Sep 302017
 

Well folks here we are finally on the last day of this event, I MUST SAY we have had some truly enjoyable performances as of now. To be honest the Legendary Shack Shakers pretty much won the BEST SET award so far..will they rule the roost here…we shall see.

One of the great things about Muddy Roots is the diverse patronage of groups and different walks of life that attend. We have Sunday morning Church services here is the video. We have sobriety meetings for people like me that don’t really drink much there. I have seen Wiccan ceremonies, weddings, baptisms and all sorts of things.

You have groups like the New Bloodtubbs that assemble here, nice bunch of guys to me. Mr. Jason calls them all “Tribes” of people that assemble, and I could care less what they do it’s always peaceful and respectful and that’s all that matters. EVERY public gathering has a few problems and this wasn’t perfect but all in all it is a truly fine display of all different types of people.

When I’m into the music shows I leave my politics and my religion at my home and I observe RULE #1..Don’t Be A Dick. I WATCH crowds for pickpockets, card theft, merch theft and many other things. I’ll text Mr. Jason if I see things I deem dangerous or hazardous to his brand or public safety, and I’ll damn sure look out for the bands.

Mr. Monzie Leo Brummett: Guitar / Slide guitar / Vocals and Mr. Derek Long: Banjo / Guitar / Vocals make up this Kansas based folk Americana duo called Monzie Leo And The Big Sky and they were kind enough to send in a set list, even though I did see them too. “Let her go” opened their set. You know he and I have crossed paths quite a few times and I haven’t really been able to sit and listen to his music for long, so this was quite enjoyable.

“Locust street murder” was next followed by “5th of July” and another called “Dark Angel”. They displayed wonderful harmonies and well written songs bearing relate able lyrics and guitar musicianship. “Dirty ol River” was next followed by “I gave you Time” and one song I thought had a really cool name was called “The heart is a pomegranate
Trestle”.

Mr. Tim Vee came to us from New York to bring his music there. I have seen him on social media and we have shared comments but I didn’t get to see his music until now. I think that’s the true beauty of music festivals is that many people and bands are brought together.

“Runaway” was first, from the very beginning I could easily tell he was having FUN up there. This gentleman is ALL about business, and he works very hard on the road. I watch him…I watch many others too, I see all the ones working 300 plus shows yearly.

“Poison (rancid cover)” and another son called “Live your life” were two next songs I got to hear during his set. You know today was a true challenge for me with all 3 stages pumping all day again. I had three chairs set up at every stage bouncing back and forth. He closed his set with “I’m Breaking down”.

Video property of Miss Lisa Wells

John The Revelator This band I just didn’t get to see enough of but here is a nice piece from their website:

John the Revelator is the solo project of Jake Garrett. Jake is more known for his blues rock trio MasonJar Menagerie and his newly founded record label, DeepRoots Family Records and Productions. Along with MasonJar, Jake plays with 6 other bands regularly. Many of which, he writes the music for. Jake has been writing songs for over a decade, compiling 100’s of songs. John the Revelator acts an outlet for these numerous songs that he isn’t using with other projects.

The name John the Revelator derives from an old Blind Willie Johnson song. This is also where Jake draws a lot of inspiration from. Jake does a brilliant job at mixing all of his inspirations and sounding like something completely unique. Using a variety of instruments and his rare vocal styling, John the Revelator dares to do what many artists won’t attempt. John the Revelator is raw and electric.

Jake displays many of his musical talents in John the Revelator. Simultaneously playing guitar along with a bass drum, snare, and high hat. On top of all that, he manages to bust out some mind-melting lyrics. This act is unique, exposing, and riveting. I got to watch this man perform his songs called “whiskey Kisses” and he played another called “Feel Like Dying”.

Mr. Soda Gardocki was an artist I have covered for many years. Moonrunners also brought me to this artist as well as others. He played the first two Muddy roots festivals and a few more as well, I do remember him. He comes to us from the Chicago area and is always a sure bet for a fun time.

He played “Liza Jane” as Mr. Puppy hammered on the drums like he did for Husky Burnette and for Soda in the past, and then Mr. Soda played a song for Izzy Cox, who also played the first Muddy Roots and lost her life to cancer. I also remember him playing “Sleight Of Hand” and “Gutter Queen”, and it’s always nice to have the opportunity to catch up with him and his music.

The Tejon Street Corner Thieves (Yes I realize the video is spelled wrong) come to us from the Denver Colorado area. Much like Mr. Moose Allen and Mr. Monzie Leo I have talked to these boys on social media a lot, and never had the opportunity to see their music live.

Connor ‘Crawdad’ O’Neal – Banjo, Lead and Backing Vocals, Shawn ‘Spicy Fingers’ D’Amario – Washboard, Guitar Lead and Backing Vocals and the rest of the band bring their string band roots music to stage 2 this morning, with great songs like “Fat Girl” and “Take Me Home Tonight”.

These boys from Denver are part of the Triple Nickel crowd and are part of the many tribes of Muddy Roots community, great group of guys and I look forward to having a lifelong friendship with them all. I’ll try very hard to bring them to my area sometime, it’s something that is in the works in my mind.

You can go on their website and purchase their albums that have songs like ‘Whiskey”…I mean WHO DOESN’T like Whiskey? I also got to hear them play a song called ‘Morning Child”. Now that brought me back to stage 1 where I got to re catch up with my buddy Mr.Sweet GA Brown who has some of the best and inventive songwriting you’ll ever hear.

Along with Mr. Dave Dowda he brought some damn fine songs filled with sharp wit and profanity filled quips from his Wordsmith album and his newest release Catfish Sullivan. He too played a song called “Whiskey” but perhaps one of my favorite songs I ever found at Muddy Roots years ago was a song called “I Broke Wahoo’s Leg”.

In fact TODAY on stage 1 it featured three of my favorite songs I have ever found at Muddy Roots, and that’s one of them. He also played a song called “Words” and followed that up with several more. I got to see him play a cover of Roger Miller’s “Dang Me”.

Mr. Greg Gemberling: Vocals, Guitar, Songwriting, Mr. Chris Robles: Bass, Taxidermy, Miss Hana Marie: Banjo, Vocals, Mr. Ryan Davidson: Dobro, Goddamns and Miss Michelle Elaine: Fiddle, Vocals make up the band called Woodland Remedy that brought some DAMN FINE Bluegrass into the mix.

As if Miss Liz Sloan and Miss Lucy Cochran were not enough talented fiddle playing ladies this weekend this band brought out another, that I couldn’t stop watching play. They had a pretty darn good stage presence and the crowd responded well to their music, also they seemed to mix with one another well.

I have known Mr. Chris for many years now from previous festivals, he like me goes every year, and he was telling me about this project as well as gave me a CD of their work. The recording was alright and the songs were good but it didn’t GRAB ME until I saw them live.

They had songs like “Should Known Better” and included “Danger Love” in their set. If you visit their Facebook page I’m sure you can buy an album on there. “Defying Gravity” was next followed by “Moonshine” and the best song of their set in my opinion was called “King Of Sunny Days”.

I was pretty much getting geared up to move onto stage 1 for one of the top shows of the day and as I was preparing to move on over I heard them close their set with “Evil Monkey”  and another called “Trippin Balls” . Their final song was called “Ram Down”.

Now this next band is somebody I wanted to heavily focus on Mr. Pat Reedy, Mr. Brad Tucker, Mr. Leo Grassl, Mr. Ryan Elwell, Mr. Lyle Werner, Mr. Tony Frickey, Mr. John James, Mr. Corey McGilvary, Mr. Gabe Acita, Mr. Nokosee Fields, Mr. Derrick Spivey, Mr. Riley Downing, Mr. Logan Ledger and more DO OR HAVE MADE UP Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners who are now recording on Muddy Roots Records.

For an independent album with no cover art his first album still attracted my attention immediately. As did his unique sound of Honky Tonk Country and hardcore sounds. He works a lot out of Kansas City now and is enjoying much success in the underground scene, however I think he needs to now embark on a push to go national and I intend to help do that.

This band blew me away this weekend with their craftsmanship but simple lyrics on songs like “True Blue” which is just simple two step Country Music. “Blood Shot Heart” was next followed by “Big Wheels” . One of his best songs in my opinion was called “Burgundy In The Rain”, and many of the songs displayed some truly fine steel guitar work.

The wood stage boasted a plethora of music tonight for me as the next four acts I wanted to heavily focus on…and did. However right now I was enjoying “900 Miles” and “Highway Bound”. Highway Bound has some really good beats and good steel guitar solos, and it is Country Music like Country Music SHOULD be played.

He played a good cover of Hank Williams “Ramblin Man” and Dave Dudley’s “Six Days On The Road” before going into his own songs again like “Coal Train” and ‘Slow down”. All together this set was one of the best of the weekend by far…and stage 1 was only going to get better!

So there were a few bands and artists I only caught pieces of C.W.Ayon was one of them and I got to hear some of his set tonight while walking. Gravelroad was another one, here’s a video courtesy Of Mr. Dave Flewelling . I want to THANK so many that helped me do this by contributing videos for me to use.

Lost Dog Street Band was another one I missed today, I can touch on them all but I just cannot actually cover 110 bands. This was truly one of the biggest jobs I have ever been faced with by all means. However Mr. Tim Easton was the only other act I missed.

Mr. Michael Oberst- banjo, vocal, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, kazoo, Mr. Sean Geil- guitar, vocal, dobro, banjo, mandolin Mr. Aaron Geil- upright bass, vocals and my good friend Mr. Joe Macheret- fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals make up the Cincinnati based band The Tillers.

This band has recorded what I consider one of the most iconic live albums in Roots music Live at the Southgate House. and as I mentioned earlier about those HUGE songs, one of them is called “Willy Dear” and it’s off their album Hand On The plow. You Must listen to it REAL CLOSE to get the full effect.

‘Ruben’s Train” was first followed by “Shanty Boat” and then they played some new songs for us, at this time I haven’t much info about their new album. They played ‘Georgia Street Beat” and the ‘General Store Song”…I don’t think that’s the name but it’s cool. I have always enjoyed the way they hover around the mic like they do, it gives a good vibe of comradery within the band.

They closed their set with “Road Never Ending” “500 Miles” and one of my favorites called “old West Side”. As i made way over to stage 3 for one of my personal favorite bands I recently wrote about called Hillbilly Casino. I recently wrote an article about their new album you can read that HERE.

“Knocking At Your Door” was the first song from Mr. Nic Roulette, Mr. Matt Amnn, Mr. Ronnie Crutcher and Mr. Geoff Firebaugh who absolutely knocked the shit out of the Muddy roots crowd tonight. They are one of the only bands to have played all of the Muddy Roots festivals since 2010.

Then they played “No Toll Taken” and my personal favorite “The Hole”. My favorite song they play is Big Dan however that song was not included today songs like “She’s Got Tricks” were. I covered them during the Muddy Roots Nashville Boogie where they played many of their new songs for us.

The new songs abounded during their set today including “Give It All Up” and “Low Down”. Now there were a few songs on the new album that were on the LIVE album like “Trainwreck”. They played “Jibber Jabber” and as I was getting ready to move on I heard them play “Violets In May” and I had to get out of there before they induced the crowd into mayhem for “The Tennessee Stomp” their anthem.

Underground Legend Mr. Bob Wayne And The Outlaw Carnies played one hell of a show here on stage 1 as he played songs from his new album “Bad Hombre”, with a newly sober lease on life. He began with “Hell Yeah” and went right into his classic song “Sam Tucker”.

“Till The Wheels Fall Off” was next followed by “Still Truckin” as he went through his entire past list of songs for us today with songs like “Dope Train”. after all isn’t “Everything’s Legal In Alabama” a great song folks? It’s been several months since I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Bob Wayne and it’s always good to see him.

We put a metal chair off to the side of the stage for Mr. Bandana as he sang his new song “Mr. Bandana” he closed with several others that I listened to as i moved on to other stages to see the very first band Mr. Jason ever booked for Muddy Roots…The Calamity Cubes!

 

Mr. Joey Henry, Mr. Kody Oh and Mr. Brook Blanche make up this three piece Kansas band I have featured many times before, and I got to hear them play “Battle Of Hair Ribbon” and another song “Lillie Bell”.  Many of the acts tonight garnered HUGE crowds and it was impossible to get full frontal band pictures of them all.

It truly was fun to see this band around again, and I hope there are plans to continue it onward as they all three have good solo projects going as well. one of the side stages had a good Rockabilly band that won an Ameripolitan award last year and that was Lara Hope And The Ark-Tones. For some odd reason EVERY TIME I am around her band something comes up and I miss her set.

Mr.James “Slim Hand” is truly a Country Music Legend in his own right, he’s been doing this for a long long time now and I regard his album Mighty Lonesome Man a classic album in my collection. He brought Country music royalty to Muddy Roots once again with songs like “Don’t Tell Me That” as well as covers like “I Still Miss Someone”.

‘I can’t Help It” was next followed by his “Parakeet” song we all enjoyed, folks were yelling out all kinds of his songs and it was flattering him we knew them, what he didn’t realize was how much we love him. “Mighty Lonesome Man” was next followed by “When you Stopped Loving Me, So Did I”.

Unlike many other Country Music icons time has not faltered his voice at all, nor has it slowed him down on stage. He was absolutely stunning tonight, and in songs lie ‘In The Corner Lies A Jukebox” you could easily tell his originals still shine vibrantly. “Get Rhythm” was part of his set as well as Hank Snow’s “I Been Everywhere”.

‘Shadows For The Magic” was next followed by the song “Little Bitty Sip”. Mr. James was one of the few acts that I made sure to stay for the entire set before moving on to other stages tonight, and as he played ‘Baby Baby Baby” he played a few more before closing with “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”.

I had to quickly recharge my batteries and eat me a bite, before seeing more music tonight. This truly was a busy and blessed trip, what a wonderful weekend. I want to THANK Mr. Jason and the Junebug Ranch for everything. Another band I had to forgo seeing was Mr. LiL Poochie And Mr.Hezekiah Early. to say I was a little heartbroken to have to miss this was true.

One cool thing about Muddy Roots is that Legends always abound within it’s ranks, and they usually get to mingle and mix with the audience. That’s not something that happens at every festival or music function folks, trust me. And to say that these men are not true Legends is wrong, they are true hardcore Legends in their ilk.

The mighty Black Eyed Vermillionwas next tonight with an absolutely amazing show like always. This band is usually insane and full of energy and as they opened with “20/20”, I got over there quickly.

“Jesus In The Waiting Room” was next followed by “Box Of Pine”. This set was so immensely crowded I couldn’t get close to the stage at all, and was forced to stand back. So I quickly jotted down songs like “Pass The Bottle” and “Hard Time Believing”.

We haven’t heard of any new music from them for a little while and I have been keeping my ear to the ground for new announcements, this set included the song “Bones To Pick” as well as “Worst Of Times”. I was glad I had a camper this year and I didn’t have to drive at all, I was quite tired.

They closed their set with “Fare Thee Long” and “Hate And Whiskey” Quite a damn fine set they played here tonight and even though we don’t hear from them as much as some of the other bands, they still put on a good show. I missed most of the band Poguetry In Motion and some of Mr. Scott H Biram in order to see more of Mr. William Elliott Whitmore tonight.

Mr. William Eliott Whitmore played an amazing set here tonight, I mean he had the audiance completely mezmerized. One of the songs he played was called “Come Hell Or High Water”. Another one he played was “Lee County Brew”, and he also played ” Good Day To Die”.

Mr. Scott H Biram was an absolute madohuse here at Muddy Roots, and in fact he pretty much is insane wherever he plays…period. His new album has garnered HUGE attention by the independent media, and Roots Music festivals everywhere.

“Going Home” was one of his first songs tonight, I was standing behind the stage pretty much the entire show, and I thank the stage manager for allowing me to do that. HEY I work third shift…so the song “Graveyard Shift” was mine. His shows are always choked full of heavy instrumentals and guitar wizardry with songs like ‘Hard Time”.

Possessed By Paul James we haven’t heard any new music from in some time, and we don’t care. Because his 2013 album There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely was an absolute masterpiece. His stage presence alone is well worth traveling any distance  to see.

His set included the song “Hurricane” and a really good foot stomping version of “Heavy”, as he propped himself up on top of a picnic table and just absolutely jammed up there. And as he played “There Will Be Nights when I’m Lonely” we jammed into the night and enjoyed him.

Every time I ever ran across him and his music I have always had a truly fun and blessed time, and he does a LOT for his community and for youth in his area as a school teacher. And as he played the “38 Year Old Cocktail Waitress” he completely mesmerized us once again tonight.

The weather the last two days was perfect and gorgeous and the music was amazing this weekend, a lot of us were glad to finally go back to our own beds and dry socks…but many of us didn’t this to end. But alas the entire festival did end and left us with many great memories and newly discovered bands. So once again this was a beautiful experience and I’m glad to have been a part of it.

Sep 282017
 

Hello my friends and welcome to digital day for my good friend Mr.Josh Morningstar if you pre ordered the album I’m sure you have it by now, and if you don’t by the time you read this…you will. This album called Whole Lotta Crazy is basically his fourth album release, the other three are pretty obscure but you can still find them.

So let’s go back to some years ago to a very cold weekend in Altamont Tennessee where I finally got to meet this man. We had some very lengthy talks online in the months prior, and he sent me album of Josh Morningstar and the 30’s, which was his band back then.

HERE is one of the first articles I ever got to write about him, and I have a whole bunch I made from that festival in 2013. It was my first year I had this website and I was fresh off the Muddy Roots articles of 2013. This website was being born as I was formerly writing for another page, and ventured off onto my own. Well Mr. Josh was also taking shape and forming into this person you know and love now.

See he and I share a similar sordid past and it’s nothing less than poignant. We are both former heroin addicts and haven’t got the past that mom would be proud of, but the point is I’m 21 years clean and he is 4 years clean from our demons. We hit off right off the start as good lifelong friends…never did I imagine it would go this far.

I went on to expand and build an empire under different genres of music and he went on to become the road warrior you know and love now. We been through a LOT together, after Altamont we witnessed the death of our friend we met there Mr. Wayne Mills and a few years later Mr. Josh and I had to assemble in Kentucky with others for the death of Mr. Jon Hensley.

I have had the opportunity to travel to nine different states to see Mr. Josh play at various places and venues, hell I’ll be honest, I couldn’t even name them all if I tried. I have seen him play at Bobby Mackey’s for the LHTMS Launch and also places like Muddy Roots.

So this new album opens with the title song “Whole Lotta Crazy” choked full of recorded intro form Country Legends like George Jones elaborating on his drug and alcohol abuses. The song talks about his heroes of old and how he has a huge crazy history to live up to as an aspiring artist.

“Crying Eyes Of Blue” is an older song that has been recorded before but it’s been recorded and mastered once again on this recording. I really truly did enjoy the last album however this one is much more personal and brings us closer to Mr. Josh as a person with songs like ‘Damn These Birds”, as he talks about true stories of a life of hell with dealers.

“Haggard and Hank” is an oldie recorded and wrote by Country Music legend Mr. Billy Don Burns, who has been a HUGE part of both of our lives in the Country Music industry. At different times I have been exposed to Mr. Josh’s new songs like “Miss Bobbie Jo” which is about a waitress he deals with.

“All That I Been Living For Is Gone” is an upbeat terrific song of heartbreak if that double standard means anything, this man defiantly identifies with true Honky Tonk music in every sense of the word. This album is truly another milestone in his career, and there’s no place to go but UP. Honestly there aren’t really too many downsides to this album other than there was not fourteen songs, because he has others I’d really love to see recorded….however I think time will remedy that because he is defiantly NOT going anywhere BUT UP.

Sep 252017
 

MAN alive was it a perfect day to wake up to on Saturday after the morning rains, Mid 80’s and sunny. Attendance was up this day and all the vendors were finally in full display swing. We actually did already have some pretty epic music sets so far, to be honest in my opinion the Legendary Shack Shakers won the award for best set of the weekend.

So first up from Texas we have my buddy Moose’s Last Stand which is a thrashbilly trio made up of Moose Allen – Upright Bass/ Vox/ Writing, Ian Brown- Rhythm Guitar/ Vox/ Writing and Justin Collins -Drums.

He and I have been internet pals for years and we comment on the same threads and such, but THIS IS the beauty of festivals. We finally got to meet in person for the first time today, I finally got to share with how I do things on here and he finally got to expose me to his live set.

They pretty much played their entire album Throat Punch here today and that video above is from the song “Shut Yo Mouth”. They played a song called “Irish Bell”, and “That Been Said”. I’m pretty sure if you stop over at his Facebook and hollar at Mr. Moose he can sell you a copy of the album.

“Rooster” was next followed by “Fear” and “Decent”. The title track of the album “Throat Punch” is most likely one of my favorites on this album, it’s just high octane pure grain bad ass music folks. Seriously who the HELL CARES what it is, punk, rockabilly….who cares? It’s good, buy it cause I said so!

Because you’ll hear song like “Bottle Of Sorrow” and “Whiskey, Hops And Honky Tonks” I mean WE ALL like whiskey right? This ain’t a hipster craft beer band. They closed with “Last Stand” and “Lamb And Wolf” here today before I went off to see this next band called `W.D.Miller And The Revolvers from Miami Florida.

This video is from their song called “Outlaw”, and I also got to see them play another called “Greed” before I went to the Reverend Red Who is currently on tour with Mr. Duane Mark which was my next act here. Their duo record together was really cool and their combination shows are fun to go see.

“Bad Love Gone” was first today along with the powerful song called “People die That Way”. My favorite song either of them play is “Truckstop Whore”. Mr. Duane plays it solo too, as he did at Moonrunners in Chicago. They played the same stage back to back before joining up afterwards to tour. “Blood Of The Lamb” was next and he followed that up with “Come for You”. Let’s watch this video from this fine artist:

“Hang Him In Front Of Me” was included in his set as well as the song called “I Did It For Denver” off the album Goode Hill Road. “Muddy Boots” was another one I noticed him play here as well as Knock Three Times”. The album This Dammed Town boasted his last song I heard called “Jakub’s Farm”. Much like many others I finally got to meet him and shake his hand, tell him how much I liked his music and what I do here.

Before checking out Mr. Duane I went across the road to see Mr. Bruno AKA Lone Wolf OMB another of Muddy Roots beloved one man bands. He played an R.L. Burnside song called ” Poor Black Mattie”. He also played some Muddy Waters songs and went into playing “John Henry”. he always does a really energetic and super fun blues induced set at any Roots Festival I see him at.

 

Mr. Duane Mark was my next fine musical act I saw today. He and I have been friends for quite some time, now to be honest I hate the damn guy but I have to be nice to him for professional reasons. Just kidding folks, you will NOT meet a nicer fellow on the road than Mr. Duane seriously. He is truly a gifted performer and an all around damn fine friend, I could call him now and have his help if he could.

‘A Shot And A Beer” was first (I’m pretty sure that’s what it’s called) and he also played “Miner’s Blues”. He also played the song called “Broke Down”. I have featured Mr. Duane many times like this one HERE and as I mentioned he is currently touring again with the Reverend Red.

He played “I’ll Fly Away” very nicely and the last song I watched him play was “Red Letter”. Then I went over to watch Mikey Classic And His Lonesome Spur which is the front man for the Goddamn Gallows doing his solo work on banjo. He just released his second album and you can buy it at the Vinyl Bunker here in Nashville.

He and Fishgutzz played “Bow Down To No Man” first and then they played “Nowhere Left To Roam” which is a Gallows song off the 7 Devils album. I also heard them play “Old Dusty Trail” before I passed around again for more coverage. Folks you know one thing that’s really cool about Muddy Roots is the friendship that’s there, I mean here we are watching other bands with Sean K Preston.

