How We Do It In Dixie

Sun and Fun on the Redneck Riviera……..

A couple of weeks ago, I packed up with Mrs. Jenna Danielle Moore and headed South (our FAVORITE direction!)  We loaded up Ol’ Blue, our trusty Dodge  Ram 1500 Sport Pick-up Truck and set out on our journey through the  Heart of Dixie-Land.  Part business, Part Pleasure and ALL fun was what lay in store for us on this 3 day trip.  Bound for the Flora-Bama in Perdido Key, Florida on the Alabama/Florida line.  The Mighty Flora-Bama is known as “The Last Great American RoadHouse” and has become a favorite Honky  Tonk -Tour Stop for The Dallas Moore Band and a very special destination for myself and Mrs. Moore as we once renewed our Wedding Vows there with Donna Slater presiding over the ceremony in true Flora-Bama style and have had some of the best times of our life together on the Beach and in the Bars surrounding  the area known as the “REDNECK RIVIERA.”  We left a day earlier than my Brothers in the  Band to ensure as much Beach Time as possible.  With our Band not scheduled to play til late each night, we had nothing but Sun, Surf, Sugar White Sands and BUSHWHACKERS dancing in our heads.  Up and at ’em early (after a late night show the night before at the Infamous Knotty Pine in Cincinnati,Ohio) we rolled Ol’ Blue out of Southern Ohio, crossed the river into the Bluegrass State of Kentucky and we were Officially “SOUTHBOUND!”

Ready to Roll Ol' Blue Down to Dixie!!

I LOVE the State of Kentucky.  The Land of  The Bourbon and the Bluegrass is one of my favorite places on Earth.  Both of our families are deeply rooted in Kentucky and we had alot of fun on the drive tellin’ tales of when we were young’ns on each of our families farms and stories passed down from generations of our kin folks.  The Fall leaves were in the very beginning stages of the beautiful burnt hues they will eventually become and the scenery was awesome.  As much as I Love “My Ol’ Kentucky Home” our destination was a 14 hour drive away that I was Hell bent and determined to make in 12 hours.  With no hesitation and yours truly at the helm of the wheel, Ol’ Dallas put the “Pedal On The Right” all the way down and before you could say “Trashville says our Musics Dead And Gone” we had blown through KY and rolled around the familiar curves of Nashville, Tennessee…Music City U.S.A.  It seems I have always had a  Love/Hate relationship with Nashville.  I LOVE the Town, the Friends we’ve made, the Restaurants, Honky Tonks and History.  I HATE most of today’s “country music” and the whole Nashville System that perpetuates the pop country charade that has become modern day Top 40  Radio Country.  Needless to say, since we weren’t in town playing a show at 12th & Porter or 3rd and Lindsley (two of our Favorite spots to jam off of Nashville’s beaten path) I made like my friend Shooter Jennings says and kept it “STEADY AT THE WHEEL!” It seemed like a flash and we were GONE out of Tennessee and marveling at the Stars and Bars just across the Alabama line.  Now friends, on this trip, once you hit the Alabama line you still got a LONG way to go with Birmingham bein’ just about the halfway point, give or take a little.  Stopping only to fuel up and runnin’ Ol’ Blue like a scalded dog, we hauled ass towards Montgomery, home of Hank Williams Grave and the BEST Fried Green Tomato and Bacon Sammich on Gods Green Earth.  Swill yerself a Peach Sweet Tea and you are in the Heaven that is the Deep South.  By this time the Sun had been down for hours so we locked in with the tail lights of a few Brother Truckers, Loaded up the CD player with NOTHING but WAYLON GODDAMN JENNINGS and rolled on into the night.  Again, in what seemed like no time we made the Alabama/Florida line and were pulling up to “Ye Old River House” across the street from the Flora-Bama.  Checking my watch, I was tickled to realize that we made our trek in a record 12 hours and 15 minutes from our drive-way in Ohio.  HOME SWEET HOME ALABAMA!!

Steady At The Wheel!!

We started our day off right with a visit to The REEF Bar and a round of Ice Cold PBR’s.  Our Great Friends (and bizness partners) Brian DeBruler and Michelle D’Amico  from our label SOL RECORDS and the band PURE GRAIN made their virgin trip to the Flora-Bama and arrived early in the morning and joined us at The REEF to do our  our daily internet updates.  Gotta take care of Bizness before we start playin’ hardball and havin’ FUN!  With a few cold one’s down and our morning work done, we wasted NO time hittin’ the beach.

Bushwackers!!

