Miranda Lambert: What I Know About Wildcard.

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Sep 272019

2019 is shaping up to be one hell of a HOT year for many Country artists making not so Country albums. That’s ok with me because I feature MORE than just Country. I didn’t care for her first few albums, but I’ll tell you what I know about this new one.

“Mess With My Head” was written by Mr. Luke Dick and Miss Natalie Hemby of the new super group the Highwomen, which right now I am absolutely enjoying every aspect of. That album will be on my top ten right off the bat. She also wrote another song on the album called “Bluebird” with those two writers, and that song is more mid tempo.

Back to the subject of the Highwomen as I talk about her co write with Miss Maren Morris on the duet called “Way Too Pretty For Prison”, to be honest I’m not in any way a fan of Maren Morris solo music. In my opinion it’s terrible, but I wouldn’t hold it against anybody for liking it…that’s not what MY website is about. Find what you love and support it, finance it and attend shows…PLEASE.

I’m kind of thinking here that the Pistol Annies and Highwomen are inevitably going to be compare to each other in sort of a competition with other websites. I mean, let’s dwell on this here both bands have some TERRIFIC harmonies and possess members of impeccable songwriting abilities.

I was equally enthusiastic about the fact that she is bringing Mr. Cody Johnson with her on her arena tours, which will be bringing him into a bigger audience. I have a lot of respect for the bigger acts that help the smaller acts I love grow exponentially.

Miranda Lambert, Wildcard Track Listing:

1. “White Trash”
2. “Mess With My Head”
3. “It All Comes Out in the Wash”
4. “Settling Down”
5. “Holy Water”
6. “Way Too Pretty for Prison”
7. “Locomotive”
8. “Bluebird
9. “How Dare You Love”
10. “Fire Escape”
11. “Pretty Bitchin'”
12. “Tequila Does”
13. “Track Record”
14. “Dark Bars”

Read More: Everything We Know About Miranda Lambert’s New Album, ‘Wildcard’ | https://theboot.com/miranda-lambert-new-album-2019-details/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

Fooled Around and Fell in Love single artwork


The girls on my fall Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour can sing their asses off. There’s something crazy about seeing these artists with a new fire in their eyes. It reignites your own flame. I’m so excited to watch them every night on tour. Can’t wait to see y’all on the road!


Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Pistol Annies, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack. Lineup varies by show.

The Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour Kicks off TONIGHT! Don’t miss your chance to see Miranda perform “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” + new songs off of Wildcard + your favorite of her hits this fall.

SEP 13 Uncasville, CT
SEP 14 Uncasville, CT
SEP 19 Grand Rapids, MI
SEP 20 Toledo, OH
SEP 21 Highland Heights, KY
SEP 26 Baltimore, MD
SEP 27 Charleston, WV
SEP 28 Columbus, OH
OCT 3 Lafayette, LA
OCT 4 New Orleans, LA
OCT 5 Bossier City, LA
OCT 10 Champaign, IL
OCT 11 Lincoln, NE
OCT 12 Sioux Falls, SD
OCT 17 Fargo, ND
OCT 18 Milwaukee, WI
OCT 19 Saint Paul, MN
OCT 24 Moline, IL
OCT 25 Springfield, MO
OCT 26 Wichita, KS
NOV 7 Charlottesville, VA
NOV 8 Columbia, SC
NOV 9 Orlando, FL
NOV 21 Jacksonville, FL
NOV 22 Duluth, GA
NOV 23 Greensboro, NC



Pretty Bitchin' single artwork


Pretty Bitchin’ is so much fun. Everything in it explains me… it talks about airstreams, Titos, having a band and awesome fans. It’s a good thank you to life for being amazing and for getting to live this dream. It’s definitely pretty bitchin’.


“When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them. I feel you, because I’m just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that go on in my world, and the people around me’s worlds. I want people to get along. Just be who you are, own it and move on from the moments you couldn’t live in.”

Pistol Annies performing

The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour is almost here!!! Miranda’s performing new music and bringing along her band the Pistol Annies! Don’t miss your chance to see this once-in-a-lifetime show.



Tequila Does image


“Tequila Does is country. And country music makes me happy. No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a country song with a steel guitar, it makes my soul feel like it’s on fire.” — Miranda


Full List Of Local Tennessee And Kentucky Shows.

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Sep 252019

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

Mr. Joshua, Mr. Luther 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 and local music.

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

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Hayes Carll
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Shovels And Rope
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Shooter Jennings
Lafayette’s Music Room November 6th

Shooter jennings
The Burl November 7th

Josh Abbott
Cannery Ballroom November 7th

Raelyn Nelson Band
3rd And Lindsley November 7th

The Rhythm Shakers
Nashville Palace November 8th

Justin Wells
Jeff Shepherd
The Basement November 8th

Randy Rogers Band
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky November 8th

Ryan Bingham
Tennessee Theater November 8th

Ryan Bingham
The Walker Theater Chattanooga Tennessee November 9th

Southern Culture On The Skids
High Watt November 9th

Blasam Range
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 9th

Shooter Jennings
Capone’s November 9th

Shooter Jennings
Songbird’s November 10th

Ryan Bingham
The Ryman Auditorium November 11th

The Royal Hounds
Alley Taps November 15th

The Charlie Daniels Band
Bridgestone Arena November 20th

Del McCoury Band
The Caverns November 23rd

The Grascals
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 23rd

EmmyLou Harris
Margo Price
Bridgestone Arena November 23rd

The Milk Carton Kids
Basement East November 24th

Clay Walker
Wildhorse Saloon November 26th

Alex Williams
3rd And Lindsley November 27th

Left Lane Cruiser
The Dive November 29th

Sean McConnell
Marathon Music Works November 29th

Po Ramblin Boys
Bluegrass hall of Fame Owensboro Ky November 30th

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
J.D. Wilkes
Southgate house Revival November 30th

Town Mountain
Station Inn December 4th and 5th

Josh Abott
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky December 5th

Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue
Chuck Mead
Jim Lauderdale
Jim Ringenberg
The Caverns December 7th

Reverend Horton Heat
Cannery Ballroom December 18th

The PO Rambling Boys
The Station Inn December 6th

Ward Davis
Josh Morningstar
Songbird’s December 13th

Minglewood Hall December 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Chris Knight Album Release
Southgate House revival December 21st

Jd McPherson
Basement East December 22nd

Mac MacAnally
City Winery December 28th

Po Rambllin’ Boys
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 30th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Russell moore and IIIrd Tyme Out
Shepherdsville Ky January 10th

Unknown Hinson
exit In January 10th

Tanya Tucker
Ryman Auditorium January 12th

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

Drew Holcomb
Tivoli Theater Chattanooga Tn February 12th

Tyler Childers
Ryman Auditorium February 5th 6th 15th and 16th

Miranda Lambert
Cody Johnson Band
Bridgestone Arena January 24th

Ashley McBryde
Luke Combs
Rupp Arena February 14th

Charlie Daniels
Bridgestone Arena July 17th

Album Feature – Billy Strings – Home

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Sep 232019

By Joshua Wallace

Billy Strings is about to explode.  He’s already had an amazing 2019 selling out shows on his tour supporting this album and some amazing festival runs.  His music transcends bluegrass while keeping true to the roots of the genre. He is one of the best guitar pickers alive today and he’s got an amazing band that can keep up with him.  Home is his second studio album and it takes things to another level. There is more great songwriting, more longer jams that you can’t wait to hear live versions of and more lightning fast guitar picking.  This album certainly lives up to the hype.

The album kicks off with “Taking Water” which is one of the more traditional bluegrass tracks on the whole record.  I love the opening of the track with the use of John Mailander’s fiddle to create seagull sounds to help create the setting of the song.  I also dig the track “Running”. This one features some lightning fast picking and while it airs on the more traditional side, it sets the stage for things to come.  “Everything’s The Same” is another track in the same vein as “Running”. Super fast guitar licks here and I love the lyrics here about no matter where you go or what you do, everything’s the same.

There are two longer jam tracks on this album, the first of which is “Away From The Mire”.  The song starts off slow, but picks up pace after the first chorus and doesn’t let go. After the third chorus, the band goes into psychedelic overdrive with a solo that will knock you back a few feet.  When it is all said and done, it ties everything back together and refrains the first verse and chorus. It’s already a major hit live and I personally can’t wait to hear it myself. The second of the two longer jams is the title track “Home”.  This starts off with a very structured melody and some orchestral pieces sparsely sprinkled throughout. Like “Away From The Mire”, this track builds epicly to an amazing finale that is in my opinion, the best thing Billy Strings has put to record in this vein.  It keeps the orchestral element building while he incorporates electric guitar and a sound that is almost Santana inspired during the long solo. It’s really awesome and I cannot wait to hear this performed live.

Another favorite track is “Highway Hypnosis”.  It’s a hard driving bluegrass song about being on the road.  I love the mandolin solo from Jarrod Walker before the song breaks out into a psychedelic sound effect overload for a while before going back to the main tune.  It’s a great use of the trippy elements Billy has been incorporating on an otherwise traditional bluegrass tune.

The final two tracks on the album deliver something a bit different.  “Guitar Peace” is just over four minutes long and it’s a solo piece from Billy on his guitar.  It starts out slow, but builds and some psychedelic effects are thrown in as the pace picks up pace more and more.  It’s a great bit of very technical playing from Billy and I can’t wait to hear what he does with it in a live setting with improv.  Finally, the album closes with the most traditional tune on the record, a bluegrass gospel number called “Freedom”. It’s complete with harmonies from the entire band and ties the record back to it’s bluegrass roots.  Billy certainly isn’t a bluegrass traditionalist by any means, but he never forgets the sound that brought him to this point on this record.

With the release of Home, Billy Strings is set for bigger things.  He is already on tour supporting this record and many shows are sold out if not near selling out.  If that’s not a sign of the start of something huge, I don’t know what is. He’s making music that transcends bluegrass and he’s drawing crowds bigger than most modern bluegrass acts I have seen.  You can stay up to date on everything Billy Strings and pre-order this record at the band’s website.  Home comes out everywhere Friday September 27th.  

Favorite Tracks : Taking Water, Away From The Mire, Home, Highway Hypnosis, Love Like Me, Everything’s The Same, Guitar Peace, Freedom

Billy Strings – Home (2019)

  1. Taking Water
  2. Must Be Seven
  3. Running
  4. Away From The Mire
  5. Home
  6. Watch It Fall
  7. Long Forgotten Dream
  8. Highway Hypnosis
  9. Enough To Leave
  10. Hollow Heart
  11. Love Like Me
  12. Everything’s The Same
  13. Guitar Peace
  14. Freedom

Album Feature – Riley Green – Different ‘Round Here

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Sep 202019

By Joshua Wallace

The 90’s country throwback trend is in full swing and Riley Green’s debut full length release titled Different ‘Round Here will take you back for sure.  There is some good stuff here and if country radio sounded more like this overall, I might find myself tuning back in every now and then. Let’s take a deeper dive into this one and preview a few tracks.

The album kicks off with “There Was This Girl” which is pure 90’s throwback with the twangy guitars and fist pumping beat.  This one is pure rockin’ country made for your next backyard BBQ. I also dig “Same Old Song” which is about staying the same staying true even if you’re rich.  It’s a familiar theme, but with some good songwriting that makes it fresh. Speaking of good songwriting, look no further than “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”. I love the shoutout to Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” in the lyrics.

“Bettin’ Man” is a tune that starts off with some chugging guitars and a slow backbeat before turning up the twang on a song that is a clever break-up tune. I dig this one and it’s a song that would be a #1 hit in the 90’s.  Finally, another song that would be a hit in the 90’s is “Get That Man A Beer”. It’s another clever break-up song where Riley wants to get the man who stole his girl a beer because he did him a favor. It’s another great piece of songwriting on this album full of potential hits.

