Apr 072017
 

You might just remember a few weeks ago I ran really nice article about a Roots band called The Hooten Hallers and their new album out on Big Muddy Records and you can read that article HERE.  They are going to be coming to my area on April 29th at the Basement in Nashville with another band I’ll soon be covering at Moonrunners Festival in Chicago and that band is Left Lane Cruiser.. Also appearing with those two bands will be The Low Volts.

Left Lane Cruiser will be coming down from Fort Wayne Indiana and will join the Hooten Hallers in supporting new albums they both have coming out. Left Lane Crusier has entitled their new album Claw Machine Wizard and it will be released on Alive Natural Sound.

The door price for this show will be only 7 dollars and the price at the door will be 10 on the day of the show and is sponsored by Tennessee Brew Works and Goat Fest. Here is some information about the upcoming Goatfest:
Goat Fest is a heavy blues and roots experience held in the heart of the delta and the home of The Crossroads: Clarksdale, MS. Held June 2nd and 3rd at both the New Roxy Theatre and the Shack Up Inn, Goat Fest is not your typical blues fest. This is heavy blues. Hard blues. Garage blues. Punk blues. Fire and brimstone blues.

Online tickets for Goat Fest IV are only $40. Sorry, but tickets do not include lodging.

The lineup for Goat Fest IV is as follows:

Friday Night Shows at The Shack Up Inn (Doors, 8PM)
* Cedric Burnside Project
* Lightnin’ Malcolm
* Robert Kimbrough Sr’s Blues Connection

Saturday Early Shows at The New Roxy Theater (Doors, 2PM)
* Husky Burnette
* Catl.
* Rest^vRant

Saturday Night Shows at The Shack Up Inn (Doors, 8PM)
* King Mud
* Mark “Porkchop” Holder & Mph

Mar 142017
 

I wanted to steer away from some other projects I have going to focus on some Roots Music for a moment tonight and tell you some things about the Hooten Hallers who I’m SURE my website will cross paths with sometime in 2017. They are planning an April 2nd self titled new album on Big Muddy Records once again. I have featured their set many times on this website mostly from festivals across the nation.

Now last year they released an EP called Mountain Of Pain, which I included on my MUST HAVE list of over 200 albums for 2016 if you recall. I’m always going to consider Chillicothe Fireball one of their best albums to date and additionally a classic Roots Music album in it’s own right. Please go to their website and pre-order their new album, and tell Miss Kellie, Mr. Andy and Mr. John I sent you!

Due to legal reasons I could not include the video of their new single they released from the album today however I will include some dates and how you can pick up the album. You can join the album release party RSVP on facebook HERE for their album release party at Rose Music Hall in downtown Columbia Missouri.

MAR18
MAR21
Little Rock, AR
MAR25
Delray Beach, FL
MAR26
Orlando, FL
APR1
Charleston, SC
APR4
Washington
APR6
Belmar, NJ
APR7
APR14
Columbia, MO
APR26
Feb 282017
 

IT’S OFFICIAL FOLKS
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
www.chicagosouthloophotel.com
312-225-7000

Sheila Ward
sheila.ward@fhginc.com
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!
Jan 282017
 

This one is really just a huge party thrown by my friend out there in Kansas City Dylan Thomas Dorrell who runs a shindig called Double D Productions.  Along with the folks over at Muddy Roots whom are some of the top contributing folks to my website present the tenth annual Dylan’s Big Birthday Blowout Bash 2017. This transpires Feb 9-12th 2017 at three venues in Kansas City, and the separate dates will have the band AND venue links available for you to click on to do some research if you’d like to.

I’ll be down there in May for the Westport Roots Festival if all goes according to plans sometimes with me the old body cannot always do it all anymore and I’m just taking life one day at a time. As long as I can do this, I plan to I can promise you that much. as far as festivals go, I try to change up some of them every year so I can juggle many of them but I’ll be honest I have my favorites and a few of them are just juggernauts on the scheduled bands.

I have literally over 100 current lineups POURING into my inbox from California to New England with Americana, Red Dirt, Bluegrass, Country, and Bluegrass..and other genres as well. There are quite a few things I would like to bestow upon all of you concerning this event, some news about a few of the bands here on this list I don’t always get to write about as much as I would like to.

