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Hank Williams III will release his new country album Brothers of the 4X4 on October 1st, 2013. The release will be a double album of 16 total tracks, and will be accompanied by a punk album release called A Fiendish Threat. Album artwork and track lists:
Brothers of the 4X4-CD 1-
1) Nearly Gone 2) Hurtin’ For Certin 3) Brothers of the 4×4
4) Farthest Away 5) Held Up 6) Outdoor Plan 7) Deep Scars
8)Lookey Yonder Commin 9) Ain’t Broken Down
11) Loners 4 Life 12) Dreadfull Drive
1) Getting Dim 2) Possum in a Tree 3) Broken Boogie 4) Toothpickin
7) Face Down 8) New Identity 9) Feel the Sting 10) Fight My Way 11) Full On 12) Your Floor 13) A Fiendish Threat
From the press release:The king of hellbilly, Mr. HANK3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases, hitting stores October 1, 2013. HANK3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4×4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project “3”. Brothers of the 4×4 will also be available as a single LP vinyl version, and A Fiendish Threat will be available as a double LP vinyl version.Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed HANK3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.Besides living the songs subject matter first, HANK3 sang and played both guitar and drums on the records. As if pulling triple duty wasn’t enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well. Not bad for someone who in his own words is dyslexic and has ADD, ccording to HANK3 “my mind is all over the place”. But even a man talented and driven enough to do (count ‘em) seven jobs at once has his limits, so HANK3 has once again assembled a top-notch ensemble of pickers and pluckers for Brothers Of The 4×4 and A Fiendish Threat.The required stand-up bass holds the low end down at the deft hands of Zach Shedd, with David McElfresh and Billy Contreras whipping razor sharp bows across the fiddle. Daniel Mason handles banjo, with a special guest appearance on “Possum In A Tree” by former National Old-Time Banjo Champion Leroy Troy working his banjo in the old school clawhammer style, while Andy Gibson wrings the sweetest of notes out his stand up steel guitar. Finally, long-time collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Johnny Hiland rips his chicken pickin’ guitar to feathers and shreds.
HANK3‘s latest country record is just that- country, and the realness of it shines throughout the record like moonlight hitting a mason jar of corn liquor- it ain’t always the smoothest, and it doesn’t come wrapped in a fancy package, but it’s 100% pure whoop-ass in a bottle that gets the job done quicker and better and reminds you of where you originally came from once you figure out what just hit you. On “Outdoor Plan” he sings of fishing and hunting as a way of life, and it’s a fact that more than one deer and turkey has met its maker at the end of HANK3’s gun’s barrel. The title track, “Brothers of the 4×4″ celebrates the wide open full throttle love of off roadin’ and rootin’ in a four wheel drive- the cover of the record shows Williams mud bogging in a custom 4×4, and it’s not some redneck rental- that’s his ride. And because life ain’t always happy, when the heartbreak and hard times cracks through the sonic celebration on songs like “Loners 4 Life” and “Ain’t Broken Down”, it’s because HANK3 is well acquainted with the darker side of life, and not as some tourist. The album is a rich and gritty sounding mixture of sadness, pride, hope- in other words, it’s a great country record.
As mentioned above, HANK3 will head out on a headline tour of select major markets on August 24th. The tour will kick off in Austin, TX at The Austin Bat Fest, and will tour several cities, coming to a close on September 8th in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade.
HANK3 Tour Dates:
- 8/24 Austin, TX @ The Austin Bat Fest
- 8/25 Ft. Worth, TX @ Rail Club
- 8/26 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
- 8/27 Lawrence (KC), MO @ Granada
- 8/29 Sauget, IL @ Pops
- 8/30 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
- 8/31 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
- 9/1 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
- 9/2 Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter
- 9/4 Lancaster, PA @ The Chameleon
- 9/5 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 9/6 Richmond, VA @ National
- 9/7 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
- 9/8 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, Unknown Hinson, aka the King of Country and Western Troubadours, aka the voice of Early on the Cartoon Network’s Squidbillies, is back, and is embarking on a big tour this fall.
On November 15th of 2012, Unknown Hinson’s internet peeps posted that he had played his last tour dates in public, “period,” cancelling a few previously-booked shows and blaming the rising price of touring for having to call it quits after 18 years. But apparently the hillbilly vampire has been hit yet again with the traveling Jones, and has posted 14 new tour dates so far with “MUCH more to come,” and signed,
“Thank you, my friends for your support. I hope to see you all soon. Sincerely, Stuart Daniel Baker ‘UNKNOWN HINSON’”
Unknown Hinson is the alter ego of Danny Baker, a guitar teacher and studio musician from North Carolina. Reviving the sounds and modes of country music from its golden era with a Gothic and comedic twist, Unknown Hinson has garnered a devout cult following over the years from his entertaining songs, hilarious persona, and blazing guitar licks.