Riley Green’s Different ‘Round Here is another in a long line of great debut country albums that have come out in 2019.  He has released a steady stream of EPs and singles for a few years now, and some of these tracks were on those releases, but this album works as a whole much better.  Riley Green is currently on the Get That Man A Beer Tour and dates can be found at his website.  Different ‘Round Here is streaming everywhere as of Friday September 20th, 2019.      

Favorite Tracks : There Was This Girl, Same Old Song, I Wish Grandpas Never Died, Bettin’ Man, Get That Man A Beer, Outlaws Like Us

Riley Green – Different ‘Round Here (2019)

  1. There Was This Girl
  2. Different ‘Round Here
  3. Same Old Song
  4. In A Truck Right Now
  5. Hard To Leave
  6. I Wish Grandpas Never Died
  7. Bettin’ Man
  8. Numbers On The Cars
  9. My First Everything
  10. In Love By Now
  11. Get That Man A Beer
  12. Break Up More Often
  13. Runnin’ With An Angel
  14. Outlaws Like Us

What’s Dwight Yoakam Up To?

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Sep 192019

Mr. Dwight Yoakam is well on his way to becoming a Country Music Legend if he isn’t already there now. However this year and next year he will become something else, a teacher. He has always been an integral part of what is left of the Bakersfield Sound, that famed West Coast version of Country Music that still exists today in sporadic bands across the California and Arizona local scene.

I have been a HUGE FAN of Mr. Dwight Yoakam now since I was kid growing up in the 80’s, with my favorite album being “If There Was A Way”. In my opinion that album is stuffed full of obscure B side songs that if you REALLY LISTEN make that album an iconic one.

This man took it upon himself to bring Country Legend  Mr. Buck Owens back into the limelight by recording his own version of the Homer Joy classic “Streets Of Bakersfield”, and included him on the video and song, thus bringing him back out into a whole new audience of fans.

This residency brings eager fans closer to the famed style of music that is relentlessly studied by many, and snubbed by others, in many ways. What I find completely extraordinary about this project is how thorough and in depth it is, for being so quickly drafted into form. Here is how YOU can take part in the performance if you live in the area, or choose to travel there.

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Dwight Yoakam has sold 25 million albums worldwide, and now this GRAMMY-winning entertainment icon will make his Wynn Las Vegas debut with a six-night residency, An Evening with Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat, at the Encore Theater. Guests can expect to take a journey with songs, sights, and stories through California country music’s dramatic arrival and lasting impact on American pop music cultureWednesday, Dec. 4 – Saturday, Dec. 14.

Beginning with the Dust Bowl Era, Yoakam will take the audience on a musical excursion exploring the history of the sounds associated with Bakersfield, Calif. through songs and storytelling in this exclusive residency. Yoakam will perform a variety of the music that influenced and created the “Bakersfield” and “California Country-Rock” genres of country music from their early beginnings to their commercial zenith, in addition to his own original music that was shaped and influenced by this legacy. The unique showcase will reflect the concepts that created his self-curated SiriusXM channel, Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat. These and other influences have inspired Yoakam throughout his career, highlighted by 12 gold albums, nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, and nearly 40 singles on the Billboard charts. And now Yoakam brings his dual mastery of songwriting and storytelling to the Encore Theater, weaving a musical journey audiences are sure to remember.

Buy tickets online or call show reservations at (702) 770-9966.

Dinner & Show Pairings

Before or after the show, combine your ticket to Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat with a specially designed menu at one of four award-winning restaurants at Wynn and Encore.

Performance starts at 8 p.m.

Show Dates:

Dec. 4, 6-7, 10, 12, 14 & Mar. 4, 6-7

News On Scott H. Biram.

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Sep 182019

One of my personal favorite one man bands is defiantly Mr. Scott H Biram AKA The Dirty Ol One Man Band. He’s been blazing local music trails doing his thing for MANY years. I have not had the chance to cover him in 2019 sadly, however I caught up with his people and they sent me some information to bring you up to date on what he is up to.

I’ve got some exciting dates coming up and some exciting news about some new and upcoming releases!

We released the Scott H. Biram/Jesse Dayton 7” last month on Bloodshot Records. If you want to hear some cuts of me playing with a full band, pick one up at www.scottbiram.com or www.bloodshotrecords.com!

Biram Dayton

OUT NOW! Scott H. Biram & Jesse Dayton “Monkey David Wine/Single Again” limited edition 7″ single!

Two Texas Guitar Outcasts on one killer 7” single!

Limited to 500 copies. Includes digital download.

Ground Zero outlaw David Allan Coe’s “Monkey David Wine” gets a sinister gut bucket blues duet treatment. It lands about 11 feet away from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins on a ten foot chain. Pass the bottle, friends.

Side B is Gary Stewart’s “Single Again.” The cool-as-can-be song is a shaggy-haired, floppy-hatted prime taste of 70’s rebel country. Pass the weed, brother

Also Bloodshot will be releasing a special compilation of select Rev. Scott H. Biram Gospel recordings on 12” vinyl later this year, including some previously unreleased material! Keep an eye out for that!

I’m also just finishing up the final tracks of my next full-length album which should be released in early 2020! Thankfully, I’ve already got songs lining up for the one after that too!! At home in Hiram’s Hell Hole….I’m just finishing up some tracks for my next full length album. It should be out early next year! I’m pretty stoked about this one! It’s a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and a little bit of “file under other.”


October, we’re bringing our Scott H. Biram/Goddamn Gallows/Urban Pioneers Tour out west!..and in November I’m back for more Free & Early Shows at C-Boys Heart & Soul on Thursdays in Austin, TX!!

We had so much fun with our buddies The Goddamn Gallows last April, that we’re bustin’ this thing out again on The West Coast in September and October! Y’all get ready for a real good time! Just like the carnival we provided for the eastern half of the US back in April, each band will be doing their own full length sets. Most nights we all end up on stage together for a few songs, and it’s a total blast!


I just got back from a long tour in Europe. It was great! Thanks to everyone who came out and a special thanks to the thousands of people who stood up and rocked for my set at Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival. Everybody was sitting all day. When I started my first song, a few thousand people stood up, came to the stage and started rocking! What a trip at the brain! That’s twice this has happened at this festival. I’ll be back for sure! Now I’m bringing it back to the States! Check out the dates!!

Lastly, toward the end of the year, I’ll be doing some dates with The Dead South in November/December.

Please keep an eye on scottbiram.com for tour updates.


We’re heading west with our friends, The Goddamn Gallows and Scott H. Biram!! Full list of dates at www.urbanpioneersmusic.com
Sept 18 Paper Tiger San Antonio, TX
Sept 19 House of Blues Houston, TX
Sep 20 Kick Butt Café Austin, TX
Sept 21 Lola’s Trailer Park Fort Worth, TX
Sept 23 Hoots Pub Amarillo, TX
Sept 24 Tumbleroot Brewery SantaFe, NM
Sept 26 The Rock Tucson, AZ
Sept 27 Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
Sept 28 The Merrow San m Diego, CA
Sept 29 TheDive Bar Las Vegas, NV
Oct 1 The Slidebar Fullerton, CA
Oct 2 Alex’s Bar Long Beach, CA
Oct 3 Fulton 55 Fresno, CA
Oct 4 The Ritz San Jose, CA
Oct 5 Louie’s Rancho Cordova, CA
Oct 6 Milk Bar San Francisco, CA
Oct 9 Johnny B’s Medford, OR
Oct 11 Bossanova Ballroom Portland, OR
Oct 12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
Oct 13 The Pin Spokane, WA
Oct 15 Remington Bar Whitefish, MT
Oct 16 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT
Oct 17 Soundwell SLC Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 18 Mesa Theater Grand Junction, CO
Oct 19 Hall on Ash Casper, WY
Oct 20 The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Oct 22 Duffy’s Tavern Lincoln, NE
Oct 23 Spicoli’s Reverb Waterloo, IA
Oct 24 Lefty’s Live Music Des Moines, IA
Oct 25 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
Oct 26 Barleycorn’s Wichita, KS (No Urban Pioneers)

Album Feature – Vincent Neil Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women

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Sep 172019

By Joshua Wallace

If you want an album that is 100% Grade A certified classic country in 2019, look no further than Vincent Neil Emerson’s debut record called Fried Chicken & Evil Women.  This record hits all the notes of what you would want in a classic country album. Smooth country crooning, nice pedal steel, honky tonk piano, it’s all there. This 27 year old from East Texas has put together the complete package.  There isn’t a bad track on this record. Let’s take a dive into it.

The first highlight here is a great piece of song writing called “Willie Nelson’s Wall”.  It starts out with an amazing pedal steel riff and I love the opening line “I’m as high as a fly on Willie Nelson’s wall”.  It’s a great upbeat song about being high. Another highlight is the title track “Fried Chicken & Evil Women”. The pedal steel and honky tonk guitar are thick on this track, as it is on most of this album.

“Dade County Jail” starts off with some piano chords that will make you think you’re back in church.  But in reality, the song is a slow blues track about waking up in jail. I love the acoustic guitar solo on this one.  Some really good songwriting here. Finally, “Highway Shine” kicks off with some simple acoustic picking and great crooning from Vincent till the full band kicks in.  It’s a smooth track about wanderlust that closes out the album. There’s some more great solo work on this track and I love the shout out to Billy Joe Shaver.

Vincent Neil Emerson has released an impressive debut album with Fried Chicken & Evil Women.  In fact, this is one of the most country albums you will find in 2019. The playing and songwriting are top notch throughout and I cannot wait to see where this takes Vincent.  I hope to be able to see him live one day. Fried Chicken & Evil Women is available everywhere you can find good country music as of Friday September 13th, 2019.

Favorite Tracks : Willie Nelson’s Wall, Fried Chicken & Women, Dade County Jail, Highway Shine

Vincent Neil Emerson – Fried Chicken & Evil Women (2019)

  1. 25 & Wastin’ Time
  2. Willie Nelson’s Wall
  3. Fried Chicken & Evil Women
  4. The Bad Side Of Luck
  5. Cactus Blossom Special
  6. 7 Come 11
  7. Devil In My Bed
  8. Letters On The Marquee
  9. Dade County Jail
  10.  Highway Shine

Album Feature – Ottoman Turks – Ottoman Turks

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Sep 132019

By Joshua Wallace

I first heard about this band through Joshua Ray Walker whose Wish You Were Here record is still in my heavy rotation after reviewing it back in January.  He is actually the lead guitarist of this country and rock n roll outfit called Ottoman Turks. The rest of this Dallas, TX band is rounded out by Nathan Wells on rhythm guitar and vocals, Paul Hinojo on drums and Billy Law on bass and vocals.  This is one record you’re going to want to go out of your way to check out, here is why.

The album kicks off with a mid tempo number called “Apathy”.  It features Joshua Ray Walker’s slide guitar through the track and it’s a funky mid tempo that is a mix of the fuzzy rock and country music you can expect from the rest of the album.  The next two tracks dig into the yin and yang of this album. “Snake Song” is a fuzzy punk influenced rocker. I really dig Joshua Ray Walker’s solo work on this one and the smooth bass groove that the track strips down to for the last verse.  On the other hand, “Glass Bottles” is a classic country drinking anthem. From it’s sing-along chorus to the twangy guitar work on this track. I dig it.

The track “Red” is a slow almost heavy blues number with growly vocals from Nathan Wells.  As the track kicks into full gear, it morphs into a stoner rock sound that just gets faster and heavier as it goes.  This is one of the heavier tracks on the album. “Beer & Women” brings back some country vibes to the proceedings while still keeping the twangy guitars distorted.  It mixes the two sides of this band quite well in a track that maybe somewhat still leans to country.

This band does a great job of blending their heavy rock influences and their country influences into one cohesive sound.  I can only imagine how crazy the energy at a live show gets and hope to see them live at some point in the future. If you want to check this album out, it is available everywhere you can stream music as of August 23rd, 2019 and I’m sure the band still has some physical copies at live shows.

Favorite Tracks : Apathy, Snake Song, Glass Bottles, Red, Beer & Women, Hands Tied, Mas Amigos

Ottoman Turks – Ottoman Turks (2019)

  1. Apathy
  2. Snake Song
  3. Glass Bottles
  4. My Dog
  5. Red
  6. I Find Myself More Lonesome Every Day
  7. O C P
  8. Can’t Promise Nothin’
  9. Beer & Women
  10. Hands Tied
  11. You’re Only Pretty When You’re Sad
  12. Mas Amigos

Tyler Gummersall To Host New Podcast.

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Sep 122019

I featured this young man several years ago, and he impressed me back then. He has some powerhouse people working on his albums all of the time, and whenever he comes around to my area here I’m always sure to stop and see him do his thing.

Recently he got into podcasting and he has some of my own heroes on this program, I’ll be delving into this podcast VERY soon and include it into my own podcast rotation for personal studies. You can listen, stream and share them on THIS LINK.

It has been a very busy year playing out all over Texas and Colorado. And I am also hosting a new podcast in which I interview musicians! We’ll be building a great audience thanks to shares on YouTube and on Cowboys & Indians Magazine’s website, Blog and Facebook.

I’ve been having an awesome time creating some fine podcasts and videos with such greats as Charlie Daniels, Randy Rogers, Jim Lauderdale, Hayes Carll, Hall of Fame writers David Lee & Josh Grider, and Riders In The Sky.

It was such an honor to do an episode on legendary multi-Grammy winning Country Western Band “Riders In The Sky” . The interview was recorded on the grounds of the majestic Bar DChuckwagon Ranch in SW Colorado. Many have aptly called the band a “National Treasure”.

Ty, Ranger Doug & Too Slim

Bar D Wrangler Gary Cook, Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Jeff Taylor and Woody Paul

I really enjoyed singing a song with my mentor, Bar D Wrangler and National Guitar Champ Gary Cook, Too Slim, Ranger Doug, Wrangler John Moore, & hiding behind the CDs is Woody on great Fiddle.

Look for Ranger Doug as a featured speaker in the upcoming Ken Burns Documentary “Country Music”. The band is an amazing group of fine musicians and fine folks. It is such a great opportunity for Ty to get to meet so many very special folks that are keeping the fine Western Traditions alive.

Watch for the podcast to be released later this month on Cowboys & Indians (it will also be available on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform). And let me know who you’d like to hear from in a future episode!
Our mailing address is:
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P.O. Box 1663
Bayfield, CO 81122


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The Muddy Roots Whiskey Train Rolls Out This Saturday.

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Sep 122019

It’s NO secret to any of my readers I am VERY CLOSE to the people that operate Muddy Roots. I mean if you ask me from the heart what Muddy roots REALLY MEANS to me well, I’ll tell you and I’m going to repeat this in my other article for Muddy Roots main festival coming soon.

I have been a member of the Muddy family for ten years now, hell, they been better to me than my OWN family. having been adopted and never really meeting own mother, I can easily say that. In that decade of festivals Mr. Jason has derocinated so many bands from the Roots Music genre, and brought them into a larger audience and THAT IS WHY I LOVE HIM from a professional level.

I mean HOW MANY BANDS have I featured on here because of people like him and his crew of people? TONS! Many of the bands I already knew about and some he taught me about, because I cared enough to open my mind up and find them for myself.  I have met countless friends for life out there in that field, been to weddings and witnessed babies being born…breakups and relationships within the community…I got to see them all.

I get hugged more during Muddy Roots than anytime of the year. Recently Mr. jason started the vintage wine tasting train ride through Tennessee This Americana Roots, Whiskey & Wine Train is Saturday. 11am-5pm. Tons of bands like John r Miller, as Thompson, farmer and Adele, Todd day wait, Tim Bolo

Tastings include Bib & Tucker Bourbon, Tennessee Legend Distillery, Little Harpeth Brewery, and Beechaven Winery. All Tennessee brands.

Tim Bolo
Todd Day Wait’s Pigpen
Allen Thompson
John R. Miller And The Engine Lights
The Farmer And Adelle

Enjoy the taste of Tennessee Whiskey and Wine aboard a vintage train excursion to the Carthage Junction and back. Approximately 6 hours of local drinks, boxed lunch, and live bands. Must be 21+ to ride. Open seating upon arrival. Guests may move about train.

Arrive at Tennessee Central Railway Museum 220 Willow St. Nashville TN. 37210

Boarding: 10:30 am

Departure: 11:00 am sharp

Return: 5:00 pm

Get hard copy tickets to ALL Muddy Roots events here

New Whiskey Myers Videos And Songs From Forthcoming Album.

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Sep 112019

I am absolutely AMAZED by Whiskey Myers stage shows, and trust me I have been around them many times. My last encounter with them was this past summer during Tumbleweed in Kansas City, where they played a few songs from their forthcoming self titled fifth album to be out September 27th.

The first single they released was called “Die Rockin” and was exclusively released by Rolling Stone:

“I wrote Die Rockin’ with the legendary Ray Wylie Hubbard [writer of the beer-stained classic Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother], and it really sums up this rock ‘n’ roll life of ours,” says frontman Cody Cannon “We’re consumed by music and are such fans of the legends that came before us.

“We’re out there on the road and in the studio trying to pay homage to those greats that have inspired this generation while we strive to create some magic of our own.”

Now, the reason it’s self titled is because this album is totally produced by the band themselves and the band wrote and co wrote every song on this album overall. I’m listening now on Spotify to “Houston County Sky”, which is adorned with a sweet sounding steel guitar and has a nice Red Dirt flavor to it. I’m VERY hopeful for this album overall, and I’m sure Mr. Joshua already has it for review.

This new album includes other co writers than Mr. Ray Wylie Hubbard including Mr. Brent Cobb on “Running”, Mr. Adam Hood on the song “Rolling Stone” and Tn Jet on the song “Bury My Bones”.  It’s really crazy how many of these bands are collaborating on each other’s albums just like many of our favorite Country Music Legends did years ago.

Whiskey Myers will have a cameo on the new Paramount Network TV series “Yellowstone” starring Kevin Costner. The bands music will be featured in 4 episodes of the series first season. The Paramount Network will also do an exclusive recap video using the Whiskey Myers song “Stone.” The recap will air on VH1’s top 20 countdown.

Whiskey Myers Track Listing
Die Rockin’
Mona Lisa
Rolling Stone
Bury My Bones
Glitter Ain’t Gold
Houston County Sky
Little More Money
California to Caroline
Kentucky Gold
Bad Weather

JJ’s Beer Garden & Brewing Co.
w/ Tennessee Jet
Thursday, 8:00PM

Fayetteville, AR

Minglewood Hall
w/ Tennessee Jet
Friday, 7:00PM

Memphis, TN

Shady/Lazy Gators
w/ Tennessee Jet
Saturday, 7:00PM

Lake Ozark, MO

JAB Fest
Saturday, 12:00PM

Lubbock, TX

Bourbon and Beyond
Sunday, 7:00PM

Louisville, KY

South Side Ballroom
w/ Read Southall Band
Friday, 7:00PM

Dallas, TX

North Lake Park
w/ The Charlie Daniels Band, William Clark Green
Saturday, 3:30PM

Garnett, KS

w/ Tennessee Jet
Friday, 6:00PM

Fort Smith, AR

The Revelry of Ruston
Friday, 7:00PM

Ruston, LA

Cuero Turkeyfest
Saturday, 11:00PM

Cuero, TX

La Hacienda Event Center
Friday, 7:30PM

Midland, TX

John T. Floore’s Country Store
w/ The Dirty River Boys, Grant Gilbert
Saturday, 7:00PM

Helotes, TX

The Bourbon Theatre
Thursday, 7:00PM

Lincoln, NE

Gillioz Theatre
Friday, 8:00PM

Springfield, MO

Arvest Bank Theatre At the Midland
w/ Tennessee Jet
Saturday, 8:00PM

Kansas City, MO

The District
Thursday, 8:00PM

Sioux Falls, SD

Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Friday, 8:00PM

Rapid City, SD

The Cowboy Saloon & Dance Hall
Saturday, 9:00PM

Laramie, WY

Wilma Theater
w/ Rob Leines
Tuesday, 8:00PM

Missoula, MT

Pub Station
w/ Rob Leines
Wednesday, 8:00PM

Billings, MT

Sanctuary Events Center
w/ Rob Leines
Friday, 8:00PM

Fargo, ND

Myth Live
w/ Rob Leines
Saturday, 8:00PM

Saint Paul, MN

Express Live!
Thursday, 7:00PM

Columbus, OH

The Orange Peel
w/ Rob Leines
Saturday, 8:00PM

Asheville, NC

Sold Out
The Orange Peel
w/ Rob Leines
Sunday, 8:00PM

Asheville, NC

Riverwind Casino
Friday, 8:00PM

Norman, OK


Tennessee Jet And The Steel Woods In The Caverns.

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Sep 112019

Down in the ground, where they film the popular show Bluegrass Underground I recently ventured out to Pelham Tennessee to see these two play this venue for the very first time ever. I have always wanted to get down to this venue to see music, and I have just never had the time or the means to get down there. I’ll be making some new articles about this venue in the next few weeks for the upcoming season of the show.

Before I elaborate on the bands, and what was played, I wanted to talk about the ambiance and initial vibe of this place. They take you on a bus trip down this steep hill deep in the woods. You check into the bag check area and then you get to walk down into the cave area, where the merchandise and beer is sold.

The acoustics and the sounds down here are second to none. I mean, folks it is truly something you need to experience for yourself one Time. This place is deep deep in the middle of nowhere and very secluded for such a popular concert hall. They have it a nice cool 60 degrees and when I went it was hot and muggy all day, you can feel the difference in temperature as you defend into the main area.

This is one of the most vivid and surreal experiences you’ll ever see next to Red Rocks, because it is outdoor and indoor both at one time. The only complaint I have was the talking, during the first half of the opening act there were many that just wouldn’t shut up the damn talking so we could hear. In fact, the first act declared during the first song I recognized that it was a song for veterans and to please be more quiet. I realize that no matter what people are NOT going SHUT IT during concerts, the only thing is….YOU’RE IN A CAVE AND IT IS LOUD.

Tennessee Jet was first tonight, and he played some new songs with just his acoustic guitar and a steel player for the first half of his set. accompanied by the overall vibe of the caverns this portion of his set was my favorite. The ONLY drawback was my previously mentioned complaint…that damn talking. It was ridiculous and shameful the way many of these groups of people acted like they were in a restaurant or place where conversation is to be expected.

At the juncture where he played his newly released single called “Never Forget” which addresses veterans and their PTSD and other conditions, he stated out loud that if there was ANY SONG he played where he could have total silence it needed to be this one.

And justifiably so, because this song is very important especially as I write this article on 9-11. When he announces new plans for future recordings you can damn sure bet I’ll be around to report on them. He has a very unique ability to deracinate his sound form so many other influences and genres, that he has culminated his own style that defies all other genres.

He played the song “Lifers” that he wrote with Mr. Cody Jinks, and was on his latest album, however in the VERY near future Mr. Cody Jinks will be relasing TWO NEW ALBUMS before the year is over with. Before he switched over to his electric guitar and one arm drum technique that he does, this was his last more country sounding song.

He reverted back to his more familiar sound to me with songs like “What Kind Of Man” and “Hwy 51 Blues”. In these few years I have been watching his local shows around the nation, I have truly witnessed a lot of growth in his stage presence overall, and after playing “Dead Belles And Bones” he unleashed a powerful version of “I Saw The Light”.

The Steel Woods are one of the FEW bands I like with only two albums out that can pull off covers on them. Both of their albums are chocked full of covers indeed, but they have gathered a HUGE gathering, and played the Opry a few times. They PACKED the Caverns tonight, and when Mr. Jay sounded off on the kick drum it resonated off the walls like thunder.