I recently had an enlightening conversation with Mr. Travis W.T. Newton from a band I covered a few years back at Muddy Roots Main festival in Cookeville, County Graves. If you will recollect my previous coverage from Muddy Roots, they performed a damn fine set in what was their last performance together in that juncture. Back in 2015 HERE is my write up from their performance on stage 3. I shall NEVER forget that incredible gospel medley they closed their set with last time, now for the first time in awhile they are returning to Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club on the Sunday leg of this festival type deal.

I recently spoke with Mr. Travis Newton concerning the ordeal and here is what he had to tell Gary Hayes Country:

This is going to be an interesting one for us, because the lineup is going to have two of our best friends that never played with CG before on top of the original three piece that is Nate McReynolds (Upright), Benjamin West (Mandolin), and myself. The two new guys are Baker McKinney from Shawn James & The Shapeshifters playing banjo, and Tyler Giles playing pedal steel. It’ll be a really fun and really intense show and I can’t wait.

As far as the future goes, I can’t really say what’s gonna happen. We always plan to play at least once a year and have a damn blast when we do. It’s sort of difficult because we’re all so spread out, but worth it when it all clicks. Nate and Ben are two of my best friends in the world and my two favorite folks to play music with. There’s gonna be something more for County Graves down the line at some point, I’m just not sure what exactly yet, there’s something on the horizon though.

Here’s the set list:
Sometimes They All Come Back
Part II
Calvary Hill
Arkansas
Dry Counties
Dust
Illinois Blues
Home Fires (WTN)
Old Pine Grove (WTN)
Bloody Williamson
Hellfire Victory
St James Infirmary
No Mansions

The Urban Pioneers will be appearing on the Friday leg of this event and Their latest album “Feast Or Famine” made my TOP 50 OF 2016. I recently was interviewed by Mr. Dustin Doug from Pirate Farm Radio where I briefly elaborated on all 50 of my choices, also they are busy filing their new variety television show “High On The Hog” which I’ll write more about at a later time.

I’m positive as they embark on their latest tour that we will be treated to some more wild onstage antics and offstage mischief by this trio. Also if you may not have heard they will be rejoining Mr. Jayke Orvis for a Broken Band reunion ONE TIME ONLY EXCLUSIVELY at the Westport Roots Festival that you can read more about HERE.

Currently I am busy checking out NEW albums released in 2017 and Roots Music Legends Split Lip Rayfield are no exceptions. “On My Way” is a twelve song masterpiece that is high up on my suggestion list for 2017 already. I got to see them last year at Muddy Roots on stage 1 and they killed it out there, I spent a lot on cd’s during this set.

Dates are set.
I’m thrilled to be once again be teaming up with The Westport Saloon to bring you this party. 4 days of cheap fun.

As usual, Friday and Sunday are FREE thanks to the good folks at the Westport Saloon.
Saturday price kept as low as possible thanks to Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club!
Thursday will be cheap. Think $1.25 a band or so.

The greatest hotel IN THE WORLD, America’s Best Value Inn on Broadway has offered us a deal this year if you book directly through the hotel and don’t use the internet. THE GREATEST HOTEL IN THE WORLD!!! AKA…it’s kinda shitty but closest to both venues in Kansas City and they like us and never give us shit for party rockin…

AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN!!!

816-531-9250

Call direct (don’t book online) say you’re coming for DYLAN’S PARTY and get 10% off an already cheap room!!!

Thursday, Feb 9: The Bottleneck $8 (Lawrence, KS) Rock And Roll Bender
Le Grand
Young Bull
Godzillionaire
Feast Ov Fools

Friday, Feb 10: The Westport Saloon FREE
The Hooten Hallers
Freight Train Rabbit Killer
Urban Pioneers
Whiskey Dick
Acousta Noir
Rock Bottom String Band
Jimmy Swope

Saturday, Feb 11: Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club $25
Split Lip Rayfield
County Graves
Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy
Two Ton Strap
Adam Lee And Matt Woods
Ghosts of Grandad’s Past
Brook Blanche
Cole Thomason

Sun, Feb 12: The Westport Saloon FREE
Jospeh Huber
James Hunnicutt
Soda Gardocki
Dylan Walshe
Dana Sipios
Lilly Dooman
Jeff Shepherd
Tim Vee
The Bastard Children of Booker Noe

I do not believe I need to go over any “rules” as with my other festival articles to be honest, this is not a camping event and it’s all indoors as far as I know. Each venue has it’s own rules and it’s mostly just common sense PLEASE just observe rule number one “Don’t Be A Dick”.

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