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Miss Kim Lenz Stops By To Release New Album TONIGHT During Ameripolitan Showcase.

Here I am down in Memphis squirreled away in my hotel room, prepping for today’s activities and check in for my media credentials to cover Monday’s gala extravaganza at the Guesthouse In graceland. Now friends, this is a side article, so I’ll have two more MAIN ones that these will derive from. This is an article for Miss Kim Lenz all to herself, and upon delving further into this, you’ll ascertain just why I structured it this way.

We have all converged upon town today in this crappy weather to celebrate the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards created by Mr.Dale Watson a few years back, and to honor Country and Rockabilly Legend Mr. Larry Collins. Now mind you, I have a LOT of material to cover this weekend PLUS working on several other projects at the same time.

So, tonight I’ll be not only releasing this interview, but also I’m going to cover her record release party for her new album called “Slowly Speeding” . First here is our chat we had this past week, which talks about the album and more! I hope with all my heart you enjoy this interview as much as I did, and I look forward to meeting her tonight and watching her play.

GHC: How did you get started in music?

Miss Kim: Well, I grew up in a very abusive family that turned out to be family that adopted me. I tried to do music when I was a child, I wanted to play piano and they took the piano away. I always had music in me, but it was always not accorded.

It wasn’t really until I finished my college degree at University Of Texas when I met a lot of other musicians and getting into music there. But I had been a music fan, I was always seeing live shows ever since I could sneak out of the house at about fifteen, every night of my life for pretty much forever.

GHC: When did you start Kim Lenz And The Jaguars?

Miss Kim: So, that was about 1994. I was in school at the University Of North Texas, and I got a band together with some friends called Rocket Rocket. We played about two or three shows and it was really just a jam band, we played a couple coffee houses, and that was the first time I had played in front of a crowd.  I really realized this is what I want to do!

That’s when I started Kim Lenz And The Jaguars, I just wanted to play locally really, I wanted to get a gig at this place called Bar Of Soap which was a little bar in the front and a laundromat in the back. I started out of Dallas a little bit, and made a .45 with some friends, and did a few shows out on the road. Then Larry Sloven from Hi Tone Records called, and I was shocked. I hung up on him because I thought someone was playing a trick on me, but he called back. So, I put out a couple records for Hi Tone in the 1990’s before all the small labels went under…Those were good years!

GHC: Was that when you put out “Up To My old Tricks Again”, and “One And Only”?

Miss Kim: Yes, that was all in the 90’s with Hi Tone Records.

GHC: Who inspired you the most to start playing Rockabilly?

Miss Kim: Well, you know I’m a collector of records, and I have been for a long long time. I cannot really put my finger on one person, because there are all of the normal names you hear like for women it’s always Wanda Jackson and Janis Martin, who are amazing. I been lucky enough to play and sing with both of them. But, I love American music and all of the things that go into making Rockabilly and Rock And Roll. But I like old Blues, and old Country.

All of the music that has been created in the 1950’s in this country..I mean black people were making Rock and Roll in the 40’s and even in the 30’s but it was so segregated  back then so…they were making Rock And Roll but the lead instrument wasn’t guitar, it was in fact the piano. So really when Rockabilly started it was the Country folks picking up on what everyone was doing. Everyone really was picking up on what each other was doing, and then we had the lead guitar.

We had Scotty Moore down there at Sun Records. But also I think the thing that people don’t talk about is that Rockabilly at that time when it first started sprung up all over the United States, in all kinds of little record labels that nobody ever heard of. It was a…kind of a local music if you will.  It was before Rock And Roll before it got big, but Rockabilly got bigger, and it just turned into Rock And Roll. When the major labels got it, it was indeed Rock And Roll, It was more of a regional music then, but I’m affected by everything. I’m affected by something new everyday really that I find, like and old Blues or Do Whop record. The voices and history of America, I’m inspired by that.

GHC: I don’t get to feature Rockabilly and Bluegrass as much as I’d like to on my website, and that is why I became involved with the Ameripolitans. It gives me the chance to feature some of the West Coast bands that I don’t get to. I don’t get to see you or the Three Bad Jacks or the Pine Box Boys as much as I’d like to.

