Joshua Wallace’s Top 50 Albums of 2020

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Dec 202020
 

By Joshua Wallace

By all measures, 2020 was an insane year, however it was an amazing year for country music releases.  I could have made a Top 100 list this year, but I stuck with tradition and did a Top 50.  With that in mind, some of your favorites might be left off here.  Don’t fret, they’re still good albums, it’s just that there were a ton of good releases this year.  It seemed like every band was releasing their best work even when they weren’t able to fully tour on it.  I could make a case for every record in my Top 10 to be my album of the year, however I went with American Aquarium’s Lamentations.  Lamentations was my most anticipated album going into 2020 and it’s still my favorite album here in December.  It’s no secret that American Aquarium is one of my favorite bands and when they release an album this good, it’s going to be hard to top.  I’ll give my thoughts on each of the Top 20 and provide links to listen to the rest of the list.  I encourage you to check out every record on this list as you might just find something new and that is my biggest goal in doing all of this.

 

**ALBUM OF THE YEAR** 01.  American Aquarium – Lamentations  **ALBUM OF THE YEAR**

When American Aquarium announced late 2019 that they were going into the studio with Shooter Jennings producing, I knew this album would be something special.  I just didn’t know how special it would turn out to be.  Songs like “The Long Haul”, “Starts With You”, “A Better South” and even the tear jerker “Six Years Come September” helped define my 2020.  It is worth noting here that their last album which was 2018’s Things Change was my favorite record of that year too.  I can only imagine that the next album they release will either top or come close to the top of this list in that year.  This band is very consistent in that they keep getting better with every release.  I can’t wait to hear what is next.

 

  1. Chris Stapleton – Starting Over

Chris Stapleton has quite possibly the best voice in modern country music.  This album further solidifies that with performances like “Cold”, “Devil Always Made Me Think Twice”, “Watch You Burn” and more.  This whole record is great top to bottom and it came very close to being my number one album of the year.  It features Stapleton’s signature mix of rock, blues and country anchored by his amazing guitar playing throughout.  This record features guests like former Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and the amazing pedal steel player Paul Franklin.  I highly recommend giving this album a good listen as Chris Stapleton is 4 records in and only shows signs of getting better.

 

  1. Charley Crockett – Welcome To Hard Times

There was a period this year where this album was slated as my #1 record of 2020.  It’s that good.  Charley Crockett put out the best record of his career with Welcome To Hard Times and it hit all the right buttons with the psychedelic bend to it’s sound and a neo-western theme.  The title track is one of my favorite jams of the year and I still love that piano riff that opens it.  Check out “Welcome To Hard Times”, “Run Horse Run” and “The Man That Time Forgot”.

 

  1. Muscadine Bloodline – Burn It At Both Ends

I have been a fan of Muscadine Bloodline since “WD40” was making the rounds as a single a few years ago.  This highly anticipated debut full length album delivers on all of the promise the band showed early on and then some.  As for their sound, they kind of straddle the line of being polished for country radio and rough around the edges for the independent country crowd.  It also helps to feature the likes of BJ Barham, Brent Cobb and Adam Hood on your debut record to give you a bit of a boost.  Check out “Ain’t Just A Van”, “Good Chunk Of Change”, “After Midnight” and “Drunk Tattoo” for a few choice cuts from this one.

 

  1. Mike and The Moonpies – Touch Of You : The Lost Songs Of Gary Stewart

Mike and The Moonpies have released another great album with this collection of lost Gary Stewart songs.  While you won’t get a cover of “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinking Doubles)” on this set, you will get some awesome Gary Stewart tunes that have never been recorded before.  You can hear Gary Stewart’s influence on Mike and The Moonpies music and when you do, you will know that they were the perfect band for a project such as this. The band worked closely with Stewart’s daughter, Shannon Stewart, and his best friend Tommy Schwartz to compile the tracks for this project. The finished product is a great Moonpies album that slides in at number five in our countdown.