I’m not even sure if i need to introduce these gentlemen on any future articles, most of you know who they are and trust me Mr. Rowdy Cope and company brought it tonight under the ground, and I’m SURE they will asked to return one day soon. They opened with a rousing roar from the audience as they came out to their background music and went into “The Rock That Says My Name”, a great song about a grave digger.

“Wild And Blue” was next followed by “All Of These Years”, which sounded GREAT down here, the thumping bass and pounding guitar riffs just ripped down the walls. The water gets melted and drips down onto your head no matter where you stand in this cave, and YES there ARE bats. One suggestion is to wear rubber muck boots because the floor gets muddy later in the evening.

“Without You” and “Blind Lover” were next followed by a selection called “I’m Gonna Love You” from the debut album called Straw In The Wind.  One of my personal favorites was “Uncle Lloyd” which was about a family friend that had a family issue because of his drinking. In the song he loses his wife to a divorce and deals with it by the bottle, and told through the eyes of a child. it is truly a poignant and dark song of loss, and lonesomeness.

“Whatever It Means To You” was followed by their rousing cover of “Are The Good Times Really Over” by the great Mr. Merle Haggard, from the 1981 Big City album. “Better In The Fall” was next and then they played their LONG version of “Whipping Post” as usual full of flaming guitar licks.

“Old News” contains one of the most powerful lines in a song I have heard all year ” Here’s to miss liberty, and the crack in her bell. There’s a tear in her eye, but her arm hasn’t fell.”. That line moves me greatly, also “Jezebel” was included in this set. “Hole In The Sky” and title track from their debut album called “Straw In The Wind” was there.

Typically, they have played one encore all the many times I have seen them, tonight they played TWO. They were “Axe” and finally “Let The Rain Come Down”. This small band that started out as a jam band opening for people like Mr. Whitey Morgan and his ilk has grown a HUGE following and STILL has not even come CLOSE to their potential apogee of popularity…with little to NO radio airplay. You know I’m in the process of writing an Opry article about how all of these acts with NO airplay are selling out shows and KILLING SALES for nationwide venues…MORE TO COME FOLKS!

SHARE THIS BAND and tell your friends about this band GROW THE WOODS!

Full List Of Local Shows In Tennessee And Kentucky.

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Sep 112019

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

Mr. Joshua, Mr. Luther 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 and local music.

Gene Watson
Kentucky Opry October 25th and 26th

Greensky Bluegrass
The Caverns September 25th

The Steel Woods
Minglewood Hall September 26th

Stoney LaRue
3rd And Lindsey September 28th

Basement September 28th

The Cowpokes
Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys
Southgate House Revival September 29th

Jon Pardi
Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd

Greensky Bluegrass
Minglewood Hall October 2nd

Lara Hope And The Ark Tones
Nashville Palace October 3rd

Cody Johnson
Owensboro Sportscenter October 4th

Joe Diffie
Nashville Palace October 4th

Chris Stapleton
Fed ex Forum Memphis Tn October 5th

Trishia Yearwood
Schermerhorn Symphony Center October 5th

Josh Morningstar
Southgate House Revival October 5th

Michaela Anne
Grimey’s Music Nashville October 5th

The Steeldrivers
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame October 5th

Bonnie Bishop
3Rd And Lindsley October 6th

Ian Noe
Exit Inn October 10th

Sarah Shook And The Disarmers
Senora May
The Southgate House Revival October 10th

Jesse Dayton
The Basement October 11th

Shawn James
mercy Lounge October 11th

We Banjo Three
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame October 12th

Shawn James
Minglewood Hall October 12th

The Cactus Blossoms
Basement East October 13th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 October 15th

Infamous Stringdusters
the Caverns October 18th

Chris Knight
Exit Inn October 18th

Joecephus And The George Jonestown Massacre
Exit In October 20th

Southern Culture On The Skids
The Southgate House Revival October 22nd

Kristina Murray
American Legion Post 82 October 23rd

Kacey Musgraves
Bridgestone Arena October 25th

Great Peacock
Basement October 25th

Elizabeth Cook
Will Hoge
The Southgate House Revival October 31st

Ian Noe
The Southgate House Revival November 1st

Kelsey Waldon
Station Inn November 1st

Chris Stapleton
KFC Yum Center November 2nd

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

Chris Stapleton
Memphis Tn November 5th

Hayes Carll
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Shovels And Rope
Ryman Auditorium November 6th

Josh Abbott
Cannery Ballroom November 7th

The Rhythm Shakers
Nashville Palace November 8th

Randy Rogers Band
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky

Southern Culture On The Skids
high Watt November 9th

Blasam Range
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 9th

Ryan Bingham
The Ryman Auditorium November 11th

The Charlie Daniels Band
Bridgestone Arena November 20th

Del McCoury Band
The Caverns November 23rd

The Grascals
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame November 23rd

Clay Walker
Wildhorse Saloon November 26th

Alex Williams
3rd And Lindsley November 27th

Po Ramblin Boys
Bluegrass hall of Fame Owensboro Ky November 30th

Josh Abott
Mercury Ballroom Louisville Ky December 5th

Cosmic Honky Tonk Revue
Chuck Mead
Jim Lauderdale
Jim Ringenberg
The Caverns December 7th

Reverend Horton Heat
Cannery Ballroom December 18th

The PO Rambling Boys
The Station Inn December 6th

David Ball
American Legion Post 82 December 21st

Mac MacAnally
City Winery December 28th

Po Rambllin’ Boys
Bluegrass Hall Of Fame December 30th

Old Crow Medicine Show
Ryman Auditorium December 30 and 31st

Unknown Hinson
Exit Inn December 31st

Russell moore and IIIrd Tyme Out
Shepherdsville Ky January 10th

Tanya Tucker
Ryman Auditorium January 12th

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

Drew Holcomb
Tivoli Theater Chattanooga Tn February 12th

Tyler Childers
Ryman Auditorium February 5th 6th 15th and 16th

Album Feature – Zach Bryan – DeAnn

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Sep 062019

By Joshua Wallace

I discover new artists in a lot of different ways these days.  I first discovered Zach Bryan from a tweet from Parker McCollum. It read  : “Sitting at a bar in Nashville with my agent telling him about this Zach Bryan kid…. “fucking sign him… just trust me””.  That was a ringing endorsement if I ever saw one. So I looked him up. I didn’t find much. No website, no promotional Facebook page.  Just a personal Facebook, a Twitter account and some YouTube performance videos. Then I found this album DeAnn. It just came out on August 24th, 2019 but the numbers on Spotify are what got me.  His songs are climbing to over 100k listeners fast and as of this writing he’s got 41,759 monthly listeners. That is impressive for a Spotify account that didn’t even have music 2 weeks ago. So what is it about this album that is drawing people in? Let’s take a deeper dive and find out.

The first highlight of this album is “God Speed”.  It’s a song looking inward at Zach’s wants and needs from love, life and everything between.  It’s a great song that sends the message that no matter what you want in life, you’re moving at God’s speed and “Only God and my mama know what I need”.  Another favorite is “Doing Fine” which is a well written track where Zach laments about people he used to know and places he used to go. Songs like this live on the imagery and descriptions and Zach does a good job of painting a picture and taking you back. Whether it’s people he let down or good times he had, this song takes you there.

“Shivers Down Spines” is a great love song on this record.  This is one of the songs where Zach gets to showcase some of his range in both vocal ability and songwriting.  He can be intimate when the song calls for it. I also love the sudden stop at the end of this one as it’s done to a great affect with the song.  Another great love song on this record is “Moon In Oklahoma”. This is another track where the imagery shines. Zach’s lyrics paint a picture that takes you back to scenes from his past.

I could say something about every song on this record, but it’s worth it to seek this one out and listen.  It is raw, rough around the edges and straight up acoustic. Just a man and his guitar. Zach even kept the outtakes like the fit of laughter that ends Condemned.  Zach Bryan shows some skills here and while there is room for improvement, this is a very impressive record for a debut. I cannot wait to hear more from this young man.  He currently does not have much social media presence, or even a website, but you can find his music on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes and other digital services. I highly recommend seeking this record out.  It is available as of August 24th, 2019.        

Favorite Tracks : God Speed, Doing Fine, Shivers Down Spines, Moon In Oklahoma

Zach Bryan – DeAnn (2019)

  1. Flying Or Crying
  2. Hope Again
  3. God Speed
  4. Don’t Give Up On Me
  5. Doing Fine
  6. Letting Someone Go
  7. Shivers Down Spines
  8. Snow
  9. Man That’s Never Known You
  10. Moon In Oklahoma
  11. Condemned
  12. Sweet DeAnn

Is Cody Jinks releasing 2 albums next month?

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Sep 062019

By Joshua Wallace











We recently received album art work, track listing and pre-order info for the album that Cody Jinks teased as dropping October 11th titled After The Fire.  The suspicious thing with this release is that, there was no pre-release single to hype up the release.  That is until last night.

A new song called “Same Kind Of Crazy As Me” came up on digital music services as a new single.  However, fans were quick to realize that this is not on the track listing for After The Fire and the art work is a bit different as well.

Today, we might have a bit more clarity.  A listing is now up on Amazon for a second album called The Wanting to be released on October 18th, 2019.

You might notice, the art work between the new single and this new album cover for The Wanting match up.  This raises speculation….is Cody Jinks releasing 2 albums in October?

Cody Jinks has always said things would be done a bit differently with this album cycle.  Releasing 2 records in such a short period is certainly different.

This story is developing and we will have more information on this as it breaks.

Update :

Thanks to some very resourceful Flockers, we now have a track listing for The Wanting from Amazon.uk

  1. The Wanting
  2. Same Kind Of Crazy As Me
  3. Never Alone Always Lonely
  4. Whiskey
  5. Where Even Angels Fear To Fly
  6. Which One I Feed
  7. A Bite Of Something Sweet
  8. The Plea
  9. It Don’t Rain In California
  10. Wounded Mind
  11. Ramble
  12. The Raven And The Dove

Update # 2:

You would think that if Cody Jinks made a post on social media, it would be about this….you’d be wrong.

Yet another album on the way?

Update #3 :

It appears as though the Amazon.com listing for The Wanting has been removed.  The UK listing is still up as of this writing.


Album Feature – Paul Cauthen – Room 41

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Sep 052019

By Joshua Wallace

Paul Cauthen burst onto the scene with his 2016 debut My Gospel.  That album showcased an amazing baritone singer with incredible vibrato and a knack for laying down funky country tracks that would make Jerry Reed dance in his grave.  In 2018 he released the Have Mercy EP which reinforced the country funk sound with tracks like “Resignation”. Now in 2019, he is back with Room 41, a record that expands on the country funk sound that Cauthen is known for.

The album kicks off with “Holy Ghost Fire”, which is a funky track that really sets the stage for the rest of the record.  It’s a hot track with foot stompin’ beat that will get the body moving. I dig how the track builds till the fire electric guitar solo at the end.  Another hot one is “Cocaine Country Dancing”. That one just starts off funky and doesn’t let go. The riff that starts with the bass line and builds throughout the track is straight fire.  It’s a simple song that brings back memories of “Saddle” from My Gospel, and that’s a good thing.

“Slow Down” does just that and slows down the proceedings a bit.  This track focuses more on Cauthen’s vocals and his amazing vibrato.  I dig the use of the trippy sound effects throughout this track. It keeps the proceedings funky, even on this slower track.  Another favorite is the track “Big Velvet”. This track is Cauthen looking at all of the indulgent stuff he has done in the past and putting it on a character called Big Velvet that he morphs into when things get crazy.  The bass line on this track is one of the funkiest things I’ve heard this side of the 70’s and the groove is heavy and deep, just like Cauthen’s baritone vocals that almost stretch to bass notes on this track.

