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Sep
8

Hank3 to Tom Hiddleston: “You Got No Soul or Moan In Your Voice”

September 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  73 Comments

hank-williams-iiiThe saga continues around the casting of Tom Hiddleston as the iconic Hank Williams for an upcoming biopic on country’s first superstar called I Saw The Light. Though filming isn’t even scheduled to start for another few weeks, the concerns of having a British native play the park of Hank has some country music fans in a stir.

The grandson of Hank Williams, Hank Williams III (or Hank3), spoke out previously about the casting, worried that Hiddleston was not the right person for the part.

“To do a Hank Williams movie the way it should be done you need certain aspects in the mix to make right,” said Hank3. “It goes way beyond having an American to play the role of Hiram Hank Williams, Sr. for it to be somewhat natural, needs to be an American from the South who has eat lived and breathed these kind of roles before to make more respectable movie on Hank Sr.”

Hank3 suggested that recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey could do it, though he said this was only a suggestion, not a specific request.

Over the weekend, video surfaced of Tom Hiddleston making a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan on Saturday (9-7) where performed a rendition of the Hank Williams classic “Move It On Over.” On Sunday, Hiddleston returned to Wheatland with mentor Rodney Crowell—who has been personally working with Hiddleston—to sing a version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

Since then Hank3 has responded yet again. In a comment right here on Saving Country Music, and on his personal Facebook page, Hank3 said, “You got no soul or moan in your voice,” in response to Tom Hiddleston’s video, and posted a video of himself singing Hank Sr.’s “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” from his Live in Scotland album.

UPDATE: Hank3 has subsequently added in another comment on Saving Country Music:

Its very simple to make a great movie you start off with great foundation. And as far as a European actor playing a American Icon in my eyes that in its self is a super weak foundation for a Country Music Icon. My view on that alone topic alone will never change no matter who the European actor is. If it was your family being represented by a outsider you might have the same feelings. Keep that in mind.

Tom Hiddleston has done his best to reassure fans that he will do the best job he can portraying the Hillbilly Shakespeare. Tom said in late June,

The film is about the man behind the myth, the power of his music, the sheer voltage of his talent and charisma, and his formidable demons,” Hiddleston says. “He worked hard, played hard, lived hard — there were women, there was whiskey — but when he sang about being in the doghouse in ‘Move It On Over’, or about his heartbreak in ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’, it came from an honest place. Hank’s life has a tragic arc, but in simple truth, he was a genius: a star that burned twice as bright and lived half as long. It’s a huge role for me and a huge responsibility. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”

The role of Hank Williams is likely to be a discussion point all the way up to the release of the film. The production for I Saw The Light has already secured the rights to Hank’s songs from publishing company Sony ATV, and have said that along with Hank’s original recordings, Hiddleston will be performing certain songs in the movie live.

Hank3 is currently getting ready to leave on tour.

Tom Hiddleston’s Performance:

Hank3′s Response:

Sep
8

Garth Brooks Falls on Stage In Chicago

September 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  33 Comments

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“And the thunder rolls…”

We’ve all been wondering how rusty Garth Brooks would be after 13 years of retirement, and if he would try to emulate the young pups once he was back on the stage. Well Garth Brooks looked a little shaky when he took a spill over the weekend during one of his many comeback shows in Chicago, doing his best Luke Bryan rendition of losing his footing while bounding off a riser, going into a Garth Brooks chub roll that he tried to make look like a football drill or commando maneuver before stopping himself mere inches from falling off the ledge. Garth may have not gone over, but his black cowboy hat did. It was later recovered by a fan, who must have really had to contemplate the eBay value of the concert score before willingly submitting it back to the country superstar.

The fall happened on Friday, September 5th as the 52-year old plays a series of shows in Chicago stretching out all the way to September 14th as part of his “Garth Experience” World Tour. Of course Garth was too cool to acknowledge the fall, and instead brushed himself off and kept right on with the concert. Garth may have to get used to the new reality of playing concerts with 50,000 video cameras holstered to the belt of his fans. He’ll be fine, but we’ll have to see how well the aging Garth holds up as time goes on. Many of his Chicago dates include two shows a night—a tall order for a freshly unretired performer who’s AARP eligible.

Luke Bryan has seen his own series of stage falls in 2014.

Sep
7

Tom Hiddleston Gives First Impression of Hank Williams Role

September 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  33 Comments

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UPDATE: Hank3 to Tom Hiddleston: “You Got No Soul or Moan In Your Voice”

When movie actor Tom Hiddleston was first cast in the role to play Hank Williams in the upcoming biopic I Saw The Light, there was concern of whether a British actor could pull off the part of the Southern born and bred Hillbilly Shakespeare. Hank’s grandson, Hank Williams III, or Hank3, spoke out about the matter, saying that a Southern man should be cast in the role. Though Hank3 gave respect to Hiddleston who was taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he was concerned he couldn’t evoke the pain Hank Williams felt as a Southerner. This concern has also been expressed by other Hank Williams and country music fans.

Now we have received our first taste of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams, and some are applauding, and some have started the furor over the casting anew. Though Hiddleston seemed to do a fine job singing, some Hank Williams fans are not feeling the similarities in the style.

tom-hiddlestonHiddleston made a surprise appearance at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan on Saturday (9-7) and performed a rendition of the Hank Williams classic “Move It On Over.” On Sunday, Hiddleston returned to Wheatland with mentor Rodney Crowell—who has been personally working with Hiddleston—to sing a version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

The production for I Saw The Light has already secured the rights to Hank’s songs from publishing company Sony ATV, and have said that along with Hank’s original recordings, Hiddleston will be performing certain songs in the movie live.

Far from some of the dated and shoestring budget productions centered around the life of country music’s first superstar, I Saw The Light is set to be a full budget feature film in the same vein of the Johnny Cash biopic I Walk The Line. The movie is based off of the biography from Colin Escott, and is written and directed by Marc Abraham. Production is set to begin in October in Louisiana. The ambition and expanse of the film is one of the reasons many Hank Williams fans are showing so much interest in the casting of the iconic country music figure.

