The Tyler Childers Phenomenon Of 2019.

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Nov 022019
 

Mr. Tyler Childers. This name has become a brilliant beacon of light for good Country Music. I’ll be catching up with him at the fifth annual Kickin It On The Creek. He is a driving force in local music, an inspiration to all local musicians and bands alike, and a beacon of hope for REAL Country Music and independent music as a whole.

Now I’m going to be completely honest here, as I always am on this blog, we know each other. But I don’t go WAY BACK with him like others do, and we don’t visit each other on holidays, and if I led you to believe that I’d be lying through my teeth. My West Virginia friends like Mr. W.B.Walker and Mr. J.J.Waters both know him from YEARS BACK and when they speak of his past THEY SPEAK of the stories you need to listen to NOT MINE.

This young man absolutely dominated my Facebook, twitter and Instagram feeds throughout 2019 in many ways. He played his first time at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado ( Mr. Luther wrote a GREAT article for us there), and played again at the Opry. As we speak I am catching up with a PLETHORA of things from 2019, and I’m writing about his fabulous performance at Kickin It On The creek like I just mentioned.

Tyler Childers And The Food Stamps have indeed blazed a trail through independent and underground music in the last few years with only two major label albums, and just recently he announced an arena tour with powerhouse artist and producer Sturgill Simpson. More on that later in this article here.

He has a four day Ryman Auditorium run in early 2020 before going on that tour with Sturgill, and here are the dates for the powerhouse arena tour as mentioned above. I’m going to be completely honest, I really don’t think there are many fans of Mr. Strugill Simpson that aren’t fans of Mr. Tyler already. However these venues just keep growing, I see a great propensity in these artists to become more agile as they get accustomed to bigger crowds.

He guest stared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and he did a wonderful job on there, and it brought his music to whole new echelon of listeners. All together that has been transpiring all over for him and his music from all of the different avenues of exposure of his music. Actually, he was on several different talk shows this year, but the one that I got to see was this one here.

I met these folks at this year’s Kickin It On the Creek, and promised to include them on some of my work. This is their mission from their website:

September 27,2020

Click to Learn about Healing Appalachia

Our Reason

Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for people under the age of fifty in the United States. The Appalachian region has been dramatically impacted by the opioid and heroin epidemic. West Virginia in particular, the only state entirely within the Appalachian region, gained national and international notoriety after 26 people overdosed near a housing development in Huntington on August 15, 2016. West Virginia has the highest rate of fatal overdose in the nation. Tragically, rates of death due to overdose have exponentially increased across the country from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, 52 out of 100,000 West Virginia residents fell victim to an accidental overdose. Preliminary data for 2017 shows no improvement according to public health officials despite efforts to make life-saving drugs like Naloxone or Narcan more easily accessible.

The causes for this epidemic are complex. Many sources point to the economic decline and continuing loss of decent jobs through ongoing deindustrialization that has particularly impacted the region. Multiple legal settlements from drug companies to states and local units of government verify that pharmaceutical opioid marketing and prescribing practices set the stage for

opioid and, later, heroin addiction. Topic experts like Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland, point to the decline of community by decreased funding of public services. Indeed, addiction thrives in isolation. However, recovery communities are forming. Many of the same people who have been revived with Naloxone are helping others find recovery. The scourge of the epidemic remains, but there is reason to hope that people and communities can overcome this problem. At present, addiction-related charities receive around $25 million in private funds annually, in contrast to $390 billion given to all charities based on Facing Addiction and Giving USA 2016 data. This is approximately 0.00006 percent of all charitable funds raised.

In closing here folks, I’m quite adamant on the fact that we will only see this young man and his band rise to the top of the food chain here. He is achieving his dream’s through hard work and dedication to his craft, his attention to his style and his knack for kicking you in the nuts with his lyrics and his harsh realist attitude.

I think he will be appearing in many festival lineups in 2020, and many more road shows with his crazy hilljack band The Food Stamps….SEE YOU IN THE CROWD!

The Haunted History Behind The Ryman Auditorium

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Mar 282019
 

If you are a fan of country music you know the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee as “The Mother Church of Country Music”. It has been the home to the Grand Ole Opry off and on for the last seventy years and is one of the most revered music venues for artists all over the world. However, did you know there is a dark side to the historic auditorium? A new book written by Allen and Chelsie Sircy called, Southern Ghost Stories: Historical Hauntings takes a deep dive into the history of the Ryman going all the way back to it’s days as an actual church and entertainment venue in the 19th century all the way up to present day.

The book starts off with the rise of Thomas Ryman, a salty Riverboat Captain on the Cumberland River who rose to prominence after the Civil War. After changing his ways and becoming a born again Christian, Ryman would become instrumental in building the Union Gospel Tabernacle, which eventually became the Ryman Auditorium after his death in 1904.

In addition to some alleged ghost sightings in the Ryman, we also learn about “The Opry Curse”. The curse has supposedly affected several members and performers of the Grand Ole Opry over the years and taken some legends from us prematurely. One of my favorite stories in the book is about Jim Denny, the booking agent for the Opry. In addition to firing the legendary Hank Williams, Jim also told Elvis Presley he should move back to Memphis and drive a truck for a living after the “King of Rock N Roll” failed to impress the audience with his rockabilly version of ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ in 1954.

Not only does Southern Ghost Stores: Historical Hauntings fill you in on the Ryman, you will also learn the history behind following locations:
The Brown Hotel Louisville, Kentucky
The Jailers Inn Bardstown, Kentucky
Cragfont Castilian Springs, Tennessee
The Lotz House Franklin, Tennessee
The Pirates’ House Savannah, Georgia
The Sorrel-Weed House Savannah, Georgia
Le Pavillon New Orleans, Louisiana

Southern Ghost Stories: Historical Hauntings is only $2.99 in Kindle and $8.95 in paperback. You can order the book at SouthernGhostStories.com or find it at Amazon.com.

Feb 222017
 

THIS IS the link you need to click on to buy tickets to this wonderful event that I touch on every year. Here lately I have been on a BIG Bluegrass kick one of the reasons being that there are many Bluegrass festivals I cover early on in the year. Three just faded out time wise and I have six more coming in the next two months.

From June to July you can catch some truly fine Bluegrass acts at the Ryman from the Opry, as the Ryman is extremely rich with history of this fine genre. It has so much splendor and beauty that you cannot dispute the authority it has over Bluegrass.

It was here in the 1970’s that Bluegrass Legends Bobby and Sonny Osbourne became the first Bluegrass band to play with plugged in instruments until 1974 when they moved the Opry to the house it’s in now. Apparently there was a noise ordinance and they had to unplug their instruments and play their hit Rocky Top, which became the official state song in the 80’s.

in the 1940’s Earl Scruggs joined the Legendary Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys to begin a historic tenure with an iconic band. In 2006 the state of Tennessee honored the Ryman as the official birthplace of Bluegrass Music, however I personally dispute that statement I do NOT dispute it’s contributions to it. I don’t dispute this is where Flatt And Scruggs formed the Foggy Mountain Boys after leaving Bill Monroe and formed the structure for the three part harmonies many Bluegrass Bands now have.

This series brings together the new era of Bluegrass like the Infamous Stringdusters and blends it with the likes of Ricky Skaggs and more! For the ticket price I tell you that there is NO reason for you to miss this event, go catch at least one night of fine Bluegrass music here.

June 22 Artist TBA

June 29 Earls of Leicester

July 6 Artist TBA
July 13 Dailey & Vincent

July 20 Infamous String Dusters

July 27 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder