Adam Sheets's Blog (201)

Get the Real Butter Out!: An Interview with Greg Martin

Originally published at MoonRunners

Greg Martin has spent his entire career as a professional musician chasing down the roots. As lead guitarist and founding member of the Kentucky Headhunters, he has fully explored the links between country, blues, and rock and roll, creating a Southern-fried sound that doesn't quite fit in anywhere. Yet for a period of time in the early '90s, Martin's band was the talk of Music…


Added by Adam Sheets on April 13, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

The Lonesome Death of Donny Young

Originally published at MoonRunners

The hills of south central Ohio are an enigma. Both culturally and literally they are worlds apart from the pre-NAFTA industrial hubs like Akron and Cleveland. To the best of my knowledge, neither LeBron James or Drew…


Added by Adam Sheets on April 9, 2012 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Why Roger Miller is my hero (with a partial album guide)

Originally published at MoonRunners

It's easy to write songs like Jim Morrison. No disrespect intended to a charismatic frontman and a great rock band, but everybody can and has written blatant attempts at poetry, shrouded in so much imagery that only the most astute listener will know or care what the songs actually mean.

It's tougher to write something that is intelligent, yet so simple that you get…


Added by Adam Sheets on March 29, 2012 at 6:00pm — 13 Comments

On this whole Chris Brown Thing

Originally published on MoonRunners

This whole Chris Brown thing reminds me of a deleted scene from Mike Judge's Idiocracy and is exhibit A in the case against our modern day society and culture.

I'm not speaking from any moral high ground here. A short list of any of my favorite artists would reveal drug addiction, alcoholism, and even an attempted murder or two. But I was…


Added by Adam Sheets on February 14, 2012 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

The Last of the Rock 'n' Rollers

An uncensored version of this was originally published at MoonRunners

You ever hear a song on the radio and ask yourself, as Eddie Murphy did, "Can you believe this motherf****** shit?" You know the type of song I'm talking about. It's one of those things that sounds more like an engineer and a computer programmer jerking each other off on a bed of Auto-Tuned bubblegum than anything even remotely…


Added by Adam Sheets on January 27, 2012 at 1:00pm — 28 Comments

Vintage Vinyl Review: Porter Wagoner- "Soul of a Convict and Other Great Prison Songs"

Originally published at MoonRunners

"Miracles appear in the strangest of places," as Willie said.

Today, while we were on a pointless excursion in town, my brother decided he wanted to visit one of our local pawnshops and check out some guns. I had nothing better to do, so no…


Added by Adam Sheets on January 15, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

On Elvis, influence, and unintended consequences

Originally published at MoonRunners

Today marks the 77th birthday of Elvis Presley, hands down the most influential recording artist of the 20th century. But what does influence really mean? Does each action have an unintended, inadvertent reaction? Is it enough to call Elvis the King of Rock 'n Roll and say he was one of the best ever or should we look beyond that and ask what his influence really was and what it…


Added by Adam Sheets on January 8, 2012 at 10:45am — 30 Comments

2012 Music Preview

Originally published at

Well folks, 2011 is just about gone and we've seen a lot of great releases. The great news is that 2012 is gearing up to be even better. Below are some of the albums I'm looking forward to next year along with my thoughts or the artist's comments on each of them.

Alan Jackson

Nashville honky-tonk traditionalist Alan Jackson…


Added by Adam Sheets on December 30, 2011 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

Adam's Top 10 of '11

I swore to myself I wouldn't do this. I hate making lists and even more than that, hate the feeling that somebody is being left out. And, don't take it personally, but I haven't read the top 10 list you posted. Sorry. But it's 2:55 a.m. on December 30th and I needed to write something. So here we go. Starting at number 10.

10. Roger Alan Wade- Too Fat to Fly

Surprisingly, or maybe not, Roger Alan Wade followed up Deguello…


Added by Adam Sheets on December 30, 2011 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

On freedom of speech, misplaced legacies and double standards

Back in 1982, one of the most popular country singers of his era delivered the following lines: "Blew my last twenty dollars on an Oilers football game/I only lost by half a point, nothing ever goes my way/Reaganomics and plastic people makin' good luck hard to find/All this stuff that's goin' down, really got me down this time." It's worth noting that he didn't write those particular…


Added by Adam Sheets on October 3, 2011 at 10:00pm — 27 Comments

EXCLUSIVE Premiere of Fifth on the Floor's new video

It's hard to think of a better pairing than the two Kentucky artists Fifth on the Floor and Blake Judd. Fifth on the Floor seamlessly blend the musical traditions of our collective past into the harsh realities of the early 21st century American wasteland, creating a unique sound that I, personally, consider one of the most exciting things going on in music today. I've previously reviewed…