Tom Hiddleston has said about the role,

“The film is about the man behind the myth, the power of his music, the sheer voltage of his talent and charisma, and his formidable demons,” Hiddleston says. “He worked hard, played hard, lived hard — there were women, there was whiskey — but when he sang about being in the doghouse in ‘Move It On Over’, or about his heartbreak in ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’, it came from an honest place. Hank’s life has a tragic arc, but in simple truth, he was a genius: a star that burned twice as bright and lived half as long. It’s a huge role for me and a huge responsibility. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got.”

Though there is still a month before production begins, this video below is an early sign of what people might expect of Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams.

UPDATE: Hank3 to Tom Hiddleston: “You Got No Soul or Moan In Your Voice”

Sep
7

Hometown Removes Randy Travis’ Name From Sign

September 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  11 Comments

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“Home of Randy Travis & Country Living” was the slogan that once greeting visitors and passers thru of Marshville, North Carolina where Randy Travis was born and raised. But the two signs that sit beside U.S. Hwy 74 both entering and exiting the small town in Union County showing love for their hometown boy have been changed. Any mention of Randy Travis was removed by the town recently, and some Randy Travis fans are not happy about it.

Randy Travis—born Randy Bruce Traywick in Marshville in 1959—has been in the midst of a run of bad health that was preceded by a bout of bad behavior. After a bitter divorce from his long-time wife and manager, Randy Travis was arrested in February 2012 for public intoxication while sitting in his truck in a church parking lot. Then in August of 2012, Randy was arrested again after his car was wrecked and Randy was found naked at the scene.

randy-travisThen in July of 2013, Travis began to have severe health issues that have sidelined the country performer to this day. Randy was hospitalized on July 7th for a severe heart condition called viral cardiomyopathy. While in treatment, he suffered a stroke and had to receive emergency brain surgery. Randy eventually recovered and was released, but he still suffers from paralysis, though is slowly regaining his ability to walk by himself, and is said to be slowly regaining his ability to speak. Some photos of Randy hanging out with high profile friends have surfaced recently, but the specifics on his condition remain unclear.

Doctors insist Randy’s health issues had nothing to do with Randy’s previous alcohol issues, just as the City of Marshville insists the removal of Randy’s name is nothing personal.

Town Manager Fern Shubert says Randy’s name was removed while the signs were being updated because they were “too busy.” They’ve been replaced simply by “Welcome to Marshville North Carolina.” Previous versions of the Marshville signs also had homages to Randy Travis (see below).

“It’s nice, it’s dignified and it gets the job done,” Shubert says of the new sign. “There was no disrespect to Randy Travis. It looks more like your traditional welcome sign.”

But some Randy Travis fans inside and outside of Marshville are disappointed about removing the distinction, especially as Randy continues to struggle to regain his health. “In a time we should embrace Randy Travis and show support you choose to slap him in the face with something this stupid,” one online commenter said, while another observed, “When Mr. Travis pass[es] on…that city/town will be pumping it up! Randy Travis born/raised here….oh,….they will be singing a whole other tune…just watch….”

Others point out that Randy never did very much for Marshville, and that when he was younger, he was known in in the town for breaking into houses and cars.

Randy currently lives at his ranch near Tioga, TX.

Earlier Marshville sign touting Randy Travis.

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Sep
7

David Allan Coe’s Entire Columbia Collection Finally Sees Reissue

September 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  32 Comments

david-allan-coe-tennessee-whiskeyFor the better part of 15 years, country music Outlaw David Allan Coe recorded for Columbia Records and worked with Hall of Fame producer Billy Sherrill on timeless recordings that have become treasured releases in country music. However obtaining these records had become difficult to impossible over the years as they subsequently went out-of-print, and fans were forced to purchase Greatest Hits collections to get their David Allan Coe fix. As buying patterns shifted to digital, many of Coe’s most iconic tracks were non-existent on download sites like iTunes and Amazon, and through streamers such as Spotify.

Now that is all changing as Sony’s Legacy imprint is releasing Coe’s entire Columbia discography in conjunction with his 75th birthday, celebrated on September 6th. To be released in four separate installments, all of David Allan Coe’s 20 Columbia releases will see the light of day once again, and be made available to a new generation of Coe fans. His first five albums were released on 9/02, starting with 1974′s The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy, and Legacy will release five more on each Tuesday leading up to September 23rd when his last album, 1989′s Crazy Daddy, will be released.

Though the release of this material may help win Coe new fans who’ve never had easy access to his discography, Coe has stated numerous times that because of bad contracts and the forfeiture to creditors, he receives little to no royalties from his previous recorded music under Columbia. However, this massive release of music—over 200 songs—should help solidify and bolster David Allan Coe’s legacy in country music, which has been marred significantly over the years from things such as the release of his “X-rated” albums, to unsavory details of his personal life.

READ: 10 Badass David Allan Coe Moments (75th Birthday Special)

 

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  • Darlin’, Darlin’ (1985)
  • Unchained (1985)
  • Son of the South (1986)
  • A Matter of Life…and Death (1987)
  • Crazy Daddy (1989)

 

Sep
5

Jason Isbell & Kellie Pickler to Release Pink Vinyl

September 5, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  14 Comments

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Some of your favorite music from the country world and beyond is going pink on September 30th to help spread awareness and raise money for those suffering from Breast Cancer as part of the music world’s contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. Red Distribution and Gilda’s House are partnering to offer “Ten Bands / One Cause” limited edition pink vinyl releases with proceeds going to Gilda’s House. Jason Isbell’s Southeastern, Kellie Pickler’s The Woman I Am, St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ Half The City, and seven other worthy projects will receive the pink treatment, and all are now available for pre-order.

“I love this idea,” says Jason Isbell, whose song “Elephant” from Southeastern tackles the Cancer issue head on with a courage and honesty rarely seen. “I’m in favor of anything that raises funds or awareness of this issue. Plus, it makes me feel like one of those cool ballplayers with the pink bats.”

Kellie Pickler shaved her head for Breast Cancer awareness in 2012.

Kellie Pickler shaved her head for Breast Cancer awareness in 2012.

