Nothing like being MisUnderstood

October 24, 2018
Jeri James Music

past tense: misunderstood; past participle: misunderstood
  1. fail to interpret or understand (something) correctly.
    “he had misunderstood the policeman’s hand signals”
    synonyms: misapprehendmisinterpretmisconstruemisconceivemistakemisreadMore

    • fail to interpret or understand the words or actions of (someone) correctly.

      “don’t misunderstand me—I’m not implying she should be working”

      (I’m not) I’m playing.


      Hey there! JJ with red dirt roots radio and I have for you the Morning Cup Re-Cap in case you missed the Live music talk commentary on today’s show.

      That’s right, broadcasting Live out of the Great Northwest, the teeny tiny town of cottage grove and  5 days a week from -5-8 am Pacific where we’re talking everything under the sun and then some just for fun. Yeah, we are a webcast that plays great Country Roots music straight from the heart of Texas, Oklahoma and beyond but we are no ordinary link you see. We offer 15 hours of Live DJ hosting per week. So while your scrolling around the web, you can find out about the latest and greatest in the Red Dirt Loop.

      Today’s topic is a little  Red Dirt Raw Band Talk so if you’re a fellow artist with goals, you might want to get your scribble pad out for notes. Let me tell you, some of the best education we can get as artists is hands on but also from those who are in it with us. There is nothing like being misunderstood or not being able to express some of the bottled up feeling or passion inside of us. Some parents may say to their kiddos, use your words when little Jr. is throwing a fit of inaudible sounds on the floor.  God forbid that happen to a musician but many a time it does as we try to reach, stretch and hone into the heart of our craft, we don’t exactly know how to uncover the hidden talent inside.

      Today folks, I want to tell you about a singer Songwriter by the name of

      Tyler Childers. When I first heard Tyler , I can honestly tell you what stood out the most to me was the grit in his vocals  and the energy in his performance. He seems to put every bit of heart beat and soul available into every line and lyric he belts out for you and me.

      I watched an interview from the Blues Kitchen on You Tube and Childers talked about 2 failed albums. He says something just seemed to always be missing. Third time and attempt for him however proved to be a charm and what with artist Sturgil Simpson there to produce him , is it any surprise that he ran head long into success. In fact you can find his latest and greatest tracks and work on where you’ll also find the schedule of concerts , shows and websites for merch and hard copies.

      Fellow singer songwriter, Sturgill Simpson an artist we play also on Red Dirt Roots radio ended up being a key player in the success of Childers Purgatory album.

      quoted from his biography on“I was writing an album about being in the mountains,” Childers said. “I wanted it to have that gritty mountain sound. But at the same time, I wanted a more modern version of it that a younger generation can listen to—the people I grew up with, something I’d want to listen to.”

      Sturgil helped Tyler to locate the pulse of his artwork , intention and potential.

      Tyler Childers, singer songwriter in the Spotlight today for the morning cup Re-Cap . My name is Jeri James. Please don’t forget to like share and follow this post if indeed you do…and with that, Y’all have a good one!!!

“Watched a Grown Man Cry”

October 23, 2018
Jeri James Music

The wounds and woes

The sadness and sorrow

The loss and lowdown

It’s all right here on

a Dirt Hurt Tuesday

Bleed the wound with sad sad tunes

and behind the scenes, tugging on your heart strings building a list that’ll

leave you reaching and reeling  for your hanky.

What good ; really -does it do to hold on to it all anyway ? It’s the bad and ugly in life and Melancholy doesn’t always wait for Monday. Dirt Hurt Tuesday says Misery Loves Company so pull up a chair and mourn the blues with some…Melodic Therapy. These are the lives and life stories , the characters behind the music ; the creative outflow of men and women no different from you and me. You can paint up your life with powder and smoke, sparkles and fancy lights  but the truth will sometimes bleed through no matter what you do or the methods you use to conceal your  sadness.

