“in the groove” for Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Gabriel Kelley / Hardcore Country / Aaron Allen

Song and Artist: “Holding Me Down” by Gabriel Kelley of Athens, Georgia.

Gabriel Kelley, singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia.
Gabriel Kelley, singer-songwriter from Athens, Georgia.

image courtesy Alive Magazine, St. Louis, MO


“Holding Me Down” by Gabriel Kelley

Gabriel Kelley’s website/music:


Radio Show: Fred Smith’s Hardcore Country

Fred Smith, host of
Fred Smith, host of “Hardcore Country” CHRW Radio.

images courtesy CHRW Radio and YouTube

Fred Smith hosts “Hardcore Country” on Radio Western CHRW 94.9, in London, Ontario, Canada.

“Hardcore Country” focus on all kinds of Country/Western music.

Excerpt from CHRW Radio about Fred Smith:

“Host for 25 years playing the best in both kinds of music (Country & Western) From Americana to Zydeco with stops at Cajun, Swing, honky tonk “

“Hardcore Country” airs live on Wednesdays from 10pm-midnight, Ontario time.

Listen live: http://chrwradio.ca/

Supporter of Country/Americana: Aaron Allen

Aaron Allen, singer/songwriter, and DJ Hall of Fame member.
Aaron Allen, singer/songwriter, and DJ Hall of Fame member.

images courtesy AXS Entertainment, YouTube, and Honky Tonk Texas, USA

DJ Hall of Famer Aaron Allen is best known as a prolific songwriter and DJ from the Texas hill country, who is an avid supporter of country and Americana music. Currently in his eighties, Allen’s history in the music industry spans over 50 years.

Excerpt from the Honky Tonk Legends page of the Honky Tonk Texas, USA website:

“Over 52 years in the music business, he has spent many of his efforts in the country music radio industry. He started on KITE in San Antonio, Texas in 1948, KBOP in Pleasanton and on to the well known WOAI in San Antonio. When Aaron left KBOP Willie Nelson took his place in 1954. He continued in Ft. Worth (working with Lawton Williams), Kansas, Nashville and various other stations. He often is seen at Willie’s 4th of July Picnic as Emcee.”

URL: http://www.honkytonktx.com/legends/

Allen is deeply involved in the Central Texas country music scene, having close ties with the Finlays and musicians who make up the Cheatham Street Warehouse family, and also with Willie Nelson, who as a young man, replaced Allen as DJ at KBOP; in fact, it was Nelson who recorded Allen’s “Truth Number One.” Allen also hosted “The Double A Show,” his own country music radio show on KCTI 1450 AM Radio in Gonzales, Texas.

Excerpt from an article from 2010 on AXS Entertainment by correspondent Thomas McAleer:

“Well aware of the path that “country” music has taken especially from Nashville, Aaron tends to promote “True” country music. The younger generation who have followed in the foot-steps of the legendary country artists, give Aaron hope for the future of country music and radio. If not he’ll write them himself, making sure there’re country or as Ernest Tubb often said if his band got a little loud or fast, “Keep it country, boys.” With Aaron around, we’re in good hands.
Every time there’s a benefit show played somewhere for a musician, Aaron Allan is one of the first people who shows up to play. He has mentored many young songwriters, and has had many of them as guests on his radio show in the past.”

(URL: http://www.examiner.com/article/aaron-allan-benefit-at-cheatham-st-warehouse-sunday-sept-26).

There is a fascinating and detailed article about Aaron Allen on the Outlaw Magazine website entitled “Aaron Allen: Deliver Me” under “Last Honky Tonk Music Series,” which you can read at the following link:  http://www.outlawmagazine.tv/content/aaron-allen-deliver-me/ (published September 26, 2011, written by ‘Doctor G’ aka Dr. Gregg Andrews).

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