Mr. Gene Watson Celebrates 40 Years Of Farewell Party.

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Apr 162019

One of my favorite Country Music albums of all time was the 1979 release Reflections, which boasted a number five hit for him called “Farewell Party”. The song spent sixteen weeks on the Billboard charts and quickly became the signature song for him and his band.

Not too long ago I covered his wonderful show at the Nashville Palace, where I quickly found out that time has not even remotely faltered his voice or his style. His band remains top notch in every way, and his new songs are just as traditional and pure as his classics. He hasn’t tried to update his sound to compete with anything mainsteam, and for that I applaud him.

On his website hehhad this to saysabout the song “The band  didn’t know the song, so they were making their chord charts on the fly while I was down on one knee in the middle of them singing and playing the guitar,” remembers Watson. “We hadn’t made the ending and when I decided to hit the last high note, the band just went with me. Even the background singers were singing their parts live and in one take. That moment, that’s what you hear on the record.”

To celebrate this milestone of his song’s fourtieth year, he has released a whopping number of 2019 dates and released a brand new Gospel album. He is enjoying the success of one of those singles now called “Build My Mansion Next Door To Jesus”, and he is currently on the road playing these dates.

Mar. 15-16  Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg, Ind.
Mar. 29  Coleman Theatre – Miami, Okla.
Mar. 30  Windstone Entertainment Center – Jefferson City, Mo.
Apr. 12  Opry House – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr. 13  Renfro Valley Entertainment Center – Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Apr. 20  Paradise Theatre at Margaritaville Casino – Bossier City, La.
Apr. 27  The Concho Palace – San Angelo, Texas.
May 03  Elijah Clark State Park – Lincolnton, Ga.
May 04  Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio.
May 09  Palace Theatre – Corsicana, Texas.
May 10  Waco Hippodrome – Waco, Texas.
May 11  Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas.
May 25  Music City Texas Theatre – Linden, Texas.
Jun. 15  Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton, Okla.
Jun. 21  Golden Nugget Lake Charles Grand Events Center – Lake Charles, La.
Jun. 22  IP Casino & Resort – Biloxi, Miss.
Jun. 28  Mainstreet Crossing – Tomball, Texas.
Jul. 26  Great Texas Balloon Race – Longview, Texas.
Aug. 02  Carl Perkins Theatre Civic Center – Jackson, Tenn.
Aug. 15  Tom Johnson Campground – Marion, N.C.
Aug. 17  The Liberty Showcase – Liberty, N.C.
Aug. 24  Redneck Country Club – Stafford, Texas.
Sept. 20  Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center – Midland, Texas.
Sept. 26  Red River Valley Fair – Paris, Texas.
Sept. 27  Titus County Fair – Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Oct. 12  Renfro Valley Entertainment Center – Mt. Vernon, Ky.
Oct. 18  The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Oct. 25-26  Kentucky Opry – Benton, Ky.
Nov. 02  Lebanon High School Gym – Lebanon, Va.
Nov. 08  The Mansion Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Nov. 15  Mainstreet Crossing – Tomball, Texas.

The Standard Deluxe Welcomes Mike And The Moonpies

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Apr 152019

By Joshua Wallace

Photo Credit : Joshua Wallace

Mike and The Moonpies

On Sunday March 31st, 2019, I got to scratch a concert venue off my bucket list.  I have wanted to go to the Standard Deluxe in Waverly, AL and see a concert at their “Little House” room ever since I heard of it.  This is a small room with what I think is a capacity of 65. However, they book acts you would normally see in bigger rooms. I was excited to finally get a chance to go to this venue for my first time seeing Mike and The Moonpies.  I have been a fan of the band for a few years but they rarely make it to my area in the southeast for touring. There was no opening act and the band ripped right into one hell of a set.

Mike Harmeier and Bass Player Omar Oyoque

When you pull up to the venue, you realize right away that this is a small place.  You park on the side of the street and the first thing you see is the feed shack. I didn’t have time to eat this evening, but it looked like good food.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add a Standard Deluxe hat to my collection of hats. The gift store is a separate building next to the feed shack. From there, I went on into the little house, and it was a small place.  I didn’t have much time to take it in fully because the show was just about to start.

Mike and The Moonpies Jamming on “Damn Strait”

The band opened with the barn burner “Road Crew” off the band’s most recent album Steak Night At The Prairie Rose.  This was one of my favorites off this album and the band was on point from the first note. Next they hit “Mockingbird” off the album by the same name.  That was followed up by “The Last Time” and “Damn Strait”, both songs written by longtime friend of Mike And The Moonpies Jonathan Terrell. I particularly enjoy “Damn Strait” which is on The Hard Way album.

Zach Moulton on Pedal Steel

The band then hit “Steak Night At The Prairie Rose” which is probably my favorite of Mike’s autobiographical songs.  Another great tune they hit off that same album was “Might Be Wrong”. Mike mentioned that the band has a new record pretty much done and played a new track called “You Look Good In Neon”.  I can’t wait to hear the studio version of this because it was a bit of strong songwriting that I want to hear again. The band got to a deeper cut I wouldn’t have expected them to play in the single only release “Country Music’s Dead” which I loved when it was released.  

Mike Harmeier, Catlin Rutherford (lead guitar), Omar Oyoque (bass guitar), Zach Moulton (pedal steel), Kyle Ponder (drums)

They got to one of my favorite Moonpies songs “Me And Hayes” off the The Hard Way album.  It was paired with an amazing cover of “Willie, Waylon And Me” by originally by David Allan Coe.  This was easily a highlight of the night for me. There was another new song in the set called “Danger” which has me even more hype for the new record.  The band also hit “Beaches Of Biloxi” and “We’re Gone” from the newest album before closing the night out with “The Real Country”.

Mike and The Moonpies at The Standard Deluxe

I highly recommend checking out Mike and The Moonpies live when you get a chance to.  I also can’t say enough good things about the Standard Deluxe in Waverly, AL. The Little House is a great listening room and I don’t think you will find a better small crowd venue in the southeast.  I hope to get to see one of their bigger concerts at some point later this year in their outdoor venue. You can find Mike and The Moonpies tour dates here and you can find info on the Standard Deluxe here.  

Outlaws Across The River.

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Apr 142019


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In two weeks I shall be heading down to Mississippi for the first time ever to join some of my old friends to partake in some truly great local music. Some of these people I haven’t ran across in years, I literally mean YEARS. Mr. Tim Ledford and Miss Angie Erwin have personally invited yours truly to come down and cover this event. So on April 27th I will travel down there for some great music, and I urge you to come as well.

Miss Angie owns and operates Lone Star Music Promotions and Mr. Tim and Miss Jean Ledford and his family runs a GREAT local music venue for passing musicians.  We have been friends for many many years now, but I still have not been granted the opportunity to travel down there…well as of next week THAT WILL change, as I venture down to cover this event.

I have constructed a spotify list  below, and it includes all the folks I could find on the event roster save for two of them. Now for YEARS Mr. Jeff Hopson have conversed on FB messenger, but we have never met or shook hands…YET. I want to take a short opportunity to brag on his knowledge here folks, Mr. Josh Morningstar, Mr. Joey Allcorn and I are history nutballs. We often run three way geek fests. I often geek out with Mr. Shooter Jennings a lot too about 1980’s computer RPG’S and music.

Jeff Hopson
Todd Perkins
The Wilson Brothers Band
Billy Don Burns
Rowdy Johnson
Casper McWade
Dallas Moore

Quality Inn (169)

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Magnolia Inn(78)

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Magnolia Inn

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Hampton Inn Oxford/Conference Center

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Graduate Oxford

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Classic option with business facilities
The Inn at Ole Miss

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Hag Fest 2019 At The Southgate House Revival.

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Apr 132019

I made a short drive today up to Cincinnati and the Newport Kentucky area to  one of America’s most iconic venues the Southgate House Revival. On my weekly list of concerts, I always include their show roster for the bands I like to cover. When you get into this business a four hour ride isn’t bad at all, and this lineup here was one that I couldn’t pass up. I missed last year’s because it coincided with W.B. Walker’s anniversary party in West Virginia. For a current list and ALWAYS kept up on weekly happenings go HERE.

I got to eat with some friends of mine I know from the Muddy Roots community, and got settled into a corner in the Sanctuary where I enjoyed the Comet Bluegrass All Stars, whom are local to the area. All of these fine artists play this venue quite often and play the Cincinnati area often as well. They played a ton of great Merle Haggard tunes for us, including the 1966 song “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” from the Swinging Doors album. “Silver Wings” was from the 1969 Okie From Muskogee album, and the song “Working Man’s Blues” was off the 1985 album called Amber Waves Of Grain.

I got to hear them play the traditional song called “In The Pines”, which is a very old Appalachian folk number and a vivid Bluegrass tune as well. They played the song “Lonesome Fugitive” and also a very good version of the “Orange Blossom Special”. This Bluegrass band was formed in 1996, and became the house band for the Ohio based neighborhood bar called The Comet, thusly the name.

We had several cancellation here because of illness, and Mr. Joe did a wonderful job of filling in the spots with people. I have three rooms of music going on simultaneously, so I have my work cut out for me tonight as I type I got two rooms I can hear. I’m about to wander into the Lounge room to catch up with Mr. Joey Allcorn, a young man I haven’t forgotten about but he took a short break.

Many of the acts tonight are all having fun celebrating the life and mourning the death of Country Music Icon Mr. Merle Haggard, so Mr. Joey was playing “Swinging Doors” when I got to see him first, and he followed that up with the Hank Williams classic “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It’. He played a wonderful version of Cocaine Blues and also covered the classic “Sing Me Back Home” from the 1967 album of the same name. He and my other buddy Mr. W.D. Miller were truly enjoying the ambiance of the venue tonight.

It was equally truly enjoyable to once again get to see Mr Joey perform again, and although I didn’t get to see him play any originals it was still a good set. Mr. Joey appears on many early roots albums like the classic Fifth On The Floor album called Ashes And Angels, and a few Hank III albums. He does some damn fine suit and tie Country Music, and like me he has a superb knack for history and runs a Facebook group that I thoroughly enjoy learning from.

The Brown County Indiana area is one I am well familiar with from a festival point of view. If you mention it to me I think of one thing….Bean Blossom. But also my beloved John Hartford crowd that I call my friends. This duo hails from that region, in the form of Mr John Bowyer and Miss Jayme Hood. I have been a big fan of what they do for a while now, and finally got to catch up with their set. This my friends, is the Hammer And The Hatchet.

Now one thing I want to point out here are how enjoyable all the covers were, and how they connected to Merle Haggard, whom was being remembered and celebrated here today. See folks April 6th is and will always be a hallowed and revered day, as the day Merle Haggard was born….and died. The song “I Always Get Lucky” was one George Jones recorded in 1983, but was Co wrote by Merle Haggard and one of my personal favorite people….Mr. Freddy Powers. I could ramble on for weeks about the significance of Mr. Freddy Powers in the spectrum of Country Music. The other Co writers were Mr Gary Church and Mr. Tex Whitson on that song.

“Insomnia Song” was next followed by a song from their Winter Fires album called Kentucky Anna Blues. This folk based duo really reminded me of Shovels And Rope, not only in style but their songs speak to me as an individual. They just have that intense chemistry in their ambiance, and it’s difficult to grasp that they have only been together a short time.

Mr. Sean Geil of the Tillers was there in the Lounge filling in for Mr. Billie Gant whom was Ill and had to cancel. I am sorry I missed his smiling face. Mr. Sean played a very nice set which included an old Doc Watson tune. After that I meandered upstairs to see a band I have covered many times called Luna And The Mountain Jets.

This band had a strong presence on my website for the 2018 festival season with both of their projects going strong within the Ohio, East Kentucky and West Virginia music communities. As I walked into their set upstairs they were already into the song “Thanksgiving Day”.

Mr. David Prince on lead guitar is always a strong presence with this band, and he makes his presence known with blazing guitar solos on songs like “Lies And Envy”. I have heard some news that they are playing a few new songs, but I did not catch any tonight here. I did get to catch them play “Pepsi Girl”, before moving on to take some more pictures and doing some research on the Appalachian Prison Book Project. Now I am going to tell you all more about this movement.

The Appalachian Prison Book Project (APBP)—a grassroots, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization—challenges mass incarceration by providing books and education to incarcerated people and by creating opportunities for volunteers and community groups to learn more about the legal and prison systems.

Closely affiliated with West Virginia University, a land-grant research institution, APBP also provides internships and service-learning opportunities to undergraduates, graduate students, and law students, and encourages interdisciplinary research. APBP sponsors lectures, conferences, performances, and other educational events related to mass incarceration.