The Flora-Bama!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sugar White Sands and 84 degree Sunshine of Perdido Beach wished us a WARM Welcome to the Gulf Of Mexico!  We enjoyed Royal Red Shrimp, Fish Bites, Oysters and (best of all) BUSHWHACKERS from the Flora-Bama as our 1st meal of the day.  For those who don’t know, a “BUSHWHACKER” is the famed House Drink of the Flora-Bama.  A wickedly delicious concoction that tastes eerily similar to a Frosty at Wendy’s with several varieties of Rum infused in it!  The late, great Rusty McHugh had a song about it called the “Bushwhacker Boogie” which told the tale of many who met their early evening demise at the hands of the dastardly Bushwhacker.  The hook line was “The Bushwhacker Boogie…..You Think Your Dancin’ But Your Really Just Fallin’ Down.”  I can tell y’all from personal experience, I have been Bushwhacked in all it’s glory and lived to tell about it!  If ya pace yourself right and ya take a late afternoon nap, you’re in pretty good shape to wake up, eat, and enjoy a few cocktails and lefty’s on the back deck of the River House while taking in the Breathtaking Sunset that I like to refer to as “The Calm Before The Storm” that is about to take place when The Dallas Moore Band hits the stage to a standing room only crowd in the BAMA DOME at the Flora-Bama.  Pictured below is a picture of both the “Calm” AND the “Storm.”

The Calm Before The Storm!

The Storm!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day two offered even more Beach time and all the Brothers in the Dallas Moore Band, as well as our good friend Ben Bowman from Prospect, KY enjoyed our time at the Ocean and the TIKI Bar.  We also got to eat at BELLA LUNA to enjoy our favorite slice of New York Style Pizza Margherita on the planet.  I have enjoyed a slice at the finest pizzeria’s in New York City and swear that NONE can compare to Bella Luna in Perdido Key and I’ll stand on Anthony Bourdains coffee table in my sand spurred cowboy boots and tell him so By GOD!!  After a day of Sun & Fun with family and friends,  we retired for a late afternoon siesta.  When we awoke and cleaned up, we were pleasantly surprised by the arrival of Professor Neil Hamilton and his wife Lesli.  Ol’ Professor Neil is an Author as well as a Professor at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.  He is a really cool cat that we got to meet while being interviewed for his upcoming book OUTLAWS: STILL AT LARGE detailing the History of Outlaw Country Music and Profiling the Modern Day Hard Core Troubadours that are carrying on the Music and expanding on the themes of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, etc. We are honored to be featured in Neil’s upcoming book and it’s always a lot of fun when we get together and see who REALLY is the King Of  Bullshit Mountain!

Saturday nights jam was equally as packed as Friday’s in the BAMA DOME and extra Rowdy given the early afternoon victory of the Alabama Crimson Tide over the boys from Arkansas. ROLL TIDE ROLL was the defiant war chant for the evening save for the LSU fans that had rolled in from South Louisiana, including BILBO STRAIN and The LOOZIANA WRECKIN’ CREW.  It was GREAT to see our Cajun friends and boogie woogie to whiskey soaked versions of JAMBALAYA and MARIE LAVEAU.  AYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEE!!!

On Sunday Morning, Jenna and I attended WORSHIP ON THE WATER.  The very unique Church Service presided over by Pastor Jeremy every Sunday at 11:00 am under the Big Top Tent outside the Flora-Bama.  Always inspiring music, fellowship and message.  Come as you are and leave feeling better about life than you did when you walked in.  Even if you don’t like to “Attend Church” this experience is recommended to all by Ol’ Dallas himself.  At the very least, you are welcome to enjoy a bloody mary to heal your wounds from the night before and enjoy the outstanding music that leads the charge.  I promise you will never think of  “CHURCH” the same!

Worship On The Water

Sunday afternoon’s “early” show found us easing onto the stage at 4:30 in the afternoon.  It wasn’t long before the groove was on and we had the pleasure of being joined onstage to jam by a few of the many STELLAR musicians that haunt the Flora-Bama.  On This day it was Pat McCann, guitarist for the Legendary songwriter FREDDIE POWERS, Jazz guitar wizard Rickey Whaley and our pal Mike Check-resident sound man extraordinaire for ALL of the stages at the ‘BAMA.  It’s always amazing and inspiring to jam with our friends!!!

Mike Check, Pat McCann & Dallas Moore!!

