The Truck Driving Men Behind this station

September 20, 2018
Jeri James Music

Well, don’t you be getting behind on your log book now! Sawyer Brown made it home along time ago with his hit single Six Days on the Road. Do you realize how many truck driving hearts he won with that song? According to the United States department of Labor , America’s roads are moving right along with just shy of 2 million truck drivers out there.

I used to get mad at those big rigs. I called em road hogs but maybe they were just trying to do their job. Me in my little car , I guess I had a phobia of trying to pass these scary monsters.  I worried I’d be swallowed up under their tires. After a course in bus driving however ; I realized it’s not their fault they are scary; It takes a monster to carry the burdens of the world on wheels.

speaking of wheels; I would like to give a shout out this morning to our main financial support; a log truck driver in the Great North West Mountains by the name of Mr. James. If you see truck 99 rolling by; be sure to wave because he’s a lover of great music and big dreams. These tunes are being brought to you by the humble folks out there working day jobs and supporting families. Another truck driving man behind this station is Mr. Stan Matthews! When he’s not yelling at ladies to put their coffees down and drive straight; he’s Jamming to the classics of Willie Waylon and Cash. Check out Stan Matthews Music on social Media today and be sure to thank him for keeping the dreams of the Indie artist alive and kicking!


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(owner, dj, red dirt host)

Doctor, Doctor My Eyes!

September 18, 2018
Jeri James Music

Bleed your soul of sorrows on a Dirt Hurt Tuesday!!!

“Doctor, my eyes tell me what is wrong. Was I unwise to leave them open for so long cause I have wandered through this world and as each moment has unfurled I’ve been waiting to awaken from these dreams. “

Lyrics by Jackson Browne

words perhaps so powerful, they stood the test of time , since written in 1972; we are later reminded of this poetry in motion as Cody Jinks tears up the world with his latest Head Case; buy the album the by the  way; It’s called Lifers.

I felt the need to remove my shoes for the feeling of the hallowed ground in studio this morning. This place of reflection is so  unique that you could almost hold these sound waves in the palm of your hand like a familiar friend. My soul was flooded with emotion as I listened to the sounds of singers , and songwriters  wearing their hearts on their sleeves for you and me. And  vulnerably so. Where would we be without the perfect melody to wrap around our senses?  Where words may  fail as they so often do. It is then that music becomes the universal language we all can appreciate.

If you missed the Live Broadcast, have no fear or tear; I’ll not only be back next Tuesday for Dirt Hurt Tunes, but you can catch my Live show , Monday through Friday from 5-8 am Pacific time. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow for the Blake Reid Interview; 7 am Pacific; check for information on this spectacular artist and band.

Thanks for tuning in! You be sure to like, share, and follow if indeed you do!!!

-Jeri James

(JJ) owner, dj, Red Dirt Host


Go back and Walk

September 17, 2018
Jeri James Music

September 17th, 2018

Morning Cup Re-Cap with JJ

Today’s Living life with a passion.

Have you ever had a teacher make you turn around and  walk because you were running in the halls?   She says, “Go ahead and try that again! “ You were excited I guess but I know not safe. and Ha . I tell my own kiddos to turn around and re-route when they come sprinting into the flower bed. I’m not saying they should be allowed to run through the garden but I know of something worse than  a squished petunia. Gotta be careful not to take  the wind out of anyones sails. In other words, theres the truth in the form of a big fat pill and then theres the lump of sugar to make the medicine go down. You You can go back and walk , save the daisies but don’t lose heart in spite of it all. Stay Happy, stay excited when you can because it’s a long hard road.

Reckless Kelly sings sadly in Sunset Hotel about the same thing that kills you is what’s keeping you alive. Every time I hear that line I think of many an artist trying to believe in themselves when it’s hard to earn a nickel singing or when success is based on likes, follows and at times, people easily scrolling and strolling by without so much as a wink.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. My mama repeated it to me and it stuck in my head like it was meant to be I guess…No matter where you are there you are!

We listened to a great song by Ashley Mcbride. The song is called Girl Goin No Where and it’s such an ironic song. You know the whole time you’re listening to the talented vocalist and saying, “You’re some where kid, be happy.” but I get it. She may have had a false allusion like I once did. I seen the masses, the smoke and lights, the glittery blouse, the stage in Nashville. Slowly that vision becomes a unicorn or a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. A cartoon fantasy when the only thing real is the miniature slinky at the bottom of the box of lucky charms. And no wonder they’re called Lucky charms, your chances were even more slim after mulitple sibblings had their stab at the box.

There are always the doubters that deem and guage success based on “how deep your pockets are” as Tony Ramey once explained to me.  But you do what you’re gunna do whole heartedly every day. Don’t join the monotone of brown sweaters and 7th period science class- falling asleep while your teacher underlines your failing grade .

Wake up musician! Get Excited again!  Maybe you’re tired of the same old songs you’ve been playing for years. Well, it’s time to shake out the set list ya know. You’ll wonder why you hung on to that tattered garment for so long. Country Roads is a good song but you’re wearing it out and you  gotta eliminate some of the crusty and stagnant repeats. Time for a new selection. Try your own hand at writing a tune or two and if you need some great covers, just think campfire songs like country roads, or something by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Fishin’ in the dark. You can’t go wrong. Stand up, stretch yourself, swollow your pride and start back at square one. Turn around and try it again! This time with a little pep in your step and throw in a barrel roll!