Our work emanates from two interconnected premises: education is a basic human right, and engaging the community in educational justice efforts is a requisite component to building sustainable restorative justice models.

Since our founding in 2004, APBP has evolved into a dynamic community that is responsive to the social crisis and economic costs of mass incarceration.

Mass incarceration divides our society into two worlds: inside and outside. APBP works against this division by providing books and educational opportunities to incarcerated people while also generating ways for volunteers and community groups to learn more about the legal and prison systems. We are convinced that education is essential to creating a culture that neither criminalizes people nor looks to a cage as a solution to social problems.

By mailing books, facilitating prison book clubs, and offering college courses in prison, APBP celebrates creative expression and defends the liberties that make it possible; champions the freedom to read and write, recognizing the power of literature to transform individuals and societies; and supports educational, vocational, and personal development for people who are locked up. For our volunteers, the work of responding to letters and facilitating prison education programs grounds national debate on mass incarceration in the lived experiences of those who know prison best.

Our organization envisions a future society in which we understand our interconnectedness and better perceive our mutual stakes in creating fair and just systems, and each facet of our work moves us towards this future by encouraging collaboration and dialogue across barriers and through walls.

This man here I truly admire his music, and his versatile vocal style he so prominently displays. And in my opinion he is vastly overlooked even by the local music community, his name is Mr. Adam Lee. His latest album called Sincerely Me was a little bit different direction than his other more Honky Tonk albums, but still awesome nonetheless.

The Merle Haggard song “Rambling Fever” opened his set, which in 1977 was indeed his 22nd studio album recorded at the very zenith of his MCA tenure. I particularly love this album because it was one of the few that producer Mr Ken Nelson enlisted the production help of Hank Cochran. That album also boasts the song called “I Think It’s Gone Forever” which Haggard wrote with then wife Miss Leona Williams the year after it’s release in 1978.

He displayed that low growl on an old song from 2010 called “When The Spirit Moves Me” back when his band was called The Dead Horse Sound Company. Another song from that album was called “Holy Roller”. This man was truly a smart addition to today’s lineup here, given his unique ability to bend genres while maintaining his Roots sound. He holds dear to those wonderful traditional foundations like the rest of us as well, you can tell that in his demeanor.

He did play one from the Sincerely Me album called “Show Folks You Mean It”. I moved upstairs to the Revival room to see my buddy Mr Nathan Kahlish. I got to see him play “Bullies Win Again”. That song is a political song by him, now listen folks, most people go around saying that artists need to shut up and sing and leave politics out of music. I disagree. Do I agree with Liberal or Conservative music…no but I DO appreciate it. I listen, and I do analyze it. See I AM an adult, and I can make my own conclusions instead of being mean to others that see things differently.

I respect Mr Nathan and let me tell you why. He has many of his own opinions that he vividly displays in his music, but he was raised in a home very different from what he believes in. He knows both sides of the issues he has opinions on, he is INFORMED and like me, he gets along with EVERYONE. I have many friends that I don’t agree with politically or religiously but we remain the best of friends. I wrote up some news on his latest album and you can find that right HERE.

Miss Chelsea Nolan is one of my wonderful West Virginia community friends, and she agreed to come play for us in the Lounge. I got to see her play “Build A Fire” from her EP she released last year, and she also played a song called the “Serious Song”.

She told us tonight that she sometimes thinks she doesn’t write the greatest of songs but she does a pretty damn good job singing them. I’m not so sure I agreed with that statement I think she writes wonderfully and I always enjoy seeing her play.

I enjoyed her version of “Rock Candy Mountain” as I moved into the main Sanctuary to see the history being made by two giant Legends of Country Music ( and other genres ) Mr. Bill Kirchen and the man that was unanimously picked by the rest of the strangers to take the lead guitar duties after Mr. Roy Nichols did Mr. Redd Volkaert.

Mr. Bill Kirchen began a band called Commander Cody And The Lost Planet Airmen in 1969 where their peers described them as outlaws for breaking barriers with their creative style. They did things their way like production and recording, on labels like Hightone Records. Miss Kim Lenz spoke highly of him in our interview not long ago, and I have high regard for his influences.

Both of these men are respected Legends of the Telecaster guitar and their styles are well molded in the days of old and the anals of history. Some of his best work was featured on the live album “Deep In The Heart Of Texas”, which is a Holy Grail find for vinyl collectors. Another classic record that Mr. Bill made was called “King Of Diesel billy” in 2005, and is a prized piece of my collection.

Mr. Redd Volkaert played the 1967 “All My Friends Are Gonna Be Strangers” which actually was cut first by Mr Roy Drusky, but became Mr. Merle Haggards very first top ten record, and he named his band the Strangers due to it’s success.  He played a song called “Don’t Wanna Brag Here Comes The Hag”. Mr. Bill Kirchen played some awesome nostalgic songs like “Truck Stop At The End Of The World” which was released in 2001 on the Tied To The Wheel album. Also included in his set was the song called ” Mamma Hated Diesels” which was a Commander Cody song .

He played the song called “Wine Wine Wine Do Your Stuff” which I wanted to ask him more about, and didn’t have time to stop. I’ll have to email him later on this because I had a LOT OF running around to do. I had to run across the hall and catch my brother from another mother, my buddy Mr Josh Morningstar.

He started out with his song that got cut by Mr. Cody Jinks on his latest album called Lifers called “Must Be The Whiskey”, and he followed that up with a song he wrote about drug dealers called “Damn These Birds”. He wasn’t feeling well tonight but he didn’t fail to entertain us with a rousing rendition of Mr. Roger Miller’s “Dang Me”.

Much like Mr. Joey Allcorn and I, Mr. Josh has a knack for Country Music History too. He reads and he studies many of the books and websites that enrich our minds with all that wonderful information of days of old. And he molded his new hit single called “Jerry Lee” after the great Legend Jerry Lee Lewis. There have been many books and movies done about this man and his lifetime of antics, and this song touches on many of them in Grand fashion.

I truly think that the spirit of Merle Haggard was with us tonight as the many acts played many of his songs here. Right now I am in between sets for two of the rooms about to catch Miss Jaime Wyatt in the Sanctuary room, while Mr. Nathan Kahlish is upstairs.

Miss Jaime Wyatt is in the process of recording a new album and she played two songs from that upcoming project. One called “By Your Side” , and another I did not catch the name of about Whiskey and Coke. But in the meantime, she played a terrific set tonight full of songs from her Felony Blues album.

She started out with “Wishing Well” and went into a good performance of “Stone Hotel” which chronicles her unwanted tenure in prison. Her music speaks to me in many ways because like her, I too had my share of demons with narcotic use back in the day. However I never had any run ins with prison time as her album and title song “Felony Blues” suggests.

She played her own version of the Merle Haggard classic “Misery And Gin” from the 1980 album called Back To The Barrooms that Mr. Snuff Garrett wrote. “From Outer Space” was next right as I began to switch rooms to see other sets tonight. I went upstairs in the Sanctuary to catch a band that was introduced to me by Miss Kim Grant called 500 Miles To Memphis, and I will tell you about their new album on here called Blessed Be The Damned.

Their new 11 track record was just recently released, and was in my TO DO stack for some time now. That’s NOT a bad thing folks, I get SO MUCH music that I LOVE and it’s just basically me doing mail in submissions. Mr. Joshua Wallace does most of our album reviews, but some get sent directly to me.

The album opens with a revival type song called “The River” which breaks right up into their classic punk influenced steing band music. This band would be a perfect fit for Muddy Roots and other festivals, so many bands have played I missed they may already have and I missed it.  This is basically just rowdy genre bending good music.

“Hold On Tight”, was another good song that had a punk taste to it, but maintained almost a thrash metal break for a few moments, and then goes into a Roots music sound as well. It’s just a different approach to Roots music that I truly enjoyed live. I defiantly enjoyed this band live more than the recording..not that the album was bad at all.

Mr. Joe Macharet played tonight with his side band called Joe’s Truck Stop. He is a current active member of the Tillers another Ohio based outfit that recorded an iconic live album here at the Southgate House Revival in 2012. They played one of my favorite songs “Tobacco Spitting Gal”, and took turns blazing solos all over the stage. “Hearts Made Of Stone” was next, and another song I caught was called “Back In Time”.

Hey look my old friend Laid Back Country Picker is here to close out the show in the Sanctuary. He started out with a cover of “Are You Ready For The Country”, and went into his hilarious song called “Party Line”. Miss Honey was shopping for merch earlier and I caught her in the act of buying some of Miss Jaime Wyatt’s stuff.

He played a BRAND NEW song tonight called “Playing Country Music And Treating People Right”. It’s pretty much a self explanatory song about being good to your fellow man. I have always admired Laid Back for his pleasant demeanor, and his classic Country sound. He told us all about “Kathy With An 8 Ball” and the last song I got see him play was “Truck Stop Sam”.

Mr. Laid back Country Picker stopped by my inbox this morning and he had THIS to say: I hope to record this new record in July. I am taking the hillbillies to Nashville to do it, and we are going to lay it on them! So folks when the time comes for him to elaborate on his new project we will be watching him close.

Michael Moeller:

A songwriter looks through a different lens when he looks at the world around him. At any second a flicker of light, a statement in a passing conversation, or the deafening intensity of silence can become the catalyst for the chance to write the next song. The race to put on paper the fleeting thought. One that won’t take long before it vanishes.

   That craft has been in the life of Michael Moeller ever since he picked up an instrument and knew he had something to say. Referred to as an “Old Soul”, Michael writes the songs he sees around him, writes the songs he feels, and writes the songs he experiences: life, loss, love, joy, and faith.

Slippery Creek:

Slippery Creek is a group of young pickers from the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Focusing on the deep traditional roots, Slippery Creek brings that old time style of hard drivin’ bluegrass to today’s audience. With lonesome vocal harmonies and solid instrumental arrangements, they will take you back to the early days of the Grand Ole Opry.

The Tammy Whynots:

This was a local band that is regarded VERY highly by the people in this area, that included some clever puns into their music. I’m not sure if they were indeed originals or not, and didn’t have really find any way to contact the band at all. I did get to hear some of their setlist tonight as they played some covers. They played “Fist City” and the Webb Pierce classic “There Stands The Glass”. Also included in their set was a song called “Smokin Something” which I’m not truly sure if that was an original or not.  However I do remember hearing “Harper Valley PTA”.

In closing I wanted to send out my most HEARTFELT THANKS to Miss Morella Raleigh and her wonderful and freindly staff. Even though I only drink cokes and water they were kind and accepted my tips for cokes with just as much kindness as the ones drinking alcohol. I really cannot drink much anymore, and never did while working a job anyways, I have to remember EVERY detail of the job. You’ll never see many GOOD photographers drunk!


Magnolia Roads Annual American Roots Hoedown IV.

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Apr 132019


Magnolia Roads presents Fourth Annual American Roots Hoedown in East Nashville

Featuring 12 Artists From Across America:

Arkansas Dave, Bonnie Blue, Bryan Haraway, Chris Wilson & The Heresy, Don Gallardo & How Far West, Funkyjenn & The Fringe Benefits, Jason Daniels Band, Jeff Mix & The Songhearts, Lady Couch, Mike Younger, Rich Mahan Band, and The Truehearts

April 26 and 27, 2019 at The 5 Spot, East Nashville, TN

Benefit for Ben Eyestone Fund at Music Health Alliance

NASHVILLE, TN February 25, 2019 – Magnolia Roads presents the fourth annual American Roots Hoedown, inspired by the music that grew from the roots of America at honky-tonks and dive bars, juke joints and roadhouses to backyards and campfires. It will feature artists who epitomize American Roots music through their blend of Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Folk, Funk, and Rock n Roll, flavored with the deep grooves of the South and an occasional West Coast psychedelic twirl. A showcase of the Magnolia Roads family of artists and friends. Twelve bands over two nights The 5 Spot located at 1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206.

A portion of the proceeds from American Roots Hoedown IV will be donated to the Ben Eyestone Fund at Music Health Alliance. The event will include a silent auction to raise funds for the non-profit advocacy group; the Alliance provides for members of the music community.

Founders Brewing Co. is sponsoring the event and their brews will be available on draft and in cans both nights.

GHS Strings is also sponsoring the event.

CommUNITY Canvas Project will be hosting a live art project for attendees who will be invited to paint, doodle, or play on a big blank canvas.