Confirmed Tour Dates
Saturday, September 28th, Maryville, TN. Smokie Mountain Harley Davidson, “The Shed.”
Friday, October 4th, Asheville, NC, “The Grey Eagle”
Saturday, October 5th, Raleigh, NC. “Lincoln Theatre.”
Friday, October 11th, Chattanooga, TN, “Rhythm & Brews”
Saturday, October 12th, Charlotte, NC, “The Visulite Theatre”
Friday, October 18th, Atlanta, GA, “The Masquerade”
Saturday, October 19th, Fayettetville, NC, “The Rock Shop”
Friday, October 25th, Louisville, KY, “Jim Porters Good-Time Emporium”
Saturday, October 26th, Huntington, WV, “V CLUB”
Thursday, October 31st HALLOWEEN, Athens, GA “The Melting Point”
Friday, November 1st, Nashville, TN W/ “REVEREND HORTON HEAT” @ “Marathon Music Works”
Saturday, November 2nd, Birmingham, AL, “Zydeco”
November 8th, Jackson, MS “Martin’s”
November 9th, Pensacola, FL “Vinyl Music Hall”
November 14th, St. Louis, MO “Old Rock House”
November 15th, Chicago, IL “Reggie’s”
November 16th, Cleveland, OH “Beachland Ballroom”
November 17th, Newport, KY “The Southgate House”
November 22nd, Greenville, SC “The Handlebar”
November 23rd, Greensboro, NC “THe Blind Tiger”
December 12th, West Palm Beach, FL “The Bamboo Room”
December 13th, Tampa, FL “Skipper’s”
December 14th Melbourne, FL “The County Line”
Reno, Nevada’s Hellbound Glory has just come off two legs of arena shows opening for Kid Rock on his nationwide Rebel Soul tour, and are recovering now to get ready for their own tour in early summer. “Just signed on with Agency Group to book us and our agent is a big supporter and a legitimate badass so it’ll be rad to have them in our corner for future tours,” front man Leroy Virgil tells Saving Country Music. “Look for us in June all around the country.”
The Kid Rock tour was a big success for the band according to Leroy. “We gained a lot of fans throughout the tour who we can’t wait to see them when we come through with our show next time and made a lot of friends. Also I learned a shit load of things from Kid Rock and his crew and it was awesome to be treated so well after years of slugging it out in clubs. Everyone from the sound techs, the promoters, to Kid Rock and his band treated us like what we we’re doing was worth something which hasn’t always been the case in some of the places we’ve played over the years. All I know is I’m happy to take every opportunity I have to promote my songs and to eat their food and drink their booze, etc. etc. I think its been a more than even trade and we appreciate the help.”
While in the midst of the Kid Rock tour, Hellbound Glory released a new song called “The Feud.”
“I wrote the Feud a few days after seeing Bob Wayne play in Folsom CA with .357 [String Band] backing him,” Leroy explains. “…I wrote it about some relatives and other people I know who work in the medicinal industry. On a two week break from the Rebel Soul tour when we were offered some recording time in a big studio so I figured I’d embrace my Northwest roots and make a big-sounding grunge country song. I wasn’t sure I’d ever get the chance to work with such hi tech equipment again so I used it for everything it was worth. Anything else would have seemed contrived to me and I think we did a great job of getting that modern country sound on a song about farmers, violence, and weed.”
“To me it turned out more country than country. However, for anyone who prefers a stripped down version I’ve made available thru SCM the first recording we did a few years back as a two piece called the Excavators with just guitar, lap steel, bass drum, voice, and harmonica.”
Whenever the name Hellbound Glory is mentioned, the next question is when fans may get to hear some new music.
“Going to be doing as much recording as time and money will allow.” Leroy says. “Whether it be with Shooter, with our buddies Mike Lattanzi and Tommy Byrnnes (who did the Feud) or by myself if I can learn the technology. Can’t wait to hit everyone with our next single, not sure what it’ll be yet but if anyone has any suggestions we’d like to hear em….. Although I do have a batch of new songs I think will knock people’s socks off that I’m chomping at the bit to record as well. Gonna try to keep the bender broadcasts coming as well. Got about 5 of them up right now on iTunes and a bunch of acoustic stuff in the can we’ll put out once its put together. Just need to get Rico (Hellbound’s slide player) to get some more skits going one of these days. And if anyone has request, get them to us and we’d be happy to give ‘em a shot.”
