Jun 182017

If you remember back to last month I had a BUSY MONTH of May covering a whopping three festivals in one month. This band Hillbilly Casino pretty much plays every Muddy Roots Main Festival and also the Nashville Boogie. They announced recently, that on July 14th at the famous Exit In they are releasing their new studio album.

This year at the Boogie, they played a bunch of new songs from their upcoming album called “Red White And Bruised, and this album will be released independently by the band on July 14th. I recently talked with bassist Geoff Firebaugh about the track list, upon which he stated that “Jibber Jabber”, “Trainwreck” and “Dog On A Chain” were all on the LIVE album, but never recorded in studio version.

This will be the track list for the new album, I’m NOT sure about the particular order of songs on the album.

Knocking At Your Door
How Do You Think
Jibber Jabber
She’s Got Tricks
It’s Not Me
Toss Turn Roll
When She Kissed Me
Dog On A Chain
More Blue Than Green
Give It All Up

This following video is from the song “Trainwreck”:

This following video is from the song “How Do You Think” and I believe that to be the album cover there with Punchy on the ropes.

You might remember some years back when they filmed and recorded a LIVE ALBUM there and I missed that particular show. I cannot say whether or not I’ll be present here, but I will put it on my calendar.

I’m sure Mr. Nic Roulette,Mr. Ronnie Crutcher, Mr. Matt Armn and the Vanilla Gorilla Mr. Geoff will be the fearsome foursome for many years to come. EVERY TIME I went to see them, they have played a beyond exciting show with high energy.

This past spring at the Nashville Palace they invited Colonel Mr. Colonel J.D. Wilkes on stage for a harmonica battle with them, it got so out of hand the venue had absolutely NO control over what was transpiring. There was NO choice but to let it go on, and pandemonium ensued shortly after. It got so wild I couldn’t get close to get good video, but Mr. Wilkes and the Shack Shakers just got done with an absolutely stellar set across the street.

Jun 172017

It’s time once again to feature the ROMP Festival that is hosted by  ROMP and International Bluegrass Music Museum. This outdoor festival  takes places in June on the 21st to the 24rth at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro Kentucky.

AS ALWAYS this article WILL include FULL inforamtion on hotels and maps of everything you need to FULLY enjoy this festival. I have compiled MANY emails and researched EVERY angle of this festival, so you can have the ultimate survival guide for this treasure in Owensboro Kentucky.

Folks this one is close to home for me and always a fun time when I cover this festival, and this year’s lineup is super exciting. Here is some history and some information about it straight from their website:

The 14th annual ROMP Festival will be led by the legendary American roots pioneers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, progressive bluegrass virtuosos, Punch Brothers, innovative musician, Keller Williams and his project blending bluegrass and Grateful Dead songs, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass,Grammy Award winning folk rockers, Los Lobos, and multi-instrumentalist and founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens. Held in Owensboro’s Yellow Creek Park, the four-day music, camping, and art festival will take place June 21-24, 2017, and will feature over 30 top bluegrass, folk and Americana acts.

Additional acts include 14-time Grammy winner, Jerry Douglas, progressive bluegrass jam band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Grammy Award winning group, The SteelDrivers, bluegrass pioneer, Peter Rowan, old-time folk music aficionado, Pokey LaFarge, Celtic folk rockers, Scythian, Galway, Ireland’s We Banjo 3, and 10-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, Michael Cleveland, plus many more. A full list of artists confirmed can be found below.

Daviess County’s Yellow Creek Park, a 150-acre facility famous for its nature trails, winding creek and fishing lake, and sweeping tree-lines, plays host to ROMP each year.

A full line-up of artist-led instrument workshops takes place throughout the day, giving musicians the chance to interact and teach fans and players of all ages and skill levels. Other workshops and forums include songwriting, clogging and flat-foot dancing, yoga (all levels), and healthy living through music.

Additional offerings at ROMP Festival include organic and farm-to-table food vendors, craft vendors featuring Kentucky Proud products, art installations and professionally-led children’s activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their instruments and jam throughout the weekend, and dance until dawn at the infamous after parties, featuring national acclaimed acts on the cabin stage in the park’s rustic Pioneer Village.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum, producer of the event, will open new exhibits, host performances throughout the daytime, and present a film festival of documentaries the museum has produced on Bluegrass Music’s First Generation.  Museum admission is free to festival-goers.

Artist additions, single day tickets, volunteer opportunities, vendor applications and daily schedules will be available in 2017. To stay up-to-date with the latest news from ROMP fest, music fans can visit rompfest.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and sign-up to become a ROMP insider.

This park has a playground area for kids and a spray area to cool off with, and camping is available for 15 dollars extra and 70 for RV’s. You are required to vacate the area by 11AM the following day of which you pay. The camping area will open to the public at 8 AM wends some campsites require you to walk a short bit. Here is a detailed map of the festival grounds and you can buy tickets HERE.


After party – Pioneer Village

9:00 PM – Kelsey Waldon

11:00 PM – Driftwood


Main Stage – Yellow Creek Park

4:00 PM –Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

5:15 PM – Dailey & Vincent

7:00 PM – Peter Rowan Band
8:30 PM –  Rhiannon Giddens

10:30 PM – Los Lobos

After party – Pioneer Village

12:00 AM – Hogslop String Band

1:30 AM – The Wooks


Main Stage – Yellow Creek Park

2:00 PM – High Fidelity

3:15 PM – The Wooks

4:30 PM –  Billy Strings

5:45 PM – We Banjo 3
7:00 PM – Jerry Douglas Band
8:45 PM – Punch Brothers

10:30 PM – Yonder Mountain String Band

After party – Pioneer Village

12:00 AM – The Dustbowl Revival

1:30 AM – Billy Strings


Main Stage – Yellow Creek Park

11:45 AM – Kentucky Bluegrass Allstars

12:45 PM – Snyder Family Band

2:00 PM – Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys

3:15 PM – Becky Buller Band

4:30 PM – Rob Ickles & Trey Hensley

5:45 PM – Pokey LaFarge

7:00 PM – The SteelDrivers

8:30 PM – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

10:30 PM – Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

After Party – Pioneer Village

12:00 AM – Scythian




Courtyard by Marriott Owensboro


3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Owensboro Downtown


3-star hotel
Redbrick hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi

Courtyard by Marriott Owensboro

3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Comfort Suites

2-star hotel
Suite hotel with a heated indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront

3-star hotel
Informal riverside hotel with a pool
Free Wi-Fi

Super 8 Owensboro

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

Days Inn Owensboro

2-star hotel
Simple hotel with an outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 17% less than usual

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Owensboro

3-star hotel
Lodging with free WiFi and hot breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hampton Inn by Hilton Owensboro South

3-star hotel
Classic rooms, a pool & a putting green
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Owensboro Downtown

3-star hotel
Redbrick hotel with free WiFi & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Motel 6

2-star hotel
Simple budget lodging with outdoor pool

Cadillac Motel


Motel 1311 W 2nd St

231 Motel


Motel 1640 Triplett St

Ramada Owensboro

2-star hotel
Simple hotel with casual dining & a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Wingfield Inn & Suites

2-star hotel
Casual hotel with free breakfast & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 10% off

Sleep Inn

2-star hotel
Modern hotel with a pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Comfort Inn & Suites

2-star hotel
Basic hotel with indoor pool & hot tub
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Quality Inn

3-star hotel
Modern hotel with seasonal outdoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Family Friendly: For families with children; no late night parties 
Bring the kids and have a fun-filled family festival experience! Family Friendly camping includes quiet hours from 10 p.m.-7 a.m.

Late Night: The ‘Wrong Side of the Creek’; very close access to the After Party stage 
Feel the need to stay up all night and enjoy live music until sunrise? This is the place for you!

General #1: For those in the middle; easy access to stage and vendors
Camp within a close walking distance to the main stage and the food and craft vendors. Good place for those to camp who don’t want to be in a Family Friendly quiet zone, and don’t want to stay up all night in the Late Night camping area.

Woods: For those in the middle; easy access to stage
Camp within a close walking distance to the main stage. Good place for those to camp who don’t want to be in a Family Friendly quiet zone, and don’t want to stay up all night in the Late Night camping area.

1 Day Only:
A Wednesday Only, Thursday Only, Friday Only, or Saturday Only night camping is valid for that night only, and must be vacated by 11AM the following morning.

Dancin’ Dave’s Festival Camping

Have you ever heard of “Glamping”?  Glamour camping…nothing like having your comforts of home setup and ready for your arrival to ROMP. We’re proud to announce that Dancin’ Dave’s Festival Camping will be joining us for the second time. Flying to ROMP and want to camp? Dancin’ Dave’s has got you covered.

Dancin’ Dave’s is excited to announce that we will be providing 4 nights of cushy camping accommodations for this epic event! Our village only has a capacity of 35 tents, so get in while the gettin’s good! Just show up and we’ll take care of the rest.

  • Small (pup tent) – $100 – Sleeps up to 2 on floor bedrolls. Best for kids. No cots.
  • Medium (8′ x 8′) – $125 – Sleeps 1 on a cot (up to 2 on floor bedrolls)
  • Large (9′ x 9′) – $155 – Sleeps up to 2 on cots (or 3 on floor bedrolls) – Most popular tent for 2 adults!
  • Jumbo (11′ x 11′) – $205 – Sleeps up to 3 on cots (or 4 on floor bedrolls)

*Packages DO NOT include admission to the festivals. To pay by personal check, select the “Money Order” option when checking out. Prices are for the entire weekend, Wednesday through Sunday.

Your tent will come with the number of cots listed above. If you would like a different number of cots or bedrolls, or would like to bring your own bedding (an air mattress, for example) please let us know by sending a message via our contact form.

You can also add the following amenities (you must rent a tent to rent any of the following items):
Solar Shower – $35 Gazebo with Table – $75 Kitchen – $115

Don’t leave the kids at home
We’ve planned the perfect family weekend including tons of kids activities, family camping and so much more! Don’t forget, children 12 & under are FREE!
Kids can enjoy hours of fun including music workshops, arts & crafts, games, face painting and educational exhibits.
Full schedule of activities listed below. You can also schedule your weekend using the official ROMP app. Download now from your app store.
Kids Zone Schedule
Thursday, June 22
8am – 9am: Parachute Fun
9am – 10am: Create your own wind chime
10am – 11am: Create your own cape
11am – Noon: Exploring Rocks & Minerals
Noon – 1pm: Growing a Garden
1pm – 2pm: SKy Science Festival – “Light”
Friday, June 23
8am – 9am: Create your own Mask
9am – 10am: Create your own Fan
10am – 11am: Fiddle Fun with Randy Lanham
11am – Noon: Harmonica with Art the Dude
Noon – 1pm: First Aid Fun
1pm – 2pm: SKy Science Festival – “Celestial Objects”
Saturday, June 24
8am – 9am: Create your own ROMP Owl
9am – 10am: Create your own Pinwheel
9am – 1pm: Fun with Body Zorbs
10am – 11am: Kazoo with Art the Dude
11am – Noon: Meet & Greet with Hootie & friends
Noon – 1pm: Dance workshop with Barry Lanham
1pm – 2pm: SKy Science Festival – “Rainbows”

Welcome, campers!

Gates open Wednesday, June 21st for the 14th annual ROMP festival!
Entry Times:
8:00am – RV camping pass holders
10:00am – Tent campers, all ticket holders 
Upon arrival, let us know in which area you wish to camp. You must have a camping wristband to camp. Wristbands will be checked throughout the festival; be sure to wear the right one for that day. Reminder signs will be posted throughout the park. If you only purchased a single day ticket and wish to stay additional days, just go to the gate to buy the proper wristband. 
One-Day and Two-Day campers will have a specific area in which to camp. You must be out by 11AM the following morning.
If camping in an RV, everyone in your RV must have both ROMP and camping wristbands.
Some campsites require that you park and hike into the area. If you have to park and hike your camping gear into the camping area, it should only be a 2-5 minute walk.
ROMP Camping 101

In preparation for this years festival, we asked our friend and long-time ROMP attendee and camping expert, Kelly Farr, for some ROMP camping tips.

Camping at Romp is an awesome way to immerse yourself in the full festival experience!  The following is a suggested list of things to bring and some tips for enhancing your camping experience.
  • suncreen/hat/sunglasses
  • water!
  • tent
  • sleeping bag
  • air mattress/cot/sleeping pad
  • pillow
  • extra tarp (can be used under tent for moisture, or above for shade)
  • flashlight/head lamp/lantern
  • fan (battery powered)
  • extra batteries
  • chair/blanket 
  • towel (hot showers available!)
  • bandana
  • rain jacket
  • bug spray
  • citronella candle 
  • hammock 
  • $ for vendors
  • Romp app to create your schedule
  • musical instrument/frisbee/hula hoop/etc
Camping Tips:
The first thing to do is chose your camping area, for example; late night, family friendly, etc.  Then you will need to chose a campsite.  Somewhere flat, with shade, and that will drain well in case of rain is ideal.  It will be helpful to put a tarp under your tent to protect from moisture.  An additional tarp can be hung over your tent for shade or extra rain protection.  Since it sometimes rains at Romp, it is a good idea to roll up your sleeping bags and clothing and place them in the middle of your tent to keep them from getting wet if you are away form your campsite.  It is also a good idea to keep your food/cooler outside your tent, or in your vehicle to keep animals from being tempted.  A bandana or blindfold can also keep the early morning sun out of your eyes if you need to sleep in a little.  Remember to drink plenty of water, and just ask the friendly ROMP staff if you have any questions!

Explore Yellow Creek Park

Beyond the music: Yellow Creek Park offers many activities for all age groups. Located in the park is a softball field, disc-golf course, tennis courts, and basketball courts. Along with these, there are spots for fishing as well as picnic shelters to cool off during the heat. The park also provides an idyllic nature trail stretching farther than two miles appealing to those who enjoy peaceful hikes and great scenery. Yellow Creek is very kid-friendly and includes a spray park and play ground for children, as well as playing home to the Western Kentucky Raptor Rescue Center and the ROMP mascot, Hootie. 
Jun 172017

I have been relentlessly preaching it to the high heavens since June 1st, GO TO Tumbleweed Festival at the end of July in Kansas City. Join me as I begin my next step in my devious plan to implement a full regime of Texas Red Dirt Country into my already huge palate I have for live music.

I am now fully featuring six main genres of local music and I do deviate from them at times when I like the music involved. But this event will certainly feature some really fine Red Dirt that doesn’t get to my neck of the woods all too often, so I’ll have to bring my crew out there.

Well here’s a little something the directors don’t know I have planned up my sleeve, I’ll be interviewing some of the people that are involved in the next few weeks. As I’m allowed to I’ll be featuring some of the performers that want to sit and chat for a moment with me.

So last weekend I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. William Higgins who created the page BLACKSHEEP a flock of Cody Jinks fans. Unless you have been under a rock you have witnessed Cody Jinks And The Tone Deaf Hippies blow up into a literal mega storm of sell outs and career growth in the last two years.

Part of this reason is the unwavering support of some 30,000 plus insane fans called “Flockers” that are a literal street army willing to do Cody Jinks any tasks needed to publicly boost his presence within the confines of the local music scenes.

Let’s be feasible for a moment shall we? Music is music and we do this for the love of the music, BUT it NEEDS our wallets to further it’s growth as well. We HAVE TO invest our time AND our money into this deal, this isn’t a free sharing, free giving freebie cycle ALL the time. True, we swap out staying at each other’s houses and split gas rides and food expenses, I’m NOT saying that’s bad and I’m also NOT telling you to skip the electric bill or let your cat starve.

But the ideology of guest list passes and “Oh I’m a promoter by sharing on social media every day” frame of mind isn’t good enough to be deemed liable to keep music afloat. People work, sound men, road crews, medical staff, and they ALL should be PAID.  Stop being couch warriors and get your butt down to a venue and OCCUPY A BAR               STOOL.

Needless to say these insane people….these “Flockers” THEY SPEND MONEY. They HAVE the RIGHT path to success, and because of these folks Cody Jinks merchandise sales and concert attendances  have skyrocketed  into amounts the bigwigs can NOT ignore. Because let’s face it folks, they don’t REALLY LOVE pop country….they love the REVENUE it brings. If WE TRULY WANT to fight this bastard of a problem we MUST FIGHT with our MONEY.


Tell me how you started the Flockers, and what made you start it?

Mr. William:

Well, It was actually at a show in Omaha, Nebraska. I had been to see Cody Jinks a couple other times before that, and I was involved in several other fan pages for some other artists. I started listening to Cody and kind of checking his stuff out there, and I noticed that he really didn’t have a fan group on Facebook. So I thought it would be a good idea and I talked to the guys that night about it, and they were on board.  So I kind of launched it November 15th of 2015 and it just took off from there.


And did you start it right from your home, or do you have an office, how do you operate?

Mr. William:

No,I began it from home. It’s basically just a Facebook page and there’s not a whole lot to it but it’s mostly getting it out there. It’s getting other supporters involved and getting his music heard, there’s no a whole lot of operation to it.


Do you guys have different chapters?

Mr. William:

Basically right now it’s just the Blacksheep page, we did start messing around with local chapters. We did start one group so we could see how it goes, and kind of see how a local chapter would work. You know, all of this operates under pretty much no funding, so everybody pretty much just puts in their own time. If there are any expenses the members cover that, we do not profit off of anything on the Blacksheep page. Our main thing is obviously is to get Cody’s music out and also support a lot of related artists that he works with, and continues to work with.


You guys have a lot of power, trust me, because I recently interviewed Mr. Austin Tripp. He said that when the Merle Haggard Tribute show was announcing they wanted artists, you guys shut their server down hollaring for Cody Jinks. Now, the promoter of that show told me in a text he really didn’t mind, but at the time dammit he was pissed. So you guys are really beating the pavement for Mr. Cody, and you are really doing it well. I think a huge portion of his success can actually be attributed to you guys really.

Mr. William:

Well you know that’s great to hear, I think Cody’s music speaks for itself and regardless of what we have done, it’s great to see it becoming so huge for sure.


Well let me tell you from a media standpoint. I’m a media guy that’s into so many genres and scenes, I’m into Rockabilly and Red Dirt, I’m tied in with Muddy Roots and I see and I watch what people do. The power that you guys have and the number that you have, you really make a difference for him…you really do. Now the main reason I’m wanting to talk to you is what will your role in Tumbleweed be, because this is going to be a side article for it that Mr. Doug doesn’t know about. So what exactly is your role in Tumbleweed going to be?