 

  1. Sturgill Simpson – Cuttin’ Grass – Vol. 1 (Butcher Shoppe Sessions) & Cuttin’ Grass Vol. 2 (The Cowboy Arms Sessions)

   

I told you this was an insane year.  We got not one, but two great Sturgill Simpson albums this year.  I’m lumping them together here because they’re essentially one long piece split into two.  Sturgill promised fans that if they hit a certain goal on a charity drive he was doing that he would cut 2 albums this year.  He came through with two sets of bluegrass versions of practically every song in his solo catalog.  The only things missing are the covers from each album and “It Ain’t All Flowers”.  He also threw in some Sunday Valley tunes and a new song he wrote with the late Merle Haggard titled “Hobo Cartoon”.  I highly recommend giving these records a spin as a lot of these aren’t just re-recordings in a different genre.  There are some new arrangements of old favorites here that I think anyone would enjoy.

 

  1. Ward Davis – Black Cats And Crows

Ward Davis has finally given us the follow up to 15 Years In A 10 Year Town and it was well worth the wait.  This is a darker collection of songs with lots of heavy guitars setting the mood throughout.  There are a couple of murder ballads on this record that I highly recommend.  We also get Ward Davis’s version of Colorado a couple of years after Cody Jinks released his version on the album Lifers.  Give this album a listen and you won’t be disappointed.

 

  1. Colter Wall – Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs

Colter Wall is finally giving us a full band western swing record and I am here for this.  From amazing covers like “Big Iron” to originals like “Henry and Sam”, this record is all killer from top to bottom.  This record puts Colter Wall up there with some of the premier western acts going today.  Check it out.


 

  1. Ashley McBryde – Never Will

Ashley McBryde is back with her second major label album and another major hit with “One Night Standards”.  This album is full of great songs and I highly recommend the murder ballad “Martha Divine”.  Throw in some traditional country cuts like “First Thing I Reach For”, “Sparrow” and “Velvet Red” and you have one amazing album.  I can’t wait to hear what is coming next.


 

  1. Zach Bryan – Quiet, Heavy Dreams EP

I initially had Zach Bryan’s Elizabeth record in this spot, but this EP is Zach Bryan’s first professionally recorded music and I had to include it here.  With songs like “Birmingham”, “Crooked Teeth” and “November Air”, Zach Bryan is certainly going to be around for a long time.  I hope to be able to see him live sometime in the near future, and with albums like this, I have no doubt he’ll be able to tour widely once it is safe to do so again.


 

  1. Joshua Ray Walker – Glad You Made It

Joshua Ray Walker’s sophomore record Glad You Made it improves on the working formula he created with 2019’s Wish You Were Here.  Songs like “Voices” show off his incredible vocal range while deeper tracks like “D.B. Cooper” show a bit of experimentation with the soundscape Joshua Ray Walker is using on this record.  Give it a listen and see why it’s in at number 11 on this list.


 

  1. Hailey Whitters – The Dream

Hailey Whitters album The Dream took a bit to grow on me, honestly.  But it grew on me and I came to really enjoy a few tracks from this record.  Check out “Janice At The Hotel Bar”, “Loose Strings”, her version of Stapleton’s “Devil Always Made Me Think Twice” and her version of “Happy People” which was also recorded by co-writer Lori McKenna on her 2018 album The Tree.  This record is a fun album that deserves to be heard by more people.  I hope I get the chance to see her live very soon.


 

  1. Brent Cobb – Keep ‘Em On They Toes

Brent Cobb has released another great album in Keep ‘Em On They Toes.  I really love the title track and it quickly became one of my feel good favorites of 2020.  Other highlights include the timely “The World Is Ending”, “Soapbox w/ Nikki Lane” and “Good Times and Good Love”.  This album is a nice change in pace back to the slower country and folk songs of 2016’s Shine On Rainy Day.


 

  1. Kyle Nix – Lightning On The Mountain & Other Short Stories

While this year was rough for fans of Turnpike Troubadours, we got a bit of a reprieve in the form of a Kyle Nix solo album.  I had a feeling this one would be special from the moment it was announced and I was right.  Some favorites include “Graves”, “Shelby 65”, “If Ruby Ain’t Happy” and “Lightning On The Mountain”.  This album is highlighted by some great fiddle playing and good songwriting.  I really hope Kyle Nix gets to tour on this one soon as I would love to see these songs live.