American Roots Hoedown IV Night One

9pm-2am Friday, April 26, 2019

The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206

Lineup: Funkyjenn, Don Gallardo & How Far West,

Chris Wilson & The Heresy, The Truehearts

American Roots Hoedown IV Night Two

6pm -2am Saturday, April 28, 2019

The 5 Spot, 1006 Forrest Ave., Nashville, TN 37206

Lineup: Lady Couch, Bonnie Blue, Rich Mahan, Arkansas Dave,

Jeff Mix & The Songhearts, Jason Daniels Band,

Mike Younger, and Bryan Haraway

American Roots Hoedown IV Promo Assets (poster and artist photos):

American Roots Hoedown IV Facebook event:

American Roots Hoedown IV Spotify Playlist:

Arkansas Dave (Austin, TX) 8:45-9:30pm April 27

Arkansas Dave will be debuting “Diamonds” video, song from his self-titled album, in conjunction with SXSW in March 2019. He’ll be releasing a new EP “Recorded Live at Music in the Park, Montreux Jazz Festival” this summer, followed by a brand new single in the fall.

Bryan Haraway (Las Vegas, NV) 6:00-6:20 April 27

Haraway’s debut solo album will be released May 17, 2019.

Bonnie Blue (Jacksonville, FL) 10:45-11:35pm April 27

Between tours and shows, Bonnie Blue is back in the studio recording their second album for release summer 2019. Bonnie Blue features GHS Strings endorsed artist, Willis Gore on guitar and vocals.

Chris Wilson (Indianapolis, IN) 9:50-10:30pm April 26

Chris Wilson and The Heresy have been touring in support of their latest EP “Downfall”. Chris also started a new concert series in Indianapolis at The Listening Room at Liberty Street hosting singer/songwriters (several of who will be performing at the American Roots Hoedown IV) in an intimate, engaging environment.

Don Gallardo (Nashville, TN) 10:45-11:35pm April 26

Since his 2 weeks in Mexico this winter playing the Tropic of Cancer music festival curated by the Cordovas band. Gallardo has been in the studio recording a new EP with his band. He has added Lilly Winwood to help with vocals giving the songs a new direction with male/female vocal harmonies. Gallardo plans the EP summer 2019 prior to his UK and Germany tour.

Funkyjenn & The Fringe Benefits (Los Angeles, CA) 11:50-12:40pm April 26

Funkyjenn in pre-production for 2019 release. She will be in studio later in the year with new 10-song album “Pagan Creek”.

Jason Daniels Band (Jackson, MS) 6:55-7:30pm April 27

Jason Daniels Band is  wrapping up recording “Downloads from the Universe” to be released fall 2019.  The album is being recorded to tape at the historic Malaco Studios in Jackson, MS.

Jeff Mix & The Songhearts (Las Vegas, NV) 7:45-8:30pm April 27

Jeff Mix & The Songhearts released a cover of “Wolfman of Del Rio” on New Years Day 2019 to honor one of Texas’s true songwriting treasures, Terry Allen.

Lady Couch (Nashville, TN) 11:55pm-1:15am April 27

Lady Couch is currently preparing to record their debut album which will be released in the future.

Mike Younger (Nashville, TN) 6:25-6:45pm April 27

Younger has been back in the recording studio finishing a project originally recorded in 2001 with Levon Helm, David Hood, Spooner Oldham and Jim Dickinson. Release date TBD.

Rich Mahan Band (Nashville, TN) 9:45-10:30pm April 27

Rich Mahan has completed the follow up to ‘Blame Bobby Bare,’ his 2013 Top 40 Americana album. ‘Hot Chicken Wisdom’ will be released this spring.

The Truehearts (Nashville, TN) 9:00-9:35pm April 26

The Truehearts will be releasing a new album, “Songs for Spike, on June 21, 2019.

American Roots Hoedown IV Night One April 26, 2019:

9:00-9:35 The Truehearts

9:50-10:30 Chris Wilson & The Heresy

10:45-11:35 Don Gallardo & How Far West

11:50-12:40 Funkyjenn & The Fringe Benefits

American Roots Hoedown IV Night Two April 27, 2019:

6:00-6:20 Bryan Haraway

6:25-6:45 Mike Younger

6:55-7:30 Jason Daniels Band

7:45-8:30 Jeff Mix & The Songhearts

8:45-9:30 Arkansas Dave

9:45-10:30 Rich Mahan Band

10:45-11:35 Bonnie Blue

11:50 Silent Auction winners announcement

11:55-1:15 Lady Couch


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The Mercedes-Benz Stadium Welcomes George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde

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Apr 112019

By Joshua Wallace

Photo Credit : Joshua Wallace

On Saturday March 30th, I had the pleasure of seeing the king of modern country music George Strait live for the first time.  He had a whole afternoon’s worth of opening acts including the new ACM New Female Artist Of The Year Ashley McBryde, “Buy Me A Boat” songwriter Chris Jansen and one of my favorite guitar players and singers to see live, Chris Stapleton.  With that kind of lineup, I knew I was in for one good show and the evening did not disappoint.

This show was at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA and this was actually my first experience at this stadium.  I must say, it’s facilities are top notch. The sound was perfect and the seating was comfortable. I also have to comment on the reasonably priced food options at the event.  $8 for a burrito at a stadium isn’t bad. If you’re buying alcohol, it can get expensive there, but you probably already knew that going in.

Ashley McBryde

The evening kicked off with Ashley McBryde opening things right at 4pm and she put on a great show.  I have been a fan of Ashley’s since I first heard “A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega” and she does not disappoint live.  It was amazing hearing these songs in front of what had to be one of her biggest audiences even with people still making it to their seats.  She opened with one of my favorite songs of hers “Livin’ Next To Leroy” and I was pleased to hear that one live. The track “Girl Going Nowhere” really resonates at this point in her career as she is really starting to take off.  She hit a few tracks from her Girl Going Nowhere album including “American Scandal” and “Tired Of Being Happy”. She even got to a deeper cut that I can’t find on an album called “Rattlesnake Preacher”. I need to see a full concert of her’s at some point in the near future.

Chris Janson

The next opening act was also on time at 4:45pm and it was Chris Janson.  While I do enjoy “Buy Me A Boat”, I’m not the biggest fan of Janson’s music but I was looking forward to seeing him live.  Part of his performance was him without a guitar, jumping around on stage pandering to the crowd. This did nothing for the songs he was trying to sing like “Fix A Drink” or “Buy Me A Boat” and I didn’t care for this portion of his performance.  However, when he picked up a guitar and sang a Hank Williams tune followed by “White Trash” mixed in with “A Country Boy Can Survive”, it started getting better. The sentimental track “Holdin’ Her” was probably the best moment of his set.

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton Jamming

Paul Franklin on Pedal Steel

Up next in the 6:15pm slot was Chris Stapleton.  I last saw Chris live in November, 2017 and he has only got better since.  He started things off with “Midnight Train To Memphis” and by this point in the evening, the sound was perfect for where I was at in the lower bowl.  Right away I noticed something different, Chris had a pedal steel player sitting in with him tonight. It was none other than pedal steel legend Paul Franklin.  He has played with just about anyone you can name live and on record and it was a treat hearing him here. I just wish I could be closer to the stage, right up next to the pedal steel in my usual spot for these kind of performances.  He then got into a long set of hits with “Nobody To Blame”, “Traveller”, “Millionaire”, “Broken Halos”, “Whiskey and You”, “Was It 26” and more. He even got into his signature live cover of “Freebird” before “The Devil Named Music”. Nothing felt cut short and he got a full set minus the encore.  The band closed things out with “Tennessee Whiskey” which is always a treat to hear live because no one does this song like he does.

George Strait

Stadium Effect for “Ocean Front Property”

Next up was the main event, George Strait.  He played a long 30+ song set and hit at least something from 16 of his 30 studio albums.  This also included 3 covers which were 2 Merle Haggard songs and 1 Tom Petty song. He hit major tracks like “Amarillo By Morning”, “I Can Still Make Cheyenne”, “Check Yes Or No”, “Ocean Front Property” and “Troubadour”.  That last one is my favorite Strait tune so I was glad he got to it. The albums that got the most cuts with 4 were his newest Honky Tonk Time Machine and his 2006 record It Just Comes Natural. George hit all of the singles from his latest effort including “God And Country Music”, “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” and “The Weight Of The Badge”.  I was hoping for a Willie Nelson appearance on “Sing One With Willie”, but you can’t win them all. He did a 5 song encore to wrap up the night which included the western swing number “All My Ex’s Live In Texas”, “Heartland”, “I Cross My Heart”, the Tom Petty cover “You Wreck Me” and the finale of “The Cowboy Rides Away”. Overall, I thought it was a great set that hit most of what you would want to hear from George Strait.  I highly recommend seeing him in concert at this point in his career. It’s well worth the expensive ticket.

To wrap things up, I had an amazing time at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium for this show.  I have read about some sound issues with people on the floor, and others who were higher in the upper level that had their view of the big monitors cut off.  These are issues that the stadium will work on as time goes on. My section of the lower bowl had a perfect sound mix so I can’t complain. George Strait is touring more this year with shows like this and varying opening acts depending on the market.  For more info, check out his website for dates.

“The Cowboy Rides Away”

Ashley Mcbryde Setlist :

Livin’ Next to Leroy
American Scandal
Girl Goin’ Nowhere
Rattlesnake Preacher
A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega
Tired of Being Happy

Chris Janson Setlist :

Redneck Life
Fix a Drink
Good Vibes
Gonna Have a Good Time
Who’s Your Farmer
Your Cheatin’ Heart
(Hank Williams Sr. Cover)
White Trash / A Country Boy Can Survive
Everybody’s Going Through Something
Holdin’ Her
I Love This Life
(LOCASH cover)
Piano Man
(Billy Joel cover)
Drunk Girl
Buy Me a Boat

Chris Stapleton Setlist :

Midnight Train to Memphis
Nobody to Blame
Hard Livin’
Fire Away
Might as Well Get Stoned
Was It 26
(The Charlie Daniels Band cover)
Whiskey and You
Broken Halos
Second One to Know
I Was Wrong
Free Bird
(Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
The Devil Named Music
Outlaw State of Mind
Death Row
Tennessee Whiskey
(David Allan Coe cover)

George Strait Setlist :

Write This Down
I Can Still Make Cheyenne
I Saw God Today
Here for a Good Time
She’ll Leave You With a Smile
Check Yes Or No
You Take Me For Granted
(Merle Haggard cover)
Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)
(Merle Haggard cover)
Cold Beer Conversation
How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls
Arkansas Dave
Give It Away
It Just Comes Natural
Every Little Honky Tonk Bar
Ocean Front Property
Blue Clear Sky
The Weight of the Badge
God and Country Music
Amarillo by Morning
The Chair
The Fireman
I’ll Always Remember You

All My Ex’s Live in Texas
I Cross My Heart
You Wreck Me
(Tom Petty cover)
The Cowboy Rides Away

Album Feature – George Strait – Honky Tonk Time Machine

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Apr 082019

By Joshua Wallace

George Strait has released his 30th studio album in Honky Tonk Time Machine on MCA Nashville.  In my opinion, this is the best of his current run of records and his best overall album since Twang.  There are some misses here, but as a whole, it’s worth checking out.  Let’s take a dive into some of these tracks.

The album kicks off with a great honky tonk number called “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar”.  I have a feeling this will be a stable in George’s live sets while on tour for this album.  It’s a great little honky tonk number about living the bar life, and then trying to live the work life on Monday “Monday morning, it’s a given / I’ll be D-R-A-G-N, draggin'”.  It’s a fun tune worth checking out even if you don’t get the album.  I’m also a big fan of the Jim Lauderdale and Odie Blackmon written “Two More Wishes”.  This is one of only two of the original tunes on this album that don’t feature George Strait or his son Bubba Strait on the writing credits.  Jim Lauderdale always writes good stuff, same with Odie Blackmon so you can see why George put this on the album.

Another favorite track on this album for me is the current single George Strait has out there called “God And Country Music”.  I love the sentiment put forward with this song and while it might be made for country radio, it’s a good tune.  I have to give credit here to Lori McKenna who is a recognizable name in the writing credits of this track which also features credits from  Luke Laird and Barry Dean.  Another slower track is “The Weight Of The Badge” dedicated to law enforcement officers everywhere.  There is a long line of good country songs about law enforcement officers of all stripes and this is another one.  It’s sentimental and the lyrics resonate with a lot of the good stories you hear about police officers today.  Another favorite is the title track “Honky Tonk Time Machine”.  It’s another barn burner in the spirit of the opening cut but I love the guitar riffs on this one from both the electric and the pedal steel.  It takes you back to the days of old in the classic honky tonks.  Finally, I really dig “Sing One With Willie” with Willie Nelson.  It’s kind of a tongue in cheek number about how George has never done a song with Willie and how he regrets it.  When Willie comes in on the last verse, it makes for a great moment on the album with what could have otherwise been a throwaway collaboration.

