Browsing articles from "June, 2012"

Court Says “Not So Fast” to Tim McGraw’s Curb Departure

June 28, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  16 Comments

Now the court has ruled in favor of Curb Records to postpone the trial until it can investigate the legal relationship between Big Machine Records and Tim McGraw. But once again, some outlets are falsely reporting the story, saying that Curb won and now all the music Tim McGraw has recorded with Big Machine is now the property of Curb. This is simply what Curb records is requesting from the court.


Kellie Pickler’s Parting w/ Sony Could Spell Doom for Trad. Country Albums

June 28, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  12 Comments

Though the 3rd album from the 6th place-finishing 2005 American Idol contestant will probably sell more copies than most traditional country artists will sell in their lifetimes, it was possibly not enough for her label Sony Records Nashville and it was announced today, on Kellie’s 26th birthday, that her and Sony have parted ways.


Michael Jackson Montgomery Supports the Troops More Than You

June 27, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  12 Comments

Saving Country Music first learned about Michael Jackson Montgomery in February of 2011, when a mole at a major, prominent, well-known Nashville label leaked details on the “vast, multi-level, multi-platform, cross market super franchise…” Well now ahead of what he’s hinting might be a full studio release from the “mega-franchise”, he’s released another rough demo to Saving Country Music.


Blues Review – James Leg & Left Lane Cruiser “Painkillers”

June 26, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  16 Comments

Painkillers isn’t just a catchy idea to sketch some cover art around, it is the idea this album is built from, to take a bunch of timeless, kick ass songs, give them the dirty, heavy-handed Left Lane Cruiser/James leg punk blues treatment, with the result being an album that is perfectly concocted to kill pain.


“Truck Yeah”: Big Machine & Curb Competing w/ Tim McGraw Singles

June 26, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  42 Comments

An outright street fight of mammoth proportions is breaking out on Music Row in Nashville, pitting two of Music Row’s heaviest hitters against each other, Mike Curb of Curb Records, representing the old guard and the heavy-handed restrictive way of handling artists, and the up-and-comer, Scott Borchetta, the Country Music Anti-Christ as the two men release competing singles from Tim McGraw.


Album Review – Don Williams “And So It Goes”

June 25, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  17 Comments

This biggest question heading into the release of Don Williams’ And So It Goes was what would change in Don’s sound after an 8-year hiatus from recording, 18 years after last working with long-time producer Garth Fundis, a quasi-retirement, and an induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame? Well the answer is positively nothing, and that’s what makes And So It Goes such a treasure.


“Go Ready” Artists in Americana Music Right Now

June 25, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  27 Comments

Though Americana may be a less-institutionalized and much smaller genre that tends to have better music and promote artists that are easier to respect, sometimes it can seem almost as exclusive as Music Row. So here is a list of artists that even considering Americana’s heavy requirements, could make it big and improve the Americana world if only given a chance.


Saving Country Music Radio Episode #28 Released

June 24, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  8 Comments

Sometimes you just have to stop pontificating so much about music and just play it. That is what the Saving Country Music Radio podcast is for. Even if you have no time or desire to listen, please pilfer the playlist for ideas for what we’re listening to right now. This episode is co-hosted by Earl Dibbles Jr. (well, sort of), who just released a new single, and prominently features my favorite new album from Eric Strickland.


Mono-Genre Watch: Taylor Swift Records ‘Both of Us’ Rap w/ B.o.B.

June 22, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  19 Comments

A couple of weeks after Jason Aldean’s country rap “Dirt Road Anthem” went triple-platinum, Taylor Swift was in Nashville shooting a video for an upcoming single “Both of Us” with hip-hop artists B.o.B. to be featured on B.o.B’s upcoming album Strange Clouds. Swift first shared the spotlight with the Georgia-based rapper in 2011 during the Dallas leg of her “Speak Now” tour.


Will Country Music Ever Be Saved?

June 21, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  47 Comments

Last weekend, former Drive By Trucker turned solo artist Jason Isbell, let fire a tweet that read in part, “I just don’t see how any genre of music needs “saving” or “reclaiming.” I don’t know if this tweet was meant for Saving Country Music or of it was just coincidental, but it raises a point that comes up often on a site named Saving Country Music, will country music ever be saved?


