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Roughshod Records turns 30 in June 2017!

Posted by [email protected] on June 6, 2017 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Created on 13 June 1987 by Mike Johnson, singer, songwriter, and Country Music's No.1 Black Yodeler, the label has produced and released 8 cassettes [4-albums & 4-singles] and 53 CDs.

Also created on that date was You and Me Records, and You and Me Publishing, for his non-country songs. Unfortunately those songs ended up on the Roughshod label with a country twist, until 2012 when James Adelsberger was brought aboard. In December 2014, You and Me Records released its 1st CD, "SideKicks Christmas Special" a 2-song single featuring a Mike and James duet.

In November 2015, You and Me Records released a 12-song Instrumental featuring James Adelsberger and music tracks he created for their 2014 releases, and a couple of compositions James wrote for the project. This CD received the Rural Roots Music Commission's 2016 "Instrumental CD of the Year" Award at the 41st Annual Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, where Mike Johnson also received a "Lifetime Achievement" Award.

Releasing on 13 June 2017 are You and Me Records 3rd and 4th CDs; "Going Places!" and "Here We Go Again!" two 12-song Instrumentals featuring our fantastic musician James Adelsberger.

Mike Johnson wrote his 1st song in 1957, began performing in the mid-1960s, and began recording in Nashville in 1981. Prior to creating Roughshod Records he produced and released 2 45rpm singles and 3 cassette albums.

Visit our web site for a detailed history.

Joe Arnold, manager

Roughshod Records

Roughshod Records SideKicks at El Ranchero 15 October 2016 in Arlington Va.

Posted by [email protected] on October 6, 2016 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday 15 October 2016, our award-winning Roughshod Records SideKicks James Adelsberger and Mike Johnson will be performing at El Ranchero Bar & Grill in Arlington, Virginia from 7pm to 9pm. Recently back from the 41st Annual Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, where James received the Rural Roots Music Commission 2016 “Instrumental CD of the Year” Award for “Country Sounds” and Mike received the National Traditional Country Music Association 2016 “Lifetime Achievement” Award for nearly four decades of country music involvement.


Nestled at the bottom of the hill on Wilson Blvd between North George Manson Drive and North Glebe Road, this iconic establishment has been serving Arlington County since 1984. So, come on down and belly up to the bar or grab a table and enjoy a wide variety of authentic home-made Mexican cuisine while our SideKicks treat you to some good old-fashion country music. As an added bonus, El Ranchero owner, Youssef Boushor, is offering a 20% discount to any of our friends who attend the show!


Joe Arnold, manager

El Ranchero Bar & Grill, 4617 Wilson Blvd. Arlington Va. 22203 * (703)524-1010 * 11:30AM to 10:00PM Monday through Sunday


James Adelsberger Instrumental CD of the Year & Mike Johnson Lifetime Achievement Awards

Posted by [email protected] on October 6, 2016 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (1)

On Monday, 29 August 2016, at the 41st Annual Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa, in a ceremony on the Main Stage, officiated by Bob Everhart, president of the National Traditional Country Music Association, James Adelsberger was presented the Rural Roots Music Commission 2016 “Instrumental CD of the Year” Award, and Mike Johnson was presented the National Traditional Country Music Association 2016 “Lifetime Achievement” Award for his decades of traditional country music involvement. On 13 August 2016, and just in time for the festival, Roughshod Records released its 51st and 52nd CDs; Mike Johnson’s 14-song “Let Me Die In a Honky Tonk!” and James Adelsberger’s 13-song “My Heart Still Sees.”


James and Mike left Virginia on Saturday 27 August 2016 and arrived in LeMars, Iowa on Sunday 28 August 2016. Two early to check into their room at the Amber Inn Motel, they headed over to the festival grounds to touch base with the Everharts, the festival organizers, and catch up with some old friends. After setting up their product table they did what everyone comes to do. Play music! They started an impromptu jam session in the plaza and soon drew a respectable crowd and accompaniment by Jacob Austin on his mandolin.


Towards noon, Sunday, Bob Everhart, president of the National Traditional Country Music Association, showed up to kick off the week-long 41st Annual Old Time Country Music Festival with a short speech and a prayer. The organization was started in 1976 with the express purpose of preserving America’s roots music; country, bluegrass, gospel, and folk. And he’s done just that with 10 different stages, attracting hundreds of musicians and fans from around the globe!


