Sam Hunt’s historic, and likely insurmountable reign at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with his terrible, non-country song “Body Like A Backroad” has finally ended, but only after forever besmirching country music’s history books, and relinquishing the spot to another decidedly non-country “country” performer and song.
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Kellie Pickler is at her best when she writes her own material, and when she makes it personal. That was at the heart of 100 Proof’s critical success. Pickler’s shattered upbringing have made for some excellent country music over the years, and her personal history is what inspires her latest song “If It Wasn’t For a Woman.”
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit just started an incredible six-night sold out stint at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Monday (10-9), and after a tour in Europe this fall, Isbell & Co. will be hitting the road yet again as part of an extended winter tour stretching into 2018, with brand new dates just added.
This is a record you use to get lost in the sonic beauty, with groove and soul setting the foundation. As Sturgill Simpson says, all good music is soul music. And since it’s still cast in those sepia hues of classic songs, even a country audience in favor of neotraditional styles will be able to relate. Bravo, Mr. McPherson. Bravo.
The Southern rock side of the country music space is blessed with some serious stalwart bands that have been around for years. At the same time, just like with every genre of music, the flux of bands breaking up and legends passing means there’s always room for fresh faces and new perspectives on the music to help keep it vital.
Ashley McBryde, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Jason "Rowdy" Cope, Matt Woods, Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters, The Plott Hounds, The SAcooter Brown Band, The Steel Woods, Uncle Lucius, Wes Bayliss, Whiskey Myers
The President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, is furious with the Jason Aldean camp for allegedly turning down the UFC’s offer to sing the National Anthem before UFC 2016 Saturday night in Las Vegas, citing that he was still to shaken up to perform, and may never to perform again, only to show up to unexpectedly on SNL.
Rapper and hip-hop artist Nelly was arrested Saturday morning (10-7) in Auburn, Washington after he was accused of sexual assault by a local woman while on tour with country duo Florida Georgia Line. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., was arrested on his tour bus in a Wal-Mart parking lot where the alleged rape occurred.
Whitney Rose’s “Rule 62″ (which by the way is “Don’t Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously”), is fun and fashionable in that throwback sort of way that’s the rage of independent roots circles at the moment, while also being bolstered by quality songwriting framed within a vintage era that still appeals to the modern perspective.
Music is the way we get through these moments. And though others have tried valiantly, Eric Church is the one so far, verified by the viral reaction, that has stepped out of the shadows of grief to deliver the light and the message we’ve all been waiting to hear, and put words to the emotions we all feel.
I understand. For those of you who are for strong new gun regulations that could potentially help prevent the massacre like we saw in Las Vegas, the idea of mainstream country music’s top artists coming out against the NRA is a salivating, sumptuous idea. But it’s never going to happen.
The Lost Bayou Ramblers—a very traditional Cajun-style band from Louisiana—has been both helping to keep the Cajun traditions alive in the ears of modern audiences, and trying to find new sonic frontiers for an almost ancient art form for going on some 15 years now.
In the days after the Hurricane Harvey disaster, Bucky Bachmeyer of Big Red Drum Entertainment, with help from the Texas Music Office, began planning a way for the Texas music community to do their part to help their friends, family, and neighbors. Instead of focusing on one big show, the idea was to have many shows all across Texas.
Sorry to disrupt any Shania Twain fans out there enjoying their Tim Horton’s Canadian bacon breakfast, but this new album is complete junk. Yet the least worthy of blame might be the one whose name and visage grace the cover, trying uselessly to revitalize the 90’s relevancy of leopard print.
Steel guitar and accordion have always had their place in the sound of the Turnpike Troubadours, even if they weren’t featured full time. When fleshing out songs in the studio, or when lead guitarist Ryan Engleman started playing some songs behind the steel rig a few years ago, it added another dimension and dynamic to […]
You know me. I’ve made an entire career out of exploiting any and every minuscule chink in mainstream country’s armor, and rearing back and reefing pop country’s worst offenders right square in the short pants for any perceived slight. And specifically, Jason Aldean has been a favorite target of Saving Country Music.
There is something very distinctly American about the mass shooting, isn’t there? It’s like apple pie and Chevrolet pickup trucks, just not as wholesome, obviously. Though there are cultures and countries throughout the world that are decidedly more violent and more unsafe to inhabit, there is something interwoven…
According to numerous reports, Tom Petty was rushed to the hospital Sunday (10-1) night when he was found in his Malibu home unconscious, and not breathing, having suffered from cardiac arrest. They were able to get a pulse on Petty as he was rushed to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital where he was placed on life support.
On Sunday evening (10-1), a shooter named Stephen Paddock opened fire on attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in downtown Las Vegas, killing at least 58 people, and injuring an estimated 515 according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. Saving Country Music will keep LIVE update rolling here with news and info.
If you don’t remember songwriter and performer Chris Porter from his time fronting the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes or a bevy of other projects, perhaps you remember the tragedy that occurred a year ago this month when Porter and bass player Mitchell Vanderburg were both killed when their tour vehicle was struck from behind.
Since youth can blind the music connoisseur to the true nature of talent since we regard it on a sliding scale, sometimes you can get too swept up in the marvel to see the forest for the trees. But in the case of Madison Lewis, the material and the voice is so mature and unique, age doesn’t even seem like a factor in the equation.