I like the way Jamey describes some of the purpose in dirt hurt tunes and songs in general from a writer’s perspective. and I quote

“I remember how it blew my mind

When I played a song and watched a grown man cry

It was at that moment when I just knew

What I was born to do

You know most songwriters they don’t ever get any fame

Most people don’t even recognize their names

But chances are, you probably sang along

To  Harlen Howard, Bob McDill

Whitey Shafer, or my friend Whispering Bill

All the times they ever gave me chills

That’s why I write songs

…and Don’t forget Hank Cochran”


Well said Jamey Johnson and it’s true the beat really does  satisfy the soul. Where would we be without reflective tunes like these. This morning we said goodbye to 6th street with Wade Bowen, We mourned

Miranda’s Tin Man and a Showman’s Life aint always what it seems with

Buddy Miller. They forgot to tell us about the lonely times in store  but thankfully music is your friend and in todays day and age of technology right at your fingertips and within ears reach.  And that’s a wrap for the Re-Cap with me JJ. My name is Jeri James and you can hear my live, music , talk commentary,  5 days a week right here on  That’s 5-8am pacific, broadcasting out of the

teeny tiny town of Cottage Grove from the beautiful and Great North

West, here in Oregon- we are the little station that could. We

can , we will and we are because of folks like you. Be sure to follow us on  @grittyredguitar as well as @reddirtrootstx . And with that, y’all have a good one!


Jeri James

Re-Cap Run Down, Can I get a Copy?

October 19, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there ! This is JJ with Red Dirt Roots Radio and I have for you the Morning Cup Re-cap in case you missed it, have no fear or tear, I gotcha covered.

So first of all happy Friday and go ahead and park a hashtag in front of it or the Struggle is Real when none of your friends can come out and play but that’s ok when folks are busy I don’t suffer long!

I had plenty of tremendous tunes to keep me in good spirits. We heard from our best today with Zane, Aaron, Blake and even good Ole Johnny cash who says if you take one piece at a time over a long spell, GM will never notice!

Speaking of pieces, I’ve got 18,17,16, and 15 of October , the Re-Cap Rundown . Monday’s topic we talked about an article from adage saying that the music industry is better than ever and also stating that Spotify has created it’s own giant , towering over many other streaming services.

Tuesday we sat in the corner and nursed wounds with wailing tunes, mourning the blues and finding recovery through Melodic Therapy.

Wednesday wouldn’t you know it a  Dittys a Ditty and that’s a ballad !

I’ll have you know if it’s good enough,  it’ll be served at our table right along with the taters and gravy oh and by the way Cody  went fishing up at Pickle Creek Dam but I guess that’s something you don’t understand. (Cody Cannon, Ballad of a Southern Man)

Thursday we got caught in the reeds and met a water snake named “I’ll take that.” He was beady eyed and Legalistic.

We were showing a little concern over the musical challenges venues and artists are facing today in order to try get up on the stage sing a tune or two or take home some bread and butter and let me tell you many times Tommy Tucker goes to bed without his supper but he keeps on singing for the love of music.

That’s what we do.

That’s who we are.

We are the little station that could.

We can.

We will.

We are .

Because of folks like you and all the love you share for our artists.

Thank you,


Jeri James

Dues and Fees and Fees and Dues for Days

October 18, 2018
Jeri James Music


“Muster all the strength you can borrow. “Brandon Jenkins said in his song Be the REvival. Let me tell you, if you think the industry is tough now, it might get a little tougher for some. No need for hype but there might be a fight or a rumble in the road and you go a running for to see a show. But let me tell you the fight already took place and the smokes a clearing. Venues that were sneaking out unbeknownst and cool as a cucumber are getting caught red handed. I’m talking about venues and hosts. Can you just set up a platform , throw a sheet over it and park a mic stand, invite local talent and sell burgers and beer? Not so easily you see. Loop holes are closing for that’s all folks before the show even started because the venue couldn’t fork out a few grand towards the copyright Library. Why should they have to pay you say? Well most singers are coming with a briefcase of covers ranging from Denver to Cash and they’re using those covers as a way of warming up the fish tank so to speak , hooking the listener with familiarity. Only that familiarity may breed some contempt. check this out . according to

“The Waterworks is the latest of several midcoast venues that will no longer host open mics due to the cost of complying with federal copyright laws. Owner Vicki Fales said she was forced to make the decision after music licensing companies began demanding fees totaling a few thousand dollars for the right to host musicians who play copyrighted music. But since The Waterworks only holds the free open mic once a month, she said it just wasn’t worth it. “

For more information on this article , head on over to

Anyhow, I’ve been catching wind from my singing friends that door are closing down there at the places we normally perform. It’s true, folks can’t afford it , so they say but it’s time for everybody to sit down and talk about whats in the fire that keeps it burning.

Play video for more.


Jeri James


A Ditty’s a Ditty

October 17, 2018
Jeri James Music

What was Vern talking about with the whole B24 and walking the floors? Maybe a Juke box?

