Ginger Cowgirl- NO COVER
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Ginger Cowgirl- NO COVER

 

While a taste for many styles of music is evident in Nashville-based band Ginger Cowgirl’s upcoming release, their approach is nevertheless rooted in the tradition of classic country brevity, wit and soul. Throw in some pedal steel, rockin' telecaster twang, worldly lyrics and front-woman Stacy Antonel’s eclectic vocals, and you have a unique brand of Americana music.  

The core of Ginger Cowgirl is California-born Antonel, a vocalist whose range and versatility allow her to sing rock, jazz, soul, pop and country with equal proficiency and passion. She’s a classically trained pianist from the age of 7, holds a degree from UC Berkeley, and got her start in the music industry singing jingles while living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2013 she beat out hundreds of singers to win the $10,000 grand prize on Fox’s televised singing competition “3 Minutes to Stardom”.  

Ginger Cowgirl is currently finishing up their debut EP at Historic RCA Studio C. After a Spring 2019 release the band will be touring extensively, both at home and abroad.



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Bakersfield Bound - NO COVER
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

Bakersfield Bound - NO COVER

The "Bakersfield Sound"....that's what Bakersfield Bound is all about! Genuine country music by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, and the like, along with some lively country rock by Gram Parsons, The Byrds, The Desert Rose Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, etc. thrown in for good measure! A true crowd pleasure, Bakersfield Bound gets folks up and dancin' the Texas Two Step, line dancin' etc.

Composed of elite veteran musicians, Bakersfield Bound combines powerful vocals with sharp instrumentation!

Come on down for a free show. Tips for the band welcome.

www.bakersfieldboundband.com

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Slippery Creek - NO COVER
Mar
1
8:30 PM20:30

Slippery Creek - NO COVER

Slippery Creek is a group of young pickers from the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. Focusing on the deep traditional roots, Slippery Creek brings that old time style of hard drivin' bluegrass to today's audience. With lonesome vocal harmonies and solid instrumental arrangements, they will take you back to the early days of the Grand Ole Opry.

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VOLK- NO COVER
Mar
5
8:00 PM20:00

VOLK- NO COVER

Lightning-charged duo VOLK is a Molotov cocktail of high-octane Rock & Roll and Honky-Tonking Country swagger. Their live performances explode with Chris Lowe's (TX, guitar) and Eleot Reich's (CA, drums) Motor City energy and Nashvegas pageantry. They boast musical influences ranging from the Carter Family to Little Richard to Buck Owens to ACDC. VOLK is loud suits and loud amps, shiny dresses and shiny drumsets; it’s growling tones and thunderous beats; VOLK is Rock & Roll, Country-Fried.

Since settling for greener pastures in Nashville in 2017, VOLK has opened for such acts as Diarrhea Planet (TN), Royal Thunder (GA), Lincoln Durham (TX), Left Lane Cruiser (IN), Mayeux and Broussard (TX), The Ghost Wolves (TX), and Brother O Brother (IN). Rabid road warriors, VOLK played almost 200 shows in 2018 through 17 states across the Southeast, Midwest, and South Central US. Volk have also toured Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Canada.

VOLK released their sophomore EP, Average American Band, through Romanus Records (IN) on November, 17th, 2018 and they’ve already sold out of their first pressing!



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99.1 FM Rhinestone Country presents Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

99.1 FM Rhinestone Country presents Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys

For the past twenty years, Chuck Mead has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana Music. Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parents country band and then leading several roots rock outfits in the midwest most notably the Homestead Grays. He landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway in 1993 where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR5-49. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act of 1997 built an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. Chuck has also co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2008, he was the Musical Director/Supervisor for the Broadway/West End musical Million Dollar Quartet (which broke the record in Chicago for longest running musical) and acted in the same capacity for the CMT television show Sun Records producing all the re-recordings of classic rock n roll, country, and blues. He has released three solo works starting in 2009 with his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager on the Grassy Knoll Records label, and continues tour clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.

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Caldwell Jack & The Six Pack- NO COVER
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Caldwell Jack & The Six Pack- NO COVER

Caldwell Jack & The Six Pack is a country band taking enthusiastic audience members back to a time of honky tonks and real country music. Cutting their teeth with 3 hour sets of classic, honky tonk and original country music, the band has solidified their presence as a force to be reckoned with. These boys are currently in Nashville, TN though drawing their heart and inspiration from places all over this fine country.

The band is fronted by co-founder, John Caldwell, a singin n strummin hilljack from southern Ohio. Davey Grimm, band co-founder, bassist, vocals, locks in on that foot stomping honky tonk beat. The members bring a vast love of music from various genres as players. An eclectic group of musicians, CJ & TSP is comprised of Rock n Rollers, Dead Heads, rockabilly players, soul, funky cats, and honky tonkers.



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Rye Davis- NO COVER
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Rye Davis- NO COVER

Rye Davis is chasing that Neon Rainbow, performing hundreds of shows over the years. In that time, he has opened for Ted Nugent, Puddle of Mudd, Uncle Cracker, Chris Knight, Sunny Sweeney, Bucky Covington, Whitey Morgan, Dallas Moore, Emi Sunshine and more! He has been featured on ABC's Rising Star competition, and was an invited performer at Nashville's famous Bluebird Cafe.