Against Me!, Courtney Barnett, Lucius, Nothing, Temples, In This Moment, and Me First & The Gimmie Gimmies are also participating in the pink-colored promotional campaign. Many outlets are offering free MP3 downloads with the vinyl purchase.

Gilda’s Club New York City was named for Gilda Radner, the brilliant comedian and one of the original cast members of Saturday Night Live. Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986. Following her death in 1989, Gilda’s husband, Gene Wilder and her cancer psychotherapist, Joanna Bull started the Gilda’s Club movement. In June, 1995 GCNYC opened its signature red door – Gilda’s legacy to everyone living with cancer. Since opening, it has offered a place where men, women and children living with cancer – and their families and friends – can join together to build social and emotional support as a supplement to medical care.

“We have resources to help Cancer patients and their families learn how to live with their Cancer experience through our support groups, educational lectures, and classes,” says CEO Lily Stafani.

Pre-Order Jason Isbell’s Pink Vinyl Southeastern

Pre-Order Kellie Pickler’s Pink Vinyl The Woman I Am

Pre-Order St. Paul’s Pink Vinyl Half This City

Sep
4

ISIS Hears Garth’s “People Loving People,” Lays Down Arms

September 4, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  39 Comments

garth-brooks-isisRadical Muslim terrorist organization ISIS has been conducting a brutal and bloody holy war in the Middle East in recent months, complete with genocide and mass slaughter as it attempts to form a cross-border caliphate in Syria and the northern portions of Iraq. The organization’s campaign of terror has included the decapitation of two American journalists in recent weeks in an attempt to deter American airstrikes against their strongholds, and to instill global fear about ISIS’s brutality and reach.

But where airstrikes, drone attacks, and diplomatic resolutions in recent weeks failed to weaken the resolve to the radical ISIS Islamists, the release of Garth Brooks’ first single since his 13-year retirement called “People Loving People” has apparently landed the resoluteness of ISIS a fatal blow. Reports out of northern portions of Iraq and Syria currently under ISIS control are of desertions in the thousands by ISIS fighters after they heard Garth’s song touting the virtues of love and peace.

Apparently the supreme leader of the organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is a big Garth Brooks fan.

“Yeah, back in the 90′s it was more of a guilty pleasure at first, and then when he started flying out across stadiums like Peter Pan, and then the whole Chris Gaines thing—I mean seriously, what the hell was that?—I was like ‘Bye bye Garth,’” says al-Baghdadi. “Really, I’m an old-school country fan. Love me some Waylon.”

But like many older country fans, as modern country music has become more pop and even rap, al-Baghdadi’s feelings on Garth began to turn around. “Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, are you kidding me? That crap’s unfit for human consumption. Compared to that garbage, Garth is as old-school country as it gets, and when I heard he was finally releasing a new single, I couldn’t wait to hear it.”

Apparently Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi put out a directive across the entire ISIS communications network to broadcast the song to the caliphate and all ISIS fighters as soon as it was released. By all accounts, it was a big hit with both the brass, and the rank and file of ISIS. “Let’s face it, it’s catchy as hell, and with a good message,” says al-Baghdadi. “Though damn, why did they have to bury his vocals so much in the mix? Trying to make out the words is like trying to subjugate a town of ethnic minorities with one arm tied behind your back.”

After hearing “People Loving People,” al-Baghdadi says he’s a changed person.

“You know, just like many of my ISIS fighters, the message of Jihad was drilled into by brain for 20 years in the most radical of Middle Eastern madrases, and was then solidified by spilling the blood of infidels for many years in battle. But I’ll be damned if Garth Brooks didn’t make me see things differently. ‘People Loving People’ is just so simple and eloquent, and really relevant to this day and age.”

According to The Pentagon and commanders of the Kurdish Peshmerga army in control of parts of their semi-autonomous region in Northern Iraq, pockets of ISIS resistance still exist. But instead of dropping bombs on the remaining ISIS positions, a plan is being put in place to continuously broadcast Garth’s “People Loving People” in those regions to weaken the remaining strongholds. “We’re still working out rights with Garth to be able to legally broadcast it in a public forum,” says Pentagon spokesperson Herold Frankenfurter. “He wants to make sure it doesn’t compete with his upcoming concert appearances, and Garth refuses to release the individual track to us digitally. He insists we have to wait for the entire album to be released.”

Aug
31

Luke Bryan Falls Off Stage … For A Third Time in 2014

August 31, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  25 Comments

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This story has been updated.

Not that delighting in the misfortune of another human is a trait any of us should possess, but Luke Bryan’s new side hobby of taking dives off of stages has become almost comical in its frequency. Greg Louganis, eat your heart out. It wouldn’t be as easy to find the humor in the situation if Luke Bryan had found himself seriously hurt in any of the incidences, but that seems to be the only fortune that can be found in now his troika of famous stage tumbles.

At Luke Bryan’s show Saturday night (8-30) at the Klipsch Music Center (Formerly Verizon Wireless Music Center) in Noblesville, Indiana, Bryan bit it yet again from stage when someone tried to toss him a beer. “If you’re gonna fall off stage, do it while trying to catch a beer,” an embarrassed Luke Bryan said after he finished the song. “Now which one of you grabbed my ass? I’m about a quart low. Checking my damn oil down here. “

Luke Bryan alluded to the incident later on Twitter. “Awesome night Indy. Too amazing nights.”

Shouldn’t that be “two” there Luke? Maybe Bryan did bang his noggin after all. It was the singer’s second successive night at the Klipsch Music Center near Indianapolis, but that apparently wasn’t time enough to help familiarize Luke with his surroundings. But Bryan claims he’s okay. “All good here. No bumps or bruises. Our stage is different in every amp. Little stage variations. Hell I gotta just pay more attention.”

Luke landed on a pair of sisters in the crowd, including one who walked away with a black eye. Luke later made it up to them by inviting the concert going party backstage.

This is the third famous slip the country music sexy man has taken in 2014 alone. On February 17th Luke Bryan slipped on stage in Greensboro, North Carolina. Then on May 29th, Bryan took a more serious tumble off the stage that resulted in a few stitches in his leg. “So check this out. Check this out. The last time I was in North Carolina, I busted my ass on stage,” Luke Bryan said to the crowd after he’d recovered. “What is it about North Carolina that makes me bust my ass?” The second falling incident also involved alcohol. A cooler full of ice and bruskies had been poured out on stage earlier in the performance by Bryan, leaving ice in the area where he slipped. Luke Bryan’s had a few other famous tumbles over the years.


