Morning Cup ReCap

Not assuming the Horse had a name…

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)

Red Dirt Raw Band Talk : Bad Habits can take the band down

Friday, August 31, 2018

Hi there, Jeri James with Red Dirt Raw Band Talk and today’s Recap of the Morning Cup. 

How does the snooze button work for or against you? To me it’s like a high interest charge card, a disadvantage! 

We played some great tunes from the start of the show like ‘Honey Pain by Koe Wetzel: East Texas Rock and Roll stule music, as well as songs like Moon and Back by the Read Southell Band. 

We heard from a band called Southern Sky and I was not able to find much information in terms of back ground on the band ; so I was thinking they may not be well established or at least not yet. However,  Guys like these just need to stick with it because they’re too good not to! Or as Dirt Hurt Stephen says “Grind it Out!”

They got something-  but they have to stay in the loop, and keep on keeping’ on! 

 It can be tough to keep a band together. Especially when you mix talent and bad habits. Those habits really can take a band down , no matter how talented!  Creating a standard as a band could be the saving grace of the musical name and game! 

Red Dirt Raw Band Talk says don’t be afraid to draw the line! Create a standard! Boundaries are not to be despised and you’re no stick in the mud! Artist AaronWatson created a standard : No drinking on the tour bus! Another standard he created according to Lonestar Music Magazine is to put family first! He says “I only have 18 years with these kids and I can play all the shows I need to when they’re moved out but until then,  he will be keeping mama and the babies first in line ; while playing 150 shows per year, working his band members part time and paying them full time wages! Heres a man to pattern after! Wow!  Impressive ; yet is it any surprise that a giving guy like Aaron not only beat the Indie music oppression with his latest Wild Horses , now playing in the Main stream??? Wait ago Aaron! 

Talking about Marines and their Attention to Detail; Do they have to be in the band or a singer , songwriter to give or offer advice? Well, not exactly! Nor  do they have to carry a tune in a bucket but their attention to detail could really benefit you!!! 

Be willing to take advice from the people in your life that really care about your career as a musician. Use that criticism constructively! 

You  say , “Well  isn’t that what management and a label are  for ?”  Well sure, but a label will not even give the time of day if the basic music 101 practices are not in place. So you can start doing the work yourself or continue on your own all along til the end of the line,  if your prefer but you have to work hard and pay close attention to the cracks and crevices that could later sink your career. So I urge you; raise the standard today and you’ll run face first into success. 

Due Reverence and Patriotic Corner;

A new artist to the station and welcome aboard Mr. Cody Sparks, with your gorgeous new tune 13 folds.  I so appreciate your contribution of heart and soul on your sleeve for those who serve including my own daughter in the the Marine Corp; as well as my hubby.  Could I dare forget to say, Semper Fi? Never and thank you no matter what branch if you served or are serving!

We love  a little Trace Atkins because of so many of his tribute tunes. Mr. Atkins is a commercial artist and we are independent; is this a mistake? Nope! Yes it  is true that we try to focus on the young indie bands and musicians but when I play commercial tunes; Trace  will always have a place on my list any day. 

Hey good Lookin’ Recipes? 

Leave your dinner idea or dessert for tonight in the comments! 

Have a good one and be safe this Labor Day!!! 

Jeri James 

(JJ) Red Dirt Host, Owner, Operator 

Red Dirt Revived

It’s a shot in the dark…or maybe in the light…but hey…

Guess What? The Little Station that could …still CAN!

After much consideration; there is just no way I can give up on this thing folks!

Currently, the station is only running 8 hours a day, 6 days a week but you gotta admit; it

is alive and kicking!

You get knocked down !  sometimes you even flatline!

But it aint over yet!!!


And the station can run 24:7 with some dedication.

There is still a ton of work to be done to keep the Red Dirt Indie Music pumping from this


I’m willing to GO LIVE again for morning coverage, Dirt Hurt Tuesdays , as well as  cover

artist Spotlights and interviews;  promote small businesses, new singles and albums,

and MORE;

If  only I can  get support  from our listener base and our musicians!


You have not , cause you ask not sometimes…so…

I am asking  for 100 friends to commit to 5.00 per month for 12 months.

If you’re in, please retweet this message with #in . Once I have 100 friends committed ,

I will go Live  and We’ll celebrate with some brand new Indie music and a special

request hour!

Lets get this Local motive cranking again!!!!!