Mr. William:

Tumbleweed actually started off by one of the members of our group Doug Bordegon, and Borda productions is the name of the company that he owns. (GHC Yeah, he hired me).. Ultimately he asked us to become part of a unique situation by getting the fans involved within this festival. This festival is different in the aspect that it tapers around the fans and features the acts that they want to see.  He came to me and said he would really like to promote this around the Blacksheep page, and the Flockers group, and do some special things for you guys. Moreso it’s just a thank you for what we have done, we are going to have our own section for camping and we have the opportunity to introduce Cody and the Tone Deaf Hippies on stage. Now, he’s offering this to the other fan pages as well, the main thing is that we are getting the Blacksheep together and getting the word out there of Tumbleweed.  We are trying to get as many supporters as we can drawn to this thing in Kansas City.

GHC: He told me he was going to invite different people from different fan groups, he also invited several websites and I was one of them. Music festivals is a big portion of what I center on, I been doing this for about five years now and Outlaw Country is something that I have always featured from day 1. I been around Mr. Cody since he was playing gas stations, and I know all of these artists very very well. I been wanting to tie a lot of Red Dirt Country into my what I do. What are your feelings toward Tumbleweed, do you think it’s going to be a success?

Mr. William:

I think that last year was a little more tailored to pop country and people like that. I think that he saw this thing going further, and with that I think he wanted to do it right. He wants to get the Country sound out there with some authentic music, and from what I have heard the initial sales have already beat last year’s sales. So I think it will continue to grow from last year, and I think once people see this year and the authentic sound it will continue to grow in the future. We are really excited about that because he really wants us all to play a part in this going down the road too.


I was down there last week, I saw the venue it’s really nice. I was down there for another festival and I hosted a stage with Moe Bandy and Dale Watson. We did a little cross work down there my partner and I did and we thought it was a nice venue.

Mr. William:

Yeah we have seen videos of the area, I think it’s going to be pretty special.


I do too, I have pretty positive vibes about it. I like what he’s doing and some of the choices he has made. Are you tied in with Cody officially, or is this an unofficial thing, how does this work?

Mr. William:

No, we are defiantly unofficial we are not tied with Cody at all, however we do work with his management because they really like what we’re doing and they continue to do good things for us. They get us codes for pre sales and there’s going to be some more stuff coming up down the road, that he will have an official club being launched. We hope to play a supporting role in getting that going. It’s going to be most of the same members transferring over, and we will continue to work with his team. Having it as a group setting and not really an official site really gives a family aspect to it. A lot of these members have become friends through the site and one thing that I have really enjoyed seeing is the launching of a lot of other fan groups through this page. There is Whitey Morgan and Paul Cauthen and it just continues to keep growing., and we are really excited about that.


Is there merch available that my readers can buy from you guys?

Mr. William:

We do make limited runs of shirts from booster campaigns, and all of the profit from those campaigns go to St Judes Children’s Hospital. That came strictly from Cody that’s what he wanted us to do with the funds, and obviously that’s a great organization for us. St. Jude’s is one of those charities that is doing one hundred percent of what they are trying   to achieve.  We cannot think of a better way for proceeds to go from Flockers shirts, and we have raised over seven thousand dollars for them.


Ok, well listen it truly was nice talking with you Sir and I reckon we will finally meet at tumbleweed.

Mr. William:

That sounds wonderful Gary, thanks for everything.





Jun 152017

Hi everybody!

Hey I had an epiphany the other night while I was working on another project, WHY DON’T I make a weekly list of newly released albums of music that I love, and update it every couple nights.? Much like my list of weekly shows that I publish every week I shall now be posting every other night a good sized list of new albums I find from a TON of sources.

I’m not going to break it down into (what I will consider) my own genres, why should I? It’s just ALL damn good music no matter WHAT you call it, and I think you’ll agree that these are truly champion choices. I find out about SO MANY new bands and festivals every day by scouring the internet and subscribing to mailing lists and word of mouth.

My TOP 50 of ANY year is probably my most popular article of anything I ever publish that gets viewed by tens of thousands of people, my TOP 50 will indeed derive from this list here and I shall update this list several times a week. If YOU have some terrific suggestions for me you can hit me up on garyhayes2@yahoo.com

Sunny Sweeney-Trophy
JonEmery Dodds-Hell Rooster
Billie Gant And Nick Geise-On And On
Richie Allbright-Poets,Prophets,Heroes And Friends
Old 97’s-Graveyard Whistling
The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band- Front Porch Sessions
Split Lip Rayfield-On My Way
Natalie Hemby-Puxico
Ags Connolly-Nothin Unexpected
Dale Watson And Ray Benson-Dale And Ray
Band Of Heathens-Duende
Scott H Biram-The Bad Testament
Truckstop Honeymoon-Big Things And Little Things
Truckstop Gamblers-Here
Nikki Lane-Highway Queen
Infamous Stringdusters-Laws Of Gravity
Marty Stuart-Way Out West
Poor Man’s Whiskey-Rock Star On The Weekend
Southern Culture On The Skids-Electric Pinecones
Pert Near Sandstone-Discovery Of Honey
The Gibson Brothers-In The Ground
Cory Branon-Adios
The Traveli’n McCourys-Let Her Go
Tift Merritt-Stitch Of The World
John Hord-The Home You Made For Me
James Scott Bullard And The Late Night Sweethearts-Box Of Letters
William Matheny-Strange Constellations
Black Irish Texas-To Hell With The King
Jamie Wyatt-Felony Blues
Otis Gibbs-Mount Renraw
Austin James-Full Throttle
A.J. Hobbs-Too Much Is Never Enough
Fred Eaglesmith-Standard
Jeremy Steding- Odessa
Whitney Rose-South Texas Suite
Kris Kristofferson-The Austin Sessions
Kate Grom-Heroine
Lindi Ortega-Til The Goin Gets Gone
Drew Holcomb-New Year
Brad Good Band-One Red Light
Pat Waters-Heartbroke
Derek Anthony-Dreamcathcer
Greg Wickham-If I Left This World
Rebeca Loebe-Blink
The Drugstore Gypsies-Self Titled
Buzz Cason-Passion
Great American Taxi-Dr.Feelgood’s Traveling Medicine Show
Allison Krauss-Windy City
Travis Linville-Up Ahead
Patty Reese-Let In The Sun
Valerie June-The Order Of Time
Richard Lynch-Mending Fences
Koe Wetzel-Noise Complaint
Rodney Crowell-Close Ties
Tanner Fenoglio-This Town
Jess Wade-Country Comforts
Chris Shiflett- West Coast Town
Sam Outlaw-Tenderheart
Lillie Mae-Forever And Then Some
Blackfoot Gypsies-To The Top
Bobby Osborne-Original
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers-Sidelong
Scott H Biram-Bad Testament
Kody West-Green
Brett Hendrix-Brett Hendrix
Todd Adelman And The Country Mile-Time Will Tell
The String Cheese Incident-Believe
Andrew Combs-Canyons Of My Mind
Tim O Brien-Where The River Meets The Road
Joseph Huber- The Suffering Stage
Angaleena Presley-Wrangled
The Hooten Hallers-Hooten Hallers
Joey Feek-If Not For You
Jericho Woods-Better Now
Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
Willie Nelson-God’s Problem Child
The Dead South-Illusion And Doubt
Colter Wall-Colter Wall
Delbert McClinton-Prick Of The Litter
Sarah Shook And The Disarmers-Sidelong
Justin Townes Earle-Kids In The Street
Lorin Walker Madsen- Slave Of The Road
Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters-Amanda Anne Platt And The Honeycutters
The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam-A Drink After Midnight
Rob McNurlin-Tent Of The Wicked
Hot Rod Walt And The psycho Devilles-Swingin On The Moon
Mike And The Moonpies Live At Winstar Casino (From December 2016)
Kasey Chambers-Dragonfly
BR5-49- Meet Me In Saint Louis
40orty-Happy Murder
The Dustbowl Revival
Bob Wayne-Bad Hombre
J.P.Harris-Why Don’t We Duet In The Woods
Jessi Colter-The Psalms
John Moreland-Big Bad luv
Andrew Pope-Stoned On The One
Reid Farris-Reid Farris
John Hord-The Home You Made For Me
Barnyard Stompers-Outlaws With Chainsaws Part II The Payback
Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors-Souvenir
Leslie Tom-Leslie Tom
Travis Linville-Up Ahead
Greg Wicham-If I Left This World
Rebecca Loebe-Blink
Allison Krauss-Windy City
Jason Eady-Jason Eady
Sallie Ford-Soul Sick
Scott Hrabko And The Rabbits-Summer
Kimberly Dunn-New Smoke Show Volume 1
William Matheny-Strange Constellations
Daniel Romano-Modern Pressure
Bobby Bare-Things Change
Steel Woods-Straw In The Wind
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit-The Nashville Sound
Steve Earle And The Dukes-So You Wanna be An Outlaw?
The Mastersons-Transient Lullaby
Hannah Aldridge- Gold Rush
Charlie Worsham-Beginning Of Things
Old Salt Union-Old Salt Union
Jonathan Parker-Back To Earth
John Buchanon- Proving Grounds
Jon Byrd- Dirty Ol River
Donna Lynn Gaskey-The Love She Shows
The Dustbowl Revival- The Dustbowl Revival
Andy Hall- Let The Steel Play
Jeff Tweedy-Together At Last
Joe Holt-The Person I Admire
Sam Baker- Land Of Doubt
Yonder Mountain String Band-Love Ain’t Love
Shakey Graves And The Horse He Rode In On-Nobody’s Fool
Pierce Edens-Stripped Down Gussied Up
North Mississippi All Stars-Pray For Peace
Kayla Luky-Back To Dirt
Robyn Ludwick-This Tall To Ride
Amilia K Spicer-Wow And Flutter
The Borther Brothers- Tugboats
Sera Cahoone-From Where I Started
David Childers-Run Skeleton Run
Slaid Cleaves-Ghost On The Car Radio
Jefferson Ron-Live At Hillbilly Haiku
Don Gallardo-Live On Sunday
Selwyn Birchwood-Pick Your Poison
Rick Shelly-Hope Wrapped Razor Wire
Willie Payne Harrison-East Nashville Blues
Shawna Russell-Back around
Hunter Rae Band-Lovin’ Ain’t Free
Blake Torry-Toast to The Stars
Damon Curtis-Changing Lanes
Aaron Copeland-Aaron Copeland
Clayton Landua-Native
Introducing…The Powell Brothers
Mary Bragg-Lucky Strike
Julia Hatfield-Hopeless Romantic

Jun 132017

You know folks I do a LOT of these festival articles, A LOT… for those that do not follow me as much I write 175 of these per year, and this one of them at the TOP of my radar list I haven’t physically been to…yet. Up there in Northeastern Ohio you have my fine friends at Duck Creek Log Jam are at it again for some early summer camping fun.

From their website:

The Duck Creek Log Jam is part amazing music festival and part classic camping trip, set in the Midwest’s most scenic region, Ohio’s Hocking Hills! Get ready for a genuine, family-owned, off-the-beaten-path music festival where you can stomp your feet, holler out loud, meet new friends, party the night away and enjoy a truly great outdoor festival experience.

What Makes Duck Creek special?
We are dedicated to providing you with a stripped down and authentic music festival experience in a beautiful natural setting. Our “small-by-design” approach ensures that you have room to spread out a bit and won’t have to deal with the long lines and overcrowding you find at other fests. We focus on keeping things simple, creating a respectful (yet fun) party atmosphere, and providing a soundtrack that will get you Yee-hawing!

Duck Creek ain’t your Grandpappy’s Bluegrass Festival!
Yes, we focus on Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Roots, Rock and what have you, but our acts tend to be more of a modern interpretation of the classic genres. Expect some high energy and fast moving performances.

We hope to see you at Duck Creek…Yip! Yip!


The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

,Henhouse Prowlers,

Billy Strings,

Old Salt Union,

Wood & Wire,

The Last Revel,



Erika Hughes and The Well Mannered,

Squirrel Kickers,

Lucky Holler Boys,

Mr. Erics music,

Chris Bishop,

The Fret Mashers




Baymont Inn & Suites Logan


2-star hotel
Low-key hotel with pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express Hocking Hills-Logan


2-star hotel
Standard hotel offering free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express Hocking Hills-Logan

2-star hotel
Standard hotel offering free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Baymont Inn & Suites Logan

2-star hotel
Low-key hotel with pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Glenlaurel A Scottish Inn & Cottages

Posh, romantic quarters with fireplaces
Free breakfast

Crockett’s Run

Group lodging & event site with hot tubs

Old Man’s Cave Chalets Inc

3-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi

Lotus Lake Lodge


Lodge 10010 Stage Rd

Inn Towner Motel

Humble rooms & complimentary parking

Mokas Management Inc

Hotel 23095 Buena Vista Rd

Vanderbuilt Lodge


Hotel 18689 Webster Rd

Webbpointe Lodge


Luxury Hotel 18127 OH-374

Redwood Lodge


Hotel 11921 Woodland Ridge Rd,

Rush Resort Luxury Lodging


Lodge 20393 Webster Rd

Ponderosa Cabin


Hocking hills

Hotel 12521 Jack Run Rd

Baymont Inn & Suites Lancaster

2-star hotel
Modest budget lodging with a pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Black Bear Hideaway


Hotel 11786 Woodland Ridge Rd

Red Pine Cabin

Hotel 16236 Collison Rd

Old Man’s Cave – Aspen

Hotel 29879 Blosser Rd

Hocking Cottage.com

Hotel 13548 Hildebrandt Rd

Relax Inn

2-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi

Jun 102017

This year the R.O.P.E. gathering moved from the Shriner’s Temple to the Nashville Palace, This for me is the ULTIMATE fan club party. Sadly I just don’t get to come visit as often as I’d like to however when I can, baby it’s on! You basically wander around and get pictures, and hear stories of days long past. This is the largest music business internal function of it’s kind and I feel that we as young people need to preserve and continue this function. This function is integral to the continuation and preservation of Country Music as a whole.

R.O.P.E. stands for the Reunion Of Professional Entertainers and was started  by a bunch of industry people to make an effort to have a purpose for everyone to gather an catch back up. The music industry isn’t exactly like most people think, and it isn’t a big huge party where they all hang out at each other’s houses and drink. Everybody is usually busy and touring and recording and also doing shows, so this is a chance to ease down and enjoy some brotherhood.

Bill Anderson is signing his book he wrote with Pete Cooper and it highlights his career that spans almost sixty years, to which he has written and published literally hundreds of classic Country Music songs. He has contributed to Country Music more than pretty much anybody alive I could name that is alive today.

Country Music is alive and well here at the Nashville Palace during Fan Fair with one hell of a gathering here today, with the likes of Leona Williams, Dallas Wayne, Jeannie Seely, Melissa Luman Phillips, Bobby Lewis, Dickey Lee,Tommy Cash… man I could go and on…..they are all here right now.

After the usual Whitt’s Barbecue meal they serve before the music begins and prayers provided by the President Billy Henson we had the music commence and were treated to a very touching rendition of “America The Beautiful” from one of the steel guitar’s finest players Mr.Ron Elliott. Mr. Ron played with Stonewall Jackson and many more, and he is truly one of the instrument’s finest Legends. I plan to contact him in the near future for an interview in my “Steel Guitarists Along The Road” series, where I interview different steel players and you can see them HERE.

Country Music artist Mr. Bobby Marquez  graced the stage today with his song “She’s Not From Texas, She’s From Heaven”. He played his song  that George Strait recorded for him several years back that is a beautiful waltz, and he delivers it with such sincerity that who couldn’t enjoy it.

Tonight’s R.O.P.E. band was Mr. Ron Elliott on steel, Mr. Charlie Vaughn on lead guitar,Mr. David Johnson on fiddle, Mr. Willie Rainsford on piano, Miss Dina Johnson on drums and Mr. Larry Barnes on bass.

Next, Mr. Bobby played the song “Complicated Woman” that was written by The “Georgia Quacker” Mr. Gerald Smith and Mr. Buddy Owens. He closed his portion of the show with an acoustic song called “The Cowboy Way”. What a treat it truly was to finally get the chance to cover his music tonight on my website.

I want to take a brief moment to stop and THANK Mr. Keith Bilbrey for always emceeing these events and for his participation in my youth. If you are reading this, you and many others pretty much raised me Sir, and I’m truly thankful for that. Country Music is ALL I know and ALL I’m good at and I’m proud of that, YOU and ALL of these Legends were a HUGE PART of my childhood and my teens. Also Miss Leslie Ann Elliott for her role in R.O.P.E. and what she does for this function, she always lets me order a ticket and pay when I get there. As you know I was on the road in K.C. doing work for Moe Bandy and Dale Watson at Westport Roots Festival.

Folks I have covered the lovely Miss Mandy Barnett many times on this website but tonight it was VERY special to get to cover her at this type of event. She opened with a Hank Thompson classic entitled “Six Pack To Go”, from 1960. She followed that with two classic Patsy Cline songs, which as you know she often portrays Miss Patsy Cline in plays all over the nation. “He’s Got You, and I Fall To Pieces” were two Hank Cochran songs she did, followed by a song by the great Mosey Lister called “Where No One Stands Alone.

Country Legend Mr. Tim Atwood the piano genius made one of my Top 50 Albums of 2015 in years past with his album “Buy This Piano A Drink”. He is indeed a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry of many years of house band service before he wrongfully let go. “Don’t The Girls Get Prettier At Closing Time” was his opener along with his piano medley including ” Behind Closed Doors’ Blueberry Hill and Last Date”.

He played one really funny one called “Retired” and one called “Mom” before he went into the ever popular classic “Amazing Grace” and he closed with his song “I’ll Stand Up”.

Country Legend Miss Jody Miller has been silent for many years however today she finally gets credit on this website and it was truly a pleasure to cover her classic songs like “Down To The River” and her answer song to Roger Millers “King Of The Road” and that song is called “Queen Of The House”.

Her crown jewel song in my opinion was “Long Black Limousine” and another answer song to George Strait’s “All My Exes Live In Texas” and that song was called “From Your Exes Down In Texas”.

Finally we had Mr. Rex Allen Jr. Son of Singing Cowboy Legend Rex Allen, pretty much the last of the Singing Cowboys of the silver screen era. Honestly this part of history fascinates me and I study it often. “It’s Over” was one of his first songs along with “Looking For Lonely Street”.

He told us memories of his filming over one hundred episodes of the Statler brother’s television show, and how he had to write his own father a check as well as Roy Rogers to join him in recording the song called “The Last Of The Silver Screen Cowboys”. He closed his set with the ever popular hymn “When The roll Is Called Up Yonder”.

I always have a wonderful time at this function and I always enjoy spending time with the people involved with this scene as well as all of the ones I am involved with. I plan to continue covering the music they embrace here and we need MORE young people to become involved with these fine Legends.

