout in the Pines summer series were dedicated to step forward bringing the artists and music fans unique experiences to watch live performance safely. The socially conscious solidarity of the shows and live streams kept many loyal fans sane and connected to each other.

The music lives on in the loyal hearts of festival fans, and Blue Ox feels optimistic that it will be safe to come together with our festival family again in August; always following safety and health guidelines that are approved by the regional health authorities and well organized for all attendees of the festival.

The 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival will be a limited capacity event, and due to rollovers from 2020, tickets are currently 50% sold out. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets soon in order to take advantage of the best prices available to date. Please join Blue Ox Music Festival on August 19, 20, 21, 2021 – for three days of phenomenal music and camping in a family friendly, intimate atmosphere.

Fans can stay tuned for updates about the 2021 Blue Ox Music Festival and The Pines Music Park, by subscribing to the newsletters at and

Blue Ox and The Pines Music Park looks forward to the new year of music and live performance!

As artists and ambassadors for the festival – members of Pert Near Sandstone, Nate Sipe and Justin Bruhn, produce and host the popular, Road to Blue Ox Podcast. In each episode, Bruhn and Sipe interview performing artists on the lineup, as well as highlighting key information and updates about the festival.

Nate and Justin are currently in the studio working on the 2021 season of the Road to Blue Ox Podcast. The new episodes will include music premieres and exclusive interviews, news about the Blue Ox Music Festival, and some other surprises along the way. Tune in for new Road to Blue Ox Podcast episodes on Apple iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and Pocket Casts. Follow along on Spotify and be notified as soon as a new episode is released. Stay tuned for upcoming monthly installments of the Road to Blue Ox Podcast, featuring Bluegrass, Americana, and Roots, legends as well as new artists on the scene.


Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Announce New Album

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Feb 052021

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno Announce New Album

Coming March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records

Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno’s self-titled record is old-soul roots music to its core. Though both just out of college, the duo’s musical talents extend far beyond their years. Produced by GRAMMY-winning Cajun roots heavyweight Joel Savoy at his Louisiana studio, Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno (coming March 12, 2021 on Free Dirt Records) is not some soulless collection of songs imitating previous masters of American music. Rather, the pair has responded to one of the darkest eras in American history with an album of stunning breadth and originality. With mass protests, fires raging near their current home in the Pacific Northwest, and no prospect of touring anytime soon, it’s an aptly biting, bittersweet group of songs for an uncertain time. Yet, Leva and Calcagno balance this with a sense of optimism—a notion that at our most vulnerable we might emerge better humans because of it all, perhaps beginning with our own intimate relationships. The eleven tracks elegantly reprise the deep threads of old-time and classic country present throughout Leva’s debut album—she did grow up in rural Appalachia outside Lexington, Virginia, the daughter of celebrated old-time musicians, after all. However, the pair fluidly meld this traditional backbone with fresh iconic melodies, expanded production, and the tightly wound vocal harmonies of indie folk. It’s an artistic statement made from this moment but built to last.

I’m not going to lie folks, DO NOT be amazed if this one does not end up on my TOP 50 at the end of the year here. WOW. This album touches on so many different types of arrangements, that I’m still not close to being done to listening to this one yet folks.

It has warm fiddle tones and equally warm and soft steel guitar laced songs filled with their signature harmony, that make their music stand out above everyone else. I’ll be updating this article very soon.

Track Listing:

  1. Will You
  2. Leaving On Our Minds
  3. Hallowed Hearts
  4. On The Line
  5. Red hen
  6. Biding All My Time
  7. Love And Chains
  8. On Account Of You
  9. My Teardrops Say
  10. You Don’t See Me
  11. Good And Gone



Paige King Johnson Wins In Three Categories At The Carolina Country Music Awards

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Feb 052021

2021 is going to bring us a TON of great music from all areas and genres. One of the more mainstream acts that is on my radar is Miss Paige King Johnson. She only has a few singles out now, but I’m sure her full length album is soon coming.

Upon hearing her songs you can easily ascertain that she has a hunger for a more traditional sound here, and took a refreshing direction in a sea of crap on the radio. Much like gals like Miss Ashley McBryde, she brings a HUGE traditional flavor to the mainstream audiences.

We’re going to be watching for her to release more music, and be on that as soonas we hear from her people.

Awarded 2020 Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Emerging New Artist and Country Tour of the Year
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville-based singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson wins big at the 2020 Carolina Country Music Awards, being named Female Vocalist of the Year, Country Emerging New Artist and Country Tour of the Year with Faith Bardill. Clearly a force to be reckoned with, Johnson continues to deliver music to fans worthy of praises. Continuing the success of her current single “Just Like You,” with accompanying music video, co-directed by Pam Tillis and producer Josh Sikkema and debuted on CMT, Johnson has been climbing the Music Row chart and added to country radio across the United States. “Just Like You” was Johnson’s first release with the distinguished PCG Artist Development Records based out of Nashville, Tennessee, and is available to download or stream on all digital platforms.

Watch the music video on YouTube.

“I’ve been part of the Carolina Country Music Association for 3 years, and to be able to say that I am now among all the other insanely talented musicians who have received a Carolina Country Music Award is so special,” says Johnson. “I didn’t start playing music to get awards like these, but it’s always such an honor. I write and play music every day hoping that it can mean something to just one person & these awards are just sweet reminders that what I’m doing is making a difference.”

Aside from working hard to deliver the “Just Like You” music video to fans, Johnson released a Christmas cover of “Santa Train”, which was premiered acoustically by Country Rebel. With a rare work ethic and a humble heart, there is no project too big for Johnson to tackle! Stream the “Just Like You” music video on YouTube and follow Johnson on her social channels linked below to keep up with future projects and exciting announcements.

