-Continued from our Nashville Boogie series-
Saturday morning had us up at the crack of dawn to see Don Maddox. He was playing in the morning, which seemed odd at first, but it was because the lineup was sooooo jam packed. You will see by the time you finish reading this post! Don was his usual brand of awesome - playing all our favorite Maddox Bros. & Rose songs as well as cracking a few classic "old man" jokes. After the set we got to take a photo with him and pick up a signed copy of his new book. Do you like our matching outfits? It is almost like we knew what he would wear!
Go see Don if you have a chance! A few days later when we were at the airport catching our flight home, we saw Don with his family waiting for their flight. - "Hey Don, great show at the Nashville Boogie!" Don replies, "Thanks. Hey, have you ever heard of the Maddox Bros. & Rose?" We then got the full story from the man himself. Don Maddox is hillbilly royalty, so we just smiled and nod, and heard the story all over again!
Between seeing Don and breakfast at Cracker Barrel, we decided to finally take a good look at the vendors. The vendors were pretty quiet, which is nice for shopping. We didn't have a ton of dough to spend, but luckily, things are cheap in Nashville! I saw vintage shoes selling for $6, old day dresses for $10 and western gab slacks for $20. It was crazy! I also ended up leaving with a hair bow and coasters made of old vinyl record stock from Wreckerd Mill. Their stuff is so cool! I recommend you check them out!
Then we met some friends at the Jack Daniel's bar to see the beautiful and talented Pearls Mahone play. Pearls puts her own modern spin on country tunes by greats like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. She was very entertaining and charming to boot!
Of course we had to check out the car show to take a few pictures for all you gear heads. The car show was all indoors and featured some beautiful cars! I wish we had more time to spend in there!
There were also additional vendors out at the car show. One of them was in a vintage Shasta trailer. Sooooo cute. It was like a mix of shopping and glamping! The displays were so nice it made you almost not want to buy anything...almost!
We didn't have much time to walk around the car show though because we had to see one of the most anticipated acts of the weekend: Nikki Hill! Nikki and her band flat out blew the roof off the joint! Their unique brand of Rock & Soul isn't trying to be perfectly traditional, and that's just fine by us! Nikki will have you dancing and screaming for more the whole time. It was great to get some hard rock and lots of soul to round out the weekend.
The Nashville Boogie had a very impressive showing of legends for a first year festival. One of those legends was none other than Johnny Powers. Johnny came out snarling in white denim and black trim that screamed rock 'n' roll! He of course had the crowd roaring for his favorites. "Long Blonde Hair," and "Rock Rock." - Traditional rockabilly at its finest!
We loved seeing people we only get to see in Vegas, like Ashley of Lisa Freemont Street, and Barrie of Fables by Barrie. I was rocking a vintage western denim coulot and vest set I bought at VLV from Top Stitch Vintage out of Texas.
One of the most talked about acts of the weekend was local favorite, Woody Pines. We met them at the Nashville Palace on Thursday night and they were all great guys. We were very eager to see their set. Gladly, this trio lived up to the hype! They sounded a lot larger thanks to Woody playing a variety of instruments while singing. They really got the room hot, in more than one way!
Even though he isn't still the young whipper snapper from back in his Collins Kids days, you'd never know it from watching him play. Larry Collins can still rip it up on the fretboard - powering through songs like "Rockin' Gypsy" and the crowd favorite "Whistle Bait." Also, it was fun seeing his nephew, Dakota Collins, on the bass.
Modern rockabilly legends, The Paladins, played a monster of a set! We hadn't seen these Southern California guys play in quite awhile, so it only makes sense that we'd fly to Nashville to catch them. They were just as awesome as we remember! It was so refreshing to hear some California sound amid the southern sounds of the weekend. Younger rockabilly musicians should make sure to check out a Paladins show because this is how it's done! This ended up being one of our favorite sets of the entire weekend!
The end of The Paladins set turned into an all star jam! Both Rosie Flores and Nikki Hill came onstage to rock out.
Our Bay Area friends The B-Stars are one of the top western swings acts going right now and they fit right in in Nashville. All their songs seem to be that perfect dancing tempo and they kept the somewhat dance-shy crowd swingin' the whole time.
Tasked with closing out the weekend was none other than WILD records' best, The Rhythm Shakers. Marlene Perez and her band are on fire lately! You can catch them at nearly every top weekender around the world. And with good reason, their sound is raw, yet polished, and Marlene's delivery is near unequaled at the moment by anyone else on the scene. Their hard hitting brand of California rockabilly was the perfect end to a jam packed night of great performers.
Stay tuned for more Nashville Boogie posts!
Dollie & Zack