“Thanks to everyone for the support. It takes support from a whole lot of people to get a band like us even this far in this day and age and we appreciate every single one of you skumbags and hags out there.”
Just Released: Hellbound Glory plays Hank’s “Lovesick Blues”
Hank Williams III has been on extended touring hiatus, one of the longest of his career, as his drummer Shawn “McNasty” Williams had surgery to repair a rotator cuff, reattach his bicep tendon, and remove bone spurs. But the grandson of Hank Williams has apparently been using the time well, writing and recording a big chunk of new material. He announced on his website this morning that he has two new albums on the way and 25 new songs written:
“I’m workin as hard as I can and as fast as I can to finish two records up. Right now I’m 25 songs deep in writin’ while playin’ guitar, singin’, doin’ my own drum tracks, then recording the other players. After that comes mixin’ it, master’n it, the artwork…Once all that is done it’ll be turned in. One is a country record…I’m not really sayin’ anything about the other record…As it looks right now, hopefully we can be on the road by May…“
In January drummer Shawn McWilliams said the “The green light was real close” in regards to his physical therapy regiment and recovery. “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through,” McWilliams said, “I can not wait to start playing.”
Hank3 released an unprecedented 4 albums on September 6th of 2011 after his production had been stymied by Curb Records for over 14 years. His initial plan was to focus on touring for years after, but the break in the action from his drummer’s injury means fans will be getting new material sooner than later. As always, Hank3 is recording in a DIY style, and will be releasing the records himself. As he told Saving Country Music in an interview:
Nowadays the independents have an opportunity they didn’t have 20 years ago. You don’t need a major label. All my new records are done on that same D1600 machine “Straight to Hell” was done on.
UPDATE 5/2/13: From Hank3′s website, “Artwork for the new releases is being finished up and after that, it will all be turned over for distribution. A release date will be posted when possible, as well as any tour dates, once a full schedule is confirmed.”
Wilie Nelson, whose currently on a tour of the east coast that started in Durham, North Carolina on January 18th, and included a performance at the Presidential Inauguration on January 21st, has just renamed his tour the “Old Farts & Jackass” tour. The move comes in response to the controversy over Blake Shelton’s recent comments on a GAC Backstory interview, saying in part:
Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, “My God, that ain’t country!” Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do…
The somewhat veiled and tongue-and cheek announcement declares Willie Nelson the co-leader of the “Old Fart Party,” and also includes a reference to the ongoing lip-sync controversy involving Beyonce. Read the entire pronouncement below.
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The Old Farts and Jackass tour began in Durham, NC on January 18th at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Then Saturday night Willie Nelson and Family performed in Bowling Green, KY at the Performing Arts Center before heading south to The Tabernacle in Atlanta. But now it’s January 20th, excitement is in the air, and Inauguration Day is finally here.
After the annual Bacon and Egg luncheon, the Swearing Ceremony took center stage as Willie stepped forward and placed his hand on Peg Bible. The Joint Congressional Committee spoke of the logistics of presenting such an unpresidential event in an old Church and of security concerns that have plagued the event from the beginning. The growing crowd stood in line for hours and wondered. “What will he wear? Willie cut bangs?”
After much anticipation Willie Nelson finally emerged. Dressed in an all black ensemble by American designer Levi Strauss, the co-leader of the Old Fart Party mesmerized the crowd with the first dance, Whiskey River.
The lip synching controversy would take over the headlines later, but the official answer from Nelson’s camp remained no. No Willie Vanillie here ladies and gentlemen, no tricky audio antics. Willie sang it all live. What we have elected to see is just a man, his band, his family and his guitar. The audience in Atlanta will testify before any congress; country is in good hands.
Reno, Nevada’s Hellbound Glory with be touring with Kid Rock on his “Rebel Soul” tour to transpire at the very start of 2013, trekking through the Midwest and South. Buckcherry will also be playing in a supporting role. From press release:
Kid Rock is proud to announce the first dates of his “Rebel Soul” worldwide tour in support of his recently released album bearing the same name. The tour kicks off February 2nd at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO with the first leg winding down March 2nd in Louisville, KY. More dates are expected to be announced shortly. Backed as always by his Twisted Brown Trucker band, the full-scale arena tour will feature Buckcherry and Hellbound Glory as support.
