The Chillicothe Prison Project w/Haggard & Paycheck

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  The Chillicothe Prison Project With Johnny Paycheck and Merle Haggard by Billy Don Burns: Gladiator With A Guitar  “The first time I went to the warden, Arthur Tate, of the maximum security prison,(C.C.I.) Chillicothe Correctional Institution, and asked him if I could come in and record an album on Johnny Paycheck, he told me there was no…

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Album of the Month: Darrell Scott

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Kentucky’s own has laid claim to an uprising of roots glory as of late, with the “country-on-the-edge” golden boy Chris Stapleton creating an underground media storm and racking up awards, Sturgil Simpson’s beautifully executed new album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth may be one of the best albums of the year, and then there’s the latest release…

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Long Live The King

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He was born Riley B. King in a share cropper’s shack in Itta Bena, Mississippi. When he was young,  his first love (a girl from church named Peaches) burned to death in a car wreck while he was at church. He wrecked the tractor that was owned by the landowner that he served as a…

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Album Review: Big Joe Walker

Big Joe Walker I Am Big Joe Walker   Sometimes a debut drops and just catches you flat-footed, somewhere between surprised by what you just heard and pissed that you didn’t know about it sooner.  Big Joe Walker’s been making the rounds in north Texas for a while now, but he just hadn’t been on…

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Album Review: Old Time Family Jam

Dallas Moore with Mama Madgelee Hanes Moore Old Time Family Jam   This whole concept of what makes an artist (as opposed to an entertainer – and the difference there is beyond profound) relevant always makes for lively, uh, discussions, when there’s a properly libated assortment of friends and acquaintances gathered ‘round.  And while the…

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Album Review: Seth Turner

Seth Turner and the High Desert Drifters Nine Years And Several Miles Later   Apparently Nevada’s Seth Turner is on the Chris Wall plan when it comes to releasing records:  Pump one out, go play live and do other stuff for a decade or so, then hit the studio again. Well, ok.  That’s one way…

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