Jun 082017

Lately I have been so busy at festivals and CMA Fest ( to me it’s STILL Fan Fair) that I haven’t been able to update this as much as I’d like to, and I apologize. It’s NOT easy to do what I do, but I keep on rolling on as best as I can. So if YOU have a show YOU would like added to my list PLEASE email me at

Sarah Gayle Meech
Robert’s July 12,13,15 20,21,22,26,2729

Mandy Barnett
3rd And Lindsley July 13th, 20th, 27th, and August 3rd.

Charlie Worsham
The Basement East July 24rth

Johnny Fritz and Joshua Hedley
The Basement July 23rd

The Warehouse Mt. Victor July 27th

Andrew Combs
The Basement July 27th

Cory Branon
The Basement East July 27th

Cody Jinks
Skypac June 28th

Tommy Ash
Dees Country Lounge June 30th

Jimmy Fortune
July 29th Kentucky Opry

Old Salt Union
The High Watt August 2nd

Kristiana Murray
The Basement East August 2nd and 5th

Justin Wells
The Wash August 4rth

Sierra Hull
Ryman August 6th

Gillian Welch
Ryman August 7th

Emi Sunshine
3rd And Lindsley August 10th

Bonnie Bishop
3Rd And Lindsley August 11th

John Conlee
August 12th Kentucky Opry

Wanda Jackson
City Winery August 16th

Old Salt Union
Friday After Five Owensboro Ky August 18th

Moore And Moore
Nashville Palace August 18th

Lee Ann Womack
Plaza Theater Glasgow Ky August 24th

Blackfoot Gypsies
A Frame Bowling Green Ky August 25th

Allison Moorer
City Winery September 1st

Waymores Outlaws
Bank Plaza September 8th

Tyler Childers
The Basement September 14th

Barnyard Stompers
Spillway Bar And Grill September 16th

Jimmy Fortune
Cave City Ky Sept 28th

Mandolin Orange
Mercy Lounge September 29th

Gene Watson
September 29th and 30th Kentucky Opry

Aaron Watson
Ryman Auditorium October 4rth

Gene Watson
October 6th Kentucky Opry

Horseshoes And Hand Grenades
3rd And Lindsley October 13th

Josh Turner
Owensboro Convention Center October 13th

Cody Jinks
Ryman Auditorium October 20th and 21st

IIIrd tyme Out
The Nashville Palace November 2nd

Riders In The Sky
City Winery November 12th

Jun 062017

12th Annual Pondstock is way out there in Trenton Nebraska about two miles east, exists one of the coolest festivals I have never been to yet, pondstock At Lake Hedke is now under It’s 12th annual run. I have heard independent acts like St. Christopher (who is a friend) speak VERY excitedly about this event. This is one of the few festivals I have very little information about right now and as I learn more about this festival I will be including it into this series and continue to cover this festival for years to come.

I recently talked with the festival director of this event and he said this is a one hundred percent independent festival on a venue called Pondstock and it is on Lake Hedke Nebraska, thus the name. This will be a Thursday, Friday and Saturday event and for a full schedule you can click on the link above.

There is a food vendor and also band merch areas where you can buy the albums and shirts you love so much!  For all other questions and where to purchase tickets please contact the festival team at the above link.

The Peculiar Pretzelmen
Whiskey Dick
Saint Christopher
Urban Pioneers
Reverend Deadeye
Super Moon
The Ditchrunners
Freight Train Rabbit Killer
SS Web
Dig Deep
Randy Olinger
Smokestack Relics
Kiel Grove
Lorin Walker Madsen and the Hustlers
Mr. Smith
el Jefe
Alex Culbreth
Country Rebels
The Devil’s Cut
Matthew James and the Rust Belt Union

Free parking and camping, no dogs or glass bottles. 21 and over ID required. Food vending provided by Grinders.

Music is Thursday through Saturday. Price is $15 for Thursday, $25 for Friday, and $25 for Saturday.

A limited amout of early bird tickets (100) will be available for $40 which will take care of all 3 days. Price goes up after that.

Now I’m sure there will be a number of folks like myself that just cannot (or don’t) camp, so like every festival edition I have indeed researched local area hotels for you:

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites McCook, NE


Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 15% off

Days Inn McCook


2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Chief Motel


3-star hotel
Motel with a pool, WiFi & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Cobblestone Hotel & Suites


3-star hotel
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
Jun 042017

Austin Tripp
Travis Egnor
Brett Robinson
David Mills
Johnny Up

Country Music has THREE staple pillars of it’s foundation or it’s backbone if you will. Those are in this order the songwriter, the producer, and the steel guitar in my opinion it takes those three to make a classic Country Music album. My point being Willie Nelson “Red Headed Stranger” and “Wanted The Outlaws” as two prime examples that had all three. Shooter will tell you rapidly “Wanted The Outlaws” was the first platinum selling Country Music album EVER and defied the sough it was initially given by Nashville in the 1970’s.

Local music as a whole contains such a plethora of well rounded steel guitarists and pickers waiting for you to discover them if you are willing to wade through the broken beer bottles and travel the worn out back alleys of America to find them. You have to look in the places most normal people wouldn’t, and you have to listen. You have to brave the heat and cold and discomfort of the fields and farms that spew forth these festivals, mostly you have to study and watch for them.

Well folks THIS EDITION of my steel guitar interviews was taken LIVE from the Westport Roots Festival with none other than the local Kentucky hired gun himself KC Steeler or Mr. Colm Chomicky, who plays for the Blue Boot Healers and many other Kansas City Bands.

I got a moment to pull him off to the side and had it filmed LIVE in the alley in back of the Lagunitas Stage about the time Mr. Jack Grelle was playing. I had Miss Sara Leann Shulte film this for us as we had a short chat about his personal career, and the future of the band as a whole.

As you can see below he plays with very disciplined and exact precision in his own right. I studied his movements and his mannerisms kind of close on many of their songs, and also I noticed other players using his instrument for different sets and it sounded different. Now y’all KNOW me and my nerdy ways and my question that remains was WHY?
Is it how they hold the bar or is it tuning? What makes these players so different, and how do they do this?

Well folks here is my plan, in the later editions of this series (for those of you that devoutly follow it) I’ll be interviewing the other players that can one day answer those questions and squelch my quandary. This festival last weekend was choked FULL OF damn fine players and I wanted to interview them ALL but I simply could not.

Jun 032017

This is a very very special edition of my festival article series folks, another mammoth outdoor festival in the Kansas City area so I’ll be researching hotels for this one people. My GOD the absolutely amazing lineup that has become one of the hottest upcoming events of 2017. Once I print you the lineup links you’ll not even need a second opinion before venturing over to the ticket link.

This is going to be a different take on most festivals folks because it’s going to involve more than just the bands and musicians they plan to include many of the fan factions of the artists as well. The festival director plans to include the popular support group of Cody Jinks called The Flockers, tomorrow I’ll be talking with one of their representatives concerning what their role will be in this event. I’ll be adding that conversation on this article as well as updating it many times before my crew and I head down there.

I’m telling you that right there in the middle of America we got Red Dirt meets touring Outlaw acts meets Americana acts all rolled into one big outdoor stage. I’m going to be studying this event thoroughly in the next few weeks, and I’ll be promoting this festival HEAVILY in the next few weeks.

Now folks some of these festivals I do a lot of work for, but this one I’ll be HEAVILY promoting and doing research for this one because this is their second year of operation, and we want to see this festival grow. Additionally I am currently attempting to bring in more Red Dirt Country into my format, so this worked out well on both ends.

Jamey Johnson

Cody Jinks

Roger Creager

Whitey Morgan

William Clark Green

Billy Joe Shaver

Ward Davis

Sunny Sweeney

Colter Wall

Jason Eady

Paul Cauthen

Jamie Wyatt

Courtney Patton

Mikey ML750 Lamantia

Damien Gunn

Best Hotel for Tumbleweed:

Located less than 15 Minutes from Tumbleweed festival grounds:

Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City

Located 12 minutes from Tumbleweed festival grounds.
Recognized with the 2015 Certificate of Excellence award by TripAdvisor.
US News Top 6 Hotel in Missouri.

Ameristar Casino and Hotel of Kansas City is your ultimate hotel and closest to Tumbleweed. This award winning hotel has it all; Casino, Restaurants, Views and Room Service and Bars.

Learn More About the Hotel HERE

But Wait, There’s More!

An additional twenty-two hotels are located within 20 minutes from the festival site. They range from budget to four-star accommodations. I was recently out in this area last weekend and I got to see the venue firsthand, there are plenty of hotels and stores nearby.

In time I shall also research area restaurants as well, this article will be constantly added to in the next few weeks.

CLICK HERE for a listing and map of these hotels!

The Tumbleweed Payment Plan enables you to get tickets now and pay nothing for six months. No interest, no payments for six months. You can buy tickets of all types HERE. YES FOLKS for this festival you can purchase tickets on a layaway plan! THIS IS the FIRST festival I have EVER witnessed this happen.

– Camping is a separate ticket (add-on)
– RV Campers must have (1) RV pass for the vehicle and Forest Camping Pass for each individual
– All campers must also have an access pass to enter the festival or camping grounds.
– Thursday night add-on campers must also have a Forest Camping pass

– On Thursday, July 27th, Thursday Night campers have access at 5:00pm. Gates open for early entry and VIP at 4:45pm. Gates close Thursday night at midnight. No access after midnight, so please plan accordingly!
– On Friday, July 28th, campers have access at 1:00pm. Gates open for early-entry and VIP attendees at 12:00pm. Standard entry is at 2pm
– On Saturday, July 29th, gates open at 11:30am
– All attendees must exit by 12:00/noon Sunday


Welcome to Tumbleweed Country Music Festival. We’re here to answer your questions! Check out the references below and don’t hesitate to reach out via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and however else you can find us!

Receive special offers and be the first to know about special sales, announcements and the lineup! Click here to submit your email!

This is a family-friendly festival along the gorgeous Missouri River bank covered by mature trees with a playground. Kids 10 years and younger are free!


NO coolers inside Main Stage area (permitted only in camping)
NO Loitering, drinking or grilling in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO sleeping in cars in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO outside food or drink (permitted in camping)
NO weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, guns, tasers)
NO drones

Contained fires are permitted until 2:30am and must be in a 36″ metal fire container with a screen on top (standard at all retailers). If you bring a fire pit, you must also have a 10lb fire extinguisher with it. We’re camping in a forest!

Grills are permitted.


– Printed off tickets. We will not accept electronic versions off of your cell phone, receipts, etc. Your ticket must be a hard copy printed off on paper. If your ticket does not scan you will not be granted access.

– Credit Card/ATM Card/Cash- some vendors accept cash only, parking is cash only (see parking info below), liquor/beer sales will accept credit cards in some locations. Please CARPOOL! Parking is $30 per vehicle (except for RV’s) to encourage car-pooling and funds go to the city for the facility usage and cleanup.

– Your ID, a SMILE and some killer boots!!!



On Thursday, July 27th, Thursday Night campers have access at 5:00pm. Gates open for early entry at 4:00pm.

On Friday, July 28th, campers have access at 1:00pm. Gates open for early-entry attendees at 12:00pm. Standard entry is at 2pm.  On Saturday, July 29th, gates open at 11:30am. All attendees must exit by 12:00/noon Sunday.


Please visit www.Ticketfly.com or call 877.435.9849

Pets: Allowed with Service Animal or Companion Pet documentation

Grills: Allowed

Open Camp Fires: Not Allowed (must be contained in metal fire pit container with mesh cover)


Please make sure your address is imputed EXACTLY as your address on file with your credit card company. Please contact your CC company or check your statement to verify address on file. Any error no matter how small will decline your attempt. This is put in place to reduce fraud associated with purchases.


Yes, all ages are welcome. Kids 10 and under are free!


For all ticket concerns or questions please call Ticketfly at 877.435.9849. Please note that ALL SALES ARE FINAL. No Refunds for any reason. We will not respond to refund requests. Thank you.


Please email tumbleweed@bordaproductions.com. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. Please note that ALL SALES are FINAL. No refunds for any reason. We will not respond to refund requests. Thank you.


Only in VIP.


Yes, you will be able to come and go as you wish. Please note that you will be subject to search each time you enter the festival grounds. This is purely for the safety of our guests. PLEASE, there is ZERO loitering in the parking areas and will be strictly enforced for safety reasons.




Set times will be posted closer to the festival dates. Please take the time to explore Tumbleweed, as there are some things happening that will not be posted, and will be exciting to find on your own.


Please complete a media form located on the Contact Us page.


There will be a variety of food/beverage/alcohol/arts-crafts/apparel/ and more.

Motorcycle Parking?

Motorcycles will park on the concrete parking lot near the entrance gate. Limited space available: first come, first reserve!

TW Motorcycle



Yes, all ticket levels will have unrestricted access to the front of the stage. No special pit tickets or similar exists.


Please visit www.Ticketfly.com or call 877.435.9849


Just like any event ALL SALES ARE FINAL. When purchasing your ticket you agreed to our ticketing terms. We do not offer refunds for any reason. We will unable to respond to refund requests. Thank you.


Yes. Everyone is allowed in the event with a ticket. Kids 10 and younger are free!


Yes, you MUST print off your tickets on to paper. No other form will be accepted. We will be scanning printed off tickets only. If your ticket does not scan you will not be granted access.


Yes, at higher ‘gate’ prices.


Single Day passes to Tumbleweed are not sold.







It’s open first-come-first reserve camping with a recommended space of 10ft x 15ft per person, but you can camp with friends, family, etc. No true restriction on a reasonable camping area :).


Yes, as many times as you want.


A camping pass is required to enter the camping grounds. One Camping Pass = One Entrance to Camping.

You cannot camp without a festival pass.


Only campers can bring in beer and/or liquor to the campgrounds. No outside food/drink in the main stage area.


There will be 24hr security. There will be water and ice for sale, as well as ATMs and a variety of vendors within the venue.


There will be medical assistance available throughout the campgrounds and festival site. You can stop any officer you see, or any staff member you see, for assistance.


Go to the Tumbleweed information/ticket booth near the main entrance of the festival.


There will be no campfires of any kind allowed. Burn it down on the dance floor! Grills are permitted.






Dependent on crowd size. WiFi connections may be available for a small fee.


No. Upon arrival, you will be directed into the main parking area. Camping is located within the park therefore no cars are allowed. Please walk your belongings to the camping area which is very close to the parking lot.



No. You can purchase water and/or refill at FREE water stations.


Yes. No loitering in the parking lots.





Jun 032017

WOW what can I say about all this, this was quite an honor to be the emcee and fellow sponsor alongside Lagunitas beer and others, sorry guys I could only imbibe in a few beers this weekend, as this is serious business to me. I got to enjoy responsibly and watch all our wonderful patrons drink and be happy as SO MANY Honky Tonk bands tore this tent UP.

Four Roses Bourbon I had a small glass of it before my music started to calm my nerves with Sara, she was running back and forth to my partner whom had a vendor booth on Pennsylvania Avenue. I also need to thank PaPa Keno’s Pizza for catering the backstage area, with the biggest pizzas I have EVER witnessed. You had to roll it up to eat it, East Coast pizza was SO GOOD and I look forward to having it every year. Every city I do jobs in, I have my favorite eating places and hotels I return to, I have this music website whittled down to a complete and precise science to bring YOU the BEST coverage of local and independent music I can.

I did get to float around just a little bit and I did get to wander over to the saloon to see a few bands, but really I had to focus my attention to the outdoor stage. I am going to embed some videos from the Westport Saloon stage that my good friend Dustin Doug ran on behalf of Pirate Farm Radio. There was just SO MUCH going on at the same time from 11AM all the way into the wee hours of the night. Hell, after my stage was over with and my hosting was done I went over to Riot Room to see the Goddamn Gallows play until 1:00AM. So needless to say it was well over a 15 hour day for my crew and I.

My stage began with Mr. Matt Campbell as he brought the trio of Mr. Frank Pryor, Mr. Christian Hayden, and Mr. Jason Verstegen to the table today. They displayed some truly fine guitar work along with well written songs here today as they opened with “Ditch Digger’s Blues” along with his most notable song he does “I Found Jesus Down At Robert’s Western World”.

This was called “writers on The Rocks Brunch” and it featured Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club (Joey Henry is part of the Calamity Cubes), Mr. Adam Lee, Mr. Rex Hobart (of the Misery Boys) Mr. Anthony Ladesick, Mr. Tyler Gregory and Mr. W.T. Newton. This took place at the Saloon across the alley as I was preparing for my stage.

“The B&O Blues and Can’t Slow Down” were next as a medley along with a song called “Here And Gone”. One of the finer songs with more guitar solos was the song called “West Texas Blues”. Next was the song “Miles Apart” and Christmas in Nashville”, because of the unfortunate cancellation of Mr. Jesse Dayton we had to let Me. Matt play a little longer than planned. But I’ll tell you what we truly enjoyed his set tonight with songs like “Simple Twist Of Fate” and “Pillar Of Fire”.

“Twice As Big” was good but another favorite of mine was the song “Trading Teardrops”, I think that’s a well written song. “My Mind Still Sets On You” and “Back In The Country” were next along with his closing songs ‘My Mind Still Sets On You” and Erenst Tubb’s song “You Nearly Loose Your Mind”.  This man’s music was an absolute treasure and a perfect way to begin an entire day here of music.

All while this was transpiring there was music starting all over the entire district  and I shall be including some of the sets that happened over at the Westport Saloon as well. This next act introduced me to a dang fine steel guitarist, and the more I got to dwell on him the more I thought HEY why not do a LIVE edition of “Steel Guitarists Along The Road” so later on that will be a side article.

The Blue Boot Healers Mr. Marty Smeller, Mr. Dane Talley, KC Steeler,and Cheddar make up this Kansas City favorite of Honky Tonk bar bands. They have been around for a few years here and I was instantly a fan of theirs.

They started with “Breaking The Mold” and went into “The Bottle Got The Best Of Me”. Almost immediately we were treated to some really fine steel guitar licks and Honky Tonk thump. ‘Get In The Car” was next along with “My Baby Went To Holland” , and the song “Four Or Five Times” was one of the good ones they played.

“Three Of You” and “Shot Gun” were next on their list of busting your chops and hurting your heart up there this afternoon, we already had quite a party going on in there earlier than any of the other venues. “Hard Habit” was one of my favorite songs they played, “New Grass” was next along with “Video Queen”.

They closed their set “Southbound” and “San Antone”. All the while this was transpiring there were stages in five other locations going on at once, I’ll post videos from the other stages as I can find them for you. If you remember last year I had the Bastard Children Of Booker Noe on my stage.

