“in the groove” for Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chuck Hawthorne / Blabber ‘n’ Smoke / Merlefest

Song and Artist: “Dragon Flies” by Chuck Hawthorne of Austin, Texas.

Chuck Hawthorne, singer-songwriter in Austin, Texas.
Chuck Hawthorne, singer-songwriter in Austin, Texas.

photo courtesy Chuck Hawthorne official website


“Dragon Flies” by Chuck Hawthorne

Chuck Hawthorne’s official website/music:


Music Review Blog: Paul Kerr’s “Blabber ‘n’ Smoke” (Glasgow, Scotland)

Paul Kerr's Music Review Blog
Paul Kerr’s Music Review Blog “Blabber ‘n’ Smoke” in Glasgow, Scotland

images courtesy Paul Kerr and Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

Description from Blabber ‘n’ Smoke: “A Glasgow view of Americana and related music”

Blabber ‘n’ Smoke is a  music blog authored by Paul Kerr of Glasgow, Scotland, consisting mainly of music reviews of Americana.

Link to Kerr’s blog:


Supporter of Americana: Merlefest/Chris Austin Songwriter Competition

Merlefest music festival and the Chris Austin Songwriter Competition
Merlefest music festival and the Chris Austin Songwriter Competition

images courtesy Merlefest official website

Descriptions from the official Merlefest website:

About Merlefest:

“MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, serves as an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. “

About Chris Austin:

“Shy, quiet Chris Austin from Boone, North Carolina, turned courageous on Saturday night as he snuck into the Grand Ole Opry so a friend could introduce him to Ricky Skaggs. Soon, the young artist from Boone had a three-year job as Ricky’s sideman playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and singing. It took Chris far away from the mountains where he fell in love with the guitar at 9 and joined his father’s bluegrass band at 14.Working for Skaggs afforded Chris, who had attended the Country & Bluegrass program at South Plains College in Texas, the opportunity to be seen by executives at Warner Brothers Records, who offered him a recording contract. Over those next few years Warner Brothers released several singles, “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “I Know There’s A Heart In There Somewhere,” and “Out Of Step.” A respect for the power that songs have in their ability to make a positive impact in the world led Chris to devote all of his energies to songwriting. Notable writers such as Frank Dycus, Charlie Black, Roger Murrah, Jim Rushing, and many others saw an enthusiastic and talented writer in Chris, just as Skaggs heard in “Same Ol’ Love,” Ricky’s top 5 hit with Epic Records. That song, written by Chris and Greg Barnhill was the first major cut for both writers. On March 16, 1991, only a few hours after the recording of “Same Ol’ Love,” Chris was killed in a tragic plane accident near San Diego along with other members of Reba McEntire’s band as well as her tour manager.Pete Fisher, then of Warner Songs and currently general manager of the Grand Ole Opry, and Kari Estrin, then MerleFest consultant and “Pickin’ for Merle” video associate producer, initiated the contest to honor the memory of Austin. “

Link to Merlefest:


Link to the Chris Austin Songwriter Competition:


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