About Paige King Johnson:
Born in a quiet North Carolina town just 22 miles south of Raleigh, as a young 9-year-old girl, Paige King Johnson spent her summers under the crepe myrtles imitating the styles of Loretta, Patsy, Waylon, and Merle. Having a grandpa as her biggest fan also meant receiving the gift of her first guitar – a baby Taylor – and enrolling in lessons. After her grandpa passed, the bright-eyed dreamer carried on his memory by taking her newfound discovery to local fairs, festivals, and any other stage she was allowed to stand on. As she grew older, Johnson added “opening act” to her resume, supporting chart-topping artists like Scotty McCreery, Neal McCoy, Luke Pell, and James Otto. And with high school graduation came the realization that this was more than a hobby. The Angier native traded in horse pastures and back roads for the bright lights of Music City in 2015. Upon starting school at Belmont University for Music Business, Johnson honed in on the magic that had heavily influenced her as a child: the art of storytelling through songwriting.

The famous Bluebird Café was just one of many writers’ circuits around Nashville that provided a safe space for Johnson to meet other writers, try out new tunes, and get feedback. In return, Johnson began captivating audiences with her down-home stage presence, cut straight to the bone stories and raw country voice, reminiscent of the classic country era. In the last four years, Johnson has traveled back and forth between Nashville and the Carolinas, playing shows like the North Carolina State Fair and running her dinner theater, Country on the Outskirts of Town, that she founded in high school. Johnson’s quarterly show provides an atmosphere for locals to enjoy Southern cooking, fellowship with friends, and the sounds of classic and current country music with some gospel thrown in. A three-time Carolina Music Awards Nominee for Best Country Female Artist, Johnson’s devoted homegrown fan base continues to expand farther than just her backyard.

Albums I Missed In 2020: William Elliott Whitmore.

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Feb 052021

William Elliott Whitmore I’m With You

The foot-stompin’ Iowa singer/songwriter/banjoist/guitarist/folk hero/punk rock preacher’s brilliant new album I’m With You, his first collection of original material in five years, is out now on digital, CD, and vinyl LP (including limited edition marbled grass green). Get it HERE.

I have been an avid fan of this man’s music since the 2009 “Animals In The Dark” album, and it is one of the 50 albums that culminated my LOVE and PASSION for Roots Music, (or whatever you call underground music ). As I was going through my divorce, I found solace in music that came in many forms.

I found it mostly on MySpace and Bandcamp. I finally got to see him at Muddy Roots one year, and was just mesmerized by his emotions up there. I could not take my eyes off his movements, as he sat there and plugged away at his songs.

One of the songs that spoke to me the most here was “Solar Flare” WOW. At my age of 52 I have lost all of my childhood friends to death. We partied pretty hard, and I lost one to suicide, and three to car accidents. Funerals are hard on us all, and this song makes you stop and appreciate EVERY SINGLE MOMENT of life. You aren’t guaranteed one more second on Earth, and I’m VERY satisfied with my life here.

The songs on this album were masterfully crafted by a man I consider to be a Legend of Roots Music. The ONLY complaint I have is the album is only 9 songs long , and a short 33 minutes long. I waited 2 years for new music from him, and although this album was well worth my wait..I crave more.

Some of the song subjects were all over the grid, and didn’t exactly compliment one another, but THAT IS NOT ALWAYS BAD. Especially with this man and his music. “Black Iowa Dirt” was a good song, and was the closing song on the album.



Mary Sarah’s Bridges Gets A Reissue.

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Feb 052021
Mary Sarah - 'Bridges'
Album Features Duets With Legends On Their Iconic Hits, Including
Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka, Big & Rich and Freddy Powers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mary Sarah’s ‘Bridges‘ will be reissued by Time Life on November 20, a powerful reminder that great country music and great country artists always stand the test of time, bringing joy to the generations who grew up with them and to those who have just discovered them for the very first time. Recorded 10 years ago when Mary Sarah was just 15, the album features duets with beloved country music legends including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Vince Gill, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Neil Sedaka, Big & Rich, and Freddy Powers.

“Music brings people together, and the concept of this album was to do exactly that by building a bridge across the generation gap,” Mary Sarah explains. “These incredible artists have paved the path for artists like myself. People who are my age and younger might recognize some of the songs but don’t really know the person or the journey behind them. I wanted to show younger generations how these icons opened doors for so many artists.”

Mary Sarah is uniquely positioned to do this, with help from a dedicated fan base amassed during her performances as a contestant on ‘The Voice’ and her performances with the wildly popular Kidz Bop music series. Recorded when she was just 15 years old, the album literally and figuratively reflects the multi-generational appeal of the songs.

“It’s crazy now to look back and think that I made the record when I was 15 years old, in the studio with Dolly and everyone,” she reflects. “At that time, in all honesty, I don’t think I understood the magnitude of what was happening but now being 25 years old and looking back, I marvel at how we did this and am humbled by how was I the lucky one to be the artist to help build the bridge.”

Mary Sarah and Friends: BRIDGES Track Listing:
1. Jolene with Dolly Parton
2. Crazy with Willie Nelson
3. Heartaches by the Number with Ray Price
4. The Fightin’ Side of Me with Merle Haggard
5. Texas (When I Die) with Tanya Tucker
6. Go Rest High on That Mountain with Vince Gill
7. Rose Garden with Lynne Anderson
8. Dream On with The Oak Ridge Boys
9. What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life with Ronnie Milsap
10. Where the Boys Are with Neil Sedaka
11. My Great Escape with Big & Rich
12. All I Want to Do Is Sing My Song with Freddy Powers
13. I’m Sorry

This album is a very solid project I have always really liked, the songs were all picked very well. I didn’t really care for the music arrangement on the song “Crazy”, but vocally I thought it was good.

