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Willie Nelson Death Hoax is a Hoax Itself…But He’s Alive!

March 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  6 Comments

Even though there wasn’t really ever any evidence to the contrary, except for an unfortunate rumor on Facebook that apparently won’t die now, but wasn’t even really started in the first place, but now has taken on a life of its own and needs debunking. Confused? Like many celebrities, Willie Nelson was the victim of a death hoax, but it turns out the hoax was a hoax in itself.


New Details Revealed in Pretrial Motions in Wayne Mills Murder Trial

March 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  14 Comments

Though Monday is to be primarily focused on jury selection, in pretrial motions before jury selection, some previously-unknown details about the case were revealed to the public, along with some of the stances the defense is likely to take in attempting to prove Chris Ferrell acted in self-defense. We also learned about some of the witnesses likely to be called in the trial.


Florida Georgia Line Calls Out Charlie Robison Over Radio Quotes

March 1, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  70 Comments

Once you thought the drama over Sony Records Nashville CEO Gary Overton’s quote about country radio was starting to wind down, it has now hit overdrive. on Sunday night (3-1), Florida Georgia Line decided they wanted a piece of the action, publicly rebuking Charlie Robison on Twitter. But as per usual, Florida Georgia Line would have probably been better served by keeping their mouth shut.


Charlie Robison Pens Epic Response to Gary Overton’s “You Don’t Exist”

February 28, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  57 Comments

Last night via Facebook, Kevin Fowler posted a link to the Bobby Bones/Aaron Watson story on Saving Country Music, and gave his opinion. Then shortly thereafter, Charlie Robison entered his opinion into the public forum in a missive that was as messy as it was epic, punctuated by a “sweetheart” chide of Bobby Bones.


$1 Million Payment to Garth Brooks Stirs Controversy in Chicago

February 24, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  41 Comments

Garth Brooks is causing a stir in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont and beyond after it was revealed the town shuttled $1 million dollars to the country superstar to secure the right to host his very first comeback concerts in September of 2014 at the city-owned Allstate Arena. Brooks also received discounted rental rates for the venue as part of his Rosemont deal.


Songwriter and Musician Bobby Emmons Has Passed Away

February 24, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  12 Comments

Musician, songwriter, and member of The Memphis Boys Bobby Emmons has passed away. Known for writing such iconic songs as the #1 hits by Waylon Jennings “Luckenbach, Texas” and “Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want To Get Over You),” Tanya Tucker’s hit “Love Me Like You Used Too,” “So Much Like My Dad” by George Strait, and many more, he was also a well-respected musician…


Whitey Morgan’s New Studio Album “Sonic Ranch” Coming

February 24, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  23 Comments

Fans of Flint, Michigan’s rambunctious throwback wild-eyed honky tonker Whitey Morgan and his backing band The 78’s have been waiting half a decade for a new studio album, and their country music prayers are about to be answered, or at least they will be in May when Whitey Morgan releases his latest record ‘Sonic Ranch.’


Blackberry Smoke’s “Holding All The Roses” Hits #1

February 18, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  30 Comments

You had a sense going into Blackberry Smoke’s new album Holding All The Roses that this could be a big one for the Atlanta-based band, and now were seeing all of the hard work and the good will they’ve sewed with their fan base over the last 15 years or so paying off big. Holding All The Roses shipped 19,614 copies in its first week of sales, which is good enough for #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.


The Muddy Roots Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

February 18, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  16 Comments

The Muddy Roots Music Festival has just announced their 2015 lineup, and it is chock full of legendary roots artist who helped forge what we consider roots music today, and the new generation of artists who are doing their best to carry on those traditions into the future. the Muddy Roots Music Festival has forged one of the most loyal followings on the festival circuit, and hosted many legendary names over its now five year run.


New Willie Nelson Biography “It’s A Long Story, My Life” Coming

February 14, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  7 Comments

The 400-page biography is said to be the “unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson’s life” that touches on his time in Texas and Nashville to Hawaii, to his legendary bus, his drive to write music, the women in his life, his collaborations, and his biggest lows and highs-from his bankruptcy to the founding of Farm Aid. It is also said to include stories from many of Willie Nelson’s friends.