Honky Tonk Time Machine is a great effort for George’s 30th studio album.  It doesn’t stand up to some of his greatest records, but nothing he’s put out in the last ten years has.  That being said, this is his best record in at least the last decade so if you have tuned out, it’s time to come back and give the king of modern country music another shot.  Sure, tracks like “Codigo” are kind of a throwaway, but there are some gems here worth seeking out.  Honky Tonk Time Machine is available everywhere you can get good music as of Friday March 29th, 2019.  Gary Hayes Country will also have full coverage of the show George Strait performed at Mercedes Benz Stadium on March 30th, 2019 coming very soon.

Favorite Tracks : Every Little Honky Tonk Bar, Two More Wishes, God And Country Music, Take Me Away, The Weight Of The Badge, Honky Tonk Time Machine, Sing One With Willie

George Strait – Honky Tonk Time Machine (2019)

  1. Every Little Honky Tonk Bar
  2. Two More Wishes
  3. Some Nights
  4. God And Country Music
  5. Blue Water
  6. Sometimes Love
  7. Codigo
  8. Old Violin
  9. Take Me Away
  10. The Weight Of The Badge
  11. Honky Tonk Time Machine
  12. What Goes Up
  13. Sing One With Willie (Feat. Willie Nelson)

The Terminal West Welcomes Mr. Del McCoury.

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Apr 052019



I have been around the country to see The Del McCoury band and the Traveling McCourys in all types of environments. One on my bucket list is getting up to Maryland in May for the annual DelFest, his holy Grail of festival greatness. I have many great friends that annually attend that event, and enjoy my articles, that I have never had the pleasure to shake hands with as of yet. I fully intend to soon rectify that bucket list check off.

This past year has been a very special one for Mr. Del McCoury and his family , as he celebrated his birthday by taking over the Grand Ole Opry naming it the Grand DEL Opry. That night he simultaneously honored his membership of the hallowed institute while they honored him.  We had a nice article up for that HERE.


The Traveling McCourys won a Grammy for best Bluegrass album of the year, and I got to finally see them perform at 3rd And Lindsley this past year, where they brought forth MANY surprise guests for jams. It’s always an absolute treat to go see people like Mr. Billy Strings and Mr. Sam Bush.

My other website contributor Mr. Joshua Wallace joined me last weekend for a GREAT weekend of music which began Friday night at the Terminal West. The iconic venue hosted a GREAT SHOW last week, which placed the band at a reasonably early time slot, and the show ended at an equally reasonable time. The venue offers pre show food options in an adjacent restaurant area, however we didn’t eat there as time was short for me running into traffic in every city I rolled through. The hotel I used this time was Comfort Inn Sandy Springs Perimeter, and was an overall nice hotel. The staff was friendly and the accommodations were VERY NICE, including a decent breakfast bar.

The very first song they opened their set with began with Mr. Jason Carter’s Ashland Kentucky fiddle, and it was from the Snapshot album, By Request album and many more. “Bluest Man In Town” was first, which is a slow and sad song of lost love, and creeping shadows during the night. “Travelin’ Teardrop Blues” was the other first song here tonight, which featured some mighty fine banjo work from the younger McCoury boy. The entire band then went into one of their instrumental breakdowns, that feature some powerful turns on leads.

Nashville Cats was next, one of my personal favorite songs he does. The very first time I got to hear that one lve was when he played Muddy Roots in 2015. He played on the wood stage that year, and tore the festival apart in everyway. But man I’ll say this, they sure sound perfect tonight here in Atlanta. “Deeper Shade Of Blue” was part of their set tonight,  as well as another instrumental they called “Backup And Push”.

“I’ll Break Out Again Tonight” features Mr. Alan Bartram on vocals, and is a great classic prison break song. Also, “That O’l Train” was next, I mean we have murder, jail, trains and moonshine…can you ask for more out a Bluegrass show?  I will always hold a special place in my heart for one of Bluegrass last TRUE living Legends.

“I Need More Time” was one of the crowd requests tonight, with an extensive as a catalogue as Mr. Del McCoury has you would think it was impending doom for him to accept songs hollered out by just anybody. He played EVERY SONG the audience called out, like the “Asheville Turnaround” , and of course one of Mr. Joshua’s favorites “Hot Wired”.

Another great prison song tonight was his classic song “Black Jack County Chains”, about the old fashioned chain gangs. He told a really funny story about a man loosing a watch. The lost and found lady’s name was Helen Hunt, and the punchline was Well If You Want Your Watch Back Go To Helen Hunt For It. It was really funny the way he presents jokes with his “Aw Shucks” demeanor, and innocent sense of humor.

‘Get Down On Your Knees And Pray” was one off his 2007 album called “Family”, which also featured “Nashville Cats”. His new 2018 album called “Del Mccoury Still Sings Bluegrass” boasted one of his closing songs called “To Make Love Sweeter For You”. Now, of course the piano was missing from this rendition of that song, but it still sounded GREAT.  He closed with a few more songs before leaving and coming back for an encore, which of course was “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”.

The wonderful staff at the Terminal West, and the AWESOME sound there in that room made this show VERY enjoyable in every way. I wanted to hear “Moneyland” , however it’s OK to not hear everything he could play. He is one of the many that could play for hOURS and STILL not touch upon EVERY good song he has!

Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival 2019

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Apr 032019

By Joshua Wallace

Photos By Joshua Wallace

This year I had the pleasure of attending Friday and Saturday night of the Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival. This festival actually ran March 21st – 24th, 2019 which is Thursday through Sunday so I did not get to go to the entire festival, but I still had an amazing time with all that I saw. This was actually my first experience at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park with a festival. I live within 45 minutes of the park but I have only had the chance to visit them around Christmas time for their amazing drive through Christmas lights display. This year I was able to correct that error and I had an amazing couple of days at the Suwannee Spring Reunion.

Town Mountain Jamming

I arrived Friday afternoon and took a minute to get my bearings. The site for the festival is huge and sports a total of 4 music stages plus a 5th stage that is mostly various workshops. The two main stages are the Amphitheater Stage and the Porch Stage which alternate all day long. There is a Florida Stage, which is a tent stage in a nearby field, and a Music Hall where you can enjoy various acts in an in-door setting. The workshop stage is called the Music Farmer Stage. I focused most of my time between the two main stages and the music hall. This festival is scheduled so that bands have 2 or more sets throughout the weekend so if you miss one set, you’ll be able to catch another later on. The only band that did not repeat was Marty Stuart and he had the Saturday night headlining slot.

Town Mountain

When I arrived, the first band I saw was Town Mountain. They were playing on the Amphitheater stage and I arrived in time to catch some of my favorites from them. They did “Down Low” and “New Freedom Blues” from their new record, but also took the time to do some of their older tunes like “Law Dog”. The band’s second set on Saturday afternoon at the Porch stage saw them going deeper through their catalog. I was really impressed with this band live and hope to see more of them in the future.

The Shawn Camp Band

Next, I went into the Music Hall area and caught a bit of Shawn Camp and his band. I was not familiar with much of his music before seeing him but I enjoyed what I saw. He played songs I knew like “Bad News” which is covered by Whitey Morgan and “I”m Dying For Someone To Live For” which he co-wrote with Loretta Lynn for her 2018 album Wouldn’t It Be Great. I did not get to spend much time with this show, however I enjoyed what I heard and look forward to hearing more in the future.

Steep Canyon Rangers

The next band I saw on the main stage was Steep Canyon Rangers. I was looking forward to seeing this band live as I had never seen them before, but I have been a fan of theirs since they first recorded with Steve Martin back in 2011. Between their two Amphitheater Stage sets, one on Friday and one on Saturday, the Steep Canyon Rangers hit most of the songs you would want to hear from them. One of the highlights for me was an extended version of “Radio” which changed mid song into a full version of Tom Petty’s “Running Down The Dream”. They also hit deeper songs such as “Tell The Ones I Love” and “Out In The Open”. That track actually featured a nice long harmonica solo from Graham Sharp. As I said, this was my first time seeing this band and I’m looking forward to seeing more. Their form of bluegrass is a bit more rocking than other groups, and I dig it. It fits well into the longer jams often heard at the Suwannee festivals.

Steep Canyon Rangers on one mic

The Grass Is Dead

Speaking of longer jams, I went over to the Music Hall to catch some of The Grass Is Dead. This band takes songs from the 70’s rock band Grateful Dead and does their long jams in bluegrass style. Jerry Garcia played in some bluegrass bands during his time, and that influence sometimes crept into his music with the Dead so a bluegrass tribute band to the Dead is not a stretch by any means. While I am a fan of the Grateful Dead, I’m not familiar enough with their catalog as a whole to go through everything the band played. I do remember “Alabama Getaway” and “Samson And Delilah” during this set. Another highlight was that this set got a lot of people dancing and moving their feet which is always nice to see at these festivals.

People Dancing with The Grass Is Dead

Billy Strings with Evening Light Show

After The Grass Is Dead, I finally sat down at the Amphitheater Stage for one of the highlights of the festival. I have always heard about Billy Strings and how amazing of a guitar picker he is and seeing him live certainly blew me away. He played a good hour and a half long set on Friday night and a slightly shorter set on Saturday. Both sets had some nice extended jams which highlighted his guitar picking and the talents of his band as a whole. A highlight on Friday night was an extended “Meet Me At The Creek” which went for almost 15 minutes. Then on Saturday he stretched “Dust In A Baggie” out to almost 11 minutes. There were plenty of other long jams during his set and the crowd loved his style of blazing fast flat-picking. I will most certainly be seeing Billy Strings more often in the future as these two sets made a lifelong fan out of me.

Billy Strings Rocking Out

Jim Lauderdale

Saturday, I saw two country music legends on stage. First up was Jim Lauderdale and his band. I have been a fan of Jim for a while and this was the first time I was able to see him live. Some highlights for me of this set included a Odie Blackmon Co-write “Two More Wishes”. This song actually appears on the new George Strait album and Jim stayed close to what is performed on that record. I also enjoyed hearing the track “Wild On Me Fast” from his latest record Time Flies. Finally, he also did the title cut of the Wait ‘Til Spring album he did with Donna The Buffalo who also perform at this festival regularly.

Jim Lauderdale Jam Session

Marty Stuart and The Fabulous Superlatives

The finale of the Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival for me was Marty Stuart. I’m a huge fan of Marty and his show with The Fabulous Superlatives is one of the best country shows you can see. Marty was in good spirits for this fest as he praised the Suwannee and Florida throughout. I loved hearing “Tear The Woodpile Down” from his Nashville, Vol. 1 album. He also got to more recent tunes from his Way Out West cd like “Time Don’t Wait” and “Whole Lotta Highway”. He also mentioned that his 1999 album The Pilgrim would see an extended release this year and played a song that was meant for that album but he couldn’t finish until recently. I can’t wait to hear the expanded edition of this album. He surprised the crowd with a great rendition of “Bonanza” and did an amazing solo “Orange Blossom Special”. I love that song more every time I see Marty do it. I have seen Marty perform many times and this was one of the best that I have seen him. I hope he’s back in the lineup next year.

Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart Solo

The Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival featured many acts I didn’t get to see a full set of or missed. I did catch some of Donna The Buffalo, The Pigeon Kings and Cicada Rhythm throughout the festival also. This was my first time experiencing the Suwannee Spring Reunion Festival and I cannot wait to go back. I am looking forward to it’s sister festival the Suwannee Roots Revival in October. For more information on the Suwannee Spring Reunion, check out the festival’s website.

The Basement East Welcomes Mr. William Clark Green.

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Mar 302019

Right now I am currently holed up in my Atlanta hotel room, working on an arena job for Country Music Legend Mr. George Strait, and last night we had a side job at another show. Last weekend in Nashville I ventured down to The Basement East to visit with my Red Dirt friends as they welcomed the wonderfully talented Mr. William Clark Green. I haven’t had the opportunity to cover his music since two years ago at Tumbleweed.

He released his new album called “Hebert Island” last year, which ranked high on many year end lists by websites like mine, however tonight he only played a few songs from that album. Many of them were from the “Ringling Road” album, in fact it was almost played in it’s entirety. However, I didn’t mind that little fact of the show. This man and his band tours America quite often, and when they hit my area I usually have 4 or 5 opportunities to catch him, like Southgate House or Minglewood Hall in Memphis.

I like the Basement East for the sound quality of the entire venue overall, I don’t believe I ever had an unsatisfactory report on the sound or lighting there. There isn’t much of a food option here, as the only thing to eat was an overpriced ham sandwich with a cheese name I couldn’t pronounce. Eat before you go to this venue, or starve…take it from a diabetic…do not starve. One great thing I want to point out about this venue is the staff, they are absolutely amazing and friendly! ALL of them, even the door people.