 

Rye was born a farmer’s son in a small town called Pig, KY. where he still resides his beautiful wife, Brandy. The farm is where he learned his hard work ethic that he continues to use with his music career. His musical journey started while playing professional baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies organization in Clearwater, Florida. Thats where Rye bought his first guitar. He’d had a lifelong passion for music and had wanted to learn to play. He figured since he had days to kill between games, now would be the perfect time. So he bought a cheap guitar and, as he puts it, “That was the spark that started the fire. I started learning and strumming chords and fell in love with songwriting, plus the guys liked to hear me sing.”

 

Rye’s smooth, distinctive vocals, captivating songs, and his live show energy bring his brand of Country Music to a whole new generation of listeners who never knew what Country could be. Armed with a can-do attitude and unwavering faith and determination, Rye Davis stands as a beacon of hope for the return of real, down home, honest music.

 



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WQRT Rhinestone Country Film Series presented by Upland Brewing Co.:  True Stories- NO COVER
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

WQRT Rhinestone Country Film Series presented by Upland Brewing Co.: True Stories- NO COVER

Talking Heads singer David Byrne plays host to this bizarre patchwork of tabloid-inspired tales, set in the fictional town of Virgil, Texas. Cruising the streets in his cherry-red drop-top, Byrne introduces viewers to the local eccentrics gearing up for the town's 150th anniversary. They include a community leader (Spalding Gray) with a thing for veggies, a woman (Swoosie Kurtz) so lazy she won't leave her bed, a lovelorn country singer (John Goodman) and more!

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Bailsmen Gypsy Take Over- NO COVER
Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

Bailsmen Gypsy Take Over- NO COVER

Brooklyn’s The Bailsmen play Hot Jazz and Gypsy Swing. Their sound is straight from New York by way of New Orleans, nodding to Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.  Classics and originals are all given a fresh spin by these young musicians. The Bailsmen are Abraham Pollack, bass; Brandon Vetrano, guitar; Charlie Castelluzzo, guitar; and Gabriel Yonkler, sax. Find them on Spotify and at www.thebailsmen.com

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The Cold Hearts- NO COVER
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Cold Hearts- NO COVER

The Cold Hearts honor the tradition of classic country/honky tonk music. We like to think of classic country as a style of American music for the working man and women. We hope we can remind you of a time in your life long ago when you hear an old Waylon or Willie song. I personally hear songs like “Blue Eye’s crying in the Rain” and go back to hearing an old six string in the next room as a kid. Music has the power to let us all escape and say “Take This Job and Shove It” and feel it even if we don’t mean it. Come and see us and see what memories we can spark in you.   

 Bloomington country honky-tonk band The Dew Daddies are back with their old-school brand of shufflin’, toe-tappin, two-steppin’ vintage classic country and original honky-tonk songs.  Think Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Waylon, Ray Price, and Cash. The Dew Daddies have opened for Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, the Derailers, Robbie Fulks and others. Newest band members and young whippersnappers Hank Ruff and Daniel Deckard bring a youthful exuberance to the Dew Daddies traditional classic country sound and they’ve brought along a few contemporary songs with them that can actually be heard on modern radio – which or course was initially a serious concern to the old farts in the band like the Councilman of Country – Andy Ruff and his trusty bass-man Dave Johnloz.



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Ross Cooper - NO COVER
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Ross Cooper - NO COVER

Ross Cooper is the rare country musician who has actually lived the life of a cowboy. The former professional rider was still bustin' broncs when his music career began. Though a knee injury sidelined his rodeo career, Cooper drives a band like he's still wearing spurs and holding on for eight. His new album, I Rode The Wild Horses, pushes country music way past traditional territory just for the rush. It's the new Nashville sound: glimmering pedal steel, rollicking & rocking telecaster riffs, soulful keys, and gorgeous harmonies.

Cooper grew up surrounded by music taking piano and guitar lessons. By the age of ten he'd written a gospel song with his mom, and set his mind to playing guitar and a life of music. He's been in Nashville for five years, but Cooper hails from Lubbock, Texas, the hometown of Buddy Holly, and Holly's influence upon Cooper's music is clear. Every country song rocks, and every rock song has an unmistakable twang.

Ross Cooper's career has parallels with Chris Ledoux, the bareback riding world champion and country music star that inspired Garth Brooks' rodeo songs and rambunctious live shows. Like Ledoux, Cooper began making music while still working the rodeo circuit. Cooper's rodeo lifestyle provides great material for his songs, but this isn't just a rodeo record. A fan of both indie-rock and country-folk greats like Guy Clark and John Prine, Cooper draws largely upon small town life and the simplicity it affords. It's this eclectic taste in music and his time in the trenches with other talented songwriters that makes I Rode The Wild Horses special. The sound of the record ranges from country torch bearers to dirty garage rockers, and from the first note you know this is something different.

The album opens on the title track, and Cooper's "Coming out" song establishes him as an anomaly among Nashville musicians, an actual cowboy. His belt buckle is no longer shiny, his body still aches, and he's got stories to tell about it. "I ain't got much to show," he sings, "But I rode the wild horses." The opening track ends in a fuzzed out electric solo and Cooper ad-libs a rodeo announcer's cadence. It's a hypnotic induction to a country-rock record.