Monday was the day we had dreaded since before we left Ohio.  The rains had moved in and we had to move out of  “Ye Old River House” and head back North, leaving our friends and the Alabama Sunshine behind us until our next visit to our “HOME AWAY FROM HOME.”  Our trip down South wouldn’t be complete however without one last stop.  We pulled off the side road in Stapleton, Alabama to visit our “God Father” JODY PAYNE.  For those who don’t know, Jody was the Legendary Guitarist for Willie Nelson and Family for nearly 40 years.  He also played with Merle Haggard and a who’s who of Classic and Outlaw Country Artists in addition to releasing his own solo material.  Several years ago, while I was on tour opening for Willie, Jody and I struck up a conversation and realized that he had graduated  Norwood High School (my alma mater) one year ahead of my Mom, Madgelee Hanes Moore. We bonded over the next several years and shows and we had the honor of Jody joining us to make our  newest Cd “HANK TO THANK: LIVE AT HERZOG STUDIO.”  Most times when we play the Flora-Bama Jody joins us, but on this run the South Alabama/Florida Humidity was simply too much to take on so we are looking forward to jamming together in November of 2012 for the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.

We had a nice visit with Jody, his wife Vicki and sons Waylon and Austin.  I presented Jody with a Crystal Skull Ring  that is similar to the one I wear that Jody has often admired.  It is always a treat to be with our extended family The Paynes.  Until next time my friends….

After leaving Jody’s place we ambled on to I-65 North and rolled through TORRENTIAL rains all the way back Home to Ohio.  Out of all of our visits to the Redneck Riviera and the Mighty Flora-Bama this was DEFINITELY one of the BEST.  We are already looking forward to our next trip in November.  If you’ve never been, this l’il blog is just a small peek into our adventures and you MUST SEE IT FOR YOURSELF.  If you have already been there, well I’m sure we’ll see ya “Down On The Line” as I Know you’ll return.  The 1st BUSHWHACKER is on ME!  In the words of KINKY FRIEDMAN……. “Why The Hell Not!”

See Ya Down The Road…..

DALLAS

 

 

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Bloggin’ Dog Tales…..


In my journey through life I have had the privilege to share the company, friendship and companionship of some really great Dogs.  True, honest and real-life examples of the very BEST of “Mans Best Friend.”  Growin’ up as a boy we lived in the City of Norwood, Ohio and didn’t have room for a large breed to run.  When I was around 4-5 yrs old I begged my folks for a Puppy and was tickled to death when Dad brought home “Spot” & “Streak,” two young beagle-mutt mixed pups named for their respective forehead markings.  We had no way of keeping them in the house and I was a heartbroken little kid when I came to find our back fence cut and both dogs stolen just a few short weeks after we brought ’em home.

Upon the realization that our new Pups were long gone, Mom & Dad decided that the best thing to do to cheer me (and the whole family) up was to get a new Dog.  Thus began my Mom’s long term relationship with small, Black French Poodles.  She had a few really good’ns over the years, “Buttons” being the 1st who lived to be nearly 14 years old. “Bandit,” “BB” and “Bullet” were all smart, fun little Dogs and great additions to our Family.  Mom & Dad both loved ’em, as did I, but I had always had a fascination with larger breeds.  Labradors in particular just struck me personally as the most handsome, smart, good-natured and loving Dogs on the face of God’s Green Earth.

For several years I had a Black Lab/Great Dane Mix named “BULL.”  He was really somethin’ else carrying the size of a Great Dane with the abundant energy and heart of a Labrador.  Looking majestically regal with his black coat and white crest on his chest, he carried himself as the King of the Castle and had more in common with the gait of a thoroughbred horse than his canine brethren.  I lost Ol’ “Bull” to an inoperable Cancer several years ago but his spirit lives on and I carry his memory, name & paw-print with me tattooed on my right inner forearm.  I know the Ol’ Bull is still watching over me and looking out for his master.  He sure was a Good Boy!!!