If you remember from last year I had this gentleman on my stage Mr.Jack Grelle who released a DAMN FINE album called “Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down” in October of 2016. I have always enjoyed his music and his friendship, to be honest we don’t get to see each other often enough. Earlier this year some inconsiderate asshole printed a really mean article about him and some other bands, and went so far as to insult his appearance. This angered me that anyone would waste time using their journalistic talents to degrade ANYBODY. You will NOT SEE that on THIS website about ANYBODY, Mr. Jack doesn’t deserve that shit. He truly represents the humanitarian side of music and stands up for his personal beliefs, and he deserves to be commended  for his passion.

He opened with “Four Doors” now that one is off “Steering Me Away” which was his new album when he played my stage last year, followed by “Hearts For Mine” and “Birthday Cards” both off of the mentioned new album there.  One nice thing about these two years was I got to witness first hand his growth as an artist and songwriter, and I had the chance to personally analyze the directions he is taking.

“Got Dressed Up To Be Let Down” was the title song to his new album, and this was the first time I had the chance to hear it live. I work second shift and it’s difficult to attend every show I’d like to. ‘Changes Never Made” was a good one off ‘Steering Me Away”. He continued with “Winter Wind” and followed that with “Won’t Come Back”.

“Only In My Dreams” came before “These Walls” and then he played one of my favorites he does called ‘Chase You Across The Country”.  He closed his portion with “hooked On your Lovi’n” and lastly was “New Mexico”.

Miss Savanna Chestnut was playing over at the Westport Saloon along with my good buddy Mr. Sean K Preston. Not long ago he sent me his new single called “Barnburner” and I waited until now until to feature it.
I watched this set for sure, along with ALL of them I missed. Like I said folks there was just SO MUCH going on all at once. Is this article too much information to take in for y’all…I’m JUST getting started, go get another beer and some popcorn.

Miss Savanna Chestnut is a truly gifted songwriter for sure, and the song “She’s Missing Him” was a WELL WRITTEN song for sure I am a now a BIG FAN of hers! She played some mighty fine covers as well, and brought a damn fine set to the table over there.

Folks right there is little old me introducing this next band which is a little of both singers Mr. Brook Blanche and Mr. Clayton Smith both from respective bands, and Miss Karen Anne on upright bass. Mr. Brook has always been one of my personal favorite people in the Roots Music scene, and one of the originals as well. Joining them on the steel guitar tonight was Mr. Tyler  Giles Roberson, whom also played with my next band. This band is called Wallula

They opened with “Tale Of Two Children” and went on into “Empty Promises”, like I said they take turns doing the lead vocal duties and I’ll probably feature them more in depth sometime soon. “Bind My Heart” was next along with “Down South”.  They both displayed a delivery of fine songwriting, and a different approach that I was expecting from them together.  I do enjoy Mr. Brooke’s solo music as well as the Calamity Cubes, but songs like “Wolf” were a little more Honky Tonk than Rootsy sounding..and that’s not a bad thing either. This is certainly an incredible project they have going here.

“Your Side” was next followed by a song called “Problems” ,”Hey Kid” and another aptly called “LSD”. Every band was carefully chosen and placed quite well this weekend, my stage here was NO exception. “Lazy Susan” was next and they closed with “prettiest Girl”.

Honky Tonk Habit was a mess of people and a whole mess of Honky Tonk twang, I mean Mr. Gravy Boat plays two things at once AND has a dobro waiting on the floor. The man is an absolute string slayer!  I’ll for sure be including him in my Steel Guitarists Along The Road series SOON.

From the website: Westport Roots Festival this weekend! HonkyTonk Habit is on at 5:15pm Saturday and will feature Dusty Rust on the drums, Tyler Giles on guitar and an original tune, Betsey Mae on bass, and 4 of her original tunes! Chad “Gravy Boat” Graves is even doing a couple originals and a Mark Cassidy tune! In fact, aside from a couple duets Betsey and Chad will sing this set will be all original tunes! A first for the Habit! There will be no changeover time before we go into Dust Rust’s set with Adam Watson on drums and Chelsea Rae on bass!

So they opened with an energetic song called “Honky Tonk Habit” and went into a song called “Country Rain”. After that came the song “Lonesome Shadow” and one called “Goodbye To You”. This man plays a banjo on a stand an upright guitar AND a steel, if that’s not bad assed I do NOT KNOW what is!

“Hard Way” was next followed by “These Lips”, I did notice the cover “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”. I’m telling you this band was more twang and hardcore beer drinking rhythms than even I could fathom. “So They Say” was next followed by “Last Light” and “Dad’s Truck” and they closed with “Show You”.

So up there are a few videos to keep you informed of the bands that were over at the Westport Saloon while mine was going on, and as ALWAYS they stream ALL their live music EVERY NIGHT on their Youtube channel. Go hop on over and watch the finest Kansas City Roots music EVER!

Mr.Dusty Rust was another young man I had on my stage last year, and I’ll tell you what I was VERY happy to see him again. He and his wife Miss Chelsea Rae are two of the nicest people you’ll ever run into in Kansas City. Truly a pleasure to call them friends of the road.

So his set started with “Country Side Ride” and went into “I’m Getting Drunk Tonight” (which is what I’m doing as I write this) and another song called “Samantha”. “If You’re Gonna Leave Me” was next followed by “Barstool”.
He then went into Merle Haggard’s “Working Man’s Blues”.

He shows truly fine stage presence and stands confident behind the lead spot on songs like “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven” and “Happy Father’s Day”, and he closed his set with ‘Ride On”. I’ll tell you what you can go on over to the saloon every Thursday night to see him play his shows, I watch on Youtube all the time.

Outlaw Jim And The Whiskey Benders were another Kansas City Outlaw Country band that came out tonight to play us some damn fine Honky Tonk Country. These guys were truly a five piece extravaganza of twang and steel guitar, and I truly enjoyed their set. I feel the need to apologize to them publicly on the short introduction, but I was told to now keep it to a minimum for time reasons…the BEST is YET to come folks!

They opened with “Guitars And Outlaws” and played one called “Rock Bottom” as they brought us more of that hardcore Honky Tonk sound. Mr. Jim has a very unique vocal style in his own right, it was different and I enjoyed it. With songs like “Drinkin Weekend” and the cover of Glen Campbell’s “Gentle On My Mind”.

“Keep On Going” and “Sobered Up And Busted” were next as they had the entire tent two stepping into the early evening out here getting ready for the big acts of the evening. Waylon’s songs “I’ve Always Been Crazy” and ‘Ain’t Living Long Like This” closed out their show tonight.

Folks my favorite sight to see this festival was this one Texas own the Legend himself Moe Bandy his new album made my TOP 50 Of 2016 and he will be at the Nashville Palace this week for Moore and Moore’s CMA Festival party.

He brought down the house tonight with his timeless classic hits like “Someday Soon” and “Here I Am I’m Drunk Again”. He played some of his classic songs he recorded with Country Legend Joe Stampley like “Hey Moe Hey Joe” and also did “Good Ol’ Boys” with Dale Watson.

He played “Honky Tonk Amnesia” and went into “Hank Williams You Wrote My life” and “Soft Lights and Good Country Music”. He delved deeply into his vast catalogue of albums and songs here for us tonight and played for a VERY long time much to our delight.

“That’s What Makes The Jukebox Play” was next followed by “Lucky Me’ from his new album, as he displayed that time has not faltered his voice in any way. In fact I’d have to pretty much say he is one of the Legends we have remaining in prime condition as far as health. He is just as good if not better than he was years ago. Just a kind and generous individual and it was an honor to get to introduce him.

He played the Whitey Shaffer hit “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” which was his first number one hit and went into “Barstool Mountain”. Ten he played a few songs he passed on like “Amarillo By Morning” and “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind”. And the legendary “He Stopped Loving Her Today”….

His second set was “Rodeo Romeo” and “It’s A Cheating Situation” followed by “Tell O’l I Aint Here To Go On Home”. He played Dave Dudley’s “Six Days On The Road” and his great song ‘Hell Stays Open All Night Long”. I tell you folks he just kep belting out hit after hit with “Cowboys Ain’t Supposed To Cry” and “Just Started Hating Cheating Songs Today”.

He closed with “Too Old Too Die Young” and went into “Americana” before coming back out for “You Haven’t Heard the Last Of Me’ for an encore. I recently had an interview with Mr. Moe and you can read that HERE.

Dale Watson what can I say, I haven’t ran nito him since the Nashville Boogie last year and it is always a true pleasure to see him perform his famed Lonestar commercials and equally loved classic Country hits.

Mr. Dale is a seasoned veteran of the Roots Music scene, in fact he party ushered it all in. He began the Ameripolitan Awards of which Westport Roots Festival was nominated this year. He opened with “Whiskey Or Dying” and went into “Truckstop In LaGrange”. “Feeling Haggard” was next followed by “Jones’n For Jones”.

“Exit 109” was part of tonight’s set along with “My Baby Makes Me Gravy” and the ever popular song about Mr. Billy Joe shaver” “Where Do You Want It”. He brought the house down with songs like “Nashville Rash” and “Mr. DJ”. He always displays truly epic stage presence up there every time I have ever seen him perform and his band is always top notch.

“Country My Ass” was next followed by “Old Farts And Jackasses” as he stood up for our beloved Country Legends in every way he can, and you know he does “Lie When I Drink”…and he drinks a LOT. He paid tribute to Jerry Reed by playing “Amos Moses” and the last one I remembered him playing was “Sianara”. He did play a few more but I was getting ready to wrap up the show tonight and packing up to finally rest.

I could list ever credit here tonight that made this event possible but I couldn’t remember them all. I thank Miss Kristie one of my many partners in this deal we do, and Mr. Mike Bulle and Miss Sara for running errands for me. I could have NOT have done all this without them.

Mr. Travis Fields, Mr. Jody Hendrix, Miss Kaylee Reeder and her WHOLE STAFF Mr.Will, Mr. Matt Dennis. Mr. Rusty the sound crew, ALL the fine barstaff that served us all night. And we’ll see you next year Kansas City.

May 292017

My first day of this excursion began late Thursday night when my buddy Mr. Jared McPherson came out to spend the night and traveled with us out there to the Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City Missouri. I believe this year to have been a landmark year for this festival, both on attendance and music. From a music standpoint last year was an epic occurrence with many Legends and happenings, but 2017 knocked last year out of the ballpark. It literally beat anything it’s ever done in the past in every sense of the word.

ALL of the stages held their own relevance to the meaning of the festival,and the arrangement was so well coordinated that everything went pretty well from what I could ascertain. My stage went smooth as silk and there were no problems at all. EVERY ACT had a steel guitar and sounded grand in every sense of the word, BUT you will read about that later folks. Right now you will read about my journey there and how this weekend began.

I work closely with a LOT of people in this business and share good and bad knowledge, contacts information and so much more. I team up with many people to share trip costs and venue promotions, and Rebel K Child jewelry is one I work with many times. I’ll be working with her several times in 2017, Westport was one of them, I’m quite positive that she’ll continue to feature her products there.

We rented an SUV from Enterprise in Glasgow Kentucky, now to be honest if you remember I had a truly negative experience with them on my Chicago trip. But I learned it’s really WHERE you go within the brand, because we were treated like royalty there.Corporate was not involved so I’m sure we were probably treated better because of this fact, because once corporate is involved it turns into a fiasco.

We had a truly blessed trip out there in every sense of the word, it was early and grueling after working most of the night on other ventures, and day 1 was actually a 35 hour marathon of hardcore music and excitement for all four of us. I had a stellar crew of co-workers that drove long hours under extremely tiresome conditions, that stepped up to help me get this job done. Rebel K Child both helped me out so much and I couldn’t have done it without Miss Kristie and Mr. Mike.

I also had another assistant this weekend helping me in any way I needed it, and I’d like to thank Miss Sara Leann Schulte for all of her help all weekend. I usually can maintain control alone but with not having an option to stray far from my own stage, I simply couldn’t do everything I needed without a helping hand. Also I needed photos of myself on stage introducing all of the acts, additionally I had her shoot the video for the FIRST EVER LIVE episode of my “Steel Guitarists Along The Road” series with Mr. KC Steeler as my guest. I run an extremely demanding operation for festivals, when you hire me to cover it, you won’t get second rate National Enquirer subject matter like other “Country Music” blogs. I need someone who will stay awake and do what I need to help me as I concentrate on the set list and song content, and Miss Sara did just that for me.

This isn’t party time for me, and it certainly isn’t fun and games. We have an obligation to those that purchased tickets to see a top notch show, and I have an obligation to those that hire me to provide the BEST coverage I can provide them. With that being said when I need vehicle keys or photos and videos RIGHT THEN, it’s a fact, and she came through for me in a timely manner.

Miss Kaylee Reeder and her absolutely wonderful staff at the Westport Saloon that all pitch in and help this establishment shine. This area is well known for being a Roots Music venue and well known for great food, as well as so many wonderful sponsors that help it carry the torch for the music scene out there in Kansas City. I could just go on and on about the wonderful staff there, and every one of them are always glad to see us there.

So let’s talk about our hotel shall we? We stayed at Crossland Studios In Kansas City and we arrived there in the afternoon after driving all late night and early morning. The area was convenient and appealing but check in is 3:00 PROMPTLY and when I say PROMPTLY I mean do NOT TRY to get room at 2:58….you go at 3 EXACTLY. The rooms are REALLY nice though complete with regular sized fridge and oven, apparently they are designed to be extended stay rooms. For the price I felt pretty satisfied with my choice to book this hotel, I’m doing some more research in this area here for this festival and several more in Kansas City so in future articles I’ll have other options for hotels in this aspect of the venture.

We settled in and got some dinner while preparing to come down to the Westport district for the pre party Friday evening. Even with the pre-party we were treated to the best possible music that Mr. Jody could fiendishly plan, he probably sits up in that office and rubs his hands with malicious delight as he books these main acts. The VERY FIRST night we were treated to one of the most important occurrences to happen in Roots Music in years. If you recall a while ago I ran the story about the last show of the Broken Band as all the members went different ways. Well Friday night we were treated to history in it’s true form.

Greeting old friends and becoming reacquainted with old friends and meeting new people as well as Jo Jo the dog, who sat next to me at my table with his owner Mr. Jay Lev. Networking is what always makes me so excited to venture out here. All the different bars going on at once , It’s a whole district of music going on at once. The Westport district is indeed the epicenter of the Kansas City Roots Music Scene and in just a little bit I’m going to touch on a LIVE album that A.J. Gaither recorded there at the Westport Saloon. I sat and had a nice conversation with my good friend Mr. A.J. about WHY he chose the Westport and what he’s up to now, also I got some insight about his plans for the future. See folks many times when we are just having a friendly conversation It’s actually information being obtained to write about your music, so be sure to tell me everything you would like mentioned.

The very first band I watched were The Culprits as they brought their own blend of Honky Tonk music to the saloon tonight. They are from the Kansas area, and they represented the local scene here very well. I absolutely enjoyed their set tonight as did the rest of my company, the saloon was rapidly becoming packed with people I knew and people I had yet to meet. This weekend remedied that however, and trust me I left with a refreshed palate of newly acquainted website readers and personal friends.

The Culprits were already in full swing when I arrived there and they played “Little Ramona” by BR5-49, which I believe was one of their won originals. See,BR5-49 had an uncanny ability to take rare cover songs and play them convincingly original. Part of the reason was they were so obscure unless you were a music guru, it was believed to be an original song. They did their set really well with the help of our friend KC Steeler, who I’ll be surprising you with later on a little side project I had going…..SSShhhhh don’t tell Mr. Travis I did this he don’t know about this one yet! I brought my “Steel Guitarists Along The Road Series” with me to do some LIVE work, this time it won’t be just in print. I took some time out to get one on one with Mr. Colm and you will get to not only read about him but SEE him on MANY videos from this weekend.

“Sugar Daddy” was next mixed with some great solos and instrumentals all throughout the songs, I highly suggest checking out this band further along with all the other bands I feature on here. They played a long version of a song called “Let’s Get Liquored Up” that involved the participation from the audience. Now mind you this early that was easily obtained, at midnight well that might have been harder…because they got liquored up quite well. It’s Westport Roots Festival and it’s party time, and party we did well into the A.M. In fact I could say like their last song called “Tear It Up” we did indeed tear it up in every sense of the word. GREAT band here to kick things off tonight and I was preparing to work here folks, I got all this covered.

The Ghosts Of Grandad’s Past are another local Kansas City fixture that does some covers of Those Poor Bastards really well.  They began with “Death Came To My Door” and followed that with a song called “Want To Lay Here And Die” about having door people at their funeral to prevent some people from seeing their dead bodies. They played called 99-105 about getting pulled over while driving drunk and high, so apparently they enjoy the fast lifestyle and playing dive bars for the next tank of gas.

“Sun Goes Down, Dark As Night” was next before they closed with a cover of the ever popular classic song “Rye Whiskey”.  They play dark and haunting songs of the other side of life, like the song “Down By The River”.  This three piece band was a great beginning to the festival here tonight, they played songs about whiskey and drugs, all of those wonderful things that local bands sing about!

The Kansas City Bear Fighters absolutely rocked the rooftops tonight, I mean they literally brought down the house. They have a terrific marketing idea on their merch and have an even better marketing idea on their music, it’s different and fresh. It’s unlike anything you have ever witnessed before and you just cannot classify them with anyone really.

They opened with “Spring Break 3035” and went into a song called “Take My Legs Away”, they introduced that one to be about mermaids. Then they went into a song about “Female Parts” called “Smitten with Her Kitten”, and a pretty good one called “Large Marge”.

Many instrumentals adorned their set throughout the entire thing and it was filled with songs like “Ain’t life Strange” and the “Panda Bear Song”. Also there was a song about “The Devil” included as they showed off their different styles of playing and their influences of various directions. “Hello Oblivion” and “Safari” closed out their portion of the festivities tonight, as well as the song “Ancient Ones”. As I learn more about this band you can be sure to catch it here on this website.

Mr.Lorin Walker Madsen is by far some of the finest West Coast Honky Tonk I have ever witnessed. I LOVE that Honky Tonk out there like my buddy Jon Emery whom you’ll be hearing about again soon in my album features articles, all the way up to my friends the Ponderosa Aces.  Now this young man is one I have been communicating with for long periods of time and haven’t had the opportunity to meet yet, well that’s the pertinent thing about festivals..you have that chance.

He brought us songs like “Behind The Wheel” and “Lonely Highway” ,tried and true songs of lonesome heartbreak and despair. But also on the other side of life’s curtain lies a proud working man with ragged hands within songs like “My Collar Ain’t White”.

