Album Feature – Blackberry Smoke – Live From Capricorn Sound Studios EP

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Jun 182020
 

By Joshua Wallace

Blackberry Smoke are releasing a Live From Capricorn Sound Studios EP that honors the history of southern rock.  If you’re not familiar with Capricorn Sound Studios, the studio is in Macon, GA and has hosted many of the greatest southern rock bands including but not limited to The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band and Wet Willie.  It’s a great companion piece to their planned Spirit Of The South Tour which is scheduled to start next month in St. Louis, MO.  The tour is going to be a celebration of southern rock music with support from The Allman Betts Band, The Wild Feathers and an appearance by original Allman Brothers Band member Jaimoe.  Due to COVID-19, these plans are currently up in the air at the moment.  This release will have to do until we can see the live celebration as it was intended.

The album kicks off with a killer rendition of The Allman Brothers’s hit “Midnight Rider”. A really cool feature with this cover is that Charlie Starr gets to play Duane Allman’s iconic Goldtop Les Paul guitar in this new version.  Another highlight is the band’s cover of The Marshall Tucker Band hit “Take The Highway”.  This track features current Marshall Tucker Band member Marcus Henderson on the flute.  While there have been some good Marshall Tucker Band covers without the flute, you kind of need a flute on the record to truly match the Marshall Tucker Band sound.  I’m glad that we have that here.

Another favorite is “Grits Ain’t Groceries” which was originally done by Little Milton and covered by southern rock act Wet Willie.  I am happy to see Wet Willie featured here as they are often overlooked in the discussion of great southern rock acts.  Another Wet Willie song featured on this album is their track “Keep On Smilin’”.  This track features Wet Willie vocalist Jimmy Hall and it was recorded some 46 years after the original, in the same studio.  If you would like to check out more Wet Willie, my favorite records of theirs tend to be Wet Willie II and Keep On Smilin’.  Finally, this record features a cover of Little Richard’s hit “Southern Child”.  This track along with a few others on the record features backing vocals from The Black Bettys.  It also features Jimmy Hall on the harmonica.  There is lots of great solo work with this one and it is a great tribute to Little Richard who passed away this year at 87.

This EP is a great homage to the history of southern rock.  I’m glad to see a lesser known band like Wet Willie have such a big feature on this album.  The Spirit Of The South tour sounds like an amazing show for fans of Blackberry Smoke and southern rock in general.  I hope it has a chance to happen sooner or later.  You can keep up to date on everything Blackberry Smoke on the band’s website.  The new EP Live From Capricorn Sound Studios is available everywhere June 18th, 2020.

Favorite Tracks : Midnight Rider, Take The Highway, Grits Ain’t Groceries, Southern Child

Blackberry Smoke – Live From Capricorn Sound Studios EP (2020)

  1. Midnight Rider (The Allman Brothers)
  2. Take The Highway ft. Marcus Henderson (The Marshall Tucker Band)
  3. Keep On Smilin’ ft. Jimmy Hall and The Black Bettys (Wet Willie)
  4. Grits Ain’t Groceries ft. The Black Bettys (Little Milton & Wet Willie)
  5. Revival ft. The Black Bettys (The Allman Brothers)
  6. Southern Child ft. The Black Bettys (Little Richard)

Tumbleweed Announces Full Lineup For 2019

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Dec 202018
 

By Joshua Wallace

DelFest
Old Settler’s Music Festival
The John Hartford Music Festival
Merlefest
High Water festival
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Winter Wonder Grass Series
Moonrunners Music Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Master Musician’s Festival
Tumbleweed
Suwanee Spring Reunion

Tumbleweed has announced an amazing lineup for 2019!  This year’s festival includes the previously announced bands like Alabama, Whiskey Myers and Blackberry Smoke.  Now, we can confirm that Reckless Kelly has been added to the lineup along with some amazing acts like Randall King, Chelsea Nolan, Jackson Taylor & The Sinners, Ben Haggard and Town Mountain.  There are some artists who are returning from previous renditions of the festival such as The Steel Woods, Chad Vaughn, Bryan James and Jamie Wyatt.  Check out the full list of artists below.