Another super funky track is “Freak”.  It’s a synth heavy track that pulls from R&B influences.  I know in the past, this hasn’t necessarily worked for other artists, but Cauthen and his production team make it work on this record.  It’s another track that revels in self indulgence and acknowledges that we’re all freaks in some way. Finally, “Give ‘Em Peace” takes things back to the subject of faith that Cauthen has explored in the past.  I really love the opening lines and how it’s a different feel from the rest of the track. It’s a funky gospel inspired number that slowly builds to a crescendo with an amazing solo.

This album is a great second LP from Cauthen that builds on the foundations he laid down on My Gospel.  Cauthen has found the right kind of groove to keep everyone moving. Whether you’re here for the funky bass lines, grooves that are fun to dance to or his amazing vibrato, Paul Cauthen brings the full package.  I highly recommend checking this one out tomorrow when it drops everywhere you can find good music. Paul Cauthen is about to hit the road supporting Randy Houser on his Magnolia Tour. I highly recommend checking out one of those shows if you can.

Favorite Tracks : Holy Ghost Fire, Cocaine Country Dancing, Slow Down, Big Velvet,  Freak, Give ‘Em Peace

Paul Cauthen – Room 41 (2019)

  1. Holy Ghost Fire
  2. Prayed For Rain
  3. Cocaine Country Dancing
  4. Slow Down
  5. Big Velvet
  6. Can’t Be Alone
  7. Freak
  8. Angel
  9. Give ‘Em Peace
  10. Lay Me Down

So Mush Happening At The Country Music Hall Of Fame.

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Aug 282019

Artist-in-Residence: Marty Stuart | Three Exclusive Evenings | September 11, 18, & 25 | Buy Tickets Now

I’m very excited about this project here. I spend a lot of time at the Country Music Hall Of Fame, because all year long there is so much going on for fans of all types of music, whether you enjoy Bluegrass or Country or pop country there is history here for it. I go there often to study, and to correct myself on information that I don’t always understand.

There are so many podcasts out there that I cannot always spend enough time listening to them all, however one of my favorites is always Voices In The Hall with Mr. Peter Cooper. You can learn so much on those programs about your favorite Country Music Legends as well as new artists.

Many of the new exhibits are streamed and many of the new shows that are held there are streamed online. Now, sadly in today’s day had age that convienience keeps people from coming out to some of the shows and workshops all around town. With Americanafest going on next month town will be buzzing with so much awesome music you’d be foolish not to come to town.


The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum proudly welcomes country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as its 2019 artist-in-residence. Stuart will preside over the Museum’s CMA Theater stage on September 11th, 18th, and 25th, both curating and performing at three one-of-a-kind shows.


The Pilgrim

September 11, 2019

Stuart will celebrate the rerelease of his landmark 10th studio album, The Pilgrim (1999), which showcases his songwriting and instrumental talents and tells the story of a man from Stuart’s hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. He will celebrate this 20-year milestone with a host of musical guests including Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Country Music Hall of Fame member Emmylou Harris, Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith, Gary Carter and Kristin Wilkinson with her Superlative Strings.*

Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree

September 18, 2019

The 1960s introduced us to undeniable superstars and gave us unforgettable songs. Join Stuart for an evening celebrating country music of the 1960s, featuring a line-up of influential artists and musicians including Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Country Music Hall of Fame member Connie Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace, Jim Lauderdale, the Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers and the Fabulous Superlatives.*

Songs That Tell a Story

September 25, 2019

Harlan Howard famously referred to country music as “three chords and the truth.” Stuart will pay homage to country music’s musical stories with an acoustic show. This line-up will feature a number of Nashville’s most influential and revered storytellers including John Prine, Doug Kershaw, Dallas Frazier, Brandy Clark and the Fabulous Superlatives.*

*Artists are subject to change.


A five-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance, Marty Stuart began his musical career at 12 when he joined the Sullivan Family Gospel Singers. After stints with bluegrass great Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass and Johnny Cash’s backing band, he embarked on a solo career that resulted in hits including “Hillbilly Rock” and “Tempted.”

In the early 2000s, Stuart formed the Fabulous Superlatives, a band whose musical skills and sensibilities echo the vibrancy of their Western suits. The Superlatives issued their latest album, the critically acclaimed Way Out West, in 2017.

A renowned collector, Stuart is currently developing The Marty Stuart Congress of Country Music in his hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. The facility will house a performing arts center as well as Stuart’s extensive collection of country music artifacts and memorabilia.

“Marty Stuart has made country music his life’s work. For nearly 50 years, he’s preserved its history, photographed its legends, and performed its music with integrity,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “Marty has been an integral part of so many significant events here at the Museum, and his residency promises to deliver more historic moments.”


The Museum established its annual artist residency in 2003, with a goal of honoring musical masters who have contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. In 2019, Stuart joins a fittingly prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell, and 2018 artist-in-residence Miranda Lambert.

Each artist-in-residence is invited to use the Museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences.

American Currents Concert Series Live

Proud of the House We Built: A Conversation with Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, and Clarence Spalding
Saturday, August 24 | 2:00 PM
Brooks & Dunn are having a banner 2019: Reboot, their first studio album in twelve years, went to #1; they performed to enthusiastic arena crowds on their first national tour since 2010; and in October, the duo will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. This victory lap serves as a reminder of the quality and consistency of the music Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn made in the 1990s and 2000s. To commemorate their new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition, Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon, the two performers and their manager, Clarence Spalding, will discuss their careers in a program that will include archival photographs, videos, and recordings.


Pre-sales begin Thursday, May 30, at 10:00 AM CT
Announcing the “American Currents Concert Series,” a collection of one-of-a-kind shows supporting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit American Currents: The Music of 2018. The series begins August 8 with An Evening with John Anderson and continues August 20 with The Family Behind the Songs: Brad Clawson, Rodney Clawson, and Nicolle Galyon. Public on-sale begins Friday, May 31, at 10:00 AM CT.
An Evening with John Anderson 
Thursday, August 8
Use pre-sale code: TEQUILA19

The Family Behind the Songs: 
Rodney Clawson, Brad Clawson, and Nicolle Galyon 
Tuesday, August 20
Use pre-sale code: FAMILY19
Aritist-in-Residence | Marty Stuart | September 11, 18, & 25
Marty Stuart
September 11, 18, and 25
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Friday, September 27
Nitty Gritty
Dirt Band


Steven Curtis Chapman Acoustic Christmas | Introducing Jillian Edwards | December 19, 2019
Over a 30-plus-year career, singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has earned massive critical and commercial success, with 58 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 49 No. 1 singles, and more than 11 million albums sold. 

Use presale code SCCXMAS to buy your tickets before the public on-sale on Friday, July 19 at 1:00 PM. Presale begins on Wednesday, July 17, at 10:00 AM and ends on Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 PM. 


New to view: Unbroken Circle, an original video series featuring singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, produced by the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the exhibit American Currents.
New to view: Unbroken Circle, an original video series featuring singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the exhibit American Currents

Over the course of multiple days, Pearce digs for inspiration and makes memories in the Museum’s archives and galleries along with her friends and collaborators Jeannie Seely, Emily Shackelton, busbee, and Michael Ray. 

Watch all four episodes now, exclusively on the Museum’s YouTube channel. 
Texas Titans: Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson backstage at the 1975 CMA Awards, October 13, 1975. Photo:From the Raeanne
Rubenstein collection at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Tanya Tucker and Willie Nelson have more than music and Texas roots in common—including a flair for the unexpected. Tucker started early, releasing her first Top Ten single, “Delta Dawn,” in 1972, and leaving jaws agape as listeners realized the haunting tale of a haunted woman was sung by a preternaturally powerful thirteen year-old girl. Nelson tried to keep it inside the lines, but as he neared forty and returned to Texas, a long-haired hippie troubadour replaced the clean-cut Nashville songwriter, and country’s Outlaw spirit was soon turning long-cemented convention firmly (and, some say, permanently) on its head.
Wednesday, September 11 – Sunday, September 15
The 20th annual AMERICANAFEST® is nearly here! Explore the stories and sounds of Americana music through special programs at the Museum featuring performances and interviews from special guest artists, including BJ Barham, Jonathan Byrd, and Sarah Siskind; Sam Bush and Jeff Hanna; Shawn Colvin, Amythyst Kiah, and Maria Muldaur; Rodney Crowell; the Earls of Leicester; a Tribute to Doug Sahm; and Tanya Tucker. You can reserve your pass by becoming a Museum member or through day-of Museum admission. If you can’t join us in person, many programs will be livestreamed.
Panel | The Legacy of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant
Saturday, September 28 | 2:00 PM
Husband and wife songwriting duo Boudleaux and Felice Bryant wrote more than six thousand songs, recorded by artists including Eddy Arnold, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, Red Foley, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nazareth, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Jim Reeves, and Carl Smith. This panel will include Boudleaux and Felice Bryant’s son, Del Bryant, along with songwriter Dennis Morgan, and musicians and historians Bill C. Malone and Bobbie Malone (the latter two are writing a biography on Boudleaux and Felice Bryant). Presented in support of the exhibit We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. Watch the livestream.

Viva Le Vox To Perform Full New Album At Muddy Roots.

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Aug 272019




THAT TIME of year again Labor Day Weekend, and you know what that means. It’s the tenth annual MUDDY ROOTS FESTIVAL in Cookeville Tennessee. Ill be catching up with the many bands here this weekend including this band called Viva Le Vox.

We haven’t heard any new music from these three in several years ,but they still have burning up the roads and keeping the dive bars alive. This article has videos and news on their performance. Mr. Tony Bones on vocals, Mr. Scarecrow on bass and Mr. Johnny Tugboat on drums make up this Florida based punk influenced blues band.

The band went through some brief lineup çhanges before moving their base of operations to North Carolina, and having original bass player Mr. Scarecrow Jenkins rejoin the band. We then got the 2016 release of the album called The Fall Of Skivvy Starzo, and im anxious to see how the direction of their music has changed in these two years.

They will be performing their new album called Desperation Alley in it’s entirety at Muddy Roots this year, and they will also be performing for the Muddy Roots Southern Gothic festival in Adams Tennessee. We will be trying to catch up with the band

We took a drone up above the field last year to swim with all y'all "raised consciousness" muddies. What you see is…

Posted by Muddy Roots Music Festival on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

A decade of Muddy Roots, a decade of Viva Le Vox, and a Decade of Desperation! Join us in the field for the sacred hour…

Posted by Viva Le Vox on Friday, August 16, 2019



Music Festivals 2019: Muddy Roots Music Festival ( Main Festival).

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Aug 252019

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This article will contain partials from previous years articles, as well as the Muddy Roots website…I’m VERY excited around now to be a part of this event yearly. YEAH Rolling Stone is out there NOW…but they weren’t out there like I am.  Go HERE to buy tickets.I’ll be repeating that link…WHY…Because we NEED sales to keep going!

Back in the the glory days of MySpace when social media was first taking shape to manifest to the next echelon it is today, the Roots music movement was at a high point. My website was young and inexperienced, but ideas were forming in my brain and bands like the Calamity Cubes ( who were the FIRST BAND Mr. Jason booked), Hillbilly Casino ( who has played EVERY Muddy yet), and The Goddamn Gallows came forth to identify with Roots Music. This was 2010, and I was part of that as a fan. I LOVED these bands and the Muddy Roots idea to bring us all into the same central location. It was close for me, and I knew the venue before Mr. Jason even announced the event, so naturally I went.

I have no problems with different cultures or anybody really, as long as they observe the one rule this festival had…..”Don’t Be A Dick”. But when I got there I’ll admit I felt a trifle bit uneasy, because being the human being I am I judged on appearance and not on heart. I was basically afraid of everyone, accept for my VERY FIRST MySpace friend Mr. Bandana.

Now, those of y’all that KNOW ME know I address everyone by Mr. or Miss in my everyday conversations. Well I was pretty much raised to be that way and respect others however HE IS how I began acting that way toward others. If he liked you, he treated you like Gold. If he hated you, best thing to do was leave him alone. He had a DEEP appreciation for these bands coming up, and we shared a knowledge about them that turned into a friendship.