William Clark Green is going to be part of several festivals in 2019 including Lone Star Jam, and Cotton Festival, and Larry Joe Taylor Festival. So he always has some exciting news for all of us involved in the Red Dirt Texas music scene. He opened his set with a song from the Ringling Road album called “Sticks And Stones”, which like I mentioned before he played a lot of songs from.

The “Rose Queen” album was also well represented tonight boasting quite a few selections like the next song called “Remedy”. One of my favorite songs that he does was called “Creek Don’t Rise” , his unique vocal style was showcased quite well here tonight with that song. The only one true complaint I had was that he really didn’t play any selections from his first two albums, called “Misunderstood’ and “Dangerous Man”. If I had to sit and analyze his entire catalog he slightly changed direction during the “Rose Queen” album, perhaps because Red Dirt was changing in 2010 in many ways.

I kind of think Texas music embraces it’s roots while it has evolved into it’s own identity as well, and that might be the reason for his slight change for the ‘Rose Queen” album. You either like the sound or you don’t, some of my readers say it’s just Texas pop country, and others really love the music they play. I myself enjoy it all to be honest.

Here are some new friends I met down here that now enjoy reading our website, I’m always meeting new friends and turning people on to great new music. Networking is a very important tool in my job here in the music business.

He played the title track to his new “Hebert Island” album, which is a uptempo rabble rousing song about a Cajun party on an island. Further on in his set tonight he played the song called “She Loves Horses” , which is a song that exemplifies my idea of holding true to the roots of Texas music in every way. This song is a good rodeo tune about a wild and free woman, that used to be in his life. This song could have easily graced the mainstream radio airwaves back in the 90’s, had it been around.

“Next Big Thing” was once again off ‘Ringling Road” and was the opening song from his LIVE Ringling Road album recorded at Gruene Hall. it’s kind of a joke song about the truth of the industry, and how poor traveling songwriters really can be. Everybody is telling them they are on the verge of super stardom, while in truth they cannot afford gas station roller dogs!  As he steamrolled right into his trademark song ‘Ringling Road” that makes the entire audience sing DA DA DA DA DA DA…..even I was involved in that!

He told us all a story about Mr. Randy Rogers Band before he played his slow song called “Still Think About You” , a truly sad song about lost love. He played a few songs I didn’t totally catch as I was jotting other things down, and paying attention to another issue, but his next song was 2013’s title cut called “Rose Queen”. This one is a great song about a country boy that hooked up with a gorgeous prom queen type gal from his hometown, that went off to college and returned pretending to not know him.

“Goner” was a good song off the new “Hebert Island” album, and he followed that up with another selection off the album called “Hit You Where it Hurts”. “This is Us” was also a selection from the new album, that reflects upon lovers fighting and being in love as well. There are many good lines in this song here, and even though I am single, it speaks to me in many ways.

He closed this wonderful set with his most well known song called “She Likes The Beatles” , overall I REALLY enjoyed the set and I had a wonderful time tonight. It’s well worth the small ticket price for this venue, and if you get the chance to catch him in your area, I highly suggest you go.

Complete List Of Weekly Kentucky And Tennessee Shows.

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Mar 302019

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

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

Tim Atwood
Two Rivers Campground May 5th, 12th, 19th,
June 2nd, 5th, 14th, 23rd, 30th
July 7th, 14th 21st, 28th
August 4th, 18th, 23rd 25th

Cory Branan
The Burl May 22nd

The Wild Feathers
The Basement East May 22nd

Kristina Murray
Nick Dittmeiier And The Sawdusters
Ben Jarrell And Roadside Revival
The Basement May 23rd

Jamey Johnson
SkyPAC Bowling Green Ky May 23rd

Old Salt Union
Station Inn May 23rd

Cory Brannan And The Low Standards
Lauren Morrow
The Basement East May 23rd

Craig Gerdes
Spillway Bar And Grill May 24th

Mandy Barnett
3Rd And Lindsley May 25th

Dori Freeman
3rd And Lindsley May 30th

The Jospehines
Daniel Donato
Basement East May 31st

Ian Noe
Eric Bolander
The Basement June 1st

Emi Sunshine
The Southgate House Revival June 1st

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium June 1st

Ray Scott
3rd And Lindsley June 4th

The Hardin Draw
The 5 Spot June 5th

Hardin Draw
Marathon Music Works June 6th

John Moreland
The Basement June 7th

Shooter Jennings
Cannery Ballroom June 8th

Cody Johnson
Ascend Amphitheater June 8th

John Moreland
Minglewood Hall June 11th

Dallas Moore
Barnyard Stompers
The Southgate House June 14th

Tracy Lawrence
Downtown Madisonville Kentucky June 14th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Beaver Dam Ampitheater June 15th

The Quebe Sisters
Southgate House Revival June 15th

Roseanne Cash
Ryman Auditorium June 16th

Billy Strings
Ryman Auditorium June 20th

William Clark Green
Southgate House Revival June 20th

The Hardin Draw
Springwater Supper Club June 21st

Sean Whiting
Southgate House Revival June 21st

John R. Miller
Jeremy Pinnell
Summer Dean
Bonnie Montgomery
The Basement June 21st

Jimmy Fortune
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky June 22nd

Charley Crockett
the Basement East June 26th

Matt Woods
The 5 Spot June 27th

John R Miller
Pat Reedy And The Longtime Goners
The Southgate House Revival June 27th

Old salt Union
The Basement East June 27th

Jon Wolfe
Exit Inn June 27th

The Kentucky Headhunters
Basenet East June 28th

Steve Earle
Yellow Creek Park Owensboro KY June 29th

Joey Allcorn
Southgate House Revival July 5th

American Aquarium
HogslopcString Band
Basement East July 7th

Urban Pioneers
Springwater Supper Club July 11th

Jerry Douglass
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame July 12th

John Prine
Kelsey Waldon
Lu-Ray Park Ampitheater
Central City Ky July 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 July 16th

Russell Moore And III Tyme Out
Station Inn July 18th

Tn Jet
Josh Morningstar
southgate House Revival July 18th

Cory Branon
Basement East May 23rd

The Steel Woods
The Shed Maryville Tn July 27th

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

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 July 30th

The Steel Wheels
City Winery July 22nd

The Legendary Shack Shakers
Southgate House Revival August 1st

Brett Cobb
Spillway August 3rd

Ray Wylie Hubbard
3rd and Lindsley August 11th

James Carothers
Southgate House Revival August 16th

Raelyn Nelson
The 5 Spot August 19th

Read Southall
The Basement East August 22nd

Jimmy Fortune
Kentucky Opry August 24th

Tim Atwood
Two Rivers Campground September 1st

Dwight Yoakam
Ryman Auditorium September 8th and 9th

Drew Holcomb
Ryman Auditorium September 14th

Rhiannon Giddens
City Winery September 21st

Whiskey Myers
Bourbon And Beyond September 22nd

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 25th and 26th

Chris Stapleton
Fed ex Forum Memphis Tn October 5th

Trishia Yearwood
Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 5th

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

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

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Southern Culture On The Skids
high Watt November 9th

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

The Haunted History Behind The Ryman Auditorium

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Mar 282019

If you are a fan of country music you know the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee as “The Mother Church of Country Music”. It has been the home to the Grand Ole Opry off and on for the last seventy years and is one of the most revered music venues for artists all over the world. However, did you know there is a dark side to the historic auditorium? A new book written by Allen and Chelsie Sircy called, Southern Ghost Stories: Historical Hauntings takes a deep dive into the history of the Ryman going all the way back to it’s days as an actual church and entertainment venue in the 19th century all the way up to present day.

The book starts off with the rise of Thomas Ryman, a salty Riverboat Captain on the Cumberland River who rose to prominence after the Civil War. After changing his ways and becoming a born again Christian, Ryman would become instrumental in building the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which eventually became the Ryman Auditorium after his death in 1904.

In addition to some alleged ghost sightings in the Ryman, we also learn about “The Opry Curse”. The curse has supposedly affected several members and performers of the Grand Ole Opry over the years and taken some legends from us prematurely. One of my favorite stories in the book is about Jim Denny, the booking agent for the Opry. In addition to firing the legendary Hank Williams, Jim also told Elvis Presley he should move back to Memphis and drive a truck for a living after the “King of Rock N Roll” failed to impress the audience with his rockabilly version of ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ in 1954.

Not only does Southern Ghost Stores: Historical Hauntings fill you in on the Ryman, you will also learn the history behind following locations:
The Brown Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
The Jailers Inn Bardstown, Kentucky
Cragfont Castilian Springs, Tennessee
The Lotz House Franklin, Tennessee
The Pirates’ House Savannah, Georgia
The Sorrel-Weed House Savannah, Georgia
Le Pavillon New Orleans, Louisiana

Southern Ghost Stories: Historical Hauntings is only $2.99 in Kindle and $8.95 in paperback. You can order the book at or find it at

Album Feature – Ben Jarrell – Troubled Times

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Mar 252019

By Joshua Wallace

2019 is a banner year for debut albums and this one is no different.  Ben Jarrell is a name that has been around the roots scene for a bit.  He had a somewhat rootsy bluegrass band called Gators In The Sawgrass before releasing his self titled solo EP last year.  This is Ben’s first full length record and his first release for the new Country Roots Records label associated with Muddy Roots Music Recordings.  I don’t say this lightly when I say that this album reminds me of the first time I heard Sturgill Simpson’s High Top Mountain.  It has a similar vibe throughout the entire record.  It’s that good.

The album kicks off with an outlaw murder ballad of “Troubled Times In A Tribal Town”.  It tells the story of a young man who thinks he has found love but instead falls on the wrong side of the law.  It’s a great tale to kick things off with this record.  Another favorite is the trucker anthem “Gearjammer Blues”.  I love the guitar riffs and driving rhythm on this one.  It’s a great addition to a long line of trucking songs that seems as never ending as the highway.  “My Old Friend” is a great slower track that highlights Ben’s southern drawl.  It’s a heartfelt ballad sent out to those we’ve lost along the way.

The track “Black Helicopter” is another hard driving outlaw country track about paranoia and those black helicopters that can always be around.  I dig the funky Jerry Reed vibes on this one.  “The Flyer” is a real highlight for me.  It’s an ode to the lost art of rock n’ roll and is very well written.  “Highway Whine” starts out acapella before going into a pedal steel heavy outlaw country track about highway wanderers and people who “gotta get on that old highway”.  Finally, “Daddy’s Prison Radio” is another tearjerker ballad.  This time it’s about Ben’s father being sentenced to prison and the hopes that his father might one day hear him on his prison radio.  The whine of the pedal steel really carries this track to the next level.

Ben Jarrell has turned in one hell of a debut album with Troubled Times.  It hits a lot of cornerstones of outlaw country from murder, trucking, prison, the road and then some.  If you like outlaw country, you should own this album, period.  For every hard driving outlaw country number like “Gearjammer Blues”. there is a tearjerker like “My Old Friend” waiting around the corner.  I can’t wait for the next one.  Troubled Times Comes out Friday March 29th, 2019.  You can check all upcoming tour dates on the band’s website and we will be seeing the band at Muddy Roots Music Festival 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Troubled Times In A Tribal Town, Gearjammer Blues, My Old Friend, Black Helicopter, The Flyer, Highway Whine, Daddy’s Prison Radio

Ben Jarrell – Troubled Times (2019)

  1. Troubled Times In A Tribal Town
  2. Gearjammer Blues
  3. Marissa
  4. My Old Friend
  5. Big Iron Train
  6. Black Helicopter
  7. The Flyer
  8. Highway Whine
  9. Daddy’s Prison Radio
  10. Colorado Bound

American Currents: The Music Of 2018.

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Mar 232019


Jeannie Seely

Many times the Country Music Hall Of Fame intrigues me, and I love to go there to learn about things. I usually go many times a year for the rotating exhibits like this one here. If ANY OF YOU enjoyed last year’s season one of Mr. Tyler Mahan Coe’s wonderful podcast called Cocaine And Rhinestones, you will be happy to find out that it has also been included in this exhibit.

Miss Molly Tuttle truly deserves to be included in this exhibit as she is making serious waves in the Bluegrass circuit as well as Miss Sierra Hull. Another happening I wanted to touch on was the fact that the family of Mr. John Hartford was included, and I’m not tonally sure why other than the fact that last year during the festival they released HIS ENTIRE CATALOG of music during the festival.

This particular exhibit will run from March 8th to February 9th 2020.

