Country Artist, Ken Wilber, Offers Fans Three New Singles off Upcoming Project

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Dec 152020
 

 

Country music artist, Ken Wilber, has announced the release of three singles as a gift to his fans during the holiday season, “Bread On The Table, “Freedom Song” and “I Could Get Used To You,” are all part of his upcoming compilation project. All three tunes were recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville and engineered and mixed by Tony Cottrill at The DAWg Houze in Hendersonville, TN and mastered by Benny Quinn. The new releases are available on all digital music platforms for streaming and download. “Bread On The Table” is available here. “Freedom Song”is available here and “I Could Get Used To You” is available here.

The three recordings were produced and co-written by Exile’s Sonny LeMaire, who stated “Ken has taken a timely lyric and injected it with a kickin’ vocal that makes you smile and want to dance with his version of “Bread On The Table.” Co-writers were hit songwriters Shane Minor and J.P. Pennington. LeMaire added, “New York born and bred, Ken really shows his vocal range on “Freedom Song,” by taking a tune that could be in any Southern Rock band’s repertoire and made it his own!” Clay Mills and Jimmy Ritchey joined LeMaire in writing this tune. “Rearranging a number one song originally recorded by Exile penned by J.P. Pennington and myself and turning it into a reggae sing along is a trick that Ken pulls off in fun fashion! I love playing and listening to this tune over and over,” concluded LeMaire.

Ken Wilber recollects that “Freedom Song was originally recorded by Blackberry Smoke, I really liked the Southern Rock flavor to it, as I grew up listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Allman Brothers. I was also heavily influenced by The Charlie Daniels Band, so this was a nice way to showcase that influence. This particular song has a great groove to it, it’s one of those songs that makes you want to roll the windows down in your car and hit the gas.”

““I Could Get Used to You” is my wife Amanda’s favorite Exile song,” exclaimed Wilber!  “We knew that we wanted to cover it for this project, but we wanted to change it up a bit, so that it wasn’t a carbon copy of what they originally did. Sonny and I played around with some different stuff on this one and finally settled on a reggae feel. I’m really happy with the way that this one turned out, as it sounds totally different from the original, but is also recognizable to people who are familiar with the song.”

“A nice uptempo 90’s style barn-burner – Exile originally released “Bread On The Table” on an EP.  I really responded to the lyrics of this song, as it’s all about the struggles of the everyday working family. Right now in the midst of the pandemic, I think this song rings true more than ever. Millions of people have lost their jobs and are worrying about how they are going to feed their families and pay the rent. As much as this song is about the struggles that we all go through, it also has a positive way at talking about those struggles.”

“Ken is a pleasure to work with and I’m always excited when he travels here to Nashville. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to record and mix his projects. He’s an amazing talent, incredible versatility in his singing, songwriting and his honest enthusiasm is infectious. Ken just keeps getting better and better as an artist and entertainer which will become obvious to the listener in these new releases,” exclaimed Tony Cottrill, Lonely Dog Productions and The DAWg Houze.

All of Ken’s music is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music and download on Google Play, Amazon Music and iTunes.

David Frizzell’s ‘Barnyard Christmas’ CD and Storybook Available Now

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Dec 132020
 
Barnyard Christmas - From the Pen and Artistry of David Frizzell
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Legendary country music singer/songwriter and animal advocate David Frizzell, is supporting animal rescue with his new ten-song CD and storybook, Barnyard Christmas. This original project presents the story of the birth of Christ as told by animal characters that were present in the manger.

“The greatest story ever told…the birth of Christ as told by the animals that were there. What a blessing for me to create these amazing animated characters as they tell of their participation in the birth of Christ and the wonderfully talented artist, graphic designers, musicians, singers, studio engineers, and co-producer who help bring the whole project to life. From my heart to yours,” shares Frizzell.

With Barnyard Christmas, Frizzell gives a unique perspective on the meaning of Christmas, through the eyes of animals that were present at the birth of Jesus. The album and accompanying storybook presents a tender and whimsical musical tale, woven brilliantly by Frizzell with guests Allen Frizzell and the Martin Family Circus, and an impressive list of talented musicians.

To order the CD and storybook, visit www.davidfrizzell.com for more information.

About David Frizzell:
David Frizzell was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, in 1941. He began touring with his legendary brother, Lefty Frizzell at the age of 12 throughout the 1950s and 60s. After serving in the Air Force, Frizzell signed with Columbia Records in 1970 and charted his first Billboard single with “L.A. International Airport” and then a Top 40 with “I Just Can’t Help Believing.”

During the 1970s, Frizzell appeared regularly on Buck Owens’ All American TV Show and began recording for Capitol Records. In 1981, he recorded his first number-one country hit, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West. The song won the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year and Vocal Duet of the Year awards in 1981, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was featured in Clint Eastwood’s film ‘Any Which Way You Can.’ Frizzell and West also won the Academy of Country Music award for Vocal Duo of the Year in 1981 and 1982.

In 1982, Frizzell released “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home,” which made its way to number one. In recent years, Frizzell created his own label Nashville America Records, and has released several albums including Frizzell & Friends: This Is Our Time which includes a bonus track, written in honor of Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, and traditional music in general. “Lefty, Merle & Me” features David with Marty Haggard.

David Frizzell is a timeless and tireless entertainer who continues to share his many gifts to the delight of fans old and new across the US and throughout the world. In 2020, Frizzell signed a distribution deal with Time Life / Warner Music Group to release his catalog of recordings.

 

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News From My Friends At Old Settler’s Festival.

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Dec 122020
 

My friends out in Texas have many great festivals all through the state all year long, like this one many of them have to move at certain times. This festival is one of the Grandaddies of the Texas Music community, rich with history and ripe with relevance to the music world.

It began at Old Settler’s park in Round Rock Texas, but when the park flooded one year , they moved the festival to Stone Mountain Events Center in Dripping Springs Texas. In 2018 they moved the festival to it’s permanent home close to Austin Texas.

Some of their past lineups have blown my mind and made me want to finally get out west to cover their event, and much like Steamboat Springs…ONE DAY I’ll get out there to do some work for them.

I mean how many festivals juxtapose such an eclectic lineup as this:

2019 / 32ND ANNUAL

APRIL 11-14, 2019 THE HOMESTEAD, 1616 FM 3158, DALE (TILMON), TEXAS

BRANDI CARLILE, JASON ISBELL AND THE 400 UNIT, THE DEL MCCOURY BAND, GALACTIC, HAYES CARLL, WILD CHILD, PENNY & SPARROW, THE LONE BELLOW, SHINYRIBS, AMANDA SHIRES, LOS LEGENDS FT. FLACO JIMINEZ, RUBEN RAMOS, RICK TREVINO Y AMIGOS, MANDOLIN ORANGE, THE STEELDRIVERS, JAMES HUNTER SIX, ROBERT ELLIS, PAUL THORN, BLACK PUMAS, JOHN MORELAND, PAUL CAUTHEN, THE LAST BANDOLEROS, WOOD & WIRE, SAMANTHA FISH, SOUTH AUSTIN JUG BAND, MIPSO, SARAH GRACE AND THE SOUL, JAIMEE HARRIS, CALLIOPE MUSICALS, LEY LINE, BEN HUNTER & JOE SEAMONS, JEFF PLANKENHORN, IDA MAE, JOHN ELLIOTT, FEEDING LEROY, MCMERCY FAMILY BAND, BATTY JR., MIDDLESPOON

Mr. Aaron Watson Has Had A Big Year!

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Dec 112020
 

Way back in 2007, after I was done going through my divorce I began healing by delving into all types of music, including Red Dirt. Myspace helped me find so many of these great artists, including this man Mr. Aaron Watson.

At the time I discovered him, he was into his album called “Barbed Wire Halo” which in my opinion is an iconic album in the history of Red Dirt music. It boasted a religious theme and brought many people out to recognize a Legend we lost in 2020 Mr. Billy Joe Shaver, who recites many Bible verses during the album.

That’s the type of gigantic duende that  he has for the heart and soul of Country Music. This year alone, he has surpassed album sales of his last two albums on an independent basis with no help from mainstream platforms of any kind. The only places that you can find his music thrive is on websites like this, and a few others.

The song “Barbed Wire Halo” is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in the past. I hope he continues to play this one on his live shows forever. Last year in January, he headlined his own show at the Ryman Auditorium..and it sold well.

His album “Vaquero” peaked at number 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, which was the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2015 album “Underdog”. The album ‘Underdog” debuted at number 1 on the charts, and at that time he was the first ever independent male artist ever to do so.

2021 is already a huge year full of anticipated albums from many different artists including Mr. Aaron Watson, as he announces his new album “American Soul” on February 5th. He released a portion of the lyrics from the title track.

I have a new song called “American Soul” out today. We weren’t
planning on releasing it until the end of the year, but decided to release it today because the American Soul needs a pep talk right now more than ever. We need to turn off the news, turn up the music and dance with the ones we love. This year has been filled with an overdose of hate and heartache and a shortage of hugs. I hope this new song fills your heart with hope during these troubled times.

