Are The Good Times Really Over and How do You make your Turkey Gravy?

November 21, 2018
Jeri James Music

Well good morning to you on a Wednesday Nov. 21, 2018. Thanksgiving tomorrow! where did that come from? Man o man do the days goes by. This means the year is already closing in on us  and that went by quick at least for me.  Life is a fast moving train and hopefully I’ll catch on sooner or later. Concerning the times ;

Stop rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell

Stand up for the flag and let’s all ring the liberty bell

Let’s make a Ford and a Chevy

That would still last ten years like they should

‘Cause the best of the free life is still yet to come

And the good times ain’t over for good

Merle Haggard at one time was concerned the good days were over. He was worried when the microwave oven came into play and he mentioned women not wanting to get in there and cook anymore. Oh man oh man; that would be a crying shame ;  especially with tomorrow being turkey day. You know one year and I can testify; I found myself in a dysfunctional kitchen with at least 5 other ladies and there was a pecking order when it was time to prepare the turkey gravy . To each his own and let me tell you; every woman present,  thought she knew best. So lets break up the brawl ladies and men if you please , and join forces! I’d love to hear in the comments below how you prepare your turkey gravy. Tim; from Southern California says “don’t stop stirring or it will be lumpy” and he says “chop the giblets and throw em in there too.” Thank you Tim not only for listening to the Morning Cup 5 days a week but for telling the world how to make a better turkey gravy.

Let me tell you ; between all the new music and emerging artists on Red Dirt Roots Radio; I have a feeling in me as though I just ate a satisfying plate of Thanksgiving dinner. This year I’m not only excited for pie but I can say that I am blessed and thankful to be a part of the independent music industry out there ; packed full of powerful songs and powerful people. If you haven’t listened to our platform ; I feel sad that you’re missing out and I want to invite you to listen today on thats web radio 7 days a week with a LIVE  dee Jay  ; thats me Jeri James;  5-8 am Pacific broadcasting live out of the Great Northwest, the beautiful state of Oregon , in the little teeny tiny town of Cottage Grove ; We are the little station that could and we can because of the friends networking together with us. Thanks for making our musical dreams possible and with that I hope you all have a safe and fulfilling holiday. Please don’t forget to post your Turkey Gravy Recipes below!!

May I borrow a Hash Tag Please?

November 15, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there, this is Jeri James with Red Dirt Roots Radio with the Morning Cup . You can call me JJ, you can find me on facebook @grittyredguitar. You can find me on @Reddirtrootstx. I’m also on Instagram and I don’t understand snapchat but I’m trying.

So yeah, do you have a hash tag I can borrow for tomorrow because mentally I can throw a rock at Friday and I already have the feeling in me. So yeah, I celebrated with fantastic coffee , strong enough to float a horse shoe from a Veteran owned, quality company called @BisonUnionCompany. I’m drinking a Ranch Hand blend and if you could fill a pond with this stuff it’s so rich in boyency that I could walk on it the way Jesus walked on Water I think . Um anyway, it’s like a good sized rock to the forehead, it will for sure wake you up inn the morning thats ranch hand coffee from Bison Union company.

We celebrated the feeling in the air with new music. New music from Shane Smith and the Saints hot off the press Mountain Girl and she might stay tuned for a very special release from another favorite on the station Zane Williams releasing his single TOMORROW called Good Man to Have Around. We took a listen to that brand new song but it was so early the birds werent even chirping’ yet next door so if you missed it, have no fear or tear, we’ll debut that tune and give proper show case tomorrow again thats Zane Williams Good Man to have around.

Which there is nothing like a marvelous man and I have one that knows just how to fix a leaky faucet, skin a cat and wD40 a squeaky door. Well, not skin a cat , I’ll leave that to Alabama, for now , honey did you feed the cat?

Well that’s a wrap everything under the sun and then some just for fun a little off subject, yet always right on key, that’s me JJ and you can catch the Live show 5 days a week, right here on Monday through Friday, 5-8 am.

My personal experience as an Artist

November 12, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hi there . My name is Jeri James and I am the Morning cup host and dj for the webcast I have another edition of the Morning Cup Re-Cap to report to you and I thank you for clicking on this post.