He played songs like “Robbed” and “Travelin Man” before his musicians anthem “Slave Of The Road”. Man I’ll tell you what I have been following these folks around to various parts of America, in the years past. I couldn’t do this job and ALL the extra stuff involved with it like loading/unloading and social media. It’s a tough tough life, and it’s NOT for everyone.

“Ain’t Getting Caught” was next and he closed his set with “Another Last Call”. Truly a damn fine display of original songs here tonight by a truly gifted Honky Tonk hell raiser here at the Westport.

A.J.Gaither is one of the OMB or One Man Bands here at Roots Music Festivals, I got to stop and talk with him about why he chose the Westport Saloon to make his LIVE album. Honestly as soon as I finally got to see him perform some of his great songs there like “Biscuits And Gravy” the answer was evident.

He played a few other songs like “Long Way To Go”, and always gets a good response at the Westport Saloon no matter when he plays. Often times musicians have their own “home bar” or venue they usually do very well at, this is Mr. A.J’s place indeed. “Don’t Want To Go To Heaven” was part of his set, as he praised us for showing up so early and getting this party started already.

Mr. A.J.is correct NONE OF THIS would be possible without Mr. Travis Fields and what he does with the saloon, and he can also tell you the story of why there are four roses in four roses bourbon and the “Bad Decisions” that sometimes comes along with drinking.

Jayke Orvis reunited his classic lineup of The Broken Band tonight, including original member Mr. Joe Perez, who took a leave from music for personal reasons. We miss him but you know what, it’s awesome to see them make those choices too. I didn’t start my website FULL TIME until my own child was 18, and I had fewer responsibilities in order to do this.

The place went WILD as they opened with “Clinch Mountain Back step” and went into “Bound To Ride”. I tell you WHAT none of the four members lost any of their timing or speed in these few years of not playing these songs, and it was kind of like they just picked up after a week!

Liz Sloan’s stage presence is probably one of the finest in all of local music,and her talent is absolutely impeccable. Their level of professionalism in a sometimes unprofessional realm is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the business side of things. I cannot think of four people I admire more than these four right here, I share a relevant past with Mr. Jayke and it’s quite possible we played in the same area and didn’t know it as children.

Mr. James is quite possibly one of the smartest people you will ever encounter, and will hold a conversation with you about anything from trees and birds to 80’s Heavy Metal. He TRULY enjoys seeing you and TRULY enjoys music fans, if you are there to appreciate the music this man will accept anybody. I met him at Porter Wagoner’s funeral for goodness sake, and it was like we knew each other for years.

“Pick Up The Steam” was another they played I believe that’s a Weary Boys tune, followed by “Streets Wont Be The Same”. “Gone Forever More” was next as they didn’t say much to us, they just kept barrelling out those songs we love like ‘Empty Bottles”.

He DID say if you aren’t a Hank Williams fan he cannot be friends with you, as they did a GREAT version of “Kaw Liga” like they always did do. “Crooked Smile” “Shady Grove” and others filled their set list like “Feelings Like This” and MY personal favorite “Thunderbolts And Lightning”.

They had the whole place roaring to the song “Dreadful Sinner” before doing the instrumental and “Murder Of Crows” which was their logo, followed by “Shot Down” and “Raise The Moon”. One of their most popular trademarks was taking metal and transforming it into the Bluegrass sound as they did with “Battery” off one of the greatest metal abums of ALL time..Master Of Puppets.

May 262017

You know folks I deal with literally hundreds of festivals in five main genres, and nowadays most of them are capping their ticket sales to under 2500, because they don’t want overcrowding. I can certainly see that as a positive thing by all means, and well into it’s seventh year is a tried and true Bluegrass festival called The John Hartford Memorial Festival out there in Bean Blossom Indiana.

Why, many people will agree with me this festival is the VERY ONE that coined the term “Newgrass”. Now Newgrass pretty much broke the mold of the common Traditional structure of Bluegrass and the three and four part harmonies involved within it. Mind you, it wasn’t always accepted by all within the Bluegrass scene , and in a way..it still isn’t.

But yonder way comes the “World’s most laid back festival” by way of Indiana, and it happens next week, you can purchase tickets HERE. The campground and the facilities are maintained and operated by Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park and Campground.

The John Hartford Memorial Festival is selling 3-Day & 4-Day primitive camping passes and festival tickets on our ticketing page.  No 1-Day or 2-day camping passes will be sold on our web site, they will be sold at the gate during the festival. Camping cost is NOT included in the festival ticket purchase. If you are camping you must pay a separate camping fee. Reservations are not required for primitive camping but are highly recommended for RV campsites. Primitive camping locations are spread throughout the park and are first come first serve.

If you would like to reserve an RV site with hook ups you must call the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground at (800) 414-4677. We urge you to do this as soon as you can. These sites are coveted and will go fast! For any additional questions about camping reservations, camping with hook-up prices, or anything else regarding camping, call the Campground.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Present: The Grateful Ball,

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Pert Near Sandstone

Rumpke Mountain Boys

Run Boy Run

Larry Keel Experience

Mountain Sprout,

The Tillers

Bawn In the Mash

The Lil’ Smokies

Chris Dollar And His String Band

The Hammer And The Hatchet,

Joseph Huber,

The Last Revel,


Old Salt Union,

The Wooks,

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys,

The Ransom Notes,

Glade City Rounders,


Whiskey Bent Valley Boys,

The Matchsellers

The physical location of the festival is:
5163 SR 135 N, Morgantown, Indiana
5 miles north of Nashville, IN on SR 135 (Bill Monroe Memorial Hwy)

The park is located on state highway 135 between Morgantown and Nashville, IN.

Click Here for Google Map Directions.

The GPS Coordinates are as follows.
39°16’11.8″N 86°14’60.0″W

Off of Hwy 65 just a little bit south of Indianapolis Indiana in Morgantown, just north of Nashville Indiana it is located pretty close to my Tn/Ky area. Most of my local readers can get there in about four hours tops, and it is indeed a nice facility I have been there myself during non-festival functions.

This is the sixth year for this festival and I see no sings of it stopping in any fashion (at least I hope not).
So with that in mind I usually list some hotels in the area for those of you like me that cannot camp for whatever reasons.

This festival is golf cart friendly and is near another of my favorite festivals in the Nashville Indiana area so I know the area well and there are grocery stores around and this festival has laundry available too. Sooo enojy this festival folks because I think it’s a pretty damn good addition to my series!

Brown County Cabins
Comfort Inn
Abbey Inn
Creekside Retreat
Always Inn

May 252017

On November 23rd 1992 the Grand Ole Opry lost one of it’s most beloved figures. A man that embellished Country Music with grace and poise, and he died with more dignity and honor than a thousand of today’s “stars” of Country Music. A man that even the likes of Hank Williams Sr heralded as Country Music’s Godfather, even Waylon Jennings held all cussing around in respect to his stature of this genre. Roy Acuff was and still is one our most beautiful leaders of the Opry and performed on the stage of the Opry up until the week he died in a house that faced the Opry front doors.

Every morning he awoke and lifted his head to look at his precious place where many people began their journey in the music industry. It launched so many people’s careers and created a home for many of our beloved Legends, in the form of providing a staple place to perform after their prime of their careers. Every weekend you can still go to the Opry and see people like Bill Anderson and Jeannie Seeley week after week, you can still see Mike Snyder telling jokes and Bobby Osborne play Rocky top which became the Tennessee state song in 1982.

I am sitting here on a small wooden bench in front of the final home of his writing this article, because I deemed it appropriate to do so. I firmly think Mr. Roy would approve of what we are doing here this weekend and that is appreciating true music, ALL kinds of music. Rockabilly music was originally forbidden on the Opry stage, but the main focus here is the fact that we are bringing REAL Country Music to the Opry stage tonight.

Mr. Jason is the heartbeat of Muddy Roots, and in my opinion is a prime example of the American Dream…one of the kings of DIY businesses. A small entity that is usually ignored by the major media outlets and hated upon by the bigger groups in the industry, because they are promoting and creating the false music that Muddy Roots exposes as fake. Those people that listen to the plastic music don’t know who Bobby Bare is nor do they care, they aren’t told to care. They are impressionable and “programmed” to like what’s placed in front of them, and they just “go with it”. The Muddy Roots crowd isn’t falling for that bullshit and they aren’t tolerating it, in their own way once Roy Acuff understood their sincerity, I think he would have approved of this evening’s relevance.

The Cowpokes are a band that come from the local Nashville scene out of the American Legion Post in East Nashville. With powerhouse producer and steel guitarist Andy Gibson on the steel and Mr. Brendan Malone this band is absolutely on key and already play like a well oiled machine.

They play prominent Western Swing and old classic Country Western music, like the Moon Mullican song “I’ll Sail My Ship along” from 1950. Mr. Moon was the King Of The Hillbilly Piano Players whom also played with the Blue Ridge Playboys, also recorded the song “Ragged But I’m Right” before Johnny Paycheck made it popular. However that song was originally recorded by Riley Puckett first, Mr. Moon made it commercially successful as well.

They played the song ‘They Call Me A Playboy” by Wynn Stewart from 1962 along with a really great song called the “New Panhandle Rag”. I’m going to have to venture out there one night when I’m off of work to see more of their set.

I have always held mammoth guitarist Deke Dickerson in high regard as a player and a historian as well. I enjoy going to see musicians you can not only watch but I enjoy the ones that stop and talk to the audience, and teach them things. Knowledge is a precious gift and a powerful weapon, I learned tonight that Country Music Legend Onie Wheeler died ON the Opry stage. Now folks I did know he died of a heart attack, but I had no idea he died actually on the stage.

He and Big Sandy both chose Onie Wheeler songs tonight, and not only was that history mutually significant between those two, but iconic drummer J.M. Van Eaton was there to play on some of the songs he originally played on like the Jerry Lee Lewis classic “Great Balls Of Fire”.

Mr. J.W. played on all of those Sun Records classic albums from all of those artists from that time frame, and he did splendidly well on those songs again. He started with Jerry Lee Lewis song “Let The Good Times Roll” which I do believe was originally released in the late 1980’s but I could be wrong about that one.

The Onie Wheeler song he chose was called “Jump Right Out Of This Jukebox” from 1959 Sun Records with “Tell Em Off” being the B side. He closed with my favorite song Mr. Billy Mize wrote “It All Depends On Who Will Buy The Wine” that Jerry Lee Lewis did but I liked Charlie Walker’s version better.

Billy Harlan is a local Legend to me in my area, being a radio disc jockey during the time Hank Williams Sr died. He has had a resurgence into the Rockabilly Music scene through Muddy Roots Record label Read More Here on that subject.

He played “I Ain’t Elvis” and followed that with “My Fate Is In Your Hands” that was recorded by Hawkshaw Hawkins before his iconic death in 1963 with Cowboy Copas and Patsy Cline. He closed his set with my favorite and his staple hit song “I Wanna Bop”.

Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys are Rockabilly Legends from the west coast area, and what’s nice about the Boogie is it brings them all to the Nashville area so I can cover their sets on this website. Anytime the west coast acts of any genre come out this way (or Red Dirt artists too) I usually rush out and see them, because there’s NO telling when they will return.

“That’s All” was the first song I noticed him playing, before playing Jerry Lee Lewis “I’m Sorry”. He closed his set with a song called “I Feel Sorry For You”. He also played a set at the Palace I believe but I missed it for other obligations.

J.P.Harris is an artist that I have always loved in every way, he plays COUNTRY. He doesn’t play any of the offshoot genres that are described by many. His new duet EP just recently cam out called “Why Don’t We Duet In The Road” and it includes “Golden Ring” with Kristiana Murray. I featured her at this past Muddy Roots.

This was a truly wonderful start to the Country portion of this show and did certainly whet our appetite for the main acts tonight. He opened with “Two For The Road” and went into “Oklahoma Is A Long Way Away” both from his first album he made, before going into a cover of “Why You Been Gone So Long”.

Mr. Joshua Hedley is a name YOU WILL hear more of on this website I PROMISE YOU. Now I took videos but I will not post them because these are new songs from an upcoming album. In fact I don’t even know the new song titles so I shall just speculate what they are.

His first one was perhaps the best called “Counting All My Teardrops” which not only showcased his vocals in a new and true form it embellished his lyrics really well. I was astounded by his ability to display his influences of traditional Country Music here. It resembled an old Conway Twitty song or the likes of that era song, but with a fresh new twist from a young man.

“Let’s Take A Vacation And Fall In Love Again” was well written and pleasant to listen to in a slew of hurting and heartache songs. “This Time for The First Time” was another truly fine song from the forthcoming album as well as “You’ll Be Better In The End”. AGAIN these are ONLY speculations on the names as SOOMN as I learn some information on this album it WILL be featured on here. He closed with “When You Wish Upon A Star”.

Bobby Bare was pretty much regarded as the original Outlaw of the 1970’s and is credited with ushering in the Outlaw Movement. Muddy Roots has featured him many times in the field, and as he walked out onto that stage and stood in that circle he gazed upon the crowd and said “Well I guess I had better sing some songs, huh”?

Standing brazenly in front of his band with age and growl in his voice he began with “I Wanna Go Home”, and went into “Winner” which had the crowd going on his trademark wild story songs like this one.

He went into “Streets Of Baltimore” and his equally famous trademark song “Dropkick Me Jesus”. I tell you what on so many classic songs from his past the enthusiastic audience sang along with every note he did, as he displayed ageless delivery of every note. Time has not faltered this Legend in any way but positively making his lessons of mistakes in life even more convincing. The stories and pictures painted by these old Outlaw songs of days gone by are many and vivid to someone like me.

“500 Miles” and “Four Strong Winds” were next followed by “Margie’s At The Lincoln Park Inn”. He stopped every couple of songs to tell jokes and share witty smart assed quips and one liner jokes. Before going into Shel Silverstein’s song “Still Gonna Die” off the Old Dogs album he made with Mel Tillis, Waylon and Jerry Reed. Mr. Jerry played on all of Bobby Bare’s classic albums, having helped Mr. Bobby’s career out immensely.

“That’s How I Got To Memphis” was second to closing along with “Marie LeVeaux” his only number one hit song, although he had many Top tens in his four decade career. And as he releases his new album soon called “Things Change” I see nothing changing for this man. Hopefully he will be around with us for many many years to come, because we need him.

Jerry Jeff Walker has brought Country Music so many songs I couldn’t even begin to name them all, and tonight as he performed his first Nashville set in twenty seven years he was just grateful to be there. “You Called Me out here to yell at me huh?” as people yelled out songs they wanted to hear.

As he opened with “Gettin By” and went into “Pickup Truck Song” he also displayed that time has not faltered his voice any, nor has it dented his ageless wit. He remain the same precise and crafted tunesmith we all know and love. He is the true last of his ilk the Townes Van Zandts and Tompall Glasers of his era probably survived only by Kristofferson and Mr. Tom Ghent. Mr. Jerry Jeff is the last of the breed, in every sense of the word.

He played the classic song “Navajo Rug” next along with one of his most popular songs “Mr. Bojangles” and followed that with “Trashy Women” that was recorded by Confederate Railroad”. That to me was a classic album for sure, in every sense of the word.

He took his long sleeve shirt off and decided to stay awhile before playing “Derby Day” and got ready to treat us to another set of classic songs here. He went into “Leaving LA Freeway”, and told some stories before going into the song “My Favorite Picture Of You” and more!

“The Cape” was next followed by one Miss Sunny Sweeney just cut called “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight”, along with his most noted rowdy bar anthem called “Up Against The Wall” made popular by Ray Wylie Hubbard. This truly was indeed a grand second set he played tonight here, and next he played “Those Were The Days”.

His encore included “The Armadillo Song” “Good Hearted Woman” and another song called “Little Bird”. There were four or five songs I missed while writing notes down and jotting things down on various places in my books. I know he played a Rusty Weir song as well, and once again received another standing ovation here at the Opry tonight.

Last year the Chris Issak show was truly enjoyable but THIS show was indeed the crown jewel of all Muddy Roots performances in my opinion. There has been many many Legends play in the field, at the Boogie and the Spring Weekender. In my opinion this one was the best I have ever had the pleasure to witness, and left me absolutely speechless. I had to wait a few days to even write words about this one folks it hit me that hard.

May 212017

Well folks I have returned to the Opryland area for more music and fun today as the car show opened up early and the vendor area was bustling with early risers, and coffee drinkers like me. I’m not going to lie folks today’s action was pretty damn good from the first band all the way to the last one of the night.

The bad news, was Mr. Dex Romweber had to cancel and the good news was the Legendary Shack Shakers played longer sets. Out here in the Ryman Hall the music was incredibly loud and the acoustics were very powerful, the bass players sounded like thunder all night. Absolutely incredible sounds and antics from many performers tonight, and none of the bands slouched in any fashion.

This has been one of the best of the three Boogies to ever happen here in Nashville and I’m looking forward to attending many more in the years to come. So with all the being said the first band I would like to touch on is Nashville based Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys whom had a good friend of mine Miss Mary Rodgers playing Sax for her. I covered her band the last time she played this festival in the past and it was a blessing to become reacquainted with her music.

” Wrong Kind Of Guy” was first as they opened their set with powerful lead vocal intros and blazing hot guitar lead solos, and ripping bass lines that rattled the walls. “Hot Rod Daddy” was next followed by “Bad Little Betty”. All of these bands embellish the great Rockabilly guidelines and lifestyle this weekend and the song “Bitten” and “Rock Crazy Baby” by Art Adams were no exceptions. All the way down to her gritty soulful carrying of notes on “Hound Dog” to the powerful “You Can’t Have My Husband” they rocked their way out songs like “Fool” and they closed with “Love Me Like A Man”.

Then I went upstairs to see the Riley Reed fashion show, and to be honest I don’t know anything about fashion so to try to understand the art of it in itself is a task I undertook with great enthusiasm and wonder. All the different designers and models displaying the different clothes and the care that is taken to mold each piece just right.

The designers were:


Riley Reed


Rockin B Clothing

Katy K Designs

Tyler George

Fort Lonesome

My Vintage Look

Ellie Monster

North Country Maiden

Jerry Lee Atwood

The Psycho Devilles You know back in 2013 at Muddy Roots in Cookeville I became familiar with Hot Rod Walt and this band, also I had the opportunity to cover their set at many of the Boogies in the past. One song I did remember from last time was called “My Guitar Saved Me” and they followed that with one called “This Old Road”.

He was walking around handing everyone a sample FREE CD called “Swinging On The Moon” sponsored by Miller Beer and it contains three songs they played. “Ruby Ann”, “The Joke’s On Me” and another called “Chrome Sidepipes And SS Cragars”. However off the latest album they also played “Motor Honey”, and one called “Addicted To Love”.