Here is where the weather began to drastically change for the better and the sun came out for us to enjoy stage 1 fully and even though it was truly still muddy, we enjoyed ourselves.  There were several good bands playing while I took a lunch break to meet with some Ohio friends from Duck Creek festival.

Video property of Mr. David Flewwelling

Some of the bands I missed were El Escapado which was a punk band from Nashville made up of Abe Mesaris – Vocals, Eliott Virula – Guitar/Vocals, KD Bell – Bass/Vocals and Joey Shrum – Drums. That was going on over at stage 1 while I was eating.

Mark Porkchop Holder was another one I missed, he put on ONE HELL of a set from what I heard. The sun….man the sun has come out here today! We were all basking in the joys of the GREAT weather for the rest of the weekend here in Cookeville Tn.

So due to a sudden cancellation we had The Saddle Of Southern Darkness fill in for us over on stage 1. Trent Williams- Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Chase Williams- Vocals, Dobro, Guitar and Mark Rossi- Upright Bass make up this band which is currently on tour with the Trejon Street Corner Thieves.

Their set contained heavy hillbilly songs like “Sitting Bull” and others like “Owl And Crow Sign”. This band was just a mixture of all kinds of styles of music and I REALLY enjoyed them for sure! I would highly suggest you go catch them on tour.

“Ordered 1 Shot” was next followed by another called “Hang In A Tree” off their album that is self titled. “Blasphemous Bill” was next followed by one called “Bad Times”. Let’s watch a video here from them courtesy of Bluedevil Dixie.

“Folk Singer” was next followed by the song “Compelled To Dig” which displayed some truly fine solos and craftsmanship from this band here from Denver. They closed their set with a song called “Rattlehead”. What a truly pleasant surprise unannounced band here today.

Everymen TORE UP stage 2…no I literally mean they tore the stage up with silly string and swimming noodles. Confetti and other debris followed the chaos in there, however I was elsewhere getting electronics charged up.

Dead Bronco has a new album out now called Bedridden And Hellbound, and they come to us from Florida. The band consists of -Matt Horan: Vocals, Guitar -Oscar Calleja: Upright Bass -Danny Merino: Lap steel -Manu Heredia: Lead Guitar and -Danel Merin: Drums.

They opened with “My True Love” and another called “Liberation Of A Married Man” off their three album catalogue of material. This blend of metal and roots music with a lap steel was really cool, I’m still enjoying their albums right now.

They also played “Don’t Care About Drinking Alone” and another called “Freight Train”. I didn’t catch mnay other songs on this set as I was on the move again, are YOU keeping up with me? It wasn’t easy this year trust me. King Mud comes from Fort Wayne Indiana and they played on stage 3.

Freddy Joe Evans from Left Lane Cruiser and Van Campbell from the Black Diamond Heavies make up this band as they played songs like ‘War Dancers” off their album Victory Motel Sessions followed by “Keep It Out Of sight”. Let’s watch a video property of Bluedevil Dixie:

I didn’t get any pictures of their set and for that I’m sorry but I did get the set list with songs like “Smoked All My Bud” and another called “Rat Time”. Even though the sun was fully out now around supper time we still had a VERY muddy roots, everybody was in muck boots and nobody had dry socks. I think I changed socks three times today!

“Blood River” was next followed by ‘Take A Look’ and another called “Buck It Up” and they closed their set with one called “Arthur’s Hooked”. This was another high energy smaller band today, however we all were having a truly great time out here.

Richie Owens And The Farm Bureauis a band I have covered many times on the website here. Mr. Richie and I had a wonderful conversation in 2014 about Country Music History, and many other things. He’s been a band I have admired for some time now.

Mr.Richie Owens, Mr. John Reed, and Mr. Brian O’Hanlon make up this band from my neck of the woods out here in Tennessee. They played “She Overuns My Heart” first and then played “L + N” and another that is called “Rebel’s Pride”.

They have their own unique sound and a signature blend of different flavors of music, and you can easily see that with songs like “Used To Have A Lot” and others like “Pigeon River Flood”. My personal song he does is called Franklin Town. Their set included “See You On The Other Side” and the Jimmie Rodgers classic “T For Texas”.

I sadly didn’t get any video of this act or the next one which was Joe Buck Yourself because my phone was charging. The Farm Bureau closed their set with ‘Why Can’t I Leave” and finally “Rye Whiskey”.

Black Irish Texas I did not get any photos or video for their set this time. However I did use my amazing resources to find their set list for the evening, their first song was from off their album To Hell With The King and it was called “Come Out All Ye Black And Tans”.

“thrills of Yesterday” was next followed by ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda”. The album An Ode To Saint Cecilia boasted a few more of their songs tonight like “Puke” and “Complicated Man”. One of their last songs was “Red Haired Mary”.

Dallas Moore is a name I mention VERY frequently over here, now this was the very first time he played Muddy Roots. I had to make absolute sure everything was charged up for the rest of the night. I recently reviewed one of his local shows during the time I was writing this from Bowling Green Kentucky and you can read that HERE.

They played one hell of a set out here tonight in Cookeville beginning with Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River”. He then played “Twisitn Through Texas” and rolled right on into “Bottle And A Bible”. One of my favorite songs was next called “Raising Hell And Slinging Gravel”, it’s got the upbeat tempo and groove to get ANY crowd going.


Photos of the Urban Pioneers and Mr. Chris Irwin of Texas AKA The Hillbilly Muslim.

Mr. Dallas makes that guitar his bitch basically, and he is WELL SCHOOLED in MANY areas of music. His band is equally schooled in various types of music. Mr. Chuck is a powerful right arm to Mr. Dallas, and he helps make Mr. Dallas all that more stalwart. They are seasoned road veterans that play a whopping 320 shows a year all over the United States, and you can pre order his new album by clicking on his name up there.

He played some new songs along with the new title track “Mr. Honky Tonk” and then went into a song he wrote about Altamont called “Up On That Mountain”. I met him in fall of 2013 at Altamont, I had heard of him but back then I hadn’t formed an Ohio alliance yet. My website was just taking shape…He played his signature long drawn out version of the song “Whipping Post”.

Left Lane Cruiser was tearing up stage 3 to my right and stage 2 was preparing for my buddies at Viva le Vox I’ll touch on them in just a moment here.

The Pine Box Boys were moving in over at stage 1, and I was helping a band with some van technical issues at this time while STILL doing MY thing…it’s what I do. I did not get any of the set list from Left Lane Cruiser tonight nor did I get any videos as a result of other things transpiring.

The Gravedigger (99 Holes) was first off the Child Of Calamity album followed by “Arkansas Killing Time” and next was the song called  “Grandfather’s Clock”.  You know this band is one of the west coast bands that don’t always get to my area, and that’s another great thing about festivals.

“The Crow” was next followed by “Will You Remember Me” off the STAB album, which was when I became familiar with them. Right around the MySpace days when I was loving the song “Mr. Skeleton”. Mr. Lester always plays a great show and it makes me laugh, the lyrics are funny you just have to have a laid back sense of humor.

“Teddy Bear Has Teeth” was next and then came  “St. James Infirmary” and  “Walk Through Walls”. I tell you the weather was absolutely perfect now this evening and we were all ready for music, and as they closed their set with
“Tardy Hearse” , “I Kept Her Heart” and then the song called  “Stab”! I moved on to other stages.

Video property of Bluedevil Dixie.

Viva le Vox   is a three piece band made up of Mr. Tony Bones, Scarecrow Jenkins and Johnny Tugboat.  Their set began with “Tiger Blood” and “Exercise Your Demons” . This is the third time I have encountered them at festivals in 2017, and every time I have enjoyed their set.

“Wayward Ones was next as I went onto catch the band over on stage 1….Viva Le Vox really was going crazy up there! So let’s watch this video of their set here before we move on to American Speedway.

Michael Kerchner, Bob King, Anthony Marinacci, and Lorraine “Dirty” McGurty make up the Pennsylvania based American Speedway. Just a flat out bad ass rock and roll outfit with songs like “How Ya Doin”, filled with ripping guitar solos and songs about killing yourself….they were all about killing yourself…hmmmm. Seriously this band was just absolute fun, and roaring loud.

Video property of Throwmaple

I stayed to check out one more song by them and that was “One Foot In One Foot Out”.

James Leg is an absolute legend in every sense of the word, there just isn’t any other word to describe him. I only got to catch him play the song “What Else Can I Do” before taking my butt to stage 3 for my buddies from Tennessee The Glade City Rounders.

The Rounders played a surprisingly TOP SET this weekend I didn’t anticipate some of their antics. They heavily involved the crowd by having a HUGE square dance there. I got to hear them play “Ticklebritches” and also “In The Jailhouse Now”.

They hit one another with beer bottles and play REAL obscure old Country Music, this band IS THE REAL DEAL when it comes to the history of Country Music and jug band music. I enjoy talking to Mr. Richard about old obscure stuff like one armed fiddle players from the 1930’s…good stuff.

The Goddamn Gallows were moved to tonight on stage 1 as a result of weather cancellations from day 2. They are one of the crown jewels of Muddy Roots and are by far one of the most popular crowd building bands featured on it. I went in through the security side this time because I knew it was going to get wild!

They opened their set with “Shattered” and then played “Ragz And Bones”. It certainly DID turn out to be a wonderful evening for music tonight and Sunday was even better weather wise, all in all I’d say this was an C + weekend with two days of miserable and two days of great weather.

As they played older songs like “Pass Me The Bottle” and “7 Devils” and “Yall Motherfuckers Need Jesus” off Gohst Of The Rails album and 7 Devils album we enjoyed their set.

BUT SEE Fishgutzz knows we want new music in 2017, so I heard it IS recorded and it IS coming. And as they played “What Was The High” off The Maker their latest release the crowd went wild. They went on to play “Everybody Dies” and another off an old album called “Gutterbilly Blues”.

As their set drew to a close for me I got to catch “Raise The Moon’ before moving on to stage 3 for Joseph Huber. The Gallows are always a surefire bet for entertainment and fun for me. It’s in NO WAY Country but BY GOD it’s good stuff y’all need to go over and order some stuff from them, keep them on the road.


Video property of Mr. David Flewelling

Joseph Huberalways plays a great set here or anywhere really. I featured him many times on here and he opened with “Playground Battlefield” from his new album that I featured, you can read that HERE.

He played many songs off the fourth album like “16-10” and another called “You Showed Me”. many of the songs were longer in length than his previous albums. He played “Drop In The Bucket” and “Same River Second Time” from older albums.

He played ‘Coming Down From You” followed by “Shovel Off Your Shoulder” and he included “Suffering Stage” in his set. I had to take a short break to eat a snack to keep myself going. I missed the Antiseen set however I will include a video property of Mr David Flewelling.

I know they played “Law Abiding Citizen” and from what I could hear it was a good set. They played “No Apologies” and I heard the song ‘Up All Night”. I also missed Muddy Roots originals The Sawyer Family as well as Restavrant.

Nobody really expected Jayke Orvis to actually play with the Broken Band again, but it did happen. And it was just as great as it was in Kansas City. Both times this year it was truly a beautiful set with those classic songs, in fact his first album has been recently released on vinyl.

They played “Streets” after Mr. Jayke played a few songs by his lonesome, and the Broken Band joined him later on. They played a powerful “Thunderbolts And Lightning” and showed no signs of rusty absence at all. It was like they just picked up from 2014, when I last saw them!

THANKS GUYS for smiling at me there, these guys just plain out have fun up there. They are such good friends and such good musicians that it’s always a good show and as they played “Gone Forever More” they went into a version of “Kaw Liga” that everyone loved. I still keep both of his albums in my constant rotation, and always will.

“Shady Grove” was next and then they played “Crooked Smile”. This place was going absolutely crazy for this set, and I was too because I love the songs these four play together. This is an epic happening here in the Roots music world. The last songs I heard them play were “Feelings Like This” and “pick Up The Steam” and finally the last song was “Bound To Ride”.

Whiskeydick those two bastard sons of Texas were the last band of the night, and I kind of went between both stages, I was pretty worn out by this time. I’m SO glad I had that camper not far from me, and didn’t have to drive to any hotel. Hotels are indeed nice, but they aren’t as good as being convenient and close.

They played “Rebel Flags And Whiskey” as well as “Yehaw”, from their endless list of albums to choose from. Their middle song was the long title “Train Robbing,gun toting, dope smoking guitar picking, motherfucking good time man”. They were a little bit inebriated tonight and had a small interruption with a stool that wouldn’t cooperate but once we got that fixed they were at it again.

They played “Drunk As Hell” their title track for the 2015 album, and that was pretty much the wrap of day 3 for me at Muddy Roots. This was indeed a very tough job touching on so many bands but I was pretty happy with my endeavors.

Sep 252017
 

So a very wet second day of Muddy Roots was well underway, and this time all I had to do was walk on down from the ticket office. This year it sure was nice not to have to drive anywhere for the entire time. Although I really didn’t drink all that much I still didn’t drive much.

We will start this article for Day 2 with Taillight Rebellion which was a two piece band with a very cool sound. We didn’t use the Wooden stage until Saturday so they rescheduled the entire day. I truly did my best to cover all of the bands here but I missed quite a few and I’ll try to do my best to get all this covered.

They opened their set with an intro called Auld Triangle before playing music with their second song called “Keep Your Head Held High” and that’s off the album “Six Strings And Gasoline”. Now off their other album called “Broken” they played two called “You Stole It All From Us” and another called “Withdrawls”.

They had good timing between them and you could easily ascertain they were having an enjoyable time up there today and this was a truly nice band to begin the day with. “Into The shadows” was next followed by the song called ‘This City”.

‘Bottled Crime” was from their new album and the song “Outlaw Waltz” was from their first album, so they had a smaller amount of albums to play from than many of the other bands here this weekend, but overall they played a very nice set. They closed with “Six Strings And Gasoline”.

Vocals/Acoustical Pickin’- Jesse James, Bass/Dirty Vocals- Oatmeal Reed, Resonator/Back up vocals- Billy Mo,
Washboard- Tashia The Don, Drums- Chris Johnson make up this next band called Black Tarpoon, which sings hillbilly horror and punk.

They hail from Texas and even though I didn’t get much of their set list as I was wandering around trying to keep my electronics and papers dry I did sit and enjoy them some. They have an album available on their website so why don’t you go over and support them? Let’s watch a video of them courtesy of Bluedevil Dixie.

My buddy Mr. Lou Shields didn’t get the chance to play “Coffee Song” for me but that’s OK because he did play a damn fine set here this weekend. His usual stalwart way he sits and plays his one man band getup is always enjoyable…especially in the field. Let’s watch MY video of him playing this weekend.

He played the song called “Rustic Road” off of his GREAT album called Bad Axe Country, and another called “Cabin In The Woods”. See folks Mr. Lou is a gifted artist too not just a musician, in fact he drew the cover for the first Urban Pioneers album called “Addicted To the Road”.

He does lots of art exhibits and music shows all over the United States and is a truly talented person in his own right. One show with him and you’ll see why we love him at Muddy Roots. The last song I got to hear him play was called “Back Country” before I moseyed on to see other bands.

Billy Lupton- Mandolin & Vocals, Nick Lupton- Guitar, Eric Miron- Bass,  Jessica Alvillar- Violin, Gilbert Montoya- Banjo & Vocals and David Archey- Harmonica & Vocals make up this band called Wicklow Atwater from Southern California. This was another band I really didn’t get to see the entire set, however I did get to see them play “Skid Row”.

Property of Miss Lisa Wells

They included the song “Inside You” into their set along with “I Wanna Be Your Man”. They have one album that I found as a band however they are all multi instrumentalists themselves in their own rights. They fit quite well into Roots music and also Americana as well.

EVERYBODY forgot about the rain here during this set, perhaps one of the most energetic and vivacious sets of the weekend…and honestly many of them occurred on this very second day. This is the band Dirtfoot from Louisiana and they didn’t come to play games….because…they had a pig on stilts throwing full beers around. Now I ask you…does that happen at Bonaroo?

Matt Hazelton, J Bratlie, Wayne Anderson, Cory Knippers, Spencer Teekel and John Hoffman make up this band which I’ll be completely honest they were so amazing and fun I forgot to list down the songs! This was a pleasant escape here folks and I had FUN.

-Ted Drozdowski, band leadin’, slide guitar, vocals, rabble rousin’ trouble makin’ ..And his accomplices Sean Szwick and Pete Pulkrabek make up this band called The Scissormen another Muddy Roots original band from the 2010 lineup…and dogs, lots of dogs.

Another very energetic band here today that even walked around and played songs into the audience, as they belted us with blues and rock music here. With an opening song called “John The Revelator” that had an a cappella opener then went into a drum roll and the song. They played another good song called “Jumper On The Line”, and went into “Do Wrong Man”.

I got to see them play “Can’t Be Satisfied” before they played a funkier song called “Josh Gibson” while showing off some truly fine guitar solos and another crowd induced guitar romp around the tent. Also included in their set was “Tupelo” and another song called “Black Lung Fever”. So I wanted to stop and add this piece from their website because it awoken my enthusiasm to delve into Mr. Ted further…

For Ted, American roots music is a vital bridge between generations, cultures and the past and the future. And he uses that bridge to not only connect deeply with his fans in concerts, but in the slide guitar and music history workshops he conducts.

Often Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen are about surprises. Not only in the imagination and scope the trio brings to its recordings and performances, but even in the way Ted and the group approach creating music. Check out Ted playing the one-string diddley bow, for example, and consider where he recorded the next Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen album: in a tent in the woods down a dirt road high on a mountaintop behind Nashville’s historic Loveless Café.

“The River” was next off their set and another called “New Catfish Blues” and they closed with the Led Zeppelin song “When The Levee Breaks”. I saw many different types of influence in this band here, and absolute talent in every member of this ensemble.

One of my many music friends to come from Maryland is Mr. Jimmy Swope and his brand of Roots/Americana music. I featured him during my coverage of this year’s Moonrunners in Chicago, and many other times as well. This fall we were supposed to both attend Crooked Smile In Indiana but alas it has been cancelled, so I have pretty much not planned any other major events in 2017.

I got to see him play his song “Tip Jar” and another called ‘This Old Town”. At this time I was going back and forth between stages pretty hard..and I got hungry so I decided to stop to eat after I was done watching Mr. Jimmy play the song called “Highway Mind”.


Video of The Rock Bottom String Band by Miss Delane Chavez.

I did not get a chance to catch any of the sets from the Rock Bottom String Band or the band after them Blackgrass Gospel but I did get to pick back up and see Moonshine Wagon which was another great band.

“My Liver Is Trying To Survive” was the popular notion here as everybody was enjoying themselves like usual, heck even I drank a few on Saturday night, and to be honest it was my first time really seriously imbibing. I had fun doing so with all my friends there.

“Moonshine In Your Life” was next from the “Folk You” album of 2015 and I went off to the other stages for other bands, as the rain finally began to subside to a mist. But it was still really damp and made the bones scream.

Video property of Miss Lisa Wells

Mr. Noah Tyson was another one I just simply did not get the chance to check out as much but let’s watch a video here about him. He’s from Illinois and from what I could hear of him, he was good.

James Hunnicutt made his first Muddy Roots appearance in 2011 and has been a Muddy Roots favorite ever since then. He garners a large crowd every year there and is always a sure bet for fun and wonderful music.

He usually always begins with different songs but the first one I took note of was of course “My Pain” which always has entire tents singing along here. He also played “Never Meant” along with some other new songs that we enjoyed.
As soon as he played “Don’t Let Teardrops Fill Your Eyes” a TON of the regulars all lined up to sing with him.

Rachel Kate I missed as well as RT N the 44’s so that I could see my buddy Sean K Preston And The Loaded Pistols who come from Charm City U.S.A. He and I first met in 2014 at Crooked Smile Festival and we instantly became friends, I was around him in Kansas City for Westport Roots Festival this year as well.

Let’s watch this video of him.

This is him singing his new song called “Barnburner” which he sent to me early this year. He’s been working on many new songs for us and until he records a new album his live shows will have to tide you over. Much like a few other sets I basically just let loose and enjoyed this set. HERE is a good sized chunk of his high octane set!

This was EASILY one of the biggest sets of the weekend by far, I enjoyed the entire set and folks for me to stay and forget to write the set list down is unheard of. This man is a sure bet for a BARNBURNER SHOW every time he is on stage.

Mr. J.P.Harris And The Tough Choices are another surefire bet for REALLY GOOD Honky Tonk Country Music. He killed it at the Opry house during the Nashville Boogie this past spring for sure! His album “Home Is Where The Hurt Is’ is a classic album to me.

He played “California Turnaround” first and then he played “Badly Bent”. His set always has full effect with perfect twang solos and plenty of steel guitar beauty. And as long as he continues to play songs like “Two For The road”, I shall always continue to enjoy his set.

“Oklahoma’s A Long Ways Away” was toward the middle of his set, as I was going back and forth tents to see him and Sean K Preston at the same time. He eventually closed his set with “Gear Jamming Daddy”, I was still going over to film Sean K Preston as well, and still getting ready for them to squeeze Slim Cessnas Auto Club on stage 3. Like I had already explained, they moved all the bands slated for stage 1 to stages 2 and 3.

Slim Cessnas Auto Club is slowly becoming a Muddy Roots powerhouse most years the festival happens as well. This band is quite eclectic and different, nobody sounds like them or vice versa, and they are very weird in their own way..but their fans “GET IT”..I do. I’m proud to be a SCAC fan.

This is yet ANOTHER crazy band here and the night’s only going to get wilder folks, just wait until I finish day 2. They started with “32 Months Gone Dry” and my personal favorite “This Is How We Do It In The Country”. NOW FOLKS I could already see them preparing Stage 2 for the Harmed Brothers, but seventy five percent of the entire attendance was right here folks…here.

They continued on with “Jackson’s Hole” and the last song I heard of theirs was “Fierce Cow” before I went onto get some videos of a few sets I didn’t get total notes for here..They are currently on tour overseas until November and every time I have witnessed them in concert they have exceeded my expectations…that was until Th Legendary Shack Shakers took the stage tonight….

Three bands towards the end of day 2 here I didn’t get the opportunity to see were called A Pony Named Olga, Pinata Protest who brought some Tex Mex Cow Punk into the mix, and The Harmed Brothers whom have multiple albums out. I have actually been listening to them quite frequently now, and I love their music…it just wasn’t possible for me to cover all of this at once.

I suppose with three stages going it was a tad bit easier to set up chairs at all three stages and float from one to another, but what happened was they squeezed all the stage one acts into the tents due to the weather here today. I do NOT BLAME Muddy Roots or Mr. Ronnie Reels from Reelsound Productions for concern of his equipment care. I think Mr. Chris handled this situation BEYOND effectively and ran his ASS OFF this weekend so WE could enjoy this event.

I did get to see some of the set that Also brought some Punk and Roots music here tonight from Oklahoma. According to their website they are brothers, and have a new album coming out later this year. They cover their own version of Dr.Ralph Stanley’s timeless classic “O Death”.

Their set included songs off of their album Wildfire, “Liberty” was the first one followed by “Woodsfolk” and another song called “Ruined”. Their Facebook describes them as Hardcordian  Wonder Hard Punk Rock, each of these bands had their own unique sound and there was certainly something for everyone here this weekend.

“Row” was a song about being lost in an ocean and all you had left to do was ROW. It was a song of positive advice, because whatever your bad situation is in life the only thing left to do is keep trying and row. NEVER stop trying to succeed in life folks.

“Rapture” was next followed by “Bomb Caravan”. The title song of the album called “Wildfire” was next along with “As Close As It Gets” closed out the set here tonight.

Stump Tail Dolly is always a DAMN SURE bet to bring Metal and Country blended together into one bomb of awesomeness. See some of the most EPIC SETS of the weekend were still to come. I defiantly got my second wind here with songs like “I’ve Endured” and “Cumberland Gap”.