Bob Dylan: “I Wasn’t Dissing Merle, Not the Merle I Know.”

February 13, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  42 Comments

Bob Dylan is pretty notorious for not speaking publicly very often, either in speeches or to the press. But after being honored at a Grammy Awards’ MusiCares event a week ago, and the impending melee that resulted from the 30-minute speech in which he specifically criticized Merle Haggard and Tom T. Hall among others, Dylan was forced into another public disposition with Rolling Stone on Friday.


Sturgill Simpson’s “Metamodern Sounds” Reaches 100,000 in Sales

February 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  42 Comments

Tired of seeing Sturgill Simpson news? Well then tell it to stop happening. If you can fathom this, the Kentucky-born singer is currently experiencing a renewed increase in interest, even while in the more long-term perspective he continues a meteoric rise which could have big implications on the country music community at large.


Brandy Clark Sees Biggest Sales Spike of All Grammy Performers

February 11, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  21 Comments

Why do the Grammy Awards matter? Well even if you don’t win anything, the exposure as a performer is just about priceless for those that get the opportunity. Brandy Clark was up for Best Country Album for her ’12 Stories’ release, and Best New Artist, and walked away with neither. But her performance with Dwight Yoakam on her song “Hold My Hand” landed Brandy the largest single percentage gain in song sales.


Bob Dylan Calls out Merle Haggard & Tom T. Hall — Merle Responds

February 7, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  96 Comments

In the windup to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards presentation, Bob Dylan was the honoree at a Friday evening event (2-6) naming him the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year. During Dylan’s 30-minute acceptance speech, he laid out much praise for his fellow songwriters, while unceremoniously lashing out at others, including Tom T. Hall and Merle Haggard. Merle has since responded.


Buddy Holly Bass Player Joe B. Mauldin Has Passed Away

February 7, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  5 Comments

Joe B. Maudlin, the long-time bass player for The Crickets and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, has died in Nashville according to The Tennessean. As the backing band for Buddy Holly, and an irreplaceable element of early American music, The Crickets helped forge the sound that would later become an essential building block for successful artists and bands such as The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and beyond.


Report: iTunes Is Buying Big Machine Records

February 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  43 Comments

According to sources, a deal is in process for iTunes to purchase the Big Machine Label Group for $250 million. Big Machine’s current distribution deal with UMG is up, and Taylor Swift has one more album left on the label before her contract expires, leading to speculation Big Machine wants to sell before they risk losing their superstar.


DON’T BUY Hank III’s “Take As Needed For Pain”

February 5, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  43 Comments

As first reported by Saving Country music in November of 2014, Curb Records is back at it, regurgitating previously-released material from Hank Williams III and trying to pass it off to consumers as new music. As many labels are announcing many of the titles from their spring catalogs, Curb this week has released the cover art and track list for “Take As Needed For Pain.”


Ray Wylie Hubbard’s New Album “The Ruffian’s Misfortune”

February 4, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  13 Comments

The Forgotten Outlaw, and the man at the forefront of keeping American roots filled with the rockin’, gritty heart of the 60’s music revolution, has just announced a new album, and has released a new song in conjunction. Ray Wylie Hubbard will release his newest record “The Ruffian’s Misfortune” through his own label Bordello Records.


Dwight Yoakam Announces New Album “Second Hand Heart”

February 4, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  28 Comments

Rockin’ West Coast country music legend Dwight Yoakam has a fresh new set of tracks ready to be offered to the listening public under the collective title of “Second Hand Heart.” The new album is said to hearken back to Yoakam’s early cowpunk days, when the caramel-voiced singer was coming up in the ranks touring with punk and rock bands as a throwback country music artist.


“Blasphemy” Claims Overshadow Great Robbie Fulks Performance

February 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  51 Comments

Fulks is revered for his songwriting and playing that veers from bluegrass and traditional country stylings into folk music sentiments and themes. Robbie puts on a show these days that is something the whole family can enjoy. But when Fulks uttered “goddamn” incidentally in the lyrics of one of his songs, it stimulated a quite a row in the land of 10,000 lakes.

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