Miss Kim: The Ameripolitans have been great because they put a lot of us together that we never saw each other before. We were either on the road or in different bubbles. I have made so many wonderful friends doing this over the years. I love going to them, mostly just to meet people. Because it is one of the best places to meet people and find out about Roots Music in the country I think.

GHC: I have enjoyed your music for many many years, you have been to town once or twice but every time I had the opportunity I got sick and couldn’t make it.

Miss Kim: I’ll be back!

GHC: What about the new album your’e releasing during the Ameripolitans? Is it just you solo or is it with the Jaguars or what is it exactly? I heard the first two singles you put out.

Miss Kim: Slowly Speeding and Pine Me. Yes, you know Nick Curran was kind of in the original Jaguars, well he had a passed a number of years ago. Then Scotty Tecce who was the original drummer for the Jaguars passed away like a few weeks ago I think. So it was just a time to let go of the Jaguars name, because that was really in the 90’s.

It was myself and Nick Curran, and Jake Erwin who played on this record, and Scotty Tecce. So it was just time to put the Jaguars name away, and I just did that. But yeah I got Jake Erwin playing with me on this record, we been playing together a long time. He is one of the best upright bass players ever, he plays full time with Hot Club Of Cowtown.

GHC: Mr. Nick he gets mentioned by Hillbilly Casino a LOT

Miss KIm: Nick joined my band when he was 19. We were together a long time, then he branched off and had his own bands and had a wonderful career. Then just got sick with cancer, very poor. He passed away at 34, so it was tragic.

GHC: Are you playing any festivals this year?

Miss Kim: I’m playing Viva Las Vegas in April, then of course my record release party next weekend. I’ll be presenting at the awards as well, then I go to Spain for five weeks, come back and do Viva. I’m working on some crazy ideas for booking because I wanna do something different…..so STAY TUNED!

GHC: Excellent! Well I think this was pretty good chat here, and I thank you for your time.

Miss Kim: Thanks as well, Gary. Please let me know if I can help any other way.

You can order this album and listen to it HERE

Last night was TRULY FUN as I wrapped up the night with a return from downtown Memphis back to the Travelodge where once again at Dad’s Place Miss Kim Lenz hosted her party for the album. Many of the musicians she mentioned in the above interview, I got to see play live here.

Miss Andrea Colburn And Mr. Mud Moseley have become two really good friends along the road, and I got to meet their band last night. I also have some news on the new songs they played for an upcoming album yet to be named or have a release date on.

“Car Salesman” was in the fashion of their classic true to form trashy Country with comical grit and wit thrown into the mix. It mentions a two dollar whore who isn’t free. Their gutter humor and traditional approach to modern Country always enthralls me. Miss Andrea delivers  her vocals with authority and poignant grace, while Mr. Mud’s twang pushes the song forward..when she says PLAY IT MUD..play it he shall.

“Garbageman” is off the new album “Easy Sleazy And Greasy” however they also included another new song called “Little Blue Truck”. Following that up with “Hellhounds”. They covered a Miss Kitty Wells song “Honky Tonk Angels” Then Miss Kim asked them to play one of my favorites as well, the ever popular “Bones”.

Their last two songs were “Sad Country Song” and one of the first songs she ever wrote, “Highway 9” from her first album.  The fiddle player Mr. Cory played some really fine songs in the middle portion like a song called “Cahoots” before playing some solos and a song called “Crazy As Me’.

Miss Kim dipped way back into her older albums with songs like “Zombie For Your Love” off the “It’s All True” album, as well as the song “That’s The Breaks”. This was truly a treat tonight as I got to see first hand some of the musicians she mentioned up above. She maintains her true Rockabilly sound on stage as she does on record, see Rockabilly isn’t a complicated structure of lyrics, it’s usually love gone wrong and that’s the breaks.

“Follow Me” was the album that boasts the songs “Deejay”, and another great song called “Cry Wolf”. Her lead vocals are featured the best on the song “Cry Wolf” , liars and fake lovers beware of this gal and her fury..