Band Members
Ryan Clackner, Lucy Cochran, Jamie Garry, Brian Weinberg are the prominent four that have been playing in this band that began around 2014. Stump Tail Dolly was slowly formed during the Red Simpson set at Muddy Roots in 2013. The ideas were being tossed around and we didn’t hear anything official until late 2014.

When we finally did we received an ass whipping in the form of the small EP album and a rigorous tour schedule, defiantly a hard working duo there. They recently released a full length album you can read about the new album here.

That link up above will take you to the album review and the new video for “Bogaloo”. This basically was a forty minute set full of complete chaos and mayhem, with ripping solos and instrumentals. All four of these musicians are seasoned and championed in their respected areas.

The Legendary Shack Shakers pretty much obliterated any previous set I ever witnessed them play tonight at Muddy Roots. They played a terrific set at the Nashville Boogie and tore up all their surroundings.

This video doesn’t do the antics of Mr. J.D.Wilkes justice, I think by far he is one of the greatest front men in this business and he completely annihilates all law and order on stage. There’s no telling WHAT he’s to pull up there..like hanging upside down on a light fixture and continuing to perform.

The first songs I noticed while they barrelled through their set list were from the Agridustrial album, and they were “Sugar Baby”, “Hobos Are My Heroes” and one of my favorites, the old “Dump Road Yodel”.

They had the crowd whipped into an absolute wild fever with a song they don’t play live as much called “Gipsy Valentine” and another favorite of mine “No Such Thing” from the Pandelerium album. With Mr. J.D.Wilkes you get him hanging upside down like this and swinging around as we encourage his destruction of everything around him.

I cannot forget the Nashville Palace induced harmonica battle he had with Mr. Ronnie Crutcher from Hillbilly Casino during the Nashville Boogie where they both went ape shit and blew us all away again. Their previous concerts have always left me speechless with songs like “Born In The Bluegrass”, and their last song was “Bullfrog Blues”.

The Urban Pioneers hit us up with some NEW songs at Moonrunners AND Muddy in 2017. “Run Rabbit Run” is on the Blue Plate Special CD they have out now..kind of a live album, and will be on their new album. I spoke to Mr. Jared at the Westport Roots Festival and he gave me a couple of tentative names for the new album.

Their set included classics like “Ain’t Gonna Work” and ’75 Southbound Blues”, and one of my favorite songs that attracted me to their band was called ‘Apparition In The Fog”. Their first album which included cover art by Mr. Lou Shields was an instant Roots success, and in my opinion is a classic album.

Mr. Martin up there pounding that upright bass for them for a while now, I always enjoy catching up with him in conversations all over the country. I enjoy seeing all the musicians and getting to know them as people, and I enjoy seeing YOU…yes YOU the one reading THIS. YOU make this work, not me not the bands…without the reader, or the fans…this and ALL scenes cease to exist.

“Till I Get Thrown Out” was next on the set list as well as “Please Give me A Highway”. I think this time they pretty much did a wonderful job of picking a wide array of songs from all three albums tonight. From the new album Feast Or Famine they played “Never Had A Waffle At Waffle House” to the first album with “Lost My Weed Waltz”.

“High On The Mountain” was another song on the list, followed by “Liz’s Reel” and the last song I noticed was “Walk This World” before going over to the other stage to see this next last band Shawn James And The Shapeshifters.

Shawn James And The Shapeshifters is a five piece band that plays blues and country and all sorts of other kinds of music rolled into one. I understand that there was severe sound and light problems due to the storms and I missed a lot of the last two sets of the night.

Video Property Of Miss Lisa Wells

Sep 252017
 

WELCOME EVERYONE to my coverage of The Muddy Roots Music Festival which is held every labor day weekend at the Junebug Ranch in Cookeville Tennessee. This is BY FAR one of my biggest endeavors every year and this year was beyond any exception I have ever encountered yet. So right now as I attempt to expound to you of my experience at Muddy Roots I want to begin by THANKING Mr. Jason Galaz, and Mr. Chris Cahill, Miss Destiny and ALL the entire Muddy Roots crew for their love. Miss Kimber Maxwell for graciously allowing me to retire each evening in her camper, and also to Miss Amber Lee and Mr Herbert for their wonderful breakfast plates and hospitality. They ALL set me up so I could do what I do and BY GOD I think I got some damn good footage for those of you that couldn’t make the event this year.

Upon arriving that Wednesday it rained like a cow pissing on a flat rock for two days it basically was damp, misty and chilly. When I pulled up to Scooters Bar it was pouring rain all afternoon. Most early arrivals set up camp in the pouring rain, and as the roads got muddy I decided my truck would mostly stay up on the hill by the bar. I basically had nowhere to go for five days, I had anticipated that.

Acousta Noir is also Mr. Joshua Esterline from Southern Oregon. Here is a website description of his work:

Coming from a background shaped by punk, rock and roll, roots, and various traditional folk styles, Acousta Noir brings a unique, yet oddly familiar, set of original songs to the table, along with his renditions of select and obscure covers.

Joshua first began playing music in 1994, and has been a part of a varied array of musical projects. These include punk bands (as a singer, guitarist, and drummer), singing for a heavy metal band, and a couple projects playing the upright bass.

Acousta Noir sets itself apart from the crowd by being akin to many acts, but defiantly unique from them all.
Life tends to work a little differently in Douglas County, Oregon, and Joshua works hard to embody that lifestyle in his music, while creatively utilizing his influences of traditional folk and country music, as well as punk rock and the good old story tellin’ side of things.

“Just how much punch can one guy pack into a set? You’ll be reeling as he blends raw bluesy soul with a rough and rowdy edge. If you like to dance, stomp your feet, or just have a good time, be there.”

So the sound in all of the tents in my opinion were not bad even though the weather and elements purposed a nefarious threat the first two days. I basically had a chair setup at all three stages the entire weekend and just bounced from stage to stage. I missed a few bands to be honest and I’ll have to find some helpers that will be willing to assist me with videos and pictures from this event. Speaking of videos let’s watch Acousta Noir.

His set contained a few strong Hank Williams Sr covers performed in a different dark demeanor that included the song “Ramblin Man” and he used the song “Angel Of Death” for an intro to the song “Radio Negrille”. He opened his set with “When The World Explodes” and went into “Wretchedness”.

This festival is choked full of great one man bands with a darkness to them and a morbid stomp of a one man kick drum and I look forward to supporting Mr. Joshua even further after this. “Tempest” was another song that displayed amazing rhythm ability from him today. He then played a song called “Firestorm” and another last song called “Bones”. See this event had so many bands that each band played a 30-45 minute set, and the first full day was rained out on stage 1 which forced them to move all of those bands into the tent stages.

This year I chose to linger longer at many of the bands instead of bouncing as much as I usually do and I’ll be up front and honest, I missed MANY of the bands last weekend…but I’ll do my best to cover as many as possible and I have tons of footage on both video and photo as well as notes.

Broken Bow was a metal band with a washboard and other influences, they had a dark death metal sound with like sounding vocals. Corpus Deorum, Taylor Imourtos, Chris Muerto make up this trio of a different genre.

You know Muddy Roots is a great melting pot of different music and it’s all so wonderful I think there is something here for everybody, and the audience is always attentive and appreciates all of it! Broken Bow also came to us from Colorado as did a few of the bands this weekend.

They opened with “Occum’s Razor” and went into the song called “Scraps” as the lead singer displayed a strength and lead vocal growl reminiscent of a death metal band. Their album Desolation brought their next song called California Is For Fuck You, Nowhere Is For Anybody to us.

Their next song was called “Rats” and they played another called “Plastic”. Before I went over to the Rusty Knuckles mobile store to set up my charger and my base station I watched them play “Poison The Well” and finally the song “Digitize The Dirt”.

The Smokestack Relics are a duo of brothers from the west coast that I have featured many times on this website from many festivals. Here today they got to play an earlier set to begin the festivities here at Muddy Roots, and they did an amazing job for sure.

They opened their set with the song called “Alabama Choogle” from the album Trailer Park Panhandlin. They have impeccable timing and have always played like a well oiled machine every time I have ever watched them play. Mr. Colin and Mr. Cameron Webb make up the duo of the Smokestack Relics.

The above video is a song about the Voice, and it was followed by the song “Celia Marie” and another one called “Give Your Ass To God”. As you can see the rain and mist still kept going and it was choppy wet mud, both tents housed plenty of straw to keep us comfortable as they played.

They continued on with songs like “Devil Song” and the song called ‘Ticket To Ride”, at that time I was preparing to have a meal break as they played “God Damn My Soul”. That closed out their portion of the festival here, and I look forward to seeing them again soon.

One of the things I noticed about this year’s festival I did NOT like was that the doors to enter and leave the port a pottys faced the road, I think that’s a BIG mistake and a automobile or golf cart hit waiting to happen. There were many children this time, and children run everywhere and don’t think about those things with all this fun going on.

I’m going to focus later on in this series about how integral this festival was for a younger presence. It had a strong number of children enjoying the music and I would be remiss if I didn’t touch on that.

Mr. A.J.Gaither is one of the one man bands I have encountered at three major Roots Music festivals in 2017, they were Moonrunners Music Festival In Chicago The Westport Roots Festival In Kansas City and here.  He opened with “Biscuits And Gravy” and I was talking with someone and missed a few songs before focusing back on him play “Bad Decisions”.

He resonates the party atmosphere and whips the crowd into a frenzy with his guitar licks and stomping drums. He’s different from the other one man bands here with a style all his own. He is a multi instrumentalist in every sense of the word, featuring many different songs.

He proudly represents the Kansas City area crowd and the Westport Saloon is one of his homes away from home, and as he played “Pushing My Luck” he just had a wonderful time up there playing for us. Every band is proud to play Muddy Roots in their own element and their own style.

“Truck Song” and “Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven” were next, to close out his portion of the set for us. Which brings me to the next band here and that was my friend W.T.Newton from Chicago. He  got thrown into the mix from a cancellation and was ready to play.

He played the great song called “Pine Grove Holler” and another called “The Whites Of My Enemies Eyes”. I went to the other stage however he stated upon communication that he also played “Auburn” “A Million Miles” and brought out his true mountain sound to us by playing “Carolina”.

I have been friends with Mr. Travis for several years on social media and we met a few years back, much like many other artists here we were at many of the festivals. He played “Keep In Touch” and another called “Coffin Nails”.

Mr. Chris Bissell and Mr. Henry Berger from Milwaukee and they are the mighty S.S.Web.  folks I’m going to be completely honest…my stupid ass forgot to release the auto turn on my phone and I filmed a video for S.S.Web sideways. It looks horrible and I couldn’t include it in here…live and learn. If I told ANY of you I never made mistakes in the field I’d be a liar, I make mistakes daily.

S.S.Web played “North” first and followed it by the song “Chaser” and displayed great stage presence, as they often do on Muddy Roots. They played “Gambling” and “Drag Me Straight To Hell” off the North album. Now S.S.Web I believe they have three albums out you can get them by clicking on their name there.


Video Property Of Miss Delane Chavez

“Most Anything” and “Pullin” were two more songs off the North album they played, as the entire crowd started going nuts for them. They had one of the biggest crowds of the day on this Thursday of full music. Once again off the North album we had “In The Ground” and then they played “Let It Burn” off the Skulls Will Sink album.

“Any Old Thing” and “So I Pray” were two more off the Skulls album that they played before I went to the Ham Law Tent to watch The Menders. I didn’t get any video footage of them of the band, but I did manage to get pictures, I had to head back for a quick recharge.

The Menders are a band from North Carolina with a very energetic sound and a more traditional rock sound, with songs like “Unbreakable” And “Lost And Found”. They continued a very powerful performance by playing “Can’t Be Seen” and a song off their 2014 album called “Long Way Down”.

I’m not as familiar with this band as I am some of the others and I didn’t find them to be amazing however I didn’t dislike them by any means either. With songs like ‘Down Below” and “Bring In Your Bones” they did once again bring forth a heavier rock flavor to the mix, which was something that was needed.

They were placed fairly well schedule wise too, in either tent there wasn’t a majority of one type of music strong arming the others. “All Fall Down” was next followed by “The Demon”, and their set ended with a song called “Howlin At The Moon”. It would be safe to say they administer a little Rockabilly and other influences as well.

Mr. Tom VandeAvond was another act I was truly looking forward to seeing this weekend. His new album ‘You Ought To Know These By Now” is available for pre-order on his website. He played a few new ones before going into my personal favorite song “Weber’s Deck”.

I got to watch him play “Stay Away From The Whiskey” and one of his most popular songs “Even The Olives Are Bleeding” before I wandered on to the other stage for another great band, I was slowly getting into my Muddy Roots war mode here! I’m slowly realizing that we have all of these original Muddy Roots bands from my very first one in 2010, Mr. Tom was one of them!

The Imperial Rooster tore the tent up this weekend, I mean they absolutely SLAYED IT here. Cootie LeRoux, Nat King Kong, Khorn Syrup, Dusty Vinyl, Carlossus – The Count of Monte Carlos make up this New Mexico band that began with “Smilin Ed”.

They have a new album called Volume 4 out now and they steamrolled on with “Dangerous Times” and brought many other great songs to us this weekend like “The Great Wage Slave Revolt” all of these off the new album.

“45 Seconds Of Blood” and the popular song “Kohrn Syrup Sundae” were also included in their set this weekend, as they displayed many good guitar solos and a well arranged system of playing together. They closed their set with “Never Cold Again”.

Gallows Bound is a band of six childhood friends that play punk roots and Bluegrass together. Jordan Joyes – vocals, guitar, Jesse Markle – vocals, guitar, Justin Carver – banjo, Aaron Blow – bass, Forrest Veatch- mandolin, and Rob Shultz- drums make up this fine band that has toured with God Damn Gallows and other Roots Music bands.

They played ” Empty Flask” along with “Damaged” off their new album released earlier this year. they had an immensely strong stage presence and drew a really good sized crowd despite the other stage having Husky Burnette starting. I was pretty much bouncing quite well here.

“Appalachian Witch” was a really good one along with ‘Shake” and they went right into “Black Widow Woman”. This band fits completely well into the Roots Music schedule and actually shines quite well because of their prominent Bluegrass style, while still maintaining the punk style too.

“Del Fuego” and “Dominion Flowers” were next and they closed their set with ‘Dog’s Howli’n”.  But I’ll be honest I was rapidly preparing to have my face melted off by the next band, the mighty and dirty blues slide wizard Mr.Husky Burnette.

Mr. Husky started his set with “Kick Rocks” when I was approaching the stage, I tried to stay for his entire set that was powerful he knocked the power out twice and continued to play. Hell…nobody really cared, and it didn’t matter. We jammed in the dark tonight and lit up the night.

Miss Caroline is a stick of dynamite on stage and makes Mr. Husky a prominent figure in any festival. Like many others I had the chance to feature him at Moonrunners as well, this set here by far was ten times more powerful and energetic. His dirty slide blues is a sound unlike any other in the Roots Music scene.

“Beat And Low Down” was next as they paused the vocals to drop heavy guitar solo bombs on us backed by Mr. Puppy’s punishing beats. He plays for Mr. Soda Gardocki whom will pop up in my Day 4 article here, was featured in my Moonrunners series and will be at Crooked Smile next month. Here is Mr. Puppy now pounding away at those beats for Mr. Husky, much like many of the others Husky Burnette is another 2010 original band.

The power faltered many times during this set and despite the problems they ignored them and roared on with no sound and no lights. They electrified the air with Roots blues music tonight! Mr. Husky and Miss Caroline absolutely tore up the floor tonight on the Ham Law Stage. Their last two songs were “Dog Me Down” and the closing song was called “Rising”. It’s totally fun and refreshing to witness people having FUN up there on stage and dumping their heart out onto the floor, however you perceive the lyrics.

Call Me Bronco has been creating quite a stir here on my website and also over at Rusty Knuckles. (Taken right from the CMB page, this band is) Matt – Upright bass, Barefoot, All around good guy.
Sam – Guitar, Vocals, Mustache, Arm-bars, Not Bobby
Bobby – Guitar, Backing Vox/crazy eyes, Dumpster scores, Bad ideas, Not Sam
Murph – Drums, Flows, Good ideas, Lady killer.

They played a top notch set this weekend and that’s for sure. This band truly is growing and drawing up their own audience with their signature blend of different styles of music rolled up into one.  I got to see them play “4 AM” along with the song “Drunks Walk The Docks” off their new album called Beating A Dead Bronco.

The new album contains some newly recorded versions of older songs and I truly enjoyed their fresh sound, not to say the old EP was bad by any means. In fact I have always enjoyed this band in their own right. The last song I got to see them play was “If I’d Done Right”.

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I missed Larry And His Flask one of the Muddy roots original bands from 2010. They are a very energetic string band that plays a variety of instruments and songs, although we haven’t heard of any new music since 2013. Still they remain a prominent Roots Music band whether they are active or on hiatus.

Sep 202017
 

Hillbilly Casino is indeed a name I mention many times on this website, and with damn good reasons. I mean honestly our paths have crossed MANY MANY times on the road at festivals like the one I’m currently half done with Muddy Roots and I reported on their sets at all of the Nashville Boogie.

I missed their album release show at the Exit Inn although I did write and article for it, hell one year at the 5 Spot I celebrated my birthday with them. Needless to say I been around Mr. Geoff Firebaugh, Mr. Ronnie Crutcher, Mr. Nic Roulette and Mr. Matt Arnn for many years.

One thing many critics complain about with this genre of Roots Music is the lack of growth many of the artists that represent it exhibit. Well, I challenge that, and I’ll explain to you why in this album feature. I cover many different genres on this website and it’s because I personally love them all. I wouldn’t waste my time writing about music I wouldn’t play in my truck stereo.

If you claim this band has lack of growth you aren’t stopping to listen to the music closely enough, and by ALL means you aren’t going to their LIVE shows. This band plays like a well oiled machine, and attacks your eardrums like a freight train. I think Mr. Nic is one of the most charismatic front men in the independent circuit and one of the most enjoyable to watch sing.

So Red White And Bruised once again features “Punchy” their mascot and one hell of a fun marketing scheme on the front cover, and for being independently recorded and mixed it sounds great. Songs like “She’s Got Tricks” have a good Rockabilly beat and bass thump from the Vanilla Gorilla…but this album has many different sounds to it.

Three of the songs on this new album were on the LIVE album they recorded a while back at the Exit Inn, one of those was the fast paced song they play in many sets called “Jibber Jabber” . Another was “Dog On A Chain” and the last song was called “Trainwreck”.

This album is choked full of fantastic guitar solos and fast easy to understand lyrics that don’t take a lot of thought, now trust me I LOVE those long drawn out acoustic songs that make me think, but I also LOVE the fast, hard easy to understand Rockabilly sound too. I get into all kinds of different moods at certain times.

“When She Kissed Me” is just a simple jamming swing song you can dance to, in fact this whole album pretty much is that way. And if you cannot ascertain growth from this album..you aren’t listening close enough give it another spin! “I Got More Blues Than Green” is a song EVERYONE can relate too that works. Most everybody has more bills out than money coming in for sure. Finally the last song “Troubles” was my personal favorite song on this album just because of the sound, it was a true Honky Tonk song.

Then you have songs about failed relationships like “It’s Not Me It’s You” that have different sounds altogether on this album. You have Country which this song had a sound like, Rockabilly and just plain out rock and roll like “Knocking At Your Door” ..it’s just damn good American music folks! You can order YOUR COPY on their website HERE.

Track listing:
1. Knocking At Your Door
2. How Do You Think
3. She’s Got Tricks
4. It’s Not Me, It’s You
5. Toss Turn And Roll
6. Lowdown
7. Dog On A Chain
8. When She Kissed Me
9. Give It All Up For You
10. Trainwreck
11.Jibber Jabber
12. More Blues Than Green
13. Troubles

Sep 172017
 

Folks like many times before I am here in Bowling Green at the The Spillway Bar And Grill on a wonderful Saturday night for some real Outlaw Country Music. the Barnyard Stompers are a duo I haven’t ran into for several years in person however I did write a great article for their new album OUT NOW.

In the words of Mr. Kasey we got merchandise available and every ten dollars gets us seven miles down the road, so if you like it buy it all. If you don’t like it buy it anyways because it gets us the fuck away from you! The food is always top notch good and the atmosphere makes this bar an easy bet to work a show article like this one.

They played originals and covers tonight both, and began with “Ain’t Living Long Like This”, and went right into the cover of the “Auctioneer Song”. That’s originally a 1958 Leroy Van Dyke song, that he is well known for, then they went into the song called “The Devil’s Horn”.

‘Heavy Load” is one of  their truck driving songs they have that’s an original before they went into “Luchenbach Texas” from Waylon Jennings.  They went into their adult themed song called “Truck Drivin Son Of A Bitch”, and now let’s watch a video from the songs:

Rambler, followed by “The Saw Is Family”.

They then played a cover of ‘Country Boy Can Survive” and played the song “Payback”, all the while playing a crazy wild show complete with drunken donkey stories and harmonica mic feedback from the monitor. We talked about being old and life in general, before they played “Roll On”.

They closed their set with a cover of “Titties And Beer” along with a song they made a video for called ‘Outlaws With Chainsaws Part 2 The Revenge”. Their final song was called “Corn Liquor”.

Mr.Dallas Moore is always a sure bet for fun, as we both are fresh off Muddy Roots Music Festival and Americana Fest as well. I’m going to include his promo for his new album Mr. Honky Tonk on this article here, as well as his video from Muddy Roots. He’s up right now doing soundcheck.

He began with several cover songs here tonight ‘Can’t You See”, “Whiskey River” and “Freeborn Man” all of which included some amazing guitar solos and fancy pants string work on Mr. Dallas part. He’s just plain out simply one of the finest in this business in every aspect of the part.

Right now as I write he is playing “Twisting Through Texas” for us taking us on a rocket ride through his original material, as he usually does. Mr. Dallas and his crew are insanely hard working, in fact they already played a show tonight in Ohio before they even came here to play…wow..

He bellowed through “Bottle And A Bible” and right now he is tearing this place apart with “Raising Hell And Slinging Gravel”. Playing songs off of his LIVE album he recorded from the Bulluiet County Jail in Kentucky recently were next with “One More Ride”.

“Shoot Out The Lights” was next off the Dark Horse Rider album, as he prepares his new album aptly called “Mr. Honkytonk”. “You Know The Rest” was his next song from his original list of songs.  We also went ‘Up On That Mountain” as Mr. Dallas and I once did at Altamont in East Tennessee.

This new album called Mr. Honkytonk album Mr. Dallas ever recorded in Nashville, this following video is from the title track called Mr. Honkytonk, and the next song was new called . I’m pretty damn stoked about this new album as I am always am for his new work.

He played five new songs for us tonight off the forthcoming album including “Mr. Honkey Tonk” one called “Nice And Slow” and one his wife named by a saying she brought up called “Home Is Where The Highway Is”. You know nobody in this business hits the highway harder than Mr. Dallas.

“Burns Like Kisses” was another new song and “In Between Bridges” was the last, I’m pretty sure those were the names and I’ll go back and correct anything I got wrong. He then played an old acoustic song as a personal favor to an old friend that recently got engaged, and then proceeded to honor our fallen hero Mr. Don Williams.

He played a medley of Don Williams classic like “Tulsa Time” off of the 1978 album Expressions, it was written by Danny Flowers. He played “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend”, and “Amamnda”. Tonight at the Spillway not a darn one of us minded the wide array of cover songs from this fine musician.

“Mama Tried”and “The Cowboy Rides Away” were included as well as ‘This Old Cowboy” which included a GREAT lengthy instrumental complete with ripping guitar solos from Mr. Chuck. As usual he closed his set with another lengthy instrumental classic from the Allman Brothers..”Whipping Post”.