The second year, however turned into my LOVE for these people and the community they formed. It was HOT and by HOT I mean humid and well……HOT. I was enjoying myself but having a VERY HARD TIME keeping my insulin cold. I was getting sick and almost had to leave, you have to expect to eat garbage food at a festival, and I was. Well, Mr. Jason rode past on his golf cart and saw I was sick. He parked and came to me and asked me if I was alright, and I explained my dilemma.

He told me to climb on to the cart and took me to the office (Scooters Bar) where Mr. Herb basically insisted I put all my insulin in his bar fridge AND granted me access to it 24-7. I was floored by this gesture of trust and concern, and from THAT day on I was part of the Muddy Roots family. This is the ONLY music festival I cover where I have attended EVERY ONE.

Did you know that our fest attendees buy every can of Pabst Blue Ribbon from not only the venue at Muddy Roots but all stores in and near Cookeville during the festival? You came for the music but ended up supporting the locals by purchasing in town. This whole thing is bigger than us.
A few years back the Upper Cumberland Business Journal gave us an Ovation Award for tourism. Now local Chambers reach out in support. Hell, even the mayor of Oostkamp came to our Belgian Festival and played drums with the opening act last week. We’ve come a long way from just being the underground movement to making a positive impact. And we’ve done it all without compromising who we are and the music we love. We host 2 festivals in Tennessee, 1 festival in Belgium, multiple vintage train rides out of Nashville.

You can DAMN SURE BET I watch for thieves at ALL these festivals I honor and support for the festival director AND the bands, I “hang out” at the merch tables to see shit going down it’s NOT cool and I WILL turn you in! Pickpockets and ANY rubbish I witness will be HARSHLY dealt with, and PLEASE DO NOT harass the wildlife at the The June Bug Ranch or damage Mr. Jason’s property. We are guests and we are welcome to drink and do as we please isn’t that cool enough that we don’t need to commit crimes? We have ONE rule: Don’t be a dick. You don’t have to toss your shirt over a mud puddle for a lady, but treat EVERYONE nice, we don’t have drama here.

We’re breaking all sorts of social rules. We always have!
Them: You can’t do that!
Us: I can’t even hear your mouth words.
We’re the same folks that booked Black Flag and Little Jimmy Dickens on the same lineup. Same crew that set up independent music festivals in 4 U.S. states and 2 other countries! We rock 2 record labels and slang vinyl out our record shop in a parking structure near the Ryman. We do this all out of pocket with support of blue collar folks like yourself!
WE MAKE NO SENSE TO “INDUSTRY” FOLKS! You might as well put your ipod on shuffle. Do people still have ipods? Not sure. How can you market to people without a tag or a label? We are the “in between” and there are more of us than you know. It’s more natural to not be a slave to just one genre.
And no other fool but us would be as courageous as we have been with our lineups on an independent budget. This year we really expanded our reach. It’s always our goal to find the roots of independent and organic “scenes” and bring them to our field. When you do that you find the heart in sister scenes and meld them. But 2018 we went super bold and grabbed a hand full of big dogs from the genres instead of one or two. We kept with our own brand of up and coming bands to support.
THE GOAL HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO MUDDY THE GENRE LINES! This is not a festival, it’s an independent movement. It has been an inspiration for dozens of smaller events like this. Be part of it. Show up! Tickets include free camping and hot showers. Beers are cheap but you can bring your own. Vegan to BBQ to Pho vendors on site but you can cook. You are free to enjoy yourselves so long as you’re respectful to everyone else. We treat you like adults and not children in a corporate barricade. Oh, and we have 2 large waterfalls nearby.

From Interstate 40, take exit 287 (TN-136/Hilham Road) North through the town of Cookeville. Keep left at the fork on Waterloo Road. Cross the bridge, follow Waterloo Road for approximately 1 mile and you’re there!
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CLICK HERE for ALL frequently asked questions like camping (included) and security info, I CAN tell you NO glow sticks, pets,fireworks or firearms (please be like me and leave them home or at the hotel). The medical tent will even hold your medications for you can keep insulin cold for you. You CAN BYOB all you want and drinks and food AND the vendors are VERY reasonably priced and GOOD. Both bars offer 3 dollar tallboy PBRs and mix drink specials, ice is available via delivery to your campsite.

Hot showers are included and the port a potties are cleaned all day in the main stage area VERY NICE staff cleaning them all day. All three stages are within walking distance of one another and the merchandise area is very nice, plus there is a bar in the main area. You CAN have reasonable fires at your camping area and you CAN cook.

One cool thing is the availability of meeting the bands and artists as they spend time with EVERYONE before and after their sets and there is NO green room or areas you cannot go (however the bands DO have a private dining area where they can eat in private)….please respect their meal.

MY RESERVATIONS  have been at America’s Best Value Inn it is RIGHT ACROSS from Wal Mart and Shoney’s plus MANY more good places.
La Quinta Inn has a REALLY GOOD breakfast with HOT eggs and bacon ALL YOU WANT! A NICE clean pool and laundry facilities. This hotel is a little more money BUT it’s a GOOD bet next door to Waffle House.  I’ll  have sunscreen with me for everyone at ALL times. THIS FESTIVAL IS USUALLY HOT so PLEASE bring plenty of water, sunscreen and ice for yourself. Don’t try and have a liquor consumption challenge and end up in the E.R. have some drinking sense and remember the show, and the fun.

Muddy Roots Survival Guide

This party ain’t for the weak. But we’ll fill you in on some tips to make it through the weekend like a Phoenix rising from the drunken ashes.

We’ll add to this post over the next week.

Tickets include free camping on 126 acres in the outskirts of Cookeville, Tennessee. That’s about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville and then cut North towards the Kentucky border. You can almost smell the mountain shine distilleries in the air. We rent a private property known as the Junebug Ranch. It’s basically a biker rally property any other day. They let us do what we want so long a we don’t break anything. That means you can do things like bring your own beer. Hell, you can bring a handle to the stage and rock the hell out. You have freedom to enjoy yourselves BUT you’ll regret the decision to abuse that freedom. We have a fast track to throw folks on the street that act like a dick. Any and every person caught sneaking in or doing anything wrong will be hand delivered to some good-ol’-boy sheriffs and the judge ain’t in til Tuesday. Why did we start this conversation with that tone? Because our field is unlike any other and we want to protect that. We don’t allow people to disrespect each other and we don’t want a sterile corporate, boring ass event. We want you to come, have fun, be cool, and make it home safe. Now we’ll talk about the good stuff.

Before we do anything we need to talk about tickets. You should buy yours right now by CLICKING HERE! If you want to arrive Thursday for the pre-party with Face to Face you will need an earlybird ticket plus a weekend pass. You absolutely can not get one day pass for that day. We have weekend passes which include Friday-Saturday-and Sunday for $170. Saturday and Sunday together as a 2 day pass is $150. Sunday only is $75. All tickets include free camping and free hot showers.

Let’s start with things to pack. It’s always wise to prepare for wet or dry weather. It can rain and it can also be hot. Bring plenty of clean socks, sunscreen, gold bond, wet wipes, rainboots, more than one pair of shoes, tons of drinking water, stuff like that. Don’t bring more than one shirt, we’ll be selling you a ton of them. Many of our designs are printed just once for this event.

Here’s address of the venue. It’s known as the Junebug Ranch and is located at 115 Waterloo Rd. Cookeville, TN. 38506. It’s technically past Cookeville in Overton County once you cross the bridge. It’s a biker owned property that they host their own motorcycle rallies on. Those folks get wild! There’s not much we can do to surprise them. We’re a different kind of party so keep your clothes on. They have very few rules for us so we like to pay that forward to yall.

We come from Nashville which means we exit in Cookeville and drive out about 20-25 minutes heading North towards the Kentucky border. You’ll feel lost, especially at night. Use your GPS until you get close and then look for FESTIVAL signs with PBR logos on them. We don’t put our name on them because worthless pricks steal them and then people get lost. If you’re coming from the North it will put you on the same road from the opposite direction. Either way you’ll come to the entrance where there is an old vw bug outside that is painted with the words “Junebug Boogie” on the side. Pull in there and come in to the valley. The video above is the wicked fork in the road coming from Cookeville to the Junebug Ranch. Go straight at it, do not follow the main road veering right or you’ll end up in another state.

Most folks that are flying travel to BNA Airport in Nashville. It is about 87 miles from the venue. You can rent cars there. There are Muddy Roots carpool groups on fb, ubers, taxis, and even a greyhound that gets you to Cookeville, TN.

You may show up anytime after 3pm on Thursday August 29th. That’s not really an official day for us. We’ll still be getting the field ready. But we know many of you are coming from other countries and far states so we set up this pre-party while we work. Come in and set up camp before the big crowds hit. We’ve got a sick party with Face to Face, Tim Barry, and a handful of punk or roots punk bands.

More coming soon.



One type of dog is legally protected and welcome at Muddy Roots. The other two will get your ticket revoked without a refund. Mostly because people fake it every year and the their dogs cause issue.

Do not give me some low-res-internet-print-out-fake card from trainkids.com

Service dogs in training only have legal access rights, in the state of Tennessee, when accompanied by a trainer from an accredited school and both dog and trainer are identified. Self trained Service Dogs in training do not have legal access rights.

Service dogs are handler focused and attentive to their owners only. Any dog who causes a disturbance (outside of performing a direct task to mitigate a disability) can be (and should be) removed from the premises by management.

p.s. I love dogs.

People might be sleeping in the grass. DO NOT DRIVE IN GRASS AT NIGHT!

It’ll change all their lives.
Earlybird tickets are already sold out. Weekend passes are capped.
This will absolutely sell out.
Check out all the fest pics at www.andhowimaging.com

As always with ALL my festival articles HERE is a LONG LIST of hotels right off Hwy 40, about 20 minutes from the ranch where we have this festival.  I know there are many questions about this event and we have ONE RULE:


So with that in mind I’ll say there are NO golf carts allowed, DRINK WATER…..IT’S HOT OUT THERE…..DRINK WATER.  There is a NICE first aid station and medical corner of the main tent, THEY CAN keep insulin cold and THEY WILL lock up maintenance pills for you (I have diabetes) and I CAN AND WILL assist you personally with anything you need.

There are many musical communities and circles I am involved in, but the Muddy Roots family was one of my first.To say that my website wasn’t born during the Muddy Roots Music Festival would be a lie. I began going on day 1 in 2010, I found out about this on Myspace, and I began loving these bands featured at this festival.

Since then the festival had a few changes in format featuring some iconic main acts, whole musical genre changes, and moving forward to proving that it HAS NO genre classifications. Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Metal, these bands are ALL welcomed here by us.

What do I mean by “us”? What do I MEAN by saying these people are family to me? Well I think the start of this article should clarify these statements to you, my dear readers. Many of the people that attend this festival year in and year out are some of the most wonderful friends I have. Some of them have attended funerals with me for loved ones, and for others that have attended. We have attended other shows from other communities of music together as close friends, celebrated children being born, watching them grow up. Some of them I watched graduate high school, and enter college.

Right near the front gate of the campground there is a waterfall and swimming area that many of us retreat off to during the earlier hot part of the day ( and by hot I mean HOT), that I had no idea was for sale. The festival director Mr. Jason Galaz is a realtor and a merchandise printer by trade, and this story was too unique NOT to print!

I have heard rumors of Mr. Jason making a shuttle service possible for us festival goers to go and swim and picnic out there in that area. I spoke with Mr. Nathan Davey this morning and he wanted me to extend an open WELCOME to ALL folks, and he had this to say:

We have a few plans, and more ideas for what we will be doing here. Our first project will be doing a lot of clean up, a bit of clearing and getting the basic services installed. We welcome all friends new and old to visit the falls at any time.