Leroy Virgil, the frontman of Hellbound Glory is one of country music’s best kept secrets in regards to songwriting. The band first rubbed elbows with Kid Rock on his “Chillin The Most” cruise down in Florida last March.
Feb 2 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center, On Sale 12/14 @10am http://www.axs.com/
Feb 5 Springfield, MO – JQH Arena, On Sale 12/14 @10am http://bit.ly/SoJhlr
Feb 7 Beaumont, TX – Ford Park Event Center, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 9 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center, On Sale 11/30 @ 10am http://bit.ly/LScMF
Feb 10 Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/40v9cG
Feb 13 Bossier City, LA – CenturyLink Center, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 15 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena, On Sale 12/21 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 16 Greenville, SC – Bi-Lo Center, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 18 Fort Myers, FL – Germain Arena, On Sale TBD
Feb 20 Pensacola, FL – Pensacola Civic Center, On Sale 12/14 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 21 New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena, On Sale 12/8 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 23 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 24 Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 26 Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex, On Sale 12/15 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Feb 27 Knoxville, TN – Knoxville Civic Auditorium, On Sale 12/7 @10am http://bit.ly/147jQp
Mar 1 Memphis, TN – FedEx Forum, On Sale 12/8 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
Mar 2 Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center, On Sale 12/21 @10am http://bit.ly/4xGq0V
UPDATE: More Dates Just Added
March 18 – Sioux Falls, SD – Sioux Falls Arena
March 20 – Madison, WI – Memorial Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
March 22 – Toledo, OH – Huntington Center
March 23 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Aren
March 25 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Center
March 26 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
March 28 – Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
March 29 – Omaha, NE – Centurylink Center
April 1 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center
April 3 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
April 5 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
April 6 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center
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As for my personal thoughts? I think there’s no mistaking I haven’t been a fan of Kid Rock over the years, coining the nickname for him of “The Wet Cigarette”. However, Hellbound Glory may be the most under-the-rader band in country music right now, and they deserve this opportunity and exposure. I think it is times like these that the term “bittersweet” is in order. Ask me in a couple of days how I feel about it, but at the moment I can’t help but to be happy for Hellbound Glory for the opportunity, and however much I may dislike Kid Rock, giving him credit for seeing the potential of Leroy Virgil.
As I said over a year ago in my review of their last album Damaged Goods:
It is time for someone to step up. They don’t deserve the SCM Album of the Year, they deserve something better, something more than I can give. It is time for them to graduate, for someone a step higher to step up, put these boys as the opener on a serious tour, get them out of having to battle with a juke box full of rap music at brokedown bars, but also someone who understands their element, and how a loss of authenticity would be their demise.
Apparently, Kid Rock was the one to do that.
The Queen of Underground Country, the lovely and talented Rachel Brooke will be releasing her new album A Killer’s Dream on December 4th, featuring Florida’s Viva Le Vox as her backing band, and a duet with Lonesome Wyatt of Those Poor Bastards. This will be her 3rd full-length album.
A Killer’s Dream was recorded at Rachel Brooke’s brother’s Halohorn Studio in Traverse City, MI, and will be made available in limited edition 100 red vinyl copies, black vinyl, CD, cassette, and digital form. All formats will be available for pre-order on Tuesday, November 20th at http://
The first cool surprise is the world premier video for the song “The Black Bird” that you can watch below. Rachel will also be touring through the South and East in February and March as part of a Viva Le Vox / Joe Buck Yourself / Rachel Brooke super tour that will eventually take her to Europe and the European Muddy Roots Festival this summer.
Mandolin maestro Jayke Orvis is hitting the road once again as his own man, with help from some familiar faces. The former .357 Sting Band member, and occasional member of The Goddamn Gallows has roped in the greatness of James Hunnicutt, along with Joe Perreze on banjo and Fishgutz (The Goddamn Gallows) on bass, aka ‘The Broken Band’ for a tour through the South and Midwest starting mid January.
“I’ve taken a bit of a break these last few months and now I’m itchin’ to get back in the van.” Jayke iterated to me through the miracle of electronic mail. “There may be some rotations down the line here and there but this lineup is pretty solid. Right now it just makes sense to run a stretch together and have James do a set too. I’m really lookin’ forward to bein’ on the road with my family.”
And people should not take Jayke’s time off from touring with The Gallows or this solo tour as a sign he’s done with the fire-breathing outfit. “I plan on being with the Goddamn Gallows more next year but will definitely be doing another solo tour. I’m thrilled beyond words that Baby Genius is back behind the drums, where he needs to be. This tour, the gallows have the full original lineup and it’s gonna be legendary.”
