100% or not at all, Legit followers, Support your Local Farmer

October 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. First of all, thank you so much for tuning in and showing your support to all these amazing Indie Artists, spinning roots from the Lone-star State of Texas, Oklahoma and Beyond.

Today on the Morning Cup, we talked about Legit followers. I just want to encourage you artists out there, or authors and folks running small business that Social Media is not always what it seems. There are legit followers and there are apps that create more followers or purchase fake  followers. I personally;  as an artist, do not want a compliment unless I’ve earned it. You know , most of us can smell a rat when somebody is saying something they don’t really mean. We call bluff. We call hogwash.

And that’s what I love about this station and the artists behind it. Let’s take Parker McCollum for example. He was raised in a family where he was taught that if you’re going to do something , you give it your 100% or not at all. That’s legit and folks; you don’t conform. If you are serious about something like Parker is about his songwriting, stick to your roots and don’t waiver. Your unique audience is out there will appreciate it if you are true to yourself. Besides, it’s what seperates the real from the Counterfeit!

We also covered the topic of farming. Those that supply the food for so many of us consumers and partakers! It is October and what better time then now to get out and visit some of these harvest parties and local farms. Buying or purchasing local supports your immediate economy and helps many of these independent workers to support their hard working families. It will spread appreciation on so many levels. You might not like pumpkin spice creamer and thats fine!

Regardless, they’ll stay busy gathering every other crop , canning, and storing and pressing cider for you and I to enjoy. I myself do not know what it is to wake up with the sun and plow the land, day in and day out,  save a small garden in my back yard, where it’s  hard enough to get a little corn or squash to give way. Lets support farming life folks! After all; we are country and we are playing music with the roots DEEP in the Red Dirt. JJ here with this edition of the Morning Cup- Re-Cap and with that, Y’all have a good one!

-Jeri James, station owner, host

God and Johnny Cash

September 28, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there, JJ with Red Dirt Roots Radio. Thanks for tuning in for today’s Morning Cup Re-Cap. You can place a hashtag in front of the Friday Feeling and  In case you missed the Live Broadcast, have no fear or tear; I’LL  let you know in a nut shell what we talked about.

This morning we visited Cody Johnson’s Profile. Cody can be described in the former as a bull rider, and in the latter a well known and popular Texas Country Super Star.

Cody grew up in a tiny little town across the rail road tracks where the sounds of HanK,  the Hag and Willy could be heard ringing out yonder from a little honky tonk bar in the distance. These melodies wandered their way into Cody’s heart and stirred up his inner gift and calling to the point he had to put his bull riding skills to the test and chase the wild musical dream instead.  That’s right; he is an adrenaline junky , not apologizing for his opinion and making sure people know exactly who he is. Be sure to check out our facebook page @grittyredguitar for Cody’s description of his latest love song written to his wife, bringing honor to the woman who has stood behind him on this crazy Red Dirt, Country Road .

I want to tell you about a new song in the Library by Artist Drew Moreland and you can go ahead and classify this ONE  as Country my friend. IT’S CALLED GOD AND CASH AND DREW has a message on his mind OR  a 4 minute sermon for which to park an Amen to . He’s on his soapbox and he says listen up! There’s only 2 things that  in life that will ever last,  THERES ONLY TWO THINGS IN LIFE that have your back…It’s the Lord above and the man in black and he goes as far as to say the rest will lead you straight to Hell. So hey, if you can shout hallelujah , dodge the fiery flames flickering at your feet and so be it. You’re a happy hillbilly today and if that message spreads a wet blanket on your plans; well I can personally cover you; In fact I’ll throw you in the dryer with the next load. Either way, we will get through this journey together!

A little off subject but right on key, That’s me JJ , 5 days a week broadcasting LIVE out the teeny, tiny town of Cottage Grove, from The Great North west, in the beautiful state of Oregon. My brother Jimmy E. says “ It’s not where you are, it’s the state of mind you’re in “ and I couldn’t agree more my friend, especially when it comes to real COUNTRY. PLAYING MUSIC WITH THE ROOTS DEEP IN THE RED DIRT. JERI JAMES HERE WITH THE MORNING CUP RE-CAP AND WITH THAT YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD ONE!!!