We all had a blast tonight, some truly fine music by two great bands and some damn good food. All in All I can honestly say I had a pretty good year of live music, I may have some more events coming up but I’m going to focus on catching up on bills and personal stuff so that I can bring YOU MORE great music reports in 2018.

Aug 312017
 

 

So folks I’m here at my camp site waiting on day 1 music to begin and I had a boatload of sleep in preparation for this day of music. One of today’s acts is the band Call Me Bronco a band that was recently signed to the rusty Knuckles Label this past year.

Mr.Joshua Wallace once again was kind enough to stop and write me small piece to feature the new album as I am at Muddy Roots here getting soaked. I had the opportunity to feature them this spring at Moonrunners Music Festival as well as a few more of them I am around this band at.

Call Me Bronco is a band that thrives in a small bar with a rowdy crowd. These are drinking songs and songs to get crazy to. There is a punk thrash influence at work here, but there is also a genuine sense to the lyrics that will keep these songs resonating long after the party is over.

If you have been a fan of Call Me Bronco, you know many of these songs from their previous recorded efforts or hearing them live. This is by far the best recording of the band and is well worth owning many of these tracks a second time. Songs like “Burn The Witch” and “4 am” have been fan favorites of their live set for a long time and it’s nice to finally have them on a proper record.

“Four Shots”, “I Quit Drinking For The Dog” and “Drunks Walk The Docks” highlight the country elements of Call Me Bronco. On the flip side, “Burn The Witch”, “4 am” and “If I’d Done Right” are meant to start the mosh pit. This album is a mix of all the things that make country punk bands fun.

If you thought the country punk genre was going stale, look no further than Call Me Bronco. These guys have been around a while, but this is the best recording of their work. It has songs from their long out of print DIY album and songs that you’ve only heard live until now. Look for Call Me Bronco at Muddy Roots 2017, and check them out on the road if they come near you.

Brand new album from Call Me Bronco being released on August 25th 2017

Louisville, Kentucky’s Call Me Bronco takes Country Music, strips it down, adds a heavy dose of Thrash, and turns it into music that makes you want to call your mother and apologize. The melancholy lyrics coupled with upbeat tempos are not in place simply to make us feel better, they remind us we’re not alone. The honesty and spirit of Country is intact as is the turmoil and pain. But there is also an element of angst and aggression that drives the lyrics home. The songs are not simply depressing for the sake of the song, but remind us all that we are alive. One can easily be related to the relevance and truth they speak. Regret and self loathing have never felt so right!!

1. 4 AM

2. The Butcher Of Charleston

3. Drunks Walk The Docks

4. If I’d Done Right

5. Burn The Witch

6. Vices

7. Shotguns and Shells

8. Four Shots

9. I Quit Drinkin’ For The Dog

10. No Hangovers For Life

11. Devil’s Daughter

Aug 262017
 

 

It’s that time once again folks where I get to swap out from Muddy Roots to the prodigious Americanafest and this one is perhaps one of the biggest extravaganzas yet!  The lineup is HUGE as well as all of the side festivities that are involved with all of the music, if you try to take this whole entire festival in you’ll be worn out. So I’m going to include the intro here directly from their website:

Our 18th annual AMERICANAFEST:  The Americana Music Festival & Conference will take place September 12-17, 2017, gathering thousands of artists, fans, and industry professionals from all over the world in Nashville, TN. With planning already underway, 2017 promises to once again be the must-attend event for anyone who loves the melting pot of Americana’s influences including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music. Each year, AMERICANAFEST℠ brings together legendary artists, the next generation of rising stars, fans, and industry professionals for six days of music and education.

Our conference portion features numerous panels, seminars, exclusive day time performances, and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders.
 And FYI, you do not have to be a member of the Americana Music Association℠ or in the music industry to purchase a conference registration and attend all the events. We encourage all music lovers to be apart of the conference experience.

If you choose not to be a part of the entire AMERICANAFES experience through a conference registration, then our festival wristband is the option for you. For six nights, AMERICANAFEST will feature 230+ live performances at almost 40 of Nashville’s most prominent venues and much, much, more! However, wristbands do not guarantee entry if venue is at capacity. In the event of a line, conference registrants have priority access. If there is a must see band on your list we suggest arriving to the venue early.

Conference Registration Rates:
11/19/16 – 2/5/17: $199 for Members, $299 for Non-Members
2/6/17 – 5/19/17: $249 for Members, $349 for Non-Members
5/20/17 – 7/21/17: $299 for Members, $399 for Non-Members
7/22/17 – 9/4/17: $349 for Members, $449 for Non-Members
Walk-Up Rate: $499

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All conference and festival events! A Conference Registration badge allows you access to every single event in our program guide including education panels, parties, luncheons, showcase performances and additional various events. Registration prices vary upon membership or date of purchase. With a Conference Registration you will be able to purchase up to two tickets for the Honors and Awards show.

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A Festival Wristband gets you into all six nights of performances at any of the official showcase venues. Also, you are welcome to attend various special events and parties to be announced. When the full schedule is released, the event will clearly indicate if wristband holders may attend. In 2016, wristband holders were welcome to attend an additional 46 events. This wristband is the best valued festival access in the nation. You definitely get a huge bang for your buck!

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Tuesday, September 12
12:00 pm
Wristband Pick-Up
Mercy Lounge
AMERICANAFEST℠ Kick-Off Bash
The Basement
Conference Registration Badge Pick-Up
The Basement
3:00 pm
WMOT Roots Radio’s Jessie Scott Show LIVE
The Basement
4:00 pm
Razor & Tie Kickoff Happy Hour
Austin Plaine, Christian Lopez, Cody Brooks
Razor & Tie Music
4:30 pm
Jenni Finlay Promotions Presents
James McMurtry, Kim Richey, Mando Saenz, Tim Easton
City Winery – Nashville
5:00 pm
City Winery Backstage Portrait Retrospective Premier Photo Exhibit
City Winery – Nashville
6:00 pm
BMI Kick-Off Party Presented by George Dickel
Phoebe Hunt, SUSTO, Hurray for the Riff Raff
BMI
Big Star’s Third Live…And More
Chris Stamey, Django Haskins, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Millie McGuire, Mitch Easter, Pat Sansone, Skylar Gudasz, Big Star’s Third Live
Cannery Ballroom

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In-Store: Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real
The Basement
Australiana @ Americana
All Our Exes Live in Texas, Andy Golledge, Taasha Coates
The Bluebird Cafe
7:00 pm

Danny Burns
ACME Feed & Seed
WORLD PREMIERE: Old Crow Medicine Show Presents 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde The Concert
Lee Tucker, Old Crow Medicine Show
Belcourt Theatre

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Joana Serrat
The Basement
7:30 pm
War Memorial Auditorium & Voices of a People’s History Present: The People Sing!
Blind Boys of Alabama, Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, Alice Randall, Billy Bragg, Gretchen Peters, Joe Henry, Marcus Hummon, Mike Cooley, Otis Taylor, Patterson Hood, Rev. Sekou, Rhiannon Giddens, Shelby Lynne, Teddy Thompson
War Memorial Auditorium
Ticketed Event

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8:00 pm

The Mulligan Brothers
ACME Feed & Seed
Honky Tonk Tuesday Night
Amanda Contreras, Leslie Tom, The Cowpokes
American Legion Post 82

Colin Hay
City Winery – Nashville
$2 Tuesday’s Featuring Nashville’s Finest
Derek Hoke, Los Colognes, Michaela Anne, Sally & George
The 5 Spot

Joseph Huber
The Basement
Guitartown and Sin City Present Better Together featuring The Mavericks
Brian Wright, Chuck Mead, Darrin Bradbury, Jon Latham, Ladies Gun Club, The Mavericks
The Basement East
9:00 pm

Jamie Kent
ACME Feed & Seed

Joan Osborne
City Winery – Nashville

The Steel Woods
The Basement
Australiana @ Americana
All Our Exes Live in Texas, Andy Golledge, Taasha Coates
The Bluebird Cafe

Low Cut Connie
The High Watt
10:00 pm

Marc Broussard
City Winery – Nashville

Jesse Dayton
The Basement
Will Hoge
The High Watt
11:00 pm

Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm
City Winery – Nashville

Zach Schmidt
The Basement

Lee Roy Parnell
The High Watt
Wednesday, September 13
10:00 am
Conference Registration Desk Open
The Westin Nashville
11:30 am
Change of Seasons: An Interview with John Oates
John Oates, Craig Havighurst
Howlin’ Books
12:15 pm
The AMA-UK Mid-day Party
Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer, Danni Nicholls, Wildwood Kin
Alley Taps
3:30 pm
For You to See the Stars: Book Reading & Signing with Radney Foster
Howlin’ Books
Art On Tap with Paul Thorn
InDo Nashville
5:00 pm
In-Store Performance: HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
Conference Registration Badge Pick-up
Ryman Auditorium
WMOT Presents: The Official Viewing Party of the 16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards
The Family Wash
6:30 pm
16th Annual Americana Honors & Awards Show
Buddy Miller, Graham Nash, Iris DeMent, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Van Morrison
Ryman Auditorium
Ticketed Event
8:00 pm
Trapped Above Ground
ACME Feed & Seed
10:00 pm
TBA
3rd & Lindsley

Reuben Bidez
ACME Feed & Seed

Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
City Winery – Nashville

Billy Strings
Mercy Lounge

Leeroy Stagger
The 5 Spot

Andy Golledge
The Basement

Cris Jacobs
The Basement East

Bonnie Whitmore and Her Band
The Family Wash

Brothers Comatose
The High Watt

Caitlin Canty
The Station Inn
10:30 pm

Lukas Nelson
Cannery Ballroom
11:00 pm
TBA
3rd & Lindsley

Eliot Bronson
ACME Feed & Seed

Haas Kowert Tice
City Winery – Nashville

Sam Outlaw
Mercy Lounge

Alice Wallace
The 5 Spot

Whiskey Shivers
The Basement

Micky and the Motorcars
The Basement East

K Phillips
The Family Wash

The Lil Smokies
The High Watt

Hayes Carll
The Station Inn
11:30 pm

The Wood Brothers
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm
TBA
3rd & Lindsley

A.J. Croce
City Winery – Nashville

Deer Tick
Mercy Lounge

Forlorn Strangers
The 5 Spot

Dirty River Boys
The Basement

The Band of Heathens
The Basement East

Amelia White and The Blue Souvenirs
The Family Wash

Mipso
The High Watt

Blair Crimmins and The Hookers
The Station Inn
Thursday, September 14
12:00 pm
Outlaws and Gunslingers Luncheon
Deep Dark Woods, Harrow Fair, Sam Outlaw, Whitney Rose
American Legion Post 82

WhistlePig Records Party
Escaping Pavement, Mike Galbraith
InDo Nashville
Folsom Records Launch Party
Dan Layus, The Social Animals
The Filming Station
Missing Piece Rooftop Party
Andrew Combs, Cale Tyson, SUSTO, Ryan Culwell
LA Jackson Rooftop Bar + Kitchen at Thompson Hotel
Proper Music Group and AMA-UK Present Fish N’ Chips and Music
Emily Barker, Jaime Wyatt, Mary Gauthier, The Orphan Brigade
Alley Taps
12:15 pm
Razor and Tie Music Lunch & Listen Party!
Jill Andrews + Peter Groenwald, Sarah Siskind, Sean McConnell
Razor & Tie Music
12:30 pm
I’m Just Dead, I’m Not Gone: Book Reading and Signing with Luther, Cody and Mary Lindsay Dickinson
Mary Lindsay Dickinson, North Mississippi Allstars
Howlin’ Books
5:00 pm
The 5 Spot Residency: The Mark Robinson Band with Special Guests
The 5 Spot
High Tea @ Alley Taps
Amy Speace, Ciaran Lavery, Jaime Freeman, Michael Logen, The Honey Ants, Wild Ponies, Ben Glover
Alley Taps
New West Records Happy Hour
Lilly Hiatt, The Deslondes, The Texas Gentlemen, JD McPherson
Little Harpeth Brewing
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5:15 pm
Architect Management Presents: Mike Galbraith with Special Guest Escaping Pavement
Escaping Pavement, Mike Galbraith
12th & Porter
California Country Social
CALICO the band, Merle Jagger, Pi Jacobs, Rod Melancon, Sara Petite, Alice Wallace, Ted Russell Kamp
Fond Object Records East Nashville
Metropolitan Groove Merchants Party
Darling West, Grizzlee Train, Heathen Sons, Kasey Chambers, Leah Blevins
Razor & Tie Music
The Texas Music Office & Kessler Presents An Evening of Texas Music
The Filming Station

BreakOut West BBQ
Kacy & Clayton, LUCETTE, Sweet Alibi
The Groove
5:30 pm
Hooks, Lines & Singers: 30A Songwriters Presents
Brigitte DeMeyer, Mary Bragg, Sarah Potenza, Will Kimbrough
L27 Rooftop Bar at The Westin Hotel
Black River Americana Party
Anna Vaus, Carolina Story
Black River Entertainment
Badge Required
6:00 pm

Don Gallardo
ACME Feed & Seed
Rodney Crowell and Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer
Rodney Crowell, Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
Downtown Presbyterian Church

Rodney Crowell
Downtown Presbyterian Church
In-Store Performance: SUSTO
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
6:15 pm
Riffs on the Rails: McCoury Family Picking Party featuring the Del McCoury Band
Union Station Hotel
7:00 pm

Muddy Ruckus
ACME Feed & Seed
Van Morrison
Van Morrison, Shana Morrison
Ascend Amphitheater
Ticketed Event

Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
Downtown Presbyterian Church
Music City Roots
John Paul White, Lee Ann Womack & Friends, Pony Bradshaw, The Cactus Blossoms, Angaleena Presley
Music City Roots at the YeeHaw Tent
7:30 pm

Dustbowl Revival
The Anchor
8:00 pm

The McCrary Sisters
12th & Porter

Shannon McNally
3rd & Lindsley

Boo Ray
ACME Feed & Seed
High Class Hillbilly Presents Where is the Hideout?
Nikki Lane, Jonathan Tyler, GospelbeacH, Ramsay Midwood, JD McPherson
American Legion Post 82

Robyn Hitchcock
City Winery – Nashville
YEP ROC 20th Anniversary Showcase
City Winery – Nashville

Cat Clyde
Mercy Lounge

Danni Nicholls
Soulshine Pizza Factory

We Banjo 3
The 5 Spot

Jesse Terry
The Basement

Ted Russell Kamp
The Basement East

The Tillers
The Cobra

Emily Barker
The Country

Great American Canyon Band
The East Room

David Starr
The Family Wash

Mike and the Moonpies
The High Watt

Early James and the Latest
The Station Inn

Lilly Hiatt
Third Man Records
8:30 pm

Nicole Atkins
Cannery Ballroom

The Steel Wheels
The Anchor
9:00 pm

Bonnie Bishop
12th & Porter

Willie Watson
3rd & Lindsley

Tony Joe White
City Winery – Nashville

Cordovas
Mercy Lounge

Brent Cowles
Soulshine Pizza Factory

High Plains Jamboree
The 5 Spot

Leslie Stevens
The Basement

The Last Bandoleros
The Basement East

Twisted Pine
The Cobra

Leyla McCalla
The Country

Old Sea Brigade
The East Room

Renn
The Family Wash

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades
The High Watt

Skyway Man
The Station Inn
9:30 pm

Darlingside

The Anchor

Joshua Hedley

Third Man Records

10:00 pm

Blind Boys of Alabama
12th & Porter

Lori McKenna
3rd & Lindsley

Dave Alvin
City Winery – Nashville
10:00 pm

Blind Boys of Alabama
12th & Porter

SUSTO
Mercy Lounge

Lee Ann Womack & Friends

Music City Roots at the YeeHaw Tent

Jason Wilber
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Rev. Sekou
The Basement East

Cale Tyson
The Cobra

Travis Linville

The Country

Kamara Thomas

The East Room

Charlie Parr

The Family Wash

The White Buffalo
The High Watt

My Bubba
The Station Inn

Lillie Mae
Third Man Records
10:30 pm

Buddy Miller
Cannery Ballroom
11:00 pm

Paul Thorn
12th & Porter

The Deslondes
The Anchor
10:30 pm

Buddy Miller
Cannery Ballroom
11:00 pm

Paul Thorn
12th & Porter

Brent Cobb
3rd & Lindsley

The Stray Birds
City Winery – Nashville

Futurebirds
Mercy Lounge

Harrow Fair
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Wildwood Kin
The 5 Spot

North Mississippi Allstars
The Basement East

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
The Cobra

Me And My Brother
The Country

Cereus Bright
The East Room

Tom Brosseau
The Family Wash

Gill Landry
The High Watt

Iron & Wine
The Station Inn

Hiss Golden Messenger
Third Man Records
11:30 pm

Drive-By Truckers
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm

Cody Canada & The Departed
3rd & Lindsley

Grant-Lee Phillips
City Winery – Nashville

David Luning
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Accidentals
The 5 Spot

Colter Wall
The Basement

Blackfoot Gypsies
The Basement East

Woody Pines
The Cobra

Robby Hecht
The Country

Motel Radio
The East Room

The Kernal
The High Watt

Blank Range
Third Man Records
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Friday, September 15
12:00 pm
A Taste of Australia
Kasey Chambers, Andy Golledge, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Colin Hay, Shane Nicholson, Taasha Coates
The Filming Station
Badge Required
The Loose Lounge
Vikesh Kapoor, The Americans, Courtney Marie Andrews, Andrew Combs, Gill Landry, Joana Serrat
Alley Taps
12:30 pm
Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark Book Reading and Signing with Tamara Saviano
Howlin’ Books
5:00 pm
Finest Folk Happy Hour Presented by Folk Allance International
12th & Porter
Green Room Music Source East Nashville Party
Rod Picott, Amy Speace, Charles Hager, Gaelynn Lea, Ben de la Cour
American Legion Post 82
Tim Carroll’s Rock’n Roll Happy Hour
The 5 Spot
Fourth Annual Wild Ponies Happy Hour
Wild Ponies, Dean Owens, Beaver Nelson
The Family Wash
Under the Apple Tree
Robert Vincent, Kimmie Rhodes, Grace Pettis, Sarah Darling
Alley Taps
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5:15 pm
The Okie Roundup
Kaitlin Butts, Carter Sampson, Travis Linville
InDo Nashville
Red, White and Blue Elan: Our Americana Sound
Jesse Dayton, Rusty Young and Poco, Rod Melancon, Chelsea Williams
The Filming Station

Backyard Bash Presented by Bloodshot Records and Pandora
Ruby Boots, Cory Branan, Jon Langford, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
The Groove
5:30 pm
Hooks, Lines & Singers: 30A Songwriters Presents
Webb Wilder, Carson McHone, Levi Lowrey, Seth Walker
L27 Rooftop Bar at The Westin Hotel
Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music Book Party with Ann Powers and Little Bandit
Ann Powers, Little Bandit
Thirty Tigers
6:00 pm
The Muddy Roots Records Party
The Westin – Vanderbilt I & II
7:30 pm

Michigan Rattlers
Cannery Ballroom

Ciaran Lavery
The Anchor
8:00 pm

Belle Plaine
12th & Porter

Lindi Ortega
3rd & Lindsley

Erin Rae
City Winery – Nashville

Rogue + Jaye
Mercy Lounge

Balkun Brothers
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Austin Plaine
The 5 Spot

Boomswagglers
The Basement

Eddie Berman
The Basement East

Tommy Womack
The Cobra

Carter Sampson
The Country

Vikesh Kapoor
The East Room

The Brother Brothers
The Family Wash

William Wild
The High Watt

The Barefoot Movement
The Station Inn
8:30 pm

Becca Mancari
Cannery Ballroom

Chastity Brown
The Anchor
9:00 pm

Yola Carter
12th & Porter

Jim Lauderdale
3rd & Lindsley

Dori Freeman
City Winery – Nashville

David Ramirez
Mercy Lounge

Boy Named Banjo
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Ryan Tanner
The 5 Spot

Eric Ambel
The Basement

Brian Wright
The Basement East

Tattletale Saints
The Cobra

Molly Tuttle
The Country

Sammy Brue
The East Room

Nora Jane Struthers
The Family Wash

Quiet Life
The High Watt

Amanda Shires
The Station Inn
9:30 pm

Charley Crockett
Cannery Ballroom

Birds of Chicago
The Anchor
10:00 pm

Shane Nicholson
12th & Porter

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
3rd & Lindsley

Courtney Marie Andrews
City Winery – Nashville

The Wild Reeds
Mercy Lounge

Trout Steak Revival
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Birdtalker
The 5 Spot

Jaime Wyatt
The Basement

Little Bandit
The Basement East

Timmy The Teeth
The Cobra

India Ramey
The Country

Elijah Ocean
The East Room

Walter Salas-Humara
The Family Wash

Jon Langford
The High Watt

Luke Bulla
The Station Inn
10:30 pm

Jason Eady
Cannery Ballroom

Kacy & Clayton
The Anchor
11:00 pm

Suzanne Santo
12th & Porter

Bruce Robison
3rd & Lindsley

Brandy Clark
City Winery – Nashville

Andrew Combs
Mercy Lounge

Front Country
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Caamp
The 5 Spot

Carl Anderson
The Basement

Aaron Lee Tasjan
The Basement East

Rayna Gellert with Kieran Kane
The Cobra

Dean Owens
The Country

Otis Gibbs
The East Room

Amy Black
The Family Wash

Matthew Ryan
The High Watt

Noam Pikelny
The Station Inn
11:30 pm

Turnpike Troubadours
Cannery Ballroom
11:59 pm

Casey James
12th & Porter

Wade Bowen
3rd & Lindsley

Kasey Chambers
City Winery – Nashville

Reckless Kelly
Mercy Lounge

Parsonsfield
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Lowest Pair
The 5 Spot

Paul Cauthen
The Basement

Patrick Sweany
The Basement East

Kristina Murray
The Cobra

Shelly Fairchild
The Country

Joey Kneiser
The East Room

Max Gomez
The Family Wash

Cory Branan
The High Watt

The Dead South
The Station Inn
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11:00 am

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Mark Huff, Brock Zeman with Blair Hogan, Anne McCue, David Olney, Tommy Ash, The Grahams
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Merlefest Saturday Sessions Event Proudly Presented Partnership with Quicksilver Productions
Rosie and the Riveters, Unspoken Tradition, Jason Lee McKinney Band, Jonathan Byrd & the Pickup Cowboys, Kaia Kater, Jim Lauderdale
The Station Inn
11:30 am

Charles “Wigg” Walker Soul Brunch
ACME Feed & Seed

Sounds Australia Presents THE AUSSIE BBQ
Larissa Tandy, Tim Wheatley, Grizzlee Train, Kasey Chambers, Falls, Colin Hay, Andy Golledge, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Shane Nicholson, Taasha Coates
The 5 Spot
12:00 pm

Canadian Blast
The Dead South, Erin Costelo, AHI, Lisa Leblanc, Megan Bonnell, Sweet Alibi, Digging Roots, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
InDo Nashville
Musician’s Corner
Colin Hay, David Mayfield Parade, Darling West, Kaia Kater, Faustina Masigat, The Americans, Joe Pug
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park

Americanarama X: A Decade of Americanarama
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Kacy & Clayton, The Texas Gentlemen, GospelbeacH
The Basement

The Memphis Americana Picnic
Loveland Duren, Crockett Hall, The Rusty Pieces, Grace Askew, Juju Bushman
The Filming Station

Bootleg BBQ
Yola Carter, Wildwood Kin, Angaleena Presley, Courtney Marie Andrews, Danni Nicholls, Erin Rae
The Groove

Cafe Rooster Records Party
Ladies Gun Club, Jon Latham, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Brian Wright, Darrin Bradbury
Little Harpeth Brewing
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The Americans
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
2:00 pm