Alabama
Blackberry Smoke
The Marshall Tucker Band
Whiskey Myers
Reckless Kelly
Ben Haggard
The Steel Woods
Jamie Wyatt
Randall King
Sarah Shook and The Disarmers
Bryan James
Jackson Taylor & The Sinners
Town Mountain
Chad Vaughn
Chelsea Nolan
Chris Stewart
Comancheros
Tommy Ash
Laid Back Country Picker
Senora May
Noel Haggard
Ritch Henderson

That is one hell of a lineup.  I love the southern rock feature this year’s festival will have.  I’m happy to see some legends like Alabama and The Marshall Tucker Band and some newer acts like Blackberry Smoke, The Steel Woods and Whiskey Myers.  I for one am looking forward to next year’s Tumbleweed and I hope you already have or are planning on getting a ticket soon while they are still on sale.  Check out the website for more information.

Location

Tumbleweed Music Festival

7095 W 399th St, Lacygne, KS 66040

Click Here for an aerial view of the festival venue from Google Maps!

Located just just south of Kansas City and easily accessible from Highway 69, the Tumbleweed Music Festival site is a perfect combination of convenience and stunning aesthetics.

Nestled within a 2,600 acre nature preserve, Tumbleweed is a hot spot for fishing, canoeing, archery and hunting. Stunning lakefront views and mature trees flank the Tumbleweed Main Stage and camping areas. Acres of a manicured forest with natural spring-fed creeks accent the rolling terrain. Despite the area’s broad sweeping terrain, the Tumbleweed footprint is small – you’re always just steps from Main Stage, camping and amenities.

Festival attendees can expect an incredibly convenient and comfortable experience. Leave the rest to the music, drinks and dancing!

Tumbleweed is Closer than You Think!

Tumbleweed is located 45 minutes from downtown Kansas City – an easy drive from many Heartland cities!!

This map shows a 5-hour drive radius:

5-hour drive

So this listing here is how you can purchase tickets for this event, and then after that I’m going to include some hotel information so you can leave and have a nice warm bed, and an air conditioned room. MANY local hotels offer free breakfasts and many other luxuries the field crowd won’t have. HOWVER THIS YEAR there WILL BE showers.

I will be adding many things in the next few months in many aspects of this festival, so you should check back on this one weekly for news, info and videos. I work VERY closely with directors.

Purchase Tickets

$89

GA PASS

Limited Holiday Sale

$189

VIP

Incredible New Amenities!

$299

Reserved Seating

Reserved Seat at Main Stage

$399

SUPER VIP

Fewer than 30 Left!

$34

Camping

Limited Holiday Sale

$199

RV Camping

Includes 2 Camping Passes & Parking

FREE

Ambassador Program

Earn Free Tickets + Upgrades

Purchase Ticket

$89
GA PASS
Limited Holiday Sale

$189
VIP
Incredible New Amenities!

$299
Reserved Seating
Reserved Seat at Main Stage

$399
SUPER VIP
Fewer than 30 Left!

$34
Camping
Limited Holiday Sale

$199
RV Camping
Includes 2 Camping Passes & Parking

FREE
Ambassador Program
Earn Free Tickets + Upgrades

 

Hotel

The best memories will be made in camping, but if camping isn’t your thing…

See on-site cabins available for groups up to 24 people. Cabins amenities vary by selection, but can offer private showers, toilets, washer/dryer, hot tub, full kitchen, Wi-Fi access and more.

Best Hotels for Tumbleweed:

Tumbleweed has again partnered with Stay22 to provide the lowest negotiated pricing at area hotel and accommodation partners. This pricing is equal or better than what you’ll find on any discount travel or hotel website. You can book directly from the map below!