Next up was “The Rebel” and a party song called “Victory Curls”, and a rocking tune called “Psycho Cadillac” and another called “Bar Fight” he played in two different speeds. Another great song called “My Way” was the difference between him and his father, who chose to work his whole life and when he retired he passed away. Instead Mr. Walt did things “His Way” and traveled the Country playing music. They closed with “Long Way To Go” , after their set I wandered over to the vendor area to visit with my car club friends from past festivals.

GOOD GOD possibly the BEST SET I EVER Saw The Legendary Shack Shakers perform EVER!  I just spoke to Mr. J.D.Wilkes and although he said a lot of it was random it was truly epic, and it involved crowd surfing and mass destruction of equipment. Much like the last set in Chicago not long ago this band absolutely slayed Nashville tonight in every way possible.

As they opened with their song “Mud”, they offered a heaping helping of their back catalog with songs like “Blood on The Bluegrass”, while lead singer the Colonel J.D.Wilkes ran around with an eclectic crazed demeanor. This set was much more different than two weeks ago in Chicago although it did contain many of the same songs.

They played “Hell Or High Water” and steamrolled into “Dump Road Yodel” while breaking guitar strings and part of their drum kit. Then they treated us to an instrumental and the song “Hobos Are My Heroes” all the while rarely stopping between songs. Literally they just changed tempos like when they played “Dixie Iron Fist”.

“No Such Thing” was next followed by the “Kentucky Song” and they closed with “Bullfrog Blues”. Their set included multiple stage diving episodes and came complete with J.D’s signature mic swinging and forehead popping, while sparing no use of his beloved harmonica thunder. The Legendary Shack Shakers sound like a tornado picked up a running locomotive. There was debris and broken strings everywhere along with cans, and every projectile one could imagine.

The Sonics are another band of Rockabilly Legends that we were blessed with this weekend. The Legends just keep coming at me this weekend here at the Boogie. These two sets were quite possibly the two greatest sets I have witnessed all year so far from ANY genre. I’m not going to lie these two bands absolutely created more chaos than like I said…all year.

They played a marathon twenty plus song set choked full of their timeless classic songs like “You Keep A Knocking” and “Psycho”. Their first song was “Cinderella” followed by “Shot Down” and “Cmon Everybody”. Despite their age they showed incredible poise and stamina, and showed that their age hasn’t slowed them in any way. As they displayed a terrific showing of their song “Sugaree” tonight and went into ‘Have Love” I realized their set was not nearly even half over yet!

“Be A Woman” was next followed by “Get In The Car” and “Head On Backwards” like pretty much all of the legends tonight they just blasted into song after song of old classic greatness. And for any true appreciator of music like me this was indeed a true treat to witness, and it could have lasted for days!

“Bad Betty” and the timeless classic “You Keep A Knockin”, was followed by “Louie Louie” and ‘Hard Way”. They also additionally came out and played some encores after completing their set with “Boss Hoss” and “Money”. They played the ever popular “Little Sister” and “Psycho” before finally leaving that poor clean up crew to sort out the mess.

The Country Side Of Harmonica Sam is a Swedish band that NEVER comes around here so I JUMPED at this chance to feature them and their rare brand of 50’s and 60’s Honky Tonk Music the likes of Buck Owens era music.

They have two full length albums out and played a REALLY LONG SET last night here at the Palace in the back parlor starting out with “Changing Her Thinking” and “We Have Strayed So Far”. Rolling right along into “Big City” and “Unjust Friends”.

They display every ounce of proper pop and twang to keep any Honky Tonk enthusiast busy with their five piece sound as the dance floor PILED UP with so many dancers you couldn’t see the floor, Holy Cow. This place was BUSY, and as they played “I’m Walking Slow” and “Unjust Friends” we wrapped up the main days of the Boogie in classic style all over the area.

“Blues Are Settling In” and “I’m Walking Slow” were next on the agenda for these boys. As people spun and danced to songs like “Why I Sing In A Honky Tonk” and “Empty Hours” I am pretty bummed that this band doesn’t come to the states more often but I can understand things.

“Drink After Midnight” and “Open Letter To The Blues” were next followed “Closely By My Teardrops” and “Cry Me A River”. They closer their set with “Even At My Best”, “Tears Don’t Stain” and lastly “Look Out Heart”. Truly an amazing job here by Muddy Roots and Mr. Jason Galaz, and EVERYONE ELSE who made this festival possible. All the bartenders and waitstaff.


May 202017

Well folks here I am in the middle of May with my spring festival work half finished, but I’m sure none of you mind. I have been all over the mid west already  traveling to many shows and festivals this year. It’s been so much fun let me tell you folks. So now finally this year I’m down here in Nashville Tennessee for the third annual Nashville Boogie Rockabilly Weekend brought to us by Muddy Roots.

Hillbilly Casino kicked off my weekend for me, I had to opt out of the first two days of this one folks but I’ll do my best to cover what I can of the remainder of this festival. I recently talked with bassist Geoff Firebaugh and got some information on their all new forthcoming album,which will be entitled “Red White And Bruised”.

This new album will be available July 14th and will contain thirteen songs that were recorded in Tennessee. In this article I shall allow you to see their new song and what those song titles are:

How Do You Think
Jibber Jabber
She’s Got Tricks
It’s Not Me
Toss Turn Roll
When She Kissed Me
Dog On A Chain
More Blues Than Green
Give It All Up

Now folks I did get to see their first set here tonight as they displayed some of their new songs for us last night. After opening with Crutchero guitar solo work they began with an old favorite “Debt With The Devil” and followed that with ‘You Got Me”.

This video is from their new song called “Trainwreck” that will be on the new album as well as some other new ones they played last night like “Give It All Up”. More of the songs they unleashed upon us last night were “Lowdown” and “More Blues Than Green”.

They played one of my favorite songs called “The Hole” before moving into a skit involving the Nashville Boogie man then which they played one called “Cmon Everybody”. They then went on into more new songs called “How Do You Think” and another called ‘Trainwreck”.

The last of the two new ones they played was called “Dog On A Chain’ before closing with some old recognizable favorites like “Violets In May” and “Knocking At Your Door”. ‘She’s Got Tricks” was another good new song they played before closing their set with “Tennessee Stomp”.

I’m very anxious to see what and who I can run into down there today so I’m about to go down there pretty early and have fun, I need to get some coffee and breakfast into these old bones before any music today. So let’s see what will be happening next.

May 192017

Well It’s no secret to any of you I’m sure because I have been promoting it for weeks now, next weekend at the Westport Roots Festival in Kansas City, I’ll be hosting the Honky Tonk stage for the second year now. Last year I had some truly memorable occurrences while hosting that stage out there. Some truly epic teamwork formed last year, as I was made so welcome by the festival organizer Mr. Jody Hendrix and Mr. Travis Fields who owns the Westport Saloon. In fact the whole Little Class Records staff and every bar there made me feel so welcome, that I couldn’t digress on another invitation to host their Honky Tonk stage.

This brought me to the juncture that I now rest upon as I write this, whereas I was made aware of my lineup not long ago. To my personal delight I was made aware one of my two top headliner acts was none other than one of my childhood heroes Country Legend Mr. Moe Bandy!

Moe Bandy has recorded thirty seven solo albums, and charted 15 Top 10’s in his over four decade career.  He also recorded seven albums with Joe Stampley, and a duet with Janie Fricke. I tell you what folks, I cannot ruin much of the interview with pre-writing this intro because I’ll spill the beans on what will all be said. I have studied this man and his music for thirty five years, and for ME to interview HIM is absolutely an accolade in my tenure as a journalist.  I’m hoping this brings me to a whole new echelon in the Country Music website community.

Even in today’s market of pop country and other mumbo jumbo Moe Bandy remains relevant, while never withdrawing from his Traditional Country sound. Ohhhh..that sweet steel guitar and fiddle accompanied by the three chord format of classic Moe Bandy songs we all know and love. So let’s talk with Mr. Moe shall we, now mind you these guys and gals are busy so while it’s an honor to chat I didn’t want to overstay my welcome..


How did you get started playing music?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Well my mother played piano, and my father played guitar and we started singing and playing music there at the house. There was a lot of Gospel music and a lot of Country music. I played a banjo at one time too, and learned a couple of chords. I got into a lot of talent shows and stuff like that.


I can easily ascertain through your music that Hank Williams Sr. influenced you immensely. Whom else influenced you as a young man?

My. Moe Bandy:

Well I was influenced greatly by people like Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and George Jones. Eventually all of those people I got the honor to go do shows with, so I got to go work with my heroes.


Ray Baker produced many of your albums, who discovered you, was it him?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Well Ray Baker went on a hunting trip to San Antonio Texas, and I heard he was producer and he was going to be in the area. So I went to his hotel and told him I wanted to make a record, so he came to my show that night. I had a little dance type show we got started and we would do a session and I would pay for it.  I put out several small albums and I ran out of money, and finally we cut a song called “I Just Started Hating Cheat’n Songs Today”. It took off around the country and I signed with a label called GRC Records, and went from there.


Right and you made three or four records with GRC until you went to Columbia in 1975,right?

Mr. Moe Bandy

Right, I had three albums with GRC and I turned over to Columbia, I signed with Columbia in 1975. I had “Bandy The Rodeo Clown” and that did well on the charts at that time. So we maintained a really good deal with Columbia and I was with them for many years.


That’s one thing I always wanted to personally ask you. How did Whitey Shafer affect your career, I know he wrote a lot for you?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Yeah, he wrote songs for Ray Baker. Ray had a publishing company and Whitey wrote songs for him and that company. So when I came to Nashville to work for Ray, I got to be good friends with Whitey  and he started writing songs just for me and my first five songs were Whitey Shafer songs. Whitey and Doodle Owens and Lefty Frizzell and all those people he was writing with and I got to be good friends, and what a great talented songwriter he is. He just is absolutely great.


In the 1970’s and early 80’s what was your music considered? Was it Mainstream or Outlaw or what was it mainly identified with?

Mr.Moe Bandy:

Well most people called it Honky Tonk music, you know just good old Honky Tonk plain and simple. They called it Honky tonk music at that time and I guess that what you could call it.


Out of all of your albums what’s your personal favorite, and why?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

My personal favorite album would have to be  my latest  one (laughs), I have several. I did an album called “Many Mansions” on Curb Records I like a lot. We did a lot of different stuff on there and I wrote a lot of those songs. Also the album “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life” is one of my favorites too.


Your 1985 album “Barroom Roses” and your last with Capitol, was that Richie Albright that wrote “after Loosing you” and “Settle Up With My Heart”?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Yes, that’s right.


Tell me a little more about President Bush making the song “Americana” his campaign song?

Mr. Moe Bandy

Well he went out and got a bus and we would ride around to different places around the country with him and play that song all over during his campaign. It was a really great experience and I think it touched a lot of people.


How have you remained so relevant in today’s market? You are still going just as strong as you were twenty years ago?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

I think it’s because I never changed my sound or my style. I still just play the same old Honky Tonk music i always have and my voice hasn’t changed either. I’m just the same Moe Bandy as I have always been.


Lastly, Mr. Moe. Tell me the story of Joe Dodd the janitor that inspired the song on your latest live album, called “He Ain’t No Hank”?

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Oh yes, Joe was just a good man. You know when I was in the studio recording some songs, he was a janitor cleaning the building there. And we got to talking and he said well I wrote a song, and I said you did? He said yeah and played it for me and I liked it so we decided to record it and it’s called “He Ain’t no Hank”. Joe’s no longer with us now so it’s a very special song for us.


Well, I tell you what it sure has been an overwhelming pleasure to do this with you Mr. Moe. You raised me as a child along with your heroes too, and I’ll tell you what I cannot thank you enough. I have been a Bandy fan for thirty years and you haven’t slowed down or changed your signature sound. We love you and more importantly we NEED you Sir, and at Westport we will have the party of the century.

Mr. Moe Bandy:

Buddy I cannot wait, we are going to Honky Tonk that place to tears, and it’s going to be so much fun. Thank you for this time as well.



May 192017

Ok folks so this installment takes us to Nashville Indiana and the Brown County Campground as they present the LAST EVER Muddy Roots Spring Weekender. It’s a smaller more secluded version of the main festival in Cookeville which I’ll also be at. Folks I tell you what I WILL ALWAYS be working for Mr. Jason on the promotions front and he does a LOT to keep me rolling.

Even as I write this I am about to embark upon his Nashville Boogie Festival in Nashville and then I’m off to another festival the week after. This festival just keeps happening during a busy time for me and I cannot attend, but I’ll tell you what this campground is gorgeous and I have been there many times.

At this festival you can hear NEW music from Joseph Huber which I reviewed HERE and also Left Lane Cruiser has new music out. Mr Brooke has his solo album available on vinyl and I’m not sure if it’s sold out or not yet, however there are many integral Roots Music acts on this bill.

Legendary Shack Shakers


The Tillers,

Joseph Huber

Jayke Orvis

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

Pine Hill Haints

Mountain Sprout

Brook Blanche

Dylan Walshe

Billy Cook

Left Lane Cruiser

Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club

Freight Train Rabbit Killer

Matt Heckler

Toe Knee Tea

Rock Bottom String Band

Pearls Mahone

You can click HERE and buy tickets and by the way I make NO money off your ticket purchase it goes ALL to the festival companies NONE of my festival articles do. As always I found some hotels in the area for those of you that are like me and do not camp. So with all this information in mind why not go set aside some time to relax and let Muddy Roots entertain you?

Brown County Cabins
Comfort Inn
Abbey Inn
Creekside Retreat
Always Inn

May 172017

Half of these websites out there that are raving over this young man’s latest release don’t know this is his latest release, and that’s honestly a shame. Imaginary Appalachia was in fact a damn fine album, it made my TOP 50 OF 2015 because of Mr. Colter’s unique vocal presentations. He pushes the lyrics out from the bowels of his very soul and what emanates forth is nothing short of music that far exceeds his physical age.

But much like Hank Williams was in the 1950’s, Mr Colter isn’t the youthful sprite he should be at this juncture…no Sir. By the end of this article you shall concur with me that I hit the damn nail right on the head with this one, this album here FAR exceeded anything I could have prognosticated when I spoke with him on the phone after work one night. We spoke because I phoned him to inform him I made him my 2016 Artist Of The Year.

Even back then he was working his way into the halls of bigger venues and selling them out, playing with the likes of Cody Jinks and Lucinda Williams. But nothing…NOTHING…prepared me for this endeavor I witnessed when my needle dropped on that wax for the first time. I don’t know how he did it or what factors made it happen, but he found his focal point here vocally and lyrically.

This album is SO throwback in demeanor that my father who has Alzheimer listens to this album and is convinced it’s from HIS era the likes of Marty Robbins Gunfighter songs, and you know what? I actually agree. The stories and scenarios are vivid and full of despair at times the likes of Red Headed Stranger or something from a Louis L Amour book.

“Thirteen Silver Dollars” the albums opener brings you back to his home of Speedy Creek in Canada, and directly paints a story within the mind of anybody willing to listen, while at the same time contains poignant strumming and powerful notes from his acoustic.

The cover of “Fraulein” is a duet with Tyler Childers made popular by many like Bobby Helms. The style and spin these two young men placed upon this classic song I’m positive would make Cash, or any of the Legends we adore smile. Perhaps one of the best songs on the album was the song “Me And Big Dave”, another great story that equally painted a picture on my mind as I closed my eyes and allowed the song into my head. It’s full of D chord strumming like the classic western songs of old, but honestly it’s not all about Mr. Colter.

This band of folks he has assembled and dubbed his “Speedy Creek Band” are just absolutely top top top notch in every aspect of the word, and with Dave Cobb at the producer’s pilot seat and our old friend W.B. Walker lending a hand flipping the record over it finalizes a powerful team of warriors marching forth in the name of REAL Country Music.

However the cream of this whole album lies within “Kate McCannon”, a powerful murder ballad story about a man in prison taunted by a raven in the beginning. The descriptions and references within this 5 minute song are just absolutely bone chilling. In fact I would have to say it’s one of my top songs I have ever heard in my life, the way he finds her with another man and the song builds up power as he pulls the trigger. It just comes out of your speakers kicks you right in the face.

“Snake Mountain Blues” was by far his finest song vocally with a very hazy and unfiltered rasp. When you watch Mr. Colter perform you can SEE where it comes from, he is a natural performer and cares very deeply about how the listeners feel when he’s done.

No, half of those websites have no idea what kind of a storm is brewing here, nor do they have any idea just WHAT they are “reviewing” this isn’t something I’m reviewing. I’m just telling you facts people, just absolute unarguable facts. There is a massive, cold, battle winding within the music community…and with Mr. Colter Wall on our side we have won.

May 162017

Folks I apologize about the delay in making album features as I have been incredibly busy with festivals, however I wanted to stop and tell you about a few albums here on the website that I strongly urge you to go pick up. Richard Lynch has had a successful Country Music Career that has spanned three decades up 5there in Ohio.

He is a prominent part of the local music scene up there in Ohio, and as most of you know I pay close attention to bands like The Tillers,Hocking River String Band,Mr. Dallas Moore and Mr. Heath McDaniel. Well, Richard Lynch is no exception to that long list of fine musicians that emanate from the Ohio area. I mean, folks the long list of bands and venues from that area I could talk about is endless. Not to mention festivals, my major function I write about here, some of my favorites come from the Ohio area.

I’ll be honest the list of new releases already in 2017 has blown me away, There is easily a TOP 50 now before the year even comes to a close. Of course I also involve myself in many genres, Traditional Country is one of my favorites. I LOVE what Tracy Pitcox does out there in Texas with Heart Of Texas Records, or out on the West Coast we have many REAL Country bands.

Just recently Mr Richard and Country Legend Ronnie McDowell recorded a mighty fine duet and you can read about that HERE as they tore up the Midnite Jamboree.

Shortly after that I received in the mail the new album from Mr. Richard Lynch called “Mending Fences”. Upon reading the credits RIGHT AWAY the song “When You Send An Angel A Letter” grabbed my attention because my good buddy Jeff Batson helped write that song, and what a great song it was. It contains a really good hook typically used in songwriting, but they implement it’s use in this situation to keep it from becoming mundane. “When you send an angel a letter, what the hell do you write”? Now that was a truly cool song, well written and it was a good choice on Mr. Richard’s part.

This album was produced by Edgel Groves and Randall Griffith and it showcased his vocals truly well, that’s honestly on of the things I look for in new releases as well as some mighty fine steel guitar work by Steve Hinson. It’s self titled track “Mending Fences” is perhaps one of the best songs on this album, he delivers the vocals in such a heartfelt and convincing manner it cannot be passed up on.