In the song the Abilene native sings, “It’s the red white and blue, it’s the yellow, brown and black. It’s those rotten ol’ Republicans and those darned ol’ Democrats. We’re coming back around ’cause you can’t hold down the American Soul.”

Also, this past year in January he received another very special milestone as he was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall Of Fame at Billy Bob’s Texas. The Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame—which includes members such as George Strait, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and more—was created to honor individuals who show excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas.

Asleep At The Wheel Announce Online Christmas Concert On December 19th

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Dec 102020
 
Asleep At The Wheel Announce Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all!,
A Special Online Christmas Concert On December 19th
December 3, 2020 – Austin, TX – Texas and Americana music pioneers Asleep at the Wheel aren’t going to let the year end without one last digital hurrah. On December 19th, bandleader Ray Benson and crew will dust off the carols, spike the eggnog, and proceed to boogie—holiday style—with a very special 90-minute live stream concert dubbed Merry Texas Christmas, Y’all! The band will take the stage at the “Texas North Pole,” playing fan favorites as well as choice cuts from their three previously released Christmas albums. The festivities will begin at 7 pm CST on December 19th, and post-show, the special will be on-demand streaming until Santa makes his rounds. For more information and to purchase a ticket, please follow this link. One ticket will allow streaming on one device.
In addition to tickets, exclusive holiday bundles including VIP Zoom meet and greets with Ray Benson and Katie Shore, Asleep at the Wheel Christmas cards, autographed CDs, tote bags, and more are available now right here, powered by Friendly Sky.
What else has the Asleep at the Wheel been up to this year? In October, the band teamed up with Austin City Limits and PBS for ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel, a special retrospective of the band’s appearances on the beloved program. From performing on the series’ very first episode to modern-day collaborations with legends like Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett (in total, the band has appeared on eleven episodes), Asleep at the Wheel have woven a 50-year thread through Texas and American music history, and Austin City Limits played a quite the part in it. Fans can experience the journey right from the beginning with ACL Presents: 50 Years of Asleep at the Wheel; more information including a full broadcast schedule is available at acltv.com.
About Asleep at the Wheel: The stars aligned in 1970 when three friends Ray Benson, Lucky Oceans, and Leroy Preston moved to Paw Paw, West Virginia (it’s not a made-up place, you can look it up). It was there that their dream of forming a band began after a mutual friend gave them access to his uncle’s cabin on an apple orchard just outside of town. The three friends began to—quite literally—woodshed and found others who would join them in their mission to play old-style roots/Americana music. This was long before the genre even had a name. After a trip to the outhouse, Lucky lived up to his name and suggested the band be called Asleep at the Wheel and so it was to be for the next 50 years.
Since inception, Asleep at the Wheel has received 10 GRAMMY® Awards, was cited by the Country Music Association as 1976 Touring Band of the Year, and were given the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association. They have released 31 albums and charted more than 20 singles on country charts. Billboard commented on the band’s catalog most succinctly: “Everything this act has ever released is simply spectacular.”

Bo Armstrong’s Debut Full-Length Chasing Ballads is an Ode to What Matters

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Dec 092020
 

 

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Bo Armstrong’s full-length debut, Chasing Ballads, is both conversational and poetic, Americana with a tinge of Texas influence. Out today, the album focuses on chasing after what matters to you, whether that’s realizing lifelong dreams or finding the love you believe in.

Produced by Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez, Rob Baird, Thomas Csorba) at Rattle Trap Audio in Austin, TX, Chasing Ballads follows Armstrong’s 2017 EP, Where We Are. Throughout the 11 tracks, Armstrong seamlessly transitions from love songs to declarations of his purpose and finding his own voice.

“My idea of what it means to ‘make it’ as a songwriter has changed over and over and over again,” Armstrong says about the album. “I’ve learned that—despite all the necessary collaboration—this is often a lonely pursuit. But what calms me when I’m feeling overwhelmed is the realization that such behavior isn’t unique to me; it’s not even unique to someone pursuing a career in the arts. We all experience these flurries of emotion, and we all have to find ways of coping with them. That is the very shared human experience that the storytellers I admire capture so gracefully, and it is what I aim to get better at myself in the years ahead.”

Chasing Ballads is about finding love you believe in and going after it,” he continues. “It’s about acknowledging your past and letting it motivate your future. It’s about finding the courage to live in the moment without throwing caution to the wind, and learning that so little in life can be accomplished on your own, even if the road you’re on is sometimes a lonely one.”

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“The album’s eleven tracks develop an inviting sense of intimacy by reflecting on life’s small moments, while its subdued instrumentation lets the songwriting truly shine, putting the focus on the lyrics and Armstrong’s soulful delivery.”

– Raised Rowdy

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“Meet Me in Memphis” offers a rollicking start to the album, an ode to long-distance love. “Built to Last,” featuring Laurel Wright of The Young Fables, examines love that spans decades. “Where Are You, Lonesome” explores “the universal feeling of loneliness,” notes Wide Open Country. “Mama Sway” is a tried-and-true love song, written for Armstrong’s wife while watching her with their young son. “Chasing Ballads,” one of the most affecting tracks on the album, finds Armstrong digging his heels in on what he believes in and remaining true to himself. “You Know What I Look Like in the Dark” offers a rare look at what it means to really be vulnerable.

Born in Dallas, Texas, Armstrong played four years of NCAA ice hockey in upstate New York. Following graduation, he spent two years in the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America. After close to a decade in New York City, he convinced his wife in 2017 that they should move to Nashville, where he could finally give music a real shot. His songs have garnered the respect and subsequent mentorship of storied songwriters (and fellow Texans) Jack Ingram, Jon Randall, and Liz Rose.

Chasing Ballads Track Listing:

1. Meet Me in Memphis
2. Built to Last (feat. Laurel Wright)
3. Where Are You Lonesome? (feat. Taylor Stearns)
4. Wildfire
5. Wearing Out These Wings
6. Here’s Looking at You, Kid
7. Used to You (feat. Sierra Carson)
8. Mama Sway
9. Dance With Me
10. Chasing Ballads
11. You Know What I Look Like in the Dark

News On The Cody Canada Musicfest Tribute.

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Dec 082020
 

 

 

 

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE!

I’m excited about some of the releases of 2021 already…MY GOD the winter will be packed full of good ones coming out of many different genres. Delving into one of my favorite music communities, Red Dirt I found out about a recording from my friends over at Steamboat MusicFest.

See before the pandemic happened, THERE WERE a few festivals that DID transpire, including Mile 0 Fest…and THIS ONE. The MusicFest at Steamboat Springs is one of the hot spots for Red Dirt music across multiple stages in a huge area.

Now, I’m going to openly admit that as much as I admire this festival, I have not had the opportunity to cover this festival yet in person. It IS on our radar and we ARE making plans to go there soon! You know we are indeed a nationwide operation, and we have had a strong presence in the west.

This past January, the artists and staff at MusicFest banded together to host a BIG tribute show to Red Dirt Legend Mr. Cody Canada who was a major part of the band Cross Canadian Ragweed. Dickson Productions put together a damn fine show here, and his peers were given the opportunity to perform the songs of Cross Canadian Ragweed and the music that inspired many of them to become bands.

I wanted to take the opportunity to also write my love of this man and this band, and how integral they are to Red Dirt and underground music in general. I started out REALLY delving into Texas Music and Red Dirt stuff around 2007, when I got a divorce. After I healed, I started collecting records and researching bands like Cross Canadian Ragweed. I found them on their “Mission California” album but their live albums like Cain’s Ballroom truly gripped me.

I have been collecting all of the LIVE at Billy Bob’s albums on CD and their recording of “Boys From Oklahoma” was an epic milestone of my healing process from a dark period of my life. “Soul Gravy” is an iconic album in my opinion, and brought Red Dirt Music to a whole new echelon.

Their 2002 self titled album ( It’s called the purple album ) is one that propelled this band up to a national level from a local one, with classic songs like “Constantly”.  In may of 2010, the band officially announced it’s final show, saying “We’re Ragweed as the four of us, or not Ragweed at all”. Their final show was in Illinois that year, and Mr. Cody Canada formed the Departed.

1. Constantly – Parker McCollum
2. Bang My Head – Copper Chief (featuring Cody Canada)
3. Don’t Need You – Read Southall Band
4. Fightin’ For – Reckless Kelly
5. 17 – Jamie Lin Wilson (featuring Dierks Canada)
6. This Time Around – Randy Rogers
7. 42 Miles – Casey Donahew
8. Sick and Tired – Wade Bowen (featuring Jamie Lin Wilson)
9. Carney Man – Mike McClure
10. Breakdown – Bruce Robison
11. Alabama – Courtney Patton
12. Johnny’s Song – William Clark Green
13. On a Cloud – Doug Moreland
14. Run to Me – Bri Bagwell
15. Broken – Stoney LaRue (featuring Cody Canada)
16. Dead Man – Jade Marie Patek
17. The Years – BJ Barham of American Aquarium

Read More: Tribute to Cody Canada & The Music of Ragweed Coming in January | https://radiotexaslive.com/the-tribute-to-cody-canada-the-music-of-cross-canadian-ragweed-the-years-is-out-in-january/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY FRIENDS REFLECT ON PASSING OF HAL KETCHUM

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Dec 072020
 

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Hit Country singer of “Small Town Saturday Night,” Hal Ketchum, pased away on Monday night at age 67 as a result of complications from dementia. His wife Andrea confirmed the news on Facebook Tuesday.