You can find the dates below, and of course, on the SCM Calendar. There’s nothing better that you can do to support music than to go out and see it live.
1-11-11 – Stella Blue – Asheville, NC
1-12-11 – The Hideaway – Johnson City, TN
1-14-11 – Ole Tavern on George Street – Jackson, MS
1-15-11 – Check Point Charlie – New Orleans, LA
1-20-11 – Beerland – Austin, TX
1-21-11 – Lizard Lounge – Wichita, KS
1-22-11 – Blue Note – Oklahoma City, OK
1-24-11 – Crystal Pistol Saloon – Tulsa, OK
1-25-11 – Blackthorn Pizza & Pub (21+) – Joplin, MO
1-26-11 – The Handle Bar – Decatur, IL
1-27-11 – Sideshow – Columbia, MO
1-28-11 – Kix Club – Quincy, IL
1-29-11 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
1-31-11 – Melody Inn – Indianapolis, IN
2-2-11 – Mac’s Bar – Lansing, MI
2-3-11 – Small’s ALL AGES – Hamtramck, MI
2-4-11 – Old Dog Tavern – Kalamazoo, MI
83-year-old Charlie Louvin, suffering from pancreatic cancer, is heading out on the road to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Louvin Brothers release of the landmark album Satan Is Real. Charlie, Country Music Hall of Famer and member of the Grand Ole Opry for 55 years, is showing no signs of slowing down. And as first reported here, when he leaves on the road, he will not be playing the usual venues Hall of Famer’s play, but establishments usually reserved for underground country artists and rock bands.
For example his show in Nashville will not be at the typical haunts for country legends like The Opry or The Loveless Cafe. He will be playing in east Nashville, at Foobar Too, a spot frequented by acts like Wayne “The Train” Hancock and Joe Buck.
There’s also a benefit concert scheduled to help with Charlie’s mounting medical bills that will be happening south of Nashville at the Bell Buckle Banquet Hall on Oct. 30th.
The Louvin Brothers’ Satan Is Real album was especially known for its interesting cover, which was taken in a rock quarry, with a 12 foot plywood rendition of Satan in the background and burning tires hidden under rocks creating the flames of Hell. The song was later used by Hank III in a medley to open his album Straight To Hell.
You can find Charlie’s tour dates below, as well as on the Saving Country Music Calendar, where all important REAL country concert dates can be found.
UPDATE: CHARLIE HAS CANCELED HIS NOVEMBER TOUR DATES DUE TO HEATH. FURTHER UPDATES COMING.
One Eyed Jacks
New Orleans. LA
St Louis, MO
Kansas City, MO
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Rocky Mountain Pub
Grand Junction, CO
Santa Fe, NM
Oklahoma City, OK
McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
The upper Midwest will be getting it hard and heavy in the next month or so. In a surprisingly quick turnaround, Hank III, whose still has a few more dates on his East Coast tour, will be heading out again October 10th for 16 dates and possibly more to come. You can see the dates below or on Hank III’s tour page. No opener as of yet, and there may not be one once again.
Also Jayke Orvis, Rachel Brooke, and James Hunicutt will be leaving on a Midwest tour of their own in a few days. Again, see the dates below, and remember you can find all these dates and the dates for all the core bands in the Saving Country Music movement on the Saving Country Calendar.
Jayke Orvis Tour w/ Rachel Brooke & James Hunnicutt
123 Pleasant Street
The V Club
Grand Rapids, MI
Traverse City, MI
House of Rock
Tom Dick and Harry’s
Green Bay, WI
Des Moines, IA
St Louis, M
Ever since I got my dirty little hands on a copy of Old High and New Lows I’ve been an outright whore for Reno’s Hellbound Glory, but prefaced my enthusiasm by say they need to make it back east. Well now Leroy Virgil and the boys have called my bluff, and built up enough of a head of steam to hopscotch the Rockies a cruise all the way to South Carolina. Hot damn!
Come August 20th they’ll be heading out and won’t stop till they hit the coast. On their way they’ll hook up with some other great acts, including Six Gun Britt and Last False Hope in Chi Town, The Flat Tires in North Carolina, and Aran Buzzas in Montana.
Recently Hellbound has been enjoying some good strong mainstream press and exposure, including a favorable review from my favorite country writer Juli Thanki. And CM Wilcox recently debuted a new song “Malt Liquor”. Hey I thought Hellbound Glory was supposed to be our little scumbag secret? But I tell you what, if this small success keeps Leroy & Co. in beer and hot dogs, that means the music can keep flowing uninterrupted by day labor and dead end jobs, so I’m all for it!