Have a good one!


(Jeri James, station owner, Red Dirt Host)

Reminders : Station topics

Up and Coming Blake Reid

Dirt Hurt Tuesday

Morning Cup

Well Said Series: Amy Markstahler

September 14, 2018
Jeri James Music



Hello Amy, Welcome Back to the program!

Well, it’s a pleasure to have you on Red Dirt Roots Radio and I do thank you not only for joining us today but also for your support as a Red Dirt Insider! Amy is not only a writer but she loves to get out and see a concert of two or three and who are some of your favorite artists on the station?

Q: Amy on this station I like to emphasize to the listener how important it is to support the starving artist! Now thats many a songwriter and author! In music we buy hard copies, bumper stickers, buttons and Cuzzi’s and we attend a few shows, stuff a pickle jar with tips, etc. Can you tell me if there is a parrallell with Indie authors? I mean , how can we show support. (Catch the Live Interview …)

(Live Interview : Jeri James , Amy Markstahler)

Not assuming the Horse had a name…

September 10, 2018
Jeri James Music

September 10, 2018

Monday Morning ReCap

Not to assume the Horse had a name to begin with…

Good Morning! This is Jeri James , with Red Dirt Roots Radio , and I do thank you for tuning in to the Little Station that could. We are  broadcasting out of the beautiful and great Northwest, compliments of The James Family and friends of this station! 

We are playing Real Texas Country, Red Dirt with Roots running deep in the heart of the Long Horn state and beyond. It is Monday and I hope you got your coffee on to help you get rid of your “Tall City Blues” as Flatland Calvary would sing it ; and they don’t care if your collar is white or blue!  These Humble folks are still draining glasses and making toasts and we are too, at least with Coffee on a rainy Monday,  right here in Oregon. 

 I’ve got the Morning Cup ReCap and I’ve got the Low Down on some of the best music around!

You may have heard of the gritty  Atlanta Quintet band Blackberry smoke singing songs like ‘Sunrise in Texas ‘here on this station and as the sounds resonate, you wonder  what exactly it would it take  to get yourself a well established band and vocals. Try “thousands of miles abroad America’s highways, and “Always being on the move.” 

If you purchase any number of black berry Albums , you may be curious about how  they create and gather some their authentic,  original tunes . Let’s dig a little deeper into their thinking process. According to stated in their bio, a couple of these well seasoned writers collaborated together and found common enough ground to agree saying “We both led wild lives throughout our 20s and some of our 30s, doing similar types of bad things; And we laugh about it now. And we were talking about writing a song about that idea: Who he is now and what he might have learned – and maybe what he didn’t. The yin and the yang of the young and old man they say. If I’m not mistaken these are the guys that play like a 150 shows per year and have been over the road for a good 20 years. Any 2018 production from this name would be wise to add to your collection and a good place to start, if you haven’t already stocked your Black Berry Smoke collection. If you’re behind on great artists like these, I’ll bring you up to speed! So have no worry, fear or tear because these guys- show no signs of stopping!

From the Oldy wardrobe ; I shake the dust off a 1972 classic rock production Horse With no name. I was rummaging through the Archives like usual and I came across a clip of AJ,  singing accapella on this old Desert tune. 

Here is  what I want to know from you…Do you ever wonder about the story behind a song? Some things just get stuck in my head from when I was little. It’s easy to completely forget an event, a person , or a thought but when prompted with an old tune, memories will come flooding back in. Mine took place in the back of an ugly, V8 station wagon from the 80’s where my Dad played KLSY continuously as I looked out the window and counted Telephone poles on the way down to the Capital Restaurant . 

This all took place in small town up north called Shelton, blink and you’ll miss it. At this little cafe, wouldn’t you know he liked to drink enormous amounts of coffee and fill notebooks with his writing. For  at least 7 straight years, I  heard songs  and thoughts that would whirl around my imagination and perhaps that’s why I love Radio today. In my mind I didn’t need a tune to  bear much fact; as long as it left me with a colorful picture to ponder . 

Besides the fact that in the desert you can’t remember your name, could you ever forget a melody like La , la , la la  , la , la , la, la, la, la. Not me, and that’s the hook on  these Airforce brats originating out of the Uk , yet named America.  

When it’s heads or “tales” on a band; be sure to stick to heads or you could end up on the back side of  assuming! You know what that does to you and me and a Kansas City radio station  banned this particular tune assuming  Horse with No Name was making reference to Heroin or drug Use. The guys defended themselves on saying “It just felt good to escape the every day life in the city.” 

Loving nature for them brought up the familiar thought of the desert life. “

And there you have it. This has been another edition of the Morning Cup ReCap and I thank you for tuning in toThe Little Station That Could. 

I want to remind you, tomorrow you have a meeting to attend if you’re listening to this station! Yep, that’s right, we go to meetings around here and one of the ways we deal with our negativity is by letting it go with Music!!! On Tuesday mornings, we listen  to sad, sad, tunes on the Dirt Hurt Show. Beginning at 5 am; you can get all your crying and belly aching out with classic  wailing tunes from Hank, Willy, and Cash and everything up to Modern 2018 Country…that’s real Country music therapy , happening tomorrow on the Morning Cup, Dirt Hurt Tuesday with me JJ!

Be sure to tune in and share us if you like! 

Thank you, And have a great day!


(Jeri James, Morning Cup and Red Dirt Host and Owner)

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