“Back in Love Again” is a powerful duet with Bluegrass Legend Rhonda Vincent that compliments the rest of the album truly well. And honestly in most cases I sometimes frown upon an album where the artist chooses songs from other writers in today’s age, Mr. Richard identifies truly well with the songs he chose and sings them like they came from his own heart. That is kind of a double edged sword, I miss having those Country Music Songwriting Legends, but I appreciate an artist that writes their own songs more now.

“Worth Saving” was a song he did co write and it did identify with him thus brought me closer to him as an individual and helped me overcome the frivolous task of wading through thousands of songs to find true Country Music treasures. Honestly this album is a true necessity for the yawning statement from people “There Is No Country Music Anymore”..or “Country Music is Dead”. We need to take album like this one and shove it down their throat and satisfy their palate.

This album contains some mighty fine songs, It’s not his greatest offering out of his entire collection BUT it’s nothing short of amazing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t end up on my TOP 50 of 2017 on some juncture of the spectrum.

1. Daddy’s Words
2.When You Send An angel A Letter
3.Mending Fences
4.In Over My Heart
5.Crazy Man
6.Back in love Again
7.Cut And Paste
8.Think And Drive
9.Worth Saving
10.Things You Shouldn’t Do
11.Knock Three Times
12.Country Music Isn’t Country Anymore

May 162017

Well my old friend PeeWee Moore is at it again as he proudly announces his THIRD ANNUAL Great American Honky Tonk Tent Revival, and in this edition of my festival series I’ll include hotel information.

NOW this festival is FREE YES I SAID FREE to ALL ages, and you can donate money for food and drinks. You CAN bring coolers and leashed pets, AND CAMPING is available! This man is literally running a 100.00 lineup for nothing folks..this is pretty much a NO BRAINER HERE.

The ONLY reason I won’t be there is because I was booked elsewhere already, so go stop on by and shake Old PeeWee’s hand for me, and tell him to keep up the fabulous work.

May 26-27-28th at The Pine Hill Theater Whitwell, Tennessee

Wayne Hancock
Official Roger Alan Wade
Billy Don Burns Official
Peewee Moore & The Awful Dreadful Snakes
Casper McWade
MoonDawg Hall
Josh Morningstar
Lew Card
Sweet G.A. Brown
B.B. Palmer
Will Dooley & The Tatum Brothers
The Rattlesnake Rattlers
Rebecca Jed And The Bucksnort Beauties

La Quinta Inn & Suites Cleveland

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Econo Lodge Lookout Mountain


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May 142017

Hey everybody welcome to part 2 of my coverage of the 2017 Moonrunners Music festival in downtown Chicago, I tell you what today I upgraded my phone and got a Galaxy 8 and I truly wish I had gotten it for the festival, so right now I want to once again thank Mr. Scott Mithun for the use of his videos.

Before I go any further I’m hoping I do not offend anybody but there were a few acts I simply couldn’t catch and I hadn’t gotten the chance to have any set lists turned in or I didn’t get a chance to track them down. I apologize for this in advance, I think I did the best job I could at maintaining the current two stage overlap. It’s NOT EASY doing all what I do for this length of time.

The Bad Saddles opened the day up in the side bar with a very high energy set that I needed along with four big cups of coffee to get this day underway here on a windy morning. I was up and ready to kick ass out here and enjoy some damn fine music, and do some more merch table shopping. I also had my daughter with me and it’s extremely hard to say NO to her, so I was buying two of things this weekend.

This fine rock band makes It’s home here in Joliet Illinois and is a prominent member of the local scene in Chicago, as you will easily identify upon their amount of local support and how much they are appreciated. They opened with a fine number called “Tanglewood” and followed that up with “Devil Door”.

The video up above is from “Long Way From Tomorrow” and they played another simply called “Happy”. They then closed with two more song called “Keep On Smilin” and one called “Radiator Blues”. I’ll tell you what I truly enjoyed this band this early in the morning, it was honestly nice to hear a GREAT band right off the bat!

The Decayed was Mr. Jahshie’s thrash metal band with members of his other band Last False Hope (whom I’ll touch on in just a bit) and I watched them from up top on the catwalk stages that line the top of the main stage. There’s furniture along the tops of the balconies of the main stage.

This band was pretty wild and loud, and they opened with a song called “Beaten And Battered” and followed that with a song called “My Decay”. Like many other bands here this weekend The Decayed is also a prominent member of the local scene in Chicago here.

“Hopeless” was next along with a song called “Not This Time”. Along with furious guitar solos and hardcore beats songs like “The Dream Is Dead” filled our ear drums as they closed with “Better Way”. It was one of the heavier bands I truly enjoyed this weekend.

Mr. Soda Gardocki is a staple band from other festivals that I haven’t gotten the chance to cover extensively yet. He played in the side bar this weekend and I think he did a wonderful job up there keeping us busy.

I had to return to the computer to update some things and run background programs in order to properly cover more sets tonight so I only got to check him out while playing “July”. But you can darn sure bet I’ll be covering his set even more throughout the years I do this.

Folks right now It’s time to talk about that dirty blues maniac we call Husky Burnette who opened his set with “Kick Rocks” off his new album out on Rusty Knuckles called Ain’t Nothin But A Revival. That album also made my TOP 50 OF 2016, it was truly fantastic. You can easily see growth in this man’s music lyrically and musically. He is an absolute guitar wizard with a finger slide, his shows are intense high energy and ha makes that guitar neck his bitch!

He continued with “Rising” which I believe he told me was a brand new song, and another one called “Pay By The Hour” before he steamrolled into “Law’s Riding Up” off his first album “Face Down In The Dirt”.

Mr. Brett Conlin put on one hell of a fantastic set here in Chicago today, and it was a true pleasure to catch up with him. I got the chance to talk with him a little biyt and get acquainted with his music more.

He opened with a song called “Pine Box” and followed that with “Ship Of Sin”. Another really good one was “Glad To See You Go” that song truly showcased his vocal abilities really well. “Everything I Know” was another one I noticed right away that was a well written song.

“Here we Go Again, Anyway” was next followed by “Home On Time”. He closed his set with “Whiskey Blues”. I shall be seeking him out more and more in the next few months and I will most certainly feature him again.

The Devil’s Cut is another Midwest band that is currently dong some touring work with the Ditchrunners, you can read about that HERE

“Left To Loose” was first along with “Cordel” and one off their second album called “Glass Chariot”. You know their cause and their lyrics truly speak for themselves and their drummer spoke some wise words on their website I shall reprint here:

“We have one of the worst economies, and due to that you have limited places to play. However, that has also really helped to create an underground community where people stick together, getting behind what is going on at the grassroots level. This communal aspect really comes through in our work, wherein most of the lyrical material and/or musical feel is based around the struggles that we all face due to a failing system”, says drummer Derek Vaive.

“The Body Electric” was next followed by “42 Arrows” and I think the next song was a cover song called “Shakedown On 9th Ave”. They closed their set with “Old Ghosts And Classic Cars”. Later on in the evening they came up to play with St. Christopher.

Mr. A.J. Gaither is one of our Kansas City friends that is part of the Westport scene and just recently released a mighty fine live album from it. He is a powerhouse OMB or One Man Band as they are called, and tonight he played “Biscuits And Gravy” with a mighty fine beat.

He also played “Natural Habitat” and declared Reggies to be the Chicago mecca for his music scene like the Westport Saloon is for his. One could easily tell he was just ecstatic to be there, and felt quite welcomed.

I went next door to see Mr. Matt Woods playing “To Tell The Truth” off his new album that like quite a few on this festival it also made my TOP 50 of 2016 with his album “How To Survive”.

He followed that up with “A Good Man” and the song called “The American Way” that I heard at Muddy Roots for the first time. I loved the lyrics to this song and I have always admired the way he delivers the songs, his stage presence is amazing. He closed his set with “Love From Brushy Mountain” and finally he played “Deadman’s Blues”.

Still after all these years I think “love From Brushy Mountain” to be his finest work in every aspect and even thought I liked songs off his new album a LOT it’s going to be hard for him to beat that album. I am eager to see him attempt to beat it though, and I admire his road dog schedule.

Mr. Duane Mark was one is just recently covered on the road with Sissy Brown in Tennessee and this time he had Mr Tim Vee playing bass with him. There were a few songs I caught and couldn’t find the name but I did see him play “Beer 30” and towards the end I caught “Her Mother” and he closed his set with the same song as the last time which was one by Roger Alan Wade “If You’re Gonna Be Dumb You gotta Be Tough”.

Mr. Adam Lee makes Chicago his home as well as many of the other artists here, and I have always enjoyed his versatile vocals. He brought Matt Woods up to sing “Call Me Bass Call Me Trouble”. I saw them perform that at Muddy Roots already, GREAT song.

His new album called “Sincerely,Me” brought out songs such as “Good Days” and “Show Folks You Mean It”. He also played a song called “Ten Years To The Day”. All in All I have always enjoyed his Honky Tonk style as well as his various other forms of music, and he is a truly gifted entertainer. He enjoys performing and it’s evident in his demeanor and music, I look forward to writing MANY more articles about him and his music.

Still Alive was another of the Chicago area bands and I missed their set. Band Members Dan – Guitar and Vox Dom – Guitar and Vox Bryan – Bass and Mikey – Drums make up this four piece band that mixes punk metal and ska.

Folks I assure you it’s nothing personal if I miss sets, I have to momentarily return to my laptop to do what I do as best as I can. I can and always will add set lists I find out about, and I will gladly edit these anytime for any band. I’m always looking to hire help as long as their heart isn’t out for free tickets and they actually WANT to report on the MUSIC!

S.S.Webb is my friends Mr. Henry Berger and Mr. Cris Bissell make up this Roots Music duo from Milwaukee Wisconsin that I have wrote many articles about in the past. I encounter them at many festivals around the country and have always enjoyed their music.

I enjoy the talks I get to have with Mr. Henry on politics and music and everything else we talk about, like many of you I can usually talk politics and debate or agree and still remain friends, it’s something I enjoy doing. I enjoy learning from others and understanding other people’s points of view, he’s actually quite an interesting person. A road musicians life is in no way an easy job and the insight he gave me last weekend was even more proof of my point that what they do isn’t one big party like your average person assumes.

“Dead Man’s Bar” was first tonight from their album “North” and they followed it up with “Bring Me Home” off the “Revenge” album and another called “Pullin”. “Any Old Thing” was next off my favorite album “Skulls Will Sink” as well as their next song “Chaser”.

S.S.Webb stands for Steering Ships With Broken Bottles and they have a nautical theme to their band. A few songs I don’t find on their albums were “See You In The Morning” and “Most Anything”. They closed their set with ‘Let It Burn”. You can darn sure bet that when they get ready to release new music I’ll keep a close eye on them for a review.

Dave-drums, Curtis-guitar, Johnny-bass, Jeff-guitar, Mikey-percussion Manny-vocals make up the next band that plays Chicago hardcore music called Evil Empire this insert is from their website:

We have different interests, opinions, and personalities. We play music together to promote peace, knowledge, and truth. We don’t care if you’re into hardcore or emo. In fact, we don’t give a motherfuck. Just keep things real, stand up for what’s right. – Fuck all inequalities, smash imperialism, keep it real, have fun. That’s our stance. Teach yourself.

Miss Rachel Brooke is one I encountered many years ago and right now she doesn’t get out as much for personal reasons. So when she is on a bill and I see it I usually go support that festival right away. It was very nice to catch up with her and let her know I’m still out there doing this.

She opened her set with “Keep From Crying” and right off the bat displayed her signature obscure but distinguishable vocal style. She has one of the most unique voices in all of music, a quality many lack in today’s day. “Ashes To Ashes” was next along with “Fox In A Hen House”.

I went up into the back balcony to enjoy her set even further as she rolled into songs like “The Ghost Of You” and she played one called “Stocking Blues” (that might be an incorrect name) however it was a good song. She played the song that made the Muddy Roots compilation disc called “The Mystery Of Death”.

She played a few more in closing her set called “Dixie Darling” and one called “Empty House”, it was truly good to catch up with her and get a chance to see her again. I been a longtime fan of hers and I don’t plan on going anywhere for sure, you can darn sure bet that you’ll be hearing about this young lady in the future.

Last False Hope what can I say about Mr. Jahshie P and what he does for his music scene in the Chicago area, that I haven’t already touched on? He and Shooter have always teamed up to do terrific things for Underground Music up there, and this festival proves it.

Last False Hope blends Hardcore and Bluegrass together for an ultimate experience unlike any other, and I’ll be featuring them this summer as well at Muddy Roots. The first song of their I caught was “God Damn You” and another one they played was “Hollow”.

As with his other band Mr. Jahshie displays an untamed vigor onstage as he releases all his pent up emotions onto the audience while performing songs like “Wasted Nights” and the last one of theirs I watched “Why Do I Fuck Up Everything I Love”. I had to head back to my computer for another update before the night’s closing main acts took their respective places!

Mr. Ted Russell Kamp not only plays bass for Shooter Jennings he also plays his own music as well, and is a seasoned multi instrumentalist. He’s been a staple member of all of Shooter’s bands since 2006 when Shooter released “Let’s Put The O Back In Country”.

He opened with “Hold On” and went on into “My Heart Has A Mind Of It’s Own” off the 2013 album “Night Owl”. His next song was called “Every Little Thing You Need”. His next song was called ‘Rainy Day Valentine, which displayed his own identity as an artist. Mr. Ted has been a prominent producer and musician for many years as a solo act as well as being in the background. “Another Love song” was next followed by “Down to The Wire” before he closed with “If I Had A Dollar”.

Mr. Shawn James has some pretty powerful songs whether it’s him as a solo act of with his band the Shapeshifters. I haven’t ever crossed paths with him or his band so it was a pleasure to encounter him on this bill.

“Through The Valley” was one of his songs today as well as “Snake eyes”. Mr. Shawn channels his inner beast as he wails out lyrics to songs like “Delilah” from his album “On The Shoulders Of Giants”. His last song was called “Hell Hound”, which is also from that aforementioned album.

Call Me Bronco has been another band that has been covered on this website before on many occasions through various festivals and shows. They played their ever popular song “Burn The witch” as well as “4 AM” and “4 Shots”. I was getting ready for the next couple major sets out here tonight that are pretty much leading up to the wrap up of this festival for the weekend.

Saffron Lair: Bass/Backup Vocals, Tyler Palermo: Guitar/Backup Vocals and Violet Staley: Drums/Lead Vocals make up the next band called Won’t stay Dead another punk band from the Chicago area. I did catch some of their set however even with a song list I didn’t catch the names. I did manage to catch some of their set and I did enjoy it, but getting ready for tonight’s big juggernaut acts was a chore that I was salivating for some time over.


Left Lane Cruiser is just absolutely loud and insane music. And they shake the roof off the venue when they play, it sounds like a freight train rolling by!

Their first song was “Booga Chacka” followed by “Big Momma”. They too, just released a new album not long ago called “Claw Machine Wizard” in April. “Heavy Honey” was next followed by a rowdy cover of “Black Betty”. Their last osng of the set was called “Zombie Blocked” and they left the rock club in complete and utter disarray tonight before the main acts even took the stage.

Mr. Joseph Huber is one I just recently featured as he released a new album last month called “The Suffering Stage”. I got the opportunity to feature two songs before they went public, then I got to feature the new album.

He plays what I call “Feel Good Music”, playing string band type old mountain music influenced heavily by bands like Alabama. I have and will be featuring his music for many years to come. He opened with “Playground Is A Battlefield” which I relate to very well being from a run down area of his same hometown.

“Sons Of The Wandering” was next along with “16-10″ and ‘Drop In The Bucket” from one of his past albums. Another selection off of his new album called “You Showed Me”. Afterwards he played the ever popular “Hanging Road” off his album of the same name.

He closed his set with “Old Mountain Tune” and the older song “Dance Around The Daggers”. Always a treat to witness Joseph Huber’s wonderful music and get to visit with him afterwards, he truly is a great friend.

Mr. Billy Don Burns is a songwriting Legend and I recently got the opportunity to hang around him more privately in West Virginia not long ago. He came out and played “Dark Side Of The Spoon” and “Running Drugs Out Of Mexico” before Shooter came out.

Shooter Jennings is always doing things that I report on on this website. This time he was with his own band and it was cool to see him under this element for a change. Not that I dislike him with Waymore’s Outlaws because I don’t, it’s just fun to see him play ‘Electric Rodeo” and “Steady At The Wheel” on his own as well.

“Don’t Feed The Animals” was next followed by A song called “Triskaidelaphobia” and the “Real Me”. the ever popular “Outlaw You” which mocks the current state of Nashville bro country is always popular. Now make NO mistake I’m NOT one of the types that mock Nashville as a whole, in fact there IS a GREAT music scene here in town. It’s just the major mainstream crap that Music Row produces that is being mocked.

“The Last time I Let You Down” was next follwed by another one of my personal favorites “Nashville From Afar” which was on his 2014 BCR Mixtape, he releases one every year and tonight I got the 2017 one. “Wild and Lonesome” was next folks followed by “I’m Left You’re Right She’s Gone” off Coutach for Giorgio.

“Born To Die” was next followed by “The Door” and “The Other Life”. I thought O’l Shooter was on the mark tonight and I truly enjoyed his show because my daughter was with me for the first time ever for a music show. It was SO MUCH FUN enjoying the show with her. I never imagined my daughter would get to meet Waylon’s younger son, and I cannot thank him enough for that.

“Maifesto Number 1” was next along with “All This Could Have Been yours” and “Summer Of Rage”. He changed from guitar to keyboards throughout the entire performance tonight and with his dead on band that plays like a well oiled machine closed out his set with “Gunslinger” “4rth Of July” and as always “Good Time Charlie” for our friend Colonel Jon Hensley. Shooter if you are reading this I promise you that Jon’s picture will never leave my website and if it does I’m not alive running it my friend.

Escape From The Zoo was band from Houston Texas I missed and I was told they absolutely killed it up there. You can click HERE and buy their music and support this band as well. Folks that’s about all I got for you this time around, I urge you to get off the couch and see a show, support festivals and these bands.

One last act that wasn’t announced and was a last minute deal was one that I didn’t even have to be in the venue to know, however I DID see some of his set. Saint Christopher is one that I have covered many times on my website, and his question is always the same..Was it loud enough?

He brought out Corey Staley- Bass, and Derek Vaive- Drums to play in the side bar. “Let It Rip” was first followed by “How Low Can You go”? “Never Forgive” was next followed by Joe Fox from The Devil’s Cut joining him for “Revolution Motherfucker”.