Luke Bryan Fall #1 (Feb. 17th 2014)


Luke Bryan Fall #2 (May 29th, 2014)


Luke Bryan Fall #3 (Aug. 30th, 2014)

UPDATE: New Instagram Video of falling incident.

Aug
30

George Strait, Willie Nelson & Garth Brooks Make Poll of Favorite Artists

August 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  30 Comments

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Harris Interactive has just released a new poll that queried the American public about their favorite music artists, musicians, and bands, and some noteworthy country music names made the list. When pollsters asked for unprompted responses to the question, “Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?”—George Strait was the 5th highest answer, and the highest amongst country music stars. Garth Brooks also made the top 10, coming in tied for 7th with The Eagles, Celine Dion, and Neil Diamond.

Willie Nelson also made the top of two of the lists broken down by demographics, even though he did not make the top 10 overall. Willie was the favorite artist of “Mature Adults” (69 or older), and was tied with The Beatles for the favorite musical artist amongst Republicans (despite Willie’s left-leaning politics). The Beatles came in #1 overall in the poll, right in front of Elvis at #2.

What is even more interesting for country music fans is who is not on the list, and who slipped off the list since the same poll was conducted the last time in 2010. Four years ago, Tim McGraw was #5, Rascal Flatts was #8, and Alan Jackson was #9. None of these country artists made the top 10 again. In 2010 George Strait was #7 in the poll.

With all three of the country entries into this year’s poll being more classically-oriented artists, and none of them being current stars (where is Taylor Swift in this poll?), it speaks to the continued appeal of older country artists and classic country music we’ve seen in similar studies by Edison Research, and in the move to split the country format to give more radio representation to older artists.

The younger artists that made the top 10 of the poll were Beyoncé at #3, and Bruno Mars at #6 who was potentially boosted by his recent Super Bowl appearance.

The Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between July 16th and July 21st, 2014 among 2,306 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

TABLE 1

FAVORITE SINGER/MUSICIAN/BAND

“Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?”

Unprompted responses

Base: All adults

2010

2014

Beatles

=3

1

Elvis Presley

=3

2

Beyoncé

*

3

Led Zepplin

*

4

George Strait

7

5

Bruno Mars

*

6

Neil Diamond

*

=7

Eagles

*

=7

Celine Dion

1

=7

Garth Brooks

*

=7

DROPPED OFF OF LIST IN 2014

U2 (was No. 2), Tim McGraw (was No. 5), Lady Gaga (was No. 6), Rascal Flatts (was No. 8) and Alan Jackson and Frank Sinatra (both ties for No. 9)

TABLE 2

TOP MUSICIAN AMONG DIFFERENT GROUPS

AMONG:

2014

Men

Beatles

Women

Beyoncé

Millennials (18-37)

Beyoncé

Gen X (38-49)

Metallica

Baby Boomers (50-68)

Beatles

Matures (69+)

Willie Nelson

Republicans

Beatles/Willie Nelson

Democrats

Beatles/Bruno Mars

Independents

Beatles

East

Beatles

Midwest

Bruno Mars

South

Beatles

West

Beatles

Parent of child under 18

Bruno Mars

Not parent of child under 18

Beatles

 

 ***See Complete Harris Poll***

Aug
21

Austin Lucas Invites Friends On ‘Minimum Overdrive’ Tour

August 21, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  10 Comments

minimum-overdrive-tour-austin-lucas-001New West recording artist Austin Lucas has just announced a string of new tour dates across the United States and a few stops in Canada, but this won’t be your garden variety Austin Lucas tour. Joining him on stage in acoustic collaborations will be mandolin extraordinaire Jayke Orvis, Jon Snodgrass (aka the “guy with the glasses’ from Drag The River), Canadian singer/songwriter Northcote, and Caleb Caudle for select dates.

“It’s just a play on worlds because most of us are kind of rocker dudes but we play obviously different degrees of roots music,” Austin Lucas says of the tour’s “Minimum Overdrive” name. “So I just thought it’s a funny name with all acoustic guitars because there’s no amps or drums, but I feel like we can still bring the rock atmosphere.”

Austin says Minimum Overdrive patrons can expect maximum collaboration.

“It’s definitely going to be the kind of tour where everybody is collaborating with each other, and playing on each other’s songs. Especially Jayke and I are going to be doing a lot of stuff as a duo, playing each other’s songs. Basically the tour started because Jayke and I had been talking about doing a tour together for about the last six months. And we decided if we were going to do dates together, we wanted to do as much stuff where we were playing together, doing sort of a Bill Monroe and Doc Watson type of duo. I mean obviously we are not as good as those guys, but those Smithsonian Folkways albums have always been dear to my heart and Jayke’s heart as well, and we just wanted to do a two-man duo thing. So we’re going to split it up to where we both do duo stuff together, play each other’s songs, and then we’ll both be collaborating with Jon Snodgrass, with Northcote, and with Caleb Caudle when Caleb’s on the tour.”

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Austin Lucas has already toured extensively with Jon Snodgrass from Jon’s years in Drag The River. “Bringing John on was a really good idea because I knew that John and I have a lot of songs in our pocket that we can play together. I wanted to bring people on that I really respected, and knew I would have a good time collaborating with.”

“To be honest with you, I didn’t really think about if other people would have a good time with anybody else on the tour,” Austin says. “Very selfishly, I just wanted to bring people out that I really like and respect and want to play with. We are going to do all sorts of different things. We’re just going to play it by ear. I think all of use are ‘fly by the seat of our pants’ performers anyway, so I think what we’re really focusing on is just making sure all of us get an ample amount of time on stage, and we’re just doing what’s comfortable.”

