The Steel Woods Album Release Party With Mr. Josh Card.

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Jan 262019
 

As I type this I am sitting in my truck watching cranes work on what is to be the new Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville restaurant. The downtown area is rapidly changing, and not always for the best..no many times it is totally to the detriment of history and tradition. It immensely pains me to see places like Bobby’s Idle Hour going away, to be replaced by condos. According to the statistics, Nashville is growing at an uncanny rate by 100 people PER DAY!

But I’ll tell you what, no matter how much Nashville changes, some of the smaller venues are the same. Now, some of the smaller venues are actually not small..like the mighty 3Rd and lindsley. Here I am again to bring YOU TWO NIGHTS of mayhem and music. I’m going to be here for two nights this weekend folks, and tonight I shall be reporting on the show from the upstairs area. Tomorrow I shall be working downstairs. Both nights are pretty much sold out and jammed packed.

I’m extremely excited for THREE reasons…ONE is NEW music from this powerhouse band of men from Nashville that are growing at an exponential rate. Their hard work and no holds barred attitude has solidified them within our local music community, and maintained a big draw for them on the road as well. Their new album “Old News” is already garnering attention from us and other websites like my buddy over at Country Music Armadillo.

The SECOND reason is the RETURN of Mr. Rowdy Cope, who helped invent this band. He needed to take some time off for personal issues and to rest, however now he IS BACK and they are reportedly ready to play like a well oiled machine.

The THIRD reason is one of my newfound friends whom was formerly with Mr. Whitey Morgan And The 78’s. His album was on my TOP 50 OF 2018, and that man is Mr. Josh Card And The Restless Souls. His debut album ‘With A heavy Heart” wowed me, as did his first live performance I watched on New Years Day 2018, right there I saw HUGE potential as a solo artist. My partner Mr. Joshua Wallace covered his album release party, and you can read that HERE

Mr. Josh Card  is playing first here tonight, as well as tomorrow night and will be on tour with them for some time now. I have a pretty good seat back here upstairs to watch the show from both perspectives this weekend, and I have pretty much everything I need to make a perfect article here tonight.

Friday Night:

Mr. Josh began the show with aggressive energy as he opened with a song called ‘Better Off That Way”, and he had Mr. Brett Robinson playing steel for him tonight. His former band mate when he played for the 78’s, Mr. Brett brought his signature tone to us tonight. Especially on the second song called “Devil’s Blood”, which gave him some truly fine solos before he kicked off the song called “Suffer”.

He explained that when he wrote this one, he drank too much whiskey and listened to too much Ray Price. I love the lyrics to this song, and it’s my favorite song on the album by far. It is a damn fine two stepper, with a shuffle thump. he followed that up with the song called “Won’t Chase Your love Anymore”.

You know guys, this young man is MUCH more comfortable on stage here, I really feel he is becoming more comfortable up front, being the center focus. He played a very good performance of the song “Choice To Make”.  He did play a cover song of Merle Haggard called “Ramblin Fever”, from the 1977 album of the same name.

The steel Woods came to bring the house down! As their new album has brought RAVING reviews to the media world, and as I previously stated Mr. Rowdy coming back, this band is at a pinnacle of growth. The only way for them to go is up, and as they enter to the eerie version of “In the Pines” UP is where the went.

They began with “Axe” tonight and drove this place into a complete frenzy of screaming voices and swinging fists, with their rough harmonies. The first song from their new album called ‘Old News” was called “All Of These Years”.

“Without You” was a song I could have used a few years back when I got my divorce, it is a song of moving on and putting the past behind you. Another new song was called “Blind Lover”, that featured some damn fine guitar slinging riffs. This show included some truly fine songs off the first album like one of my favorites called “Della Jane’s Heart”.

Mr. Wes  explained to us that the new record was a lot of work, and it was a long time coming however they were still going to play songs off the old album, like the self title called “Straw In the Wind”.  Speaking of self titled songs perhaps one of their more well written songs was “Old News”, it is a truly tough song about America. This song has perhaps one of the BEST LINES I have heard in many years “And pray for Miss Liberty and the crack in her bell, there’s a tear in her eye, but her arm hasn’t fell”.

Next up was a song called “Rock That Says My Name” ,basically tonight I am jusy enjoying the music and watching. Tomorrow I will indeed take many more pictures from that show. Right now they are playing the GREAT song “Let The Rain Come Down”.

They are playing some songs in honor of folks that passed away, one of them was the song called “One Of These Days”. That is the concept of the title of “Old News”. But right now they are playing “Are The Good times Still Over” from Merle Haggard’s, and they followed that up with their powerful version of “Whipping Post”. You cannot deny this band ANY CREDIT whatsoever on ANY front, especially for a twenty dollar ticket!

“Southern Accent” was another great pinnacle of tonight’s show. Afterwards they played a few more for an encore here, like “Better In The Fall”. Also included was an instrumental before playing their cover of “Hole In the Sky”, and that was the end of Friday’s show.

