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Saving Country Music’s purpose is spelled out in it’s name. We promote and disseminate information about REAL country music, the movements of independent and underground country, as well as the underground and DIY movements of roots, rockabilly, bluegrass, blues, and some folk music. We offer news, opinion, concert and album reviews, artist profiles, music history, and the always-popular off-color pop country bashing. Saving Country Music consistently receives on average of 280,000 visits every month, with over 175,000 unique visitors, and over 400,000 total pageviews.
Even though Saving Country Music is a music-based website, it works from the core principles that the focus should be people first, then music, and that music is just the excuse to explore deeper issues throughout culture.
How Saving Country Music Got Started
It all started in April of 2008 as a blog on a MySpace site that was initially called “Free Hank III.” The initial point of Free Hank III and freehank3.org was to put pressure on Shelton Hank Williams III’s label Curb Records to release his albums. Hank III had been lip locked by a provision in his contract that stipulated he could not speak out against Curb, so Free Hank III was an organization of Hank III fans, DJ’s, podacsters, and other musicians who spoke out against Curb Records on Hank III’s behalf. In July of 2008, Free Hank III helped win the release of Hank III’s album Damn Right,Rebel Proud, and on January 1st, 2010, Hank III was finally completely released from his contractual obligations with Curb, marking the end of Free Hank III.
During Free Hank III, we also covered other independent country and roots artists, as well as the country music world from an independent perspective. Free Hank III became Saving Country Music as the focus began to shift to the larger issues facing the country genre and the preservation of it’s roots.
Kyle “The Triggerman” Coroneos is the editor, creator, head writer, and benevolent dictator of savingcountrymusic.com. He officially changed his pen name to “Trigger” on 12/18/2012. As a self-proclaimed cultural warrior, his influence has inspired a song by Eric Church, and some believe Taylor Swift’s anti-bullying hit “Mean” is about him. He is also the originator of the “Super-genre, mono-genre, & micro-genre” theory on modern music.
Trigger is a published author, and has also written for other music sites and periodicals, including the9153.com, outlawmagazine.com, ninebullets.net, RNZmagazine.com, and The Rambler Magazine.
He has been quoted and interviewed by CNN (read), The New York Times (read), Fox News (read), Playboy Magazine (page 148), Entertainment Weekly (read), the BBC World Service (radio), and many other news outlets.
He’s also been rumored to have an alter ego, pop country star Michael Jackson Montgomery; a rumor he adamantly denies.
The Triggerman lives in his mom’s basement, and over-glorifies the obscure music that he loves while bashing anything that he doesn’t solely because its popular. He NEVER actually listens to the music he criticizes, is strictly motivated by jealousy, and has no right to criticize music because he has never played it, never written songs, and never toured as a musician. He is also is a virgin, and doesn’t know how to please women in bed. In short, he is a nerdy crybaby who uses a moderately successful online platform make himself feel better about his pathetic life.
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