I was really happy when they announced they were going to re issue this album that brings back so many wonderful stars we have now lost like Mr. Ray Price and Mr. Freddy Powers. Now, that is a name that is VASTLY overlooked by SO MANY. But without people like Mr. Freddy Powers, Country Music wouldn’t have some of the classics from Mr. Merle Haggard and more.

I have always been an ardent student of many of the names and places I find in my research of the genre. Mr. Freddy Powers got together with Mr. Paul Buskirk, whom together both were partially responsible for launching Mr. Willie Nelson’s signature sound and tones on iconic albums like “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.

More importantly though, he was responsible for contributing to the 5 decade catalog of Mr. Merle Haggard. The sales from that album spawned the idea for Mr. Merle to call him to work on songs for the album “It’s All In The Game” and more.

Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” From 1961 Nearly Tops Newsweek’s Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time After 60 Years

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Feb 042021

Leroy Van Dyke’s “Walk On By” From 1961 Nearly Tops Newsweek’s Top 100 Country Songs Of All Time After 60 Years

T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Johnny Lee, Charley Pride, Lynn Anderson and Conway Twitty Make List 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – To ring in the New Year, Newsweek in association with Billboard magazine compiled a list of the Top 100 Country Songs of All Time. These singles are deemed essential to country music history and to the evolution of modern country songs. From 1959 to the present day, these singles leave a lasting impression on fans around the world. 2911 Media clients frequent the list ranking from #2 to #84 with artists such as Leroy Van Dyke, Charley Pride, Lynn Anderson, Conway Twitty, T.G Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, and Johnny Lee standing out as country staples.

The #2 spot on the list occupies the single, “Walk on By” by Leroy Van Dyke. It spent 37 weeks on the country charts in 1961, with a record-breaking 19 in the #1 spot. It was one of the first country-rock songs that inspired rock bands such as the Eagles.

“The main ingredient to any degree of success in the music business is finding the magic song,” says Leroy Van Dyke. “‘Walk On By’ was my lucky charm! After that, it’s remaining proficient and professional.”

Other record-breaking hits such as, “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” by Charley Pride, “Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson, “Hello Darlin'” and “You’ve Never Been This Far Before” by Conway Twitty, “Party Time” by T.G Sheppard, “I’ll Get Over You” by Crystal Gayle and “Lookin’ For Love” by Johnny Lee contribute to the Top 100 list and round out the 2911 Media roster; providing constant inspiration for modern country artists. These songs have lasted the tests of time and will continue to shape the genre for years to come.

Visit HERE to read the Newsweek, Top 100 Country Songs of All Time Rankings.

Some of these press releases I let out without adding anything. Some of them I write myself, and some of them I do a little of both. I do it as I see fit, when I want to include some studies and information. This article here I wanted to add a little bit of commentary on this one.

Initially, I was elated to read the title and I am just as excited to bring it to you. But if you carefully sort through this article, you will find some SHIT on there…including the NUMBER ONE SLOT.

I mean, COME ON….you’re going to try and tell me that songs like ANYTHING Florida Georgia Line puts out is better than a 5 DECADE LEGEND like Mr. Leroy Van Dyke? Are you on drugs?

Well, that was my first glance reaction to this article….but I continued to read this further, and I’m going to be brutally honest. This list was actually well thought out, and evenly placed, adorned with a plethora of Legends.

Actually, some of the songs were not even well known hits from these artists, and not just simply some common songs from the same ol artists that we all love. In fact, some of them were quite impressive to me. Miss Kelsey really does know her Country Music, unless someone else wrote this and she edited it.

Other than the fact that the top 5 songs were mostly crap, but not all the way bad, I didn’t have any problems with this. I think to cater to so many different types of Country Music fans, you need to do just what she did here.

More Albums I Missed In 2020: Scott H Biram.

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We cover so many types of music here on the website, and I get so overloaded with news stories, and my other job that it’s impossible to touch on everything I want to on a timely basis. Hell, I’ll admit that even Mr. Joshua reviews albums I miss out on, and forget to check out until the last minute.
Mr. Scott H Biram is a Legend of Roots Music ( or whatever you consider him to be ), and his “Graveyard Shift” album from 2006 is a classic album for me. Most of you know my personal backstory, and my divorce story from 2007 when music saved my life. I discovered him by browsing MySpace, and since Bloodshot Records heavily inspired my love of underground music, I loved many of these artists we have today ten years ago!
This from the press release:

Fever Dreams, the 12th album from Central Texas singer/songwriter/guitarist/foot-stomper/harmonica player/preacher/hellraiser Scott H. Biram, AKA The Dirty Old One Man Band, is a fervent yet intimate collection of blues, classic country, and rock-n-roll sealed with punk, heavy metal, and frankly, whatever the hell Biram wants. As the man himself told us, “You’re gonna want to pop open a cold tallboy for this one.”

Honestly laying down his bare soul at the people’s feet once again in a way that very few can, this record dips and sways, as always, in true Biram fashion, with tales of hard, homesick traveling, lost love, over indulgence, spiritual rejoice, and, of course, some tributes to some of his favorite music pioneers.