You can find these dates, and ALL important concert dates where? All together class, “At savingcountrymusic.com/calendar.”
Just a few quick things:
Yesterday it was announced that Huck Johnson, long time standup bass player for Wayne “The Train” Hancock will be leaving the band. Hancock’s grueling tour schedule has caused him a lot of turnover over the years, so the announcement is not alarming. As they say, “The Train Rolls On.”
Anybody upright bass players that would be willing or able to fill in for the upcoming shows, or interested in the position long term are asked to get some clips/samples of work together and get in contact with Wayne’s squeeze/manager Gina Gallina through the myspace site.
Speaking of Gina Gallina, she is now booking for the one and only Lucky Tubb and they have just announced a mess of dates out West. Good to see Lucky getting out there!
And last but not least, Hank III will be participating in the 10th Annual “Joey Ramone Birthday Bash” at the Fillmore in New York City on the 19th of May. Proceeds will be donated to Lymphoma Research. Joey died of Lymphoma in 2001.
Rachel Brooke isn’t just a musician, she’s a muse.
If she was an illustration, it would be an old one, from the 1920′s with tattered edges. Rachel would be sitting on a high cliff overlooking the sea like a Greek Siren, and ships full of suitors would be trying unsuccessfully to approach her position. The waves would come in, dashing the ships on the rocks and drowning the suitors, all while Rachel watched with countenance somewhere between tad interest and sheer boredom.
And yes, I would be one of those fool-hearty, ill-fated suitors.
The fact that Rachel Brooke is physically alluring and enigmatic, talented beyond all, and skilled as a musician with the best, is somewhere between wrong and downright evil. I mean seriously, somebody with her talents should at least be ugly, it’s only fair.
But for the years I’ve been following her (not stalking, I promise occifer), I’ve been waiting for her to make a big move. Last year she teamed up with Lonesome Wyatt of Those Poor Bastards for A Bitter Harvest album and a subsequent tour. But it always seems like Rachel is playing second fiddle. I keep waiting for that big release, the big tour, a big announcement that really puts her in her rightful place among the underground country elite, of which in my opinion she belongs.
Well it may not be that big announcement, but I am happy to see a healthy lineup of tour dates upcoming for Rachel, and with some big names like Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Roger Alan Wade, and fellow Michey Ganders Whitey Morgan & The 78′s. She will also be playing a run of shows with her father, the semi-legendary Tiger Bear Jon. They will be playing under the name “The Van Guilders.” Attendees to those shows with a get a special treat of seeing Rachel Brook’s complete skill set, as she will be playing her own sad slow stuff, AND up-tempo bluegrass numbers with her banjo playing pops.
- May 16 2010 8:00P
PJ’s Lager House Honky Tonk Throwdown w/ Wayne Hancock, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, & MORE! Detroit
- Jun 5 2010 5:00P
Doughboyz Pizza and Pub w/ Roger Alan Wade, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s and MORE Ashville, Ohio
- Jun 11 2010 8:00P
TBA Detroit, Michigan
- Jun 12 2010 8:00P
Pint and Slice w/ The Van Guilders Ft. Wayne, Indiana
- Jun 13 2010 8:00P
The Still w/ The Van Guilders, and Ol Red Shed New Berlin, Illinois
- Jun 14 2010 8:00P
Kix Club, w/ The Van Guilders Quincy, Illinois
- Jun 15 2010 8:00P
TBA W/ the Van Guilders TBA, Missouri
- Jun 16 2010 8:00P
Mardi Krawlers w/ The Van Guilders and Typsy Gypsy Alton
- Jun 17 2010 8:00P
Sgt. Preston’sw/ the Van Guilders and Ando from the Jolly Barrels Lafayette, Indiana
- Jun 18 2010 8:00P
Tootles w/ The Van Guilders, and The Misery Jackals Circleville, Ohio
- Jun 19 2010 8:00P
Annabells w/ The Van Guilders, Misery Jackals and MORE! Akron, Ohio
On the latest episode of the It Burns When I Pee podcast, Joe Huber of the .357 String Band let it be known that the high octane bluegrass band plans to continue touring and backing up Bob Wayne once the platoon gets back from a stint in Europe this month.
“Bob is one hilarious dude man. He’s probably one of the coolest dudes I’ve ever met. He definitely keeps you entertained all the time, and one of the most noble people I could possibly meet. . . . Within two weeks into this first tour with Bob we already decided to extend it to the West Coast, so in May and June, we’re already planning another month of West Coast tours and shows with Bob.”