 

  1. The Panhandlers – The Panhandlers

When I first heard about this super group of Texas Country talents, I knew we had something special coming.  All four of these men are great with their own bands, but together they are a force to be reckoned with.  “West Texas In My Eye” and “This Is My Life” are two highlights on this one for me.  Give this one a listen if you haven’t, you won’t be disappointed.


 

  1. Parker McCollum – Hollywood Gold EP

Parker McCollum had a strong 2020 with some great single releases leading up to this EP.  “Pretty Heart” actually got a lot of radio play and I really dig “Like A Cowboy”.  I knew Parker McCollum was one to watch after 2017’s strong Probably Wrong LP.  This EP is so good and it solidifies my opinion that he is destined for bigger things.  Be on the lookout for his next full length as I belive that one will go places.


 

  1. Josh Abbott Band – The Highway Kind

I have been a fan of Josh Abbott Band since 2012’s Small Town Family Dream album and it has been a fun ride watching this band grow.  They get better with every release and The Highway Kind is no different.  Highlights include the title track, “Settle Me Down”, “24-7-365” and “Real Damn Good”.  Give it a listen.


 

  1. Aubrie Sellers – Far From Home

While I wasn’t as much of a fan of Aubrie Sellers’s 2016 record New City Blues, this album blew me away.  I dig the mixing of grungy garage rock and country music and it works here.  Check out favorites like “Glad”, “Troublemaker”, “My Love Will Not Change w/ Steve Earle” and the title track.


 

  1. Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen – Hold My Beer, Vol. 2

With Hold My Beer, Vol. 2, Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen have put together two amazing country duo albums.  This record is full of solid country gold.  I love the comedy of “Rodeo Clown” and we finally get a title track for this collection with “Hold My Beer”.  Also check out “Mi Amigo” with Asleep At The Wheel and “Speak To Me Jukebox” for more highlights.

 

  1. David Adam Byrnes – Neon Town

This record from David Adam Byrnes was one of those unexpected gems that you hear about and when you finally get around to listening to, it blows you away.  Neon Town is just good Texas country and I can’t wait yi hear what is next.


 

  1. Corb Lund – Agricultural Tragic

 


 

  1. Waylon Payne – Blue Eyes, The Harlot, The Queer, The Pusher & Me

 


 

  1. Bella White – Just Like Leaving

 


 

  1. Jaime Wyatt – Neon Cross

 


 

  1. Scott H. Biram – Fever Dreams

 


 

  1. Jessi Alexander – Decatur County Red

 


 

  1. Brennen Leigh – Prairie Love Letter

 


 

  1. Lori McKenna – The Balladeer


 

  1. The Wilder Blue – Hill Country


 

  1. Tennessee Jet – The Country


 

  1. Elizabeth Cook – The Aftermath


 

  1. Margo Price – That’s How Rumors Get Started

 

  1. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Co-Starring


 

  1. Dalton Domino – Feverdreamer


 

  1. Zephania Ohora – Listening to the Music


 

  1. Marcus King – El Dorado


 

  1. Sunny Sweeney – Recorded Live at the Machine Shop Recording Studio


 

  1. Brandy Clark – Your Life Is A Record


 

  1. Chase Crawford – The Neon Lights Go On Forever EP


 

  1. Arlo McKinley – Die Midwestern


 

  1. Jesse Daniel – Rollin’ On


 

  1. Rachel Brooke – The Loneliness In Me


 

  1. Caleb Caudle – Better Hurry Up


 

  1. Kyle Keller – All It Does Is Rain


 

  1. Lilly Hiatt – Walking Proof


 

  1. John Baumann – Country Shade


 

  1. Daniel Donato – A Young Man’s Country


 

  1. S.G. Goodman – Old Time Feeling


 

  1. Kody West – Overgrown


 

  1. Katie Pruitt – Expectations


 

Apr 112018
 

Well Hell, here I am again in Huntington West Virginia at The V Club for another year of my buddy W.B.Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show and his five year anniversary show. We are gearing up for one hell of a lineup here tonight and pretty much like usual this will be a good sized article choked full of news and videos of some of the acts. All of this weekend’s photography will be taken and provided by Mr. Joshua Wallace, who does all my album reviews. We also have a brand new photo system upon which will give a better perspective of this weekend in pictures.