Added by Adam Sheets on September 21, 2011 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Song Review: Shooter Jennings- "Outlaw You"

Right now, in August 2011, country music is in worse shape than it's been since the infamous Nashville sound era of the 1960s. Granted, it took us a while to get to this point. First came the urban cowboys, then the pop revolution led by Garth, Shania and eventually Taylor Swift, and now with artists such as Justin Moore, Eric Church, and Blake Shelton we have a new manufactured "authenticity"- songs so cliched that they make rap songs about handguns and hoes sound original. We're…


Added by Adam Sheets on August 17, 2011 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

An interview with Hank3

For over a decade Shelton Hank Williams, better known as Hank3, has been a driving force in country music, moving the genre forward by injecting a heavy metal attitude while always being respectful of the sounds of the past. He has made a name for himself throughout the music industry for doing things his own way and on September 6 he will do…


Added by Adam Sheets on August 10, 2011 at 5:00pm — 15 Comments

RIP Marshall Grant

This morning, after signing in to Twitter, I was greeted by some bad news. Rosanne Cash had tweeted that Marshall Grant, the bass player for Johnny Cash from 1954 to 1980 (as well as one show in 1999) and the last surviving member of the Tennessee Two had passed away last night. As anybody who has listened to Cash's early records knows, Mr. Grant's playing was an integral and iconic part of the music that would go on to influence thousands of later artists in country, rock and…


Added by Adam Sheets on August 7, 2011 at 9:00am — 8 Comments

An open letter to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

To the executive director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum:


Recently, it has been brought to my attention that your museum is seeking $75 million in donations in an attempt to expand the size of your facilities, adding an 800-seat theater and a new educational center among other things. 


Unfortunately, I will not be able to donate to this cause, because I do not believe that your museum is an accurate barometer of country music greatness and thus…


Added by Adam Sheets on July 30, 2011 at 2:30pm — 38 Comments

Review: Those Poor Bastards- "Is This Hell?"

If you have been following country music's underground for any substantial period of time, you have undoubtedly came into contact with Those Poor Bastards and their unique brand of goth-country. Combining the darker edges of old-time folk and roots music with punk influences, the Wisconsin duo have carved out a niche among fans who love and appreciate both tradition and innovation. With their new four-track EP Is This Hell? , the duo continues their domination of this… Continue

Added by Adam Sheets on July 26, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

Review: Slackeye Slim- "El Santo Grial: La Pistola Piadosa"

Imagine for a moment that instead of becoming a visionary film director, Sergio Leone had chosen to be a record producer. Imagine that all of the vast, meticulously detailed landscapes painted within the frames of his films were constrained to your mind's eye as you heard only the sounds and the vision of a great artist. Imagine that the music he produced told an epic, violent, but ultimately human saga of a mythic West that never really existed anywhere, not even in Hollywood. A West… Continue

Added by Adam Sheets on July 26, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

Why Spotify is going to ruin music


Think about that amount. In data from a few years ago, a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan cost $1800 a month. Your electric bill is somewhere around $150 to $200. Internet. Phone. Cable or satellite. Food. And, most expensive of all, gasoline. 

How far will $167 go? Or more importantly, who will the money go to?  

In this case the answer is Lady Gaga, the biggest star in the world at the moment. It was given to her by Spotify as songwriting royalties on a song…


Added by Adam Sheets on July 22, 2011 at 10:30am — 36 Comments

Review: Jimbo Mathus- Confederate Buddha

These days folks have forgotten the most important element of music and with the consumerist pop garbage that the industry keeps shoving down their throats, you can't hardly blame them. Think about it. These days, with the aid of overdubbing and the Satanic device known as Auto-Tune, it is possible to take an acoustic number by Bob Dylan and make it sound like Mario Lanza singing Puccini in…


Added by Adam Sheets on July 14, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Hank III Announces the Release of Four New Albums in September

From the press release


With his own new label, Hank3 Records, and the sense that he has thrown off the chains holding him back creatively, Shelton Hank Williams III, aka Hank3, is coming out swinging this year with the release of FOUR records on September 6 - that's right - FOUR.

The unprecedented launch, in a distribution partnership with Megaforce Records (MRI), features a broad range of music that bridges more than one head-thumping genre - a…


Added by Adam Sheets on June 23, 2011 at 11:30am — 5 Comments


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