First of all , I want to be transparent with you. I am not a news source. I am just a songwriter, singer, mother and housewife that has a passion for the art of music and with the backing and permission of a few, I am able to host this webcast. Anything I say can and will be held against me because of the nature of the generation in which we live. So I feel it necessary to say, my opinions are mine and if I make reference, I will do the best in my ability to site my source. Ultimately, I talk about the things that interest me in  music , in the music industry and in the musicians.

This morning was really interesting to me because I got to talk a little about what its like to step out on a new project not knowing number one what I was getting myself into. Number 2 how much it was going to cost total and number 3  how to trouble shoot the issues I was facing without stalling the progress of the Album release.

When I began building my first album in 2009 I had no idea that it was going to cost our family in excess of about 10,000. The list of expenses was insane and we really couldn’t afford to do what we were doing but we managed to scrimp and save and get the project done with resources that came to us over a 5 year period.

I also had no idea that I was biting off more than I could chew when I crammed 17 songs into one album. Looking back now, I feel like I completely hyper extended myself and my family like an armpit out of joint! Ouch. If I build another album, next go round, I will only have a max of 12 songs on that disc.

Troubleshooting. It seems like the story of my life. If you put me in a pitch black room with articles of clothing, I would naturally step into the light afterwards wearing everything backwards and upside down. And why is that when I drop my buttere toast on the kitchen floor it has to land on the buttered side? I cannot tell you but that is my only certificate from the school of hard knocks, where I learn wisdom  from failing the first go round. People always say, “Smarter , not harder” and I look at them sort of funny because I don’t always know what that means and when in doubt hiring it out was not , is not and will not always be option so I guess I’ll have to stick with slowing down and asking questions as well as continuing to make mistakes along the way. Theres many different ways to cook an egg as there are ways to build an album, so maybe that is why many folks start with just one song at a time. I can recommend that now!

I believe its’ called an Ep and I believe that’s also a wrap withe recap. As Always, thanks for tuning in and y’all have a good one!!!

I have a few albums left if you’re interested…here’s the link.

Support Local or Support Quality, or both!

November 9, 2018
Jeri James Music

In 2014 I celebrated my album debut here in Cottage Grove on 6th street at the Brew Station ; great place by the way and so much respect to the Folks and friends running that business ; Dale , Ernie, Emily just to name a few of their hard workers.. They provided a platform for sharing my Independent album called Pardon my Passion which many of you have purchased copies and thank you so much for your support to our family and endeavors musically.
The Brewstation/Coast Fork Feed
Bison Union Co.
WRCA Working Ranch Cowboys Association

Honor where Honor is Due!

November 2, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there , this is Jeri James with Red Dirt Roots Radio, and I have for you the Morning Cup Re-Cap. Here on this station, we play the best of Texas Country, folk rock, Americana, and roots music  also known as Red Dirt.

It’s no ordinary day in the studio. In fact Friday Feeling always deserves a hashtag parked in front of it. So How about a run down of topics we’ve been discussing here on the show  throughout the week.

Back to  Monday , we beat the Meloncholy Long face with a Texas sized  Charlie Horse and let me tell ya, that’ll wake you up in the Morning ; Faces splashed, and revived in no time by a band called Comanche Moon. This group is from Amarillo Texas and let me tell you they took us  Back to the Country picking wild onions and chomping on rabbit Stew with all senses ignited while listening to their latest music from their 2018 album release which you can find on if you like tunes that tell a story alongside a catchy melody, you can find more great music at

On Tuesday we kicked back on a therapeutic Red Couch and bled the wound with sad , sad tunes , a little melodic therapy ; including a song by one of our very own , veteran here in the Grove by the Name of Shawn David.  Shawn Ooh rah and Semper Fi to you, thank you for serving our country ! Our hometown Cottage Grove is blessed to have you as a member of our community   Shawn’s new and latest tune mourns the blues and the bittersweet of loved and lost and he’s one to follow as he develops and progresses musically. You can hear him perform on November 30th and The 1st at Bugsy’s with the Band Most Wanted.  Stay in the loop and here at the station , we’ll do our best to keep you posted on this Country , Red Dirt Artist indeed.