Miss Chelsea Nolan was up first tonight, and she is playing an acoustic set here. She brought an initial flair right off the bat here with many covers in her own style like “Listen To Your Heart” and the Janis Joplin song ‘Mercedes Benz”. I believe the next song was called ‘Rock Bottom”, I wasn’t sure of the title, but it was well written nonetheless.

She played a nice medley of covers toward the end of her set, with pieces of “Big Rock Candy Mountain” and she went into songs like ‘I Saw The Light”. I could easily ascertain that she has a deep appreciation of Traditional Music from many different genres of history, much like the rest of us. I have a deep admiration for those that have reverence for those that paved the way for them.  The night continued on with more acoustic music with a fellow I am very familiar with up here, as he was part of the anniversary show many other years as well.

Patrick Stanley is one that I am extremely grateful to see year after year here, as one of The Horse Traders he always entertained us out here yearly. Tonight he played a solo set of a few songs, his first song being “It Ain’t Right To Be Lonely” . He has still maintained his own approach to his songs that I miss when I saw the Horse Traders, which brought a melding of styles together.

His next song was called “Conscription”, and that was followed by another called “I Can’t Abide”, and he closed his set with a Patty Loveless cover called “Cheap Whiskey” from the 2001 Mountain Soul album. It just feels so wonderful to reconnect with so many amazing people again tonight, and see new faces up here as well.

Mr. Ben Knight was amazing, and we got to talk some before the show started tonight, he will be playing in Lexington tomorrow night so he will only be here tonight. I had some phone video problems tonight, and I believe he was the first act I successfully captured fully however it was upright…still was good. The next song I will tell you about was called “Nicotine Gum”, which was a true story revolving around him building a house. Altogether there were some truly fine songs shared here tonight, and I related to many of them for sure!

I HAD to pick up his CD tonight, as it was less crowded Friday night I was able to leave my post to buy stuff. Saturday night I could barely get up to use the bathroom. luckily I bought an extra steak sandwich from Sheetz for later on in  the night on Saturday. I have my “go-to” places to eat all across America, and I utilized quite a few this weekend.

His first song was called “Robbers” followed by another truly great song called “Boats” as he displayed his style of writing tonight as very true to self. His next song was called “Iceman”, and he concluded that set with a song off his album called “Mistaken Identity”.

Mr. Tony Harrah And The Fly Over States was up next, I also had the opportunity to chat with him after his energetic set and found him to be a VERY nice person. I’ll tell you what I have met so many new faces up here it’s just always such a pleasant job to do here.

This man’s set began with “Good Man” and I also believe I did indeed get some footage of him as well. His next song was called “Hi Fi Lovers And Lo Fi Heroes”, followed by my favorite song he does called ‘Here I Am lord”. I myself have been at some low points in my life that required some knee bending prayer too.

‘Sweet Lucinda” was in this set here tonight that also included “Mississippi Wildfire” and concluded with a wonderful song called “Miller’s Farm”.

Mr.Darrin Hacquard brought a REALLY GREAT set here tonight that began with guns blazing with a song called “Huntington” that was basically declaring how awesome it was to return to this area. “Hurricane Season” was next from his album called Signs And Wonders, that’s a long song there. Most of these artists are on Spotify and I did create a playlist here in the promotional article.

“Mountains” was next in his set, which was an awesome song about a gal drunk on karaoke night with many hilarious (but often true) references to mountain life troubles.  That song was followed by “Never Again”, I enjoyed his onstage charisma he has. You can easily tell he just enjoys playing his music up there, and as he belts out songs like “A World Away” he finished his set up with a cover of ‘all My Rowdy Friends”.

