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“One Asshole at a Time.” Sturgill Simpson Stops Concert Fight in Covington

February 1, 2015 - News -- 11 Comments
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This week Sturgill Simpson embarked on a much-anticipated sold out American tour, and the third night of the tour saw him in his home state of Kentucky playing at the Madison Theater in Covington, just over the river from Cincinnati. The venue was filled to capacity, with little room for elbows or egos, and during Sturgill’s song “Sometimes Wine” a scuffle started in the crowd.

Feb
1

Eric Church Plays Acoustic Arena Show After Crew Gets Stomach Flu

February 1, 2015 - News -- 13 Comments
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Saturday night saw Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” world tour make a stop in Salt Lake City at the EnergySolutions Arena, but an unexpected stomach virus sweeping through the band and crew had Church calling an audible, and performing the sold out show solo, completely acoustic, with some help here and there from the remnants of his band and crew who were still able to stand upright.

Feb
1

Slackeye Slim Gives His Bones to the Western Lands

February 1, 2015 - Reviews -- 3 Comments
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Like many of the leathered-skinned, sand-blasted, sullen and desperate characters which populate his stories, Slackeye Slim seems more apparition than man, shifting in and out of the material consciousness, showing up when you least expect him, and disappearing for years at a time in between. “Giving My Bones to the Western Lands” is delightfully ambiguous, ethereal, and sparse in its articulated concepts.

Jan
31

Austin City Limits Announces New Class to Hall of Fame

January 31, 2015 - News -- 4 Comments
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As the longest running music show on TV enters its 40th season, Austin City Limits has announced its second installment of inductees into its Hall of Fame founded in 2014. The original crew of the Austin City Limits show will also be honored as the 2015′s non-performing inductee. As part of the Hall of Fame announcement, more performers for season 41 were also revealed.

Jan
30

DJ’s Opening for Sturgill Simpson?!? A Chat with Electric Western

January 30, 2015 - Random Notes -- 10 Comments
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Sturgill Simpson’s current national tour has been selling out dates left and right, and has most everybody in country music talking about his continued meteoric rise. But something causing some fans quite a bit of curiosity was the inclusion of a DJ outfit called Electric Western to open some dates in the Midwest & the West Coast. Were Sturgill fans all of a sudden being asked to sit through EDM and hip-hop sets?

Jan
30

2015 ACM Awards Nominees, Preview, & Predictions

January 30, 2015 - Random Notes -- 38 Comments
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The nominees for the 50th Annual ACM Awards set to transpire Sunday, April 19th were announced Friday morning (1-29) via the ACM’s social network streams. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, this year’s awards will be held in Arlington, TX at AT&T Stadium, also known as the home of The Dallas Cowboys. Here are the nominees and some quick, knee-jerk thoughts and predictions.

Jan
29

Eric Church Says the Term “Outlaw” Is Being Misused

January 29, 2015 - Random Notes -- 42 Comments
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The delineating terms that help describe country music and its subsidiaries, including the term “country” itself, are all getting lost to lackadaisical filings by marketeers looking for flashy selling points, and apparently when it comes to the term “Outlaw,” Eric Church agrees. In an interview posted with AZCentral from late last week, Eric Church distanced from the term.

Jan
28

Pokey LaFarge Announces New Album “Something In The Water”

January 28, 2015 - News -- 8 Comments
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Country folky throwback Pokey LaFarge has announced the release of his latest album and his first with Rounder Records called “Something In The Water.” The old-school throwback St. Louis singing and strumming song man signed with Rounder in November of 2014 after releasing six albums since his self-released debut in 2006.

Jan
28

How Waylon Jennings Forever Changed “We Are The World”

January 28, 2015 - Outlaw History -- 42 Comments
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If you watch the video for “We Are The World” (see below) or look at any of the pictures from the recording session, Waylon Jennings is nowhere to be found. That’s because even though he was selected to be one of the 45 artists to participate in the recording session, he walked out in a huff in a moment what would be the most controversial and contentious junctures in the song’s recording.

Jan
27

Review – Lee Ann Womack Sings Chris Knight’s “Send It On Down”

January 27, 2015 - Reviews -- 30 Comments
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When Lee Ann Womack set out to construct her 2014 album The Way I’m Livin’, she went looking for songs that weren’t written by committee as is the norm in Nashville these days, but songs that originated from one person going through a human experience who then shared that experience through song. Such a search if it was to be thorough and prudent would almost invariably involve Chris Knight.

Jan
26

Is Country Music Finally Improving? Aaron Tippin Thinks So.

January 26, 2015 - Random Notes -- 71 Comments
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As Tippin says, country music appears to be shifting away from so-called “Bro-Country” to music of a little more substance lately, and though there still seems to be much more work to be done and a few more Bro-Country hits could still materialize (or something even worse to take its place), positive signs that country is moving in a more positive direction are appearing.

Jan
26

“Something In The Water” Becomes Bro-Country’s Coffin Nail

January 26, 2015 - Random Notes -- 84 Comments
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But what “Something In The Water” had that no other song that could offer battle to Bro-Country had previously was substance, and one of the most powerful performances we’ve heard from a country artist in the last few years. This is what was needed to defeat Bro-Country. It wasn’t going to take pandering. Leadership is what was needed, and an exhibition of raw talent that could not be denied.

Jan
26

Country Music Star Doesn’t Have an Opinion on ‘American Sniper’

January 26, 2015 - News -- 24 Comments
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Everywhere you turn, the new movie about American Navy Seal Chris Kyle called American Sniper has been causing a political stir amongst movie goers and beyond. But one country star, Jimmy Michael Montgomery, known for such hits such as “Beer Truck” and “Remember Back When” surprisingly says it’s not his place to enter the fray of what has become a political discussion.

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