Ketchum, a member of the Grand Ole Opry, released his debut album for Curb Records, Past the Point of Rescue, in 1991. The album produced four country Top 20 singles: the Number Two-charting classic “Small Town Saturday Night,” “I Know Where Love Lives,” his version of the Mick Hanly-penned title track, and producer Allen Reynolds’ “Five O’Clock World.” It would be his highest-selling album, eventually going gold for sales in excess of 500,000.

“I am saddened to hear the news of the passing of Hal Ketchum. He had such a distinctive voice and way of delivering a song. He was also a very nice man and wow, could he snow ski!! I will cherish the day I spent with Hal and Charlie Daniels the day we shot the video for the Long Haired Country Boy remake at Charlie’s place. If you watch the video and you think we must have had a lot of fun you’d be correct. It was a great day and will be forever a fond memory.” –John Berry

“Very sad to hear of Hal’s passing. His poetic piece about becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry was so touching. He will certainly be missed.” –Jeannie Seely

“Hal’s debut in country music was explosive. Unique-sounding singer, prolific and commercial songwriter and drop dead handsome, Hal presented as the total package. As an instant fan I requested and received the opportunity to interview Hal for an article in Country Song Roundup magazine. We covered a bunch of topics, but kept returning to songwriting and his process of inspiration. “When I’m preparing to write for a new project,” he explained, “I feel myself seizing up emotionally, and I exorcize all of it by writing”. In contrast to exploring the depths of his artistry, we had a few hearty laughs, too. Hal was honest and open that day, and I liked him a lot.” –Steve Goetman, Exile

“I remember one year when Gerry House was promoting Oktoberfest and as a joke he challenged Hal Ketchum to come play live in the studio in a pair of lederhosen to yodel for the audience. It was off the cuff and on air and we had no idea Hal had heard until he just showed up wearing full German attire with knee socks, suspenders, leather shorts and an accordion.  I seldom saw Gerry House bested with a joke but this time he was. Hal sang and laughed with us at himself and the joy of life. He was brilliant. He had a voice he kept pristine throughout his career and dashing good looks that matured like the finest wine. But his laugh…his smile…his humor will always be my fondest memory of him. Our world is dimmer today without Hal’s smile.” –Devon O’Day host of Main Street Today and Devon O’Day’s Nashville

“Hal Ketchum was a singers singer. One of the nicest guys in the business and I so enjoyed our conversations about history. I can’t say enough about how cool he was on and off stage. I will be cranking up my favorite song of his today! Do yourself a favor and listen to “In front of the Alamo” and you’ll know what I mean. Rest easy my friend.”  –Tim Rushlow

“Love to Hal and all his family. He was a brother.” –David Ball

“I met Hal thru the Allen Reynolds group at Jack’s Tracks and was lucky to do some shows with him. At the 1st 30A Songwriters show we did, he sang “Stay Forever” a cappella and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. He will be missed. My condolences to his family.” –Kent Blazy

“Wow, what a year to lose another amazing artist of the 90s. Small Town Saturday Night was just one staple of many great songs Hal released. Regards to his family and friends and thank you for all of your iconic music.” –Lockeland

“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Hal Ketchum today. I was blessed to be raised with nineties country icons such as Hal, and am forever grateful for his musical influence.” –Noah Garner

“I’m so saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Ketchum. Although I never met him, he and his music were a huge part of my life. Growing up in a small town, “Small Town Saturday   Night” became one of the theme songs of my life. He will be dearly missed! –Dallas Remington

“Today the industry lost another icon!! Hal Ketchum was one of those really cool guys with his own style. I  listened to him often back in the day. R.I.P Hal.” –Mickey Lamantia

“I am so sad to hear of the passing of Hal Ketchum. Our Country music world for sure lost a legend. Although I was only born in the late 90s, some of my favorite artists and influences come from 90’s Country. “Small Town Saturday Night” has always been a favorite of mine. Hal’s memory will live on forever through his music and all he inspired. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.” –Dani-elle Kleha

The Opry Has Gone In A Little Better Direction In the Past Few Years.

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Dec 062020
 

This article will be one of my opinionated ones that few of you will quickly and ardently disagree and call me foolish. It’s this whole “Hate Pop Country” mindset some people have today within our community. They immediately scorn simple statements without any delving into the facts. Sadly, some of these “anti pop country” facebook only pages they have managed to inculcate that state of mind into thousands of us..for a while, I TOO was intrigued by the memes and jokes that abound on social media.

From the dawn of Myspace, the mere mention of the Opry generated so much hatred and foul feelings, to see it was futile to change my own thoughts of it. Yeah, I was HEAVILY involved and supportive of the Reinstate Hank movement, and I STILL THINK that it’s a poor excuse of a reason, however I do see THEIR point.

However in this article I’m going to ratiocinate some positive and negative points about our beloved Opry in 2020, and in general. Despite the way things panned out this year ( do I seriously need to start out another article with ‘Well 2020 was a rough year” crap?) the Opry did some terrific things for some artists I really like.

A few years ago, when Miss Sally Williams took over as CEO of the Opry, I was enamored with hope that she would embrace a NEW kind of change. I was hopeful that she was going to welcome some of these new REAL COUNTRY females out there to come play the Opry, and become members. Why you ask?

Because Miss Sally Williams has been a Nashville icon for 20 years now, and she REALLY LIKES REAL local music. In 2017, she took over the entity with grace and alacrity and immediately began to take things into a positive direction with her Opry inductions to membership AND booking performers. In fact, right off the bat in 2017 she began her iron fist rule with inducting Miss Crystal Gayle AND she allowed her sister Loretta Lynn to invite her!

Then, in 2019 we had another change as Mr. Dan Rogers took over as the Opry GM, and he also had a vision to create an even playing field on the Opry by inviting new Country AND Traditional Country to play. In 2019, it was a groundbreaking thing to transpire to see Country Legend Mr. Gene Watson become a new member.

Even with all of the pandemic changes this year ( just this weekend the Opry finally opened it’s doors fully ), they invited so many of the artists I adore to perform. In July, even though Mr. Corb Lund did not get to perform his Opry debut, I DID GET to see Miss Margo Price perform there. Why, this weekend the mighty fine Miss Erin Enderlin is performing on the Opry!

August began a DAMN FINE month on the Opry as they featured Old Crow Medicine Show, Mr. Dom Flemmons, Mr. Billy Strings, and Miss Molly Tuttle.  It continued on with Mr. Jon Pardi, whom is one of the mainstream artists that is actually tolerable in today’s society.

September marked a breakthrough month for me as a fan of this woman..Miss Ashley McBryde and another young lady I have been watching..Miss Sierra Hull. Ashley McBryde made her own Opry debut in 2017, and has become one of the many artists to continuously play there with passion and love. The ONLY thing I was disappointed with on her Opry debut was the T shirt..which was crappy. However, her NEXT Opry performance she dressed the part and brought forth SO MUCH dignity and love!

One thing I find INTOLERABLE about the Opry now is when they finally did come back on television, they had to pick Mr. Bobby Bones as the host. They could not have picked a deeper scar on Country Music as him. ugh. I suppose this portion of the article is where I could expand upon the many things I dislike about the Opry’s direction now. But overall in 2020 I am convinced that the Opry has begun to head in a great direction lately, and if you haven’t taken a few moments to look into the reasons WHY I say that….shame on you!