East Nashville Taco + Tequila Bash
Chuck Mead, Patrick Sweany
The Basement East

Berklee College of Music Presents
The Family Wash
2:15 pm

Faustina Masigat
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
2:40 pm

Kaia Kater
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
3:25 pm

Darling West
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
3:50 pm

Joe Pug
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
4:35 pm

David Mayfield Parade
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
5:00 pm

Colin Hay
Musician’s Corner at Centennial Park
6:00 pm

SongwritingWith: Soldiers + The Women
Bonnie Bishop, Mary Gauthier, Amy Speace, Beth Nielsen Chapman
The Bluebird Cafe
7:30 pm

Them Rubies
The Anchor
8:00 pm

Taasha Coates
12th & Porter

Natalie Hemby
3rd & Lindsley

Rachel Baiman
City Winery – Nashville

Whitney Rose
Mercy Lounge

Charly Markwart
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Honey Ants
The 5 Spot

AJ Hobbs
The Basement

Charlie Mars
The Basement East

Kaitlin Butts
The Country

Cary Morin
The Family Wash

Shane Smith & The Saints
The High Watt

Lydia Luce
The Station Inn
8:30 pm

Quaker City Night Hawks
Cannery Ballroom

Allison Pierce
The Anchor
9:00 pm

Don Bryant
12th & Porter

Elizabeth Cook
3rd & Lindsley

Darling West
City Winery – Nashville

Doug Seegers
Mercy Lounge

Falls
Soulshine Pizza Factory

Elise Davis
The 5 Spot

Beaver Nelson
The Basement

Jimmy Lumpkin and the Revival
The Basement East

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer
The Country

Ana Egge
The Family Wash

Christian Lopez
The High Watt

All Our Exes Live in Texas
The Station Inn
9:30 pm

Escondido
Cannery Ballroom

Darrin Bradbury
The Anchor
10:00 pm

Bettye LaVette
12th & Porter

Lucie Silvas
3rd & Lindsley

Mark O’Connor featuring the O’Connor Band
City Winery – Nashville

J.P. Harris
Mercy Lounge

Wild Ponies
Soulshine Pizza Factory

The Deer
The 5 Spot

Deep Dark Woods
The Basement

Jade Jackson
The Basement East

Caroline Spence
The Country

David Childers
The Family Wash

Flatland Cavalry
The High Watt

Wood & Wire
The Station Inn
10:30 pm

Jamtown featuring G Love, Donavon Frankenreiter and Cisco Adler
Cannery Ballroom

The Secret Sisters
The Anchor
11:00 pm

LUCETTE
12th & Porter

Jack Ingram
3rd & Lindsley

Humming House
City Winery – Nashville

Zephaniah OHora
Mercy Lounge

Korby Lenker
Soulshine Pizza Factory

SZLACHETKA
The 5 Spot

Hugh Masterson
The Basement

Dalton Domino
The Basement East

Becky Warren
The Country

Mark Erelli
The Family Wash

Steelism
The High Watt

I Draw Slow
The Station Inn
11:59 pm

Caitlyn Smith
City Winery – Nashville

The Texas Gentlemen
Mercy Lounge

CALICO the band
The 5 Spot

Romantica
The Basement

Carsie Blanton
The Family Wash

Liz Cooper & The Stampede
The High Watt

The Howlin’ Brothers
The Station Inn
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10:00 am

Bloody Mary Morning Outlaw Brunch
The Basement East
11:00 am
The Seventh Annual Gospel Brunch Presented by Thirty Tigers
Priscilla Renea, Bonnie Bishop, Rev. Sekou, The McCrary Sisters, Paul Thorn
City Winery – Nashville
1:00 pm
Sunday School with Sarah Potenza
Luke Bulla, Nicole Atkins, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Christine Ohlman, Sarah Potenza, Mary Gauthier, Marlene Twitty-Fargo, Alanna Royale, Kyshona, David Robert King, Lisa Oliver-Gray
The Family Wash
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GETTING AROUND:

Visit Music City has compiled an extensive list of transportation options including information regarding bus service, car rental, taxis, etc: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/travel

For information on downtown parking, please visit parkitdowntown.com.


AMERICANAFEST SHUTTLES:

The AmericanaFest Shuttle is the free shuttle that runs between the host hotel and most AmericanaFest venues. During the daytime events, the shuttle service will be available to and from any venue that is not within a walking distance of a mile from the hotel. Please check the details of the specific event for shuttle availability once the schedule is announced. For the nightly showcases, the shuttle will make a continuous loop to every participating venue from 7pm until 1am departing approximately every 30 minutes. The shuttle service is provided as a convenience. If you need to be at a certain event at a specific time, you might consider taking alternative transportation.

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Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde, GRAMMY® Award-winning group, Old Crow Medicine Show, performed Dylan’s classic album in its entirety at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On Friday, September 15, Old Crow Medicine Show will release the concert film, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde THE CONCERT, on DVD/Blu-ray on Columbia Nashville Records. Directed by Lee Tucker, the 14-song DVD/Blu-ray includes performances of “Just Like A Woman,” “I Want You” and “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” in the way Old Crow knows how to do it, with high-octane, passion and excitement. Join us for the film’s world premiere at the historic Belcourt Theatre starting at 7pm on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Marty Stuart will welcome the attending crowd and introduce the film. A Q&A with members of the band as well as the director and other guests will follow the screening.

Aug 262017
 

 

Right now folks I’m getting geared up and focused on The Muddy Roots Music Festival where there are MANY bands putting out new albums in the field next week. One of those said bands is the mighty juggernaut we all have become to know as Stump Tail Dolly or STD.

Now their OFFICIAL release date overall is during Muddy Roots at 8:30 on Friday at the Cracker Swamp Stage. However there IS a Nashville release party at the Springwater Super Club a venue so old the owner doesn’t even know when it was actually built.

After Muddy Roots, they will be embarking on some tour dates with fellow Rusty Knuckles label mates Whiskey Dick and Mr. James Hunnicutt.

So at this juncture I’m going to turn it over to Mr. Joshua Wallace who wrote a truly fine review of their new album aptly called “Soundtrack To The Second Civil War”. He does a lot of damn fine work for me so I can steer my attention toward other ventures.

When I first heard Stump Tail Dolly’s debut EP titled Americonoclasm, I loved the sound but felt it needed a bit of refinement. The metal and roots aspects clashed more than they worked, but with the right guidance they could have something. That guidance comes in the form of Jack Gibson, bass player for the metal band Exodus who produces their first full length LP titled Soundtrack to the Second Civil War. The difference between the first EP and their debut album is great.

First things first. Stump Tail Dolly isn’t country, or roots. It’s a blend of elements from country, metal and roots that works better than other bands who have tried. Stump Tail Dolly is based out of Nashville, TN and are Ryan Clackner on guitar and vocals, Lucy Cochran on fiddle and vocals, Jamie Garry on bass and Brian Weinberg on drums. You mix some amazing fiddle playing alongside some crushing riffs and vocals from both Lucy Cochran and Ryan Clackner and you have Soundtrack to the Second Civil War.

The album starts off heavy and doesn’t let up. Opener “Atlantis” is much more metal than roots. However, Lucy Cochran is not lost contributing some haunting vocals and there is an amazing fiddle / guitar solo that just works. It brings an old fashioned hoedown to an otherwise super heavy track. The album’s lead single “Boogaloo” is a bit on the opposite spectrum. The roots influence is more there, but it’s still a crushingly heavy track. This song reminds me of Primus in style with a funky groove over the verse giving away to heavier riffs with Ryan Clackner’s screaming vocals over the chorus. There are some breaks in the madness with “Ook”, “Pik” and “Hunt The Buffalo” serving as interludes. These tracks are much calmer fiddle solos that can provide a break from the mosh pit.

Whether it’s a more metal track like “Twang Diddle” or a more roots influenced track like “Cumberland Gap”, Stump Tail Dolly will resonate with the crowd of metal heads who have been turned on to country music and punk influenced roots bands. I have yet to hear a band that has successfully blended metal and roots music in this fashion. This is more than roots music with distorted guitars or metal with a banjo. Some have come close, but none have found the sound that Stump Tail Dolly have created. I’m looking forward to hearing more from this band.

Aug 222017
 

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Aug 202017
 

Grimey’s Record Shop has done it again folks, much like the last time I wrote about them hosting Cody Jinks releasing I’m Not The Devil we have yet another in store appearance from Miss Lilly Hiatt will play the local record store, however the album will drop the day before.

Trinity Lane will be her third album and it’s been a highly anticipated album within the Americana scene for quite some time now, spoken very highly of by other websites I follow for ideas and information. From what I have heard that’s been already released it’s going to be a juggernaut of personal struggles, and we’re going to get a better look at Miss Lilly from the inside out. Much like the last two Sunny Sweeney albums that revealed setbacks and also growth at the same time, I like to see this with ANY performer especially the females. They express feelings and thoughts better than male performers to me at times.

Produced by Michael Trent of Shovels And Rope this album will not be following any particular genre code at all, in fact it’s going to break them and stand out on it’s own.  The daughter of one of Rock music’s greatest guitarists John Hiatt, I believe she too has struggles to become identified as her own person as many children of the stars do. Much like I tell Mr. Shooter I’m always sad that people judge him on THEIR perception of how HIS parents were/are. I’m proud to say that I know HIM for who HE IS and not for what I THINK Waylon or Jesse were as parents.

I’m excited to see how this album will be so much different from her previous release and the storms that have been brewing inside her, as she shares the songs that she wrote in that apartment on Trinity Lane, hence the name.

This descriptive piece here is partly from an event website:

Lilly Hiatt went through many toils to finally reach Trinity Lane: she overcame heartbreak, she conquered alcohol abuse, she lived with the heaviness of knowing she had surpassed the age her mother was when she took her own life when Hiatt was just a baby. It was after a particular breakup when she moved to an apartment off Trinity Lane in East Nashville, off the beaten path from the town’s growing tourist draws – there, she started writing by herself, fresh off the road supporting John Moreland, mixing a sense of creative isolation with a newfound feeling of belonging in the idiosyncratic neighborhood. It was there, amongst those trees, where the songs started to work as both diary entries, expositions and therapist sessions in one, helping her to explore and decode what exactly was going on inside her own mind. Once completed, she took them to Michael Trent’s Studio Bees in Johns Island, SC, where he produced (his Shovels & Rope partner, Cary Ann Hearst, appears on a song) and Andy Dixon engineered, in a way that really hit at Hiatt’s playful, rock-focused core. “I like to rock out,” says Hiatt. “Trent really brought that alive. I wasn’t playing by the rules because I didn’t and don’t believe in them.” The songs on Trinity Lane have even helped Hiatt process things like the death of David Bowie, which functions as a metaphor for a lost lover. On the heavily nineties-tinged “The Night David Bowie Died,” she bids farewell to a relationship and to a musical genius while also evoking Veruca Salt-style vocals and guitars. Lilly Hiatt will join us for an in-store appearance on Saturday, August 26th at 3PM, the day after ‘Trinity Lane’ is released!

 

Aug 192017
 

You know folks I do many genres here on this website, and I don’t really do stray off my directory much. But every once in awhile it’s fun for me to veer off my path and indulge in some good old fashioned Thrash Metal. This past spring at Moonrunners Music Festival my friend from the Chicago area Mr. Jahshie P brought us his band called The Decayed.

They offered a special blend of Punk infused Thrash Metal from the Chicago area, which has always been a prominent scene for that kind of metal. They recently released a six track Self Titled EP early this month, and I wanted to take a moment and tell you about the album.

To be completely honest I haven’t really enjoyed Metal  as much as I once did as a young man in the 80’s because it just strayed so far from that format, and this album did bring a little of that back with the bass rips on the song ‘A Better Way” clearly audible.

This album also offers a copious amount of punk metal roots influence as well, and I’m not really familiar with that scene anymore but this album truly embellished my palate that wants that classic metal sound from a modern band, they truly stepped up to the plate and did that.

Daniel Wintercorn (Break the Silence), Jake Youngberg (Vile Display of Humanity, Failed Resistance), Jahshie P (Last False Hope, Failed Resistance), Pat Dziallo (Failed Resistance, Shattered Angel), Stevie Lee (Last False Hope)

Mr. Jahshie  has always had my personal admiration for what he does on Outlaw Radio Chicago and with his Moonrunners brand, and his other bands as well. He’s one of the gang I don’t always get to see but when we do it’s always a pleasure to see him. The song “Not This Time” has a structure that is reminiscent of the classic “Big 4” type of metal I grew up with juxtaposed with punk metal of that same time frame, and I am not sure if that’s the intent of their direction here….but it was my personal opinion.

The sound quality and mixing on this offering is wonderful and easy to hear the lyrics on the songs as well as the guitar riffs on songs like “Beaten And Battered”.  I think if this band keeps at it, especially in the mid west scene they will garner much success doing what they do.

TRACK LISTING:

1.Beaten and Battered
2.The Dream Is Dead
3.Not This Time
4.Hopeless
5.My Decay
6.A Better Way

Aug 192017
 

Tonight I am in Glasgow Kentucky at a popular local place for great food and music called Rib Lickers that has been on my bucket list for a year now, every time something comes up I want to cover I am always busy elsewhere or have to work my regular job.

I had VERY HIGH initial expectations for this establishment, and many of them were met. Only two of my expectations failed miserably, and I am currently working with management to help correct that problem. The parking was ample and plentiful, and the overall appearance of the whole theme is amazing.

The huge name above the bar there is a great call to action and the patrons flow through the place pretty well, however when I located the party I was sitting with I waited a LONG TIME before realizing you order with a   cafeteria style separate room to obtain food. This operation is NOT explained in any way so if you have never been there please know you’ll be sitting there puzzled like I was how to order food.

But when I finally did get food I’m here to tell you it was BEYOND good, it was downright scrumptious. The portions were BEYOND enough and the hash brown casserole was some of the best I have ever had, I would have that for a meal alone. I’ve never seen a baked potato that large before, and also the ribs were indeed good. Overall I was quite satisfied with this one, I would suggest it to anyone.

You might remember last month when I covered a songwriter’s night at another Bowling Green bar, when I covered this GREAT writer named Keith Hurt and his arsenal of Blues infused music. I’m telling you people this man is a damn juggernaut up there pounding away on a guitar, and he has a voice of wisdom, full of eccentric cover songs that are VERY enjoyable.

He ranges from Bob Dylan to Tom Petty to Waylon Jennings and Gene Watson. I mean this man is just a nuts as I am for music of old, and true well written tales of original grandeur. So I asked him just a little bit about his set list and this was some of the info he gave me:

“Rolling Down” is actually a Doc and Merle Watson song off of the album “Look Away”. It Is written by Eric Von Schmidt and I loved it since I was a kid. I made up a couple of verses at the end about where I grew up in Big Meadow. “Rambli’n on my mind” is My take on Robert Johnson’s classic song. “Be Somebody” is mine. It’s about someone I know who has burned every damn bridge they stepped on trying to be something they’re not.

He covered a Jason Isbell song as he prominently displayed his love for this new insurgence of Americana Music that is on the brink of flooding the mainstream market. I’m sure glad this man is on the side of real music! “Be Somebody” is mine. It’s about someone I know, who has burned every damn bridge they stepped on trying to be something they’re not.

That there is Mr. Mike Bulle he is the lead guitarist for a local band that garnered a spot on my TOP 50 of 2015 called John King And The Mud River Revival which frequents the Bowling Green area, along with many other great bands. They boast a special blend of Country and Southern Rock to make their own sound.

They opened their set with one of my favorite songs by Merle Haggard released in 1967 called “Branded Man”. it is his fourth studio album from the former inmate of San Quentin prison. Off the subject this album contains one of my favorite obscure songs Merle Haggard wrote with Red Simpson called “You Don’t Have Very Far To Go”.

They played one of their originals called “Dutch Creek” from the brand new original album called “Hard Lessons Learned” that I’ll talk about on this article here. It’s more of a solo album for Mr. John but most of the band played on his album.  Also  from that album was the song “Nursing Home” that was penned by Mr. Pat Haney, I got to haer that song for the first time ever from the songwriter series that Mr. John did with Pat Haney and Rye Davis.

That is the latest album from him and you can purchase it by clicking on the band name up there and directly from their website you can order it. I’m going to include MANY videos from this performance on here for you to preview the music.

They covered “Folsom Prison Blues” which allowed Mr. Mike to display some wonderful lead guitar skills because I can vouch for his driving skills, he is a GREAT chauffeur for my festival work. That man has made MIRACLES happen for this website and I cannot appreciate him more. “Ring Of Fire” was another great cover they played tonight.

“Nowhere Kentucky” was next from their debut album, along with “Veteran”. They played the Leslie Satcher penned song “Troubador” from his 2008 album of the same name. Then they played the first song that I shot video for called “Free To Leave”.

They played the John Prine song called “Paradise” because Mr. John was raised around the that same area, and influenced heavily by songwriter John Prine. After playing “Highway Junkie” they played the next song I shot video for and that was one of my favorite songs they play called “Man On The Mountain”.

“Grandpa’s Guitar” was written about his own grandfather (not to be confused with Whitey Morgan’s song of the same name). He played a left handed guitar upside down which is HARD because I AM left handed and ALL of my guitars were ordered special.

They played Mr. Jamey Johnson’s song “In Color” that was one of the most popular songs of the decade as well as another GREAT song he played at the songwriter night called ‘Heaven Gained Another Angel”. They played another off the new album called “Ghost” before closing with another favorite called “Drag The Green River”, and the Lynryrd Skynrd classic called “Gimmie Back My Bullets”.

Aug 172017
 

The song written 50 years ago in the hills of Tennessee by Bordleaux and Felice Bryant that evolved into the official Tennessee state song is being celebrated today in Gatlinburg. Rocky Top, one of the most recognizable tunes in sports, was born in room 388 of the historic Gatlinburg Inn in 1967. It was there in room 388 where married songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant were writing up songs for singer Archie Campbell in August of that year. Despite the fact that the Bryant’s were known for writing slow songs, they decided to try their hand at something up-tempo. With a guitar in hand, they wrote Rocky Top in just ten minutes. Together they wrote songs like “We Could” for Kitty Wells and “Bye Bye Love” for the Everly Brothers, but their most notable song commercially was ‘You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma” by David Frizzell And Shelly West.

Rocky Top was written in August of 1967 and was originally recorded by Bobby and Sonny Osborne who were making a name for themselves in the Bluegrass realm, as well as on the Opry. However in that era the Osborne Brothers were receiving copious amounts of negative press for beginning to perform their mega hit with amplified instruments, which was absolutely unheard of for a Bluegrass band. They remained performing the song amplified until the early 1970s when they moved to the new Opry house and faced an earlier noise ordinance rule.

In 1982 the song was officially adopted as the Tennessee state song, and was adopted by the Tennessee Volunteers or VOLS, and can be vividly heard at the stadium every weekend. Without a doubt this song is a Bluegrass anthem and although many local bands deem it to be the “Wagon Wheel” of Bluegrass Music, it remains a timeless unscathed classic song. The duo of the Bryants brought so much joy and happiness to so many through their songwriting tenure, and embellished Country, Rock and Bluegrass in many ways.

Aug 142017
 

Recently I wrote a great article about a Band that came to Spillway With Dallas Moore And John King And The Mud River Revival Called Jericho Woods. They hail from East Kentucky’s rural areas, and visit my area often.

Their signature brand of off the cuff Country blended with Southern Rock and other genres comes to life with this new five song acoustic EP. Recently the band had a little bit of trouble with their previous label, and recorded this new project themselves.

You know folks It’s extremely difficult to manage catching up with over 3,000 bands on a live basis under this many genres and festivals, but I think I do pretty good job of swinging it. I have two other field helpers that work for me in various places across the United States, and we do our best to mix it up and feature as many as possible.

Mr. Josh Mitcham recently stopped by and left me this official statement for us:

It’s pretty much a love letter to our hometown and families. Sinking Creek is a place where we’ve spend many summer days camping and swimming. Gonna Be Alright is a song I wrote about being a dad of a daughter and about the struggles of being a grown up! Small Town Jimmy is about a guy I knew that kind of fell into a familiar small town tragedy: minimum wage jobs, young family, drugs, etc. Anna Won’t You Wait is for Paul’s Daughter Anna. And Weep No More is just about how it seems like we are always rushing to get back to our homes and Kentucky as fast as we can every time we leave our families behind.

We cut it live in one afternoon at out producer Skidd Millls house. One cut vocals. We wanted it to sound like you really were sitting at a bonfire with our the people we love. And no one was telling us what to say or asking us to add this or that. It’s pretty raw, but this is how they sound when we write them. So, it’s special.

HERE IS A LINK TO THE PRE ORDER FOR THIS ALBUM

Aug 142017
 

Mr. Bill Miller, the downtown mastermind behind behind the creation of The Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash Museums and the recently opened Nudie’s Honky Tonk Downtown has recently acquired one of the most pristine treasures of downtown Nashville…Skull’s Rainbow Room.

This man is absolutely amazing in many ways, not only is he preserving much of Downtown Nashville by making sure the famed bar that opened it’s doors in 1948, and recently opened in 2015 remains unscathed, but he has also created many new options for this upcoming younger generation to learn about Country Music History.

Skull’s founder and general manager Mr. David Wileman will remain the general manager of the bar and restaurant located in the basement of the Southern Turf Building and the current staff will not be altered. The establishment will also stay the same  as far as menu and appearance.

About Skull’s Rainbow Room

Skull’s Rainbow Room is a casual yet elegant tribute to David “Skull” Schulman and the former fine dining establishments of Nashville’s Historic Printers Alley.

Our critically acclaimed menu created by Executive Chef, Gannon M. Leary, showcases his continental twist on American classics. Premium handcrafted cocktails and an eclectic beer and wine list complement the award winning cuisine. We pay homage to the entertainment of yesteryear with burlesque and live music nightly.

Schulman opened the Rainbow Room in the lower level of the landmark Southern Turf Building in 1948. During Skull’s five-decade tenure, the legendary venue transformed multiple times; jazz, burlesque, country, strip-tease, and rock ‘n’ roll all claim chapters in its history.

Etta James, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Lee Lewis, and comedian Andy Griffith have all graced our original checker-board stage. Today’s entertainers, including Brett Eldrege, Dierks Bentley, and Tim McGraw continue the legacy.

Sadly, in January of 1998, David “Skull” Schulman was murdered during a robbery in his beloved club. People from all walks of life mourned his passing. The iconic Rainbow Room closed shortly thereafter, staying shuttered for almost 17 years.

After an extensive three year renovation, we are proud and honored to once again open the doors of David Schulman’s World Famous SKULL’S RAINBOW ROOM.

 

 

Aug 132017
 

 

Greensky Bluegrass

May Erlewine and the motivations Rick west • The Go RoundsSeth Bernard • Big Dudee RooThe Appleseed CollectiveThe ChangePublic Access • BiomassiveStepladdersDarcy WilkinFrank Youngman Allstars • Eric Engblade TrioLake effectDeep Fried Pickle Project

For a complete list of rules please click here.

CAMPING

All attendees must purchase a wristband. Tent camping is included with purchase. RV passes must be purchased additionally. RV Pass holders please select the CAR CAMPING Wristband.

Adult Weekend Wristbands Include Your Choice of Tent Camping Options:

CAR CAMPING

Car camping sites are 20′ x 25′ and can accommodate one vehicle and tents. This includes VW buses and the like. No towable pop-ups, campers or RVs on tent sites. Weekend wristbands include GA tent camping, each person in the vehicle camps on the same site, not 1 site per person. FOR RV PASS HOLDERS ALSO.

-OR-

DRAG & DROP WOODS CAMPING

By selecting Drag and Drop Camping, you will park your vehicle in the designated D&D lot and carry (not drive) your tents/hammocks to set up in the woods. Absolutely no vehicles permitted to drive into wooded camping. These are group sites. Nope, still no campfires please. NOT FOR RV PASS HOLDERS.