Minimum Overdrive Tour Dates:

Wed/Oct-01    Detroit, MI     Small’s
Tues/Oct-2     Toronto, ON     The Cave at Lees Place
Wed/Oct-3     Montreal, QC     Divan Orange
Sat/Oct-04     Philly PA     Milkboy
Sun/Oct-05     Asbury Park, NJ     Asbury Lanes
Mon/Oct-06     Boston MA     Great Scott
Tue/Oct-07     Brooklyn NY     St. Vitus
Wed/Oct-08     Richmond, VA     Strange Matter
Thu/Oct-09     Durham, NC     Motorco
Fri/Oct-10     Atlanta, GA     Eddie’s Attic
Sun/Oct-12     Orlando     Will’s Pub
Tue/Oct-14     Dallas, TX     Gas Monkey
Wed/Oct-15     Austin, TX     Mohawk
Fri/Oct-17     Albuquerque, NM     Low Spirits
Sat/Oct-18     Phoenix, AZ     Last Exit
Sun/Oct-19     Santa Ana, CA     Constellation Room
Tue/Oct-21     San Fransisco, CA     Thee Parkside
Thu/Oct-23     Portland, OR     Dante’s
Fri/Oct-24     Seattle, WA     El Corazon Lounge
Sat/Oct-25     Missoula, MT     The Palace
Sun/Oct-26     Boise, ID     The Shredder
Tue/Oct-28     Denver, CO     Hi-Dive
Wed/Oct-29     Wichita, KS     Lizard Lounge
Thu/Oct-30     St. Louis, MO     Demo
Fri/Oct-31     Minneapolis, MN     Nether Bar
Sat/Nov-01     Chicago, IL     Township
Sun/Nov-02     Milwaukee, WI     Linnemans

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Aug
19

Man Killed In Assault at a Hank Williams Jr. Concert in Michigan

August 19, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  58 Comments

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UPDATE (8-24): The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department has ruled the death a homicide, though the investigation is considered still to be ongoing, and no charges have been filed. “Preliminary information said that kind of a shoving altercation was occurring between the teenager and the victim,” Sheriff Mike Bouchard said. “Early information is that it actually precipitated by the victim.”

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Robert Kobe of Westland, Michigan was pronounced dead Tuesday (8-19) at 12:04 PM after being assaulted at a Hank Williams Jr. concert at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Independence Township, Michigan on Sunday, August 17th. The 55-year-old man suffered a serious head injury at the hands of a 15-year-old male who shoved him in the concourse area, resulting in the man hitting his head violently on the concrete floor according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses describe the teen shoving Robert Kobe just before 9 PM, and then attempting to flee the scene. The victim was found in a pool of blood on the concourse, while bystanders caught and detained the teen until police arrived. The teen was attending the concert with his father.

Robert Kobe was rushed to McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI where he was placed on life support and was reported to be in very grave condition on Monday. Early Tuesday afternoon, Robert Kobe died of his injuries.

The teen was detained at the Oakland County’s Children’s Village juvenile detention facility on Sunday night, and was released on Monday by a juvenile court referee into the custody of his parents. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says the incident is still under investigation, and they have not decided what to charge the teen with, or if to charge him as a juvenile or an adult. Because the victim has died, the charges could escalate from assault to second-degree murder. The Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office is also reported to be reviewing the case. There has been no information released on if alcohol was involved in the incident. Robert Kobe’s body is scheduled for autopsy.

Neither Hank Williams Jr. or the DTE Energy Music Theatre have released statements about the death, but a spokesperson for the over 15,000-capacity venue said they do not comment on criminal matters involving patrons.

UPDATE (8-20): The Detroit Free Press reports that the victim’s son, 29-year-old Cory Kobe, says that Robert Kobe may have provoked the fatal shove, and that Robert Kobe and the teen knew each other and were friends. “I want to make sure that this young man gets fair treatment,” Cory Kobe said. “There are a lot of indications that there was no malicious intent.” Police have offered no further comment on the incident, and say the investigation is ongoing.

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The death of Robert Kobe is the second death at a country music concert this summer. A 22-year-old man was found dead in a dumpster in late July after a Jason Aldean concert in what is thought to be an alcohol-related incident. There was also a report of a gang rape at the Faster Horses Festival in mid July in Michigan.

Violence and incidents at mainstream country music concerts this summer have been making headlines. 20 people were arrested at a Luke Bryan concert in New York State on Saturday, 8-16. On August 7th, three people were stabbed at “We Fest” in Minnesota. On August 2nd, a drunk driver ran over a police officer at a Jason Aldean concert, and 30 concertgoers were taken to local hospitals. Earlier in the summer, 55 people were arrested, and 22 taken to hospitals at a Keith Urban show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass. Later it was also revealed that an alleged rape happened in the venue’s lawn section while as many as 15 people stood and watched and took video of the incident. An annual event in Pittsburgh became a national story when pictures of trash and drunken patrons went viral in late June.

The news has not been all bad, however. A Kenny Chesney concert over the weekend only saw one arrest out of a crowd of 40,000 people.

READ- How We Got Here: The Subversion of Country Music

Aug
18

More Trouble At Jason Aldean & Luke Bryan Concerts

August 18, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  32 Comments

luke-bryan-001Once again multiple arrests marred a pair of summer concerts by two of mainstream country’s top male artists over the past two weekends. Both concerts were promoted by Live Nation.

At a Luke Bryan concert at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY on Saturday, 8-16, Genesee County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 20 concertgoers for numerous violations, while another nine were cited for having either fake I.D.’s or wrong I.D.’s.

Among the arrested was 28-year-old David P. Mayne who allegedly grabbed a woman he was with by the throat and punched her in the face. Mayne then struggled with officers as they attempted to detain him. He was charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, and resisting arrest.

Among the other arrests, there were multiple charges against concertgoers for harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from fights and assaults, including multiple assaults on security officers at the venue. Other charges included trespassing and marijuana possession. 17 people also received medical treatment and four were taken to the hospital, though Emergency EMS spokesperson Wade Schwab says these numbers are not out of the ordinary for a summer concert.

The Batavian posted a rundown of the concert’s arrests.

David P. Mayne, 28, of James Street, Medina, for is charged with disorderly conduct, harassment, 2nd, and resisting arrest after allegedly being involved in a physical altercation inside the concert venue after grabbing a acquaintance by the throat and punching her in the face. Mayne then allegedly resisted arrest. Mayne was arraigned in Darien Court and remanded to jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Michael R. J. Fiumano, 20, of Glenn Avenue, Pulaski, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after he allegedly punched and pushed a Live Nation Security Officer.