Huber also talked about other tour plans for the rest of the year.
“We’re trying to hit up some festivals this year, either within Wisconsin or throughout the area, just kinda like bigger shows where we can get out, instead of playing rock clubs you can try to hit a festival, you know, get more people seeing you within one day, playing a show to more people than you would in a rock club.”
You can get the whole interview with Joe Huber, as well as an earful of IBWIP’s, um, “adult” humor as well as quite the anatomy lesson on It Burns When I Pee Episode 38.
So of course as soon as I decide to leave the real world for a few days, the REAL country news wires get hot. So I’m sitting here in a crude “internet” cafe in the small interior Mexico mountain town of Xilitia, feeding a gerbil that runs in a wheel that somehow gives me some crude and heroically slow version of the world wide internet, and I’m using my last few precious gerbil nibits to bring you the latest scoop in an admittedly concise and unsexy fashion.
Hank III West Coast Tour w/ Kyle Turley
Hank Williams III has just announced a West Coast/ Texas tour beginning in March, and the opener will be the former football player turned country singer Kyle Turley. To see the current list of dates CLICK HERE. More dates will probably show up later, but note that NO date is official until you see it on that site.
I will be attending at least one, if not more of these shows, and am really interested to see what the Kyle Turley show has to offer. Hope to see some of you out there. But for the next few days, I will be trying to enjoy my stay south of the border, and making sure I come back in one piece and not as part of some ransom bargain. So until then . . .
During his appearance last night on Outlaw Radio, Lucky Tubb announced plans for new albums, and new tours including opening for Hank III on a yet-to-be-announced March tour, and then his own tour of Europe this summer.
The new album will be called Hillbilly Fever and will include 13 tracks, including what Lucky calls “Tubb Treasures”: older songs from the Tubb legacy. One possible song is called “Tired of What You Do to Me” and another is called “Sure Look Lonesome.” He also talked about a Waylon Jennings-inspired song “Ramblin” and a song written by his squeeze and fiddle player Natalie Page Monson. Lucky also hinted about some “special guests” that might make an appearance on the album. He will be recording it this January, hoping to have it ready for sale before the Hank III tour, or at least before the European tour.
There’s also plans to release a bootleg album of recordings from his first tour with Hank III this summer that would be sold at upcoming Lucky shows. The bootleg would include duets with Hank III on songs like “Damn the Luck” and “Family Tradition,” some Wayne Hancock songs, and Lucky and Natalie’s duet of “Jackson.”
Lucky also talked extensively about the Tubb Family music writing history, and his friendship with Hank III.
“Shelton told me when I left the tour back in July, one of the things he said to me is that his fans will be loyal, and he’s never been wrong. The Hank III Army’s alive and well and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
There is a lot more great information from the interview, and you can listen or download it in its entirety at savingcountrymusic.com/outlaw-radio. Outlaw Radio is broadcast LIVE every Tuesday night at 9 PM central on punkandbeansradio.com.
Well unless you live in Florida, you’re going to miss this upcoming tour of two great unknown songwriters Joseph Christ and Six Gun Britt. But even us Florida-less souls can rejoice a little because it means Joseph and Six Gun are starting to branch out a little bit and flex their wings.
I think it is important to note, as much as we piss and moan about how talentless pop country is, nobody, no matter how much talent they have, deserves any amount of success, however that is measured, without hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Hank III may have got a record deal with his name, but he got one of the most loyal fan bases in music by relentless touring over many years. The great songwriters and talented musicians of the REAL country scene must match their gifts with the gusto for perseverance for their music to receive the attention it deserves.
Hard work is the tool we are all born with, regardless of circumstance. It is the one thing we can all use to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. And it is what REAL country will need if we will ever rise up to take back the institutions that real country built. That’s why three small shows by a couple of lesser-knowns has me excited.
And for you Florida folks, don’t be the one smacking your forehead because you missed these shows.
Joseph Christ, in a video done by Judd Films:
Six Gun Britt, with a brilliant original song:
Last night Outlaw Radio Chicago interviewed Bob Wayne who dropped a few very tantalizing nuggets about some upcoming tours he will be involved in. Wayne, who is currently bivouacked at Andy Gibson’s house near Nashville helping him do some recording, remarked on plans to tour opening for the Northwest-based bands The Supersuckers and Zeke in November. The tour would head down the West Coast, and then possibly head towards Texas.
Then in January there are plans for Bob Wayne to head out with The .357 String Band, but not as two separate bands. The .357 String Band WOULD BE Bob Wayne’s backing band, or the de facto Outlaw Carnies! Now if that combo isn’t enough to get your music weenie vibrating, check your pulse. No definite word on where that tour might be, but it would probably involve the Midwest.