 

RV PASSES

If you are towing ANYTHING, you must purchase an RV pass based upon your length. Pop-ups, campers, and RVs less than 16′ are considered SMALL RV. All towable campers and RVs longer than 16′ are LARGE RV. ADA camping is still located closest to the main venue. NO ELECTRICAL OR WATER HOOK UPS.

If you wish to camp with friends driving separate vehicles, you MUST arrive in line at the gate at the same time. Plan a meeting spot nearby and drive in together. Campsites may not be held or reserved.

 

SMALL RV PASS

Small RV sites are 25′ x 30′. This pass accommodates towable campers UNDER 16′. There are no hook-ups available. Only one RV pass needed per RV campsite. This pass does not come with Weekend Wristband, you must purchase both a Wristband and an RV pass. These sites are festival style (snuggle up to your neighbor) camping in the field. Measure it out in your yard- 1 car, 1 camper and maybe a little tent. RV passes do not include weekend admission. Please be sure to purchase your weekend wristband ahead of time. RV pass availability NOT guaranteed for purchase at the gate.

LARGE RV PASS

Large RV sites are 25’x 50′. This pass accommodates towable campers, RVs and buses LONGER than 16′. There are no hook-ups available. Only one RV pass needed per RV campsite. These sites are festival style (snuggle up to your neighbor) camping in the field. RV passes do not include weekend admission. Please be sure to purchase your weekend wristband ahead of time. RV pass availability NOT guaranteed for purchase at the gate.

Generators are not permitted to run during the night. If you require a generator for health reasons, please seek an electric campsite at Kestelwoods Campground, 1/2 mile away.

WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED TO CAMPERS

  • Medical and security staff
  • Lost and found
  • Water: Fresh, cool well water will be provided at designated stations.
  • Trash, compost and recycling service stations: Help us reduce the waste stream – be conscious of your food and beverage packaging. Take care of your own waste at the numerous stations provided. Please bring reusable water containers, and do not bring store bought single use plastic bottled water. We provide the coolest, cleanest water around. Bottled water depletes the very aquifers that supply our wells. Bottled water will not available for purchase on site.
  • Food: is available for purchase from our incredible vendors satisfying all types of palates and dietary needs.
  • Ice: is available for purchase from the Cadillac Ski Team booth.

ACCESSIBILITY

  • Restrooms: handicap accessible restrooms are available throughout the festival. Please refer to the festival map for locations.
  • Service Animals: Any patron arriving at the festival with a service animal will need to have their service animal credentialed during check in at the gate.  This process will be conducted with respect and understanding. After the service animal has been credentialed by festival staff, important information will be provided to the disabled individual. Once your service animal has been credentialed, staff are not likely to question you again unless the animal causes a problem. Any patron bringing a non-service animal will be not permitted onto any of the festival grounds, including camping areas.

PARKING

  • Hoxeyville has finite space, we strongly encourage (what we really mean is REQUIRE) carpooling.
  • ADA parking is limited (placard required), and located closest to the main venue. Simply show placard and request this upon arrival.

OFFSITE CAMPING

½ MILE AWAY

Kestelwoods Campground
10860 West 48½ Road
Wellston, MI 49689
(231) 862-3476
kestelwoodscampground.com

TWO MILES AWAY

Coolwater Campground
9424 West 48½ Road
Wellston, MI 49689
(231) 862-3481
coolwatercamp.com

SEVEN MILES AWAY

Coyote Crossing Resort
8593 S 13 Rd
Cadillac, MI 49601
(231) 862-3212
coyotecrossingresort.com

BACK TO TOWN – 20 MILES AWAY

Days Inn Cadillac
5900 M-115
Cadillac, MI 49601
(231)-775-4414
daysinn.com/cadillac

Aug 132017
 

 

Fayetteville Roots Festival is a five-day, intimate, urban music and food festival taking place August 23 – 27, 2017 in Northwest Arkansas. The festival features over 10 music stages and multiple culinary stages and events. The EXPERIENCE FAYETTEVILLE & KUAF MainStage at Fayetteville Town Center is the center of the festival and features nationally known musicians/bands paired with undiscovered regional and local talent. The festival also features additional events and stages across Northwest Arkansas (Fayetteville & Bentonville) including George’s Majestic Lounge, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Fayetteville Public Library, Maxine’s Taproom, Kingfish Dive Bar, Stage 18, The Chancellor Hotel, Brightwater Culinary School, and the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market. The Roots Festival is a showcase of many of the elements that make the Fayetteville community and Northwest Arkansas region a beloved cultural hot spot.

“Roots” is intentionally used to describe both the music and food of the festival. The festival is dedicated to showcasing what makes this region of the Ozarks so unique. The festival features a musical style that is diverse and rooted in many uniquely American musical styles such as Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Country, and more. The festival also supports local farmers, chefs, and restaurants, focusing on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products from the Ozarks. Mix in film screenings, live radio broadcasts, workshops, a kids/family concert, live art, and patrons from over 25 states and countries and you’ll find out why folks have fallen in love with The Roots Festival.

The Wood Brothers

Iron & Wine

Rodney Crowell

River Whyless

Elephant Revival

The Stray Birds

Smokey & The Mirror

Dead Man Winter

Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds

The Brother Brothers

Mand Joe Purdy

olin Orange

The Brother Brothers

The Honey Dewdrops

Blindboy Paxton

Jack Williams

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH
AN EVENING WITH RAY WYLIE HUBBARD
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FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR, AUGUST 25TH
6PM-9PM
AMY HELM, EARL & THEM (Earl Cate)
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FRIDAY LATE NIGHT, AUGUST 25TH
ELEPHANT REVIVAL, MANDOLIN ORANGE
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH
ARKANSAUCE, NATIONAL PARK RADIO
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chancellor-hotelThe Fayetteville Roots Festival is excited to partner with the Chancellor Hotel new official festival lodging. Artists and Festivilians enjoy staying in one central location in the heart of downtown Fayetteville. The Chancellor is within walking distance (1 block from festival mainstage, 6 blocks or less the majority of the of the other festival stages.

Please email fayettevilleroots@gmail.com for hotel waitlist.

The Chancellor Hotel

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$63
$79
3-star hotel
Sleek lodging with a casual bistro
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% off

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fayetteville

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$95
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & fitness room
Free Wi-Fi

The Chancellor Hotel

$63
$79
3-star hotel
Sleek lodging with a casual bistro
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% off

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fayetteville-Univ Of Ar Area

$98
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Value Place Fayetteville

2-star hotel
Pared-down studios in a basic hotel

Pratt Place Inn and Barn

$174
3-star hotel
Upscale hideaway with refined rooms
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Econo Lodge

$59
3-star hotel
Basic hot with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

The Inn at Carnall Hall

$145
Hotel
Refined campus hotel with a restaurant
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Staybridge Suites Fayetteville/Univ of Arkansas

$96
4-star hotel
Informal hotel with a gym & indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 15% less than usual

Super 8 – Fayetteville

$49
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Candlewood Suites Fayetteville-Univ of Arkansas

$86
2-star hotel
Casual all-suite hotel with a gym
Free Wi-Fi

Best Western Windsor Suites

$85
2-star hotel
Unfussy hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn Fayetteville

$109
3-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Motel 6

$52
2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with free WiFi
Free Wi-Fi

Regency 7

$63
2-star hotel
Functional motel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

La Quinta Inn & Suites Fayetteville

$95
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & fitness room
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Sleep Inn

$74
2-star hotel
Modest hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi

Courtyard by Marriott Fayetteville

$109
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 22% less than usual

Inn At The Mill, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member

$80
$89
3-star hotel
Elegant rooms, plus contemporary dining
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off

Executive Inn & Suites Springdale

$79
2-star hotel
Low-key hotel with breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Fayetteville North/Springdale

$121
3-star hotel
Upscale hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hill Top Inn

1-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi

 

Wednesday, August 23

7:00pm

7:30pm

8:20pm

9:30pm

Thursday, August 24

11:00am

12:00pm

5:45pm

6:55pm

8:05pm

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Friday, August 25

9:00am

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Saturday, August 26

8:00am

9:00am

10:00am

11:00am

11:30am

11:45am

12:30pm

1:00pm

1:30pm

1:45pm

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Sunday, August 27

11:00am

11:30am

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Aug 122017
 

This year at the Westport Saloon I attended the Westport Roots Festival for the second year in a row, where I finally got the chance to run into this West Coast road warrior and his name is  Mr.Lorin Madsen Walker.

Now folks you’ll be wanting one of his increasingly popular “Fuck Your Tractor Rap” stickers for your sticker collection, along with his new 2017 release called “Slave Of The Road”. I finally got the chance to feature his gravely vocals and rough around the edges Country Music as he played the pre party show before Mr. Jayke Orvis brought out the Broken Band again.

He also played for my friends in Nebraska for the mighty Pondstock Festival Lake Hedke where Hellbilly And Outlaw Radio reported to me that he tore it up out that way! This new release was I believe his third album to date and when I did see him I got the chance to scoop up all three of them.

“Slave Of The Road” and “Traveling Man” are pretty much self explanatory titles for this album. Many times when people start singing about how Country they are….they aren’t and in fact they are a complete antiphrasis. But then again often times there comes along a complete  opposite of the fake sentiment. One of those that stick out above the many is Mr. Lorin Madsen Walker, once you hear the validity of his rough life in his lyrics AND in his vocals you will concur…he is real.

To be honest in the past five years I have been traveling all over America following these road warriors around and watching what they do..I don’t believe I could ever live this life for a paying job living. That fantasy is in EVERYONE’S MIND but it just isn’t feasible for someone like me.

This album takes your mind through a wonderful journey of rural America and all it’s grandeur, you can tell this man has been around like chicken pox. This isn’t a life that only but a few truly salivate over and when you are a tride and true road warrior your palate isn’t easily satisfied with a fast three day jaunt.

You know folks the only ONE complaint I had about this album was the song “Settle Down” for me at least it was pretty much a yawner, I think what turned me off was (what I consider) the worn out “Johnny And June Love” reference…It’s pretty much beating a dead horse from so many others already using this comparison. It WAS a well written and had a GOOD delivery, but that pretty much was a buzzkill for me, but I wouldn’t mock you for ONE MINUTE if you disagreed with me on that level. We ALL like different aspects of this music for sure, and MY word isn’t gospel folks, this isn’t North Korea.

Other than that this album was an absolute pleasure to add to my collection and a MUST HAVE in yours, Whether you have a white collar or not. Because HIS collar ain’t white folks for sure, and he stresses just that in his songwriting and his demeanor.  This album also proudly boasts some terrific background steel guitar and fiddle in the songs that truly embellish the well written lyrics.

Track Listing:

  1. Travelin’ Man
  2. My Collar Aint’ White
  3. Settle Down
  4. Slave Of The Road
  5. Another Last Call
Aug 082017
 

Rhonda Vincent
Gibson Brothers
Boxcars
The Surly Gentlemen
David Parmley And The Cardinal Tradition
Chasing Blue
Becky Buller Band
Valerie Smith

Each summer leading local, regional and national bluegrass acts convene on the Hebron Fairgrounds and deliver an awesome festival experience. Our Main Stage festivities kick off on Thursday with our annual Band Competition sponsored by Telefunken.

Our Acoustic Stage, featuring multi-genre Connecticut based acoustic acts will have 6 hours of music each day on Friday and Saturday. Thursday evening the Acoustic Stage will host an Open Mic & Jam for anyone interested.

Gates will open at 1 pm on Wednesday for early bird campers. Camp on site, stay at our host hotel or come for the day or night using our close, ample parking.

There will be plenty to do for the whole family. Learn about our Camping, Family Fun Activities, and Vendors. Hebron is less than a hour away from Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and Mystic, CT attractions. Check out what else there is to do in the area on the CT Tourism site.

Podunk is proudly presented by the members of the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival Inc. Board of Directors and is held annually on the second full weekend of August in Hebron, CT.

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival moved to its new home in 2014 at the Hebron Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, CT. This four day festival is a great family event with plenty of music and fun for all. Our 21st year will be no different as we will bring the best of Bluegrass to the stage on the second weekend of August. We will also again have a second stage of Acoustic Music. There is plenty to do at the festival with free workshops, food and craft vendors, kids activities, Kids Academy, Bluegrass University for adults (addition fee required) and plenty of jamming.

HERE is a link for a full map of the campgrounds!
Directions:
From HartfordTake I-84 East towards East Hartford.Cross Connecticut River, take exit number 55, Route 2 East towards Norwich/New London.Take exit number 12 – West Road, Business Route/Marlborough.Turn LEFT onto West RoadWest Road becomes Martin Road in HebronAt end of Martin Rd. turn RIGHT onto Route 85.Lions Fairgrounds will be 1 mile on the RIGHT.
From New HavenTake I- 91 North towards Hartford.Take the exit number 18, Route 66 East towards Middletown/Portland.Follow Route 66 East to Route 85 intersection in center of Hebron.Take a LEFT onto Route 85 North.Lions Fairgrounds will be on the LEFT.
From New LondonTake Route 85 North towards Hartford.Turn LEFT onto Route 82/East Haddam Rd.Take Route 11 North towards Hartford/Colchester.Merge with Route 2 West.Take the Route 16 exit, exit number 18, towards Colchester /Middletown.Take a RIGHT onto Route 16 East.Take a LEFT onto Route 85 North.Follow Route 85 North across Route 85 and Route 66 intersection.Lions Fairgrounds will be on the LEFT.
FAQs
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
It is helpful to have an ID should questions arise at the ticket gate. Children 15 and under are free of charge with an adult.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is parking for 5,000 cars on the grounds. If you need assistance to get from the parking lot to the concert area please ask one of our volunteers or staff members for assistance. There are paved walkways throughout the festival grounds.
What can/can’t I bring to the event?
Small coolers are allowed into the festival but why bother when we have some great food vendors.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call 860-828-9818 with any questions or by email at info@podunkbluegrass.com
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes you may update and transfer the ticket to someone else.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes you can just go to the ticket site and follow directions.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes you should bring your ticket as it will speed up your entry into the festival
What is the refund policy?
There are no refunds
Do you sell tickets for one day?
Yes you may purchase individual tickets at any time.
Are senior and children’s tickets the same cost as Adult tickets?
Yes tickets are all the same price. Children 15 and under are free with a paying adult.
Are picnic tables available at our site?
There are tables available for your use as a premium ticket holder. Just let the campground crew know when you pull in.
Is there a dump station?
No dump stations located on the grounds. But you can pay the port a john company directly to dump. Check with our Camping Captain for details upon arrival.
Are fires allowed?
No open fires are allowed on the grounds per the Lions and Fire Marshal.
Is there an after 7 PM Ticket Price?
Yes we have a general admission ticket for $40.00 for anyone entering after 7 PM on Friday or Saturday.

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Farmington
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Aug 062017
 
September 28, 2017 Will Go Down In Texas Country Music History. Here lately I have been attempting to strengthen my ties to Texas and the music scene out there as well. I recently supported Heart Of Texas Records and as I type this my crew is on the way to a Red Dirt festival. The Texas Country music scene is a thriving and different world of it’s own.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. announced the Top Finalists in each of the 21 categories for the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards. Nominations were made between May 1 and June 15, 2017. Voting began June 20 and will continue through July 31, 2017. I’m still studying all the artists and making my decisions.
The 2017 Texas Country Music Awards will take place on the evening of September 28, 2017 at the Carthage Civic Center, Carthage, TX, where the Awards will be presented. Produced by the Texas Country Music Association, Inc., the Awards show will be hosted by Carthage Native and Texas Country Artist, Brandon Rhyder, who will also perform at the event. Co-hosting the Awards is industry and media professional Jenn Ford. In addition, there will be live performances by TCMA Spokesperson Mark Chesnutt, along with Bri Bagwell ,Doug Supernaw and Christian Country Artist Del Way and others.
Doors at the venue open to the public at 5:30pm and a Pre-Show will be performed by the popular Steve Mays And The Three Of A Kind Band , comprised of Steve Mays, Richard Wilson, Cody Wood, Vicky Moye and Marty Erwin, along with special guest fiddler David Varnado.
There will be 22 Awards presented at the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards, including the prestigious “Trailblazer Award” which will be presented to Mark Chesnutt for his long-standing career and the unprecedented success he’s obtained. “TCMA is very excited and pleased to be presenting Mark the 2017 Trailblazer Award as a part of the Awards Ceremony,” says Linda Wilson, President and Founder of the Texas Country Music Association, Inc. “He’s certainly ‘blazed the trail’ for so many artists, and he deserves the honor and recognition.”
She continues, “Texas is so blessed to have such spectacular talent. There were literally thousands of nominees – each one gifted and unique — and we are very honored to be able to work on ALL their behalf on an ongoing basis. The Texas Country Music Awards is the only fan-based Country Music Awards in Texas and certainly the State’s largest. You won’t want to miss it!” The 2017 Texas Country Music Awards will be covered by media from all over Texas, and filmed for television to air at a later date.
The finalists and their award categories are: Entertainer Of The Year: Brady Honeycutt Band, Cody Wayne Band, Darrin Morris Band, Mike Donnell Band, Todd Freeman & Bullet Proof.

Male Vocalist of the Year: Brady Honeycutt,Darrin Morris Band,Cody Wayne,Justin Todd Herod, Gary Jones Jr.

Vocal Group or Duo: Bill Bear & the Red Brick Troubadours, Darrell Goldman Band, Darrin Morris Band, Cody Wayne Band, Texas Crossing.
Young Artist (16 & Under): Frankie Lee, Kadie Lynn Roberson, Jack Barksdale, Macy Dot Neal, Colt Varnado Country.
Album Of The Year: Country To The Bone (Darrin Morris), Marcus Lindsey (Marcus Lindsey), The Bed I’ve Made (Darrell Goldman), True North (Justin Todd Herod), Steel (Holly Tucker).
Country Single of the Year: Where Will I Be (Performed by Darrin Morris, Written by Susan Giacona) Paradise On The Line, All Around Country Girl, Dance With Me Tonight, Fly High.
Radio Station of the Year: 100.5 KSCK Sterling City, 95.9 KFWR Fort Worth, 103.9 KEBY Marble Falls, 99.3 KOKE Austin, 105.7 KYKX Tyler/Longview Radio DJ Of The Year: Cowboy Dave Bayless 100.3 The Bull Houston, Eric Raines 99.3 KOKE Austin, Justin Frazell 95.9 KFWR Ft. Worth, Rickey Green 100.5 KSCK Sterling City, Damon Beirele 103.9 KEBY Marble Falls.
Internet Radio Station of the Year: AmericanCrossroadsRadio.com, TrueTexasRadio.com, TexasHomeGrownRadio.com, RealTexasRadio.com, PureCountryRadio.com
Live Music Venue of the Year: Dosey Doe The Woodlands, The Back Porch Kilgore, Love and War In Texas Lindale, Polecats Seguin, Melody Ranch Waco
Christian Country Artist of the Year: Julie Reese, Justin Todd Herod, Michael Knight, Darrell Goldman, Clifton Jansky
Christian Country Single Of The Year: Don’t Hate The Sinner-Julie Reese, End Of The Pew-Bill Bear, That’s What Jesus Would Do-Justin Todd Herod, What A Wonderful World-Michael Knight, Ten Miles Away-Darrell Goldman
Bassist of the Year: Bubba Moore, Cody Wood, Stormy Cooper, George Schinler, Jonathan Wren Fiddler of the Year: Choya Crenshaw, David Varnado, Mark Kalson, Heather Stalling, Mike Calley
Guitarist of the Year: Freddie Pate, Will Wails, Tommy Thomas, John Matlock, Michael Boatman Keyboard/Pianist of the Year: Allen Huff, Dizzy Dave Dalton, Floyd Domino, David Young, Chris Bergeron
Steel Guitarist of the Year: Tommy Detamore, Lane Thibodeaux, Bobby Gardner, Kenny Grohman, Ben White
Drummer of the Year: Eddie (Danger) Barmot, Jeremy Moore, Matt Vantiel, Billy Rasnake, Roy Lancaster Country
Songwriter of the Year Finalists: Adam Gorman, Brad Bowman, Brent Giddens, Bill Bear/Robert Campbell, Jake Pyeatt, Jeremy Studdard/Jamie Chandler/Roger Springer, Josh Vincent, Justin Todd Herod Christian Country
Songwriter of the Year Finalists: Alex Coba, Bart Woytek, Brent Giddens, Darrell Goldman, Julie Reese, Justin Todd Herod, Kelly Kenning
To place your Votes for the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards, go to www.texascountrymusic.org/vote. Voters do not need to be a member of the Texas Country Music Association; however TCMA Members’ votes are doubled.
The Texas Country Music Association, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the Texas Country Music industry, its artists, musicians, businesses and those behind the scenes to make it all happen. “We have big plans for the future that will certainly help the Texas Country Music industry and all involved in it,” says Wilson. More information about the TCMA, its purpose, plans, membership and goals are available on www.texascountrymusic.org.
Tickets to the Awards show are available now @ www.outhousetickets.com/Event/Event… or through the link on the TCMA website.
Underwriting Sponsorships and Souvenir Program Advertising is available for the 2017 Texas Country Music Awards. More information can be downloaded at www.texascountrymusic.org or by emailing tcma@texascountrymusicassociation.org or jennford@texascountrymusicassociation.org.
Aug 052017
 

By day three of being out here I found the crown jewel of Tumbleweed festival to be the fans and the friendships forming here, this is quickly becoming JUST LIKE any other festival, having faithful followers and fans. If you don’t really know music slang terms a “Rail Rider” is a gal that is can always be found along the front rails of the concert. AND NEVER MOVES, now then you got your music chicks that constantly move all over. They aren’t there for the music they are there to be seen, those aren’t REAL Rail Riders those are music chicks. There’s a huge difference, both are needed and supportive of the local music scene but the rail riders are true warriors that brave the sun and heat.

I need to publicly apologize to Mr. Damien Gunn for missing his set today, I had other matters going on at this time and wasn’t able to catch his set. I did however get the chance to see him play at night.

As my job as a media person I NOTICE THINGS and I watch for things happening while the crowd watches the music. Because the pickpockets and merch thieves WANT YOU to look away while they pull their bullshit. IT IS MY JOB to help Mr. Doug make this a safe and fun experience for everyone. There was no reason for bullshit here, and I’m WELL TRAINED to see these things. This guy up here looked shifty but he turned out to be ok…(just kidding).

I watched this young lady brave the heat and enjoy the music and I saw it touch her soul. Miss Kaeleigh Grace was her name and she was by far the coolest person there, and one of the prettiest people I have run across in many years. Just to witness her passion raises my hopes even more that people like Mr.Colter Wall will move up to another echelon of commercial exposure because of her.

Where do I even begin about boasting on Mr. Colter? WHERE?  He is my 2016 Artist Of The Year and he is currently on Young Mary’s Record Company and manged by her as well. She is doing GREAT THING in the music community with many artists. Pictured above on the right is Mr.John Clay who plays drums for the speedy Creek band but also has his own music. He is a power in his own right and you can check out his music by clicking on his name there.

His self titled album was produced by Mr. Dave Cobb and will defiantly grace many TOP 50 lists of this year, the vinyl is back in stock now so go pick that up. He came out and played lone acoustic songs quickly dropping that smooth baritone voice on unsuspecting people in the crowd. I watched people drop drink cups in disbelief from out of this young man so small comes a voice so powerful and poignant.

He played an old Jimmie Rodgers song first, along with “The Devil Wears A Suit And Tie” from his first album Imaginary Appalachia. He played for us the acoustic ballad “Codeine Dream”, which displays truly fine songwriting and paints a picture in your mind.