NASHVILLE, TN. – (March 11, 2019) – The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently held an invitation only event to reveal the new American Currents: The Music of 2018 exhibit. Country music royalty and Grammy award winning Grand Ole Opry Star, Jeannie Seely is included in the museums first exhibition of 2019 alongside her friend, Carly Pearce, and many other peers. The exhibit runs through Feb. 8, 2020.

“Anytime I can see Jeannie Seely and ‘current’ in the same sentence I’m thrilled!  It is such an honor to be represented anywhere in this building, and to be included in thisAmerican Currents exhibit with some of my peers is especially rewarding,” said Jeannie Seely.  “It is also very exciting to share the display with my friend, Carly Pearce, who I believe holds the future in her hands. I appreciate so much the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum including me in the class of 2018.”

Carly Pearce stated, “Country music has been my life since before I can even remember – even my parents said the only thing that would stop me from crying as a baby was the sounds of Vince Gill, Patsy Cline, Alison Krauss and many more legendary voices. So it is truly in moments like these, that I have to take a deep breath before believing it’s real and to have a mentor and friend like Jeannie alongside me in life and this exhibit is something I only could have dreamed. I hold the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum and the Grand Ole Opry in such high esteem and am so grateful to be a part of this moment. Thank you to my dear friend & mentor, Jeannie Seely, for completely surprising me with a sneak peek last week of the exhibit. I love country music more than anything in the world and can’t believe this is real.”

Each year, American Currents carefully examines the previous year in country music, defined broadly to include country-related styles such as Americana and bluegrass music, and offers rich detail about the noteworthy figures and events in country music’s recent past.

The 2018 class of American Currents is composed of artists, songwriters, broadcasters, and several class members were in attendance at a reception held last week to see their displays for the first time. Those attending the opening reception included: John Anderson, Dan Auerbach, Matraca Berg, Bobby Bones, Alison Brown, Kane Brown, Becky Buller, Brad Clawson, Rodney Clawson, Tyler Mahan Coe, Chris Eldridge, Dom Flemons, Nicolle Galyon, John Hartford’s family, Sierra Hull, Manuel, Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire, Justin Moses, Missy Raines, Jeannie Seely, and Molly Tuttle.

Others featured in the exhibit include Jason Aldean, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Pistol Annies, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

My Thoughts On The Hall Of Fame Choices.

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Mar 232019


By now there is no doubt in my mind that most of you already know the three choices that were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this past week on March 18th. I am quite adamant on the fact that every website in the internet world informed us of their choices, or streamed the live stream. I had a busy ass week, and I just simply didn’t have enough time to write an article informing you of the choices.

I will however, write an article shaming the Hall Of Fame on these choices and at the same time I can also applaud them for inducting Mr Ray Stevens. Let’s begin on that point. Under what ideology did the powers that be vote for Mr Ray Stevens over more well deserving candidates the likes of Mr Hank Williams Junior or Mr. David Allan Coe? Honestly if I sat and pontificated all of the possible inductees under this echelon of the scale I could name so many people more well deserving of this accolade than he in SOME areas. Yeah, I know everybody isn’t going to agree with me on this…

We ALL have our OWN ideologies on this subject here, every time they induct a few, you hear WHAT NO SO AND SO? I mean for God’s sake they can ONLY induct three or four yearly.  But are you going to convince me the Wilburn Brothers do not deserve to be inducted?

Well, let’s delve into Mr. Ray Stevens and allow me to present my point of applauding his nomination. Maybe after YOU read this you’ll agree, hell maybe it’ll turn you AGAINST the decision. But one thing is for certain, this ain’t a dictator website like another claims to be. It’s NOT MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY, and this isn’t a discussion where I’ll CRUSH YOU if you disagree. Hell ,call me on the phone and let’s have a friendly debate about this, I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL…get out some coffee and let’s jam.

Mr. Ray Stevens contributed a LOT to Country Music as a whole, it’s not just the comedy songs you immediately dwell upon while mentioning his name. I mean, the Mississippi Squirrel Revival WAS a classic and funny song but if you didn’t know some of the things Mr. Ray Price has done for SO MANY, let’s take a look.

In 1966, after releasing some of his comedy songs like “Ahab The Arab” and more, he recorded the FIRST version of “Sunday Morning Coming Down” that was penned by Mr. Kris Kristofferson. That single hit the charts from Stevens as well as Cash’s version too, he hit more success with “Isn’t It Lonely Together” which Mr. O.C. Smith recorded. That single landed on the charts as well. BUT HERE is where we enter the point in his life that I deem him WELL deserving of this accolade here.

Between 1961 and 1970 he helped MANY younger stars BECOME STARS, as an A&R man, producer and arranger. I’ll be honest in saying I place him upon my high regard as the likes of Mr. Ken Nelson and others. “My True Confession” was co wrote by Stevens and Miss Margie Singleton, whom I also consider a HUGE Country Music Legend in her own right. VERY overlooked woman that many have no idea how immensely Miss Margie Singleton has embellished Country Music. He did so much work for Miss Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, and Patti Page.

Now here is where I do think the 1980’s out shadowed Mr. Ray Stevens as folks like Hank Williams Junior teamed up with powerhouse Jimmy Bowen to produce and release some of Outlaw Country’s finest works, and with the help of some “other” influences he broke barriers by releasing TWO albums a year in his prime. In the span of 13 years he released 21 albums….21. 18 of those were certified gold, and he gathered 8 number 1 singles, and 44 top ten singles….so tell me, has he burned so many bridges that the Hall Of Fame will NEVER induct him? Will we ever know?

You can argue this or agree but there is no doubt that some of the finest songwriting on albums from the 1970’s and 80’s came from Mr. David Allan Coe. Many people hold a grudge against him for releasing his adult albums in the early 80’s, however if you begin on his 80’s music and you cannot find him a suitable candidate for membership, I would digress. “The Ride” and “Mona Lisa Lost her Smile” were some true Country Music classics along with the great song “She Used To love Me A Lot”.

I want to move on to my area of disgust on the topic, the Modern Era choice. Obviously they WAY missed the mark on this one omitting (once again) Dwight Yoakam, as he practically revived Honky Tonk Country in the 1980’s. He brought back that Bakersfield style and juxtaposed it with real Honky Tonk Country, and took it to ever local club across America.

I thought that Brooks And Dunn did have a few good songs in their prime, but they could have given this position to MANY other people the likes of John Anderson or Vern Gosdin, who had just as many charted hits as they did. So you may ask, just how many singles have they released? Well, first off Brooks And Dunn DIDN’T EVEN EXIST until 1991, so I suppose they could be nominated as a Modern Era choice, but HOW can they when people like Mr .Dwight Yoakam or Mr. John Anderson were in their PRIME 7 years PRIOR to their debut?

The duo released 50 singles and 20 of them went went number 1. They had 19 more reach the Top 10, whereas Mr. Dwight has sold millions of overall albums, including FIVE number one ALBUMS on those same charts. A LOT of people will additionally imply that Mr. Keith Whitley is also deserving of this nomination, and I always say that had he lived, he would have surpassed many of these statistics within the realm of sales and achievements.

I truly think the Country Music Hall Of Fame’s panel of voters missed the boat here on this, but I honestly can rest on Ray Stevens. I can and will honor and congratulate his being in this hallowed institution, because I truly think he DOES deserve to be within it’s walls..I just think others deserve the honor first. In closing, like I previously stated these are JUST MY opinions and thoughts, and I’m sure they don’t mean much to many people. I just wanted to put my thoughts out there for anybody that DOES want to read them.





Album Feature – Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue

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Mar 182019

By Joshua Wallace

This collection finds Townes Van Zandt at the height of his career in early 1973.  It was recorded in the home studio of the late Atlanta, GA based journalist and musician Bill Hedgepeth.  To give you a point of reference, this recording was captured the same year as the Live At The Old Quarter record which many people consider to be the best Townes Van Zandt collection available.  While this album does nothing to top that, it does provide some raw acoustic of tracks from that same time period.  It also provides us with a couple of tracks which never made it onto a Townes Van Zandt album.

The two new tracks are “All I Need” and “Sky Blue”.  Of those, I think “Sky Blue” is my favorite.  I love the finger picking on this track and it’s just a smooth Townes ballad.  I also dig the alternate version of “Blue Ridge Mountains”.  The original is a favorite on the High, Low And In Between album and this interpretation is a great alternative take.  I also really dig this stripped down version of “Pancho & Lefty”.  It’s a song that we have many versions of, but this one ads another layer to the mystique of what is probably the most infamous Townes Van Zandt track.  Finally, another great stripped down track is “Dream Spider”.  It would eventually become “The Spider Song” which appears on the 1993 release The Nashville Sessions.  I really love the different looks this album gives you at some of these classic Townes songs.

It’s not every day we get a new collection of Townes Van Zandt recordings, and especially a new collection with such a big impact.  From unheard songs to stripped down versions of classic hits to cover tunes.  This live home studio set is worth checking out for Townes fans.  It’s not the place to start if you’re new to Townes, but if you’re wanting to stretch your legs a bit into some deeper stuff, this is a good record.  Sky Blue is out everywhere you can find good music as of Friday March 7th, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : All I Need, Sky Blue, Blue Ridge Mountains (Smoky Version), Pancho & Lefty, Silver Ships Of Andilar, Dream Spider

Townes Van Zandt – Sky Blue (2019)

  1. All I Need
  2. Rex’s Blues
  3. The Hills Of Roane County
  4. Sky Blue
  5. For Ever, For Always, For Certain
  6. Blue Ridge Mountains (Smoky Version)
  7. Pancho & Lefty
  8. Snake Song
  9. Silver Ships Of Andilar
  10. Dream Spider
  11. Last Thing On My Mind

Mr. Jeremy Pinnell Kicks Off Aggressive Tour To Prepare For A New Album.

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Mar 182019
I am truly anticipating some new music from this man right here, even though his last album was just recently released in 2017, and secured a TOP SPOT on many year end lists. I’ll be watching this man closely in the next few months for anything new to add to this article for you fans.
Northern Kentucky singer-songwriter Jeremy Pinnell will be hitting the road hard this spring, jump-starting the tour with a handful of SXSW showcase performances in Austin next week. He’ll not only be performing tracks on this tour from his previous two acclaimed studio LPs – Ties of Blood and Affection from 2017 and his 2015 debut OH/KY, but he’ll also be road-testing brand new compositions slated for his next studio album.
3/19 Nashville TN @ American Legion Post 82
3/29 Nashville, TN @ Acme Feed & Seed
3/29 Nashville, TN @ The 5 Spot
3/30 Little Rock, AR @ Whitewater Tavern
4/05 Nashville TN @ Acme Feed & Seed
4/06 Huntsville AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall
4/07 Nashville, TN @ The Basement East (w/ Jaime Wyatt)
4/12 Columbus OH @ Rambling House
4/13 Huntington WV @ The V Club
4/14 Lynchburg VA @ White Hart Cafe
4/16 Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge
4/17 Brooklyn NY @ Skinny Dennis
4/18 New York NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
4/19 Pawlet VT @ The Barn
4/20 Portland ME @ Andy’s Old Port Pub
4/21 Cambridge MA @ Atwood’s Tavern
4/23 Syracuse NY @ King of Cups
4/24 Rochester NY @ OTR Woodfire Tavern
4/25 Buffalo NY @ Sportsmen’s Tavern
4/26 Maumee OH @ Village Idiot
4/27 Chicago IL @ The Hideout
5/02 Indianapolis IN @ The HiFi
5/03 Nashville TN @ Acme Feed & Seed
5/05 Asheville NC @ Sierra Nevada Brewing
5/17 Dayton OH @ Yellow Cab (SOLO)
5/21 Nashville TN @ American Legion Post 82
5/23 Davenport IA @ Triple Crown Whiskey Bar
5/24 Kansas City MO @ Westport Saloon
5/25 Laporte CO @ Swing Station
5/26 Denver CO @ The Hi Dive
5/31 Livingston MT @ The Murray Bar
6/04 Seattle WA @ Sunset Tavern
6/05 Portland OR @ White Eagle
6/06 Phillipsville CA @ Riverwood Inn
6/07 Oakland CA @ House Concert
6/08 Bakersfield CA @ El Conquistador
6/09 Los Angeles CA @ Grand Ole Echo
6/12 Mesa AZ @ Roosters Country
6/15 Fort Worth TX @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
6/20 Little Rock AR @ White Water Tavern
6/21 Nashville TN @ The Basement
6/29 Cincinnati OH @ MOTR Pub
(additional dates to be announced via Sofaburn here)

Music Festivals 2019: Roots Roadhouse Festival.

