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
-Jeri James
Your RDRR host

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)

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