You need some hot music while you Scoot Boot'n Boogie!

Main Stage Schedule
Thursday Night
7-8:30 PM Iron Horse
9-10:30 PM 1 Down 4 Up
Friday Night
7-8:30 PM Mingo Fishtrap
9-10:30 PM Paul Thorn
Saturday Night
7:30-9 PM Dillon Carmichael
9:30-11 PM Elizabeth Cook

We will have three entertainment stages in Lebanon, with the main stage in rally central adjacent to the beer garden. There are also the “Back Porch” and the “Goodall Homes” stages set in areas with ample shade trees and comfortable seating for our afternoon shows. Being a short ride from Nashville (America’s Music City!) we are doubling down on local talent and showcasing a wide variety of musical styles.

The main stage will crank it up Wednesday night before the rally gates open for a little warm up to get the gas flowing and the engine sounding just right with Rick Carter. In 1977, Rick was a founding member of the nationally recognized band, Telluride. A band that ruled the bar-band circuit for years, consistently drew the largest crowds and played an unprecedented number of gigs each year.

After 27 years on the road, Telluride stopped touring and Rick co-founded Rollin' in the Hay, a forerunner of the "New Grass" revolution in America. Their music has been referred to as “high-octane groove grass with a touch of down home, foot stompin' southern rock,” or more simply put, Renegade Bluegrass. The Alabama Music Hall of Fame has bestowed the honor of "Music Achiever" to Rick three times, recognizing his individual accomplishments, as well as his roles in Telluride and Rollin’ in the Hay. A journeyman entertainer, accomplished song writer and an all-around solid guy, Rick played the role of the “Musician” in the BMW MOA 2019 Rally Teaser played during closing ceremonies last year and again this spring on social media. For more information, visit rickcartermusic.com.

Thursday night gets rolling at 7 p.m. with Iron Horse, one of last year’s favorite bands. If you missed them last year in Des Moines, don’t make the same mistake twice.

Iron Horse formed in 2000 in the famous hit recording capital of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, though the band’s roots go back to the late 1970s when Tony Robertson and Ricky Rogers were charter members of the popular group “The Next in Line.”
Iron Horse creates much of its own music with an innate ability to create cross-genre arrangements. In 2003, Iron Horse was approached by Los Angeles-based CMH Records to record a tribute album to the heavy metal band Metallica, which was released later that year. In all, Iron Horse has recorded 12 projects for CMH Records which include tributes to Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Guns & Roses, The Goo Goo Dolls, Hank Williams and Black Label Society.

The skill and ability of Iron Horse to transpose metal to bluegrass while maintaining the identity of the original is exceptional, and their versatility is demonstrated by the traditional flavor of their first CD, Ridin’ Out the Storm. This versatility enables them to perform standards such as “Rocky Top” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” with little effort, while still entertaining metalheads with the familiarity of the compositions of metal and pop icons. More information on Iron Horse is available ironhorsebluegrass.com

For the last two years, Rally Chairs Vance and Mari Harrelson have put together a September weekend ride they call “Rebel Yell” in Oakman, Alabama. Thursday’s headlining band has played this event both years. The band is led by 2018 Rally Chair and guitar wizard Brian Hinton, piano man Clay Stafford and famous blues journeyman Dave Gallaher of Microwave Dave and the Nukes. So, we present to you 1 Down 4 Up, a killer five-man band that boasts three MOA members.

Friday gets started with funky Austin, Texas, soul band Mingo Fishtrap. This band blends punchy horns and gritty Memphis grooves with N'awlins funk to create sounds steeped in both modern pop and ‘60s soul sensibilities that transcend both era and genre. Audiences can expect spontaneity and heart from a Mingo set, with the band intermingling fresh takes on their extensive catalog along with their twist on a few select soul standards.

While the band's name comes from a crossroads just outside of Denton, Texas, Mingo long ago extended its reach onto the national music scene and shared stages with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Parliament, Sting, Little Feat, Earth Wind & Fire, Robert Randolph, Galactic, and MOFRO. The band is a regular on Delbert McClinton’s Blues Cruise.

Texas Music Magazine says Mingo Fishtrap is like a kudzu vine continually crisscrossing the Mississippi Delta while using their tenacious sound to infiltrate the musical landscape on a sanctified mission to shake your soul. With a discography four albums deep, Mingo has honed its sound, rubbed shoulders with musical idols, and delivered powerful live shows to crowds of thousands across the globe. Visit mingofishtrap.com.

We hit sixth gear when MOA favorite Paul Thorn returns to the stage as Friday’s headline act. Paul was such a hit with rallygoers in 2009 that he’s returned several times to entertain us at rallies across the country.

Music Chair Lee Harrelson was fortunate enough to spend two days with Paul touring old dilapidated churches scattered across the Mississippi Delta to make the cover photograph of Paul's latest album, Don’t Let the Devil Ride. The new release marks Thorn's first time recording gospel music after a dozen albums of roots-rock music. In his songs, Thorn addresses the foibles of human relationships, although he doesn't favor the sacred over the profane.