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Mar 182019


March 31, 2019; 3pm /All Ages
@ Echo and Echoplex  (entrance at 1154 Glendale Blvd)

Los Angeles, CA January 29th, 2019– Roots Roadhouse is the kick off event to the Grand Ole Echo –The Los Angeles-based live roots music series.  Roots Roadhouse is an all day festival taking place at Echo and Echoplex stages plus the Echo patio stage and string performers and square dancing at the Old Time Is A Good Time Stage.   

Roots Roadhouse is inspired by the outlaw country spirit and cosmic cowboy soul; different genres are showcased during the mini fest that are all part of American roots music.  This years performers  include the “Ragin’ Cajun” Doug Kershaw with the Dave & Deke Combo,  bluesman Cedric Burnside, honky tonk singer Dallas Moore, rockabilly king James Intveld, murder ballad balladeer Amigo the Devil plus Zephania Ohora, Ruby Boots, Alice Wallace and Teddy & the Rough Riders.

In addition to the live performances there will be BBQ from Shadygrove foods, vintage clothing and instrument vendors and country music memorabilia on display.

Spaceland, Echo and Grand Ole Echo Present

March 31, 2019; 3pm /all ages
@ Echo and Echoplex  (entrance at 1154 Glendale Blvd)


Over 20 Artists! $33 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $48 VIP


Line up for Echo & Echoplex Stages: (set times tbd)
Alice Wallace
Amigo The Devil
Cedric Burnside
Dallas Moore
Doug Kershaw
elijah Ocean
James Intveld
Ruby Boots
Sam Morrow
Teddy And The Tough Riders
Zepheniah Ohora

Grand Ole Echo  “Back Porch” Stage:
Blue Rose Rounders
Dylan Earl
Gus Clark
Leroy From The North
Sie Sie Benhoff
Victoria Baily

Old Time Is A Good Time Stage:
Capgun Holdups
Have More Fun Stringband, with Square Dance caller Jeremy Horton
High Life Cajun Band
Water Tower
Wicklow Atwater

A limited quantity of tickets at a discounted price are up for sale and will remain posted until we sell out of them.



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News From Mr. Tyller Gummersall.

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Mar 182019

2019 Update!

The first few months of this year have been filled with lots of fun news. From being featured in a Spotify playlist alongside George Strait, to being accepted into a great Texas songwriters showcase . Many moons ago I ran into a young man named Mr. Tyller Gummersall, and he is from the Rocky Mountain region.

After I covered his set in Nashville the two of us became friends, as well as his parents, whom were VERY pleasant people with true, honest American values. Mr. Tyller himself holds an absolute honest and true love for Country Music Tradition, which was evident in the presence of Mr. Lloyd Green in his life.

And now, I would like to share more information with you about this man and his music. I wait with intense anticipation for his full new album, and you can darn sure bet this website will be one of the ones that feature it on the forefront.

New Music!

I’m very happy to be releasing some brand new music!
This song “Why Do I Buy Whiskey” was written by myself and Devon O’Day. Devon is an amazing person and host of Nashville Today on WSM radio. She also has penned songs for the likes of George Strait and Lee Ann Womack.I was able to record this song (and some others) with the help from some very special fans – thank you all so much!We cut this tune at Welcome to 1979 in Nashville, TN all analog straight to 2inch tape. And this track features stellar players, it was so much fun to record with these folks!
– Brad Pemberton on Drums (Steve Earle)
– Aubrey Haynie playing fiddle (Kevin Fowler, Zane Williams, Luke Combs)
– Mike Bub on Bass (Dierks Bentley, Del McCoury Band)
– Kinsey Rose singing Harmonies (Vince Gill).

Look for Why Do I Buy Whiskey wherever you consume music online.

Live Performance News!

I’m honored to have been selected for the Larry Jo Taylor Songwriter’s Showcase!
I’ll be performing March 25th in Stephenville, TX(learn more) and hopefully earn a spot at Larry’s legendary festivallate April.

The Bluegrass Hall Of Fame Welcomes The Riders In The Sky.

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Mar 182019

Riders In The Sky Live 5/4! 

For more than forty years, Riders In The Sky have led the way in Western music, a genre pioneered by Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Known for legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, the band has continued to take their music to new audiences.  In 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history, and thus began a love affair with radio. In 1988, they recorded comedy skits for the album Riders Radio Theatre and launched the long-running international weekly radio show of the same name on public radio.

In 2001, Riders In The Sky garnered their first Grammy for “Best Musical Album for Children” with the immense success of Woody’s Round Up from the Toy Story movie franchise.  A few years later, they earned another Grammy in the same category for Monsters Inc. – Scream Factory Favorites, the companion album to Pixar’s Monsters Inc.

Riders In The Sky bring their Western style and ‘Cowboy Way’ to the Hall of Fame for an entertaining trip out west on Saturday, May 4th.  Tickets are on sale now!

Remembering Hall of Fame Member Mac Wiseman
We’ve lost a treasure in bluegrass music with the passing of Hall of Fame member, Mac Wiseman. Known as the ‘Voice with a Heart,’ he left an indelible mark on the genre. To read more about Mac Wiseman and his impact on bluegrass music, click here for his inductee biography.  Here’s a clip of Wiseman from our Video Oral History Project, filmed in 2006:



The Birthplace Of Country Music Museum Features Miss Elizabeth Laprelle.

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Mar 182019


Saturday, March 30, 2019
Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Song and Voice Workshop

2:00 – 4:00 PM  | FREE with RSVP

Elizabeth LaPrelle will teach a variety of traditional Appalachian songs as repertoire, using them as a springboard to talk about the voice and how to use it in solo performance. Participants will also get the chance to explore the “mountain” sound through listening to a few examples and practicing a few exercises together. Everyone who wants to will get a chance to sing solo!
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Elizabeth LaPrelle in Concert

7:00 PM  | $15 Ticket

Elizabeth is exceptional in her devotion to and mastery of the ancient and deep art of Appalachian singing, and her voice, stark and unaccompanied, can lift and carry the listener away to another time. A concert including a variety of haunting and evocative Appalachian ballads and old-time songs, this is a performance not to be missed.
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Elizabeth LaPrelle has been performing and studying Appalachian ballads and old-time songs since she was 11 years old. Raised in Rural Retreat, Virginia, Elizabeth attended old-time fiddlers’ conventions and sang harmonies with her family, who encouraged her to sing her own favorite American folk music. As a teen Elizabeth learned the “mountain” style of singing from mentors Ginny Hawker and Sheila Kay Adams, which led her to explore archives and field recordings for ancient and little-known songs. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary with a major in Southern Appalachian Traditional Performance, and in 2011 formed performance duo “Anna & Elizabeth” with Anna Roberts-Gevalt. She now tours the US regularly both performing and teaching.

More News On Mr. Del McCourry.

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Mar 172019

So I have been following Bluegrass Legend Mr. Del McCourry for years now, many years ago he played a GREAT show at Muddy Roots. I also recently saw him at 3rd and Lindsley where he and Grammy award winning artists The Travelin McCourrys both tore the place apart. His energetic stage shows are inspiring many younger Bluegrass artists like Mr. Billy Strings and Miss Sierra Hull, along with more Country youngsters like Miss Emi Sunshine.

He recently celebrated his birthday as he took over the Grand Old Opry HERE IS WHERE you can go read about his 80th birthday there. He has many guests and special friends show up to love on him proper, and now he even has his OWN festival every year in Maryland. DelFest is a heavily supported festival on here.

He is included in many of the nation’s festivals in many states, and they are ALL included here in one website. Festivals like The Blue Ox, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Merlefest, The Aiken Bluegrass Festival, ROMP, Grey Fox, High Sierra, Rockygrass, Whimmydiddle, and Pickin In the Pines.

DelFest just recently released their entire daily schedule and entire show program  I have included that all into this article at the bottom. I also have included some of his show dates below.

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Daily SchedulesAnnounced

Start planning your musical adventure now!

The daily grids for DelFest are now posted on our site. Enjoy our interactive scheduler where you can sort by day or by stage, view additional artist info, and even create a personalized schedule and sync to your phone or calendar.

Check out the Daily Schedule here >>

Final Lineup Additions Announced

DelFest is excited to announce the addition of The Kruger Brothers, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Bowman, Bowman & Dré, The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, and The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys! And just like that, we have ourselves the 2019 DelFest Lineup!

Single-Day, 2-Day, 3-Day Passes On Sale Now

Tickets at current discount price will be gone soon!

3-day, 2-day and single-day tickets for DelFest are on-sale now, along with Show Sherpa (hassle-free camping) and On-site Parking Passes. 4-Day Passes are on sale at the current price now through April 1st (no joke!) Get yours before prices go up. Ticket Payment Plans are available!


Learn to play Bluegrass from Grammy Winners, The Travelin’ McCourys!

The DelFest Academy (held just before DelFest – Sunday May 19 through Wednesday May 22) is a friendly, encouraging, and intensive four-day learning experience with some of the finest musicians in bluegrass serving as instructors for students of all levels. The Academy offers instruction for guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and dobro led by all-star instructors providing lessons to students which target their individual needs and leave ample time for plenty of one-on-one interaction. In addition to our Grammy-winning host band, The Travelin’ McCourys [Rob McCoury (banjo), Ron McCoury (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), Alan Bartram (bass)], returning to teach this year will be Sierra Hull on mandolin and husband Justin Moses on dobro, along with Frank Solivan and members of Dirty Kitchen – Mike Munford (banjo) and Chris Luquette (guitar). Also returning is an academy favorite Ronnie Bowmanon guitar and vocal class joined by wife, Garnet Bowman.

Learn more about The DelFest Academy



Wed, MAR 20
Del & Dawg @ South Orange Performing Arts Center
South Orange, NJ
Thu, MAR 21
Del and Dawg @ Landmark on Main Street
Port Washington, NY
Fri, MAR 22
Del & Dawg @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Troy, NY
Sat, MAR 23
Del & Dawg @ Tarrytown Music Hall
Tarrytown, NY
Thu, MAR 28
Lucas Theatre For the Arts
Savannah, GA
Fri, MAR 29
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
Fri, APR 12
Old Settler’s Music Festival
Dale, TX
Sat, APR 20
A Little Help From My Friends show with The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Dre Anders, & Cody Kilby @ Paramount Bristol
Bristol, TN
Fri, APR 26
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
St. Louis, MO
Sun, APR 28
Wilkesboro, NC
Thu, MAY 02
City Winery
Chicago, IL
Fri, MAY 03
Stoughton Opera House
Stoughton, WI
Sat, MAY 04
Hopkins Center For the Arts
Hopkins, MN
Thu, MAY 09
Del & Dawg @ Paramount Theatre
Charlottesville, VA
Fri, MAY 10
Del & Dawg @ Grand Opera House
Wilmington, DE
Sat, MAY 11
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
Aiken, SC
Thu, MAY 23
Cumberland, MD
Fri, MAY 24
Cumberland, MD
Sat, MAY 25
Cumberland, MD
Sun, MAY 26
Cumberland, MD
Fri, JUN 07
Del & Dawg @ Camp Greensky Music Festival
Wellston, MI
Sun, JUN 09
Pagosa Folk N Bluegrass Festival
Pagosa Springs, CO
Fri, JUN 14
Blue Ox Music Festival
Eau Claire, WI
Fri, JUN 28
ROMP Festival
Owensboro, KY
Sat, JUL 06
High Sierra Music Festival
Quincy, CA
Thu, JUL 18
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Greene County, NY
Fri, JUL 19
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Greene County, NY
Sun, JUL 21
The String Cheese Incident w/The Del McCoury Band @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Morrison, CO
Thu, JUL 25
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA
Thu, JUL 25
Georgia Mountain Fair
Hiawassee, GA
Sun, JUL 28
Lyons, CO
Sun, AUG 11
Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
Alta, WY
Thu, AUG 15
Music Box Supper Club
Cleveland, OH
Fri, AUG 16
Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival @ RiversEdge Ampitheater
Hamilton, OH
Sat, AUG 17
Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Petoskey, MI
Sat, SEP 14
Del & Dawg @ Fox Tucson Theatre
Tucson, AZ
Sun, SEP 15
Del & Dawg @ Pickin’ In the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival
Flagstaff, AZ
Sat, SEP 21
Bourbon and Beyond
Louisville, KY

New Music Coming From My Friend Mr. Tilford Sellers.

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Mar 172019

Back a few years ago in 2014 at Muddy Roots , I finally got the chance to cover a set on the wood stage by one of local music’s most talented young men Mr. Tilford Sellers and his band The Wagon Burners. He blazed a Honky Tonk trail through the underground of Indiana and many festivals, and he loved and appreciated vintage Country music like I did. He and I had a mutual respect for one another, and our brains connected from the moment we met. We pulled over and had a lengthy conversation about our insatiable appetite for steel guitar TONE and PROPER stage attire, people like Porter Wagoner inspired him, rhinestone suits and record label stickers. He LOVED the Sun Records label and KNEW the difference in releases from MCA and RCA, like I do.