Listen To Molly Parden’s Patiently-Awaited EP “Rosemary” – Out Today

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Dec 052020
 
Today, after a string of critically-acclaimed single releases accounting for millions of Spotify streams and an album of haunting cover tunes, Nashville-based, mood-altering singer and songwriter Molly Parden returns with a brand new EP, Rosemary. Rosemary’s six tracks—the largest collection of songs Parden has released since her 2011 debut Time Is Medicine—weave effortlessly between worlds of pop, folk, string-scapes, and warbly lo-fi filters to make a tidy bed for Parden’s gilded voice and heart wrenching songs to melt into.
Ahead of its release, Rosemary received accolades from the likes of Forbes, who said of Parden’s patient writing process, “This slow creative philosophy serves her; the kind of emotional work that must be done in an album such as Rosemary cannot be expedited,” and Paste, who shared Parden’s “Kitchen Table” video, saying “‘Kitchen Table’ has the lush, unhurried sway of a Faye Webster (whose backing band Parden once played in) tune and the delicate vocals of your favorite indie-folk singer.” In addition to adding Parden to their list of 40 Best New Bands Of 2020, Stereogum also suggested that “if called upon, she could just as easily become a fourth member of boygenius or ghostwrite for Natalie Prass,” and Gorilla vs. Bear called “Who Are We Kiddin” an “effortless, timeless-but-unmistakably-modern union of swooning R&B, heartfelt indie-folk, and twinkling, string-laden classic pop.” With critics already on board, now it’s the fans’ turn to finally get a taste of Parden’s patiently crafted and awaited Rosemary. To stream or purchase, please follow this link.
Rosemary is rich with light-handed touches from Parden and producers Juan Solorzano and Zachary Dyke. From the throbbing electric piano chords and reedy horn flourishes of “Who Are We Kiddin’” to the slow burn of “These Are The Times,” the care taken to present each song in its most pristine form is on the same focal plane as the songs themselves. “The guys and I set out to make each song sound as beautiful, sad, and lonely as the day I first sang them,” says Parden. “Precise sounds with intentionality and plenty of space,” she calls it. “These Are The Times” closes out Rosemary with the same intimate pulse in which “Feel Alive Again” begins it—Parden calls the latter “a hymn” and “a plea for peace.” “I Know You Can” may be the single-most devastating song Parden has ever shared with the world. “This song depicts the crippling heartache that I felt following the ending of a relationship that I thought would last the test of time,” recalls Parden. “These were moments of bittersweet tenderness as I tried to let go of everything. I couldn’t listen to this song without crying for months.” Her sentiment comes across deeply clear in the pleading chorus: I know you’re strong enough to be my man. You may think you can’t. But I know you can.
For all its unapproachable beauty, the heart of Parden’s music is humble and profoundly human. They are songs that remind us that heartbreak isn’t simply another marketable human emotion, but is more like a familiar place—a sacred space within all of us. It makes listening to Rosemary feel like falling into a dream or a distant memory; a beautiful reminder of something we’ve known all along.
Rosemary Track Listing
1. Feel Alive Again
2. Kitchen Table
3. Who Are We Kiddin’
4. I Know You Can
5. Within A Dream
6. These Are the Times

Album Feature – Ward Davis – Black Cats and Crows

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Dec 042020
 

By Joshua Wallace

Ward Davis is finally back with his second full length album titled Black Cats and Crows.  This is his first full album since 2015’s stellar 15 Years In A Ten Year Town.  This record was well worth the wait although I hope it doesn’t take another five years for a third full length Ward Davis.  This collection has a bit more of a rock sound to it with plenty of heavy guitars throughout, but it is still firmly a country record and it’s one of the best country records to come out in 2020.

The album kicks off with “Ain’t Gonna Be Today” which is co-written by Kendell Marvel.  This song gives you a bit of a rocking feel that sets you up for the rest of the record.  “Black Cats and Crows” was the first single from the record.  It’s a ballad with a darker tone that was co-written by Cody Jinks and Tennessee Jet.  I love the slow build with the Ward on the keys and the solo on this one is awesome.  Speaking of amazing solos, none other than Anthrax’s Scott Ian plays on the track “Sound Of Chains” and it’s a heavy rocking country murder ballad.  Scott Ian’s playing adds a lot of muscle to this track and it has to be heard to be truly appreciated.

I think Ward Davis has the better version of “Colorado” here.  This song is written by Cody Jinks and Ward, and it previously appeared on Jinks Lifers album.  This version is smoother and I feel like the emotion of the song carries through a bit more here.  It’s a great song either way you listen to it though.  Another murder ballad here is “Papa and Mama” which is a great Ray Scott tune.  Ward takes Ray Scott’s dark and bluesy number and turns it into more of a gothic country murder ballad.  Finally, “Good and Drunk” closes out this record.  I’m happy to see this stand out track from 2018’s Asunder EP finally appear on an actual album.  It’s a nice closer and fits the overall darker mood of the record.

Ward Davis has turned in a great follow up to 2015’s 15 Years In A Ten Year Town.  With these two albums under his belt, Ward Davis has cemented himself as one of the top independent country music acts.  I cannot wait to hear some of these songs live sometime very soon.  Black Cats and Crows is out everywhere you can listen to music as of November 20th, 2020.

Favorite Tracks : Ain’t Gonna Be Today, Black Cats and Crows, Sounds Of Chains, Get To Work Whiskey, Colorado, Papa and Mama, Lady Down On Love, Good and Drunk 

Ward Davis – Black Cats and Crows (2020)

  1. Ain’t Gonna Be Today
  2. Black Cats and Crows
  3. Threads
  4. Sounds Of Chains
  5. Get To Work Whiskey
  6. Colorado
  7. Book Of Matches
  8. Heaven Had A Hand
  9. Where I Learned To Live 
  10. Papa and Mama
  11. Lady Down On Love
  12. Nobody
  13. Good To Say Goodbye
  14. Good and Drunk

Miss Amber Digby Is Recording Again With An All New Duet Album.

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Dec 032020
 

Heart of Texas Recording Artist Amber Digby is at Cherry Ridge Recording Studios In Floresville, Texas, today starting a new album being produced by Country Music Legend Tommy Detamore. Mr. Tommy has benefited many Country artists I love and regard as future legends, especially the younger ones like her. I’m REALLY excited to see what this young lady has to bring us in the future, and it’s one of the TOP records on my list of 2020 up comers.

Mr. Tommy has also played steel guitar on many albums for artists like Miss Sunny Sweeney, and many others I could list on here. In my opinion Country Music has three integral pillars of it’s very foundation, The songwriters, the producers and the steel guitarists.

This will be a very special project for Amber and her first new album in over six years. It will contain duets with some legendary figures in Country Music, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic to let you in on what I know right now! It appears to be a duet album including the likes of Mr. Moe Bandy and Mr. Johnny Rodriguez. The full duet album will contain Mr. Willie Nelson, Miss Jeannie C. Riley, Mr. Johnny Bush and Miss Loretta.

“I’m plugging away at the music again” Amber Digby said. “We are heading to the studio to lay down rhythm tracks for a new record that I know ya’ll will love. I should’ve done this 10 years ago, but you know how that goes. This project is near and dear to me, because it is a duet project with some of my biggest influences in country music. Every single person on this record is a friend, a cheerleader, a mentor. These are some of my heroes. From Nashville to Texas, money can’t buy what I have learned and still learn from these wonderful artists.

1. Texas Dance Hall Girl
Jerry Naill
2. You Go Around
Johnny Rodriguez
3. It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Loretta Lynn
4. I’m Hangin’ Around
The Whites
5.  Today Is Not the Day
Jeannie Seely
6. It Should Be Easier Now
Willie Nelson
7. I’ll Warm by the Flame
Johnny Bush
8. The Heart He Kicks Around
Jeannie C. Riley
9. Take Back It’s Over
Larry Gatlin
10. Soft Lights and Country Music
Moe Bandy
11. Under These Conditions
Vince Gill

Robbie Fulks Debut Album Now Available On Vinyl.

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Dec 022020
 

 

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ROBBIE FULKS DEBUT ALBUM NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL LP

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ROBBIE FULKS DEBUT ALBUM “COUNTRY LOVE SONGS” AVAILABLE ON VINYL LP FOR THE FIRST TIME!!

LIMITED EDITION OF 1000

Lovingly re-mastered from the original tapes by Carl Saff in Chicago IL, Robbie’s masterful debut album will hit your turntable like a warm glass of bourbon.

THIS is how a stone cold brilliant honky tonk album should be enjoyed: on 180 gram vinyl.

The surprise hit of 1996, and at the time served notice that a) Country Music did NOT have to suck b) that he was a top-notch songwriter and performer and c) things in the underground country scene were never going to be the same.

Highlights (and there are many) include drop-dead, now classic cool honky tonk gems like “Every Kinda Music But Country,” “The Buck Starts Here,” and the sing-a-long fave “She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died).”

Our friends over at Bloodshot Records released his debut album “Country Love Songs” on vinyl this year, for the first time ever. They did that with an early Wayne “The Train” Hancock album as well, and others. The last few years have indeed been a triumph for vinyl collectors, and I could not be anymore elated over that.

This past Christmas I witnessed MANY people get record players, and there are many reports of vinyl outselling all other forms of music in 2019. If you are one of those people, this album needs to be at the TOP of your list.

This man is one of the many artists that led me to enjoy underground music like Mr.Chris Knight and Wayne Train Hancock. In 1998 I was just getting into this underground music with a few more bands, but this album and this man was one of the catalysts that sparked my love of local music….and here I am.

The 1990s are a hard decade to collect vinyl from, because next tot nothing was made by any artist and every time I find these companies re releasing their titles to us collectors, I always try my best to let my readers know. Because this album  is probably one of the TOP 100 albums of all time for me, when it comes to Roots music.

As the years went by, I became to have even more love and respect for him for all of his contributions to music. He spent quite some time making music with Miss Linda Gail Lewis, sister of Legend Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis. In 2016 his album called “Upland Stories” made my TOP 50 lists.

Today’s times have witnessed a total comeback of vinyl and in fact it is outselling compact discs! People have become enamored again about going out to the record store and buying new records…however many of them still come with download cards for your digital needs.