This album contains another Legend to me Mr. Jesse Dayton, who’s album “The South Austin Sessions” was another album that culminated into what makes me do what I do here.  “Single Again” was the more Honky Tonk song they did together on this album, and it was a DAMN GOOD ONE!

“Drunk Like Me” was one of the stripped down gritty guitar songs that he is most known for, as a one man band. Truth is, he never needed any big huge band to present what he has to the world. He is THE ORIGINAL bad ass blues man!

More Albums I Missed In 2020: Kailey Nichole.

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Feb 012021


The Young Country Singer Returns To Her Southern  Roots

(Release Date: January 24, 2020)

Nashville, TN —Vegas-born, California-raised and now living in Nashville, Kailey Nicole’s music is inspired by her family’s southern roots.

Nicole was shaped by the country music always playing in the house. Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Johnny Cash all made an indelible impression on Nicole and their “honesty and ‘trailblazing’ attitude toward their craft” helped shape her own musical spirit. “Back in the day, my grandmother looked and sounded like Connie Frances,” Nicole described. “In order to pay her way through nursing school she would perform as Connie throughout Kentucky. She picked me up every day after school when I was young, so she has had a big influence on my music and me.”

Kailey Nicole got her professional start singing and acting in theatre when she was nine years old. She’s worked in film, TV, voice-over, and commercials, which has helped set the stage for her recording career. But above all, Kailey has always enjoyed playing the guitar and writing music. She made her first mark on the music scene in 2015 when she was just 16 years old, with her first EP, Nashville Stick-up (Fervor Records). The EP and accompanying video for the title track were well received by critics and marked Nicole as someone who sang like an old soul at a young age.

With the Nashville Stick-up under her belt Nicole decided to take time off from performing to study music at the University of Southern California. Now graduated, she has reemerged with the release of her bold new eponymous titled EP. The new collection of songs was produced by musician Niles Thomas (Roxystar), the EP was mastered and engineered by six-time Grammy winner Bonzai Caruso (Madonna, Stephen Marley).

With this new record, Kailey Nicole has found her harmonious sweet spot –the place where old and new meet. “Both EPs are traditional as well as contemporary country, but I think this new EP blends in some other genres, as well. This time the approach to production is different, the lyricism is different, and my approach to vocals is different. I think what’s working now is a sense of vulnerability and my comfortability in myself and the artist/songwriter I’m becoming.” Her blend of old-school country with new-school style makes her sound diverse and yet, relatable. Kailey Nicole is known for soulful lyrics—Y’all wire called them “gut wrenching and soul searching”—and it’s a one-two punch when paired with her powerful, yet ethereal voice.

Nicole actually started out recording a group of singles that slowly developed into Kailey Nicole. Two of the songs have been previously released as singles;  “Diamonds and Coal” was released in February 2018 and “Brand New Day” was released in September 2018.  The spirited sharp-tongued send-off  “ “Diamonds and Coal” was written  after a breakup and leaves you with the sense that Nicole isn’t going to let anything get her down—“Coming ‘round you miss me now, seems as though you’ve figured out, never be another one like me.” The song,  “Brand New Day” was originally intended to be a demo for Kenny Chesney and she was asked to sing the vocal for the pitch.  After Kenny passed on the tune the writers (Niles Thomas, Bonzai Caruso) offered it to Nicole and she decided to put it on her EP.

The soft and sweet, “Save Me For A Rainy Day” is a song that Nicole said, “just fell out of me” and was inspired by Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight”. The lively and rousing song, “Tennessee” didn’t start out that way. “When I first wrote the song I had the intention that is was going to be a heartfelt ballad about chasing your dreams and not letting anyone stop you,” she relays. “Then I stepped out of the room for a moment and when I came back Niles was completely changing the vibe of the song. He asked me to give him 20 minutes to see what he could do and if it didn’t work out, we’d go back to the ballad.  I was practically having a panic attack, but after a few minutes I started to see where he was going and of course, that’s where the song ended up. Now it’s not only about chasing your dreams, but it has a little fight to it.”

“Country Love Song” is one of the first songs she ever wrote at the age of 15.  “Because of that it will always have a special place in my heart,” she explains.  “What is funny is the fact that I was 15 and certainly didn’t have any boys in my life to write about at that time so I used my imagination.  That’s half the fun of songwriting sometimes.”

Nicole has recently made her home in Nashville. “I love Nashville and always knew it would be where I ended up,” she notes.  “I was visiting there not too long ago and had a hard time getting back on the plane to head home.  I didn’t want to leave Nashville and just sat there as the airlines called my name over the loudspeaker.  It was then that I realized, ‘Hey! I’m an adult now.  If I want to move here, I can.’ I got on the plane to California and started making the plans to make Nashville my new home.”

Playful yet determined, Kailey Nicole reminds us of popular music’s rich history of strong female voices and relative importance.  The record follows in their footsteps with its fresh, vibrant vocals and Nicole’s fearless confidence and firmness in her musical direction.


Fireside Collective to release Mountain Home debut, Elements, on March 20

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Fireside Collective to release
Mountain Home debut, Elements, on March 20

Arden, North Carolina (January 24, 2020)
— With music that is part bluegrass and part roots rock with a dose of funk-influenced danceable rhythms, Fireside Collective is stylishly blurring the lines of traditional roots genres. The Asheville, North Carolina-based group is out to make a unique artistic statement through a diverse approach — one that has already gained the quintet a fervent fanbase and the attention of their peers.
On Elements, Fireside Collective blends the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy. The album, now available for pre-order, will be released March 20.Fireside Collective members Joe Cicero (guitar); Alex Genova (banjo); Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin); Tommy Maher (resonator guitar) and Carson White (upright bass) each bring a strong, original voice to his instrument, and the unique contributions of different lead and harmony vocalists complement the variety in the group’s songwriting.