And then like usual he plays “Thirteen Silver Dollars” while halfway the song the band joins him to embellish the gorgeous vocals.  “My .44” was next as he displayed many different songs in this set, showing us a little taste of the upcoming songs he has planned already. I see longevity in this young man, and he is a beacon of hope for REAL Country Music. Here’s a video from that song folks, I thank him for the verbal permission.

Then he invited Mr. David Vaughn Lindsay whom also released a truly fine EP to come out and sing one of his own called “Taste Of Rain”. That song was therapeutic for him as he recently lost his father and his best friend Mr. Jon. We all gathered years ago to pay our respects for The Colonel Jon Hensley.

This bunch uses one another as stepping stones to further each others music and that’s what this community needs more of, it’s a fraternity NOT a competition or a war. There aren’t too many chiefs and a shortage of Indians here. THEN…THEN he played his crowning achievement as of yet. “Kate McCannon” not only is this an ingenious marketing doorway it is perhaps one of the most well crafted songs I have heard in the last damn decade.

The opening lines about the ravens and the dark and evil way this song pounds this murder ballad into your cranium takes your breath away. This man commands total mental attention from you while he is onstage, he consumes every ounce of your soul and grinds it into pain and injects it back into your blood.

Mr. Colter is in no fashion a cruel person away from the stage, in fact he is one of the most approachable and kind friends I have in the business, I’ll gladly do anything for him and Miss Mary anytime. It was equally pleasant to reunite former band mates Mr. Mike Bulle And Mr. Jason Simpson,who played together for John King and The Mud River Revival.  Truly a mutual respect and love for one another there, Mr. Mike has become a true blessing to me and I couldn’t have done this job to this magnitude without him. Something as simple as driving for us allowing us to work is more needed than he realized.

At this juncture they were coming in by the droves. Absolute madness was pouring into the park like ants after a Popsicle on the sidewalk. Unbelievable the amount of attention this event garnered for being such a drastic turn of format.  I will tell you the main stage went from ONE unique voice to ANOTHER one FAST.

Mr.Paul Cauthen has recently released an album “My Gospel” that also made my TOP 50 of 2016. He displays a VERY RARE vocal ability and carries his notes with power and dignity. I quickly made my way back to the stage to catch ‘Marfa Lights” first.

As you can see,he brings a HUGE entourage to the table wherever he goes. And he is certainly different from any other act we had this weekend. However at the same time he remains relevant to the Americana and Country scene with his multi sounding set.

Plenty of soul and passion encompass his entire arsenal of songs, as he covered “Folsom Prison Blues” in a truly different approach to covering that song. My complaint of too many covers was squelched with his version of it…it was fresh and new.

His backup singer accompanied his vibrato truly well, this young man makes his notes carry through an open field with authority and poise. He was absolutely precise in every point I looked to criticize him on. I can’t hit anything point he failed…none. AT FIRST I had trouble making out his vocals but when I moved it fixed that problem, man he REALLY KILLED IT this weekend.

“Saddle” was next followed by a song he called “Cornbread Moon” if I’m not mistaken he spoke of a new album very soon, but I may have misheard that. “Hanging Out On The line” was next which displayed some more fine songwriting and vibrato.

“Be There Soon” and also included was “I’ll Be The One” was used for closure for this set that finally climaxed with his album title “My Gospel”. This is one of those artists that has NO happy medium, you’ll either LOVE HIM or HATE HIM really. We ALL have our own opinions on music and he is indeed different in his own way, and to me there’s not a damn thing wrong with that.

It’s time now for the arrival of the Titans of Country Music here, Legends abound at the gates Mr. Billy Joe shaver stops to tell the security guard a joke, they both laugh and he makes his way up the ramp. You know when you are an Outlaw Legend that’s 78 years old and still playing as many shows as he does you can do pretty much anything.

He came out and stood there for a moment and looked upon the crowd and began the witty quips saying “So I suppose you want me to play some shit for y’all huh?”  “Well, let’s see what I can remember now?” The crowd began to roar in delight to his cussing as he rolled into “Heart Of Texas” and “Going Out Of Style”..(“Fit To Kill”).

I mean when you are HIM you don’t need to blow shit up or run around like a banshee you just stand in one spot and sing. And that’s precisely what Mr. Billy Joe does.  NO frills or fluff just timeless classics like “Honky Tonk Heroes Like Me” that Waylon recorded an entire album of his songs dedicated to him.

He explained to us that he was just “An Old Chuck Of Coal” as he played us classic songs that spanned six decades of his music today, his vocals weathered and worn like his signature denim shirt he wears. Still, despite the aged vocals he possesses an ambiance that rivals none other in music…period.

“Georgia On A Fast Train” was next followed by a story about Dale Watson. He wrote a song about Shaver before asking for permission, and before Mr. Billy went into “Wacko From Waco” he explained the story about him shooting a man “Right between the mother and the fucker”. Yes folks he shot a man and it resulted in the song “Where Do You Want It”?

Well Mr. Dale called and asked if he could write that and Mr. Billy said sure I guess you could, he said well Billy I already wrote it. Before Billy could turn around it was already on XM Radio.

Just as he went into “Black Rose” and his signature song “Thunderbird” a once in a lifetime thing happened for us Tumbleweed attendees…the arrival of the main act. Mr. Jamey Johnson the walking talking controversy that is Jamey Johnson, love him or hate him he is a juggernaut.

he’s been around the block a few times, and appeared to be moving slower in his age as well. He walked out onto the stage and stood there as they sized each other up and pretended to begin to fight. Both truly displayed a mutual respect and admiration for each other right here in Kansas City.

MAN right next to me while you got THAT transpiring you have Mr. Cody Jinks walking around greeting the fans, and you got Mr. Paul Cauthen by the gate greeting people. You got people running every direction in this place! As Mr. Billy is playing “Hard To Be An Outlaw” (When You Aren’t Wanted Anymore), you got so much going on at once…but I got y’all covered.

We had GORGEOUS WEATHER this weekend the Lord truly blessed us with PERFECT weather after an almost HORRID outcome from the weather. The rain was totally gone before the festivities began full scale. And BAM he finally performed my personal favorite song, the Patty Loveless song “Fallen angels Fly”. When my paternal father died this song was played at his funeral, as he he was lowered into the ground.

He finished his set with a story about a woman with “an ass that defies gravity” so he sang “Stop The World” and declared that “I’m Gonna Live Forever”.  Mr. Billy Joe Shaver left us speechless I’m not sure of it was due to the fact that he is still in prime performing condition…or that he can come up there and say fuck fluently at 78.

Here is the online description of the famous shooting incident:

On April 2, 2007, police in Lorena, Texas, issued two arrest warrants for Shaver on charges of aggravated assault and possessing a firearm in a prohibited place. This was in connection with an incident outside a tavern, Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon in Lorena only two days prior, on March 31, in which Shaver shot a man, Billy Bryant Coker, in the face with a handgun. Coker’s injuries, however, were not reported as life-threatening.

Witnesses interviewed by police report hearing Shaver say “where do you want it?” and then, after the shot was fired, “Tell me you are sorry” and “No one tells me to shut up.” Coker told police the attack was unprovoked. Shaver’s attorney declared that Shaver had shot Coker “in self-defense” after Coker threatened Shaver with a knife.

In an August 2014 NPR interview, Shaver said that he shot Coker because he was “Such a bully” and that “I hit him right between a mother and a fucker. That was the end of that. He dropped his weapons and said, ‘I’m sorry.’ And I said, ‘Well, if you had said that inside, there would have been no problem.’

After unsuccessfully attempting to surrender to police in Austin, Texas, who were unaware of the warrant, Shaver turned himself in at McLennan County Jail in Waco, Texas on Tuesday, April 3. He was released after an hour on $50,000 bond and gave his scheduled performance at Waterloo Records in Austin that evening, where he reportedly told fans, “Don’t forget to pray for me, and tell your kids to pray for me, too.”

He was acquitted in a Waco court on April 9, 2010 after testifying that he acted in self-defense.

The Texas-based country musician, Dale Watson, wrote a song about the incident titled “Where Do You Want It?”. The song has been recorded by Whitey Morgan and the 78’s and appears on their self-titled sophomore album, released via Bloodshot Records.

How do you possibly follow THAT? Why with powerhouse Red Dirt warrior Mr. Roger Creager I mean this man is truly an adventurous soul. He does it all from snorkeling with dolphins to jumping out of planes. He took over the stage and followed Mr. Billy Joe shaver quite well.

He opened with “Turn It Up” form the album Surrender from 2011, and followed that up with “Little Bit Of Them All” from the 2104 album Roadshow. I LOVED his song “Wanna Wanna Bar” because of course he mentions GARY. Only I don’t sip on no coke and rum.. I’m not much of a hard liquor man anymore.

“I Got The Gun” was next as well as “Love” from his 2000 album from that same title, he brought his smooth songs to us to break the wilder momentum we had. With beach themed songs like “Cowboys and Sailors” he quickly changed to a ragtime there of New Orleans with “Jambalaya” and “Shreveport To New Orleans” all the way to “When The Saints Go Marching In”.

He THEN went over to Mexico and Tex Mex type material the likes of “Long Way to Mexico” and another song called “Gulf coast Time” the current theme of his new album he just released.

He played songs like “Where The Gringos Don’t Go” and “Different Than I’m Feeling Now”, however my favorite song he plays is the “Everclear Song”. Mr. Roger has so many wonderfully written songs that span so many albums it’s hard to pick and choose which ones complete a perfect set list for him.

On into the night folks as the sun began to set we began to party and eat some AWESOME food. The vendors provided some darn fine vittles while the VIP area enjoyed COLD bathrooms, I wanted to do my taxes in a crapper for the first time in my life. Here is a tour of the sun setting upon us out here folks, YEP the rail riding queen is still here.

Well the Flockers president Mr William Higgins came out with his admins and introduced Mr. Cody Jinks and I interviewed him before the festival, you can read about that HERE.

Mr. Cody Jinks blazed out onto the stage tonight and carried us into the final night and final hours of music here in Kansas City. Right off of Adobe Sessions he played “Momma’s Song” I guess everybody’s mom worries about us, when I first moved down here my mom always sent me money and prayed for me.

He followed that up with “She’s All Mine” and “No Words”. Mr. Cody also spanned his entire repertoire of albums tonight as he belted out song after song of epic greatness, backed by his band the Tone Deaf Hippies. He whipped the entire crowd into a complete frenzy with “Vampires”.

As I previously stated tonight this weekend represented a truly amazing array of backup bands and sidemen. Mr. Austin Tripp is an amazing right arm to Mr. Cody Jinks, and even though the Tone Deaf Hippies have had some amazing steel players through the years Mr. Austin is a crown jewel up there.

“Been Around” was next followed by “Give All you Can” off the new album as he transferred songs from that one and Adobe Sessions like playing “What Else Is New”. Before the greatest spectacle of ALL….THOUSANDS of people all singing “I’m Not The Devil”. When I posed that Mr. Ward Davis commented “That’s all we ever wanted”. I replied that I thought it was one of the most well written songs of the last decade.

“Chase That Song” was followed by the popular “Black Sheep” which I’m pretty sure spawned the name for the Flockers, afterward he played his version of Merle Haggard’s “The Way I Am” from the album of the same name released in 1980. He continued his covers with his commercially popular version of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”. Which when I talked to Mr. Austin in his interview they were surprised how well it was received, you can read that HERE.

“Fast Hand” was next followed by “I’ll Get By” and then they finally played their anthem called “Cast No Stones” which also garnered many thousands of people singing along to those words as well. I mean pretty much everybody can relate to those words. “No Guarantees” was next along with his epic cover of “Black Hole Sun”.

You know folks this man has recently just absolutely blown up in the music scene because of his talent and his real Country Music, but more importantly because of US. The fans decide what sells and what fails, with support of buying stuff and helping them. WHY just today Mr. Austin and Mr.Keith needed help somewhere on the road and one of the Flockers dropped what they were doing and went to help…THAT IS what makes things work!

With that being said I want to THANK my good friend Mr. Derek Weave Weaver and his sidekick Mr. Stonewall the pup for inviting me into their home, driving me around and just welcoming me into their home. I’m touched, I’m humbled and I SHALL return the favor to someone else. You know it doesn’t matter WHAT TYPE of music it is one of you will always have my home, don’t go to Nashville and pay hundreds for a dang hotel room.

As the night settled in we jammed to “Hippies And Cowboys” and waited for the main act of the entire festival the giant, the mighty Mr. Jamey Johnson..

Love him or hate him he is a powerhouse draw and brings in thousands of ticket holders, as today I noticed many what I call “One Bangers” that came this afternoon and weren’t here all weekend camping. Many of them either work or just don’t camp, however either way there was a giant spike in one day people I could tell.

The food vendors were strategically placed correctly I was impressed MANY festivals make that fatal sales mistake, this is a science and for those of you that KNOW what I mean you’ll agree with me. There’s a REASON for EVERYTHING I DO…there’s a REASON these three articles came out a week after the event. It all comes from my evil genius brain I have for this stuff, Gary Hayes knows what he’s doing, and he knows when to do it.

If ever there was indeed a modern day Highwaymen ambiance..this was IT. This was indeed the crown jewel of finales if I have ever witnessed one to any festival. He came out to “High Price Of Living” and “Heartache”. However after a few songs once again my complaint reigns true, the cover songs abounded as he did “Mama Tried” and “Long Time Gone”.

Not that they were poorly performed because they were not in any way poor. I was just wanting more original material form the folks I don’t always get to put everything down and go see weekly. He did a wonderful job on “That Lonesome song” , however the other complaint I had was not one song off his first album. The label treated him like shit and shelved that whole album, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he legally couldn’t play The Dollar. I can understand him being jaded toward that scenario for sure.

There was so much stellar material off that first album that could have replaced the covers and still made a terrific set lineup, however songs like “In Color” are obvious classics indeed, you cannot EVER take his accomplishments away. He is indeed one of the greatest songwriters alive today, whether you like pop country or not, honky tonk padonkadonk made him millions.

He played a very patriotic segment which included “America The Beautiful”  which included a BIG lights and lasers show, I’ll tell you what this company and all the sponsors get a REAL pat on the back from ME on this deal. There were NO expenses spared, not one dime was held back!

He played the George Strait classic song “Give It Away” which was on Honkytonkville album, followed by “Kicked Out Of Country” which he wrote with George Strait when they were indeed kicked out of Country. A genre both of them have paved the way for those that did the kicking.

THIS WAS what we WANT to show Music Row…that THIS MUSIC IS COMMERCIAL and we want it. You see folks those people don’t actually LIKE that shit on FM radio…it fills ARENAS. Not the Ryman, YES the Ryman is a BIG show for Mr. Cody, but it’s not big enough. WE MUST sell more seats as people.

Now you might ask yourself Gary , how the hell can one person do that? SHARE THIS ARTICLE, SHARE THE MUSIC…..TALK…TALK…TALK…SHARE WHATEVER BAND YOU LOVE. Support ME and others like me that report on this stuff. I cannot do this without YOU. Miss Kaeleigh is important to me, she’s a voice.

He closed with three more covers but his version of “I Saw The Light” was astounding in every fashion. And as I made my way back to the late night stage I began to wrap it up for Tumbleweed folks, I had a long night of travel ahead followed after a bunch of packing and sorting. I bought over 200 in merchandise so I had to gather up all that, All in All it was a pleasant time hosted by a remarkable crew. I want to THANK Miss Piper and Mr. Doug and Mr. Kevin for their invite and for hiring me.

I hope with all my heart I exceeded your expectations from a work standpoint, here are some pictures from the late night stage which included Damien Gunn whom I once again apologize to for missing their set.

 

Aug 052017
 

I already converged upon this festival the first day with exceeded expectations, in many ways. I KNEW this was going to be a NEW HOPE for ALL REAL Country Music fans from the entire Country…and THREE FOREIGN Countries! First of all Kansas City is pretty central and easily accessible from  Texas AND Nashville which were obviously Mr. Doug’s two target markets of income. WELL PLAYED SIR, and the schedule was well juxtaposed but I had ONE major gripe..all the women were on the back stage and LATE. I wondered what was up with that? I myself thought Sunny Sweeney certainly deserved a main stage spot.

HOWEVER this WAS a NEW HOPE for us as REAL Country fans, people THIS IS the mecca of real Country Music whether you like the Red Dirt stuff OR the Nashville based stuff…here…we got it all. This was truly the major happening of the year when it came to Country Music in many fashions.

So the first band I had today was Porter Union which is Mr. Cole Porter and Miss Kendra Porter that formed a POWERHOUSE DUO. And this weekend was the first time I had the pleasure to partake of their music. Their entire album is focused on their marriage and how they met, and the songs on the album are well written and fit the direction this album takes us in.

I am going to make a HUGE prognostication right here on my website, THIS ALBUM is going to grace EVERYONE’S TOP 50 or TOP WHATEVER of 2017. THERE, I said it before Rolling Stone did sorry Miss Roxanne…I said it first. There won’t be a TOP ANYTHING without Porter Union. Just the name and meaning alone resonates LOVE and unity through music, and dammit we NEED MORE OF THIS. Just two absolutely down to Earth good kind people.

You can FEEL REAL in Mr. Cole’s handshake, I felt like I sold a car in the 1970’s when a handshake MEANT something and your word was good as gold. The precise care and passion that these two put into their songs is uncanny and on a level I’m not used to. You can just see the love in their ambiance that is around them and they pour that out into the audience for you to apply to your everyday life.

They opened their set with “This Life We’ve Made” is pretty much self explanatory and declares that he will gladly walk beside her in this life we’ve made, however this opening song merely trades off vocals and doesn’t focus their GORGEOUS  harmonies like the song “Don’t You Know”. The opening line of that song “Don’t you know when you hurt I hurt” is classic love song material. You just FEEL their affection for each other, and it’s something that I notice is missing in today’s youth, much less society as a whole.

“Don’t Look At Me” was a great up tempo song filled with steel licks that is enough to satisfy the palate of the pickiest Country Music fan. Once again it’s merely a reflection of how they hooked up, and I’m hoping that they can continue this trend of sharing their personal adventures together. I mean the song “Thief” was SO cleverly written about stealing your last name once again referring to matrimony outcome.

“Wildfire” is MY favorite song they have in the arsenal of song material, it just paints such a wonderful picture. That was followed by “Over You” and “The Child”. In fact they displayed the entire album today and included one cover which was “Clyde” by J.J.Cale, and as I previously griped about cover songs…this is why I enjoyed their set SO MUCH. I wanted original music and Mr. Cole And Miss Kendra Porter delivered just that with perfect finesse and passion. Miss Kendra’s stage presence was nothing short of angelic.

Shortly after their set they proceeded to the main stage where they performed our National Anthem to open the entire official festival on the main stage.

Mr. Mickey Lamantia is one of the artists I interviewed before the festival happened, and he has marketed his name and his music in quite a unique manner. He has been making quite a name for himself in the Outlaw Country Music scene in the past few years by opening for Mikey Gilley and the birth of his live feed show on social media.

He opened his show with “First Last One” which was a perfect two step Honky Tonk song about drinking copious amounts of alcohol. He followed that by a true song of loneliness and addiction called “I Chose The Whiskey”  displaying a weakness for liquor. He knows better and he knows he is hurting the one he loves but chooses the chemicals out of spite, Country Music is cored in weakness and addiction.

“Alcohol Tobacco And Firearms” is pretty much an anthem for the common country folks with an uptempo beat filled full of guitar twang and stiff beats. after playing a few others he played an acoustic portion to give the band a break which included a Hank Jr. cover of “Guitar Man”. Much like Porter Union, Mr. Mikey displayed almost an entire set of original songs much to our delight.

“Take Our Country Back” and ‘In Color” were also included in his acoustic set before he proceeded to play one of his signature songs called “Outlaw Life” and what I consider his most well written song called “23rd Psalm”, before he closed his set with Johnny Paycheck’s version of the song “11 Months And 29 Days” that Paycheck wrote with Jimmy Dale.

He brought another steel guitar Legend here today and that was Mr.Robby Turner, who is an absolute steel guitar WIZARD that is another piece of Waylon Jennings legacy we have left. He performed an absolute AMAZING set here today and we loved every minute of it.

The sound crew and production team worked feverishly all weekend long to bring us the BEST concert experience we could possibly expect for our money, and I firmly think that they delivered. The sound in my opinion was excellent except for a few minor mishaps during the Whitey Morgan And The 78’s set, which I’ll touch on later.

Mr. Jason Eady was introduced by the presidents of his social media fan club Miss Jo Marie before he barrelled right into the song “Drive” off of his new self titled album, which I’m sure will grace MANY a TOP lists of 2017. He sings one of my favorite two step songs about tales of old called “AM Country Heaven”, it makes me cry.

Bringing that album up his second song was called “Old Guitar and Me” from that very album, with his first being “Drive” from the new self titled album.  He reverted back to his new album many times throughout the set with songs like “Waiting To Shine” and the popular drinking song of lament called “No Genie In This Bottle”. That song is an acoustic and steel filled song about the bottom of a bottle, with many painful references to substance abuse and how it conquers your soul.

I was absolutely impressed with Mr. Jason Eady and his set tonight, and he brought out his wife Miss Courtney Patton for backup vocals. I’ll elaborate more on her later on in this article as her and Miss Sunny Sweeney performed on the other stage late. I’ll ,point out my positive and negative points about those sets and NEITHER GAL created ANY negative points.

His second album called ‘Daylight And Dark” was finally represented in his set with the song “Liars And Fools”, and perhaps his most popular song called “Whiskey And You” that was recorded by several other people. Most notably as of late it was Mr. Chris Stapleton, however I think Mr. Tim McGraw also did it in his earlier more country career.

One of his most vivid vocally descriptive songs he has is the song “Black Jesus”, man that song is a terrific tale of a friendship between him and a black man that worked together. I have MANY elderly black friends that enjoy this song when I played it for them.

“Rain” was another proper choice for this set, one thing nice about Mr. Jason Eady is all of his songs accompany one another truly well. All of his albums have a common core relation to them. He closed his set with a song claeed “Texas Cooking” which was a song by Mr. Guy Clark.

Mr.Ward Davis has been touring relentlessly with Mr. Cody Jinks and Mr. Whitey Morgan all over the country lately, and you can often see him around those bands. He is making quite a name for himself as a songwriter and an artist through his relentless touring and vigorous work, he mentioned he is recording a new album and played a song called “Geronimo” that will be on it.

His hard living anthem of REAL Country Music called “Old Worn Out Cowboys” graced us tonight as a large portion of the audience sang along to him. I was hoping that Mr. Jamey Johnson would have come out and sang too, but I figured he had not arrived yet. Still, this song is beautiful and it makes me cry. I LOVE Mr. Ward’s songs that he plays they affect me and speak to my soul.

He played a Pat Green song (or at least I identified it with Pat Green) called “I Bet Your Momma”. However his finest song in my opinion is the slow ballad that was recorded by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson called “Unfair Weather Friend”. That song was on the iconic collaboration between Nelson and Haggard called “Django And Jimmie”, and it graced MANY Top 50 lists of last year…including mine.

“Get To Work Whiskey” was another epic spectacle of championship songwriting on his part, as well as “15 Years In A 10 Year Town” which was the title of his album, and when his new album drops I’m quite adamant it will be held in high regard by many websites like mine.

FINALLY I got to hear the entire audience of THOUSANDS sing along to him and Mr. Cody Jinks sing “I’m Not The Devil”. later on in the festival during Mr. Cody’s set that very thing happened, and as Mr. Ward once commented to me “That’s All We Ever Really Wanted”…well it happened, and it is WELL DESERVED.

Another song he called “Something Big” was to be on the new album, don’t worry I’ll be keeping him on my radar so I don’t miss the info on the new album. “So What If I Do” was next followed by the ever popular “Highwaymen” and another cover of “Big River”. He closed his set with “Don’t Forget To Get Stoned”.