"Heart Attack" struts in on a cinematic whistle and a muted electric riff. Cooper describes an object of affection, singing, "Is this who you are, or how you act?" as drums and electric guitar build into a tense orchestra. Cooper sings about self-medication, a pounding pulse, and living on pins and needles. It's just the second song but there's a perfect bridge with a tempo change, a haunting chorus and piano stabs. Cooper sings "What doesn't kill me keeps me comin' back." And you're hooked.

Embedded in the Nashville song writing community, Cooper has made some talented friends, many of whom appear on I Rode The Wild Horses. The album was made at The Casino, Eric Masse's recording studio. Cooper sought Masse out for his recent work with acts like Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis, Rayland Baxter, and Miranda Lambert. Combs even helped Cooper write "Lady Of The Highway," a traveling song with a country-politan polish. Other co-writers include gospel country rocker Paul Cauthen, who helped Cooper finish "Old Crow Whiskey And A Cornbread Moon," a folk song that illuminates his complex inspiration for the album: the emotional intelligence of country folk that allows them to appreciate the simple things, and having the common sense to avoid expensive habits by drinking cheap whiskey. Masse enlisted frequent collaborator Jordan Lehning for production, and the album features an all-star cast of musicians as a backing band with Jeremy Fetzer (Steelism) on guitar, Eli Beard on bass, Tommy Perkinson on drums, Skylar Wilson on keys, and the incomparable Eddy Dunlap on pedal steel.

With so much talent at hand, Cooper took care to put together songs he's written that develop into an album meant to be listened to cover to cover.

"I wanted to give the album a consistent voice." says Cooper. "It has the theme of a road weary cowboy. Where my life away from home taught me to celebrate the simple things."

Songs like "Damn Love" and the autobiographical "Living's Hard Loving's Easy" are classic country heartbreakers, in the hands of a writer talented enough to twist them into love songs. "Another Mile" and "Strangers In A Bar" elucidate the leathery toughness of Cooper's soft voice. Cooper is also acutely aware of the dichotomy between actual cowboys, and the urban cowboys of Nashville as addressed in "Cowboys And Indians".

Cooper maintains a songwriting integrity and honor that he learned in West Texas and in the rodeo circuit. If you want to hear a story, there's nothing like getting it straight from the source, and I Rode The Wild Horses is a refreshing take on cowboy music. It's a showcase of this former bareback rider's talents as a songwriter and musician.

 

 



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99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents the Currys w/ Steve Everett-$10
Mar
26
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents the Currys w/ Steve Everett-$10

The Currys w/ Steve Everett

Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. Like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. On their second record, West of Here, their songwriting chops match those interlocking voices, with all three members contributing songs to an album that deals with the constant search for home.

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99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents The Don Diego Trio w/ special guest The Lustre King's Mark Gamsjager- $5 COVER
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents The Don Diego Trio w/ special guest The Lustre King's Mark Gamsjager- $5 COVER

The Don Diego Trio, along with special guest Mark Gamsjager from the Lustre Kings, take the stage at Duke’s for a night of rockabilly music not to be missed! With a distinctive swagger and charm, these Italian cowboy heroes have staked their unique claim on rockabilly music. “Don” Diego Geraci developed his signature sound for over 20 years with the Sicilian band “The Adels”, blending a mix of classic rockabilly, 60s country, and honky tonk. Alongside “The Don”, is the tight and always danceable rhythm section of Luca Chiappara (double bass) and Marco Mamo Betti (drums).

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Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER
Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER


ALEXANDER-LEE & THEE VATOS SUPREME are a roadhouse  rocking Vintage, and Alt. Country & Western, Tex-Mex band from  Bloomington, Indiana. With their name, THEE VATOS SUPREME pay homage to Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, painter, poet), and  translates in SA (Spanish American) to “Thee Supreme Dudes.” Having grown tired of the same played out country tunes, and boring stage shows, THEE VATOS SUPREME became the change they wanted to be and the change they wanted audiences to see. One satisfied audience  member, admiring adamantly commented, “This band is like taking a vacation in your home town.”

Thee Vatos Supreme’s ringleader, Alexander-Lee McQueen, was born in the  limestone country of Oolitic, Indiana and cut his musical teeth in the punk rock scene of nearby Bloomington. But he also fell under the spell  of Texas Songwriters like Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Joe Ely– eventually moving to Austin Texas to hone his songwriting and performing skills. He has played high energy Honky Tonk and Tex-Mex influenced  shows from Boston to Denver (where he opened for Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes), Nashville to Chicago, and New York to Los Angeles.

Now he’s back, home again in Indiana! Swinging high & wide — Woodshedding with world renowned and regional stalwarts:


JERRY MILLER (lead guitarist for Eilen Jewell) on Pedal Steel & Telecaster;

SAM FINELY (of The Double Digits) on Bass;

TIM MOORE (of Salaam Band) on Drums

– collectively known as Thee Vatos Supreme – to bring that same much needed energy to country music fans everywhere.



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 WQRT Rhinestone Country Film Series presented by Upland Brewing Co.:  Roadhouse- NO COVER
Apr
10
7:00 PM19:00

WQRT Rhinestone Country Film Series presented by Upland Brewing Co.: Roadhouse- NO COVER

The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. He might not look like much, but the Ph.D.-educated bouncer proves he's more than capable -- busting the heads of troublemakers and turning the roadhouse into a jumping hot-spot. But Dalton's romance with the gorgeous Dr. Clay (Kelly Lynch) puts him on the bad side of cutthroat local big shot Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara).

