Not assuming the Horse had a name…

September 10, 2018
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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 BlackberrySmoke.com 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 loudersound.com 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!

JJ

(Jeri James, Morning Cup and Red Dirt Host and Owner)

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

August 31, 2018
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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 

Texas Blue Warrant Show

December 1, 2016
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The Texas Blue Warrant Show hosted by Knot Johnny Cash, will air on Thursdays at 8pm CST beginning December 8th.

The Texas Blue Warrant Show will be a 2 hour show promoting the Rebel, Hellbilly, Outlaw, Texas Red Dirt Country Music Scene.

So…if you like Outlaw music…you don’t want to miss this show!

Texas Blue Warrant Show

Thursdays @8pm CST.

Only on RedDirtRootsRadio.com

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Knot Johnny Cash / Texas Blue Warrant Show

 

Country Music Has a Change of Address

November 5, 2016
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A popular phrase among aspiring country artists years ago used to be “Nashville or Bust” Nowadays this seems to no longer be the sentiment with True Country artists. Those that long for and love the tradition that exists in Good Timin’, Honky Tonkin’, Toe Tappin’, Two Steppin’, Southern Fried, Rockin’ Country Roots Music know that the Red Dirt Region is now its primary residence.

It’s no longer Nashville or Bust…but…Nashville IS Bust!

If anything, the 50th CMA’s should be evidence in fact of this.

The decision of record execs to force their Pop Infused Version of Country Music down the throats of Country Fans is unsettling to say the least. Not just with “Traditional” Country Music fans…but with Many Nashville Artists as well! The look on some of these artists faces when execs dance out Beyoncé with the Dixie Chicks speaks volumes.

Beyoncé Gate has so enraged some Country fans to the point of saying, ‘Country Music is Dead’! As I was reading this very thought on a thread on Facebook, I couldn’t help but respond, “Country Music is not dead….it has simply changed it’s address!”

Red Dirt Country is gaining ground and it’s artist representation are reaping the benefits. One need only look at the success of Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson and many others like them. So much so that Rolling Stone Magazine has taken notice and has featured articles on them and the growing Red Dirt Music trend.

So….keep up the great work Red Dirt Music Artists. Keep making GREAT music and RedDirtRootsRadio.com and other stations like us, will continue to play it!

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