Oct 012017

My dear friends I know that I am completely eclectic as far as my format of doing things, and as you may or may not know I was busy with my Muddy Roots coverage. I cover over 175 festivals a year and MANY genres of music so it’s NO secret sometimes it take me months to write these articles up.

Mr.Paul JacksonMr.Brandon StillMr.Richard TurnerMr.Charlie Starr, and Mr.Brit Turner  make up this rags to riches story out of Georgia called Blackberry Smoke and I have indeed featured them many times here on this website. Now then I wasn’t sure if I could legally post videos from the Ascend Ampitheater In Nashville as I was invited to this show as a guest…and on a whim.

I actually went to relax and enjoy myself as a fan this time but I did jot down some notes and some observations about the show, no matter where I am I always have that journalistic instinct. I honestly enjoy writing about the bands and the music,and the people that make it work.

Their album Follow Your Arrow made my TOP 50 OF 2016 and I have been a fan of their for many years despite their mainstream attention. I don’t really mind their mainstream lean, even though many of my readers don’t like them for that. I thought Whiporwill was a damn fine album and many of their albums stay in my constant rotation and my memory stick shuffles.

“Rock And Roll Again was first, this song is off the 2015 Holding All the roses album it’s a great hard rock song as are many of their songs. Now some of them have a Country influence to them, they are more of like a Black Crowes Southern Rock outfit.

“Let It Burn” was next from the Follow Your Arrow album followed by a cover of “Come Together” and then “Ain’t Got The Blues” from the Whiporwill album. I have seen them many times live, but to be honest I haven’t heard the song “One Horse Town” live ever.

That’s an older song, and I thought they did a really adequate job of playing material form every album they have, many times you hear a band play mostly new songs from whatever album they are promoting at the time of the show. This show here wasn’t the case and I was delighted to see that.

“Payback’s A Bitch” was next followed by the song “Whiporwill”. This band doesn’t have elaborate lyrics that make you sit and dwell on the meaning now DO NOT misquote me and ascertain that I don’t like those songs, I DO. But when I want to drink beer and just JAM, Blackberry Smoke is one of go to bands for kick ass rock music.

They closed their set with “like An Arrow” and “Ain’t Much Left Of Me” . Actually they were the opening act for the band Government Mule who is touring for their new album Revolution come…Revolution go, and that’s out NOW. Mr. Warren, Mr. Matt Abts, Mr. Danny Louis and Mr. Jorgen Carlsson make up the band.

I didn’t really write the songs down for them because I was just amazed by Mr. Warren’s guitar licks and instrumentals. There really isn’t a plethora of the original Allman Brothers Band left anymore and it’s always cool to hear GOOD versions of Whipping Post and  other classics from years ago.

Age and the road have not faltered Mr. Warren’s guitar abilities or his vocals in any form, in fact I was impressed with his impeccable groundwork with his band. They seemed to read each other well, and were defiantly on the same page. Al l in All it was a great show at a truly FUN venue,and really the only one of it’s kind now since Starwood was closed all those years ago.

It’s not incredibly over expensive if you buy lawn seats for shows, I haven’t really wrote a ton of articles from it because of the lack of ability to include videos. I truly enjoy giving YOU the reader the BEST input on the show as I can, I try to make you feel like you WERE THERE if you missed it. Maybe in the future I’ll have that ability form this venue.

Mar 262017

One of my all time favorite festivals to write about that happens in the spring happens in Cumberland Maryland, and it’s called none other than Delfest. You know I LOVE ME some Del McCoury and I highly encourage you to attend the 10th annual Delfest on May 25-28th at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD.

The Del McCoury Band plays many of the festivals I cover throughout the year and it’s always nice to run into them on my website adventures. This is his own festival and never falls short of festival fun and you can purchase your tickets and passes HERE.

This is a multiple stage outdoor festival event, that is conveniently located by airports and many hotels.  The fairgrounds have permanent restrooms and showers, and we supplement the facilities with ample portable toilets. Please be courteous and take only the space you need. Roping off areas and saving space for latecomers is not acceptable festival etiquette. Camping overnight on Sunday is permitted. All patrons must leave the fairgrounds by noon on Monday. There WILL BE a family type camping area that is quieter at night, and camping IS INCLUDED in your ticket price, however you may not be camped near your vehicle due to attendance. You also have to purchase a separate parking pass to park your vehicle on the adjoining property. As always because I am a patron that requires hotels at my festivals that my website covers here are some that I found on their website and my own research.

Hotels and Motels

Fairfield Inn & Suites
21 N. Wineow St.
Cumberland, MD 21502

Holiday Inn Express & Suites La Vale/Cumberland
1076 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502


Ramada Cumberland
100 S. George Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

Red Roof Inn LaVale/Cumberland
I-68 at exit #40
12310 Winchester Rd SW, LaVale, MD 21502

Super 8 Motel La Vale/Cumberland Area
I-68 at Rt 53
1301 National Hwy
La Vale, MD 21502

Rocky Gap Casino & Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd. NE
Flintstone (Cumberland), MD 21530

Frostburg Days Inn
11100 New George Creek Road
Frostburg, MD USA 21532

Best Western Braddock Motor Inn
1268 National Highway
La Vale, Maryland 21502

Comfort Inn & Suites
1216 National Highway
LaVale,  MD 21502

Hampton Inn
11200 New George’s Creek Road
Frostburg, MD  21532

Microtel Inn
70 N Tornado Way
Keyser, WV 26726
toll free: 1.800.771.7171

Bed and Breakfasts/Historic Inns

The Inn On Decatur
108 Decatur Street
Cumberland, MD 21502
301.722.4887 or 240.727.7039

Town Hill Hotel Bed & Breakfast
31101 National Pike
Little Orleans, MD 21766

Local Campgrounds

Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone MD 21530


Share your DelFest Photos March 29th!

Be in the DelFest Family Album!

DelFest really is like a family reunion each year—and not just for the McCourys! Your smiling faces are a real part of the fabric of DelFest and we love to see your own special DelFest moments and memories. On that note, today, March 29th we want to turn Facebook, Twitter and Instagram into a virtual 10th Annual DelFest Family Photo Album of memories! Find your favorite DelFest memories/photos and upload them now with the #delfestfamilyreunion hashtag and tell people what you love about DelFest! Then everyone can search for and enjoy each other’s photos…and we’ll reshare some on our pages as well!


Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Trey Anastasio Band
Gov’t Mule
Bela Fleck
Railroad Earth
Leftover Salmon
Hot Rize
The Infamous Stringdusters
Steep Canyon Rangers
Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
Tim O Brien
The Gibson Brothers
Sierra Hull
Jeff Austin
Donna The Buffalo
Sara Watkins
Noah Pikelny
Billy Strings
Joe Craven And The Sometimers
River Whyless
Dead Man Winter
Cris Jacobs
The Broomstix
Dead Winter’s Carpenters
junior Sisk And Rambler’s Choice
Dre’ And The Collective
The Ballroom Thieves
Head For The Hills
Ghost Of Paul Revere
Kitchen Dwellers
Grand Ole Ditch


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