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 99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country present Dallas Moore w/ Craig Gerdes
Apr
19
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country present Dallas Moore w/ Craig Gerdes


Dallas Moore’s old-school country sound developed honestly, following over 20 years of sharing stages and studios with his honky-tonk heroes. Satellite radio support, paired with a willingness to perform over 300 shows a year, finds the seasoned veteran positioned to reach the Americana masses with his album Mr. Honky Tonk.

Tastemakers have taken note already, with the Dallas Moore Band crowned the Ameripolitan Music Awards’ 2017 Outlaw Group of the Year. The award came after three prior nominations for the band No Depression credits with bringing “hangovers and excitement to outlaw country fans everywhere.”

Recent career strides caught the attention of producer/country-music heavyweight Dean Miller, son of Roger Miller and an accomplished songwriter himself, having penned tunes with George Jones, Hank Williams III, Jamey Johnson and more. Miller entered Baird Music Group’s Nashville studio with Moore and his band to record what was originally planned to be a five-song EP. “Out of all the things we’ve ever done, I think Dean captured what I do way better than anyone else we’ve ever worked with,” Moore says. “It was the best recording experience I ever had.”

The EP turned album after its barnstorming title track—a song Moore actually wrote 20 years prior—gained serious traction on Sirius XM satellite radio’s Outlaw Country channel. The album’s other tunes came more recently, all of them written in the past year and a half, making them clearer snapshots of how sharing stages (and rounds of shots) with his country-music idols has impacted his songwriting. “In the last several years, I’ve been real blessed to tour with a lot of my songwriting influences, and they’ve helped me improve my craft,” Moore says. “Guys like Dean Dillon, Billy Joe Shaver, and Ray Wylie Hubbard have been so supportive. It’s really cool when your heroes become your friends, and that’s what happened in the past several years.”

Moore’s stage show—already seen in years past by fans of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd—has improved with every opportunity to open for an iconic country or Southern-rock artist. “If you’re playing in the slot before Dean Dillon,” Moore says, “You’d better not suck.”

Another crew of country luminaries performed on the album, including harmonica legend Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Chris Stapleton), famed Nashville session bassist Michael Rhodes and pedal-steel master Steve Hinson. “We walked into the studio and saw all of these incredible players lined up,” Moore says. “I thought they were there to play with someone else!”

Even with such ample backing, the main attraction on Mr. Honky Tonk is still Moore and his deft skill as a songwriter and lyricist. Like so many of his inspirations, he’s an ace at spinning relatable stories. On “Killing Me Nice and Slow,” he weaves an impactful tale of lost love (“It’s a long way down when you’re higher than a Georgia pine on love and whiskey the night before / Then you hear the slamming of the door”). From there, Moore puts his spin on time-tested country tropes such as celebrating place (“Texahio,” a nod to splitting time between Texas and his native Cincinnati) and balancing Saturday-night hellraising with Sunday-morning God praising (“Shoot Out the Lights”).

Moore’s mother—a bluegrass and gospel performer herself—bought her son his first guitar when he was 16 years old. Before that, sports had been his first priority. “My big claim to fame back in those days—one year I beat out Ken Griffey Jr. for the most home runs in the league,” Moore says. “But then I got a guitar the next year, and I quit—I walked away as a winner!”

A few years later, Moore enrolled at Northern Kentucky University to study jazz and classical guitar. But he found his true calling in a less high-brow environment around the same time, performing on the local bar scene in a country house band. Multi-night stints playing classic covers set a precedent for the Dallas Moore Band’s sound and unrelenting tour schedule. And Moore’s gruff vocals have made him an ideal singer of songs about hard luck and harder living as far back as his 1991 debut LP, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.

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Duke's presents DALE WATSON & HIS LONESTARS***Second Show***
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Duke's presents DALE WATSON & HIS LONESTARS***Second Show***

TICKETS ON SALE 2-4-2019 at NOON

Dale Watson is a honky tonk hero and country music maverick, a true outlaw carrying on where Waylon Jennings left off. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, he stands alongside Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and George Strait as one of the finest country singers and songwriters from the Lone Star State.

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99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents Sunny Sweeney- $20
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents Sunny Sweeney- $20

Sunny Sweeney is the party and the morning after. She’s the quip that makes you laugh and the truth that makes you cry, the devil that’s egging you on and the angel whispering that you aren’t alone. But those compelling contradictions aren’t what’s most interesting about Sweeney: it’s the depth and brazen authenticity she brings to all her roles that grabs you and won’t let go.

“I’ve grown up doing the bar scenes, and you have to have drinking and partying songs there-–you have to,” Sweeney says. “Now, my songs are still about the same things, but I feel like they’re more mature versions.”

Sweeney’s salty wisdom and Texas-hewn soprano have never sounded stronger than they do on Trophy, her anticipated new album. Trophy is a breakthrough––the album we all suspected she was capable of making. The wit and honesty that have always defined her stone-cold country have blossomed into confessional, complex songwriting for grown-ups, still whiskey-drenched and honk-tonk-ready. Drugs, death, the ex-wife, drinking, devotion, and longing for a child: it’s all here, raw and real.