I finally got to see the Laid Back Country Picker LIVE, and let me tell you he put on one hell of a show here tonight..in fact it was one of the top acts of the evening here. He opened with a cover of Waylon’s “Are You Ready For The Country’, and went into one his own songs called “I Live In The Now”.

It’s a different kind of show here that incorporates comedy with Traditional Country Music that lightens up your soul and helps you forget the problems of the outside world. He IS a TRUE entertainer in EVERY SENSE of the word, he just provides you with a good time and makes you smile, and laugh.

“Laid Back Country Picker” was his next song off his album, and then he got his telephone out and performed his “Party Line” routine. He is hilarious and involves the audience, with his comedy routine. He played “Jim Frank” and went into “Kathy With An 8 Ball” before going into a few other songs and ending his set.

John R Miller And The Engine Lights was one I did some research on before coming up tonight, and his first song was called “Holy Dirt”.  His set also included the song “Back And Forth” , and another song that Mr. Tyler Childers plays that he wrote when Mr. John was in the Prison Book Club called “Coming Down”.

His new album called “Service Engine” was a great album, and I enjoy listening to it very much. His bio boasts that he has performed in clubs in 50 states of America, and many shows overseas. He brought a nice blend of Blues/Folk and Americana to us tonight.

Jeremy Pinnell was up next, however this one was acoustic for him. He played one hell of a great set list for us tonight, and we enjoyed every minute of it. His album have always gathered attention on my website here, and Mr. Joshua was equally excited to see him.

You know he has this song called “Feels This Right” which mentions my good friend Bobby Mackey, and the fact he is from the Kentucky/Ohio  area. When he has a full band he is so full of twang it’s unreal! He played a wonderful version of a classic song called “The Image Of Me” which was recorded in 1967 by Mr. Conway Twitty and the writer Mr. Wayne Kemp.

The opening track of his album “Ties Of Blood And Affection” was the song called “Ballad Of 1892”, and that was followed by “The Way We See Heaven”. Now he released that album last year and I believe it hit Mr. Joshua’s TOP 50 Of 2017.

He played a wonderful rendition of Merle Haggard’s ‘Today I Started Loving You Again”. Another great song he played was called “Ain’t Nothing Wrong” I remember hearing him play that on a stream at the Westport Saloon one night. “Take The Wheel” was once again off the new album that is one of his more well written tunes, and on the album it has enough twang to satisfy the most hungry of palates for REAL Country Music.

He played a nice cover of “Ramblin Man” and “Freeborn Man”, but one of his last originals was the song called “the Way Country Sounds” which is my favorite song he does right now. I enthusiastically look for growth from this young man, and I firmly see him as the part of Country Music’s future.

Mr. Nicholas Jamerson was here to finish off the entire show, formerly of Sunday’s Best. He also played an acoustic set for us tonight, and began his set with “Goodbye God”. The audience truly loved his presence onstage, and he responded with a special authority.

I FINALLY got to hear him perform “Long Way To Wheelwright” tonight and he delivered it in prime fashion followed by a heartfelt rendition of Keith Whitley’s ‘Miami My Amy” . Another original song he performed tonight was called “Brother Rabbit” from his album.

He treated us to a wonderful and lengthy set here tonight with songs like “I’m Gonna Love You” and others like the song called “Cold Black Heart”. Pretty good sized crowd here tonight, however Saturday drew an even larger audience.

We stayed in Ohio at the Comfort Inn South Point Ohio, Giovannis Pizza delivered us a WONDERFUL deep dish pizza for a reasonable price. VERY NICE service and we enjoyed the food, thanks guys.

So tonight we are all slowly gathering once again at the V Club for another night of music fun, as for the first time ever Ol W.B. has booked two nights worth of shows for his anniversary show. We got people already piling into the venue for this one,as pre sales were better tonight.