(content writer, dj, RDRR owner, host)

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Better at your Buddies

September 27, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there, my name is Jeri James and I am with red dirt roots radio. I have for you a Morning Cup Re-Cap in case you missed the ramblings and muppet business on the Live show today. Yep, a little off subject, but always right on key, That’s me , JJ spinning music straight out of the heart of Texas, Oklahoma and beyond.

You know it’s always funner at your friends house. Their trampoline jumps higher. Their dog is cuter. They have a better stash of junk-food. It’s just better at your buddies. Or at least it seems that way and their chores are never quite as hard. If you’re anything like me; you like to imagine the grass is greener on the other side. But a word of caution from Mom: No matter where you are, there you and sometimes trolls are hiding out under the bridge next door. So be careful and before you pack your nap sack and take off to the Lone-star State , It’s tempting I know…but you can stay local with online radio. So buckle up  if you’re provoked or curl up comfortably if you’re inspired; either way : we here at Red Dirt Roots Radio are committed  to delivering tremendous red Dirt tunes that will poke you straight in your heart .

You’ll hear the best of the best ; artists like Stoney LaRue, Kody West, Sundance Head just to name a few.

Although,  when you hear a tremendous tune by a band like Flatland Calvary , their unique blend of melody and creative sound really does tug at your curiosity.

Who is that singing you wonder? What am I hearing? That is indeed a fine mix of country, Americana, Blue Grass, Red Dirt all braided fish bone fashion to the point of a purchase. Yep You’ve got to got to buy a hard copy album or their latest single and I can’t blame you. You’re not only keeping musicians in business, mastering new tunes at the local studio but you’re putting bread and butter in their mouths and shoes on their children’s feet. My friends, wait til you hear this delicious bio. Head on over to Flatland Calvary on facebook.

And I quote:

At some point between Lubbock and Midland, the land shifts from endless cotton rows and rich farmland into pump jacks and mesquite tree filled pastures. Lubbock roots-country outfit Flatland Cavalry straddles that line between the Panhandle and the badlands of West Texas with their bright, earthy country ballads and gritty folk ramblers. Vocalist and chief songwriter Cleto Cordero’s honest, smooth songwriting revolves around the vernacular world of West Texas that he’s constructed with dusty, sun-soaked character sketches, brooding self-evaluations, and candid love songs that all have the ability to turn into singalong anthems.

And I’m not going to  lie, I find myself singing along with these humble folks so let’s put a score on the board for Flatland Calvary in the Artist Spotlight here on this edition of the Morning Cup Re-Cap.

Another honorable mention today goes to the Huser Brother Band, an up and rising name out of the Lone-star State. You can check them out on huserbrotherband.com and enjoy a little Texas Rock if thats your cup a tea on a Thursday, September 27th, This is Jeri James. You can find us on the web at reddirtrootsradio.com as well as social media sites like Twitter @reddirtrootstx and  @grittyred guitar on fb and though we are on instagram and snapchat; you won’t find much until I get a teenager to volunteer social media services for  those websites since they are new to me and I’m a little old fashioned. Either way, I’ll keep you in the loop on the latest and greatest when it comes to the real heart of country. we are spinning music with the roots Deep in the Red Dirt. With That, y’all have a good one!!!


Jeri James

(station host, owner )

Are Musical Goose Bumps for Real?

September 26, 2018
Jeri James Music

Hey there, this is JJ with the Morning Cup Re-Cap. In case you missed the Live Broadcast this morning; I will summarize a bit of our discussion. We took the time to zoom in on an artist by the name of Randall King.  After playing his latest single Mirror Mirror. His voice demands attention and he’s one to watch as he sails to the top of not only Texas Charts but the whole country will surely be rubbernecking in Randall’s direction before long at his rate of progress.

Randall King is a 4th generation hay hauler and daddy wasn’t going to let him sing his way out of it. In fact; he was thrown to the back of the suburban  or 86ed for his constant singing. Dad finally gave up fighting for peace and quiet  and put him into singing and guitar lessons from the time he was 7 years old.

One motivator for Randall to keep pressing in musically speaking was when his guitar instructor Rick was tragically injured at a cotton gin and what a nightmare for a seasoned guitarist to lose his middle and ring finger. Randall witnessed the tenacity of his instructor however who could no longer lead by example yet Rick hung in there for the love of music and the sake of his students and taught the class using charts as a visual for finger placement on the acoustic. Randall King in the Artist Spotlight this morning on the Morning Cup Re-cap.