Saturday Night:

I have bigger expectations of tonight’s show over last night. One of the main reasons will be to see how the set list difference is for both acts. This place is crazy packed full of people who are ready to hear the new music from both bands. Tonight is the sellout show that toppled last night in sales, I haven’t seen this place this packed since Mr. Cody Jinks played here last. Speaking of Mr. Cody Jinks he actually showed up tonight as my partner Mr. Joshua told me the Flockers were talking about him being there. He came out on night 2 and sang with them.

Everything so far has been absolutely amazing in every way, good food and great friends. New fans and old ones as well came out for two nights of music. I wanted to point out Mr. Jay Tooke one damn fine drummer, who sweats back there behind the kit night after night, and tonight those boys are playing the Opry. Also, Mr. Johnny Stanton is a damn fine bass player. Every time I am watching this band, the never fail to disappoint.

Saturday’s Set List For Mr. Josh Card.
2. Devil’s Blood
3. Suffer
4. Won’t Chase Your Love
5. Choice To Make
6. Ramblin Fever

Saturday’s Set List For The Steel Woods.
1. Axe
2. All Of These Years
3. Without You
4. Blind Lover
5. Anna Lee
6. Della Jane’s Heart
7. Straw in The Wind
8. Compared To A Soul
9. Old News
10. Rock That Says My Name
11. Let The Rain Come Down
12. One Of These Days
13. Are The Good Times Really Over
14. Whipping post
15. Southern Accents

FUTURE TOUR DATES:

JAN
26
Opry at Ryman
Saturday, 7:00PM

Nashville, TN

Tickets
JAN
31
Songbirds North Stage
Thursday, 6:00PM

Chattanooga, TN

Tickets
FEB
01
Songbirds North Stage
Friday, 6:00PM

Chattanooga, TN

FEB
02
The Warehouse at Mt. Victor
Saturday, 7:00PM

Bowling Green, KY

Tickets
FEB
07
The Basement
Thursday, 7:00PM

Columbus, OH

Tickets
FEB
08
Madison Theatre
Friday, 8:00PM

Covington, KY

Tickets
FEB
09
Grey Eagle
Saturday, 7:00PM

Asheville, NC

Tickets
FEB
14
Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
Thursday, 7:00PM

Cleveland, OH

Tickets
FEB
15
Crusens Farmington
Friday, 7:00PM

Peoria, IL

Tickets
FEB
16
Carol’s Pub (w/ Josh Card)
Saturday, 7:00PM

Chicago, IL

Tickets
FEB
21
The Machine Shop Concert Lounge (w/ Josh Card)
Thursday, 7:00PM

Flint, MI

Tickets
FEB
22
Johnny & June’s (w/ Channing Wilson + Josh Card)
Friday, 7:00PM

Flora, IL

Tickets
FEB
23
Hi-Fi (w/ Josh Card)
Saturday, 7:00PM

Indianapolis, IN

Tickets
FEB
28
Terminal West (w/ TN Jet)
Thursday, 7:00PM

Atlanta, GA

Tickets
MAR
01
The Blind Tiger (w/ TN Jet)
Friday, 8:00PM

Greensboro, NC

Tickets
MAR
02
Capone’s (w/ TN Jet)
Saturday, 7:00PM

Johnson City, TN

Tickets
JUN
01
Tumbleweed Festival
Saturday, 7:00PM

La Cygne, KS

Tickets
JUL
20
Tailgate N’ Tallboys
Saturday, 7:00PM

Peoria, IL

Tickets
JUL
27
The Shed Smokehouse & Juke Joint
Saturday, 6:00PM

Maryville, TN

Album Feature – The Steel Woods – Old News

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Jan 222019
 

By Joshua Wallace

The Steel Woods have released their second album and it’s a banger.  Clocking in at 68 minutes, this 15 track epic features 9 originals and 6 covers.  It feels like two projects in one but the entire package works. In my opinion, this record is a southern rock tour de force.  It pays respects to those that came before and moves the genre solidly into 2019. Let’s take a deeper dive into some of this huge record.

Right off the bat, The Steel Woods come out swinging with “All Of These Years”.  It’s a blazing southern rock track that will get you on your feet in your living room, the back of your truck or wherever you happen to be listening to the album.  That blazing solo lets you know what you’re in for real quick. The track “Blind Lover” goes into more bluesey southern rock territory, but still southern rock at its core.  Just like “All Of These Years”, this track features some killer guitar work. “Compared To A Soul” continues the bluesey southern rock trend. I dig the riffs on this one and it’s another solid track worth checking out.

The song “Anna Lee” switches and takes the band into almost bluegrass and country territory.  The acoustic guitars are just as blazing fast as the electric and this track really showcases this band’s depth and range.  If you want to see some more of the band’s range, look no further than their second Black Sabbath cover in “Changes”. It’s a slower track, but they nail it just like every other cover on this record.