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Bakersfield Bound - No Cover
May
3
8:30 PM20:30

Bakersfield Bound - No Cover

The "Bakersfield Sound"....that's what Bakersfield Bound is all about! Genuine country music by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, and the like, along with some lively country rock by Gram Parsons, The Byrds, The Desert Rose Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, etc. thrown in for good measure! A true crowd pleasure, Bakersfield Bound gets folks up and dancin' the Texas Two Step, line dancin' etc.

Composed of elite veteran musicians, Bakersfield Bound combines powerful vocals with sharp instrumentation!

Come on down for a free show. Tips for the band welcome.

www.bakersfieldboundband.com

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Mike Martin & The Beautiful Mess w/Stockwell Road- $5
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Mike Martin & The Beautiful Mess w/Stockwell Road- $5

“Michael Martin, apart from being a long-time friend of The Scene and patron of the arts in Muncie, is the creative force behind the Mike Martin & the Beautiful Mess – a gritty Americana group with Irish folk and country influences. Their high energy performance is the driving force behind a repertoire of originals and familiar covers, all performed with authenticity and roots-based soul.”

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 99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents The Country Side of Harmonica Sam
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents The Country Side of Harmonica Sam

The Country Side of Harmonica Sam represents a rare and unique branch of contemporary country music. This is country music like it sounded in the late 50’s and early 60’s; more modern sounding than the 40’s Hillbilly style sometimes seen on the rockabilly scene around Europe. At the same time it’s far from the contemporary Nashville sound of country music. With a steady 4/4 shuffle, steel guitar and bass, the band performs their own original songs right alongside classics from Faron Young, Skeets McDonald, Billy Walker and Ray Price - to name a few.

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 WQRT Rhinestone Country Film Series presented by Upland Brewing Co.:  Smokey and the Bandit- NO COVER
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

WQRT Rhinestone Country Film Series presented by Upland Brewing Co.: Smokey and the Bandit- NO COVER

Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo "Bandit" Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.

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The Cold Hearts- NO COVER
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Cold Hearts- NO COVER

The Cold Hearts honor the tradition of classic country/honky tonk music. We like to think of classic country as a style of American music for the working man and women. We hope we can remind you of a time in your life long ago when you hear an old Waylon or Willie song. I personally hear songs like “Blue Eye’s crying in the Rain” and go back to hearing an old six string in the next room as a kid. Music has the power to let us all escape and say “Take This Job and Shove It” and feel it even if we don’t mean it. Come and see us and see what memories we can spark in you.   

 Bloomington country honky-tonk band The Dew Daddies are back with their old-school brand of shufflin’, toe-tappin, two-steppin’ vintage classic country and original honky-tonk songs.  Think Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Waylon, Ray Price, and Cash. The Dew Daddies have opened for Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, the Derailers, Robbie Fulks and others. Newest band members and young whippersnappers Hank Ruff and Daniel Deckard bring a youthful exuberance to the Dew Daddies traditional classic country sound and they’ve brought along a few contemporary songs with them that can actually be heard on modern radio – which or course was initially a serious concern to the old farts in the band like the Councilman of Country – Andy Ruff and his trusty bass-man Dave Johnloz.



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Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER

ALEXANDER-LEE & THEE VATOS SUPREME are a roadhouse  rocking Vintage, and Alt. Country & Western, Tex-Mex band from  Bloomington, Indiana. With their name, THEE VATOS SUPREME pay homage to Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, painter, poet), and  translates in SA (Spanish American) to “Thee Supreme Dudes.” Having grown tired of the same played out country tunes, and boring stage shows, THEE VATOS SUPREME became the change they wanted to be and the change they wanted audiences to see. One satisfied audience  member, admiring adamantly commented, “This band is like taking a vacation in your home town.”

Thee Vatos Supreme’s ringleader, Alexander-Lee McQueen, was born in the  limestone country of Oolitic, Indiana and cut his musical teeth in the punk rock scene of nearby Bloomington. But he also fell under the spell  of Texas Songwriters like Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Joe Ely– eventually moving to Austin Texas to hone his songwriting and performing skills. He has played high energy Honky Tonk and Tex-Mex influenced  shows from Boston to Denver (where he opened for Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes), Nashville to Chicago, and New York to Los Angeles.

Now he’s back, home again in Indiana! Swinging high & wide — Woodshedding with world renowned and regional stalwarts:


JERRY MILLER (lead guitarist for Eilen Jewell) on Pedal Steel & Telecaster;

SAM FINELY (of The Double Digits) on Bass;

TIM MOORE (of Salaam Band) on Drums

– collectively known as Thee Vatos Supreme – to bring that same much needed energy to country music fans everywhere.



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99.1 WQRT  Rhinestone Country presents Town Mountain- $10
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents Town Mountain- $10

ASHEVILLE, NC — Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. It’s what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group’s wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon, and Merle.

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The Cold Hearts- NO COVER
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

The Cold Hearts- NO COVER

The Cold Hearts honor the tradition of classic country/honky tonk music. We like to think of classic country as a style of American music for the working man and women. We hope we can remind you of a time in your life long ago when you hear an old Waylon or Willie song. I personally hear songs like “Blue Eye’s crying in the Rain” and go back to hearing an old six string in the next room as a kid. Music has the power to let us all escape and say “Take This Job and Shove It” and feel it even if we don’t mean it. Come and see us and see what memories we can spark in you.   

