Feb 282017

I shall be attending the 2017 Moonrunners Music Festival this year. It takes place on May 5th and 6th in Chicago Illinois at Reggies Rock Club and is an indoor two stage event. ALSO I am to understand there is a record store upstairs and the food is really good.

I have a few side articles to this article for some record releases tied in with this event this year, if you remember last week I caught up with Joseph Huber and got to reveal a little of his NEW album. Also Scott H Biram’s new album launched Friday night, and I’ll be writing about that album as well as Duane Mark’s new vinyl release.

HERE is the link to purchase tickets to this newly acquired Muddy Roots event, folks be sure to stop by my command center and say hello to me as I cover this event in it’s entirity, unless they announce a sunday show and I cannot stay for the entire sunday. As of right now I have NO time schedule of any performances only a lineup.

Shooter Jennings
The Legendary Shack Shakers
Scott H Biram
Jesse Dayton
Left Lane Cruiser
The Hooten Hallers
Shawn James And The Shapeshifters
Last False Hope
Urban Pioneers
Jospeh Huber
Escape From The Zoo
Ted Russell Kamp
SS Web
James Hunnicutt
Rachel Brooke
Adam Lee
Viva Le Vox
Husky Burnette
Jeff Shepherd
Pearls Mahone
Duane Mark
Stump Tail Dolly
Soda Gardocki
Call Me Bronco
AJ Gaither
Devil’s Cut
Wont Stay Dead
Still Alive
Evil Empire
That Ol Coondog
Brittany Avery
Mystery Actions
Jimmy Swope
Piss Poor Players
Gary Moore II
Brett Conlin
Mason Tinsley

I am staying at the South Loop Hotel which is only about 5 blocks from Reggies. That folks is about the only nearby hotel that I have found so far. This is an indoor event so the rules of the festival are pretty much the rules of the venue, however like EVERY festival there is ONE main rule: Don’t be a dick.

Hotel information! We have a block of rooms at the South Loop Hotel for May 5th and May 6th. Unfortunately, there is a big conference in town that weekend, so the special price will be $169 per night. They are big rooms, so share with your friends to split the cost! Email or call Sheila Ward directly to reserve your room. They will go quickly!

Chicago South Loop Hotel
11 W 26th Street
Chicago IL 60616

Sheila Ward
Direct: 312-674-2234

Folks I just got contacted by the festival coordinator and was given the schedule:

Ok one more thing folks single day passes are now on sale for Friday 40 and Saturday 45. The after party has already been announced with Billy Don Burns and MORE!
Feb 032017

Tonight I ventured out to Clarksville out on Hwy 12 wherein lies the Bent Wrench Roadhouse which is a Packers bar embellished with much memorabilia of said team. Now mind you, this is a beer only establishment but you can bring in your own hard liquor and buy a cup of ice.

The food was presentable and was VERY good in fact I would venture out that way just to eat, it was truly that good. the pizza was frozen but doggone it I enjoyed it, and the appetizers were reasonably priced. Just an ordinary run of the mill corner roadhouse with a NICE smoking area and small stage for music. Actually for acoustic acts I thought it was quite comfy and quaint to have it, and the crowd was well receptive to them.

So like I have been previously doing with similar articles of this ilk I shall include all of the information about each of these acts separately in two sections tonight. Miss Sissy played first however I wanted to touch dwell upon Duane Mark as my first artist here depite them changing sets from hour to hour. They are on tour together for several weeks and stopped here before having the day off and heading to St. Louis..I hope the hot chicken was good y’all.

I covered Miss Sissy late last year and haven’t crosed paths with Mr. Duane since Crooked Smile Festival in 2015 in Winchester Indiana. The video below is a cover of Social Distortion’s called “Ball And Chain”.

He began his set with a song from the TV Show The Trailer Park Boys called “Liquor And Whores” that the charachter Bubbles plays followed by a song called “Happy Hour”. I requested one of his older songs, however most of his setlist tonight was off his newer albums. “Miner’s Blues” was included tonight as well as an Eagles cover “Take It Easy”.

If you catch this show in your area ask him about ear goggles, and listen to his stories about picking up his buddy “Homeless Dave” whom actually will be included in my further steel guitarist series in the future. As he plays “Hobo Insane” he touches on that story, he also played some songs by the White Buffalo called “Every Night” and “Bar And The Beer. In addition he played one called “How The West Was Won”, and as he played “I’ll Fly Away” he was well recieved by the crowd here.

“Red Letter” was next and “Beer:30” and then he went into a new song  called “Lonely Wheels”which will ONLY be available by purchasing his latest album on vinyl, and that album is called Land Of Opportunity And Sorrow. It shall be available for purchase on April 28th 2017, so go pick that up.

“Brittle Flower” was also included as well as “Stand My Claim” and at the end of his set they did some duets like “Jackson” which was really good, I think their vocal abilities compliment each other quite well. He closed his set with Roger Alan Wade “if your’e Gonna Be Dumb You Gotta Be Tough”.

Miss Sissy I covered not too long ago at Belcourt Taps on an entire weekend music show binge, what a wrecker that was! Speaking of which of course I requested her to play “Homewrecker”. She opened her whole set with a cover fo Hank 3 called “Not Everyone Likes Us”, and “Lone Star” by Norah Jones.

Roger Miller’s “King Of The Road” followed by “Birdcloud” were included in this set of hers as well as her story about being in love with her bass player and having to leave him somewhere on the road. That song is called “Leaving You Behind”, and she played “Your Cheat’n Heart” of course that was Hank Sr.

“Will The Sun Shine On Me” was another one of her originals she played tonight before she played “Mama He’s Crazy” by the Judds and one of Loretta Lynn’s very first charted songs form 1960 on a locally funded record label called Zero Records. It was her first commercially released single even though “Whispering Sea” was her intended first debut release.

Cody Jinks “Last Call For The Blues” and “Long Way From Home” were next followed by her own song “Last Resort First Regret”. She celebrated missing her good friend Jon Emery out there in California with his song called “Last Real Bar In California” and another of her own songs called “He says”.