Produced by Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters, Elements is distinctive, continuing to use a wide influence of sounds to create a body of work that belongs to Fireside Collective alone.

The album is preceded by two singles, “She Was An Angel” — premiered by The Bluegrass Situation — and “Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me,” which gained ground for the band with national radio airplay and critical acclaim.

Brian Carroll of Red Line Roots noted, “Fireside Collective’s ‘Don’t Stop Lovin’ Me’ is bluegrassy twang with a soulful groove. The dobro lines running wild, the rhythm and chop keeping perfect time. There is such a vibe to this tune. It’s the expert blend of tradition with modern pizzaz that is impossible to not jive with and groove to. I may have found one of my favorite new-to-me bands here. Dig it folks. Dig it deep.”The groovy “Winding Road” and the funky “Bring It On Home” show what can be done with bluegrass instrumentation outside the genre’s conventions, while songs like “Waiting For Tennessee” and “High Time” capture the band’s ability to bring their live energy to recording.

“Circles” and “Done Deal” bring an introspective restlessness, accentuated by the former’s musical pointillism and the latter’s insistent, loping rhythm and regretful lyrics, and the instrumental, “Night Sky From Here,” shows off Fireside Collective’s mastery of moods with an ever-moving spotlight on each member in “breakdown” passages that alternate with driving bluegrass rhythms.

Elements announces the arrival of a band that has found its place in the contemporary era of roots music by both reflecting and shaping new sounds of the genre. Pre-order it HERE.

Fireside Collective has signed with Mountain Home Music Company. Front row, from left: Mountain Home’s Francesca Huffman and Fireside Collective’s Jesse Iaquinto and Tommy Maher. Back row from left: Mountain Home’s Audrey Fletcher and Jon Weisberger; Fireside Collective’s Joe Cicero; Mountain Song Productions’ John Felty; Fireside Collective’s Carson White and Alex Genova; Mountain Song Productions’ Stacy Claude; and Mountain Home’s Ty Gilpin.
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Arden, North Carolina (August 20, 2019) — Fast rising Asheville Progressive Bluegrass band Fireside Collective has partnered with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company to release new music.

“I could not be more excited to be working with Mountain Home,” says banjo player Alex Genova. “When I was growing up, listening to bluegrass music as a teenager in Wisconsin, much of my experience with great, authentic, bluegrass came from my collection of CDs. A great number of the albums that inspired me then and continue to inspire me today have the Mountain Home logo on them. It is an honor to get to work with their amazing team and to be a part of their incredible roster of artists.”

Fireside Collective and Mountain Home plan to release the first single “She Was An Angel” on September 6 with more singles to follow and a full album release in Spring of 2020.

“We have watched as this fine group has moved from the backyard, to local Asheville sensation to one of the most sought after new national touring bands in roots music!” adds Mountain Home’s Ty Gilpin. “We are excited to be part of their growing success and to help take them to the next level.”Follow Fireside Collective on Spotify to get notified of their upcoming music releases.

About Fireside Collective
A quintet who cheerfully disregard every kind of one-dimensional label that might be attached to their music, Fireside Collective has been on a roll since emerging five years ago from the fertile roots music scene of Asheville, North Carolina. In quick order, the progressive bluegrass group released its debut, won the 2016 Band Contest at MerleFest, earned an International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band of the Year nomination and embarked on an ambitious touring schedule that’s earned an enthusiastic reception from traditional bluegrass to wide-ranging, eclectic music festival audiences alike.Blending the characteristic interplay of bluegrass instrumentation and harmonies with strong original material and exuberant energy, Fireside Collective has drawn on folk, blues, funk and a wide variety of bluegrass sounds to create a distinctive body of work that’s all their own. Each member—Joe Cicero (guitar); Alex Genova (banjo); Jesse Iaquinto (mandolin); Tommy Maher (resonator guitar) and Carson White (upright bass)—brings a strong, original voice to his instrument, and the unique contributions of different lead and harmony vocalists complement the variety in the group’s many original songs.

“Depending on where you come from and your experience with folk music, you may think we’re very traditional, or on the other hand, consider us a progressive act,” says Iaquinto. “We appreciate both ends of the spectrum and may lie on a different end on any given night.” But whether they’re bringing the classic sound of bluegrass or exploring new musical territory, Fireside Collective delivers a fresh, energetic approach and a blast of enthusiastic creativity that’s electrifying audiences across the country.

Time Life Digitally Reissues Eight Albums By David Frizzell On January 15

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Jan 302021
Includes Three Solo Albums, A Live Recording with Jett Williams And Four Frizzell & Friends Collections Featuring Guest Appearances By Allen Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Jimmy Fortune And More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Time Life continues to expand its digital music division with a new, eight album digital distribution deal with country music favorite David Frizzell.  Beginning January 15, three of Frizzell’s solo records, four of his Frizzell & Friends collaborations and a live album recorded with Jett Williams will be available on all major digital platforms. In addition to his work with Williams, songs from the eight albums include appearances by a number of country stars including Allen Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Jimmy Fortune and more.

“Well, we sure didn’t get to hit the road in 2020 so it gave me a lot of time to find the masters to many of my old albums and focus on getting them released on all the digital platforms,” says Frizzell.  “I am so happy to partner with Time Life, who as we know do some of the best country music compilation projects through their informercials. To know that they are going to help get my music out to the masses like they have been doing for all these years is just a true blessing.”