This venue was slowly filling up for the Friday night performance as many people got off work from first shift, and were arriving in droves. You had so much going on at once here it was unlike any festival I have ever witnessed this large of a scale, where the artists actually did interact with the audience on a large scale.

Behind me Mr Cody Jinks was greeting people and taking pictures with us while they were getting ready for our next act Mr.William Clark Green to come whip our asses with his Red Dirt Texas music. His new album Ringling Road made my TOP 50 of that year, with his unique style of Country.

He opened with his song “Next Big Thing” from that mentioned album before going into his song “It’s About Time” from his Rose Queen album. I liked that album and that song was about heartbreak and being suddenly single with the immediate rewards of doing that. Kind of a karma type thing about dumping people and being dumped yourself..and moving on.

Mr. William displayed DEEP passion in his vocals and facial expressions tonight and it’s quite evident he LIVES to perform up there. He brought his A Game tonight and poured out his very heart to this audience, and we ate it up! This was my very first interaction with his set live, I must admit I’d travel LONG ways to cross paths with him again.

“Won’t Back Down” was once again the cover song syndrome we dealt with all weekend, I did enjoy his version of it..but I’m here to hear his original songs like “Creek Don’t Rise”. That is a good fast paced song with wonderful vocals and guitar licks.

His band was on point tonight and accompanied him extremely well on all directions. As he played ‘Still think about You” and another song off the Ringling album called “Sticks And Stones”.  He then played “Fool Me One” from that same album, however the timing on that song was a little off to me. It sounds slower on the record and they played it a little faster live. Speaking of live his Live At Gruene Hall is going to become an iconic Red Dirt live album in 10 years…you wait and see if I’m wrong!

Now mind you he was one of the first Red Dirt acts I learned about in 2011 with his album “Misunderstood” and I was hoping he would play some material of of that album like the song “Drunk On Desire” and “Caroline”. Both equally stellar choices form that album, I enjoyed hearing them live. He had one other album out before Misunderstood called “Dangerous Man” and the only song I recognized off that album was “Wishing Well”.

The crowd was digging this young man and what he brought to the table tonight. We were being well satisfied with REAL Country Music this weekend in Kansas City, I was loving every minute of it for sure. I have TWO major trips to Kansas city yearly now usually always have an absolute wonderful time down there, the local scene is truly epic.

“Rose Queen” was next followed by what he said his mom hated the most was “Ringling Road” about all the crazy circus freaks on opium and drunk clowns throwing shoes.  He then went into some Joe Cocker cover portions and “Start Me Up” from the stones before going into his most well known song.

“She Likes The Beatles” was an anthem to relationships everywhere and full of energy that prepared the crowd for what was to come….the mighty juggernaut called Whitey Morgan And The 78’s. Right outside the gate Mr. Whitey was also greeting the audience before his set.

By the time Mr.Whitey Morgan And The 78’s took over the stage the crowd was pretty much liquored up and raring to go all night. This was such a well attended festival, and by now I could easily ascertain it would be a success. Mainly because of the PEOPLE, that’s right I’m SURE Mr.Doug will even agree YOU made it possible and functional..YES YOU…YOU the person reading this made Mr. Cody Jinks and Mr. Whitey Morgan what they are…future Country Music Legends.

You know the pop country people and some of the neo traditional snobs call Mr. Whitey a wanna be and a phony,but none of them have ever REALLY delved into his songs or his live show. This man and his crew tours RELENTLESSLY and is a damn hard working bunch, if you even attempt to put his brand down in front of me I’ll quickly debate you on that.

He opened with “Just Me And The Whiskey” and followed that with “Stop The World”. He opened with quick fast paced energy that sent the crowd into a honky tonk rocket ride in Kansas City tonight. I just sat back and soaked up the ambiance there with a possum eating shit grin on my face.

“Buick City” is a wonderful song he does see Mr. Whitey is based out of Flint Michigan, and I have covered his set many many times. I have interviewed his steel player Mr. Brent Robinson in my steel guitarist series, which will pick back up here soon after Sept 1st.

You know I want to say that the 78’s are such a top notch band that I would eagerly pay 20 bucks to just see them only. One of my complaints of today’s music scene is that the iconic bands and sidemen are non existent in today’s day and age, I mean what was Mel Tillis without the Statesiders  or Merle Haggard without the Strangers? Well here you HAVE the staple core sound that helps make Mr. Whitey shine brightly in the dark abyss of local touring music. I firmly believe that Mr. Brett is one of the many things that keep Mr. Whitey relevant, you can just FEEL the connection they have on many levels.

Mr. Brett makes my sentiments evident on the intro to “Cocaine Train” which I LOVE to hear him play even though it’s a cover song. I think he does a truly fantastic job on the song that Paycheck penned in the early 70’s, I got the opportunity to ask Johnny Paycheck about that song. He told me he wrote it on a napkin at a Shoney’s, and took it Billy Sherrill and recorded it on the 1979 album “Everybody’s Got A Family..Meet Mine”.

He went back to his first album with the song “Back To Back” a song about fading love of two people, that has a nice two step beat and good steel licks within the song.  He played the Scott H Biram song “Still Drunk Still Crazy Still Blue”, which was on the Sonic Ranch album that I was glad was still available on yellow vinyl before that sold out.

“Prove It All To you” was next once again from the first album along with “Honky Tonk Queen” which is probably one of my personal favorite songs he does. “Bad News” was included in his set along with the Merle Haggard cover of “Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink”. That song was released in 1980 on Haggards 26th album called “Back To The Barrooms” and it was released right before he recorded his iconic live album from Anaheim Stadium, which was an album that fulfilled his contract with MCA along with his gospel album in 1981.

He played a song that Mr. Dale Watson wrote called “Where Do You Want It” now I’ll wait until I get to Mr. Billy Joe shaver’s portion of my articles to elaborate more on that song. The remarks that Mr. Billy Joe made introducing this song were just WILD.  “Going Down Drinking” was a great song of male celebration and alpha male stuff we all know and love. It’s a great man cave anthem.

“Crazy By Any Other Name” is another truly epic song he does and he followed it with “Crazy By Any Other Name” and another favorite of mine called “Memories Cost A Lot”. Also included in his set was “Turn Up The Jones” also the Bruce Springsteen hit called “I’m On Fire” and ” I Ain’t Drunk”. As they were wrapping up their set tonight I made my way over to the second stage for the later night festivities.

As you can evidently see the crowd had the same idea I did as they all equally prepared for a gal who has lately become a friend of mine Miss Sunny Sweeney and not to stray too far off this subject, but she plays the Opry with numerous frequent appearances so I have been on a mission to help her become inducted as a member. PLEASE help me help her by contacting the NEW Opry manager Miss Sally Williams, I have been on a mission to persuade Mr. Pete Fisher to induct her. Now that it has woman managing it, I’m hoping that Miss Sunny’s music can speak to her from a female standpoint and make her stand out above any other. Sunny Sweeney plays it frequently and I am adamant on the conclusion that she WILL represent it with passion and love. I WANT her to become a Country Music Legend that my daughter can enjoy when I am passed away, because as an activist and journalist THIS IS part of MY legacy.

She opened her set with a song off her new album Trophy called “Better Bad Idea” and shortly after she included the first song I ever heard her play that attracted me to her WAY BACK called “If I Could”. It’s a fast paced honky tonking song of grand twang. It was released in 2006 by her before she was picked up by Big Machine and re released in 2007, before the transfer of that label.

She is often associated with Red Dirt genre and that’s how I found her BUT she doesn’t consider herself that, from talking with her on a personal level she is JUST COUNTRY. But I’ll tell you what she LOVES being up there and playing music. She has REALLY evolved in the last few years and if you follow her pattern you’ll see her last two albums are WAY different from her first two. Just sit back and delve into what she does and dwell on it for a day and you’ll understand her.

“Pills” man what a great song, even though it wasn’t penned by her, she pulls the song off SO well, and it’s believable. it’s relevant to the direction of her new album and I CAN TELL YOU Trophy WILL be on my TOP 50 list of 2017…HELL it’ll be top 10. “Pass The Pain” is the opening song of the new album and it sets the mood of the upcoming album quite well.

The next song called “Whiskey Richard/Dick” was a song I have been hearing quite a buzz about on a local level, it’s a song I’m sure she might never record on a major label (however I would love it if she did) however it was cleverly written filled with many great hooks and hidden meanings. She is ONE HELL of a crafty songwriter especially when you combine her with people like Angaleena Presely and others.

She posed a good picture for me and that was cool, I appreciate all she does for my website. It really helps me help them when they help me. “Why People Change” was next followed by “Everybody Else Can Just Kiss My Ass” was her FU anthem on the album Provoked, about raising hell and partying. I’m sure all of us can relate to that song.  also later on she played “Backhanded Compliment” from that album.

She went into a story about how the album concept for Trophy came about as she played “Trophy” from that said album. This new album is her revenge for personal insults toward her and we get to share in her delight as fans. Not too may artists share their personal lives through music this closely as she has.

She commands her own world up there on stage as she played “Drink Myself Single” and the deeply written song “Bottle By My Bed” which at first I thought was a Jason Boland cover. Come to find out it was NOT and it was indeed a song of personal lament.  She closed her set with “Bad Girl Phase”. After finally getting to witness her set tonight I am regretful that I haven’t ever gotten the chance to see her perform live yet.

Miss Courtney Patton is the wife of Mr. Jason Eady and also a driving force in Texas music by herself. With vocals that are silky smooth and songs that are truly relate able, she puts on one hell of a show.

“Twisted” was truly a song of splitting up and becoming divided as time drifts you apart. I love her steel infused music she has on both of her albums like the song “What I Didn’t Say”. Recently she played a series of Christmas shows with Miss Sunny and two others for their “Hard Candy Christmas” shows.

“War Of Art” was off of her latest album from 2015, which was a terrific uptempo song of family live while being on the road. Trust me as one who has followed these people around this great country, this life isn’t easy. She’s right signing in bars night after night isn’t a job for a mother or a wife.

She brought many great songs to the table tonight, like the upbeat song called “Light Fades” which brought out more of her Red Dirt influences. Now folks here was one of my TOP negative complaints about the festival overall, being this…ALL of the women acts were on the back stage and placed late at night. I’m not sure if this was a mere coincidence or planned but it wasn’t really well accepted by me. I’m NOT personally offended but I was discouraged as a patron who loves hearing the women play as much as the guys.

“Lamplight” was next which was a slow flowing song of well written lyrics and it also paints a truly terrific picture in your mind, it displays her talents for songwriting quite well. The song “Need For Wanting” was a song I related to myself, it’s a basic D chord two step filled with steel and GREAT vocals. Every guy can relate to her refusing to give into their bullshit lines, as a long since recovered addict I remember that gutter lifestyle of using people. She sings that song SO PRETTY and deliverers the song on the album equally well.

All in All I have been having a wonderful time here at Tumbleweed and I look forward to tomorrow and finding more wonderful new friends. Networking abounds out here in Kansas City for our second yearly trip out here, and I’m having many people to thank for having my crew and I out here!

 

Aug 052017
 

HELLO MY FRIENDS and my non Flocker friends, my Tumbleweeders, my non Warden friends and all other sets that were represented here this weekend. WOW what a HUGE event to unwind from, and return to life. I didn’t drink a whole lot this weekend to be honest and I hydrated correctly.

So for those of you that faithfully follow my website and love the Tumbleweed side articles, this will commence my main articles for this festival. There were a few side articles that were interviews and they were with the smaller up and coming acts, as well as the Flockers creator Mr. William Higgins, you can read that one HERE
ALSO: Mickey Lamantia (ML 750)
Dustin James Clark
Sunny Sweeney.

Now one thing you must bear in mind here, I cannot post videos from several of the acts involved here for legal issues. I CAN AND WILL chock it FULL of pictures and information on the music involved, and as many told me I worked my ass off this weekend. The way this festival was set up geographically I really didn’t have a long walk to my vendor tent, which was where I had the rental car parked and used Rebel K Child tent as my base of operations, as I often do at festivals. While she was setting up for Friday’s sales I walked around greeted people and got ready for what I could catch of the music from the Pre-party.

Together we have become a prominent festival combination for networking purposes and we team up on traveling costs making it possible for us both to expand and making it possible for ME to bring YOU the BEST festival coverage I can, if you weren’t there…by the time YOU read this I want you to feel like you were. THAT IS the purpose of my articles here, many other media outlets want you to engage in comments sections and drama subjects. Now folks that’s alright hell I do it myself even at times, but on my website here it’s more focused on information and appreciation of the music it featured.

We arrived late Thursday night, mainly because I had some personal medical issues that needed to be taken care of before I left town.  Then right about the Hwy 24-57 split the enemy reared it’s ugly head…rain. Not small light rains but menacing rains, that were tearing apart the Kansas City area throughout the night on Wednesday.

This rain was heavy and plentiful and my good friend Mr. Derek “Weave” Weaver (whom I stayed with) reported to me that they had seven inches plus of rain, and in some areas it was beyond damaging. As with ANY job I stay in contact with the directors and keep my team available for help offers. I was informed that this event had a lingering possibility of cancellation. You need to remember this event was RIGHT ON the river, and sustained significant flooding damage. The vendor area couldn’t provide electricity or lodging for them, and the main stage area couldn’t house sound systems and electronics. His team worked on into the night and early morning to render the park able to accommodate guests.

The rumor mill already began churning before the front gate opened….social media BOOMED with rumors of it being cancelled…being postponed….re scheduled and so forth. Borda Productions came forward and released a official statement that confirmed the natural disaster problems, however they STRESSED that the company has NEVER cancelled an event. Tumbleweed went on a little later than planned…but it went on.

Before I begin the music I just wanted to say that I have never NEVER MET a more down to Earth and welcoming duo than Mr. Doug and Miss Piper, there aren’t too many that honestly become personal friends. People that you would invite into your home and just put the business aside and be friends with, those two certainly were those type. This event became a VERY valuable and tangible networking tool for ALL OF US. Much like ANY festival friendships and alliances were formed, old friends were rekindled and new music was discovered.

NOW THAT is the MOST integral and pertinent part of this article and this event. NEW fans were exposed to NON COMMERCIAL and INTERDEPENDENT MUSIC that EVERY website they invited there daily promotes. Like us or not we are busy promoting REAL MUSIC the likes of the “smaller acts” like the first artist I caught…barely…I was so busy setting up that I missed most of the late night stage on Thursday. The first day and night was indeed A pushy and tiresome cluster of setbacks for me. I’m NOT going to lie it wasn’t until Friday that I was on my A Game, and ready to do what I do BEST…report on the MUSIC. There was a flag issue that bred MUCH drama that I shall opt to NOT touch on, I don’t NEED any drama for ratings. THIS IS A MUSIC PAGE and you’ll read information about their set lists and their future plans, I think I did a wonderful job of weeding out the drama mill stirrers so YOU can get the FULL ambiance of Tumbleweed…the non commercial Outlaw Music juggernaut that this man and his team have created.

Thursday night transpired in a large tent called the Camping Stage and also dubbed the Late Night Stage. This was readily convenient for my crew as she could run her vendor tent and WATCH some of the music simultaneously, and also the toilet facilities were close by her. The vendors has ample power and amnesties and for what they paid for a spot it was totally a cost effective festival in my opinion, so ALL you vendor friends of mine please contact Miss Piper and reserve your 2018 spot…the vendor row needed growth. THAT comes in time, and with our word of mouth, if YOU liked a certain product TELL THEM to bring it back. Seriously Mr. Doug can NOT expand his idea without positive AND negative advice from the ones who REALLY make it happen….YOU.

One of the BEST things initially about this festival was the medical facilities and staff. With someone like ME I MUST have a way to keep insulin cold and a safe locker for medications. I NEED a CLEAN place to check my sugars and stay regular so I can work on this, I had that. I had comfort knowing I can have any possible bad situation handled for me or for my two other people that depend on me for safety. The security and medical staff were absolutely above and beyond what I was expecting and I commend them in every way possible.

The entire park was AWESOME in the amount of trees around to provide shade for us, I mean even with extreme heat (which wasn’t the case) one could have some relief. The vendor area was REALLY well shaded and also the main stage area had many nice spots I could set my chair up for work, it was not as campestral as I thought the grounds would be.

So the first act I got to see part of was Mr. Dustin James Clark and his all natural brand of Honky Tonk Country music, as he opened up the entire festival. I interviewed him earlier on and got a truly good perspective on what he was going to bring to the table here this weekend.

As I stated earlier the larger acts have mostly asked me NOT to publish videos of their performances and I shall comply with them accordingly. HOWEVER the up and coming guys and gals have been VERY adamant about allowing it. Many of them are my personal friends and he is NO exception, and I look forward to  watching what he can accomplish with a future full band. I think with proper steel behind him he would sound amazing, his EP is available on the website.

I recently contacted him via text and he provided me with a set list. He opened his set with “Land Of The Free” which was song about ignorance, and how we sometimes take our freedom for granted.  “If we don’t pull our heads out of our asses, we may not live in the land of the free”.

“Common Man’ was next (not the John Conlee song of the same name), but it basically talks about just being a plain and simple American. That’s pretty much what we were celebrating this weekend..freedom to be able to assemble like this. “She’s Everywhere I Go” was next followed by ‘Angel in the Hands Of A Devil”.

The Steve Young written song “Lonesome Onry And Mean” made popular by Waylon was next and later on into the weekend the one thorn in my side was this: too many covers!  One or Two per set was alright and actually many of the artists here (like Miss Sunny Sweeney) pull off covers from their albums…that’s expected.

“Broken Heart Billy” was next along with ‘Working Man’s Blues” and “Good Hearted Woman” but perhaps his crowning achievement on songs is the up tempo “Fast Cars Honky Tonk Bars And Long Legged Women”. This song was off his EP he had for sale, and I strongly suggest you go pick that up NOW.

You aren’t going to be disappointed in any way shape or form with this young man and his music. One thing you’ll notice about his original tunes…they are all well over three minutes long. One can approach that in two ways, he isn’t good enough of a songwriter to deliver a message quick enough OR he takes a little more time to paint a better picture in getting his point across. YOU decide for yourself on that folks, but I myself say it’s the latter of the two. He takes pride in what he sings and writes and he sticks out like a rooster wearing socks.

The Boomswagglers were a trio from Texas that has actually been around since the early Myspace era in 2007. They are considered a Roots Music original band by many, and I missed most of their set as well.

I’ll admit I’m not entirely familiar with this band and they weren’t as audience related as the other acts this weekend. All of them had merch available and greeted the crowd guests for pictures and talking, I didn’t see that in their instance, however I wasn’t present for the entire set either.  I’ll have to catch up with this band further on down the road at Americana Fest.

I did get to finally get settled in and got to witness the band that WON the competition to perform that camping stage called Greg Payne And The Piedmont Boys and they are from Greenville South Carolina.

Greg Payne – Vocals, Guitar
Matt Parks – Fiddle, Vocals
Chíef Spires – Bass, Vocals
Stuart McConnell – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Tony Pilot – Drums

I couldn’t say enough good things about Mr. Matt Parks their fiddle player, who played ONE HELL OF AN “Orange Blossom Special” written in 1938 by Ervin T Rouse and is widely regarded as the “Fiddle Players National Anthem”. Probably one of the most adamantly revered fiddle tunes in the history of music as a whole. He did the song justice and was flawless on many notes save for a few small ones that an untrained ear would easily miss. He is a DAMN FINE musician and overall this band had a HUGE stage presence tonight.

The one complaint I had overall about the festival with MOST of the bands as I previously stated was the selection of (or should I say OVER selection of) cover songs. I ENJOY them but I came here to hear their own original music, I do understand you have to entertain the people that WANT the cover songs. But I was hoping for more indulging into their own albums and partaking in well written original songs like “Rice And Beans” , I mean THAT SONG is just an absolute JAM!

However contradicting myself I thought their rendition of “Tulsa Time” was over the top terrific and the tempo was PERFECT. This band plays like a well oiled machine and is vocally intact, not many lagging vocals or off timed relations between the bass man and the kick drum especially on “Rice And Beans” where you can easily detect off time beats.

They opened their set with “Long Time Gone” and The “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” before going into their original songs like “Free Spirit” and “White Line Mercy”, which was a REALLY WELL WRITTEN SONG about being with a woman who loves cocaine. It’s an easily relate able song for many men in that situation, with a great up tempo beat, and I could easily ascertain the audience reaction to this song…which I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing?

“Alone Again” was followed by the song “35” which has a ton of twang. I relate to this song truly well above all of his songs. Being a 21 year CLEAN heroin addict I am 46 now and I’m amazed I’m alive. This a well written masterpiece of personal lament, and regret, the line about a pill and guitar pick in my pocket was what wins me over on this song.

“He Ain’t Got No Hot Water” was another up tempo party song they play, that displays GREAT vocal harmonies and fiddle. This song had the crowd dancing quicker than a cat will lick it’s ass, and it also displayed some common bass thump that I always identify with good old fashioned Honky Tonk music.

The covers that they DID DO were truly great to be honest, as they did “When I’m Stoned” by Jason Boland and The Stragglers, and also they did “Cast No Stones” which we would hear later by Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies. “Long Way From The Bottom” and “Traveling Outlaw Band” closed out the set, and the evening tonight. I’m just glad it was an early one because at this juncture I’ve been up for 31 hours and I was ready for a few hours of sleep.

Aug 042017
 

HI Folks

Well once again I am working my butt off for Tumbleweed, ushering in Muddy Roots and also working for the Texas Country Music Awards. As you may know I can NO LONGER do this alone, so I have enlisted the assistance of my friend Mr. Joshua Wallace to help me when he finds jobs he knows he can conquer.

I firmly think you will concur that he knocked it out of the park on this review of Mr. Tyler Childers HAPPY PURGATORY DAY EVERYONE.

Here is a video from a recently covered Tyler Childers show in Nashville you can read more about that one HERE

Whether you’ve been waiting for years to hear a fully produced Tyler Childers album or you just discovered him leading up to this release, Purgatory does not disappoint.  This record was produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson and it was recorded live at David Ferguson’s Butcher Shoppe over 2 days.  They have released a record that I feel will be a strong contender for album of the year 2017.

There is a lot of diversity at work in the sound on this album.  These songs pull from outlaw country, honky tonk and even bluegrass and folk.  The star among these varied arrangements is Tyler’s voice and songwriting, both of which are front and center on this album.  Clever lines like “Well my buckle makes impressions on the inside of her thigh, there are little feathered indians where we tussled through the night” from “Feathered Indians” are peppered throughout the lyrics.  The imagery present in his songwriting often reminds me of Jason Isbell, but with more accessibility.

Some of my favorites include “Whitehouse Road”, “Purgatory” and “Honky Tonk Flame”.  “Whitehouse Road” reminds me of a modern day “Copperhead Road” but in a good way that makes something new while bringing about memories of the old song.  The title track puts the album in full on bluegrass mode and it’s a fun romp that brings about a welcome change of pace to the album.  Finally, “Honky Tonk Flame” brings about that honky tonk vibe and you can hear Sturgill’s influence on this track.

There is truly not a bad track on this album and I’m sure everyone will have their own favorites.  While you have heard many of these songs before, either live or on his previous releases like the Live on Red Barn Radio I & II EPs or the Bottles & Bibles LP from 2011 , this record is his best release to date.  I hope this album finds Tyler Childers the bigger audiences his sound deserves.  The sky’s the limit from here and I’m excited to see what is next.

 

Purgatory Track List:

  1. I Swear (to God)

  2. Feathered Indians

  3. Tattoos

  4. Born Again

  5. Whitehouse Road

  6. Banded Clovis

  7. Purgatory

  8. Universal Sound

  9. Honky Tonk Flame

  10. Lady May

 

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