Kassidy R. Watson, 19, of Lake Avenue, Hilton, is charged with tampering with physical evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana and then attempted to conceal the evidence in her shirt.

Ariana M. Watson, 20, of Lighthouse Road, Hilton, is charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after allegedly being found in possession of marijuana.

Mark A. Buldyke, 22, of Amber Court, Port Perry, Ontario, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the venue.

Kirstia M. Dlugosz, 19, of South Prince Drive, Depew, is charged with trespass after allegedly reenentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Stephen J. Hayes, 24, of Saya Road, Weedsport, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly jumping a fence onto the Darien Lake property.

Corey J. Hinman, 25, of Ryan Road, Weedsport, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly jumping a fence onto Darien Lake property.

Jacob R. Andol, 19, of East Blood Road, Cowlesville, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance in the medical tent inside the venue.

Lucas R. Logsdon, 19, of Dunkley Road, Leicester, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting inside the concert venue.

Trey G. Henderson, 22, of Terry Hills Drive, Batavia, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with concert security while being ejected from the venue.

Samuel A. Musolino II, 23, of Hyde Park, Niagara Falls, is charged with criminal trespass, 3rd, after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Angela M. Pompeo, 23, of Hillpine Road, Cheektowaga, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told on to return.

Jordan M. Coulson, 23, of McMurchy Avenue, South Brampton, Ontario, Canada, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence on Employee Road into the back area.

Danielle B. Russell, 19, of Floren Tine Way, Chili, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Matthew H. Coe, 22, of Route 62, Frewsburg, is charged with trespass after allegedly jumping a fence into the concert venue.

Ryan M. Hanes, 25, of Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly fighting with Live Nation Security.

David D. Carpes, 27, of Nelson Road, Clyde, is charged with harassment, 2nd, after allegedly pushing a Live Nation Security Officer.

Bryan T. Mogle, 23, of Englewood Avenue, Buffalo, is charged with trespass after allegedly reentering the concert venue after being ejected and told not to return.

Gabrielle L. Frey, 20, of Boyce Road, Corfu, is charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly causing a disturbance on Sumner Road.


jason-aldean-2A Jason Aldean concert at the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre in Tinley Park, IL on Saturday, August 9th also saw numerous arrests and incidents according to police reports obtained by Saving Country Music.

Michael Patitucci was arrested for domestic battery in the parking lot after he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the hair and rammed her head into the steering wheel multiple times, resulting in facial injuries. Witnesses say the woman was in the passenger seat when she got into a verbal argument with concert goers in another car. When the male she was with who was driving exited the vehicle to confront the other vehicle, the woman told him to get back into the car as she got into the driver’s seat. The man reacted angrily, bashing the woman’s head into the steering wheel. The man was taken into custody for domestic battery.

Another concertgoer was thrown out twice by security at the venue for being intoxicated and rude to the staff and other attendees only to return a third time. When security tried to forcibly remove her, she resisted heavily, calling the security staff “bitches” and “whores” and telling them how much money she made. She was eventually detained by police.

Another individual struck a fellow attendee in the back of the head with a beer can from behind. The man was cited for disorderly conduct. Another woman claimed she was hit in the back of the head by a flying beer can, and she confronted the woman she believed threw it, punching her her in the face with a closed fist. Another patron in the VIP section of the venue allegedly assaulted a security officer and had to be forcibly removed from the venue.

Multiple hit and runs were also reported as fans exited the First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre, including when a gray Chevrolet struck a white Kia Optima before speeding away from the scene.

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These most recent events add to a growing rap sheets from mainstream country concerts this summer. On August 2nd, a drunk driver ran over a police officer at a Jason Aldean concert, and 30 concertgoers were taken to local hospitals. Earlier in the summer, 55 people were arrested, and 22 taken to hospitals at a Keith Urban show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass. Later it was also revealed that an alleged rape happened in the venue’s lawn section while as many as 15 people stood and watched and took video of the incident. There was also a report of a gang rape at the Faster Horses Festival in mid July. An annual event in Pittsburgh became a national story when pictures of trash and drunken patrons went viral in late June. And a 22-year-old man was found dead in a dumpster in late July after a Jason Aldean concert in what is thought to be an alcohol-related incident.

READ- How We Got Here: The Subversion of Country Music

Aug
17

Only One Arrest Out Of 40,000 At Kenny Chesney Flora Bama Concert

August 17, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  35 Comments

kenny-chesneyOn Saturday (8-15), Kenny Chesney performed his only concert of 2014 at the beach area on the Gulf Coast known as Flora Bama straddling the Florida and Alabama state lines. It was a free concert Kenny threw for his fans, and one of the biggest major country concerts in the South during a summer concert season that has made headlines for the amount of trash, arrests, medical emergencies, alcohol incidents, DUI’s, rapes, and even death that has occurred at big mainstream country shows. Kenny Chesney’s Flora Bama concert saw “hundreds” of medical calls due to heat-related issues on a day with no clouds and 95-degree temperatures, but only one arrest was made in the crowd estimated at nearly 40,000.

Ken Grimes, the City Administrator for Orange Beach told WKRG News 5, “It was a very calm crowd for the most part, and heat was a big issue. So yeah, medical high intense. On the police side, very very low. So we appreciate the crowd. I think next year or anytime in the future, hydration in this [is important], and hopefully temperatures will be a little bit better. Heat index was high. But that was a the big issue, and I think traffic has moved well. I’m just real proud.”

Ken Grimes said that coordination for the event, especially when dealing with cross-state entities, was key. “I’m amazed with the staff. I appreciate all the staff with this. The impact is strong on the economic side. From a public safety side, all staff involved, both sides, both states, it was huge. Flora Bama’s done a great job with the event operation group … I think it worked great.”