Mike and James did over a dozen performances throughout the week, together, James solo, and James backing up a number of other acts who love his guitar picking. A big highlight for James was Mike getting his long-time friend Terry Smith to perform on stage with them. Terry is the songwriter of “Far Side Banks of Jordan” and James’ grandmother is his biggest fan. She was tickled to death to get photos and a video of James performing with Terry. Another highlight for James was Mike introducing him to Grand Ole Opry star, Claude Gray, and presenting him with our latest CDs. Claude received the National Traditional Country Music Association 2016 Living Legend award, and did a stand-up performance on the Main Stage. Also a member of the NTCMA Mike and Claude first met back when the festival was being held in Missouri Valley, Iowa, and kept in casual touch.


Though a number of his festival friends have passed on to Hillbilly Heaven, or could no longer travel, Mike was very pleased to re-connect with those who did show; Terry Smith, Bill Lear, Mary Nell Eidson, Marge & John Duttweiller, Fred Lawson, Larry Harms, Jackie Shewey, Francis Hahn, Kathy Dovel, Dale Eichor, Elaine Peacock, Gordon Wilcox, Ben Steneker, Harold Condray, Lee Muller, Rick & Harriett Andersen, to mention a select few. And James was equally excited to meet with the new friends he made in 2015 when he made a solo trip to the festival; Jacob Austin, Rod Brandt, Janine Sherry, Ed & Betty Rydell, and Red Johnson, to mention a few. And to all you new fans and friends they made, Mike and James say “It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to see you again!”


After a very busy week of playing music and catch-up Mike and James checked out of their motel on Saturday morning, 3 September 2016 and headed over to the festival grounds to say their good-byes. They arrived in Virginia on Sunday evening loaded with lots of good memories, about 1500 photographs and about 20 hours of video footage. They took 2 guitars each, 3 cameras, and 2 camcorders. Check out our YouTube Channel to see some of the performers and Mike and James’ awards presentations.


Joe Arnold, manager Roughshod Records


Roughshod Records 51st & 52nd CDs released August 2016

Posted by [email protected] on August 9, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Howdy Y'all!

   It gives me great pleasure to announce that on 8 August 2016 Roughshod Records officially released its 51st and 52nd CDs! Two more great albums by Mike Johnson and James Adelsberger, filled with ballads, yodeling, drinking and good love and love done me wrong songs1 The stuff that made country music, Country Music!


   RCD51 "Let Me Die In a Honky Tonk!" is a 14 song treat, featuring Mike Johnson singing the types of songs he grew up on, and writes. Johnson turned 70 in June 2016, and this release also demonstrates, he’s not ready to hang up his spurs. As usual he wrote all the songs and his label-mate & co-owner, James Adelsberger brought them to life, along with the assistance of his fantastic fiddling friend, Michael Romans.

   Honky tonking with the title cut “Let Me Die In a Honky Tonk!” “Could You Spare Me a Quarter” and “I Will Hitch a Ride With Joe” to trucking and truck stops in “Break One-Nine!” and “Bertha” and good and bad love “Nuthin’ Honey” “How Come They All Know” and There’s Something In Between Us” and four yodeling songs in all, to make up for the lack of any on his last release. This release is classic Mike Johnson keepin’ the “country” in his music!


   RCD52 “My Heart Still Sees is a 13 song wonder featuring James Adelsberger’s coming-of-age debut as an artist no longer in the shadow of his mentor. James applies his newly developed unique style to some very carefully self-selected songs and delivers them with warmth, emotion, and deliberation. From passion in “My Heart Still Sees” “Pictures On the Wall” “Another Lonely Night” and “Face Without a Name” to ballads like “Sittin’ In a Truck Stop Down In Georgia” “He Wrote the Song On the Jukebox” and “High Lonesome” [a yodeling song] and back-up choruses, James paints some very vivid pictures on the mind’s walls.

   Though Mike Johnson wrote all of the songs, James wrote new music for four of them, explaining that he had some ideas he wanted to try out. Mike loved them and approved the new co-writes, especially “Here We Go Again” to which James not only wrote new music, but also added several verses, and a Bob Wills western swing touch!