The Glen Campbell Museum Has Been Open In 2020.

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Dec 012020
 

 

I have featured a lot of work on all of Nashville’s many museums that have popped up around the downtown area. In the 80s many of the stars like Mr. Conway Twitty and Hank Williams Jr. both had museums on the demonbreun area, when the Hall Of Fame was over there.

If it were up to me, I would frequent museums every weekend and carefully go through each and every piece in every room. It is my life goal to further edify myself with history, and to raise my daughter to be a future Country Music fan through museums and to inculcate the fact that music IS TANGIBLE. When she buys CD’s it makes me a proud father.

My entire house is made up of music memorabilia and vinyl and CD’s of all types, and my head is full of dates, and names of history’s past. Everybody has something they are good at and mine has always been music history. Even though I am going to include the press release at the bottom of the article here, this museum opened in early February of 2020, and I have not had the opportunity to get there yet.

In the past, I have indeed always been an ardent connoisseur of Country Music’s many different eras of time and style. I adored the Bakersfield movement and all of the many obscure musicians involved with the Outlaw Era, all the way down to the Nashville Sound..where this man would be found..Mr. Glen Campbell.

Downtown Nashville will soon be home to The Glen Campbell Museum and Rhinestone Stage, Clearbrook Hospitality, LLC – a subsidiary of Clearbrook Holdings Corp, has announced today. Guests will experience a multitude of immersive, interactive displays showcasing different stages of Glen’s life and extraordinary career as a studio musician in The Wrecking Crew (Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beach Boys and others), the singer of many hit records (“Gentle On My Mind,” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Southern Nights”) and as a star of television and film (The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, True Grit, I’ll Be Me).

Located at the corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue, The Glen Campbell Museum will feature more than four thousand square feet of never-before-seen artifacts from his early years on the farm in Arkansas through his climb to super-stardom, including many of Glen’s legendary guitars and instruments, his extensive collection of golf paraphernalia, and intimate family photos as well as stage worn clothing and much more.

In the evenings, the museum will transform into The Rhinestone Stage – a live music venue. The Rhinestone Stage will be “The Gem of Lower Broadway” where national and local touring acts can host intimate performances in an entirely unique environment.

The Glen Campbell Museum and Rhinestone Stage is slated to open early 2020. Details will be announced throughout the remainder of the year as construction progresses. The Grand Opening will be a star-studded event, with performances by various celebrity friends of the late Glen Campbell and the Campbell family.

“Glen was bigger than life. His global superstardom left us with such incredible music and experiences that a museum is only the first step in bringing all of what made him special to his many fans and fellow musicians around the world. We are honored to be working closely with the Campbell family to create a museum and entertainment venue that truly honors his amazing voice, musicianship, his humanity and his gift of storytelling.” – Ric Olsen, President, Clearbrook Hospitality

“I am thrilled that Glen’s musical legacy will be preserved and celebrated in such a beautiful and enduring way. The museum is sure to inspire countless musicians and music lovers while continuing to entertain his lifelong fans and share his amazing gifts with generations to come. It’s with a big heart and sincere gratitude that we share Glen’s memories and cherished personal possessions with his fans and the world.”- Kim Campbell, Wife of 34 years

For more information please visit www.glencampbellmuseum.com

Jasmine Records Releases Early Jan Howard Music.

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Nov 302020
 

This is another one of the news issues that happened early this year that I missed out on, but I did not see many other websites cover this one. Things like this one are VERY integral to a historian and collector like me.

This year of 2020 had a superfluous and nasty disposition upon the Legends of Country Music, and it continued with Miss Jan Howard, who was 91. Unlike many others that died in 2020, she lived a full and active life as an Opry member almost up until her death.

I have a hungry appetency to study and learn about her and those like her on those early ( I call them wing ding ) labels that were around a few years and then bought out by the bigger fish in the sea.  From the middle of the 1950’s up until her debut album “Sweet And Sentimental” in 1962 on Capitol Records, she recorded on Challenge Records which Capitol bought.

According to her biography, her initial recording sessions with Capitol were a disaster and eventually she called Mr. Ken Nelson to produce them. Even though he was busy with Mr. Buck Owens, he agreed to help. The process got better, however on her second album she signed on with Decca Records, and remained there until 1972 when she released “Love Is Like A Spinning Wheel”.

Now, Miss Loretta Lynn came to us on Zero Records initially in the 1950’s until her own Decca debut called “Loretta Lynn Sings” in 1963. Both Jan Howard and Loretta were produced by Mr. Owen Bradley. Both artists had some truly iconic studio players that adorned their albums.

Both of these ladies have embellished Country Music through their contributions to the genre, and have proliferated the Opry with their ardent performances that spanned 5 decades. I think that this is indeed the most needed and perfect time to release this long lost music…especially on vinyl.

Jasmine’s commitment to classic country music has never been in doubt. This month we introduce a new series that focuses on the great country ladies of the 50s and early 60s, with a superb compilation that brings together the early recordings of two of the genre’s more revered artists – Loretta Lynn and Jan Howard.

Loretta and Jan (wife of noted songwriter Harlan Howard) both made their first records in the late 1950s and happily, both are still alive and still occasionally releasing new music in the 21st century.

In this collection you will find the tracks on which both women built their reputations – among them all of Loretta’s early sides for the small Zero label, and all of Jan’s solo recordings for Challenge and Sundown. The tracks include many early hits by both, including ‘I’m A Honky Tonk Girl’ and ‘Success’ from Loretta and ‘The One You Slip Around With’ and ‘Pick Me Up On Your Way Down’ from Jan.

The style of these tracks and others here is pure unadulterated honky tonk with fiddles, steel guitars and none of the smoothing or sweetening that ‘The Nashville Sound’ was built around. They sound all the better for it!

Two living legends paid tribute to here in one great collection – remastered, as always, from the finest available sources! – and a shoo-in for a warm response from all who enjoy vintage country music as it’s supposed to sound.

Track Listing

1. WHISPERING SEA – Loretta Lynn
2. I’M A HONKY TONK GIRL – Loretta Lynn
3. HEARTACHES MEET MR. BLUES – Loretta Lynn
4. NEW RAINBOW – Loretta Lynn
5. THE DARKEST DAY – Loretta Lynn
6. GONNA PACK MY TROUBLES – Loretta Lynn
7. I WALKED AWAY FROM THE WRECK – Loretta Lynn
8. THE GIRL THAT I AM NOW – Loretta Lynn
9. SUCCESS – Loretta Lynn
10. A HUNDRED PROOF HEARTACHE – Loretta Lynn
11. WORLD OF FORGOTTEN PEOPLE – Loretta Lynn
12. GET SET FOR A HEARTACHE – Loretta Lynn
13. PICK ME UP ON YOUR WAY DOWN – Jan Howard
14. WEEPING WILLOW (Weep For Me) – Jan Howard
15. MAKE AN HONEST WOMAN OUT OF ME – Jan Howard
16. I WISH I COULD FALL IN LOVE AGAIN – Jan Howard
17. THE ONE YOU SLIP AROUND WITH – Jan Howard
18. IF YOUR CONSCIENCE CAN’T STOP YOU (How Can I) – Jan Howard
19. MANY DREAMS AGO – Jan Howard
20. I’VE GOT MY PRIDE – Jan Howard
21. A WORLD I CAN’T LIVE IN – Jan Howard
22. ALL ALONE AGAIN – Jan Howard
23. TOO MANY TEARDROPS TOO LATE – Jan Howard
24. CARELESS HANDS – Jan Howard
25. LET ME KNOW – Jan Howard
26. MY BABY’S IN BERLIN – Jan Howard
27. BRING IT BACK TO ME – Jan Howard
28. WHY? – Jan Howard
29. AGES AND AGES AGO – Jan Howard
30. JEALOUS LOVE – Jan Howard

Album Features I Missed : Lexi Len.

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Nov 282020
 

I’m still going a mile a minute here, trying to catch up to the piled up amount of work I have here in the office. Even last year I missed out on a few albums that came out, but this one was personal to me and I’ll tell you why.

Years back when I started my website here, we had one social media outlet called Myspace, and we only had a limited amount of local bands that actually toured THAT I KNEW ABOUT. Until this Myspace came out, and I began embarking upon bands past The Old 97s and Split Lip Rayfield and Scott H Biram.

I got into a whole entire new music community that emanated from a grandchild of one of my greatest heroes of County Music…Hank Williams III. See, I knew Mr. Kayton Roberts pretty well and he was playing steel for Hank III for his first two albums. He called me and told me that Shelton was going to begin touring as Hank III on a regular basis..and I salivated over the idea.

I started going out to his shows all over the place and meeting different people that shared a passion for his music and they became one big family type deal akin to the Grateful Dead. THEN so many bands began to emanate from this type of local music, and they called it Roots Music.

All of a sudden we had The Goddamn Gallows, The Calamity Cubes, Filthy Still and literally hundreds more, including this young lady Miss Lexi Len and one of the fellows on her first song of this self named album Mr. Austin Lucas.