We were treated to a very good rendition of her “Slowly Speeding” from the album of the same name, before she went into two songs from the “Follow Me” album again called “Tumble And Fall” and she closed with “Follow Me”. This party was truly a wonderful way to wrap up an exciting day of music here in Memphis.


Album Feature – Dale Watson – Call Me Lucky

By Joshua Wallace

Call Me Lucky is Dale Watson’s first solo original album since 2015’s Call Me Insane.  He has done a live album, a cover album, a best of album and even a duet album with Asleep At The Wheel’s Ray Benson since then.  In this three and a half year absence, we have not been left wanting for more Dale Watson. That being said, this is a Dale Watson solo record and the three and a half years have been well worth the wait for this one.

The first single out with the album was titled “The Dumb Song”.  It’s about all of the dumb stuff we shouldn’t do in life but struggle with on a daily basis, even good southern fried chicken.  I love the harmonica accenting this track. The track almost reminds me of a Johnny Cash tune that was never released. Speaking of Cash, the next song on the album name drops him and June Carter.  “Johnny and June” is an amazing duet with Celine Lee who is also featured on the cover with Dale. I got to hear this song for the first time live at Tumbleweed last year, and was as blown away then as I am now hearing it on this record. This is a true highlight folks.

Another track that I heard live at Tumbleweed Country Music Festival is “Tupelo Mississippi & A 57 Fairlane”.  The horns and grove on this track take you straight back the rockabilly style of the 50’s. It’s a great throwback track.    Dale is great with ballads also and “Mamas Smile” is no exception. This one brings us back to another Johnny Cash type tune and I could just hear the Man In Black doing this one on one of his later albums.  Finally, “Who Needs This Man is another deep album favorite. This one goes to more of the honky tonk style that Dale is so good at. It starts off as a slow burn but builds into a foot stompin’ barn burner.

There really is not a bad track on this album and I could go on and on about every single one of them.  Just do yourself a favor and buy a copy. You won’t regret it. Dale Watson is one of my favorite artists going these days in any genre and this album is just another great chapter in what he does.  Call Me Lucky is available everywhere you get good music on February 15th. 2019. Gary Hayes Country will also have full coverage of the 2019 Ameripolitan Awards hosted by Dale Watson in Memphis, TN.    

Favorite Tracks : The Dumb Song, Johnny And June, Tupelo Mississippi & A 57 Fairlane, David Buxkemper, Inside View, Mamas Smile, Who Needs This Man

Dale Watson – Call Me Lucky – 2019

  1. Call Me Lucky
  2. The Dumb Song
  3. Johnny And June
  4. Tupelo Mississippi & A 57 Fairlane
  5. Haul Off and Do It
  6. Restless
  7. David Buxkemper
  8. Inside View
  9. You Weren’t Supposed To Feel This Good
  10. Mamas Smile
  11. Who Needs This Man
  12. Run Away

Ameripolitan Awards LIVE BLOG!

Folks we JUST GOT started here tonight and they introduced tonight’s hosts Mr. Dale Watson and Miss Danielle Colby. They played a gorgeous version of America The Beautiful. They are explaining the program and what is to transpire here.

8:15PM Mr. James Hand is performing “In The Corner By The Table”.

8:18PM Miss Danielle is introducing Miss Nikki Lane and she is performing “Viva Las Vegas’.

8:25PM Miss Rosie Flores is here, Mr. Dale is telling us about her Cowpunk and Bakersfield influences.
Mr. Levi Dexter is here presenting the Honky Tonk Female and the winner is Miss Brennen Leigh.

8:27PM Miss Danielle is with Mr. Dale introducing Asleep At The Wheel, and they are playing “Get You Kicks On Route 66′.

8:34PM Mr. Dale And Mr. Ray are performing ” Feeling Haggard” off their duet album.

8:40PM Mr. Jake Penrod and Miss Nikki Lane just announced Luke Bell as Honky Tonk Male winner!

8:42PM Mr. Dale is loving on Tillford Sellers, who couldn’t make it tonight. He is watching from heaven.

8:43PM Motel Mirrors is performing right now.

8:48 The Reeves Brothers just won Honky Tonk Band of the year.

8:53PM Mr. Unknown Hinson is playing right now.