Once again we were fortunate enough to get Michael Romans to provide more of his fantastic fiddling. James, who turned 21 in March 2016, is living proof some young’uns do know a thing or two about traditional country music!


Both of these great CDs are available at our Roughshod Records Web Store.


Joe Arnold, manager Roughshod Records


Open Mic at Joe's Place

Posted by [email protected] on April 20, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

   As you know, the Roughshod Records SideKicks [Mike Johnson & James Adelsberger] have been doing some regular shows at Joe's Place in Woodbridge, Virginia on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month from February 2016 to May 2016. This was an effort to help Joe's Place become the music gathering place it once was when it was just a mile down the road on US Highway 1. The shows went quite well, and we extend a special and heartfelt thank you to our featured guests for making it happen;

1. Brenda Weitzel & Bert Huser 6 February 2016

2. Jeff Seidel & the Wallaboosie Brothers 20 February 2016

3. Bill Gibson the Story Teller 5 March 2016

4. Anthony James 19 March 2016

5. Bob Ellis the Man with the Golden Voice 2 April 2016

6. Larry Rice Fiddler & Music Instructor 16 April 2016

7. Rocky Guttmann helped kick off the Thursday Night Open Mic 14 April 2016

   There are two more shows left on our Winter/Spring ticket. James Adelsberger, all-around musician on 7 May 2016 and Tom Hawk, the Yodelin' Professor on 21 May 2016. BE THERE! 

   And a big, big, thanks to two of our great friends and supporters Aharon Polatain owner of A1 Clarendon Valet in Arlington, Virginia for making and supplying the curtains for the bar side of Joe's Place, and Rocky Guttmann, who performed at James' surprise CD release party in December 2015, bought us a new Yamaha PA system and a brand new Washburn Acoustic Electric Guitar for Mike!

   In a continued effort to try and bring the music back to Joe's Place, Mike decided to experiment with a Thursday Night Open Mic from 6pm to 9pm. Ana, Joe's owner, was very receptive to the idea and decided to give it a go for several weeks. If it works out, the Open Mic will run through the summer until the 2nd week in August 2016. Later that month the boys are off to the 41st Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa. Last year James received the 2015 "Pure Country CD of the Year" award from the Rural Roots Music Commission and this year Mike is slated to receive the Lifetime Achievement award. This popular week-long festival is sponsored by the National Traditional Country Music Association home-based in Anita, Iowa.

   Stay tuned, and back soon for photographs of our Roughshod Records SideKicks shows.

Joe Arnold, manager, Roughshod Records

Happy 21st Birthday James Adelsberger

Posted by [email protected] on March 15, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Today, 14 March 2016, our young studio engineer and recording artist, James Adelsberger celebrates his 21st birthday!

This is a very welcomed event given that last Monday, 7 March 2016, James was having his infected appendix removed. He's doing fine and on behalf of him, his family, and myself, we'd like to thank all of you concerned fans and friends who wished him a speedy recovery.

Happy Birthday James, and I hope you have many more in the future!

Mike Johnson & Roughshod Records

Roughshod Records 2016 Winter/Spring Schedule

Posted by [email protected] on February 17, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Our official 2016 Winter/Spring performances at Joe’s Place will be on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from February 2016 to May 2016 from 6pm to 8pm. Our special guests, Brenda Weitzel and Bert Huser, helped us kick off the first of our shows on 6 February 2016. Even though I forgot my camcorder we had a great time!


Here is the Guest line-up for our next shows.

20 February 2016 Jeffrey Ho & the Wallaboosie Brothers

5 March 2016 Bill Gibson

19 March 2016 Anthony James & Mary

2 April 2016 Bob Ellis

16 April 2016 Larry Rice & Big Cheese Band

7 May 2016 Mystery Guest (guess who)

21 May 2016 Tom Hawk the Yodeling Professor

Shows will be cancelled in the event of heavy snows, blizzards, hurricanes!


Joe’s Place

13275 Gordon Blvd. [Gordon Plaza Shopping Center] Woodbridge, Va. 22191 * 703-491 8498


The Gordon Plaza Shopping Center at the intersection of US 1 South [Woodbridge Exit] and Route 123 North [aka Gordon Blvd].