“David Frizzell has incredible talent that shines both as a solo artist and in his collaborations with so many of country music’s beloved artists,” says Mike Jason, Time Life Senior Vice President, Live Entertainment. “It’s an honor for us to work with him and share his great music.”

Frizzell began his career touring with his brother, Lefty, when he was just 12 years old and since then his work has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards, won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year award and the ACM Vocal Duet of the Year for two years in a row as well as an ACM Award for Song of the Year. Frizzell is also an author and has worked with a number of causes and nonprofits including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation and Music City Animal Rescue. He also runs his own record label, Nashville America Records.

About Time Life:
Time Life is one of the world’s pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

The following albums will be available on all digital platforms via Time Life on January 15:

David Frizzell                “Confidentially: The Ultimate Package”
David Frizzell                “Me & You”
Frizzell & Friends          “LeftyFest”
Frizzell & Friends          “This Is Our Time”
Frizzell & Friends          “Present: Buddy Holly Country Tribute”
Frizzell & Friends          “Roundup”
Frizzell & Friends          “Roundup: Campfire Songs”
Frizzell & Williams        “Frizzell & Williams On Tour Again”

Albums I Missed: Amy Speace Announces New Album with The Orphan Brigade, There Used To Be Horses Here

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Jan 302021
Amy Speace Captures Deeply Personal Album
with The Orphan Brigade,
There Used To Be Horses Here
Out April 30th; Hear the album’s first single today
January 11, 2021 – Nashville, TN – Looking back on a twelve-month span between her son’s first birthday and the loss of her father, award-winning singer and songwriter Amy Speace culled eleven new songs directly from her depth of personal experiences—childhood memories, coming of age in New York City, and losing a parent while learning to become one—to create her new full-length album, There Used to Be Horses Here; out April 30th on Proper Records/Wind Bone Records. While many of the subjects on the album are heavy, There Used to Be Horses Here isn’t a sad record. Instead, it’s a direct reflection of that year in Speace’s life, propelled by a playwright’s eye for detail, a performer’s gift of vocal delivery, a poet’s talent for concise writing, and the extraordinary musicianship of collaborators, The Orphan Brigade.The end result is a sum much greater than its parts; a calling card for fans and critics alike to ask themselves whether Speace still fits only into the folksinger box she’s long been placed in—or perhaps, with this new album, she deserves to be seen in a new light.
Today, Rolling Stone premiered a music video for the album’s first single and title track, “There Used to Be Horses Here,” calling it “melancholy but gorgeous,” and noting that the video’s vivid imagery of a picturesque farm and its beautiful occupants serve “as a metaphor for all that we lose to both progress and the passing of time.” Speace laments, “During the last week of my father’s life, I drove [the road on the way to her parent’s house, past a farm she’d grown to love] and the farm had been sold, gutted for condos, and the horses were gone. I wrote this song very quickly after he died, the loss of both the horses, my childhood, my parents’ house, and most acutely, my father all tied to the images in this song.” SiriusXM’s The Village also debuted the single this morning with an exclusive interview. Click here to listen. Fans can hear “There Used to Be Horses Here” now right here and pre-order or pre-save the album at this link.
In its most powerful moments, There Used to Be Horses Here sets Speace’s majestic voice to symphonic arrangements, yet her songwriting remains intimate and emotional. As a fan and friend of the Nashville band The Orphan Brigade, she invited its three members—Neilson Hubbard, Ben Glover, and Joshua Britt—to collaborate as songwriters and co-producers, inspired by their persistent rhythms and sweeping sonic palette. Remembering her vocal sessions, Speace says simply, “While I was singing over what those guys were playing, it made me feel like I was flying.” Speace observes that every vocal performance on the album is the first or second take, and that the musicians in the room are finding their way in the moment. The approach sums up her goal as a producer: “You need to make sure you press ‘Record’ while musicians are fumbling, because while they’re trying it out is when the magic happens. You should never let anything be perfect.”
There Used to Be Horses Here is an album and exhibition of songcrafting that Speace is immensely proud of. “The best songs I have written have been since my son was born when I thought I was going to lose all creative powers to mothering—and it didn’t happen,” she says. “It kicked it into high gear and made me think, ‘I may not have much time left on the planet. Maybe I should just get to the point.’” When There Used to Be Horses Here winds down to its end, listeners will look back over the eleven-song journey to see Speace’s knack for vibrant storytelling and ability to capture hardship in beautiful detail on display; her craft sharper and more meaningful than ever before.
There Used to Be Horses Here In Amy’s Words: “A month after I turned 50, I gave birth to my son, Huckleberry. My father was present for the birth and held him within hours. My Dad was 81 years old and we both knew my Dad would not see my son grow up. In the year between my son’s birth and my father’s death, these songs spilled out of me. I grieved in writing. I wanted to illuminate my father and his stories, from the horse farm near his home that was bulldozed to make room for condos (“There Used To Be Horses Here”) to his memory of a car ride that came back to him in a dream the night before he died (“Down The Trail”) to a photograph found in an old album (“Father’s Day”). I wrote to my son as I nested with him in the morning (“One Year”, “Mother Is A Country”). I sang to our ailing world as the pandemic raged around us (Warren Zevon’s “Don’t Let Us Get Sick”).
There Used to Be Horses Here Tracklisting:
Down the Trail
There Used to Be Horses Here
Hallelujah Train
Father’s Day
Grief is a Lonely Land
One Year
Give Me Love
River Rise
Shotgun Hearts
Mother is a Country
Don’t Let Us Get Sick

Billy Bob’s is Open!