An accomplished painter, former professional boxer and seasoned skydiver, Thorn has never shied away from new challenges, and cutting a gospel record was just like going home. The songs on Don't Let the Devil Ride fall into that comfort zone. The son of a preacher, Mississippi-raised Thorn spent much of his childhood in church, participating in weekly services with his father and at neighboring African American congregations, where he became entranced with a music whose infectious spirit is captured on the new album.

Thorn's parents wouldn't allow him listen to secular music at home, so he listened to Kiss, Peter Frampton, and the bawdy "chitlin' circuit" comedy albums at his friend’s house. He credits that experience with inspiring the dark sense of humor pervading his lyrics.

Paul continues to be inspired by the strong sense of communion that was fostered by musical fellowship saying, "One of things that I take a lot of pride in is that I love everybody, and what I learned in church paid dividends. When I'm up there entertaining, it's also a glimpse of what my life has been and how gospel music has molded me into who I am." Visit paulthorn.com to get a taste of Paul's back catalog and find out where else around the country he'll be with his band..

Saturday evening starts at 7:30 p.m. with Dillon Carmichael, who has blasted onto the country music scene like an S 1000 RR. You see, he comes from a pretty good country music family as the nephew of Eddie Montgomery (of Montgomery Gentry) and John Michael Montgomery, who rocked our stage in Sedalia back in 2012.

Merging a sonically progressive palette with a tasteful reverence for the past, the Burgin, Kentucky, native has crafted a slice of solid country gold fueled by plainspoken lyrics and a rich baritone voice. Carmichael fell in love with country legends like Waylon Jennings and Vern Gosdin alongside the rock and roll he heard on the radio, and by the time he hit his teens, he was writing his own songs and performing live.

After high school, Carmichael moved to Nashville and earned a publishing deal at the tender age of 18. Carmichael began collaborating with Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), whose stewardship helped guide Hell on An Angel, Dillon’s latest release.

“Dave just immediately understood my vision,” says Carmichael. “He helped me zero in on my truth.” It was that quest for truth that led Carmichael and Cobb to begin their studio sessions with a freshly-penned tune called “What Would Hank Do?” The song harkens back to a question Carmichael would often ask himself before making major decisions.

“He’d shoot you straight like his whiskey / Put pedal steel on everything / Write a song with three chords and the truth,” Carmichael sings. “Make you believe it when he sings / Like he’s talking straight to you / That’s what Hank would do.”

The new album draws much of its strength from reflecting on the meaning of family and home. From the funky “Country Women” to the soulful “Dixie Again,” Hell on An Angel is a celebration of roots, those earthly tethers that both bind and sustain us. The songs capture vivid snapshots of the kind of men and women Carmichael grew up around. “Love is for making / Kids are for raising / And home is that place in your heart,” he sings. “Don’t over think it / Don’t complicate it / The secret to life ain’t that hard / It’s simple. Visit dilloncarmichael.com.

We’ll close out the Scoot, Bootin’ Boogie Rally Saturday night with Elizabeth Cook, a critically acclaimed live act and recording artist that The New York Times lauds as “a sharp and surprising country singer.” A veteran SiriusXM Outlaw Country Radio DJ who hosted her own show titled Apron Strings, Cook was a favorite of David Letterman, a regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry, and a frequent guest star on Adult Swim’s long-running hit cartoon series Squidbillies on Cartoon Network.

The youngest of 11 kids, Cook was born in Wildwood, Florida, where her mother played mandolin and guitar and her father played string instruments and honed his skills playing upright bass in the prison band while serving time for running moonshine. Cook’s dad did time in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary and after he was released, he and Joyce began playing in local country bands together. Elizabeth was on stage with them at age four, singing such inappropriate songs as “I'm Having Daydreams About Night Things.” By the time she was nine, she had her own band.

Elizabeth moved to Nashville and in 2000 made her major label debut for Atlantic Records. During this time, Cook became a regular guest artist on the Grand Ole Opry. Her next release was Hey Ya’ll in 2002, followed by This Side of The Moon in 2004. Her album Balls was released in May 2007, and Welder came out in 2010.

At the suggestion of Paul Shaffer, Letterman’s band leader, Cook was invited as a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman in August 2011, where she discussed satellite radio and growing up in Florida. In June 2012, Cook returned to The Late Show to perform with Jason Isbell and in March 2013 appeared a third time. At that appearance, she had a sit-down interview with Dave before performing "If I Had My Way," a song written by blues/gospel singer Blind Willie Johnson.

Cook has worked extensively with Carlene Carter on Carter’s tenth studio album, Carter Girl, where she provided backing and harmony vocals on five on the album's 12 tracks. In June of 2014, Cook appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman for a fourth time and performed "Pale Blue Eyes," written by Lou Reed. Two years later, Cook released her sixth studio album, Exodus of Venus.

We unsuccessfully tried to book Elizabeth for our 2011 rally in Bloomsburg and are so pleased to be able to present her for your enjoyment this year. We know it’ll be a “Big Bang” ending to a great time in Lebanon. Visit elizabeth-cook.com for more information.

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