In late January 2018 Mr. Patrick Bowman AKA Tilford Sellers was killed by a tow truck driver under the influence of meth, who carelessly ran a stop sign and crashed into Mr. Patrick, and other drivers, killing him. In Columbus Indiana he was with his fiancee in his car and was killed by a man named  Ruel Pedigo, this from a news article:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The fund is taking donations for the scholarship.  A link to that donation website can be found HERE.
According to Mr. Patrick’s family there will be a hearing on March 25th for the man responsible for his death, and a jury trial is scheduled for May 14th 2019.  I will be keeping an eye on the outcome of this incident, as well as the information in this article.

I am EXCITED to be one of the first press sources to release this announcement of an ALL NEW ALBUM of music from Tilford Sellers called “Another Day With You” , and this will be available on CD AND vinyl album. It will be on both black and blue vinyl, complete with detailed insert jacket. ALSO the rough version of his vocals will be made available, however the name of that has not yet been revealed. The cover of the rough vocals will be different featuring all of the musicians involved, and all of the proceeds for this project will be donated to the Patrick Bowman Memorial Music Fund administered by the Heritage Fund Of Bartholomew County, Indiana.

Thanks to Mr. Ryan Payton for capturing these songs on this forthcoming album I am about to tell you about, Mr. Ryan played steel guitar on this album as well as the electric guitar and mandolin and more. Mr. Wes Eberhardt played bass, Mr. Justin Meier played upright bass, Mr. Thom Woodward played electric guitar. Mr. Brad Wallace played drums and Mr. Jerry Miller played electric guitar and more. Tilford Sellers began recording this album in November of 2017, and was only partially completed when he was killed.

He was in the midst of being nominated for an Ameripolitan Award in Memphis for Best Honky Tonk Male, and on the day before his fatal accident he recorded the vocals for this album. I was told he only needed one take for every song, that’s how passionate he was about the lyrics.

His band rallied together and used his actual guitar and pedal systems, and his own amplifier to complete the guitar work. They spent many many hours in the studio making this album. They followed all of his actual written notes and arrangements, and played everything exactly as he would have done it.

  1.  It’s Wrong You’re Gone
  2. Tanker Full Of Tears
  3. Home Away From Broken Home
  4. She’s Coming Home
  5.  Love Is A Lie
  6. Living These Songs
  7. Ft. Worth Jail House
  8. Drunk On Your Love
  9. Heartbreak’s Door
  10. Another Day With You

Now, according to his family there will be two record release parties for this. One will be in Indianapolis and another at a location I haven’t been told about yet.  As soon as I get a link for this album to purchase I will include it on here to purchase, as I shall be purchasing it myself for sure. This statement is from social media here:

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

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

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

The SteelDrivers Announce New Tour Dates.

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Mar 162019


New dates announced and on-sale TODAY! 
Ticket information HERE

New dates on-sale TODAY

PHOTO:  Jeff Fasano
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mar. 8, 2019) — It’s been 11 years now since GRAMMY® award-winning band, The SteelDrivers, released their self-titled debut recording project.  The world-class musicians continue their musical journey on the 2019 Bona Fide U.S. Tour in distinct style with performances from Folsom, California to Annapolis, Maryland and everywhere in between.  Shows in markets shown above go on-sale TODAY.  Tickets links can be found HERE.  
“Our dedication and determination remain just as intact today as it did over a decade ago,” says singer, songwriter and fiddler Tammy Rogers.  “I liken us to what the Rolling Stones would sound like if they played banjos, fiddles and mandolins — it’s that rock-n-roll edge played on traditional instruments and our shows continue to reflect that high-level energy and fun!”  
Throughout their long career — one that encompasses four highly acclaimed albums — The SteelDrivers (2008), Reckless (2010), Hammer Down (2012) and The Muscle Shoals Recordings (2015), their inspiration has ultimately always been about the music. A sound The Tennessean once described as “gutsy, gritty bluegrass songs.”  The Philadelphia Inquirer put it even more succinctly, “You can call it power-bluegrass or country soul, but whatever you call it, Nashville’s SteelDrivers have bushels of it.” 
Part of their lure is the freedom each musician gets to express themselves without any reservation, even as the group maintains their signature sound.  Rogers is widely recognized as one of the most versatile and expressive fiddlers on the scene today.  Brent Truitt and Richard Bailey are certified string benders who take their respective instruments to new levels of expertise.  Newest member and Kentucky native Kelvin Damrell’s vocals and fretwork add a fresh voice to the mix, whileMike Fleming continues to anchor it all with rock solid rhythm and a firm foundation.  
The band’s Rounder Records project The Muscle Shoals Recordings reached #1 on the BillboardBluegrass Chart and received a GRAMMY® award for “Best Bluegrass Album.”  The SteelDrivers re-released their 2008 self-titled debut album on vinyl.  It is available here.   To learn more,  
The SteelDrivers tour dates (more dates will be added):
09   York, SC                              McCelvey Center  SOLD OUT

14   Boulder, CO                        Boulder Theater

15   Steamboat Springs, CO      Strings Music Pavillion

16   Aspen, CO                          Wheeler Opera House

28   Beaumont, TX                     Jefferson Theatre

29   Arlington, TX                       Arlington Music Hall

30   Wichita, KS                         Orpheum Theatre
06   Louisville, KY                      Brown Theatre
13   Dale, TX                              Old Settler’s Music Festival
09   Munhall, PA                         Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall

10   Lewisburg, WV                    Carnegie Hall

17   Shipshewana, IN                 Shipshewana Event Center

24   Augusta, GA                        Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que

25   Floyd, VA                             9th Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

26   Cumberland, MD                 Allegany County Fairgrounds

21   Morehead, KY                     Rudy Fest
25   Reno, NV                            Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater

26   Folsom, CA                         Harris Center

27   Petaluma, CA                      Mystic Theatre

28   Seattle, WA                         Tractor Tavern

04   Chillicothe, OH                    Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
17   Pelham, TN                         The Caverns
29   Annapolis, MD                     Rams Head On Stage
30   Fairfield, CT                        The Warehouse
31   Brunswick, ME                    Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival 
05  Columbia, SC                       The Senate
06  Greenville, SC                      Peace Center
07  Franklin, NC                         Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts
13  KCMO, MO                          The Folly Theater
14  Washington, MO                  Oxfest Music Festival 
20  Bean Blossom, IN                Uncle Pen Festival
05   Owensboro, KY                   Bluegrass 
25   Park City, UT                       Egyptian Theatre
26   Park City, UT                       Egyptian Theatre
27   Park City, UT                       Egyptian Theatre

Music Festivals 2019: folk Shit Up 2019.

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Mar 162019

I will be keeping an eye on some live streams from this festival going on right now. Here is some information if you would like to attend.

Tickets can be purchased at the link below

$15 1 Day Pass
$20 2 Day Pass

Official Lineup

Days N Daze (HTX)
Freight Train Rabbit Killer (Kansas City, MO)
Michael Strike and The God Damn Band (WISCO)
The Grim Folks (SATX)
Carrie Asher- musician (SATX)
Rock Bottom String Band (SMTX)
the texicano folk rock punk (Odessa, TX)
Tejon Street Corner Thieves (Colorado Springs, CO)
Pickles (ATX)
Southern Sinners (Beeville, TX)
Nicholas Gomez (SATX)
36″ Wheels (SMTX)
One Trick Pony (ATX)
Grupo Frackaso (SATX)
Black TarPoon (CCTX)
The Dixie Underground (ATX)
Grin & Bear It (SMTX)
WhiskeyDick (FWTX)
Duane Mark (ATX)
Sissy Brown (Lawton, OK)
Mullet Mike and The Throbbers (SATX)
WT Newton (Chicago, IL)
Old Wolves (WISCO)
The Real McCoys (HTX)
TrumpCard (ATX)
Filthy Arsenal (Denton, TX)
Domestic Weather (SMTX)
Trash Cats (Huntsville, AL)
Asa Martin (NM)
Pour Choices (WISCO)
Battered Image (SATX)
Tres Leches? (Kenefick,TX)
The Altitude (Denton, TX)
Red Direct and The Gogo Fuck Yourselves (SMTX)
Saul and Los Howlers (SATX)

Cerebral Imaging Productions
Allen Wayne Nichols

Abel Apple Alvarado
Samantha Jo Rubio
Bueno Creations
Chris Gonzales
Jessica Flores
Malice in Chains Jewelry by LJ Tucker

Vendors Include
Punk With A Camera
Sabor Catrinas Food Truck
Bryan Ridgeway
Merch Vandal

Special Thanks goes out to Patreon Supporters for helping to make this event possible.
Rock Bottom String Band
Devin Dear
Angel Josue Bautista
Stef Cmielewski
Max Richard
Nathan Gregory Bornstein
Andrew Avila
Gustavo Gallegos
Moni Avila
Rael-o Salas

3rd Annual Hagfest Coming To Southgate House.

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Mar 152019

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Two years ago my friend Mr. Joe Macheret was telling me about an idea he had about a certain music function.  It actually started out being for the Ohio based talent like the Tillers, whom in my opinion recorded an iconic 2012 live album called Farewell To The Southgate House.

In late 2011 the sisters took over the venue, and maintained the live music tradition that the Southgate has provided Newport Kentucky since the 1970s. Today, the venue is still one of the oldest churches in the area, and this show here is one of the best on their yearly roster. This year the lineup is truly the best one they have ever concocted in my opinion.

Many of these bands I have much experience with covering in the past, and some of them I have none. I think in the many years I have been doing this job I have covered thousands of bands in 30 states, and I LOVE this area. Mr. Billie Gant and I go back to 2013 where he and I first met along with Mr. Joshua Morningstar at Altamont. Honestly I go back to MySapce with Mr. Joey Allcorn, and his music, he and I have been friends for many years. He recently took a short hiatus and that’s OK, we all need that at times. He is back healthy and happy and ready to once again entertain us all.

It’s ALWAYS a GOOD time around that rascal Mr. David AKA Laid Back Country picker, he tore apart Kickin’ It On The Creek , Master Musician’s Festival and MANY MORE upcoming in 2019 like Tumbleweed in Kansas City. Mr. Nathan Kalish released a REALLY GOOD album recently that we reviewed, so I PROMISE you that you will enjoy his music.

Mr. Adam Lee I haven’t ran across since Moonrunners in Chicago two years ago, and I ALWAYS enjoy his music. Joe’s Truck Stop is AMAZING live, and I love Mr. Joe VERY MUCH. See I’m going to tell you this..other websites cover these bands too, but they do not cover them with the level of friendship that goes into how I do it. This from their press release:

Much more than a tribute show, Hagfest celebrates the music and lasting legacy of the great Merle Haggard, his contemporaries, and his own heroes whom he was readily known to pay tribute to himself.

The lineup is curated by Cincinnati musician and songwriter, Joe Macheret (of Joe’s Truck Stop and The Tillers) to include some of the best Country, Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and Bluegrass inspired songwriters and musicians currently out working. The lineup includes legends like Otis Williams (of Cincinnati’s King Records fame) and Bill Kirchen (the Titan of the Telecaster), up and comers Jaime Wyatt and Josh Morningstar, and a slew of regional and local talent!

The festival has grown each year, and we’re hoping that continues. It’s creating a community of like minded folks who acknowledge something unifying and special in the music we all love, and that includes both the audience members and the musicians. We also donate most of our ticket proceeds to the Appalachian Prison Book Project, a cause we believe Merle Haggard would be proud of.

Hagfest will include nineteen acts on three stages! Although the bands and performers will most likely play their favorite Hag hit or deep cut, we want to celebrate the originality of the great songwriters on this lineup. Just the same way Merle Haggard was celebrated for writing so many of his own songs and paving a path for original songwriters inspired by Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Country and Dixie Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Old Time, and so on…

Hagfest 2019 lineup:
Otis Williams and the Midnight Cowboys
Bill Kirchen
Jaime Wyatt
Josh Morningstar
Comet Bluegrass All-Stars
Laid Back Country Picker
500 miles To Memphis
Nathan Kalish
Joe’s Truck Stop
The Tammy Whynots
Luna And The Mountain Jets
Adam Lee
Billie Gant
Joey Allcorn
Slippery Creek
Chelsea Ford And The Trouble
The Hammer And The Hatchet
Michael Moeller
Robert Lowell

$ 20.00 – $25.00 / All Ages

Tickets: HERE.