Outlaw Fest – Bowling Green, KY

Big G’s Texas Roadshow August 2014

Imagine four days in the fall in Western Kentucky, Bowling Green to be exact. Don and Phil Everly popularized it in song. Chevrolet put its Corvette Assembly Plant there and constructed the National Corvette Museum there. Yes, the one recently vandalized by a sinkhole under the building. With an average October high of 71 and a low of 46, Bowling Green is the perfect getaway for the inaugural 2014 Outlaw Fest, held this year at Wishbone Ranch.  The sprawling 400 acre spread will come alive October 9-12 as 40+ bands take to one stage for an event that will certainly expand the brand of what a lot of us continue to refer to as Country Music.

Oh, wait…please don’t be confused. This is not the nonsense about trucks, bass boats, tube tops, 12 packs  and tractors. This is the stuff inspired by the likes of Waylon, David Allan Coe, Johnny Paycheck, Wayne Mills and many more. I feel rather confident the teeny-bopper crowd, or LCD, as I refer to it (lowest common denominator) will not be represented here.

Let’s start off with Friday night’s headliner, Texas icon and the guy who made Waylon’s “Honky Tonk Heroes” album what it was, Billy Joe Shaver. That record, with all but one song written or co-written by Billy Joe, launched Waylon to a whole new level of Outlaw “status”.

Thursday, The Steeldrivers, a Grammy-nominated Bluegrass act from Nashville, will close out the night . I’ve heard a lot about these cats and am looking forward to hearing them. Also on Thursday, recent Roadshow guests 2 Country 4 Nashville open up the event. Jo-El and LeAnne Ulmer play great Classic Country music and have some exceptional self-penned tunes.Saturday night, it’s another Roadshow favorite, The Dallas Moore Band. Ol’ Dallas brings his special country growl to the stage with an impeccable band.

Other acts appearing at the fest who have appeared locally on the Roadshow include J.B Beverly, Moon Dawg Hall, Josh Morningstar, Kyle Wilson, Cley Reynolds and a dear friend of mine, Brigitte London, “The Highwaywoman”. Many of the acts performing are also part of the Last Honky Tonk Music Series, which Brigitte heads up.

I’m looking forward to meeting Terry Jennings, Waylon’s boy, who will offer a special tribute to his dad. Raelyn Nelson, Willie’s granddaughter, will also be there with her band, opening for Billy Joe. Louisiana boy Hal Bruni will be there along with legends Tom Ghent and Bille Gant. Plus, many more, as you can see on the poster linked at the end of this article.

I have been asked to be the Master of Ceremonies for this great event, and I am truly looking forward to being surrounded by great music for the duration.

Martin Bently, show producer, head pitmaster and bottlewasher at Moonshine Sauce, the show’s prime sponsor, tells me this about the festival; “I have legends, Grammy winners, multi-platinum song writers….all sharing the same stage with artists some may have never heard of. All of these artists have one thing in common. They march to the beat of their own drum and are fantastic – each in their own right”.

Find out more at www.outlawfest.com, camping is available, and tune in to Big G’s Texas Roadshow, weekday mornings from 5-8 AM on KERV AM1230, Kerrville’s Original Radio Station to keep up with the festival. Stream us live at www.texasroadshow.com


Gordon Ames (Big G) is a prominent radio personality in the Texas Hill Country with a large online following. He is host of Big G’s Texas Roadshow on The Real Deal KERV AM1230 Kerrville, TX, and occasional columnist for Hill Country Happenings Magazine as well as Outlaw Magazine. Gordon Ames can be reached at txroadshow@gmail.com.

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