This morning on the Live Broadcast, we listened to Solo’s , Duet’s and Trio’s but most powerful of all in my opinion was Chris and Morgan Stapleton singing the Lullabye You are my Sunshine.

I wondered if the goose bumps  on my arms were in response to  the season changing from summer to fall or if it was the rich combo of voices and melody triggering this reaction.

So I looked it up. Yep research nerd here and proud of it.Are goosebumps from Music a real thing? Heres what sciencedaily.com had to say about it.

Scientists have found that the pleasurable experience of listening to music releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain important for more tangible pleasures associated with rewards such as food, and drugs

This innovative study, using a novel combination of imaging techniques, reveals that the anticipation and experience of listening to pleasurable music induces release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter vital for reinforcing behavior that is necessary for survival. The study also showed that two different brain circuits are involved in anticipation and experience, respectively: one linking to cognitive and motor systems, and hence prediction, the other to the limbic system, and hence the emotional part of the brain. These two phases also map onto related concepts in music, such as tension and resolution.

So there ya have it Goosebumps from Music ARE real. You’ll get a few, let me tell you when you’re listening to this station right here on Red Dirt Roots Radio. We’re playing music with the roots DEEP IN THE RED DIRT. JJ here with this edition of the Morning Cup Re-Cap. And you be sure to have a good onE!!!

Watson, “watsa” Music

September 24, 2018
Jeri James Music


Meloncholy Monday: Truth be known Stephen! Yes, that’s my canadian companion and loyal listener of this station as well as fellow worker of the Dirt Hurt Tuesday segment on this program.

Yes, Melancholy but maybe we can help to clear up some of those Monday Blues by playing a little Aaron Watson? Who is Aaron Watson? Well now if you don’t know; allow me to make reference here. Check out an article on  https://broadwayworld.com that

sums it up so well by saying

Aaron Watson continues to dominate as a true independent in the country music arena. Watson’s newest release and highly-anticipated album Vaquero launched into the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with his biggest career sales debut to date, and at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. Texas Monthly, Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Noisey, CMT, The Boot and more have all featured the new music. Vaquerois the follow up to his history-making album The Underdog, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making him the first-ever independent, male country artist to debut in the coveted top spot. The album features lead single “Outta Style,” his record-breaking Top 10 hit on country music’s national radio airplay charts. His recently released self-penned new single, “Run Wild Horses,” is top 40 and climbing on the country radio charts. Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show,the “pioneering independent’s” (Cowboys & Indians) 14th album and his first live album in nearly a decade, is set to release on August 24, 2018, marking the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. $1.41 from each album sold will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, in recognition of the widespread devastation across Watson’s beloved home state. Recorded live in front of 65,000 fans on opening night of the 2017 Rodeo Houston, the album is particularly poignant to the Texas born-and-bred singer/songwriter.

Thankyou Broadwayworld.com for that review.

Now we’ve heard it is better to give than to receive and here it’s no surprise to me that Aaron is dedicating so much of his sales to the cause of rebuilding the Lonestar state after the devastation of Hurriccane Harvey. Aaron also believes in paying the band. In fact; he keeps his boys well fed on fulltime wages yet working them on part time hours. He releases them and encourages them to go home to their families rather than burning the candle at both ends in show biz. Wait ago @Aaronwatson; way to lead the musical journey with a bright and shining torch for all the world to see!

Jeri James


The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie

September 21, 2018
Jeri James Music

Things that make a man or woman mad.

For my dad; he had a lot of pet peeves.

One of them was chewing sounds. He must have had an extra hair in his ear that normal slurping sounds would trigger. So he kept the radio on for several years straight without a break for meals. We never heard the clinking of forks and we did our darnedest not to smack or slurp while eating spaghetti.

Do you have a pet Peeve? Well Tyler Chillders did at the 2018 Americana fest When they mispronounced his name and by the looks of that fiery colored hair; I’d say he might have a temper to go right along with Irish, english, or Scottish genes. I can’t prove any of that but all I’m saying is I can relate.

One things for certain though , Tyler is a passionate artist and he’s nailing notes and keys and melodies and wearing heart on sleeve for you and me.

Is that any surprise? It shouldn’t be from Deep in the red dirt and speaking of Red, the devil is not always dressed in shiny spandex material with a spike tail. In fact after listening to Cody defending the fact that he’s not the devil ; we set him free and let him off the hook. I mean Cody can’t be the devil based on attire when  he’s a bearded gent in blue jeans and tee shirts. Colter Wall already explained to us what we need be watching for.