“Regret And Guilt” was next as he bowels forth his aggressive vocals lambasting corporate rules and values, which could be understood as “St. Christophers Blues”. My favorite song he does is “Ride” and he closed his set and the whole festival with “We Are Legend”.

Even though St. Christopher howls out against mass purchasing and greed he IS FOR THE LITTLE MAN and the REAL American Dream. BUY LOCAL and BUY SMALL.
BUY STUFF from independent people and stop and take a moment to greet the artists and let them know they inspire you or speak to you through music. Of course I’m NOT saying skip your electric bill…just help me keep local music going…won’t you?

Apr 302017

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Country Music has THREE staple pillars of it’s foundation or it’s backbone if you will. Those are in this order the songwriter, the producer, and the steel guitar in my opinion it takes those three to make a classic Country Music album. My point being Willie Nelson “Red Headed Stranger” and “Wanted The Outlaws” as two prime examples that had all three. Shooter will tell you rapidly “Wanted The Outlaws” was the first platinum selling Country Music album EVER and defied the sough it was initially given by Nashville in the 1970’s.

Local music as a whole contains such a plethora of well rounded steel guitarists and pickers waiting for you to discover them if you are willing to wade through the broken beer bottles and travel the worn out back alleys of America to find them. You have to look in the places most normal people wouldn’t, and you have to listen. You have to brave the heat and cold and discomfort of the fields and farms that spew forth these festivals, mostly you have to study and watch for them.

This edition of my steel guitarist series bring me to talking on a rainy Sunday afternoon with one of local music’s finest young steel players the mighty Johnny Up. I sat with him for just a few minutes and he was kind enough to spend some time with me and answered a few questions for us. So sit back and enjoy this interview with another one of Red Dirt Country’s young guns making Country Music sound so good!

I’ll be honest in this interview he peaks of many people that he looks up to and admires doing things for him and today, he truly passed it on to me by taking a few minutes out to become involved with this project. This is MY intention to bring forth the young people playing steel in the honky tonks of today, and educating people on this whole world of unknown REAL Country Music whether it’s Nashville, Texas or Oklahoma. It’s out there waiting for YOU to support and love on it. And the people that play it are vastly talented and have become very good friends, I never met him yet but we truly connected today and appreciated one another. I must say he was really a great guy!



How did you get started playing the steel guitar?

Mr. Johnny:

I started out playing classical guitar, I was moved to an arts high school where you could major in arts programs and that’s how I started learning how to read music and classical technique. I ended up going to the University Of Oklahoma for that. I dropped out of school and didn’t do anything with music for a while. I was living in Baton Rouge and met some guys that were into the same kind of music I was, everything Parsons, and that was the first time the steel guitar really caught me. I joined a band called the Way Goners out of Hammond Louisiana and started playing pedal steel. It took a couple years before I was any good at it, but pretty much from day one I started performing with it. A lot of four hour bar gigs forced me to learn 40 or 50 licks at a time.


Do you play pedal steel or straight steel, or both?

Mr. Johnny:

I play pedal steel, yes


Whom did you start playing for after The Way Goners?

Mr. Johnny:

I moved to Oklahoma City and started playing with John Moreland out of Tulsa, and Jeff Hobbs out of Ardmore. I made an album with John Moreland And The Dustbowl Souls. It’s called “In the Throes”.


You played For Kaitlin Butts too right?

Mr. Johnny:

Yes, and Cody Jinks and Zane Williams, whole bunch of people really…


Who influenced most as a young player?

Mr. Johnny:

The album that I remember studying the most was “High In The Rockies” by Jason Boland. You know it’s got Roger Ray on it, and he’s also an Okie. He’s somebody I really looked up to and I got a chance to open for the Stragglers pretty early on in my career. I was playing with Jeff Hobbs and after the Stragglers set he came offstage with people coming at him, trying to greet him but he made a bee line towards me and asked if I was Johnny. I was kind of star struck and said yeah. He told me how much he enjoyed my stuff with John Moreland, told me to keep it up. That meant a lot to me that someone I looked up to was listening and thought I was on the right track. It truly motivated me early on.


If someone new came up to you and asked I’m a kid I’m new and I would like advice, what would you tell them?

Mr. Johnny:

I would say don’t think you have to have certain equipment or sound like other people. Until this past year I had yet to take a real lesson on pedal steel. And it was several years before I ever saw anybody play one in person. It all contributed to my sound. I know I don’t sound like other people and I know i probably have bad techniques, but I have always found my own voice through not knowing how to sound like other people. When people hear my steel guitar they know it’s me. I also have a bunch of instructional videos on my personal Youtube page  GO HERE to see what he has up to offer you free of charge!


That answered my next question, you are very unique you don’t sound like anybody else. Wade Bowen came to town and had Miss Kaitlin with him I was hoping I’d get to meet you. I’m enjoying Country Music even more now from these interviews, because I have a better understanding of people like you.

Mr. Johnny

Hopefully Kaitlin reads this! My first steel guitar was, you know everybody goes out and gets a Sho Bud Maverick that had sixty owners, where as I had a Fender steel with three pedals and one knee lever. I didn’t know it even had a knee lever until I was boxing it back up to ship it to the next guy. There’s so much I didn’t know that I had to learn on my own. Making my own repairs on it, the guitar I bought next I bought seen only in pictures. I didn’t know what to look for, so when it wasn’t until the the guitar arrived that I noticed the under carriage was all gunked up and dirty, levers not pulling true. I took the whole guitar apart and cleaned it. I put it all back together as best as I could not knowing exactly how the changer and tension works. Just getting it to work right made me a better player. I know it had nothing to do with music really but it did help me understand a lot.


Are you on the road full time, do you have anybody staple that you play with now?

Mr. Johnny:

I been doing a lot of studio work as of lately, but until the albums come out, you can find me with either Jacob Flint or Wink Burcham. I have an album coming out with Cole Porter Band which has the guitar player from Cody Jinks first four records..so that’ll be a cool one coming out soon. I got to play all the steel on Cody Jinks’ new album ‘I’m Not The Devil’ that’s out right now. Jeff Hobbs new album “Upward” will be released soon. There is some stuff I’ve tracked out I don’t know how far along they are but hopefully there will be new releases with Schuyler Prenger And The Dirt Road Junkies, Dylan Stewart, Johnathan White from Sons Of Strangers, Jonnah Liddell. It was great getting to work with producers like Mike McClure and Wes Sharon.


I really enjoy including more Red Dirt into my website program and I love the differences and similarity in our local scenes.

Mr. Johnny:

I never paid much attention to the Nashville scene but to say that filling up the Exit Inn wasn’t a highlight of my career would be false.

Apr 302017

This weekend I’m out here in Bowling Green at one of my favorite places to eat and watch music The Spillway Bar And Grill folks this place is always a challenge to decide what to eat. Mr. Josh is one of the few folks from Altamont that we got to see grow into a huge road warrior for local music, there’s NO TELLING where this man and his band is going to end up. He raises his glasses and yells “Cheers To Health And Happiness” as he plays originals in his set like “the Ballad Of Bobbie Jo” whom he wrote about the lady that runs his home bar in Hagerstown Maryland.

He recently recorded a NEW album I’ll be telling you more about later tonight on this article as I warrior on for his cause. HE WAS my 2015 Artist Of The Year and like I said he is one of the few artists from the time we met has grown and become more honed in on his craft. He writes quality songs that make you actually think and feel as a listener and an individual.

His first song was “Devil Shoot Her Dead” afterwards he went into a terrific version of “Okie From Muskogee” of Merle Haggard fame circa 1969. he went into a bluesy slower version of Hank Williams Sr. “Your Cheating Heart” and right now as we listen he is playing “All That I Been Looking For Is Gone”. He is playing Waylon’s ‘Good Hearted Woman” and followed that by a very special beer drinking song “The Bottle Of Whiskey Won”

“Working Man’s Blues” and “Brand New Angel” were next, as he played Ernest Tubbs “Driving Nails In My Coffin” next, followed by Billy Joe Shaver’s “Ride Me Down Easy”. His set tonight also included “Swinging Doors” and in honor of Willie Nelson’s birthday today he played “Whiskey River”.

He is playing Songs off his upcoming record called “Whole Lotta Crazy” and he played one called “Cocaine”. Now you might remember Billy Don Burns new album “Graveyard In Montgomery” off Rusty Knuckles label, guitarist Bobby Miller truly makes this song sound epic up there tonight as they included that in their set.

“Ramblin Man” is what’s up now followed by “Gone Gone Gone”. “Jambalaya” was next, I’ll tell you what this new band setup here truly features his vocals better. Especially on songs like Belle Of The Ball” and others, Mr. Josh stands stalwart as a frontman now better than he ever has in the past. I have truly enjoyed watching him develop a style and a fashion all his own, and burn up the roads doing it.

“Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms” is up now, as he takes the intermission break. The band is truly becoming better in tune with his style and vocals complete with  Mr. Taylor Hearnly on drums and Mr. Greg Johnson on bass. He began his next set with “Whole Lota Crazy” off his new album. He gave me a good preview in the van in West Virginia and I’ll tell you folks it’s going to be a GREAT new album.

He’s doing a REALLY GOOD version of Crazy Arms wow..followed by “Crying Eyes Of Blue”. He included “Gentle On My Mind” as well as a really cool new song called “Damn These Birds” that he wrote about dope dealers he used to buy from in the past. This video is from the song called “Shotgun Willie”, and also included in this set was “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down”.

“Cold Cold Comfort” was next after that was “Kaw Liga” and “Old Habits” from Hank Williams Junior. He closed the show with “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and he replayed “Whole Lotta Crazy” which is his new branding direction lately. He followed that with “Merle Haggard Died Today” and Billy Don Burns “Haggard And Hank”, before he closed the show with his usual ‘I Saw The Light”. He always carries one of the last notes in what is becoming his very own signature twist on a well known Country Music song.

Apr 272017

Dr. Ralph Stanely’s Hill Of Home happens in Virginia on Memorial Day Weekend, and is one of the nation’s oldest Bluegrass festivals in the United States. In fact it’s one of the TOP 3 oldest festivals and next month it’s in it’s 47th annual festival.

There isn’t ever much advertising or sponsors that make a large hoo-ha about this festival, nor is there much social media about it. But it has withstood the test of time, and even now is still well sought after from folks in Tennessee and Kentucky. It’s only about a five hour ride from my area so you might possibly see me there one of these years!

Here is a map of the are and some local area hotels for your use, as I do this for every festival I cover. As most of you know I cover 175 festivals yearly, and I am always out researching and finding new hotel options for every festival I know about. I do a LOT of research for this portion of my website.


We have food and merchandise vendors, shower facilities, water and dump stations on the grounds. There is a free shuttle to the stage from the parking and camping areas.Please do not bring alcohol or coolers in to the main concert area. Pets are allowed in the campground but must stay on a leash. Pets are not allowed in the concert area.

2017_hills_of_home003010.jpgSleep Inn of Clintwood
5625 Dickenson Highway
Clintwood, VA 24228

The Inn at Wise
110 East Main Street
Wise, VA 24293
So now that we have all of that out of the way let’s touch upon the lineup:
Gary Greer
Dean Osborne
Col Issac Moore And The Clinch Mountain Tradition
White Top Mountain Spring Band
Ernie Thacker And Route 23
Po Ramblin Boys
Flatt Lonesome
Ralph Stanley II And The Clinch Mountain Boys
Ricky Olefield
Tim white And The WV Boys
Remington Rhyde
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Jim Lauderdale
Emi Sunshine
Dave Adkins
Larry Efaw And The Bluegrass Mountaineers
Randall Hibits
Sammy Adkins and The Sandy Hook Mountain Boys
Kristi Stanley And The Running Wild
Mike Bentley And The Cumberland Gap Connection
Larry Sparks and The Lonesome Ramblers
Apr 232017

Austin Tripp
Travis Egnor
Brett Robinson

Country Music has THREE staple pillars of it’s foundation or it’s backbone if you will. Those are in this order the songwriter, the producer, and the steel guitar in my opinion it takes those three to make a classic Country Music album. My point being Willie Nelson “Red Headed Stranger” and “Wanted The Outlaws” as two prime examples that had all three. Shooter will tell you rapidly “Wanted The Outlaws” was the first platinum selling Country Music album EVER and defied the sough it was initially given by Nashville in the 1970’s.

Local music as a whole contains such a plethora of well rounded steel guitarists and pickers waiting for you to discover them if you are willing to wade through the broken beer bottles and travel the worn out back alleys of America to find them. You have to look in the places most normal people wouldn’t, and you have to listen. You have to brave the heat and cold and discomfort of the fields and farms that spew forth these festivals, mostly you have to study and watch for them.

Crooked Smile festival in Indiana brought me to discover a young steel guitar player named David Mills who was playing steel guitar with Duane Mark. I’ll catch up with Mr. Duane in just two weeks here as I attend Moonrunners festival in Chicago. So when I began devising and planning this project Mr. David was one of my subjects as a result of seeing this performance, as I wanted to delve into the story of the song “Hobo Insane”. This article is going to get to the meat and potatoes of that story and also a little more of what makes this road warrior tick.

This man has played with the Barnyard Stompers, and many more local and touring bands.He has many tidbits of information to share with us and on a lazy Sunday afternoon I sat for a brief moment with him on the phone before he played a show.


How did you get started playing the steel guitar?

Mr. David:

Honestly it was all just started accidentally, a buddy of mine who was older got me started in music at a young age actually I was guitar player for many years. He had one just sitting around for years and we chatted about it and one day just asked him to borrow it and it took off from there, and it was for my own fun around the house. I ended up doing one gig with it and everybody started hiring me for it, so it kind of turned into one big thing for me. It turned into being pretty much what I do.


With out giving away nay secrets or anything what makes up your sound, what do you use for your rig?

Mr. David:

I play an old 1967 Emmons, push pull and my amplifier is built from a guy out in Frisco and it called Milkman amplifiers a lot of steel players will know who it is. I use his half and half amp it’s a new thing and  I quite like it.  And that’s about it I really don’t get into pedals or anything too much, it’s just steel and an amp.


So, you pretty much play straight steel?




Who influenced you more than anything?

Mr. David:

All of the classic Country stuff my dad raised me on the all that he was a redneck deadhead that’s what I called him, so I grew up on all the old Country. Willie,Waylon,Merle you know all the classics,  and I play with a lot of new writers to so I have a wide variety and range of influences. I listen to a lot of the new stuff to, and I know you just interviewed Brett and I got into them real heavy when I first started playing steel. I stole a bunch of licks off him, and Cody Jinks and all them.


Well I did Austin Tripp too. You know part of what started this is Chuck Mead put up something one day and I’m sure it wasn’t directed AT me BUT I used it to my advantage a negative criticism and it said if you’re going to write about Country Music in Nashville at least know about the steel guitar.  And I thought you know what I need to learn more myself, I knew what C6 tuning was but I really don’t know a lot about the guitar itself. And there are so many of you underground players so talented that a lot of people don’t even know about.

Mr. David:

Oh yeah,  I mean a lot of people don’t even know what the instrument is and that’s a popular question I get at my gigs is people will come up and ask “What’s that you’re playing”?  They heard it a million times they just never actually SEEN one, and don’t know WHAT it is.  Almost every gig they ask me what it is or tell me I am a great keyboard player one of the two.


Who else do you play for, I know Duane Mark because that’s how we met. And I know the Barnyard Stompers,

Mr. David:

I played a few shows with them before they recorded their album, but I mostly do the hired gun thing. I really bounce around a lot, there’s a guy in San Diego now he is in Nashville named Jake Loban, I played a little on his album. A lot of artists hire me when they come to the southern California area and I play with all of them on and off. Usually four or five different bands a week, I don’t have a set band out here because it’s a little different out here than everywhere else. There’s a few Country artists out here but they too always bounce around so the hired gun thing works for me well, and a lot of session work.


OK, one thing I’m more interested in more than anything is this..tell me about the Duane Mark “Homeless Dave” story and how he wrote Hobo Insane?

Mr. David:

It’s not as exciting as it actually sound honestly (we both laughed)  he actually wrote the song before he met me. I’m not exactly sure the entire story of how he wrote it I think it’s just from his travels and stuff. The way it came about where I BECAME a part of it was a random joke that got carried away through the years. The first tour we did together, it was two or three days in we were on the road and I was in the back of the van sleeping.  It was mid winter and freezing I was all wrapped up in a blanket and my hair was ragged out everywhere, I had gloves on with holes in the fingers.  I looked homeless and they took a picture as a joke and put it on Instagram and jokingly said “Oh We found this homeless guy on the side of the road and he had a pedal steel, and we’re going to give him a shot”. Well, people went CRAZY online over it all..half said “Oh you’re the nicest band ever”, and the other half said “Get him out of there he’s going to murder you”.

Even the people they told when Duane Mark said he was taking a steel guitarist on the road with him, they said “WHAT, it’s not the homeless guy that plays steel?” And they put up another post saying “We bought him a new shirt and he plays really good”. And they kind of ran with it after that and it all took off from there.


One of these days I’m going to write a book about my adventures, and that’s going to be in one of the chapters right there. Because  people really did believe it one gal said “Oh Yeah he really is just a vagabond”.

Mr. David:

Well, yeah and through the years he really added to it and then made up the story of how he picked me up on the side of the road and he got so many pats on the back for saving me.


If somebody younger that wanted to play steel guitar came to you for advice, what would you tell them?

Mr. David:

Honestly I would tell them that’s it’s not as hard as it appears. Don’t ever really get frustrated and give up,  I mean as far as I was concerned I was pretty much on the road a few months after I started playing the darn thing. You know now people learn all kinds of things by getting on Youtube, and back when I started I utilized YouTube and the internet. I learn a lot of things by playing with guys like Duane, and that comes in time, hell I’m still learning things every day now. The internet really made it easier for guys like me to progress so quickly.


Yeah Austin Tripp said he was playing for Luke Bryan within a year, and believe it or not pop country has a lot more steel guitar than people give it credit for.

Mr. David:

Yeah it’s really tucked in there but it does exist.


As far as a left handed person like me, is there options for left handed steel?

Mr. David:

I think I have seen a few models but they are few and FAR between. I have seen some out there but honestly I don’t think I could name any major players that were lefty.


I plan to get Mr. Andy Gibson soon, he lives close to me and I think people approach him wrong. He’s also really busy and I hate to bother him, and I don’t want to ask him any direct questions about personal things.  It’ll be a manner that will be more comfortable answering what I ask him.

Mr. David:

You know one time I was with a guy and I got to go to his house and once we got to talking I really got to see how talented he truly is. You know he also builds guitars and he shapes the wood and all that. You really don’t meet too many private guys that are truly luthiers. And the work that he does is absolutely amazing.


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