Not only is it my honor and privilege to report to to you a local musical hero but I want to also shout out another local gentleman here in Cottage Grove by the name of Paul Tocco who honors active duty and Veterens in his great restaurant. Many of you may be familiar and even regular customers on Main Street Buster’s cafe. Paul asked me recently to bring in a picture of my daughter who is serving in the United States Marine Corp. when I went down to drop off the 8×10 I took a moment to peek at his collection of photos; all men and women who have served  and are serving  currently. Not only is the food at this place fantastic but I also was impressed to find out that  Veterans and Active Duty Service-members get 20% off their meals on Tuesday, Wed and Thursday  and the 11 The of the month , their meals are absolutely free. That’s right on the 11th of any given month active duty as well as any Veterans eat at Buster’s  cafe free , compliments of Paul Tocco, Buster’s Cafe right here in Cottage Grove Oregon . Thank you Paul for honoring our heroes.

Artist Spotlight: Smoke Wagon

November 1, 2018
Jeri James Music



Hey there , this is JJ with Red Dirt Roots Radio and I have for you the Morning Cup Re-Cap.

Please sit tight while I roll in the almighty artist spotlight on none other than a band called Smoke Wagon.Smoke Wagon

This morning I found my feet just a tapping, I my heart thumping, adrenaline pumping when Smoke Wagon rocked the station with their smokin’ song Betty Fade !

I’ll tell you what, we are always impressed with the progression of artists that press into the honing process of their work, holding their songs to the highest standard ; burning up the dross or otherwise , anything that would stand in the way of shining a 1000 killowatts of their greatest potential.

If you’re a Diamond Rio fan I could guess that you’ll like Smoke Wagon and did you know this band formed on Craisg’s List in Texas?  You know, sometimes trying something new when the same old fails is the way to go. Who would have thought these talented vocalists and guitarists would meet in a common place advertising forum such as Craig’s List. You just never know what you’re gonna get like Gump said and I also bet they had no idea they were going to be blessed with a smoking hot fiddle player like Deborah.

She just walked right up after a show and with the confidence of a classical violin background offered these guys an extra player. They took her up on it and speaking of up on it, she’s energetic and nimble and if the coast clear and she’ll stand up on the counter tops! She’ll play it from the rooftops the hedges, the highways and byways for this awesome band.

According to their Biography on

“Smoke Wagon is now a band dedicated to delivering edgy, but polished Texas/Red Dirt Country.  Smoke Wagon produces an energetic sound all their own with incredible vocals, captivating lyrics and hard hitting guitar riffs, all accompanied by a red hot fiddle.

Smoke Wagon’s music is produced by Michael Morales and Mixed by Ron Morales, both multi-Grammy Award winners at Studio M in San Antonio Texas.”

So, they are not done folks!

I hope they tour the West Coast because I’ll be first in line to purchase smoke wagon Tickets.IMG_7265

Jeri James with The Artist Spotlight, Here on The Morning Cup. Red Dirt Roots Radio, playing Music  with Roots Deep in the Red Dirt and with that, Y’all have a good one!!!


Jeri James

Don’t Lose yourself along the way!

October 30, 2018
Jeri James Music

hey there, JJ with red dirt roots radio.

Bleed the wound with sad sad tunes on a dirt hurt Tuesday , here on the station.

I have for you the morning cup re cap.

There must be a place for old worn out cowboys , a tune sang by Ward Davis and sure there is right here on this segment. Mourn the blues and find resolve through melodic Therapy!

We visited the topic of connectedness a second day in a row,  for the simple reason that we learn sometimes from the people we look up to and we are  looking up lately to a fellow singer, songwriter and friend of the station Blake Reid . He challenged the emerging , developing artist to stay connected with your music.

It is easy to conform you know, follow trends or winds of change but not always wise! You can lose yourself in the process and later when you do sit down to bear your own soul on a few chords and the truth, you won’t know what to say because you don’t know who you are anymore. So try not to get lost along the way.

And if you do, go back to what built you first Like Miranda Sings in House that built me.

We featured a brand new local red dirt, country artist by the name of Shawn lowheed.

Welcome aboard my friend and Semper Fi, Thank you for your service to our country and congratulations on the progression of your musical pursuits. And glad to have you aboard Shawn, great music by the way.

We also listened to a brand new song by Red Shahan called Culberson county. He’s got some very nice products for sale on his merchandise page at I particularly liked the hats and cuuzi’s. I shared one from our facebook page @grittyredguitar and while they would make great gifts I’ll tell you I’d have a hard time not being a greedy monkey with merchandise like that.

Well, another Dirt Hurt segment gone by and

Such is life; according to wade Bowen we’re all at the mercy of a butter knife on a plate with death , dying, and deviled eggs.Nice song Wade Bowen.