After a few years without a four legged friend to pal around with, I decided it was time to pick myself a new partner.  I’m the kinda man that NEEDS a Dog.  A true Best Friend by my side no matter what through good times or bad.  That lead me some 6 and a half years ago to Noah’s Ark Animal Rescue in Sardinia, Ohio.  I responded to an add they had for Labrador/Great Dane Mixes.  Once I got all the way out to the shelter (after blowing a tire and having my Brother Zack Heflin pick me up in his Taxi to make sure I made the appointment) I was initially disheartened to find no Lab/Dane mixes.  Only pure-breds of each.  I decided to look anyway and boy am I glad I did!  After visiting with several of the Dogs that were available for adoption and not finding a connection, I happened upon a small, black bundle of energy that literally bowled me over when he bounded out of his kennel.  I knew immediately that I had found my NEW BEST FRIEND.  The lady at the kennel said his name was “Yanni,” and I was surely not gonna keep it as that, reminding me of that new age piano playin’ fellar on the late night TV infomercials.  I thought of the name “JOHNNY” and then blurted out the name “JOHNNY CASH THE LAB IN BLACK,” and he came and sat by my side as if we had been friends forever.  We’ve literally been inseparable ever since (save for the dates when I am on the road and he stays with his “girlfriends” at Best Friends Pet Care/Grooming & Boarding).  We’ve went through our life waggin’ tales and howlin’ at the moon like the Ol’ Dawgs we are.  When I got a little heavy, Ol’ “Johnny” was puttin’ the feedbag on as well and it was getting the weight off of him at our Vets recommendation that drove me to get myself in the best shape of my life.  Whether we are on a walk, a run, playin’ in the nice big yard of his new palatial hacienda or just layin’ around being the sorry hounds that we are and drivin’ his Mommy Mrs. Moore crazy (we are BOTH good at that) I know I have my BEST FRIEND right by my side.  The old sayin’ goes “Every Crow Thinks Theirs Is The Blackest” but Ol’ Johnny Cash truly is the BEST DOG IN THE WORLD!

I’ve also gotta mention “Kate The Great.”  She belongs to my Father In Law “Wild Bill” Murray and is the best Bird dog I have ever seen in my life.  She literally runs circles around every dog in the field and at 13 years of age had her last hunt last season.  She has settled into a life of leisure campin’ out in Wild Bills E-Z Chair.  We are sure gonna miss her when hunting season comes around, and I’m sure we’ll have a much harder time bringing home our quarry without the expert help of  “Kate The Great!”

Gimme a holler and tell me YOUR “Dog Tales.”

See Ya Down The Road……

Dallas

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Redneck Rock N Roll Is Alive and Well!

Welcome back to my Blog with the latest and and greatest in our Redneck Rock N Roll World!  So much is happening all around us right now it is really making my predictions of 2012 being a one of the Best Years Ever come true.  There is triumph among the tragedy of  the recent Tornado devastation that has affected so many in our lands of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama.  People from every walk of life are pitching in and coming together to help those in need.  One of the ways we are helping out is joining our musical friends and family to perform at some of the MANY benefits being held in conjunction with the Red Cross Relief Effort. Please check our Tour Dates at www.dallasmoore.com for all dates and times and Thank YOU for helping those in need.

I’m very excited about several projects we have in the works right now!  One of which is the news that Ol’ Dallas has been booked to appear on an upcoming episode of the new Television Series “HEE-HAW 2: The Next Generation.”  When I was a kid growing up, it was Saturday Nights ritual to watch HEE-HAW with my Mom and Dad and I’m all fired up to take part in the new version of this Classic Country Show.

Another thing I am stoked about is being included in the upcoming book being written by my friend Neil Hamilton, PhD, Spring Hill College (Mobile, Alabama) on The History: Past, Present and Future of OUTLAW COUNTRY MUSIC.  I have participated in 3 interviews so far with more to come and I’m honored to be in the company of Jody Payne, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Blackberry Smoke and MANY more artists that are keeping the music, traditions and lifestyle alive and well.  This is going to be a GREAT Read y’all.  Stay tuned for more details……

We have most of the recording for our next SOL Records Release “Blessed Be The Bad Ones” complete with just a few little finishing touches before we go to Mastering.  We are looking for a release date in Summer 2012!

Speaking of SOL RECORDS, fresh off of  the inaugural trip to the 2012 GRAMMY’S, I wanna send Congratulations to our Family in PURE GRAIN on taking the #1 spot on the Huge Country Music Video Channel Y’ALL WIRE with the video for “Truckin’ Song”!!  Check it out here http://www.yallwire.com/player/puregraintruckinsong.html!! Also placing high on the YALLWIRE Charts are our Brothers from Lexingon, KY – Fifth On The Floor with “Distant Memory Lane” and our friend Shooter Jennings with “The Deed And The Dollar.” Very excited that Shooter’s new album “Family Man” is released tomorrow, March 13 and is being celebrated with an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  We are very proud of our friends and family on much deserved success and all jacked up to announce that The Dallas Moore Band Video for “CRAZY AGAIN” will be added to the YALLWIRE playlist in just a few weeks. Stay tuned for the debut and in the mean time you can check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBOeB1gxoQk.  Thank y’all for viewing on Youtube and sharing on Facebook!

Tour 2012 is in full swing with dates coming in all over this great land including shows with David Allan Coe, Confederate Railroad and More.  Thank y’all for Ridin’ and Rollin’ with us.  See Ya Down The Road…….

Dallas

 

 

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