Featured Accommodations for Tumbleweed:
Located 19 minutes from Tumbleweed, Netherfield is a highly-rated staple in the nearby community.
Rooms start at $75/night
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Located 20 minutes from Tumbleweed. One of the highest-rated hotels in the area, Paola Inn & Suites offers amenities that include a complimentary continental breakfast, a fitness facility, an outdoor swimming pool, and a hot tub.
Rooms start at $118/night

 


Located 25 minutes from Tumbleweed, the Landmark Inn is a three-star AAA-approved hotel.
Rooms start at $56/night

 


Located 27 minutes from Tumbleweed. The contemporary rooms have minifridges, microwaves, flat-screen TVs, in-room movies and free WiFi; kids 19 and under stay free with an adult. A daily hot breakfast buffet is free to guests. Amenities include an indoor pool with whirlpool, 24-hour fitness and business centers and meeting space. Parking is free.
Rooms start at $90/night

 


Located 27 minutes from Tumbleweed. Candlewood Suites offers spacious full-suite hotel rooms featuring a full-kitchen, free gym and Wi-Fi.
Rooms start at $90/night

 


Located 30 minutes from Tumbleweed. Straightforward extended-stay property with free WiFi & continental breakfast, plus full kitchens.
Rooms start at $97/night

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Overland Park

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$64
3-star hotel
Casual hotel with free breakfast & pool
Free breakfast

Hyatt Place Kansas City/Overland Park/Metcalf

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$85
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with free WiFi & breakfast
Free breakfast

Paola Inn and Suites

$119
2-star hotel
Lodging with free breakfast & WiFi

Osawatomie Hotel

Hotel 1118 6th St

Quality Inn Belton – Kansas City South

$67
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with an outdoor pool
Free breakfast

Candlewood Suites Olathe

$89
2-star hotel
Informal all-suite hotel with a gym

Hampton Inn Belton/Kansas City area

$99
2-star hotel
Modern hotel with an indoor pool & a gym
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Econo Lodge Belton – Kansas City South

$62
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with a pool & free breakfast
Free breakfast

Quality Inn & Suites Olathe – Kansas City

$80
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with indoor pool & hot tub
Free breakfast

Best Western Plus Olathe Hotel

$84
2-star hotel
Subdued rooms offering an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 17% less than usual

Super 8 Gardner

$69
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Days Inn Olathe Medical Center

$53
2-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Free breakfast

Candlewood Suites Overland Park – W 135th St.

$90
Hotel
Simple extended-stay hotel with a gym

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Hotel Marty St

La Quinta Inn & Suites Olathe

$94
3-star hotel
Standard hotel with an indoor pool

Motel 6

$56
2-star hotel
Budget lodging with an indoor pool
Free Wi-Fi

Econo Lodge Olathe – Kansas City

$52
2-star hotel
Simple budget hotel with free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Overland Park

$77
2-star hotel
Modern option with an indoor pool
Free breakfast
DEAL 26% less than usual

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Kansas City-Grandview

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$81
3-star hotel
Contemporary hotel with an indoor pool
Free breakfast
DEAL Get 6% off plus free Wi-Fi with free enrollment

Rodeway Inn & Suites

$50
2-star hotel
Low-key budget hotel with unfussy rooms
Free breakfast

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Kansas City Overland Park

$109
2-star hotel
Extended-stay hotel with full kitchens
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Comfort Inn & Suites

$76
2-star hotel
Basic hotel with free breakfast & WiFi
Free breakfast

PROHIBITED ITEMS

NO coolers inside Main Stage area (permitted only in camping)
NO Loitering, drinking or grilling in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO sleeping in cars in the parking lot (enforced by police)
NO outside food or drink (permitted in camping)
NO weapons of any kind (includes pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, guns, tasers)
NO drones

Contained fires are permitted until 2:30am and must be in a 36″ metal fire container with a screen on top (standard at all retailers). If you bring a fire pit, you must also have a 10lb fire extinguisher with it. We’re camping in a forest!

Grills are permitted.

MUSTS TO BRING

– Printed off tickets. We will not accept electronic versions off of your cell phone, receipts, etc. Your ticket must be a hard copy printed off on paper. If your ticket does not scan you will not be granted access.

– Credit Card/ATM Card/Cash- some vendors accept cash only, parking is cash only (see parking info below), liquor/beer sales will accept credit cards in some locations. Please CARPOOL! Parking is $30 per vehicle (except for RV’s) to encourage car-pooling and funds go to the city for the facility usage and cleanup.