I feel an ardent desire to give this young lady more than just a simple album review. The reason that I feel this way is the fact that I can always count on her sempiternal Honky Tonk Country sound. When she puts out a new album, I KNOW what I’m getting music wise..but it’s the songwriting that IS changing..and that’s NOT a bad thing at all.

On her last album she raised a good point and showed us how frustrating it was to be a junkie’s wife, and through her music she has never been afraid to share her desire to achieve an irenic life, free of drama.

However the rumbutious offering called “Red Head, Red Hot And Rogue” showcases how she learned at an early age how to have men wrapped around her fingers. As a man, I can relate to this entire album, especially coming from a female. Miss Amanda Williams and Mr. Chris Steward wrote this one, however it complimented the album so well that leaving it off would suck!

“My Turn To Leave” showed me strength and growth as a person, and a relentless precision to lyrics and twists and turns within a song. Even though that song was written by Mr. Ryan Payton and Mr. Matt Lundquist, Miss Lexi delivers the song with such sincere emotion that it convinced me she lived it all.

In 2020 I think the closing song here “Angels And Outlaws ” holds a special significance to all of the Outlaw Era heroes that gained their angel wings lately. In fact as I write this Mr. Jimmy Rabbitt died this morning, I could list a plethora of my heroes that 2020 has taken from us. I’m terribly sorry I didn’t feature this album earlier, BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!

You can order this album HERE.

MoonRunners 8.5

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Nov 282020
 

MoonRunners 8.5 Virtual Edition! Day 2 Hope everyone is safe and happy. Get ready for a fantastic festival lineup from the comfort of your own home!
Please donate to the festival or to the individual artists if you have some extra cash. The arts can really use the help right now! Venmo: https://venmo.com/MoonRunners
PayPal: MoonRunnersFest@gmail.com
Today’s Lineup: 9:20 AM PST / 11:20 AM CST / 12:20 PM EST – A Welcome from Jahshie P 9:30 AM PST / 11:30 AM CST / 12:30 PM EST –
The Rangos https://TheRangos.bandcamp.com https://venmo.com/TheRangos-Merch 10:05 AM PST / 12:05 PM CST / 1:05 PM EST –
Jake Cox 10:40 AM PST / 12:40 PM CST / 1:40 PM EST –
Duane Mark http://IHateDuaneMark.StoreEnvy.com https://venmo.com/IHateDuaneMark PayPal: IHateDuaneMark@gmail.com 11:15 AM PST / 1:15 PM CST / 2:15 PM EST –
Devil’s Hand Social Club https://PayPal.me/EvanDunlap 11:50 AM PST / 1:50 PM CST / 2:50 PM EST –
Darling Daughters https://www.facebook.com/darlingdaugh… https://darlingdaughters.bandcamp.com PayPal: TerriSchanen@gmail.com 12:25 PM PST / 2:25 PM CST / 3:25 PM EST –
CATL. https://www.catltheband.com PayPal: CATLTheBand@gmail.com 2:25 PM PST / 4:25 PM CST / 5:25 PM EST – Volk https://www.livevolk.com https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/vol… PayPal: livevolk@gmail.com 3:00 PM PST / 5:00 PM CST / 6:00 PM EST –
Lucky Tubb 3:35 PM PST / 5:35 PM CST / 6:35 PM EST –
Brittany Avery https://www.facebook.com/BrittanyAver… https://paypal.me/sixgunbrittmusic 4:10 PM PST / 6:10 PM CST / 7:10 PM EST –
Straight Line Arrival https://straightlinearrival.bandcamp.com https://cash.app/$straightlinearrival PayPal: skystolen@gmail.com 5:20 PM PST / 7:20 PM CST / 8:20 PM EST –
Gary Moore II https://m.facebook.com/gary.mooreii.7 PayPal: 2notjr@gmail.com 6:30 PM PST / 8:30 PM CST / 9:30 PM EST –
Old Wolves https://www.facebook.com/oldwolves1 https://paypal.me/JZumpano84 8:10 PM PST / 10:10 PM CST / 11:10 PM EST –
Whitney Flynn (Days N Daze) https://daysndaze.bandcamp.com/ https://www.flailrecords.com/about-da… https://venmo.com/deathbyskwerl PayPal: whitneyflynn316@gmail.com PayPal: daysndazebooking@gmail.com 8:30 PM PST / 10:30 PM CST / 11:30 PM EST –
Jesse Sendejas (Days N Daze) https://daysndaze.bandcamp.com/ https://www.flailrecords.com/about-da… PayPal: jessesendejasdnd@gmail.com PayPal: daysndazebooking@gmail.com 8:55 PM PST / 10:55 PM CST / 11:55 PM EST –
Matt Pless https://www.mattpless.com https://mattpless.bandcamp.com PayPal: MattPlessMusic@hotmail.com

Mr. Steve Earle Honors His Son Through Music.

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Nov 272020
 

This one is a tough article to write my friends, because I truly enjoyed the music of Mr. Justin Townes Earle. Like many others, I had a terrible year here in Ky.  I too like Mr. Justin had a few bouts with addiction, and I had to check myself into rehab in February.

As soon as I was released from rehab, and began to live again I went back into work for three days…then came covid. I was sent home and told to report to unemployment for 4 months. I stopped writing for the website the entire year and when I was home, I snuck up to Wisconsin and picked up my daughter. I had to get her straightened out!

While we were all quarantined at home, the world of music lost a TON of Legends and artists including this man..a young budding ( but troubled ) artist with only a handful of albums named Justin Townes Earle.

I have always thought with as many of then I actually know personally, it must be the toughest challenge to have a famous last name. I couldn’t imagine having to constantly live up to his father’s echelon of notoriety to the “regular” music fans out there. Can you imagine pouring out your heart with songs like “Learning To Cry”, and after the show some dumb ass comes up asking for “Copperhead Road”?

He struggled all alone to pave his own path through local music communities and also through Nashville with ardent appetency to do it all alone, and with a fan base all his own. His songwriting had a different habile, and it had a style all it’s own. If another artist covered his songs, you could easily ascertain it was indeed a Justin Townes Earle song.

When they found Mr. Justin dead many websites went on tangents to release police reports and speculations…predictions…prognostications…blah blah blah. He had demons and hurdles like WE ALL DO. I’m NOT going to sit my ass on this recliner and PRETEND I am a “journalist” and it’s “my duty” to bring you that crap..I’m going to tell you that we lost ONE HELL of an artist, a fine fellow and a terrific songwriter.

You can damn sure bet I’ll be delving further into this album as it culminates into fruition for public consumption. I’m back my friends, and I’m in the BEST SHAPE I have been in years….Just pray for the Saint Of Lost Causes.

Track Listing.

I.  Don’t Care
2. Ain’t Glad I’m Leaving
3. Maria
4. Far Away in Another Town
5.  They Killed John Henry
6. Turn Out My Lights
7. Lone Pine Hill
8. Champagne Corolla
9. The Saint of Lost Causes
10. Harlem River Blues
11. Last Words
On the forthcoming album, J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes pay tribute to Steve’s late son, Justin Townes Earle (J.T.), who passed away on August 20, 2020 in Nashville. The album will be released digitally on what would have been Justin’s 39th birthday, January 4, 2021, CD and vinyl formats will release March 19, 2021.

The first track, “Harlem River Blues” is available to stream today. The poignant song is one of Justin’s best-known compositions and took Song of the Year honors at the 2011 Americana Music Awards ceremony following Justin’s win in the Emerging Artist of the Year category in 2009.

100% of the artist advances and royalties from J.T. will be donated to a trust for Etta St. James Earle, the three-year-old daughter of Justin and Jenn Earle. While somber in parts, the album is ultimately a rousing celebration of a life lived with passion and purpose.

 

 

Chicago Cubs Red & Blue Vinyl
The blue and red pressings are a tribute to Justin’s favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. 
“Harlem River Blues” // Steve Earle & The Dukes, J.T.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS HEADLINE GAYLORD OPRYLAND’S CHRISTMAS IN TENNESSEE DINNER SHOW

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Nov 262020
 
Annual A Country Christmas Features The Oak Ridge Boys 29-Day Residency at Resort
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 20, 2020) – Starting today, GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will celebrate the holiday season with a 29-day residency as part of Gaylord Opryland’s 37th annual A Country Christmas.

The Oak Ridge Boys will entertain fans with Christmas classics and some of their biggest hits at Gaylord Opryland November 20 – December 25, 2020. Tickets are on sale now at ChristmasAtGaylordOpryland.com.

“After decades of taking our big Christmas tour on the road, we are bringing it HOME in 2020,” said The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall. “We’re counting our blessings for this opportunity and invite you to make the journey to Nashville to experience our annual musical tribute to all things Christmas at the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Resort. The resort knows how to do Christmas, and we’re proud to be part of the tradition.”

One of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in music, The Oak Ridge Boys will bring their decades of hits to fans for multiple shows throughout the holiday season. Prior to the performance, concert-goers will enjoy a multi-course feast prepared by the resort’s renowned chefs.