And begin tonight we shall with The Winetree which is from Kentucky, and they got their name from an old misspelled winter sweater. Mr.Ryan Harvey  and Mr. Isaiah Muller make up this duo I’m about to include here tonight, and as they begin their set with “It Reminds Me Of You”.

Their set continued on with a song called “Tracks Of Coal” , and followed that with a song that W.B. requested from them called ‘There Is A Time”. That song is pretty much public domain, it was famously featured on the Andy Griffith show by the Darlings (AKA The Dillards).

Their set continued with a Willie Nelson themed song called “Red Headed Stranger (never meant so much to me) which displayed some amazing harmonies from them tonight, this was off to a great start tonight. They concluded their set with a song called “Kentucky Nights”.

Mr. Coby Langham will be up next here tonight with one of his songs I got to research from him called “Heroin Girl”. I especially related to this song personally well on many levels. This right here is downright good old fashioned Honky Tonk music.

Another of his songs I related to was called “The Farm” because I also grew up on a farm. It sounded like they were singing about my own father. Then they played a high pitched twang trucking song called “Years On The Road”, This young man has LOTS of energy. That I believe is honestly what we need at the beginning here in West Virginia, and as he sang a song for his gal called “As The crow Flies” I was further amazed by his creative writing style.

He played a song called “5 x 7” which boasts a 40 dollar bet that he couldn’t make O’l W.B. cry, but this song about his late wife whom died of an addiction did indeed make him cry. It was a very strong and poignant tear jerking ballad of sorrow.

Mr. Will Stewart was next tonight, not long ago you’ll remember Mr. Joshua Wallace reviewed his new album called County Seat. You can read about all that right HERE. Since today is actually his album release day, I will go purchase this album on vinyl even though we were sent a digital copy. SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC PEOPLE!

His next song was called “County Seat” which of course was the title track of the album, along with the song called “Heaven Knows Why” also off that album. Although he has been living around Nashville, he recently returned to Alabama to live where he grew up.

I related well with the song County Seat about the same old mundane everyday type life, I use this website to break up my boredom of same old same old. I would highly suggest you buy this album here!

The Local Honeys are a duo that have been featured many times on this website, as they have been a part of this anniversary show for a few years now. They opened their set with  and then followed that up with one of my favorites called “Cigarette Trees” that you’ll find on their album.

O’l W.B. suggested that they played an all Gospel set tonight, and with their gorgeous harmonies and lightning fast banjo playing they played “He’s With The First Church Of God”.  They told us that their good friend Mr. Don Rogers wrote that song, and they followed that song with a Kentucky fiddle tune.

As they closed with “Freight Train Blues” Miss Linda displayed her AWESOME vocal range, paired with their once again AWESOME vocal abilities this was truly a special set! The Local Honeys display comfort and poise up on stage together, and play like a well oiled machine!

Mr. Blake Berglund and I had the chance to speak before the show here, as he will also be playing Tumbleweed, which my man Mr. Joshua Wallace will be covering for me as I go elsewhere. He began his set tonight with a song called “Pretty Good Guy”, and with Miss Belle Plaine he took us through other songs.

He’s another Canadian artist and that song “Pretty Good Guy” was off a concept album he released about himself as he struggled with personal issues and demons. His latest album called “Realms” gathered much attention from the media that covers independent music.

“Crooked Old Earth” was really well written song about the state of today’s day and age of the “normal” world. Absolutely amazing guitar skills were displayed here tonight by Mr. Blake and his band. Miss Belle Plaine then took over the stage and played “Is It A Crying Shame If My Tears Don’t Fall”.

Mr. Ian Noe is another one I have been wanting to catch live here lately this year, I CAN TELL YOU that I am NOT moving from my spot here because I want to dwell on the entire remaining lineup. He has been garnering a plethora of attention here lately, and I wanted to write about him.

He played a song called “That Kind Of Life” that was very well written, and accompanied with his powerful voice it made for a VERY fun set to watch. Right now he is playing “I’d Rather Be Over You” and he followed that with a song called “P.O.W. Blues”.