Kenny Chesney took stage a little after 5 PM, and finished just before 7:30. Fans were let in on a first come basis, and were given wrist bands for admittance. Even though it was a free concert, with a lack of parking in the area, fans had to park elsewhere and take trolleys and buses to the location at a cost of $25. Nearly 400 boats also showed up along the coastline to take in the concert, and many fans floated in the surf to avoid the intense heat.

The event, entitled “Flora-Bama-Jama” is named for the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package Store. It is a 50-year-old roadhouse that has become legendary over time, and immortalized in numerous country songs, including Kenny Chesney’s latest single. The concert was held on the beach right behind the Flora Bama lounge.

Aug
15

Billy Joe Shaver Charts for the First Time Ever with “Long In The Tooth”

August 15, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  12 Comments

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41 years, 26 albums, 11 different record labels, and one Outlaw country legend who had never experienced a charting album beyond a mere blip on the Christian charts a few years ago …. until now. Billy Joe Shaver, and his first album in seven years entitled Long In The Tooth has gone where no other Billy Joe Shaver album has gone before—to the Top 20 of Billboard’s country album’s chart. Coming in at #19, it marks Shaver’s first entry in the album chart ever, and his placing at #157 in the all-genre category is his first appearance in that chart as well.

The news comes after a strong push for the album that sees Billy Joe’s old friend Willie Nelson lend his voice to the opening track, “Hard To Be An Outlaw”. Willie Nelson also featured two Billy Joe Shaver songs on his recent album Band of Brothers, fueling the flames of Shaver interest. Fans waited seven years for the 74-year-old Shaver to finally put out another album of original music, and Long In The Tooth finds Billy Joe sitting tall in the saddle, shouting and spitting, brandishing his fists and taking potshots, and shining in moments of unexpected sentimentality.

Billy Joe Shaver joins a resurgent crowd of country music greats who’ve enjoyed renewed chart success recently, including Willie Nelson whose Band of Brothers album became his first #1 in 28 years, and his highest showing ever on Billboard’s all genre Billboard 200 chart, coming in at #6. Dolly Parton’s May release Blue Smoke gave Dolly her first Top 10 on the Billboard 200 of her entire career when she came in at #6. She also charted at #2 on the Country Albums chart. Johnny Cash’s posthumous release of his lost album Out Among The Stars also saw surprising chart success, debuting at #1 in country, and #3 on the Billboard 200.

READ: Album Review – Billy Joe Shaver’s “Long In The Tooth”

Why all the surprising chart success for older country music artists in 2014? It’s partly because the fans of older country music stars actually buy albums instead of streaming them online, or just downloading individual songs. This makes older artists more lucrative for labels, and allows the artists to outpace their much younger competition on the charts. It proves that country music’s older artists can deliver when they’re given a chance, even without radio play.

Meanwhile Willie Nelson’s Band of Brothers album remains in Billboard’s Top 25 of country albums for an eighth straight week, coming in at #22 this week.

Preview & Purchase Tracks to Long In The Tooth

Aug
14

Wade Bowen to Release Self-Titled Album October 28th

August 14, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  18 Comments

wade-bowenTexas country star Wade Bowen is set to release his 5th studio album on October 28th, and the self-titled affair will see Bowen break away from the bonds of a major label to reclaim his creative freedom. The album is said to be a new beginning for Bowen, and finds the Waco, TX native at “…the turning of the page to a place where the music becomes a little bit freer, a little bit looser, and a lot more intimate. This is the sound of catharsis, of Bowen released from major label bonds to find himself on his own again – ragged from the storm, but finally, back on shore. In short, this is the Wade Bowen, the real thing.”

Bowen says of the new music, “The focus was to talk about what I’ve been through—to get personal. Everything I’ve been through lead me to this.”

After Bowen released his last album The Given on BNA Records in May of 2012, fans were treated to some new music in late August of 2013 in the form of “Songs About Trucks” written by Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. It was anti “Bro-Country” before being anti “Bro-Country” was cool, and went on to be nominated for Saving Country Music’s “Song of the Year.”

wade-bowen-self-titledSince Wade left the band West 84 in 2001, he has become a staple of the Texas country airwaves and radio charts, and a leading member of the strong community that exists around the music in Texas. His Wade Bowen Classic golf tournament and concert has become the standard-bearer for celebrity charity events in Texas msuic, and the 16th Annual event in 2014 drew over 4,000 people over the June 1st weekend to raise a quarter of a million dollars for Wade’s Bowen Family Foundation.

As part of the announcement of the new album, Wade Bowen has released a new song called “When I Woke Up Today” (listen below). “I just started analyzing the road and my passion to put up with so much to ‘make a dream fly,” Bowen says about the track. “I’m still here! It’s like I tell people, the road has tried to get rid of me but I’m still here!”

Listen to New Song “When I Woke Up Today”

Bowen is also currently on tour.

Aug
13

International Bluegrass Music Awards Announce 2014 Nominees

August 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  9 Comments

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The International Bluegrass Music Association unveiled their list of nominees for their 25th Annual Awards on Wednesday, August 13th. The IBMA will hold their awards this year in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on October 2nd. Nominees were announced at The Factory in Franklin, TN, facilitated by Music City Roots who broadcast the announcement ceremony live.

The Boxcars lead all nominees with 10 IBMA nods, while Blue Highway comes in with nine nominations. The Del McCoury Band also scored high with six, while newcomers Detour, Flatt Lonesome, Town Mountain, The Spinney Brothers, and Volume Five earned “Emerging Artist of the Year” honors. See the full list of nominees below.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Balsam Range
  • Blue Highway
  • Dailey & Vincent
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • The Del McCoury Band

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Del McCoury
  • Buddy Melton
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Frank Solivan
  • Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Alison Krauss
  • Claire Lynch
  • Amanda Smith
  • Rhonda Vincent

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Balsam Range
  • Blue Highway
  • Dailey & Vincent
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Instrumental Group of the Year

  • Balsam Range
  • Blue Highway
  • The Boxcars
  • The Del McCoury Band
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Emerging Artist of the Year

  • Detour
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • The Spinney Brothers
  • Town Mountain
  • Volume Five