I Don’t Care What Carrie Underwood Thinks About Gay Marriage (a rant)

June 20, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  55 Comments

Congratulations Carrie Underwood fans, haters, apologists, and detractors who’ve been swept up by this story, you’ve just been played by a sensationalizing British tabloid with an overt political agenda. Why was Carrie Underwood asked about gay marriage in the first place? Why should we even care what Carrie Underwood thinks about gay marriage or any other political wedge issue?


Album Review – Joseph Huber “Tongues of Fire”

June 20, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  8 Comments

It is difficult to describe Tongues of Fire without comparing it to Joseph’s first solo album Bury Me Where I Fall which in contrast was very dark from deep and intelligent songwriting and eery chord structures. Tongues of Fire takes almost an exact opposite approach, with a lighter feel to virtually all these songs even when the lyrics deal with dark subject matter.


Earl Dibbles Jr. Strikes a Chord w/ ‘The Country Boy Song’

June 19, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  51 Comments

Granger Smith channels all true country fans’ worst enemy in the character Earl Dibbles Jr. for the new video and song “The Country Boy Song”, exposing the moronic, stereotypical, rehashed, and creatively-vacant world of corporate country’s checklist culture. This is what country music needs. To fight fire with fire.


Scott Borchetta: The Rise of the Country Music Antichrist

June 18, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  25 Comments

I first used the phrase “Country Music Antichrist” in reference to Big Machine Records CEO Scott Borchetta about 2 1/2 years ago. I’d like to hold my chin high and say I was being prophetic, but in truth at the time I just thought it was a nasty way to label the guy primarily responsible for the rise of Taylor Swift. Little did I know Borchetta would become one of the most powerful men in all of music.


Review – Tom VandenAvond’s “Wreck Of A Fine Man”

June 17, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  11 Comments

Tom VandenAvond is one of these wheel guys. They may not be the flashiest of artists, but when you sit back and study the music, you find these wheel guys are essential to it in so many ways; how everything seems to revolve around them. They are the trunk from which so much other music grows. Trace the veins of the music and you find that their songs and work create foundations and inspiration.


Waylon Jennings’ Birthday Present from Buddy Holly

June 15, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  14 Comments

Buddy Holly’s father had kept the motorcycle until 1970, when he sold it to someone in Austin, TX. Then in 1979 for Waylon’s 42nd birthday, the two remaining Crickets Joe B. and J.I. tracked down the 1959 Ariel Cyclone, bought it back, and had it hand delivered to north Texas where Waylon found it sitting there in the middle of his hotel room after walking off stage that night.


Best Songs of 2012 So Far

June 14, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  38 Comments

Some confusion always seems to dog my lists of top songs, because I’m not just looking for that catchy tune you can’t take off of repeat, I’m looking for the song that changes your world. For a song to qualify, it must be original, and barring exceptional circumstances, it must be composed by the performer. These are songs that take you somewhere.


Video Review – Caitlin Rose “Piledriver Waltz”

June 13, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  8 Comments

I know I’m late to the party here, but dammit, this video is just so damn good I must expound on it. There’s so much genius in it in fact, I can’t help but think some of it is completely accidental. And the way it plays to both Caitlin Rose’s strengths and weaknesses is wickedly smart. Such depth and attention in music videos these days is too rare.


Saving Country Music Answers Its Critics

June 12, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  35 Comments

There are many fair criticisms that I am susceptible to. However other criticisms, many based on assumptions, are completely unfounded. Yet to be fair to the folks that may be making these accusations, I understand that I and this website are polarizing entities and so this comes with the territory. So to answer some of these criticisms, I’ve put together some explanations of SCM’s most common criticisms.


Left Lane Cruiser & James Leg to Release “Painkillers”

June 11, 2012 - By Trigger  //  News  //  11 Comments

Take the insane punk blues of the two-piece Left Lane Cruiser, add the shirtless, sweat-drenched James Leg from the Black Diamond Heavies, and then put them in charge of reviving some of the most legendary songs in blues music, and you’ve got an album dangerous enough to require a prescription. Painkillers, the new cover album due out 6/26/12 on Alive Natural Sound Records.

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