Come on down to Joe’s for cold beer, hot pizza, hotter wings, smooth wine, and more!


James Adelsberger's surprise CD release party

Posted by [email protected] on December 24, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

   On Saturday 19 December 2015 James and I met to set-up our equipment for what he thought was merely our debut gig at a new venue in Woodbridge, Virginia. Joe's Place, a popular pizza place and weekend hangout, was formerly on US Route 1 on the south bound side. It also hosted music on Friday and Saturday nights, featuring local musicians, myself included between trucking trips.

A couple of years ago the state of Virginia decided to expand the highway from Fort Belvoir south, towards Fredericksburg, Virginia. A number of businesses had to move, while some only lost portions of their property that bordered the existing road. Joe's was one of them, but was fortunate enough to find another place just about a mile north in the Gordon Plaza shopping center on Route 123, just off of US 1. When I approached the owner, Ana about performing there, she was very reseptive, and I discussed the possibilities with my label-mate James. Little did he know I also had something else in mind. With three prior releases I've produced of him, it still bothered me that he never had a CD release party. Especially after his 2nd release "Old Time Country Songs Are They Really Dead and Gone?" garnered the Rural Roots Music Commission's "Pure Country CD of the Year" award which he received at the 40th Old Time Country Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa on 31 August 2015.

This was perfect! It also was pretty much in sync with James' lastest CD, a 12-song Instrumental called “Country Sounds” [his 4th CD] released by You and Me Records on 26 November 2015. Only a select few knew my ulterior plans, and when the time came during mid-show, James was so involved with his guitar that he didn't even see the special cake, which was waved almost under his nose! We all had a good time. 

Thank you Ana, for hosting us. And to Rocky Guttmann, for providing the new PA head, Linda Caldell, Jeff Seidell, and the Adelsberger family!

Mike Johnson

"Country Sounds" a James Adelsberger Instrumental

Posted by [email protected] on December 13, 2015 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

"Country Sounds" the new You and Me Records CD featuring the musical talents of James Adelsberger is now AVAILABLE!

Released on 26 November 2015, this dynamic Instrumental featuring 12 exciting compositions will take you on a marvelous musical journey that will stay with you for a long time. We're extremely excited about this, because its the label's second release since its creation in June 1987! A second Instrumental, scheduled to release at the same time, has been temporarily delayed until next year.

On Saturday 19 December 2015, Roughshod Records SideKicks James Adelsberger and Mike Johnson will be performing at Joe's Place in Woodbridge, Virginia from 3pm to 6pm. They'll have plenty of Mike and James' CDs, and a few surprises in store.

A very popular weekend hang-out, Joe's Place, along with a number of businesses along US Route 1, was forced to relocated from its long-tme home when the state decided to widen the highway south bound from Fort Belvoir towards Fredericksburg, to ease the traffic on US-95. Now in the very spacious parking lot of Gordon Plaza, on Route 123 North, just off of US-1. Joe's continues to serve up mouth-watering pizza, their famous Hippie Rolls, and cold beer!

Joe's Place, 13275 Gordon Blvd. Woodbridge, Virginia 22191 - 703-491 8498 * Drop in and tell'em Mike Johnson & James Adelsberger sent you.

Virgie Warren * Rest In Peace * 14 October 2015

Posted by [email protected] on October 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Folks,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Traditional Country Music singer-songwriter, and very dear friend, Virgie Warren, passed away on Wednesday 14 October 2015 due to cancer complications.

Virgie had been a foundation for traditional country music in Michigan for over 4 decades. She met and knew numerous country stars, big and small, and received numerous awards and recognitions for helping scores of independent country music up-and-comers, personally and through her "Bluebird Country News."

I for one am deeply indebted to her for the additional exposure her magazine gave me and through Ralph Compton's "Hard Country Beat" magazine, for whom she also wrote. In 2003 my trucking career was ended by the collapse of three neck vertebrae on my spinal cord. Virgie and her best friend, Betty J. Paulette, also a very dear friend, were two of many selfless friends who came to my aide during my recovery period, you can't ask for better than that.

Virgie Warren

I was informed of this loss an hour ago via a phone conversation with Betty J. Paulette, who is currently in Glacier Hill Care & Rehabilitation Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recovering from a heart attack.

Mike Johnson, Roughshod Records