It’s been a long tradition of Muddy Roots Music Festival attendees to visit the local waterfalls and now 2 of them just bought it!
Here’s the kicker, your promoter represented them as the buyer’s Realtor.
We really are one big family!
Waterloo Falls is located about a half mile from the gates of the Junebug Ranch that we host the festival on. On sunny days you can see truck loads of attendees venturing away for a cool dip. The property has always been privately owned and remains that way, but by one of our own “muddies.”
Alice Weaver and Nathan Davey made the drive out from San Diego, California in 2018 to attend the 9th annual Muddy Roots Fest. It seems only in our field could you go on a cross country adventure to a festival and come back owning a waterfall. How cool is that? There have been mentions of an official shuttle to the falls from the Junebug as well as potential RV spots. We’ll update you as we see them develop the land. One thing is for sure though, they want to keep it as close as possible to what it is now. Just add in some space for folks to camp. These are good people!
Listing agent was Skender Newton Realty
Buyer’s agent was Jason Galaz at EXIT Realty Elite www.findahomeintn.com
Your promoter is a real estate agent by day and festival planner by night. Jason Galaz the superhero.
He can help you move to our booming Middle Tennessee area or get the hell out of dodge! www.findahomeintn.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mt. Juliet – Nashville Area
Ad 4.4

2-star hotel
Standard lodging with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
La Quinta Inn & Suites Cookeville
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3-star hotel
Understated hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Motel 6

2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with seasonal pool
Free Wi-Fi
DEAL 20% less than usual
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cookeville

2-star hotel
Standard option with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Cookeville

Extended Stay Hotel
Simple all-suite hotel with a 24/7 gym
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off
Image Hotel Management
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Image Hotel Management

Hotel · 970 S Jefferson Ave
Star Motor Inn

Motel · 1115 S Willow Ave
Low-key option with a Southern eatery
Free Wi-Fi
Best Western Thunderbird Motel

2-star hotel
Budget hotel with Mexican dining
Free Wi-Fi
Comfort Inn & Suites

2-star hotel
Modern budget hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Red Roof Inn Cookeville – Tennessee Tech

2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Key West Inn

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Quaint low-rise hotel with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi
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DEAL 17% less than usual

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Casual hotel with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
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Hampton Inn Cookeville

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Modern hotel with free Wi-Fi & a pool
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Alpine Lodge & Suites

2-star hotel
Casual hotel with an outdoor pool & BBQs
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Eastwood Inn

Hotel · 1646 E Spring St
Cookeville Manor Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast · 7241 Hilham Rd
Highway 56 Motel

Motel · 5485 S Grundy Quarles Hwy
Travelodge Cookeville

Free breakfast
DEAL 28% less than usual
La Quinta Inn Crossville

3-star hotel
Comfort Suites

2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with free hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
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Red Roof Inn Crossville

2-star hotel
Casual hotel with a pool & free Wi-Fi
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Colter Wall To Release new 7″ on September 27th

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Aug 232019

By Joshua Wallace

Colter Wall has announced the release of a new two song 7″ 45RPM record.  This record will be out September 27th on Colterwall.com and it will also be available on digital download and streaming everywhere.

We will have more details on this release as it comes available.

Album Feature – Jason Hawk Harris – Love & the Dark

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Aug 232019

By Joshua Wallace

Love & the Dark is the debut album from Los Angeles based country singer Jason Hawk Harris.  This is his first full length solo record and also his first release on Bloodshot Records. This album has some amazing depth for a debut and there is some good sad country music to be had here.  Harris clearly takes some of his songwriting inspiration from the likes of Jason Isbell as he pulls at the heart strings in a similar manner.

Jason tackles themes ranging from death, alcoholism, success and failure, religion and more.  “Cussing at the Light” was one of the first tracks released from this album. It’s a toe tapper that tackles alcoholism.  In this song, Jason laments medicating a recent heartbreak. I really dig the piano throughout the track, it adds another layer to this great track. “Giving In” is another song about substance abuse and dealing with all the remorse that comes with it.  The line “I wish that where I am is where I’ve been” will stick with you. “Phantom Limb” strips things back to just Jason and a guitar to start. This is an amazingly written song about how the death of a loved one can affect you. I love how the sparse instrumentation ebbs and flows to a really awesome finale that must be heard.

“I’m Afraid” is one of the more rocking tracks on the album and draws from a more punk rock sound.  It tackles Jason’s experiences with religion throughout his life. I love the interplay between the piano and the guitar for the solo on this track.  “Grandfather” is a song about coping with the loss of loved ones and the feelings that come with that. The instrumental to this track is unique and somewhat spacey.  It certainly adds another layer to this album which keeps peeling back more and more as you go through it.

Jason Hawk Harris has impressed me with this debut released.  I was already a fan with the single “Cussing at the Light”, but this entire album is great.  I hope I’m able to see him live at some point in the near future. Love & the Dark is out Friday August 23rd, 2019 everywhere you can find good music on Bloodshot Records.


Favorite Tracks : Cussing at the Light, Giving In, Phantom Limb, Grandfather

Jason Hawk Harris – Love & the Dark (2019)

  1. The Smoke and the Stars
  2. Cussing at the Light
  3. Confused
  4. Giving In
  5. Phantom Limb
  6. I’m Afraid
  7. Blessed Interruption
  8. Red Room Blues
  9. Grandfather

Florida Welcomes Josh Ward at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL

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Aug 212019

By Joshua Wallace

Photography By Joshua Wallace

This past Thursday evening on August 15th, 2019, I had the pleasure of finally seeing Josh Ward live.  I have been a fan of his since his 2015 album Holding Me Together. I was a big fan of his 2018 release More Than I Deserve.  I have been waiting for a long time to see him come through Florida. He opened for Cody Johnson in the state before, but this was the first date of his first true headlining run in the state.  The crowd for the evening was somewhat small at around 50 – 75, but they showed up for some good Texas country music and that is what they got.

J.R. Ward opened the evening with a set of mostly original tunes.  This was my first time seeing J.R. Ward and I was impressed. He played some songs I recognized from Spotify such as “90 Proof Sunrise” and “Turn Your Eyes To Jesus”.  Tom Bennett backed him up on keys. J.R. mentioned that he’s not a usual feature in his live show but I thought Tom did a fine job on it. There were a couple of Waylon Jennings covers sprinkled in the originals.  All in all, it was a good set and a good first impression. I hope to see more of J.R. Ward in the future.

Josh Ward wasted no time in kicking off his own set shortly after J.R. left the stage and everything was swapped out.  He kicked the set off with a song from his Holding Me Together record “You Don’t Have To Be Lonely”. This track set the pace for a rockin’ night of good country music that did not disappoint.  He followed that up with one of my favorites “Home Away From Home” from his More Than I Deserve album. Up next was another favorite in “Whiskey and Whitley”. This was one of many ballads throughout the night.

A bit later in the set he got to a couple more favorite songs of mine back to back. Both are highlights from the More Than I Deserve album.  “All About Lovin’” was a rockin’ number for the ladies and he slowed it down a bit with “A Cowboy Can” which was well received by the live crowd.  I must point out the pedal steel player whose name I missed during band introductions. He was a highlight throughout the evening and a joy to watch play.

Another highlight of the evening was the band’s live rendition of “The Devil Don’t Scare Me”.  This is probably the best cut on the More Than I Deserve record and it’s chart performance shows that.  Josh mentioned how proud he was of this song and pointed out that the guy who wrote it, Jason Hursey was in the crowd.  This track is every bit as good live as it is on the record. This band does not disappoint.

The band closed out the night with two more favorites.  First up was a rocking rendition of “Highway” from the Holding Me Together album and finally the band closed the night out with my favorite Josh Ward tracks in “Promises”.  From the first song to the end, this band was on point and in the mood to bring some good Texas country tunes to this crowd. The crowd wasn’t as big as what they would expect in Texas, but they brought it and surely made the band feel like they were back in Texas with the responses they from the crowd.

Josh Ward is always on the road.  He just wrapped up his first headlining run through Florida and Josh is constantly on the road.  You can see his current tour dates at the band’s website.  However, if you can’t make it to a live show, he did just release  his own contribution to the Live At Billy Bob’s Texas series and I highly recommend you check it out.

Miss Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single From Upcoming Album.

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Aug 212019


For Immediate Release
Kelsey Waldon Releases Second Single from White Noise/White Lines
“Sunday’s Children” available today, fall and winter tour announced
August 9, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Kelsey Waldon is no stranger to calling it as she sees it. Over the years, her songs have been honest observations of real-life, in the trenches issues; small-town woes, prescription drug addiction, and all manners of heartbreak have been on Waldon’s chopping block.  Yesterday, Nylon premiered what may be Waldon’s most matter-of-fact, hitting close to home composition to date, “Sunday’s Children.” “Essentially, that tune was inspired by how I felt about people using religion and God in the name of hate,” Waldon told Nylon. “I grew up in the Southern Baptist church, and I was really discouraged to hear so many people instill fear in the hearts of people, that just because somebody isn’t like them, they would be afraid of this person.” “Sunday’s Children” comes as the second single from White Noise/White Lines following the previously released “Anyhow,” which Garden & Gun called a “fitting first taste of an album that should firmly establish Waldon as one of classic country’s rising torchbearers.” White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.
“Sunday’s Children” can be heard here and White Noise/White Lines can be pre-ordered here. Visit https://www.ohboy.com/kelsey-waldon to snag the pre-order bundle which includes a digital download, cd, and vinyl—plus a limited edition 7” vinyl of The Kentucky Sessions, a collection of duets from Prine and Waldon. Head over to The Bitter Southerner to watch Waldon and Prine perform “Kentucky Means Paradise,” one of the tracks from The Kentucky Sessions.
In addition to the new single, Waldon just rolled out a number of previously unannounced tour dates. Waldon’s headlining tour will take place after a run of shows supporting John Prine on the west coast and includes stops in the midwest, a two-night stand in Waldon’s home state of Kentucky, a whirlwind week through the southeast, and a tour-ending run through Texas before she returns to Prine’s tour in December. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
Waldon recently found herself honored by one of her biggest influences and songwriting heroes, John Prine. White Noise/White Lines will be her first release on Prine’s own independent label, Oh Boy Records. As their first new artist signing in 15 years, Waldon doesn’t take the relationship with Prine and Oh Boy lightly. “It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” says Waldon.  “To have someone like John, who I have looked up to my whole life, who I have set my songwriting standards after and my general music-making standards after, to have someone like him endorse my music and care enough about it to make sure it reaches a wider audience…that means everything.” In June, Waldon joined Prine on stage in Manchester, TN, for his set at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, dueting on “In Spite Of Ourselves” much to the delight of their Saturday evening crowd.
For more information, please visit kelseywaldon.com and www.ohboy.com.
Kelsey Waldon - Sunday's Children (Lyric Video)
On Tour:
Aug. 11 – Lexington, KY – Railbird Festival
Sept. 7 – Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Festival
Sept. 10-14 – Nashville, TN – AMERICANAFEST
Oct. 1 – Hollywood, CA – John Anson Ford Amphitheater (with John Prine)
Oct. 3 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (with John Prine)
Oct. 4 – Davis, CA – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (with John Prine)
Oct. 6 – Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
Oct. 12 – Springfield, MO – Juanita K. Hammons Hall (with John Prine)
Oct. 13 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre (with John Prine)
Oct. 15 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Oct. 17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Oct. 18 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Oct. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – MilkBoy
Oct. 20 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
Oct. 22 – Indianapolis, IN – LO-FI Lounge
Oct. 23 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
Oct. 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Southgate House
Oct. 25 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
Oct. 26 – Lexington, KY – The Burl
Nov. 1 – Nashville, TN – Station Inn
Nov. 2 – Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
Nov. 3 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Nov. 5 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House
Nov. 6 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov. 7 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Nov. 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
Nov. 11-15 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – All The Best Festival
Nov. 19 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Nov. 22 – Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
Nov. 23 – Dallas, TX – The Rustic
Nov 24 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz
Dec. 6 – Orlando, FL – Bob Carr Theater (with John Prine)
Dec. 7 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (with John Prine)
About Kelsey Waldon:
On her new album, White Noise/White Lines, Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Waldon is native of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, who took an interest in singing, songwriting and playing guitar as a child. After moving to Nashville,  she cultivated a loyal following through frequent touring across the U.S. and two critically acclaimed albums; the most recent of which made it onto NPR’s Fresh Air host Ken Tucker’s “Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2016,” while the album’s lead single, “All By Myself,” was featured on NPR’s list of “Top 100 Songs of 2016.”  Her persistence paid off when, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, John Prine invited Kelsey to join his Oh Boy Records family. White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on Oh Boy Records.
About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label has released almost 50 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider, along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.
In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label’s first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on the A-side and “Silver Bells” on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine’s Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist-owned independent label in the country and the oldest in Nashville.
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Country Legend Miss Crystal Gayle Set To Release First New Album In Sixteen Years.