The devil wears a suit and tie and he howls.

So there ya go; check every intersection and watch out for this critter.

We had a great time on the Morning Cup today. Talking everything under the sun and then some, just for fun. If you missed the show, have no fear or tear; you can catch the Re-Cap Summary posted Live on fb @grittyredguitar.

Have a safe and fun weekend and with that a good one!


Jeri James

(JJ, RDRR host, owner)

Blake Reid Band Interview with JJ

September 19, 2018
Jeri James Music

Red Dirt Raw Band Talk

Today is Wednesday and there is nothing better, than to get over a hump then coffee and tremendous Tunes! We had the https://blakereidband.com (Blake Reid) on the phone from Canada this morning on Red Dirt Roots Radio. He was actually running around between Alberta and Nashville; working on a bunch of projects; notably “No Roads In” noroadsin.com for sure worth checking out.

Blake is an artist that defines country to the core and there is nothing fake or phony about this “Cowboy King.” He’ll ride the Combine, sing about it later and bring dinner to the table! Blake is a coveted favorite on our Indie station and I am personally a huge fan advising you to collect every bit of information you can on this legendary artist!

Check out the interview and don’t forget to head on over to iTunes and purchase your own copies of his one of a kind music!


Have a great Wednesday and be sure to like, share, and follow IF indeed you do!!!

This station is brought to you courtesy of The James Family out of the Great North West,

the teeny, tiny, town of Cottage grove…from The Little Station that could.


Jeri James

(JJ, Owner, Red Dirt Host)


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(Photo Credit: Blakereidmusicband.com)



Quieting the Monkey Mind on a Wednesday

September 12, 2018
Jeri James Music

Thank you Gary Hensel. I will try.

Wednesday , September 12, 2018

Don’t wanna get knocked off my high horse too early in the morning.

I just wanna drink my coffee, write my commentaries and listen to great Country Music. That is why I hide out in my bunker studio because here in the Great North West it’s early in the morning and folks are cranky. However, over there in Texas , they have a 2 hour jump on us and the East Coast a 3 . So feel free my friends in those counterparts to pipe up. Though I did hear from my would be cousin Justin McWilliams, a Bakersfield boy who has no problem with music Deep in the Red Dirt in  his coffee in the wee hours of the morning.

Listening to tunes from Jason Isbell, Jason Boland and the Stragglers and Jesse Raub Jr. and amazing country artist Cody Johnson.

Random : JJ’s Coffee n’ Thoughts:

Can you believe back in the day , Merle was busy worrying when  a Ford or  Chevy wouldn’t last 10 years. Don’t get me wrong , I love the new models but I really love the old ones. Even if they did break down on the side of the road sometimes.  You know these old heavy metal trucks sure were built tough and the engine couldn’t have been too complicated at least not in my brain if my Dad, no mechanic, jack of all trades would set to gandering under the hood! He’d have her up and running like Diamonds and Gasoline in no Time. By the way great song by The Turnpike Troubadours and we are playing music with the roots Deep in the Red Dirt.

We talked about the essentials and 101 of becoming a not necessarily successful amateur musician. One  is not only sitting properly in your office chair, which is difficult for me when the foundation is bent and there are no brakes on the wheels. I’m like a pin ball or marble rolling toward the wall but at least hold your guitar right and sit up properly while playing . Try not to wind up with carpel Tunnel and don’t tweak your wrist while you hold the neck of the guitar.

So lets take a lesson from David Allen Coe’s song The Ride.   

  1. You need to be able to make folks cry when you sing.
  2. You need to be able to pay your dues: buy a guitar, do what I did . Hawk Shop: Tuner. Learn what all six strings mean. Hope you can afford a tuner as well because if you can’t you may have to go busking for some change unless you tune by ear. You’ll be on the corner singing with an out of tune ; hawk shop guitar so I hope you’ve got decent vocals or you’ll be up the creek without a tune in the bucket.
  3. You need to be able to moan the blues

We stopped for a break and listened to Hank Williams moaning The Blues.

Really you can take it from Hank, Willy, Waylon, Merle or Cash and if you apply the concept; you may have solid, country, Gold!!

This has been another Morning Cup ReCap with me JJ!