I remember the ole Juke box at Ma and Pa’s Restaurant in Washington.

“We were talking 45’s, 33’s, 8 tracks, 4 tracks, cassettes…Vinyl’s.”

We were too busy having a good time to worry about mint and cumin by laws and the sticky stuff.

A ditty’s a ditty…Morning Cup Re-Cap with Jeri James. (JJ)

Hey there, JJ here with Red Dirt Roots Radio. I’ve got the Morning Cup-Re-cap for you in case you missed the Live Broadcast, by the way happening 5 days a week, Monday through Friday -8 am Pacific, that’s music talk commentary, Yep, it’s true.

We are talking everything under the sun and then some just for fun. And you can be a part of the conversation. Head on over to for @reddirtrootstx  or on fb thats the red dirt coffee hour also on fb at @gritty red guitar.

This morning’s chat, we were working up a rip snorter. If you don’t know what a rip snorter is, it’s when we get a good fire going, that’s what we call it at our house anyway and it’s when the chat room is hoppin’ and boppin’ with living souls like you.

But in order to have a wild blaze , everybody has to grab an arm load of wood and contribute fuel to the fire.

Today we talked Ballads, breaking rules in radio, 45’s, 33’s , 8 tracks, 4 tracks and Cassettes. My good friend Jimmy gave me the run down on side A,  and  side B of how a station played a record. The focus was on side A, and side B was the leftovers on the album.

But how many know, leftovers are sometimes better tasting the second go round. In other words, we don’t exclude side B. If it’s good it’s good and it’s welcome at the table.

Some radio stations say no Ballads. Definition of a




  1. a poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas. Traditional ballads are typically of unknown authorship, having been passed on orally from one generation to the next as part of the folk culture.


3. song, folk song, chantey, ditty, canzone; poem, tale, saga”a ballad sung by Burl Ives”

Anyway, we will also play ballads on Red Dirt Roots Radio and as Whiskey Meyers says, “ I used to go fishing down at pickle creek dam but I guess that’s something you don’t understand.”

In other words, he can’t be bothered with the people pleasing. It is what is and if you get it great , if not, he won’t be losing sleep tonight. Now thats the heart of a child if you ask me, too busy playing and having a good time to worry about naysaying or sticky little mint and cumin by laws.

Again if it’s good , if it’s a beautiful melody, pregnant with fiery passion, you’ll hear it playing on Red Dirt Roots Radio, music with roots deep in the red dirt, that’s the heart of country .

And with that, y’all have a good one!


Jeri James

(JJ , RDRR owner, host)

Dirt Hurt …The Weary Kind

October 16, 2018
Jeri James Music

The wounds and woes

The sadness and sorrow

The loss and lowdown

It’s all right here on

a Dirt Hurt Tuesday

Bleed the wound with sad sad tunes and maybe later you’ll be free to celebrate the parts of life you’ve been avoiding .

Today on Dirt Hurt Tuesday we heard from all 3 Hank’s to go right along with our hankies. We heard from Ryan Bingham and I’ll tell you in listening to his voice from the get go, I could tell this man had a story to tell. Its like walking on an empty creek bed. You find a certain stone that fits right in the palm of your hand. You are mesmerized by the feel. You can tell , This rock has done some rolling. This stone has done some stumbling. The turns, and twists , the bends  and journey have worn the edges smooth.

Much like the artist with a story indeed, the world should hear. Ryan Bingham’s song The Weary Kind is not only fitting for a Dirt Hurt Tuesday  but it’s also featured  in the movie Theme Crazy Heart. My friends couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen it yet and they told me to sit down and watch , promising I’d love this one. Time is of the essence to me and I don’t have a lot of extra to waste so I really appreciate music and movies with power …So Crazy Heart is on my watch list for this month.

One more thing to say here :

“Country is who we are. Not just where we’re from. It’s how we live, what we believe in, It’s all we’ve ever known.”

TAKE ME HOME: @TristanMarezMusic

And thats a wrap for the re-Cap.

This Jeri James, you can call me JJ

You can find me on the web on fb @gritttyredguitar

twitter @reddirtrootstx

and we are the little station that could

we can

we will

we are because of folks like you

one at a time

listening to this broadcast, Live from the great NW

the teeny tiny town of Cottage Grove, in the beautiful state of Oregon

Playing Music  with the Roots Deep in the Red Dirt .