That’s a wrap for the reCap.

This is Jeri James with Red Dirt Roots Radio , Can I get a copy?

Stay Connected

October 29, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there this JJ with Red Dirt Roots Radio I have for you the Morning cup Re Cap ; thats a run down summary of the Live show today, in case you missed it have no fear or tear. I’ll fill you in.

We heard from bands like Blackberry Smoke with ‘Sunrise in Texas’ again and he says “theres a world going on outside the world that he’s in.”

I believe it! The  Texas music scene is one to follow !

Folks with that Lone Star Tough flavor we all need to sort of leather up in life you know. A good Charlie horse will wake you up in the morning playing music with some grit and a tough spirit to help motivate your day and maybe your life altogether.

Yes it’s Monday, and Meloncholy could be  you to go  with a  long face! It’s hard to splash water on that when your smile feels like it’s in a cast. I know , the weekend is just that; Short lived but it’s all how we see things and if we can adjust our perspective!

I notice Jon says I’ll love you to the moon and stars and back. I like it that he included the stars in that line vs just the Moon and back; the stars were allowed to be a part of his scenario for the hat and heart to hang upon.  What a great tune and he’s doing quite well independently speaking with too many downloads to count on websites like Spotify! Way to go Jon!


I was listening to going back to the country by Camanche Moon and they take you there with your senses ignited to everything from picking wild onions to chomping down on Rabbit Stew! Such a great Jam and and gem!

Speaking of country gems, we visited the Blake Reid topic which we’ve been sort of camped on lately with his last interview. He gave so much for us to pick from but the topic of connectedness is really a goal I would say.  From and to  the emerging and developing artist!

His advice was to stay connected with your music. He really sets a standard in wearing many of the hats in production as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, performer, etc. You know, covering all the bases as a hard working musician, not to mention a life outside of the show biz, which many of us have!

Either way folks , i want to remind you to  file your paperwork you know with performing rights organizations and the pros such as Ascap, Bmi, Sesac, Sound Exchange and stay on your follow up !  if you’re streaming all over the web. That is your content and you should be compensated for your work!  So be sure to check into it and stay on it!

With that, y’all have a good one and Cheer up; Monday’s are musical and we will survive together with that thought!!!


Jeri James

I choose Texas Rock, I choose Southern

October 26, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there , JJ with Red Dirt roots radio. I have for you the Morning Cup Re-Cap! First of all I want to thank you for taking the time to stop and take a peek at my post.

Red Dirt Roots Radio is no ordinary online station ! Let me tell you, we’ve got the latest and greatest from the Lonestar state, Oklahoma Red Dirt and beyond.

Today is Friday, you can park a hashtag in front of Friday Feeling because I’ve got the scoop on Southern Rock or Texas Rock if you will.

Two top bands I want to tell you about today.

The first is Whiskey Meyers; if you are a fan than the bell rings quickly when I say,


Ballad or a Southern Man

or the beautiful Dirt Hurt

Broken Window Serenade

The other band is Blackberry Smoke.

When I say …

Sunrise in Texas

Prayer for the Little Man


One horse Town

if you’re a true Blackberry Fan, you slapped your knee and shook your head as a sign of confirmation.

Head on over to

Head on over

Also drop by on facebook and tell them you head their tunes spinning on Red Dirt Roots Radio with JJ if indeed ya did!!!

I also want to remind you to like, share, and follow the link, if indeed ya do with your loved ones, near and dear, next of kin; we are the little station that could and we can because of folks like you. Winning the nation back, 1 soul at a time, Country style.

Have a good one.


Happy Friday,

Sincerely ,

Jeri James

Christmas every day at the Studio

October 25, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there, JJ with red dirt roots radio. I have for YOU the Morning Cup Re -Cap . A little off subject yet right on key. That’s because the music around these parts contains real country.

Honestly such a privilege and honor to be along this musical journey with so many tremendous artists and writers. Could you handle Christmas everyday? Maybe not if you were footing the bill. But then again to see the joy on everyones faces and the joy of the holiday, it might all be worth it. Either way, thats what it’s like opening my mail. I get to experience Real country, Real tangible physical, copies of beautiful words in motion and melodies the heart will hever forget…

….rest of the story in the video above and even more in the music player. Hit play on great artists today at
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