8:55PM We are announcing the Outlaw Female Winner being presented by Miss Bonnie Montgomerey and the
winner is…….Nikki Lane.

8:58PM Mr. Jesse Dayton and are presenting the Outlaw Male Award and the winner is Cody Jinks.

9:14PM Junior Brown is presenting the Pioneer Of The Sound winner Mr Lloyd Green.

9:22PM Mr. Lloyd Green is playing Jukebox Charlie and Just between You And Me. He played on the
studio albums of both songs and MANY MORE!

9:48PM We are back from intermission, with beer jokes.

9:50PM W.S. Fluke Holland and others are remembering Mr. Sam Phillips and Sun Records.

10:00 The Humna Jukebox Mr. Sleepy Labeef is playing songs now.

10:03 Mr. Jesse Dayton is up right now talking about a story on Crooke And Chase, and how he
got to record with Waylon and Cash. He is playing Big River.

10:16PM Mr. Jason D Williams is tearing the place apart with two drummers!
Mr. Joshua said as Mr. Dallas Moore would say this was a righteous rendering
He broke it. Absolutely AMAZING drum and full band number.

10:21PM The band is STILL JAMMING and tearing the roof off this place!

10:28PM Mr. James Intveld is here. Wonderful man with AWESOME Music.
We are learning about the Elvis Sun Records material.

10:36PM Mr. Dickey Lee is here, who is the last original Sun Records artist alive.
He wrote “She Thinks I Still Care” and others. He is playing right now, some of the
greatest music I have heard in a LONG TIME is here tonight.

10:44PM Mr. Big Sandy is here! I LOVE him in fact he was the first person I ran into when I
arrived in Memphis. Same hotel. He is playing a Carl Perkins song.

10:51PM Mr. Dale declared Memphis as “Ground Zero” for independent music, and before the Outlaw movement
Mr. Sam Phillips created true independence for local music.

10:55PM Mr. Ricky And Mr. Gunner Nelson are playing “milk Cow Blues”. Their father Ricky Nelson wrote the song
and Elvis had a hit with it.

11:00PM Mr. Robert Gordon has called up Sam Phillips family, to tell more stories and accept the 2018
Legend award winner Sam Phillips. His son accepted the award tonight. He is telling stories
about his father, who said the secret to Rock And Roll, is reaching deep down inside of you
and pull it out of your asshole.

11:07PM Mr. Chris Casello and Miss Brennan Leigh are now presenting The Ralph Mooney Award winner
and the winner is…..Chris Scruggs.

11:12PM Mr. Chris is THANKING so many REAL heroes of music. HE IS the real deal.

11:15PM As Mr. Dale is introducing all of the house band they are moving on to
award the venue of the year. There are SO MANY GREAT venues nationwide.
And the winner is….Sportmen’s Tavern.

11:20PM Mr. Jason Galaz is presenting Festival Of the Year Award with Miss Cheryl Desiree
and others. And the winner is……The New England Shake Up.

11:24PM Mr. James Riley is presenting Ameripolitan DJ of the year….and the winner is…
WB Walker!
11:28PM Mr Jim Heath AKA Reverend Horton Heat is now performing.

11:41PM Mr. James Intveld and Mr. Big Sandy are presenting the award for Western Swing Female.
And The Winner is…..Miss Sophia Johnson.

11:44PM Mr. Gunnar Nelson and Miss Katie from Asleep At The Wheel are now presenting the award for
Western Swing Male….And the winner is Mr. Billy Mata.

11:47PM Mr. Big Sandy and Miss Sandy Walker are presenting the Western Swing Group of the year
And the winner is…..The Carolyn Sills Combo.

11:57PM Miss Lara Hope and Mr. Sam Phillips Jr. are announcing the award Rockabilly Female
And the winner is…Miss Bailey Dee.

12:00PM miss Celine Lee and are presenting the Rockabilly Male award…and the winner is Mr. Al Dual.

12:00AM The Rockabilly Group of the year are The Go Getters.

12:10AM It is time for Mr. Dale to present the Master Award to Mr. Brian Setzer.

Westport Roots Festival Day 2: Lagunitas Outdoor Stage.

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.