The 3rd Annual Jammin' at Hippie Jack's Fall Festival
w/Outlaw Gospel, Tommy Womack, Ben Reel, Mark Robinson & Sam Lewis
Our 3rd Annual Fall Festival will take place September 27th – 30th. Tent and RV campers with a 3-day camping pass can start to roll in on Thursday, September 27th at 10AM. On Thursday evening, we will have a campers' potluck dinner party from 6:00
Nashville TN | Rock
As both an artist and a person, Tommy Womack has been called everything from "Tom Lehrer with a Telecaster" to "Nashville's best loved musical eccentric," and he might blushingly, but proudly, accept both titles. That's because separating Womack the man and Womack the artist is impossible, as they're both the same guy. An award-winning recording artist and a published author, Womack writes songs as honest as anything Hank Williams or Steve Earle ever recorded, and has attracted the attention of the national press while accumulating a loyal following.
Womack came to Nashville from Kentucky, where he led the legendary post-punk band Government Cheese. Then came the short-lived bis-quits (who made one great record for John Prine's Oh Boy! Label and brought Tommy and Will Kimbrough together for the first time of what has become a long, fruitful partnership). After the demise of the bis-quits, Womack immortalized Government Cheese's story in the cult classic rock bio Cheese Chronicles: The True Story of a Rock 'n' Roll Band You've Never Heard Of. (With the release of a 2 CD anthology of Government Cheese's, a sell-out reunion tour, and the success of the book, the Cheese is arguably a bigger band now than they ever were when they were together!)
On his fourth solo album - the career-defining There, I Said It! - Womack, sang about how his better days appeared to be behind him. "Nice Day", a heart-tugging tale of a father enjoying a day swimming with his son while financial worries swirl in his head, won the "Best Song" award in the 2007 Nashville Scene Critics poll (an award he's won twice). That record also features his epic tour de force "Alpha Male & The Canine Mystery Blood" is 8 minutes of cathartic musings on life, love and aging that often moves audiences to standing ovations.
With the release of 2012's Now What!, Womack picks up where he left off. "This record is totally a sequel. Hence the title. The last record was all about being washed up." he says, "This one is about what happened when 'There, I Said It!' gave me my career back. Songs about home and family ("Play That Cheap Trick, Cheap Trick Play"; "It Doesn't Have to Be That Good") collide into songs about the perils of road life ("On and Off the Wagon" and the hilarious - if blood-chilling - "90 Miles an Hour Down a Dead-End Street".) In between, we meet old flames in the grocery ("Bye & Bye"), grow old ungracefully ("Over the Hill") and ponder simple love ("I Love You to Pieces"; "Wishes Do Come True"; and the album closer "Let's Have Another Cigarette".)
Womack is omnipresent in Music City, both live and on record, whether working with Will Kimbrough in their band DADDY, who have released two records, to leading the Alphabetical Kinks with Bill Lloyd (playing a night full of Kinks tunes done in alphabetical order, starting with "All Day & All of the Night" and ending with "You Really Got Me"), or leading his Clash tribute band Tommy Gun, or being in his harmony vocalist's band backing Lisa Oliver-Gray (who's record he co-produced) on simply playing his own show being backed by his own fine band, the Rush to Judgment. "I like being busy." Womack says, "Keeps me out of trouble. I've been in enough trouble as it is. I feel lucky getting to do all this. After growing up such a square peg and spending so much time miserable, I like getting near 50 and actually thinking, 'hey, it's fun being me.'"
Silverbridge Ireland United Kindom | Rock
Irish singer/songwriter Ben Reel released his 6th studio album on the 22nd April 2013 entitled “Darkness & The Light”. It includes 11 brand new songs. This will be the first record that he has recorded & produced in his own home studio in Co. Armagh. There will also be a special limited edition of the album available only on the benreel.com website, which will include 5 bonus tracks.
Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music from rock,soul,blues, Alt Folk/Americana & with the occasional injection of reggae. This was highlighted on his 2012, 18 song best of album (Ben Reel 1999-2009 Compilation 10) released only as a limited edition for loyal fans to buy at gigs, also available on iTunes worldwide.
Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine and he has very much his own sound today. This can be heard on this new album.
Darkness & The Light is a powerful soulful album with deep meaningful lyrics and memorable epic anthemic songs, with strong melodies combined with imaginitive expansive arrangements. Recorded digitally but with an analog feeling of warmth. The songs deal with the fall out since the global economic crash. Also probing for spiritual meaning and balance between the Yin and the Yang, trying to find light, hope and healing in these troubled times. Serious songs from a serious artist in a serious moment in time.
In the last 10 years he has had numerous high profile TV & Radio appearances and airplay under his belt including Bob Harris BBC Radio 2 and has supported names like Jools Holland, Alabama 3, The Cranberries and appeared as a special guest at one of Hal Ketchum's shows in Dublin. He has performed his radio hit ’U People’ with the late great Ian Dury’s legendary ’Blockheads’ and has recorded the song with award winning saxophonist Gilad Atzmon.
Over the last 5 years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Europe, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing fan base . His band includes amongst the finest musicians in Ireland, his brother in law Michael Black on Drums, Ronnie O’Flynn on bass and Mick McCarney on guitar. With this line up they have built up a loyal underground following. Ben is often described as an ’artist lying beneath the radar for way too long’.
In 2011 Ben played showcase gigs in Nashville & Memphis (Folk Alliance) where he colloborated with some of Nashville's finest, David Olney & Sergio Webb, co wrote "Heart Just Won't Heal" with Irene Kelley which was a radio hit in several countries with the help Airplaydirect.com which he has been number 1 for the last 4 months on their radio download rock chart.
In February 2013 he toured with Tommy Womack in the UK & Holland and now in Sept 2013 Ben will team up with Tommy once again for some dates for a U.S tour that will take in cities NYC, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Lexington, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Louisville & Hippie Jacks festival in Crawford TN with more dates to be announced. When he returns to Europe there will be further dates in Holland, Germany, Norway, UK and of course his home country Ireland before Christmas comes around.
Nashville TN | Rock
Quit Your Job - Play Guitar isn’t just the title of Mark Robinson’s first solo CD—it’s his life.
Mark picked up his first guitar at age 13 in his hometown, Bloomington, Indiana (where a few years later he had his first professional guitar gig with fellow Hoosier Bobby Helms—of “Jingle Bell Rock” fame). Drawing on musical influences ranging from The Allman Brothers to Charlie Christian, Mark practiced every lick until it was perfect. But he also found his own musical path, part rock, part blues, part jazz—but most definitely Mark Robinson. He continued to play guitar in a variety of local bands while he attended Indiana University and got his degree in audio and video production, with a minor in music from IU's renowned School of Music. Mark got a job at the local television station, directing the morning "Farm Show" and stage managing IU basketball coach Bob Knight's post-game shows.
But music called, so Mark moved to Chicago, where he had a chance to play with some legends of American blues, including Lonnie Brooks, Jimmy Johnson, Koko Taylor, Son Seals, and Bo Diddley. When Mark returned to Bloomington, he continued to perform and record with nationally acclaimed acts: singer-songwriter Bill Wilson; Americana artists Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Bob Cheevers; soul-bluesman Tad Robinson (no relation); and rock guitarist Larry Crane (formerly of John Mellencamp’s band). And he had a day gig: video producer at IU. It paid the bills. And it allowed him to earn his Master's in Education, specializing in Instructional Systems Technology. (That and a dollar could get him a cup of coffee.)
In 2004, Mark Robinson was offered an opportunity to move to Music City and be a full-time musician. No guarantees of making a living—but a chance to do what he loved, play guitar, rather than what he had to do to earn a paycheck. It was the right move. In Nashville, Mark has performed and/or recorded with Davis Raines, Mike Cullison, Randy Handley, Walt Wilkins and the Mystiqueros, Tricia Walker, Kent Blazy, Johnny Neel, Cory Batten, Tom Ghent, Brian Langlinais, Mike Kearns, and many others.
In Nashville, Mark has also focused on songwriting, with cuts by other Nashville artists, and on producing, with a number of CDs and demos to his credit. In addition, he now fronts the Mark Robinson Band—performing strong originals and soulful covers. His performances are inspired by the many great talents he’s worked with over the years. Mark Robinson the sideman has morphed into Mark Robinson the artist.