Jeri James , Red Dirt Host, Owner

Friday Morning Cup Re-Cap 9-7-18

September 7, 2018
Jeri James Music

Good Morning to you  on a Friday September 7th and I hope you got the coffee on and if not I hope it’s brewing now because I have a Morning Cup Re Cap to go right along with your Java. My name is Jeri James by the way and you are listening to Red Dirt Roots Radio. If you are new to the program you may wonder where we are from and what we are all about. Feel free to check out reddirtrootsradio.com for information on the station as well as find us on the web on facebook at gritty red guitar, as well as Twitter @reddirtrootstx and if you have questions, comments or inquiries, please send me and email to reddirtrootsradio@gmail.com

If you missed the broadcast the morning, have no fear or tear . I’ll go over briefly what we covered and keep you deep in the Red Dirt Loop. 

We listened to artist Pat Green who dealt with all kinds of accusations from friends and die hard fans while he was touring with the big wigs. They said he was selling out to a commercial meat grinding industry and big record labels. He eventually returned to his roots and decided it was too hard to continue producing at that level of demand. He has been  living by his own set of rules since then, musically speaking, and quite comfortable producing songs at his own pace and in the wild as they come naturally to him. Way to go Pat Green and you be sure to check him out on Patgreen.com for more information on his touring schedule as well as a reminder of the. Bands in town app on fb. 

On this mornings show, we featured some Red Dirt favorite artists and guess who got back to back plays? Well of course leader of the pack Cody Jinks! Did you know he was formerly a heavy metal thrasher? Yes and rollingstone.com  selected him as best artist of the year ; is it any surprise with that phenomenal Album ‘I’m not the Devil’. Yet What’s old to some remains relevant in my book with legendary & Timeless Tunes coming straight out of the heart of Texas with folks like Mr. Jinks. And btw, Have you heard his new album Lifer’s ? “Ooh To Get to you “ he just might; it’s what he does best  in tunes like ‘7th Floor’. 

More Back to back tunes this morning came from Country super star Trace Adkins in songs with respect like Arlington and Still a Soldier. Some called Arlington a controversial Tune but Trace stood his ground for something he believed and he continued to emphasize Thankfulness as his comeback. Way to support our troops and those paying the price for freedoms such as radio which I so enjoy today. And Semper Fi to my own on a Friday right here on Red Dirt Roots Radio . 

Thank you for tuning in and Happy Friday! 

-your Red Dirt Host, 

Jeri James aka JJ

Morning Cup Re-Cap ; Thursday, September 6, 2018

September 6, 2018
Jeri James Music

Mama’s don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys and watch out; if they end up too inspired; they’ll be eyeballing’ the tractor before their yet 5 years old! 

We played an audio of Life according to Little Jake Boone and he still thinks Cowboys are Kings as Blake Reid sings it so well. In fact if I’m not mistaken little Jake is quite the buckaroo himself and he especially likes Cowboy toys like Gooseneck Trailers! iCheck out Jake’s Custom flatbed on Red Dirt Roots Radio fb page. 

Bad Time to be a Good ole Boy by Jeff Dugan

Mack Minute singing God Fearing Cowboy 

AJ either has a good battery or a better charger because he’s unstoppable. He’s singing accapella tunes for days and he don’t give up! He just keeps on keeping’ on. Way to go Mr. Mack. Hats off to ya and a morning toast from Red Dirt Roots Radio. 

I posted a link on Twitter.com @ reddirtrootstx when about a teen dance coming up featuring artists like Jake Ward Restless with a musical thorn in his side not to mention Randall King tugging’ on your heartstrings and Co Jo! Yes , you heard me ! Cody Johnson type Cowboys, bull riders and barbed wire men like Deryl Dodd , playlist ready at the Coupland Dance Hall in Eat. Drink. Dance. Stay a Little Longer.   Legendary Texas Dance Hall, Steak House,  BBQ Joint and 7 Room B & B.    30 miles from Austin/Bastrop/Georgetown.  Hwy 95 between Elgin and Taylor.   We Dance at Coupland..bring yer boots.

Please visit our fb link @grittyredguitar and consider helping friends of mine Recently affected by Tropical Storm Gordon in Kansas. Thank you.

That’s a wrap on today’s Morning Cup Re-Cap. With that, y’all have a good one!

Jeri James

(jj)owner, Red Dirt Host

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