His blend of Americana and other genres were unique and special, and it separates him from others because of his huge vocal ability which stresses his lyrics. You can pick him out of a crowd of other artists just by his voice alone, much like Tyler Childers or Colter Wall. “Doesn’t Do Me In’ was included on his set tonight,which was a good song as well.

One of my favorite songs he does was called “The Last Stampede” and after that he played his own version of the song “Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms”, he just changed the lyrics around some. He finally ended up his set with a song called “Irene” as his last song here tonight. “The Last Stampede” is a truly well written song from the opening line..I was born in the mornin’ just sounds cool, and a well play on words.

Mr. Justin Wells is amazing as usual here tonight, and he opened up the set with a new song, He also played the song called “Going Down Grinnin”, from his album “dawn In The Distance”. “The Highway Less Taken” was a great song about the life of a traveling musician, now trust me folks. I been following folks like Mr. Justin for five years now, and it’s NOT a big party like everyone thinks. If you think they only work four hours a day on stage…you are a fool. What these folks do takes HOURS of work, and I can easily why they get discouraged.

Mr, Justin is one of the many here tonight that are fresh off the Hagfest over at the Southgate House, and he came down here to sing songs for us like “The Dogs” and “No Rain” which is always another sure bet for enjoying this man’s music here tonight, followed by another great song called “Little Darlins”.

“Can’t Break my Heart” was up next tonight, and as the evening was winding down to the last two bands of the evening he played his damn fine version of “So Far Away” by Dire Straits, that is also on his album. O’l W.B. acknowledged a gentleman that drove out here from Texas to be here with us.

Mr. Arlo McKinley is another act that I have had the pleasure of seeing on this show before in the past. In fact he has had Mr. Arlo on this show three past times before.  “Don’t Need To Know” was one of the first songs he played tonight.

He played a song called “Time In Bars” next, obviously this man is a well sought after artist out in this area because this place is packed pretty tight here tonight. I have had a blast out here tonight with all these bands as they all brought us terrific sets!

They just finished their new record and it will have 14 songs on it.  I think Mr. Arlo has some of the best writing ability of many of the other acts, with songs like “Gone For Good”. So I’ll be keeping an eye on them, and I shall feature that aforementioned album. Some of the new songs he played had a lot of old rock and roll influences to them, and one was called “I Get Lonely, But I’m Never Alone”.

He played the song called “iv’e Got Her” and another called “Just Like The Rest” were also included in his set tonight. “Waiting For Wild Horses” was another epic song that he sings, with huge crowd interaction here. As his set began to reach a climatic pinnacle he closed his set with “Getting Older”.

Mr. Luke Bell is another great man that was involved in my Ameripolitan Awards escapades this year in Memphis Tennessee. His album has also graced my TOP 50 OF 2017 recently, however I still haven’t had the opportunity to witness him live yet.

He opened with a Hoyt Axton song called “Greenback Dollar” and one of his own songs off his new album called ‘Where You Been”.  They covered a terrific version of Merle Haggard’s song “Swinging Doors”, various old timey fiddle tunes and brought the most unique form of nostalgia in the entire weekend.

His style of yodeling and western swing tunes were unrivaled all weekend here, and as he played “Sometimes” from his current album the entire crowd went crazy! His set produced some vivid history as his fiddle player told stories of his Grandfather, and played many old tunes for us tonight.

As he bellowed out his epic song “Loretta” Mr. Luke Bell proved once again his fierce passion for history and the preservation of REAL Country Music with songs like “Bullfighter” and many more.

They ended the weekend with a bunch of group songs that brought up the remaining artists and O’l W.B himself. I tell you what if you haven’t witnessed this movement he is creating you MUST become a part of it. I’m VERY PROUD to call him a friend of many years, I am blessed to be one of the ones that got to see him begin from a couch.

I been with him the entire time watching him do this..he built an empire himself. He featured many GREAT bands that have went on to become NATIONAL phenomenons so far, and I figure he will push many more forward before this is over folks….Aaaaoowww

” W.B. WALKER IS THE PAUL HARVEY OF PODCASTS”

GARY HAYES