Digging more into the covers, I really like the Wayne Mills cover “One Of These Days”.  The world can never get enough Wayne Mills and while I’m waiting for someone to record a worthy cover of “Last Honky Tonk”, this will suffice.  The band also does a good turn of Tom Petty’s “Southern Accents” and Townes Van Zandt’s “The Catfish Song”. However, if you want the grade A prime cut of the album, look no further than “Whipping Post”.  Friends, this song blew me away the first time I heard it live. Those guitars had to be smoking. Does the recorded version live up to the live cut? While I will admit, it doesn’t pack the same punch as hearing the band do it live, it does inspire some serious headbanging.

Ladies and gentlemen, The Steel Woods have arrived and are here to stay.  This is one mammoth and epic album that is sure to satisfy any southern rock or traditional country fan.  If you want some more coverage of The Steel Woods, I know for a fact that my buddy Gary Hayes attended both nights of their shows in Nashville, TN with Josh Card as the opening act.  He will have a post up on that very soon. We will also be covering The Steel Woods as a part of this year’s Tumbleweed Country Music Festival. It’s gonna be a good time. Old News is available everywhere good music is sold or streamed.  Get yourself a copy and prepare to have your face melted.

Favorite Tracks : All These Years, Blind Lover, Compared To A Soul, Anna Lee, One Of These Days, Whipping Post, Southern Accents

The Steel Woods – Old News (2019)

  1. All These Years
  2. Without You
  3. Changes (Black Sabbath Cover)
  4. Wherever You Are
  5. Blind Lover
  6. Compared To A Soul
  7. Old News
  8. Anna Lee
  9. Red River (The Fall Of Jimmy Sutherland)
  10. The Catfish Song (Townes Van Zandt Cover)
  11. Rock That Says My Name
  12. One Of These Days (Wayne Mills Cover)
  13. Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver) (Merle Haggard Cover)
  14. Whipping Post (Allman Brothers Cover)
  15. Southern Accents (Tom Petty Cover)

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

homewood suites

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.

Feb 252018
 

Tonight was basically a lazy Saturday for me, it was warm and rainy out. Apparently there were some quite severe storms in my area…I was actually napping before y neighbor picked me up to go to Third And Lindsley for the big show tonight.

The first act was a songwriter named Mr. Aaron Raitere, who had some REALLY inventive songs that were cleverly arranged. He had a small three piece band including himself, and they played about 5 or 6 songs for us. Now I did some research and closely studied his portion of the show, and I couldn’t pinpoint song names totally.

One was called “Single Wide Dreamers In A Double Wide World” and another was called “It’s Good Then It’s Gone So Enjoy It While It’s Here”. However perhaps the most clever song he played was one called “I’d Rather Be Fishing With My Mind On God Than Church With My Mind On Fishing”. In fact it indeed was one of the most clever, well written songs I have heard in months.

Miss Faren Rachels has a good album but I’ll tell you what she is AMAZING LIVE. Her band is really good, and her steel player is on point tonight. I was pleasantly surprised with her set tonight, and when she started her set with “Show Me Hands” it set the precedent for a good set to come.

“Nowhere Tonight” was one of the songs off her EP t that was alright to me but dammit once I heard it live I was truly amazed by her. She leans a little more toward mainstream in my opinion, but she still fits in well with the bands that  do not have the propensity to be mainstream like the Steel Woods. She sites influences that border mainstream fans as well, but yet maintain presence in the non mainstream realms.

“If it ain’t fixed” was next and was one of the songs I didn’t think was as good as others but her vocal delivery was superb on it. I just thought others were more well written. That’s not really a bad comment at all trust me it’s just what my opinion was.

After she played one called “Uber Driver” she played a slower song called “On Paper” which showcased her voice really well. She was very comfortable up there on stage tonight and I think she will be growing exponentially. She closed her set with “I Know Better”, and her more popular song called “Free Drinks”.

The Steel Woods have grown with leaps and bounds here in Nashville WOW. It’s truly amazing to see this band sell out this venue, and the ones that are up and coming bands. They played a really good set at the Warehouse in Bowling Green last time I wrote about them, so let’s see what they do tonight.

They came out loud and proud like a southern rock hammer with a song called called In The Pines for an intro they played right into “Wild And Blue”. Their next song was called “Better In The Fall”, They sound really terrific here tonight in Nashville. Honestly every band sounds terrific here, as this is one of my better venues to see music in.

They played most of their debut album including “I’m going To Love You” to a picked out sold out show here thought that is going absolutely insane over their songs. Right now they are playing “Whatever It Means To You”, and other great songs like ‘Uncle Lloyd” along with various covers like “Lonesome Onr’y  And Mean”.

They played a really solid version of  “Yesterday’s Wine” and the Allman Brothers “Whipping Post”, see this band plays longer sets than their one album can accommodate. Not many bands can say that as a positive thing, this band played covers not as filler songs, but as fan favorites. They aren’t boring or time consuming by any means.

“Straw In The Wind” is always a definite fan favorite toward the end of their show, as well as one of my favorites called “Della Jane’s Hear”t. After a lengthy instrumental, they went into the song called “Hole In The Sky” with thunderous fury. The show tonight came to climatic end with “Axe”, and left us waiting for what shall become of this monster band. What will the future albums sound like direction wise, and how will they embrace growth?