The Oak Ridge Boys ‘Christmas in Tennessee’ Dinner Show is just one of many activities happening during A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland including I Love Christmas Movies; acres of festive decorations; SoundWaves, the nation’s first truly upscale water resort, which maintains a perfect 84-degree temperature all year long; an ice skating rink, ice tubing and more.

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas program has been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Face coverings must be worn by all guests ages two and older in all indoor/outdoor public areas and at Christmas attractions; face coverings may be removed while seated in a restaurant or swimming in a pool. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state, and federal legislation.

Mr. Mac Leaphart Offers Wry, Rugged Music City Joke

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Nov 252020
 
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Nashville-based, South Carolina-born singer-songwriter Mac Leaphart’s upcoming album, Music City Joke, offers his strongest batch of songs to date. The 10-song collection, set for release on Feb. 12, 2021, finds Leaphart at his very best: wry, rugged, and recharged, singing songs that conjure up memories of front porches, honky tonks, heartbreaks, and dive bars. Wide Open Country notes “Blame on the Bottle,” the album’s lead single, “channels the humor and heart of folk heroes like John Prine and Hayes Carll.”

Produced by Brad Jones (Hayes Carll), Music City Joke is a rallying cry from an artist who has spent more than a decade paying his dues and whittling his craft, joined by a team of longtime Nashville staples, including Fats Kaplan, Will Kimbrough, and Matt Menefee, as the soundtrack to his lyric-driven, story-based songwriting.

The album kicks off with a reimagined version of “El Paso Kid,” which originally appeared on Leaphart’s 2015 release, Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth. “Blame on the Bottle,” inspired by a preacher on the left end of the radio dial, examines both self-will and self-righteousness just the same. The rollicking “Honey, Shake” is the purest example of Leaphart’s Southern rock-inspired upbringing.

“Ballad of Bob Yamaha or A Simple Plea in C Major” is an ode to Shel Silverstein and a shining example of Leaphart’s dedication to smartly written songs, written from the perspective of a weathered guitar that just wants to be played by someone who really knows their way up and down the frets.

The album’s mid-point is the title track, inspired by Leaphart’s move from the South Carolina Lowcountry to Nashville. “I was attempting to make it big as a writer of some of those big country hits you hear on the radio, and it wasn’t too long before I realized writing those smash hits wasn’t easy, and I wasn’t chuckling at Nashville anymore,” Leaphart says. “Nope, the joke was on me. I peeled the ‘kick me’ sign off my back and got down to focusing on my songwriting like never before–writing late at night and performing at writers’ rounds to see what stuck and what didn’t. And here it is: the song, the album…and the punchline.”

“That Train” continues to showcase Leaphart’s signature style, mixing twang, tempo, and tightly-constructed lyrics into the same package. “Window From The Sky” offers a stripped-down take on how much good a change in perspective can do. “Every Day” is a look into the dynamics of a relationship, while “Division Street” laments a tiny, shared apartment, close living spaces, and the eye-opening experience of living inside “the party house.”

Before earning his stripes as a road warrior, Leaphart launched his career in South Carolina, where he balanced a nighttime gig as a bartender with a steadily-increasing stream of shows. Leaphart’s first album, Line, Rope, Etc., was released in 2009, and a few years later, in 2012, he took his signature sound with him to Nashville. There, he has launched a popular recurring songwriter’s night called Southpaw Social Club and strengthened his own writing chops, penning songs for other artists’ albums as well as his own. Low in the Saddle, Long in the Tooth arrived in 2015, followed by Lightning Bob – featuring collaborations with Sadler Vaden – in 2018.

Leaphart — now a husband and father — received a reviving kickstart later that year when he was named a winner of the prestigious Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition.

Music City Joke Track Listing:

1. El Paso Kid
2. The Same Thing
3. Blame on the Bottle
4. Honey, Shake!
5. The Ballad of Bob Yamaha or a Simple Plea in C Major
6. Music City Joke
7. That Train
8. Window From the Sky
9. Every Day
10. Division Street

2021 Shows From The Red Barn Convention Center. A Look At The Current State Of Things Volume 2.

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The Red Barn Convention Center in Ohio is one of the many wonderful live music venues that I enjoy writing about, so I wanted to let you know about some 2021 rescheduled dates. This year has been financially and emotionally nefarious to live music and the arts in general.  I am hoping ( like everyone else) we get to move past this pandemic and we can have music gatherings again.

In volume one I discussed how the Iconic venue Billy Bob’s Texas has reopened and is rescheduling all of their shows from this year into 2021. That article contains all of their covid restrictions and how they are doing shows with social distancing.

We will be exploring this all over America, who is trying to begin opening and when and where. Texas, and here we have Ohio. I strongly urge everyone who is choosing to go out to PLEASE support live music.

I’m going to be publishing a bunch more articles from venues all across America that are tying hard to comply with social distancing laws and mandates. Every state is doing a vast variation of event guidelines, so I am including all of the different press releases that get sent to me.

We have an extensive list of 2021 festivals up right now, and unless things take a massive turn for the wore all of these music communities plan to launch these festivals accordingly. Also, please stay on here for future looks into what is being planned for 2021 all across America, as I delve into other music venues I love to support.

Miss Brandi Carlile Releases Her New Book “Broken Horses”.

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Nov 232020
 
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I like to read…a lot. I like to read about my musical influences and their lives. The fact that this book is not exactly an autobiography or a memoir really intrigues me. What is it about then? I mean WHAT EXACTLY is this going to be about I asked myself? So in my own true fashion of satisfying how ardently I study this stuff I went on a rabbit hole about this book.
Reading an article from Rolling Stone, I learned that it will address the was certain profound experiences of her life have led her to creating her songs in the past. However she clearly made many statements that this book will also include her struggles growing up and having to move so often.
She touched upon her dealing with issues like special education classes and how she felt so out of place in so many new schools and environments. She will address her past addictions and her perspective on her own music. Sleepless tours funded by next to no funds at all on one end of the spectrum, to her impoverished childhood in a dysfunctional family fill this book with her life lessons and wit.
You can also look for a new album in 2021 as she and her band came to Nashville to record and finish her follow up to her 2018 release ( which I LOVED ). But to be honest I hold her work with her female Country Music supergroup the Highwomen as some of the greatest songs and performances in the last decade.
She co produced my personal pick of 2019 the new Tanya Tucker album, which blew my ever loving mind and escalated her into being one of the greatest modern day heroines of Country Music. She is knocking it out of the park here people…and she has no plans to stop any time soon!

The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter, producer, and five-time Grammy winner opens up about a life shaped by music in this candid, heartfelt, and intimate story.

Brandi Carlile was born into a musically gifted, impoverished family on the outskirts of Seattle and grew up in a constant state of change, moving from house to house, trailer to trailer, fourteen times in as many years. Though imperfect in every way, her dysfunctional childhood was as strange as it was beautiful, and as difficult as it was nurturing.

In Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile takes readers through the events of her life that shaped her very raw art—from her start at a local singing competition where she performed Elton John’s “Honky Cat” in a bedazzled white polyester suit, to her first break opening for Dave Matthews Band, to many sleepless tours over fifteen years and six studio albums, all while raising two children with her wife, Catherine Shepherd. This hard-won success led her to collaborations with personal heroes like Elton John, Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Pearl Jam, Tanya Tucker, and Joni Mitchell, as well as her peers in the supergroup The Highwomen, and ultimately to the Grammy stage, where she converted millions of viewers into instant fans.

Evocative and piercingly honest, Broken Horses is at once an examination of faith through the eyes of a person rejected by the church’s basic tenets and a meditation on the moments and lyrics that have shaped the life of a creative mind, a brilliant artist, and a genuine empath on a mission to give back.

What’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Up To?

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Nov 222020
 

 

This one is truly an event that I am anticipating so so much from my friends at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. It’s an extension of their popular show “Let The Music Play On” that was viewed over ONE MILLION times.

I mean how can we not absolutely adore the timeless classic Bluegrass and other genres that this festival exemplifies. Through the extensive tenure of this festival and this “brand” if you will, I have become acquainted with so many artists and bands.

But why don’t you let me write some more statements about why I love this festival more than some of the other ones I feature on here….THIS ONE is FREE! now wait just a minute Mr. Gary is that such a good thing? HOW does that REALLY HELP local music? Well….let’s delve into just why it does!

Many casual music lovers and festival goers both do not always comprehend the  intense financial edifices and equations one has to have to fully pull off an ongoing festival like this one. Mr. Warren Hellman does. You see, in 2001 he began this festival with his own money and a dream.

His dream was to inculcate the fact that his festival would always be free and came with the intention that people would spend more money on the band merchandise and food vendors than tickets. In fact, he was oftentimes contacted by major sponsors many times and always turned them down.

The event itself draws record breaking crowds of people, in fact in the past it has assembled more than the entire population of San Fransisco. From the very start Miss Hazel Dickens was intended to be the headline act, however she declined at first. Eventually she became a staple headliner until she died in 2011.