 Bloomington country honky-tonk band The Dew Daddies are back with their old-school brand of shufflin’, toe-tappin, two-steppin’ vintage classic country and original honky-tonk songs.  Think Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Waylon, Ray Price, and Cash. The Dew Daddies have opened for Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, the Derailers, Robbie Fulks and others. Newest band members and young whippersnappers Hank Ruff and Daniel Deckard bring a youthful exuberance to the Dew Daddies traditional classic country sound and they’ve brought along a few contemporary songs with them that can actually be heard on modern radio – which or course was initially a serious concern to the old farts in the band like the Councilman of Country – Andy Ruff and his trusty bass-man Dave Johnloz.



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Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER
Jul
27
8:00 PM20:00

Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER

ALEXANDER-LEE & THEE VATOS SUPREME are a roadhouse  rocking Vintage, and Alt. Country & Western, Tex-Mex band from  Bloomington, Indiana. With their name, THEE VATOS SUPREME pay homage to Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, painter, poet), and  translates in SA (Spanish American) to “Thee Supreme Dudes.” Having grown tired of the same played out country tunes, and boring stage shows, THEE VATOS SUPREME became the change they wanted to be and the change they wanted audiences to see. One satisfied audience  member, admiring adamantly commented, “This band is like taking a vacation in your home town.”

Thee Vatos Supreme’s ringleader, Alexander-Lee McQueen, was born in the  limestone country of Oolitic, Indiana and cut his musical teeth in the punk rock scene of nearby Bloomington. But he also fell under the spell  of Texas Songwriters like Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Joe Ely– eventually moving to Austin Texas to hone his songwriting and performing skills. He has played high energy Honky Tonk and Tex-Mex influenced  shows from Boston to Denver (where he opened for Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes), Nashville to Chicago, and New York to Los Angeles.

Now he’s back, home again in Indiana! Swinging high & wide — Woodshedding with world renowned and regional stalwarts:


JERRY MILLER (lead guitarist for Eilen Jewell) on Pedal Steel & Telecaster;

SAM FINELY (of The Double Digits) on Bass;

TIM MOORE (of Salaam Band) on Drums

– collectively known as Thee Vatos Supreme – to bring that same much needed energy to country music fans everywhere.



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Bakersfield Bound - No Cover
Aug
2
8:30 PM20:30

Bakersfield Bound - No Cover

The "Bakersfield Sound"....that's what Bakersfield Bound is all about! Genuine country music by Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, and the like, along with some lively country rock by Gram Parsons, The Byrds, The Desert Rose Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers, etc. thrown in for good measure! A true crowd pleasure, Bakersfield Bound gets folks up and dancin' the Texas Two Step, line dancin' etc.

Composed of elite veteran musicians, Bakersfield Bound combines powerful vocals with sharp instrumentation!

Come on down for a free show. Tips for the band welcome.

www.bakersfieldboundband.com

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The Cold Hearts- NO COVER
Sep
27
8:00 PM20:00

The Cold Hearts- NO COVER

The Cold Hearts honor the tradition of classic country/honky tonk music. We like to think of classic country as a style of American music for the working man and women. We hope we can remind you of a time in your life long ago when you hear an old Waylon or Willie song. I personally hear songs like “Blue Eye’s crying in the Rain” and go back to hearing an old six string in the next room as a kid. Music has the power to let us all escape and say “Take This Job and Shove It” and feel it even if we don’t mean it. Come and see us and see what memories we can spark in you.   

 Bloomington country honky-tonk band The Dew Daddies are back with their old-school brand of shufflin’, toe-tappin, two-steppin’ vintage classic country and original honky-tonk songs.  Think Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Waylon, Ray Price, and Cash. The Dew Daddies have opened for Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, the Derailers, Robbie Fulks and others. Newest band members and young whippersnappers Hank Ruff and Daniel Deckard bring a youthful exuberance to the Dew Daddies traditional classic country sound and they’ve brought along a few contemporary songs with them that can actually be heard on modern radio – which or course was initially a serious concern to the old farts in the band like the Councilman of Country – Andy Ruff and his trusty bass-man Dave Johnloz.



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Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER
Sep
28
to Sep 29

Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER

ALEXANDER-LEE & THEE VATOS SUPREME are a roadhouse  rocking Vintage, and Alt. Country & Western, Tex-Mex band from  Bloomington, Indiana. With their name, THEE VATOS SUPREME pay homage to Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, painter, poet), and  translates in SA (Spanish American) to “Thee Supreme Dudes.” Having grown tired of the same played out country tunes, and boring stage shows, THEE VATOS SUPREME became the change they wanted to be and the change they wanted audiences to see. One satisfied audience  member, admiring adamantly commented, “This band is like taking a vacation in your home town.”

Thee Vatos Supreme’s ringleader, Alexander-Lee McQueen, was born in the  limestone country of Oolitic, Indiana and cut his musical teeth in the punk rock scene of nearby Bloomington. But he also fell under the spell  of Texas Songwriters like Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Joe Ely– eventually moving to Austin Texas to hone his songwriting and performing skills. He has played high energy Honky Tonk and Tex-Mex influenced  shows from Boston to Denver (where he opened for Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes), Nashville to Chicago, and New York to Los Angeles.