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Aug 212019


Crystal Gayle: You Don't Know Me
New album features classic country standards, plus a highly anticipated trio with sisters Loretta Lynn, and Peggy Sue Wright
Pre-sale & first single “Ribbon of Darkness” available Aug. 9
“She has had her share of success on the pop charts, but Crystal Gayle is, was and always has been a country-music artist. This new collection is a ringing declaration of her loyalty to the style and to the songs she was born to sing.”
— Robert K. Oermann
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy® award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle is delighted to announce the release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me. Available everywhere September 6, with a pre-sale beginning August 9, the new album is being released by Southpaw Musical Productions, and distributed by BFD in partnership with The Orchard.

Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal’s son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Meis a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold.

The album might come as a surprise to those who associate Crystal with an uptown sound that made her a star on both country and adult-contemporary pop charts. But she has known this repertoire of hardcore country standards all her life.

“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” says Crystal. “This project is a labor of love that my son, Christos, and I produced together. It is filled with country classics that I grew up singing. They are very much a part of my history and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I feel very lucky to have known and worked with many of the artists who had the original hits.”

Each of the selections was chosen because it played a role in her musical development. Two of them point to the importance that her family had in bringing her to fame.

The album’s opening track is “Ribbon Of Darkness,” a song originally written by Gordon Lightfoot. Originally released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins, it became his eleventh #1 hit. The song holds a special place in Crystal’s heart because it was the first song she performed at her Grand Ole Opry debut.

“This was the first song I ever sang on the Grand Ole Opry. I was 16,” said Gayle. “Loretta was sick. Mooney [Lynn] did something; I don’t know what. But they let me sing in her place. In my early years in Nashville, when I was on Decca, I opened for Marty Robbins. So I’ve heard him sing this many times. Connie Smith also had a hit with it. So the night I was inducted into the Opry cast in 2017, I asked Connie if it was okay with her that I sing “Ribbon of Darkness.”

Another popular classic country hit on the album is “Crying Time,” a song originally written and recorded by Bakersfield sound pioneer Buck Owens. The song was also recorded by Ray Charles, who won two Grammy Awards in 1967 for his version.

“I do a medley of Buck Owens songs in my shows,” says Crystal. “When I was a kid, he worked Buck Lake Ranch in Indiana. I would go whenever he was playing there, and he’d let me sing on his show. When I was 16, he wanted me to become a regular on his TV show. He asked me, but it didn’t work out.”

The album’s closing track is “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” which brings Crystal together with her sisters Peggy Sue Wright, and legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn, for a highly anticipated first-ever recorded trio of them together. The song also just happens to be co-written by another country music legend, Dolly Parton.

“Loretta and Peggy made this album very special by singing “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” with me. It is a song that we have performed together throughout the years. This is the one and only trio performance on record. We’ve done the Boston Pops together. We performed together in Lake Tahoe and Reno and a few things like that. But we’ve never actually made a record together. Peggy Sue still comes out on the road with me, singing backup harmonies. I recorded the track, then Patsy, Loretta’s daughter, asked her to sing on my album. Loretta is such an incredible singer. She got through the song right away and then went, “What’s next?” We should have recorded the whole album together! Loretta had her stroke not long after we recorded this.”

Track Listing:
1. Ribbon Of Darkness (Gordon Lightfoot)
2. You Win Again (Hank Williams)
3. Please Help Me I’m Falling (Don Robertson, Hal Blair)
4. Am I That Easy To Forget (Carl Belew, W.S. Stevenson, Shelby Singleton)
5. Hello Walls (Willie Nelson)
6. You Never Were Mine (Jay Lee Webb)
7. Just One More (George Jones)
8. There Goes My Everything (Dallas Frazier)
9. That’s The Way Love Goes (Lefty Frizzell, Sanger D Shafer)
10. Cryin’ Time (Buck Owens)
11. I’ve Seen That Look On Me A Thousand Times (Harlan Howard, Shirl Milete)
12. Walkin’ After Midnight (Alan Block, Donn Hecht)
13. You Don’t Know Me (Eddie Arnold, Cindy Walker)
14. Put It Off Until Tomorrow featuring Loretta Lynn and Peggy Sue (Dolly Parton, Bill Owens)
      BONUS TRACK: I Cried The Blue (Right Out of My Eyes)

Album Name: You Don’t Know Me
Release date: September 6, 2019
Pre-sale date: August 9, 2019
Label: Southpaw Musical Productions / BFD
UPC: 8-19376-01872-0
Produced by: Christos Gatzimos & Crystal Gayle

About Crystal Gayle:
Grammy®-winning singer Crystal Gayle is an award-winning country music icon whose reign in the music business includes 20 No. 1 country hits, six albums certified Gold by the RIAA and the first female artist in country music history to reach platinum sales with her 1977 album, We Must Believe in Magic. Her list of platinum and gold was to be matched only by her awards and accolades. CMA’s “Female Vocalist of the Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy® Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes” – a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing. Crystal swept the Academy of Country Music Awards for three of their “Top Female Vocalist” statuettes. She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards,” voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.” Perhaps nothing sums up Crystal’s career achievements as well as being awarded with a star on the fabled Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2009. Also famous for her nearly floor-length hair, she was voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine in 1983. Gayle also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame near Lynn’s star. In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Crystal with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors. Gayle was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in January 2017 by her sister and Opry legend Loretta Lynn.

About BFD:
BFD was formed in 2013 as a boutique independent distributor with a global sub-distribution arrangement with The Orchard. BFD currently represents over fifty companies and artists. Visit www.bobfrankent.com for more information.

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Aug 182019


Real Gone Music Releases Janie Fricke ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’ on CD — Available Now

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Aug 172019


Janie Fricke: 'It Ain't Easy - The Complete Hits'
Includes all 38 charting hits, including duets with Charlie Rich, Johnny Duncan, Merle Haggard and Larry Gatlin
Autographed copies are available as a special bonus with Real Gone Music
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke announces Real Gone Music release of ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’, available now. This 41-track, 2 CD compilation spans from 1977 to 1989, including not just her solo smashes such as “What’re You Doing Tonight,” “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “He’s A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen),” and “Tell Me A Lie,” but also her chart-topping duets with Charlie Rich (“On My Knees”), Merle Haggard (“A Place to Fall Apart”), Larry Gatlin (“From Time To Time”) and Johnny Duncan (“Come A Little Bit Closer”). As an added bonus, Janie penned the liner notes, which are accompanied by previously unseen photos and she autographed 100 booklets for fans who order ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’ through Real Gone Music.

“It is with thankfulness and sheer pride to see this project appear at a time in my life when I least expected such a special gift,” says Janie Fricke. “The team who researched my recordings worked many hours to come up with choice songs from my recorded repertoire. As I look back to those years of hours spent in the studio with the best producers, musicians and engineers, I never dreamed that it would become a pretty package all wrapped up, presented to me and the world in 2019.”

Raised on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke began singing in church, and later turned that talent into a career which began as one of the marketing industry’s most successful jingle singers. Long before her success as a country artist, millions of people became familiar with Fricke’s voice through ads for United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, McDonald’s and Red Lobster. She soon became a session singer where she was singing background in the studio with some of the biggest country stars of the late 70’s and early 80’s, including Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and Mel Tillis.

After a string of duets with such greats as Merle Haggard and Moe Bandy, Fricke landed a solo recording contract in the early 80’s and scored several hit singles, including “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” “He’s a Heartache” and “You’re Heart’s Not In It.” She won CMA’s coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1983 and ’84 and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has been credited with over 1,600 album projects and scored 36 hit singles.

In recent years, Sony Music Entertainment made four of Fricke’s classic albumsavailable to fans on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms via the Legacy Digital Vault campaign, including The First Word In MemoryThe Very Best of Janie FrickeBlack & White and Saddle in the Wind! The collection of albums features the 18-time chart-topper’s biggest hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” “Tell Me a Lie,” “She’s Single Again” and more. Legacy Recordings also released The Essential JANIE FRICKE to all digital service providers earlier this year.

In addition, Fricke put a bluegrass spin with some fresh interpretations to many of her beloved tunes with the release of Country Side of Bluegrass. The 13-track collection was produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry.

Janie Fricke ‘It Ain’t Easy: The Complete Hits’ Track Listing
Disc 1:
1. What’re You Doing Tonight
2. Come A Little Bit Closer (with Johnny Duncan)
3. Stranger (with Johnny Duncan)
4. Baby It’s You
5. Please Help Me, I’m Falling (In Love With You)
6. On My Knees (with Charlie Rich)
7. Playing Hard To Get
8. Love Your Troubles Away For A While
9. Let’s Try Again
10. But Love Me
11. Pass Me By (If You’re Only Passing Through)
12. He’s Out Of My Life (with Johnny Duncan)
13. Down To My Last Broken Heart
14. Pride
15. I’ll Need Someone To Hold Me (When I Cry)
16. Do Me With Love
17. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby
18. It Ain’t Easy Being Easy
19. You Don’t Know Love
20. He’s A Heartache (Looking For A Place To Happen)
21. Tell Me A Lie

Disc 2:
1. Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It
2. If The Fall Don’t Get You
3. Your Heart’s Not In It
4. A Place To Fall Apart (with Merle Haggard)
5. The First Word In Memory Is Me
6. Who Cares (with Ray Charles)
7. All I Want To Do In Life (with George Jones)
8. She’s Single Again
9. Somebody Else’s Fire
10. Easy To Please
11. Always Have, Always Will
12. When A Woman Cries
13. Are You Satisfied
14. From Time To Time (It Feels like Love Again (with Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers)
15. Baby You’re Gone
16. Where Does Love Go (When It’s Gone)
17. I’ll Walk Before I’ll Crawl
18. Heart
19. Give ‘Em My Number
20. Love Is One Of Those Words

Janie Fricke On Tour:
AUG 17 – The New Granbury Live / Granbury, Texas
SEP 07 – Private Event / Centerville, Texas
OCT 05 – Confederate Square / Gonzales, Texas
NOV 02 – Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium / Sweetwater, Texas
NOV 16 – Orange Blossom Opry / Weirsdale, Fla.
FEB 20 – Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts / Victoria, Texas
FEB 21 – New Brauntex Theater / New Braunfels, Texas
FEB 22 – Dosey Doe Big Barn / Spring, Texas
JUN 21 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater / Branson, Mo.
JUL 10 – Blue Gate Theatre / Shipshewana, Ind.

About Janie Fricke:
A two-time CMA & ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Fricke has hit the #1 spot on the Country charts an astounding 18 times. She was named Billboard Magazine Top Female Vocalist, was the First Female Voice on the Moon, and was named the UK’s Country Music Round Up’s Most Popular International Female Solo Act. Her music has reached Gold and Platinum sales status worldwide, and the talented and personable Indiana native has recorded numerous jingles for Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and United Airlines. Janie has released 25 albums and 36 hit singles, and she remains one of the most-beloved entertainers in the Country field. For more information, go to www.janiefricke.com.