The Weary KInd : Ryan Bingham

Crazy Heart Movie

Truth or Lies…2018 Music Industry

October 15, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there , JJ with Red dirt Roots radio. It’s a Meloncholy Monday indeed but I’ve the Re-cap for you never the less and hopefully the great Red Dirt Country music can help to cheer you up just a bit. If not, I suppose you could try WD40 and Duct tape.

Today’s article and topic is from Ad Age and I’ll let you decide if it’s truth or hear say .

Read Article.

And There you have the re-cap. I want to let you know, we are broadcasting live out of the Great North West  days a weeks. Thats Monday through friday, , 5-8am Pacific. Music Talk Commentary, everything under the sun and then some just for fun! Playing music with the roots DEEP in the Red Dirt, and with that y’all have a good one.

The old, The new, and The Rest of the Story

October 10, 2018
Jeri James Music

Zane Williams says, “it’s a fire in your belly that says we’re gonna make it. “

That’s a fierce determination and the words, “We’re  gunna make it! ” You know that sounds familiar to me;  especially since my dad , the poor songwriter he was;

always having to say that to the old V8 station wagon while patting the dash,—————— “We’re gunna make it!”

…Let me tell you, That was Not always the case, con sarn it! He’d  run her on E again!

That’s ok! Man with a  plan and and a  gas can in his hand! And tell yourself, that’s what legs are for!

I’d go as far as to say  if you find  your  thumb out in the wind, and  nobody’s stopping,  just keep walking but get back to that Old car and get her home!

Nope it’s  Not song a song, but it may as well  be in the fact that it’s a true story !And thats how it works folks, a few chords and the truth !

So much sometimes for sticking to the schedule and executive function when you fail to check your gauges. You know, it happens all the time for me. A little off subject yet right on key ; (ahem, clears throat)

But  I was thinking about strong music verses PB & J tunes. Classic songs or epic legacy types vs songs that you made up while you were fixing a sandwich.

Nothing like a bad joke, a confusing riddle or a story without a point.

To me it’s like old vs new. I like the heavy metal used to build a Ford back in the day compared to plastic looking new cars of this age. I’m not saying I don’t like new cars but like Diamond Rio says, ‘Meet in the Middle” if you will.

Consider this;  Materials were different back then. Stuff was built to last. Now, a day;  you have to pay extra insurance on a blender at check out  because they knew;  the manufacturer , mind you, knew it wasn’t built to last!  So in case it gives up the ghost before you finish blending your smoothie, We’ll agree to send you another one at our cost. How nice.

I’m not inspired. Sorry. But when I was the kid that sat in the back of the car and listened to K- – – –  for nearly a decade mind you  They played quite the spread of music for that 80’s and 90’s era but while  I not only was forced to breathe my parents  2nd hand smoke ;  I was also forced to hear a lot of tunes  that I personally never  thought were that good. In fact I would plug my ears when a song came on that had an annoying hook. Because I knew that tune was going to be stuck in my head all week and I didn’t even like it.

But  when you’re not the dj, you’re at the mercy of another.

Needless to say I not only became a studio DJ by my own right, but I still like Old cars, Old trucks, and even good old Classic tunes. Because that music was built to last and there it stands , Mama tried when the smoke clears. Way to Go Hag!  We aren’t throwing Willie, Waylon, or Johnny out either…even if the fender on your car is plastic, no judgement passed, just  be careful of course and i say unto you Consider the rest of the story. Yes , I got stuck with Paul Harvey too!

With that y’all have a good one,


(Jeri James, RDRR host, dj, owner)

Red Dirt Roots Radio, playing music with the roots Deep in the Red Dirt, Texas, Oklahoma, and beyond.

Natural vs Forced

October 9, 2018
Jeri James Music

The wounds and woes

The sadness and sorrow

The loss and lowdown

It’s all right here on a Dirt Hurt Tuesday

Bleed the wound with sad sad tunes

and maybe later you’ll be freed up  to enjoy some of the celebrations

you might otherwise avoid. Yes, depression is a thing and low lows exist especially in musicians and writers. Perhaps the blues are just that, a way to remind us that we still feel. Borrowed that line from our favorite flocker Cody.

Thankfully though , with sadness, theres light at the end of the tunnel. it can be as simple and  easy as listening to

an amazing artist identify their own sad feelings through sounds and lyrics

or melodies that grip the heart. So

Grab a hanky , get your coffee on and tune in for Melodic Therapy.

Every Tuesday right here on the live broadcast

5-8 am Pacific

Broadcasting from the teeny tiny town of Cottage Grove, Oregon

Right here from the   beautiful and Great north west.