Now he’s back, home again in Indiana! Swinging high & wide — Woodshedding with world renowned and regional stalwarts:


JERRY MILLER (lead guitarist for Eilen Jewell) on Pedal Steel & Telecaster;

SAM FINELY (of The Double Digits) on Bass;

TIM MOORE (of Salaam Band) on Drums

– collectively known as Thee Vatos Supreme – to bring that same much needed energy to country music fans everywhere.



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99.1 WQRT's Rhinestone Country presents Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

99.1 WQRT's Rhinestone Country presents Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys

Over the last three decades, Big Sandy and his Fly Rite Boys have kept up a constant cycle of traveling back and forth across the lower 48, then hopping across the pond to Europe and beyond. They bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans.

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Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Thee Vatos Supreme- NO COVER

ALEXANDER-LEE & THEE VATOS SUPREME are a roadhouse  rocking Vintage, and Alt. Country & Western, Tex-Mex band from  Bloomington, Indiana. With their name, THEE VATOS SUPREME pay homage to Billy Childish (English singer, guitarist, painter, poet), and  translates in SA (Spanish American) to “Thee Supreme Dudes.” Having grown tired of the same played out country tunes, and boring stage shows, THEE VATOS SUPREME became the change they wanted to be and the change they wanted audiences to see. One satisfied audience  member, admiring adamantly commented, “This band is like taking a vacation in your home town.”

Thee Vatos Supreme’s ringleader, Alexander-Lee McQueen, was born in the  limestone country of Oolitic, Indiana and cut his musical teeth in the punk rock scene of nearby Bloomington. But he also fell under the spell  of Texas Songwriters like Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, and Joe Ely– eventually moving to Austin Texas to hone his songwriting and performing skills. He has played high energy Honky Tonk and Tex-Mex influenced  shows from Boston to Denver (where he opened for Gordon Gano of The Violent Femmes), Nashville to Chicago, and New York to Los Angeles.

Now he’s back, home again in Indiana! Swinging high & wide — Woodshedding with world renowned and regional stalwarts:


JERRY MILLER (lead guitarist for Eilen Jewell) on Pedal Steel & Telecaster;

SAM FINELY (of The Double Digits) on Bass;

TIM MOORE (of Salaam Band) on Drums

– collectively known as Thee Vatos Supreme – to bring that same much needed energy to country music fans everywhere.



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The Cold Hearts- NO COVER
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Cold Hearts- NO COVER

The Cold Hearts honor the tradition of classic country/honky tonk music. We like to think of classic country as a style of American music for the working man and women. We hope we can remind you of a time in your life long ago when you hear an old Waylon or Willie song. I personally hear songs like “Blue Eye’s crying in the Rain” and go back to hearing an old six string in the next room as a kid. Music has the power to let us all escape and say “Take This Job and Shove It” and feel it even if we don’t mean it. Come and see us and see what memories we can spark in you.   

 Bloomington country honky-tonk band The Dew Daddies are back with their old-school brand of shufflin’, toe-tappin, two-steppin’ vintage classic country and original honky-tonk songs.  Think Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Waylon, Ray Price, and Cash. The Dew Daddies have opened for Junior Brown, Dale Watson, Wayne Hancock, the Derailers, Robbie Fulks and others. Newest band members and young whippersnappers Hank Ruff and Daniel Deckard bring a youthful exuberance to the Dew Daddies traditional classic country sound and they’ve brought along a few contemporary songs with them that can actually be heard on modern radio – which or course was initially a serious concern to the old farts in the band like the Councilman of Country – Andy Ruff and his trusty bass-man Dave Johnloz.



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Jeremy Pinnell- NO COVER
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Jeremy Pinnell- NO COVER

 

When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. Hailed as a “ming-blowingly good” (Greg Vandy, KEXP) “tutorial on classic country music” (Popmatters), Pinnell’s debut immediately differentiated as authentic and unflinching. Dogged touring through Europe and the states and celebrated radio sessions followed, cementing Pinnell’s position as a no-fuss master of his craft.

His 2017 album Ties of Blood and Affection presents a canny lateral move. Instead of doubling down on the stark themes and values of his debut, this sophomore album finds Pinnell finding comfort in his own skin and achieving the redemption only hinted at in his previous batch of haunted songs. Here Pinnell joyfully embraces the working life, family obligations, and faith. His new stories delve into acceptance and survival, all the while investigating his most challenging chapter yet: adulthood. While “If life don’t get any better / I’m alright with this” isn’t an out-right triumph, it’s an honest revelation.

You can feel the room breathe and get a sense of these musicians eyeballing each other as their performances are committed directly to thick analog tape. Honest and careworn, Jeremy’s voice can touch on wry, jubilant, and debauched - all in a single line. Ties of Blood and Affection offers a fair dose resolution to Jeremy’s story. At his best, Jeremy Pinnell chronicles the joy and sorrow of being human, which is the best that anyone could do.



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 99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents Read Southall $8
Feb
13
7:30 PM19:30

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents Read Southall $8

Formed In Stillwater Oklahoma, The Read Southall Band is comprised of 4 native Oklahoman’s. Read Southall (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) Reid Barber (drums) Jeremee Knipp (Bass) JT Perry (Lead Guitar and harmonies). With all members having different influences in music, they have come together to create a unique red dirt/southern rock sound. With overdriven guitars and heavy drums the Read Southall Band aims to deliver a rock and roll experience at every show.