The festival name and scope was changed when, at the very first festival in 2001, Miss Emmylou Harris played with her not strictly bluegrass band. Hellman was a fan of her bluegrass sound under the band name Nash Ramblers, but at the time she was touring as Spyboy. She played the festival as Spyboy, which had a New Orleans style rhythm section. Hellman did not complain, and “Hardly” was eventually added to the name of the festival in 2004.

November 24th I shall be tuning into the video series with passionate interest as to what will be in store for me as a fan on this episode here…..

Dear HSB Fans-

We want to thank all of you for watching our broadcast last October. “Let The Music Play On” was viewed over 1 million times. Together we raised over $500,000 for Artist Relief. That is amazing, please know how much we appreciate your support.

Beginning Tuesday, November 24th we will be releasing more footage, along with interviews and additional archival memories. We are starting right before Thanksgiving and taking you with us through the holidays and into the new year. Our first episode is hosted by Buddy Miller and features his performance with Emmylou Harris and several songs from The McCrary Sisters. Please join us every other Tuesday, starting November 24th, at 8PM ET/5PM PT as we “Let The Music Play On & On”.

Over the last twenty years, for one weekend every October, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has brought together some of the most iconic and revered names in roots music for a free celebration in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This year we took the show on the road to bring you even closer to artists with recordings and interviews from their hometowns. Please join us as we “Let The Music Play On & On”. Episodes are EVERY OTHER TUESDAY starting November, 24 8pm ET / 5 pm PT Website: www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com Youtube: www.youtube.com/hsbfest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hardlystrict…

We hope you are all staying safe and we look forward sharing the music with you.

www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com

Kelsey Waldon Stands Up For What She Believes In On New EP They’ll Never Keep Us Down Out November 20th

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Kelsey Waldon Stands Up For What She Believes In On New EP They’ll Never Keep Us Down Out November 20th
Waldon’s haunting version of Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” featuring Adia Victoria and Kyshona Armstrong out today via NPR/World Cafe; limited edition vinyl to benefit non-profit advocates
Nashville, TN – October 30, 2020 – “I want to work towards a new southern strategy because my South is a South for all people,” says Nashville recording artist and proud Kentucky native Kelsey Waldon. The next step forward in Waldon’s mission for progress and equality in her beloved homeland is to release her new EP, They’ll Never Keep Us Down, a collection of timeless yet timely cover songs. Today, NPR/World Cafe premiered the EP’s first single, “Mississippi Goddam.” With the help of guest vocalists Adia Victoria and Kyshona Armstrong, Waldon tackles this Nina Simone classic with a swirling, angry, country-ish feel, rekindling Simone’s fire from when the song was written after white supremacists killed four young girls in the 1963 bombing of a Black church in Birmingham, Alabama. NPR/World Cafe’s Bruce Warren commented, “There’s an electrical, pulsing change in tempo compared to Simone’s original, yet the cutting message remains the same. With Victoria and Armstrong adding their voices to this version, along with Waldon, makes an already powerful song even stronger.” Watch the lyric video here.
The B-side of “Mississippi Goddam”—also released today—is the EP’s title track, Hazel Dickens’ “They’ll Never Keep Us Down”; a power-to-the-people traditional bluegrass burner with refrains like “They’ll never shoot that union out of me” and “Your welfare ain’t on the rich man’s mind.” Hear both “They’ll Never Keep Us Down” and “Mississippi Goddam” now right here.
Fans can pre-order and pre-save They’ll Never Keep Us Down at this link ahead of its November 20th release. Additionally, Waldon will be releasing two different, limited edition, colored vinyl versions of They’ll Never Keep Us Down; proceeds from the red vinyl will benefit Hood to the Holler, a non-profit organization aiming to end racial injustice in Kentucky and beyond, and the blue vinyl will benefit Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, who represent coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety. Both vinyl editions can be pre-ordered here.
“This song [Mississippi Goddam], which showcases racial injustice as well as the enduring fight and fear that the Black community has had to endure in this country for centuries, still rings true decades later,” says Waldon. “Today in 2020, as we push for progress, sometimes it still feels like we are going backwards.” It’s that backsliding of progress that drove Waldon to revisit this host of powerful songs; from Neil Young’s “Ohio” to Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”—which features Devon Gilfillian—to Waldon’s late friend, mentor, and record label founder John Prine’s “Sam Stone.” They all share a strong common thread; accepting the need for change and what it means to push for it. Waldon’s view on the matter is cut and dry, with no room for interpretation; a call to conversation with her fellow southerners who may not yet think along the same lines. “This is about listening to someone else’s perspective,” says Waldon. Overall, They’ll Never Keep Us Down burns bright and hot; a torch in the night for those who’ve not yet seen the light and a friendly beacon for those who are already on their march to achieving justice for all.
They’ll Never Keep Us Down Tracklisting:
1. The Law Is For Protection Of The People
2. Ohio
3. Mississippi Goddam feat. Adia Victoria & Kyshona Armstrong
4. Sam Stone
5. They’ll Never Keep Us Down
6. With God On Our Side
7. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free feat. Devon Gilfillian

Luck Reunion Joins Hands With Long Center For “Long Live Music” Concert Series Presented By White Claw

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Luck Reunion Joins Hands With Long Center For “Long Live Music” Concert Series Presented By White Claw
Night three to feature star-studded “Songs I Left Behind: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver” on November 22nd
November 16, 2020 – Austin, TX – It’s been a Long year, but as it turns out, Luck is on our side. Luck Reunion recently announced a partnership with their old friends at Long Center to bring the excitement of national touring acts back into Austin’s world-renowned live music scene. The resulting concert series, Long Live Music presented by White Claw, brings the spirit of Luck, TX, to the Long Center Lawn for four shows throughout November and early December.
On November 22nd, Long Live Music will welcome a star-studded array of artists to pay homage to the Honky Tonk Hero himself,Billy Joe Shaver. “Songs I Left Behind: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver” will honor the late artist whose songs have been performed by everyone from Willie to Elvis. A revolving door of very special guests will perform the songs of Billie Joe, a true Texas music legend, backed by a house band curated by Austin’s own Charlie Sexton. The final installment of Long Live Music will feature Alabama’s soulful native sons, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, for a fiery grand finale on December 3rd.
The series kicked off with a world-class pair of guitar-toting poets, native Texan Hayes Carll and Tulsa-based John Moreland, who took the stage for the hastily-sold-out first show. New Orleans genre-challengers Tank & The Bangas and Big Freedia stormed the Long Center lawn stage on November 12th to another sold-out crowd. The remaining shows in the series, November 22nd and December 3rd, are sure to sell out just as quickly, so Austinites should visit luckreunion.com or thelongcenter.org now to secure their spots.
Ticketholders will also be happy to hear that funds raised by the Long Live Music series will benefit the Luck Family Foundation which supports organizations and programs that offer support to musicians and the artist community as a whole.
“We’re joining forces with Long Center for the first time to celebrate what we both care so deeply about; Austin’s creative culture. Our beloved artists are a part of it. You’re a part of it. We’re a part of it,” reads Luck Reunion’s official announcement. “Let’s come together to responsibly showcase what a bright spot the Live Music Capital of the World is to us all.”
Tickets are limited and sold in pre-marked socially-distanced squares on the lawn that accommodate 4 people. Fans will also have the opportunity to participate in Luck’s famous Lucky Draw ticketing lottery to win one “square” for each show. More information on how to enter to be White Claw’s Long Live Music Lucky Winner can be found at luckreunion.com/longlivemusic. Tickets are available via The Long Center’s website.
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More About Long Center: The Long Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is an iconic, world-class performing arts center located in the heart of downtown Austin and exists to serve all. By providing an impressive and diverse array of programming, the Long Center offers Austinites a place to experience remarkable entertainment and arts together. For more info about the Long Center, please visit www.thelongcenter.org.
More About Luck Reunion: Inspired by our own anti-festival of the same name, Luck Reunion is an experience-based collective based in Willie Nelson’s backyard of “Luck, TX”. Nearly 10 years ago, a group of friends came together with a vision for a new kind of live music experience. We knew we wanted to honor the cross-section culture that has long motivated creative tradition; to preserve traditions in music, food, and craft; and to create a stage for modern-day outliers who are influenced by the legacies before us. Luckily, we had the keys to the private Luck, TX property, and the singular opportunity to open its gates to people who, like us, value artistic tradition and want to do the legwork to discover talent that reflects our cultural heritage. What started as a one-day event has grown into a community; a platform for us to share the ethos of Luck and bring together musicians, chefs, and artisans who are contributing to American roots culture in an authentic way. In addition to the flagship annual event, Luck produces content and experiences both in and out of Luck with the mission of providing a space for craftsmanship, preservation, and discovery.
More About Luck Family Foundation: Formed by Luck Reunion for the purpose of preserving and supporting the music and cultural community inspired by the work of Willie Nelson and the Luck Reunion family, the Luck Family Foundation—managed by the Austin Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization—provides financial grant assistance and other resources to artists, organizations and programs in need.