Keep your eyes on these band’s MySpace sites for confirmations of these tours and specific dates.
Bob Wayne also dropped a few other good nuggets about his recording plans, upcoming projects (duet w/ Rachel Brooke?), as well as his three wives. So if you want to listen to the full interview go to savingcountrymusic.com/outlaw-radio and find episode 64. All Outlaw Radio episodes are archived there, and the show can be heard every Tuesday night at 9 PM Central at punkandbeansradio.com.
Well they have been compiling dates and have just announced their complete “Bitter Harvest” tour, appropriately starting in the spooky month of Rocktober (horns up). Despite my torrid, wonton love lust for Rachel Brooke, this tour won’t be coming anywhere near my neck of the woods. (C’mon Rachel, my restraining order says stay 1,500 feet away, not 1,500 miles! Sheesh.)
Word is both Rachel and Lonesome will play solo sets, then they will play together. This is a “don’t miss” if it is coming near you, because even if you think Those Poor Bastards or A Bitter Harvest is artsy fartsy frap, you’re still going to get a set with the ravishing Rachel Brooke.
- 10/02/09 Private Event Cleveland OH
- 10/03/09 Calhoun St. Soups Salads and Spirits Ft Wayne IN
- 10/04/09 Lafayette Brewing Cow/Joe Buck Yourself Lafayette IN
- 10/05/09 4620 Reinvented Knoxville TN
- 10/06/09 TBA Atlanta GA
- 10/07/09 The Landshark Jacksonville FL
- 10/08/09 Zoo Bar Ft Lauderdale FL
- 10/09/09 Dave’s Aqua Lounge St Petersburg, FL
- 10/10/09 Pastimes Sarasota FL
- 10/12/09 Outlaw Drinkin’ Club Beaumont TX
- 10/13/09 TBA TX
- 10/14/09 Bronco’s Hurst TX
- 10/15/09 The Gypsy w/ Sons of Perdition Fayetteville AR
- 10/16/09 The Foxhole St Louis MO
- 10/17/09 The Bottomfeeder Warrensburg MO
- 10/18/09 The Rotten Apple Grafton IL
- 10/19/09 VFW Post 99 Decatur IL
Also another high definition video of Rachel has surfaced, again taken by Misfit Radio of Michigan.
Wayne “The Train” Hancock has announced that he has a new lead guitar player, and his name is Matt Thomas. Matt replaces James Hunnicutt who toured with Wayne for a stint, and will be playing with the Hard Money Saints on the West Coast in September.
Matt Thomas is from Austin, and the word from the few shows he’s played with Wayne has been positive. Since superpicker Eddie Biebel left, the lead guitar position in Wayne Hancock’s band has been one of flux. But no picker Wayne has yet to pick up has lacked in quality.
Below you can see Matt with Wayne in Denton, TX on 8/21/09, playing the Hank Williams tune “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around” . The video isn’t the best quality, but the guitar cuts through well:
Wayne Hancock September Tour:
- Sept 04 Dallas, TX –Granada Theater
- Sept 05 Crowell, TX –Crowell Texas 2nd Annual Country Jam
- Sept 06 Oklahoma City, OK —The Conservatory
- Sept 09 Saybrook, IL — Shady Nook
- Sept 10 Chicago, IL—-Heartland Cafe
- Sept 11 Ft. Wayne, IN —Foelinger Freimann Botanical Conservatory
- Sept 12 – 13 Bowling Green, OH—- Black Swamp Arts Festival
- Sept 16 Pittsburgh, PA—-Diesel Night Club
- Sept 17 Wilmington, DE—- Mojo13
- Sept 18 Brooklyn, NY—Public Assembly
- Sept 19 Long Branch, NJ—-The Brighton Bar
- Sept 20 Arlington, VA— IOTA
- Sept 23 Knoxville, TN—–4620 Revinented
- Sept 24 Murfreesboro, TN—-Wall Street
- Sept 25 Montgomery AL—Union Station Train Shed
- Sherman Mohr on George Jones Receives Monument in Nashville
- Trigger on Spike TV Airs Episode Featuring Bar Where Wayne Mills Was Killed
- Acca Dacca on Don’t Give Up The Term “Country,” Be Positive About It
- blah on Luke Bryan Loses “Male Video” Award for Having a Vagina
- Mark N on Wayne Mills of the Wayne Mills Band Shot Fatally in Nashville