Red Dirt Crew Membership

$5.00 per month for 12 months Keep the station ALIVE with JJ! Artist Spotlights, Interviews, featured singles, albums, and small business promotion! Support Great music! Become an insider!!!


you’re in! You’re name will be posted as Red Dirt Crew members on ! Thanks Street teamers!

Red Dirt Revived

It’s a shot in the dark…or maybe in the light…but hey…

Guess What? The Little Station that could …still CAN!

After much consideration; there is just no way I can give up on this thing folks!

Currently, the station is only running 8 hours a day, 6 days a week but you gotta admit; it

is alive and kicking!

You get knocked down !  sometimes you even flatline!

But it aint over yet!!!


And the station can run 24:7 with some dedication.

There is still a ton of work to be done to keep the Red Dirt Indie Music pumping from this


I’m willing to GO LIVE again for morning coverage, Dirt Hurt Tuesdays , as well as  cover

artist Spotlights and interviews;  promote small businesses, new singles and albums,

and MORE;

If  only I can  get support  from our listener base and our musicians!


You have not , cause you ask not sometimes…so…

I am asking  for 100 friends to commit to 5.00 per month for 12 months.

If you’re in, please retweet this message with #in . Once I have 100 friends committed ,

I will go Live  and We’ll celebrate with some brand new Indie music and a special

request hour!

Lets get this Local motive cranking again!!!!!




Red Dirt Crew Membership

$5.00 per month for 12 months Keep the station ALIVE with JJ! Artist Spotlights, Interviews, featured singles, albums, and small business promotion! Support Great music! Become an insider!!!


you’re in! You’re name will be posted as Red Dirt Crew members on ! Thanks Street teamers!

Do you like Pina Colada?

Hey there ; this is JJ with Red Dirt Roots Radio on a Dirt Hurt Tuesday and I have for you the Re-Cap of the Morning Cup! Today on Dirt Hurt Tuesday, we moaned the blues and released our woes and sorrows on songs with Lonely, Longing and Missing you tunes. Bleeding the wound with Music Therapy and by the way that’s every Tuesday on the Morning Cup ; so pencil in your appointment for Red Dirt Melodic Therapy. Tuesdays beginning at 5 am -8:00 and that’s specific and Pacific broadcasting right here out of the Great North WEst.

If you think you’ve ever felt longing , regret or discomfort; try holding your story to the flame with a few accounts of some real live Castaways.

that’s right ; today on Dirt Hurt Tuesday ; I shared a real Castaway blog from where I read accounts of folks stranded on islands living off of meager rations, surviving everything from Rat attacks to frostbite. That’s right and remember that old song released in 1979  called Escape?

Well , it was almost a prophecy and I’ll explain. You see The song lyrics  are about a guy who was tired of his lady and he likened her to an old worn out recording – Oh gee how flattering! So instead of suggesting a night out on the town with something new in mind, While she lay there sleeping , he read the personals in the paper about a romantic woman who loved Pina Colada and getting caught in the rain.

The person seeking love was not into yoga and perhaps if she  had held off on countless cups of champagne accompanied by her desperation for an escape , her wild desires could have been quenched with ; a word of caution or admonition washed up to in a bottle . This message would have been the true testimony of  Gerald Kingsland .

Gerald had a real life story of being a cast away. He had to learn his lesson of eloping from his own self imposed adventure. If the dates had lined up , I would have wondered if the writer of Escape was Gerald. But then again, it was in 1982 and 1983 when this fellow ended up stranded with his new mate.

Hope they got along well because there were not going to be many options of changing their minds  until they returned to civilization.  the drama manifested when he placed a real life  ad in a magazine and a 24 year old girl named Lucy; responded.

The two lovers not only found themselves on an adventure together  and drawing hearts in the sand but they chose to isolate further more on a deserted island . Possibly romantic if you’re a bird, I suppose and you fly away when the going gets tough; but these land dwellers  ended up quite thirsty even to the point of death when they forgot to pack plenty of clean water.

Moral of the story? I guess Your love better burn hotter than a signal fire; cause you might need it ! Or don’t go  getting yourself into a bind because of some mushy song on the radio. Besides, Paul Harvey had the Rest of the story and I say, Listen to the REST OF THE SONG.