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Jan 292021


New concerts announced and tickets on sale now for Lee Brice, Restless Heart, Shenandoah, Jon Pardi and more

FORT WORTH, Texas – Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Billy Bob’s Texas first opened in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment each month when stars from the present and past grace the stages. While kicking 2021 off in style, Billy Bob’s Texas will also begin a year-long celebration, marking its 40th Anniversary, bringing in the biggest names in music to the hottest rising stars hitting the charts.

More new shows have just been announced to Billy Bob’s concert calendar. Tickets are on sale NOW for the following concerts:

FEB 05 – Jamey Johnson And Randy Houser
FEB 06 – Lee Brice
FEB 12 – Read Southall Band
FEB 13 – La Mafia
FEB 14 – Real Love, Rare Love In Texas
FEB 19 – Jimmie Allen
FEB 20 – The Cleverlys @ The 81 Club
FEB 20 – Restless Heart & Shenandoah
FEB 26 – Mike & The Moonpies
MAR 5 – Shane Smith And The Saints
MAR 6 – Charley Crockett
MAR 12 – Aaron Lewis
MAR 19, 20 – Dwight Yoakam And Tennessee Jet
MAR 26 – Samantha Fish
MAR 27 – Justin Moore
APR 1 – The Gatlin Brothers
APR 2, 3 – Hank Williams Jr.
MAY 14 – Jon Pardi
MAY 15 – Jon Pardi
JUN 05 – Joe Nichols

For the full concert calendar, special event, and visitor information, please go to

Billy Bob’s Texas
Historic Fort Worth Stockyards
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
(817) 624-7117

Circle airing Live At Billy Bob’s Texas!
Live at Billy Bob’s Texas gives the listener a front-row seat to concerts at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. The music series has compiled powerful performances featuring hits from legendary country music artists like Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Eddy Raven, Gary Stewart, Asleep at the Wheel, Janie Fricke, and more.

Circle network is carrying Live At Billy Bob’s Texas! Circle Media celebrates the country lifestyle and puts fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Based in Nashville, Circle includes a linear network as well as a companion over-the-top (OTT) premium entertainment service which is expected to launch in spring 2020. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

Go to for shows, schedules, and a simple guide to getting the channel.

Visit for more information, or to buy any of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas CDs and DVDs, click here to visit the online store.

Billy Bob’s: Lending a Hand to Music History:
Artists placing their hands in cement has been a tradition at Billy Bob’s for more than two decades.

Many of the club’s showcased artists have been honored with various awards and accolades. For some, however, their favorite honor is being part of what is now known as Billy Bob’s ‘Wall of Fame’.

Patrons can visit the Wall of Fame and see the handprints and autographs of Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and even Ringo Starr to name a few. Many fans enjoy comparing their hand size to the celebrities.

To view the gallery, click here.

About Billy Bob’s Texas:
Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the 100,000 square foot cattle barn became Billy Bob’s Texas in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment and real bull riding at “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk”.

The facility can hold 6,000 rowdy patrons on a given night and has been host to hundreds of musical acts, from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top. On Fridays and Saturdays, the venue also features live bull riding – a step up from the mechanical variety. It seems like an unlikely source for a series that has sold millions of albums.

Billy Bob’s has been named the Country Music Club of the Year 10 times by the Academy of Country Music.

To buy Billy Bob’s Texas merch or any of the Live at Billy Bob’s Texas CDs and DVDs, click here to visit the online store, or to buy tickets for special events and concerts, go to


Asheville Songwriter Anna Lynch prepping EP, Apples in the Fall, for March 13 release

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Jan 292021

Asheville Songwriter Anna Lynch prepping EP,
Apples in the Fall, for March 13 release


Great songwriters can turn the hardest hits in their lives into the best songs. There’s a worrying ache to these songs, a hint of bitterness, and a sense of loss. And if the songwriter has a sense of humor, there’s a bite to their lyrics. It’s not easy to fake, and it’s this heartbreak that lies at the heart of the best country songs. With this in mind, North Carolina songwriter Anna Lynch has turned her own recent heartaches and lost days into a series of songs for her new EP Apples in the Fall (March 13, 2020). These songs speak to love in the modern age as easily as they reference the country songs of old, and there’s a hint of wry irony in many of her lyrics. “He touches my backbone, and proves that I’ve got one, so I’ll pick a fight,” she sings in “Hotter than Hades.” It’s hard to write songs that are both brutally personal but also universally relatable. That’s the magic trick to great songwriting, but Lynch finds it easier to relate in song than in person. “I feel like it’s easier for me to show my heart in songs,” she says, “whereas in a day to day, I definitely use sarcasm to relate. I guess some people have called me standoffish. And that really sucks because I’m actually a really nice person.” Lynch is quick to laugh, but slow to forget, and she’s learned not to be afraid of drawing her own story into her songs.

It’s been a long path for Anna Lynch to release these new songs. She first recorded them after a hard landing in Portland, Oregon, when she decided to leave her adopted home state of Alaska. Alaska’s tight-knit and supportive music community had helped her build her songwriting reputation early on, and though her birth state of California informed the EP’s title song, “Apples in the Fall,” other songs were written on the road, while moving, even in the Austin airport in one case. She’s settled down a bit now from her nomadic lifestyle, putting down roots in North Carolina, and finding a new music community there to help her turn these earlier songs into full band arrangements.