JJ here with the Morning Cup Re-cap. In case you missed the music and or commentary this morning, I have a summary for you.

While listening to a heart breaking tune by The Whiskey Meyers Band, I dug up the biography of their group on I remember the first time I heard Broken Window Serenade. I was blown away at the natural talent. You know, he wasn’t performing necessarily. He was just doing what he was made to do. Tell a story with a beautiful melody. Cody Cannon, lead singer of the group says , “Where you come from and where you grow up influences your music a lot .“ He goes on;  “As a band, we don’t go in with any preconceived theme. You just sit down and write the songs that come out naturally. “

And That’s what fascinates me about many of the super artists and Super natural talent on my station. Many of these musicians are much in their natural element vs commercialized frog in a top hat.

Do you remember being a little kid and watching another kid use his or her imagination fearlessly? I sure do. I had a baby brother that thought he was a power ranger, superman, and ruler of the world all wrapped up in a leap and a bound from a nearby couch where he flew through the air with a stick pointed at the sky and a pillow case tied loosely around his neck like a cape. No one had to pay him , trick him or black mail this guy to have a good time from his own perspective. Yet the magic could so easily be lost if he knew you were watching him. That was the wild side if you were lucky enough to catch on to the excitement  without him noticing you sneaking a peek. If we asked him what he was up to or interrupted his process, he would hide under a table and the show would be over.  That was his  bashful and introverted character and not all will enter the big stage if they are forced to perform with smoke and lights.

I love the fact that Cody Cannon from Whiskey Meyers can sit down with a six string and a harmonica and rip your heart out.

His biography on facebook sums it up well in one sentence after the about section:

It says Whiskey Meyers makes Honest Music.

That’s a wrap for the re-Cap on todays’ edition of the Morning Cup, that’s live music Talk commentary, right here on Red Dirt Roots Radio. We’re playing music with the Roots Deep in the Red Dirt and With that, y’all have a good one!


Jeri James

JJ, RDRR, Owner, Host

A, B, C’s of the Red Dirt

October 4, 2018
Jeri James Music

JJ here with the Morning Cup Re-Cap. In case you missed the Live Broadcast, have no fear or tear; I’ve got the lowdown on this morning’s rambling session.

Today was a Triple Play, ThursdayThought ; with a hashtag and 3times a charm. I know sounds like a special coffee but it’s just me, a little off subject , yet right on key , here on Red Dirt Roots Radio and never a dull moment.

Especially when we’re hearing Alphabetically Ordered Country Red Dirt ! Now theres a way to teach your kids their ABC’s in a way they’ll never forget ; you know Sesame Street was a televised reading readiness program used to help us remember ABC basics and  how about we change it up using music and radio; listen up kids;

A  is for  Aaron Watson,

B- Brent Cobb,

C-Cody Jinks,

and the list goes on! Yes,  mom and dad you can sit in for a refresher course on real Country. By the way music Talk commentary 5 days a week broadcasting Live out of the great North West.

Today The Playlist made it all the way  to Guitar Town; and let me tell ya if that song dOESN’T set  your feet to dancing , you might want to check your pulse.

Not only can  Steve Earl rock out to songs lIKE  Guitar Town  but you ought to check out his version of “Someday”. Besides, who couldn’t relate to thE common childhood Curiosity OR WONDER  what really is over the rainbow.

I don’t know if theres a pot of gold but I do know that Steve Earl is a gem of character and piece to that puzzle. He’s Rich with talent and skill; He’s originally from TEXAS like so many of the artists on this station and if you ever wonder what fits the image or sound of Red Dirt, Earl is  a fine  picture of folk rock -country by definition.

According to, Steve is a Grammy award winning  singer songwriter and wouldn’t you know it ; patterning himself after peeps like Guy Clark he picked up his own 6 string at just 13 years old. He played his way right through the music scene until one dark stormy night,  he was swollowed up . You may not have heard that part of Steve’s story but yes it’s true and may we all take note. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly sometimes but the main point is that Steve made it back. You see , he  went through hell and before the devil could claim his soul;  he broke free from Drugs, and Alcohol and emerged back onto the music scene where he began winning multiple Grammy’s and some may even  recognize him from the role he played in HBO’s The Wire and Treme.

That’s a wrap for the Re-Cap .

Jeri James here ; playing music with the roots, “Deep in the Red Dirt .”

Y’all have a good one!


(JJ , RDRR , host, owner

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