AND…There you have it. A little off subject, but right on key . Thats me, JJ; right  here on the Morning Cup and you can catch everything under the sun and then some just for fun!  LIVE- music talk commentary , 5 days a week 5-8 AM, PACIFIC  on Red dirt roots radio. Playing music with the roots deep in the Red Dirt !

…and with that; Y’all have a good one !

-Jeri James

RDRR radio show host, owner, writer


Escape (The Pina Colada Song)

Rupert Holmes

I was tired of my lady, we´d been together too long

Like a worn-out recording, of a favorite song

So while she lay there sleeping, I read the paper in bed

And in the personals column, there was this letter I read

“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain

If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain

If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape

I´m the love that you´ve looked for, write to me, and escape”

I didn´t think about my lady, I know that sounds kind of mean

But me and my old lady, had fallen into the same old dull routine

So I wrote to the paper, took out a personal ad

And though I´m nobody´s poet, I thought it wasn´t half bad

“Yes, I like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain

I´m not much into health food, I am into champagne

I´ve got to meet you by tomorrow noon, and cut through all this red tape

At a bar called O’Malley’s, where we´ll plan our escape”

So I waited with high hopes, then she walked in the place

I knew her smile in an instant, I knew the curve of her face

It was my own lovely lady, and she said, “Oh, it´s you”

And we laughed for a moment, and I said, “I never knew”

“That you liked Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain

And the feel of the ocean, and the taste of champagne

If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape

You´re the love that I´ve looked for, come with me, and escape”

“If you like Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain

If you´re not into yoga, if you have half a brain

If you like making love at midnight, in the dunes of the cape

I’m the love that you’ve looked for, come with me, and escape”

Songwriters: Rupert Holmes

Escape (The Pina Colada Song) lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Watson, “watsa” 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 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 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

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)

The Truck Driving Men Behind this station

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!


Be sure to like, share, and follow; if indeed you do!



(owner, dj, red dirt host)

Blake Reid Band Interview with JJ

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 (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” 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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Doctor, Doctor My Eyes!

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 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



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)

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The Little Station that Could

September 13, 2018

Do you still call him Darlin ? Does he still call you babe? Well I hope so because in a life where you work out ; That’ll  be  the ticket to happiness. (According to a tremendous band you may love and follow) Flatland Calvery. 

And do you call it country , southern rock or blues? How about Americana? Yep it is not only the cheapest coffee on the menu but music wise ,  it’s the accompaniment to some of the best country around! 

Thats the kind of Red Dirt we are all into around here! It’s not over produced and cluttered, you can hear the words and get your senses ignited! 

Speaking of story, have I got one for you! Ladies , how would you like to have your hubby managing you when it comes to your work ? Well, it might be a pill to swollow for some of you but also could  be just what you need to add the cutting edge to your already talented perspective. When held to flame;  a sooty coal can blossom into a diamond and thats the story of the Gibbonsens. 

Head on over to the  this duo is driving Americana! Yep Brandon Loves his Jackie. The text  says he whipped her into shape and became her management . I wonder if he might argue by now and claim that her melodic voice and beauty truly reeled him in from the get go.

Either way, this pair is making their mark together as they venture out creating new Americana music for our endearment. Wait a go you too. Your love is a bonfire reaching skies country wide! 

JJ’s Coffee n’ Thoughts + music straight out of the Red Dirt: Interesting morning in studio.

Had a great time listening to Real Country, Southern Rock, & Americana. Nothing new there, but a fly -flew-in. Wouldn’t you know, it’s what they do! They start wars and rumors of wars and after about an hour and 40 minutes of that “buzz”, a fly swatter was finally delivered to me and that was the end of the story! Not to mention I took some of the paint off the wall. Certain things in life were designed to annoy and there is nothing lovely about these seething, little germs.

Camera troubles ? check.

A muted mic. Check.

It’s the good, the bad, and the ugly. You can run, but you can’t hide on social media LIVE. Enjoy the reCap with me faking to make this happen but never the less, Nothing new under the sun and no matter where ya are…there ya are…At least that’s what my mama told me and she said she loved me all the way down to her boogety shoes so that’s a good thought to land on , and …I aint no fly! But I am hoping you can pick and glean from outstanding tunes and take what you can get for a little vision each day. “Thinkin’ Man’s Music” May all your senses be ignited and set your feet to dancing ! With love, from the Little studio that Could. -JJ

October Rose Music The Gibbonses Flatland Cavalry

Quieting the Monkey Mind on a Wednesday

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