Like many today, Lynch has a sense that American culture, and the music industry especially, are due for a massive change. Speaking about the new wave of powerhouse women at the forefront of Americana and country right now, Lynch says “we’re screaming so loud that if you didn’t hear us before, it’s kind of impossible not to now. I love that.” Lynch also wants to relate an honest perspective on love in country and Americana songs, where traditionally internal conflicts and doubt have translated as “whiny” when a woman sings them, but powerful when a man sings about them. Her standout song “Hotter Than Hades,” as Lynch says, “is about modern love in the age of Tinder. What that looks like and also not being judgmental to yourself. It’s okay to want what you want and get what you want and be the person you are. I think a lot of people do feel judged a lot of times for being themselves and taking joy in things that they take joy in. And I wanted to put that out there because I know I’m not the only one.” She may not be the only one experiencing the strangeness of love in modern times, but she’s one of the very few that can write such cutting and beautiful songs about it. 

The Lil Smokies Release Third Studio Album Tornillo.

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Jan 282021
The Lil Smokies Release Third Studio Album Tornillo
Praised by Billboard, American Songwriter, and more
Announcing new tour dates
January 24, 2020 – Nashville, TN – Montana-based rising stars, The Lil Smokies, are pleased to announce the release of their third studio album, Tornillo, available everywhere today. Recorded at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo, TX, with producer-engineer Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses, Midland) Tornillo is a focused and refined representation of the sound The Lil Smokies have become known for, Live For Live Music deeming the release “…an album with a point to make.” Click here to stream or purchase on your platform of choice.
Earlier this month, American Songwriter praised the new release declaring Matt Cornette (banjo), Andy Dunnigan (vocals, dobro), Scott Parker (bass), Matt “Rev” Rieger (guitar, vocals) and Jake Simpson (fiddle, vocals), collectively known as The Lil Smokies “…are in the center of bluegrass’ evolution with their rapid banjo plucks, buoyant choruses and music created out of a composite of influences.” Speaking of the evolution, Billboard cited the band’s “experimental” side when featuring “World’s On Fire,” one of the album’s singles.
On Tornillo, The Lil Smokies dove deep into their well of influences—most notably Laurel Canyon songwriters from the 1970s—and used their traditional string band instruments to craft very non-traditional songs and arrangements. Throughout the album’s eleven tracks the band found themselves trekking into new sonic territory. With Reynolds’ guidance, hints of drums, baritone guitar, and synth pads wove their way into the band’s usual instrumentation. With the goal to enhance the songs, never overwhelming them, The Lil Smokies used their last few days in the studio to experiment, eventually going deep enough to find themselves tracking one of Billy Gibbons’ (ZZ Top) electric guitars through an amplifier previously used by the industrial band Ministry.
As one of the centerpieces of the album, “Carry Me” offers magnificent musicianship and eludes to the distance that is created by life on the road. Dunnigan explains, “It’s about the dreams we have, and what we go through to make those dreams live on.” While that longing for a sense of home permeates Tornillo, the band also found inspiration in unlikely places. For example, “Giant” was written after Dunnigan watched a documentary about Andre the Giant and his struggles with living in the public eye. Other songs, like “Fortunes” and “True Blues,” are less obvious in their origins, which is intentional. “I like having a little bit of ambiguity in songs, using some impressionistic lyrics, and making it sparse,” Dunnigan says. Another common thread weaves through the entirety of Tornillo; room for the music to breathe. “It seems like over time we’re learning that it’s not the more you play, but the tastefulness and space in between the notes that can pull that emotion out,” says Dunnigan. The band attributes a lot of that space and emotion to the outdoors, where they recharge and find their inspiration. Read more about this process via American Songwriter’s conversation with Dunnigan.
“Our time there encapsulates all of the good things about being in a band and making music,” Dunnigan says. “The word ‘tornillo’ in its literal definition means a screw or a bolt. That’s exactly what this experience in the studio did for us as a band. We really came together and worked as a unit, and we got back to those reasons why we do this.” The transcendent vibe of Sonic Ranch ultimately helped the band recalibrate, resulting in an album that’s both exhilarating and introspective.
In addition to the release of Tornillo, the band has announced a slew of new tour dates. See below for tour dates with more dates to be announced in the coming months. Visit for more information and click here to stream or purchase the new release.

The New England Shake Up To Make Major Announcements!

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Jan 262021

For seven years now, Miss Beck Rustic and her crew work diligently to bring a TON of good bands to the northeast. Now, I’ll admit that this is one of the few festivals I have not yet had the opportunity to visit, and cover YET. There are just so many GREAT festivals to attend all over the United States, and I’m only one man.

Tomorrow night at 7 Central 8PM EST, on Mr. DJ Del Villarreal’s Go Kat Go Rockabilly Radio Show there will be a bunch of news announced, like the band lineup announcement and event news.  Listed below are the already confirmed acts, that were on for 2020. Now USUALLY I include links to EVERY ARTIST , and when the full lineup is announced I may do that.

Many of you know I work third shift, so I will be just waking up before this segment airs, and I will be listening in to what I can of this event. I will update this article for you, and let everyone in on the news, in case anybody is interested and missed out in the show.

We are working with the bands from the 2020 lineup, and most of them are confirmed now, for 2021. Below are the confirmed acts so far.
Full lineup will be announced in January.

THE RIP’EM UPS! From California
DADDY LONG LEGS! from New York
SHAUN YOUNG! from Texas
JOSH SORHEIM! from California
MICHAEL HURTT & HIS HAUNTED HEARTS! from Michigan and Louisiana
THE HI-FI LOWDOWNS! from Rhode Island
THE SOAPBOX SAINTS! from Rhode Island


The Bay State Barn Dance is a Live Music Variety show, and the special guests listed below are each doing only a few songs… it’s a spectacular event, and some of our special guests are coming in JUST for the Barn Dance!