Mark’s new CD, Quit Your Job - Play Guitar, is raw and soulful--blues-infused, guitar-based roots music. The songs and performances are steeped in Chicago blues, Memphis soul, rock and roll and Americana. The players on the CD are some of the finest musicians in Nashville. And Mark’s songs are as at home on Beale Street as they are on Lower Broad, and as comfortable in Southside Chicago lounges as in the studios of Muscle Shoals.
Over the course of his career Mark has shared the stage with some of the best-known names in music, including The Byrds, Johnny Winter, Steppenwolf, John Mellencamp, Dr. John, Leo Kottke, David Ball, Marty Stuart, and Lonnie Mack. But he’s never had more fun or more satisfaction than right now, right here in Nashville.
Whether crossing genres or state lines, he has pieced together a story people need to hear. His self-titled debut album pulls together some of Nashville's most seasoned musicians, who have helped put the breath into a body of songs that are as straight-forward and captivating as the man who sings them.
Five years of constant writing, performing and touring have become the nexus of Lewis' self-titled debut. Sam has woven ten songs into a conversation, between himself, the band, and his listeners. The two day recording session assembled a group made up of Nashville's top session and touring players, including guitarist Kenny Vaughan, keyboard player Reggie Bradley Smith, Derek Mixon on drums and bass player Dave Jacques. "It was amazing", says Lewis, "because I had never played these songs with anybody before, and especially with those type of guys: professional, but also really seasoned musicianship." Making a surprise appearance on the album is soul chanteuse Jonell Mosser, providing backing vocals on "I'm A River".
Kicking off with the thick groove of "The Cross I Wear", every track strikes a balance between light and dark, from the push/pull of Smith and Vaughan, to the way Lewis' voice melts over the top of the band. "I just fell in love with his music; his delivery and his whole thing," says Vaughan. "I thought, ’Man, this guy has really got it going on', which is very unusual for hardened, grim professionals like us to be impressed by somebody like that. It's one-in-a-million. It hardly ever happens."
The combination of Mosser's and Lewis' vocals bring "I'm a River" to an almost spiritual level. Every word in the album is a product of Lewis' careful attention to detail, whether it be the fictional "Bluesday Night" or the autobiographical "Southern Greek Tragedy". According to Steve Wildsmith, of The Daily Times, Lewis' writing "conveys the weight of a heavy heart with well-turned phrases and searing images usually reserved for such luminaries as John Prine" that "sets him down a path well worn by contemporaries like Guy Clark and John Hiatt." He is able to tell the story with only the necessary lyrics, leaving the rest to nuance, and the listeners own discretion. A mere two day recording session took place at Eric Fritsch's Eastwood Studio, in Nashville, TN. Once complete, it was put into the hands of two-time Grammy nominee engineer Brandon Bell, who mixed everything together. An appearance on Nashville's Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst noted, "Beyond the honeyed voice and sparking band (guitar hero Kenny Vaughan included), Sam stood out for his songs, which had that been-here-forever quality. It's no wonder this guy's generating buzz... He sings a little like Van Morrison, making it ’Americana' with a groovy twist. Welcome to Nashville. More of this please."
Music was one of the few constants in Sam's life. His family never stayed anywhere for long, which meant that friendships were forged between himself and the music he absorbed, from Roy Orbison to Van Morrison to Willie Nelson. The influence of Ray Charles can be felt from the first note to the last beat, making Sam's debut a complimentary companion to Charles' own, two-volume Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Leaving home as soon as the opportunity arrived, Sam landed in Knoxville, and later Nashville.
Sam has spent hours, in fact years, collecting and arranging the relationships and experiences he has forged. To the average person, they seem like an amalgamation of time and happenstance, but to him, they are the moral of the story. "I never once felt, in this whole process that someone just kind of pointed. No one took me by the hand, but almost every single one of these connections were very personal. I was introduced to these people that helped make this record. These are gonna be people that I'm going to know the rest of my life." Lewis has drawn us a clear picture of where he's going, and thankfully, he has invited us along for the ride.