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Boo Ray - $5 cover
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Boo Ray - $5 cover

Boo Ray // Tennessee Alabama Fireworks (February 15th)

Black mirrors and social feeds have damaged our ability to connect on a deeply meaningful level. Alt country/outlaw guitar slinger Boo Ray delves deeply into the dire state of communication in the modern world with his new record, Tennessee Alabama Fireworks. The album plays like a southern gothic noir, and in his own words, explores the “nitty gritty, guts and ugly parts of the human experience today.” These songs creep into the brain with his most poignant lyrics to date. Boo Ray is every bit a hardboiled poet as many of the pioneers that came before him, from the likes of Tony Joe White, Willie Nelson and Jerry Reed

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Lexi Len- NO COVER
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Lexi Len- NO COVER

 

Like many strong-willed rural women Lexi Len has spent a good portion of her life raising children and hounds, as well as collecting geodes from the creek beds in Southern Indiana and hunting morels every spring with a conviction that approaches religious fervor. And like a rarer few of those strong women she has given herself over to boldly speaking the plain truth through her hard-edged and lovely original songs.

Lexi began writing songs when she was only eight years old after her father, himself a rock and country musician, gave Lexi her first guitar. John’s household was a lively scene for a budding young musician entranced by the music made by her father and uncle and their friends as they practiced for the local gigs they played most weekends. Lexi recalls running down the stairs and hopping up on a milk crate to join in singing Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” which she figured was meant for her on account of her own brown eyes. Sweet times for a young kid surrounded by spirited live music.

Things got a bit discordant as Lexi advanced into her teenage years. The memory still lingers of a big fight she had with her father. Dad thought she had the makings of a fine country singer; Lexi was more interested in punk rock. The music ground to a halt when her father died tragically when Lexi was only fifteen. Music lost some of its shine. She became a mother at seventeen and like her greatest musical inspiration Loretta Lynn she had “more babies than hands” by the time she was twenty.

However, the lure of music proved strong and around the time her youngest child was two Lexi pulled her dad’s old Goya guitar out of the closet and started making up songs again. But what might have been cause for celebration became the prelude to more troubles as Lexi’s then husband discovered he could not be content with a woman who could not be content with only being a housewife and mother. Lexi’s songwriting took flight as her marriage disintegrated. Some of Lexi’s most potent and poignant songs, such as “The Junkie’s Wife’s Blues” bear witness to Lexi’s determination to transcend those troubled times.

At present Lexi is still raising kids and hounds, and harvesting wild mushrooms and geodes. She’s still harvesting songs. And like the geodes she collects, Lexi’s songs look a little rough and hard-edged at first glance, but if you can find a way inside those songs – crack them open as it were – you’ll find crystal purity and subtle colors that reflect the environment the songs grew up in. In recent years Lexi has found a group of likeminded musicians to help give shape to her words and music, to cast light and color on the rough-and-tumble songs she creates. These days she measures her success in the love of her children, in the intensity and joy of the collaboration among her adoptive musical family, and by the devotion of her followers, many of whom find in Lexi’s songs a voice and a source of inspiration they may not be able to articulate for themselves.

For those of you who have heard Lexi’s music this short biographical sketch is likely unnecessary: the depth of emotion in her songs tells her story in its own profound way. If you haven’t heard Lexi yet you owe it to yourself to give her a listen. You won’t be disappointed.

https://www.facebook.com/LexiLen/

 

 



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99.1 FM Rhinestone Country presents The Currys w/Steve Everett
Jan
28
11:30 AM11:30

99.1 FM Rhinestone Country presents The Currys w/Steve Everett

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Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. Like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. On their second record, West of Here, their songwriting chops match those interlocking voices, with all three members contributing songs to an album that deals with the constant search for home.

The Currys

Steve Everett

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99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents JP Harris - $10/12
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

99.1 WQRT Rhinestone Country presents JP Harris - $10/12

With his forthcoming album “Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing,” he’s back after a fouryear hiatus to remind folks what a lifetime dedicated to country music really looks and sounds like. Sure to please fans of his hardscrabble earlier work, this new release also finds the acclaimed songwriter and vocalist stretching himself musically and personally. In just about every way, Sometimes Dogs Bark at Nothing is a recorded manifestation of Harris’ growth over the last four years. He’s become more comfortable in his singing, more confident in his artistic direction, and more adventurous in his sonic palette. He’s letting listeners in to some of his most difficult struggles and turning a compassionate eye to the struggles of others.

Tickets on sale now

JP Harris

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Amanda Platt & The Honeycutters w/ Hank Haggard- NO COVER
Dec
15
9:30 PM21:30

Amanda Platt & The Honeycutters w/ Hank Haggard- NO COVER

The songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.”

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Jerry Boonstra - NO COVER
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

Jerry Boonstra - NO COVER

Jerry Boonstra is an Americana/Alt-Country singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. He's performed everywhere from house concerts to honky-tonks.  From live radio appearances to the main stage at Bean Blossom. From the Bluebird cafe to the Exit-Inn.  From busking for change in subways to the offices of major record labels.

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