Album of the Year

  • Hall of Fame Bluegrass – Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (artist), Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (producers), Rebel Records
  • It’s Just A RoadThe Boxcars (artist), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home
  • Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – Noam Pikelny (artist) Gabe Witcher (producer), Compass Records
  • Streets of BaltimoreThe Del McCoury Band (artist), Del McCoury (producer), McCoury Music
  • The GameBlue Highway (artist), Blue Highway (producer), Rounder Records

Song of the Year

  • Dear Sister” – Claire Lynch (artist), Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb (writers)
  • Grandpa’s Way of Life” – The Spinney Brothers (artist), Mark ‘Brink’ Brinkman (writer)
  • It’s Just a Road” – The Boxcars (artist), William Keith Garrett (writer)
  • The Game” – Blue Highway (artist), Shawn Lane and Barry Bales (writers)
  • You Took All The Ramblin’ Out of Me” – The Boxcars (artist), Jerry Hubbard (writer)

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year

  • Love Does” – Darin and Brooke Aldridge (artist), Flying (album), Jamie Johnson, Suzanne M. Johnson and Jenee Fleenor (writers), Darin and Brooke Aldridge (producers), Organic Records
  • The Day We Learn to Fly” – Volume Five (artist), The Day We Learn To Fly (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever
  • Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus” – Donna Ulisse (artist), I Am a Child of God (album), Hazel Marie Houser (writer), Bryan Sutton and Donna Ulisse (producers), Hadley Music Group
  • When Sorrows Encompass Me Around” – The Boxcars (artist), It’s Just A Road (album), Paul Edgar Johnson (writer), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home
  • Won’t It Be Wonderful There” – Dailey & Vincent (artist), Brothers of the Highway (album), Mildred Styles Johnson (writer), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent (producers), Rounder Records

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year

  • Five Miles to Milan” - The Grascals (artist), When I Get My Pay (album), Danny Roberts (writer), The Grascals (producer), Mountain Home
  • “Graveyard Fields” – Steep Canyon Rangers (artist), Tell The Ones I Love (album), Mike Guggino (writer), Larry Campbell (producer), Rounder Records
  • Johnny Don’t Get Drunk” – Adam Steffey (artist), New Primitive (album), Public Domain, Adam Steffey (producer), Organic
  • Skillet Head Derailed” – The Boxcars (artist), It’s Just a Road (album), Ron Stewart (writer), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home
  • Thank God I’m A Country Boy“- Special Consensus with Buddy Spicher, Michael Cleveland and Alison Brown (artists), Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver (album), John Martin Sommers (writer), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records

Recorded Event of the Year

  • American Pickers“- The Grascals with Dierks Bentley (artists), The Grascals (producer), Mountain Home
  • Keepin’ It Between the Lines (Old School)” – Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury and Del McCoury (artists), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records
  • Martha White, Lester & Earl” – Terry Baucom with Marty Raybon & Buddy Melton (artists), Terry and Cindy Baucom (producers), John Boy and Billy Records
  • Wild Montana Skies” – Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes (artists), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records
  • Wild Mountain Honey” – Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (artists), Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (producers) Rebel Records

Instrumental Performer of the Year – Banjo

  • Jens Kruger
  • Mike Munford
  • Noam Pikelny
  • Sammy Shelor
  • Ron Stewart

Instrumental Performer of the Year – Fiddle

  • Jason Carter
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Stuart Duncan
  • Bobby Hicks
  • Ron Stewart

Instrumental Performer of the Year – Dobro

  • Jerry Douglas
  • Andy Hall
  • Rob Ickes
  • Randy Kohrs
  • Phil Leadbetter

Instrumental Performer of the Year – Guitar

  • Tony Rice
  • James Alan Shelton
  • Kenny Smith
  • Tim Stafford
  • Bryan Sutton

Instrumental Performer of the Year – Mandolin

  • Sam Bush
  • Sierra Hull
  • Frank Solivan
  • Adam Steffey
  • Chris Thile

Instrumental Performer of the Year – Bass

  • Barry Bales
  • Mike Bub
  • Missy Raines
  • Mark Schatz
  • Darin Vincent
Aug
12

Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson + More to Tribute Lynyrd Skynyrd

August 12, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  40 Comments

lynyrd_skynyrd_logoOn November 12th, artists from across the country and Southern rock world will be coming together to pay tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd in a unique way. Not your typical tribute concert, and not your typical tribute album, One More For The Fans! — Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd will be a combination of both ideas taking place on the stage of the famed Fox Theatre in Atlanta. 17+ artists and an all star band directed by producer Don Was will be celebrating the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the intimate space while camera crews roll to produce a multi-platform Lynyrd Skynyrd project to be released next year.

Using the 4,700-seat Fox Theatre as the backdrop for this tribute is symbolic. When Lynyrd Skynyrd cut their 1976 live album One More For The Road in the Atlanta venue, it was scheduled for demolition. The live album helped revitalize the venue, and the title of this tribute, One More For The Fans! is an homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s history with the historic venue.

Artists scheduled to perform as part of the concert include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Charlie Daniels, Warren Haynes, Peter Frampton, John Hiatt, Aaron Lewis, Govt. Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick, Donnie Van Zandt, and Trace Adkins. More performers are expected to be announced in the future, and surprise guests will also be part of the presentation.

Lynryd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., Govt Mule, Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Cheap Trick and Donnie Van Zant. – See more at: http://www.atlantamusicguide.com/2014/08/11/star-studded-concert-event-honoring-lynrd-skynyrd-announced/#sthash.QstrliJd.dpuf

One More For The Fans! was dreamed up by Kevin Wortman. Wortman, Ken Levitan, and Ross Schilling are acting as executive producers for the project. Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public at 10 AM on Monday, August 18th.

Though there is no shortage of Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute albums floating around out there—in fact they may be one of the most tributed bands in history—to have the remaining Lynyrd Skynyrd members participate, along with such a star-studded lineup in the historic Fox Theater, One More For The Fans! might become the definitive Skynyrd tribute for the ages.

Keith Wortman
One More For The Fans! – Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd – See more at: http://www.atlantamusicguide.com/2014/08/11/star-studded-concert-event-honoring-lynrd-skynyrd-announced/#sthash.QstrliJd.dpuf
One More For The Fans! – Celebrating The Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd – See more at: http://www.atlantamusicguide.com/2014/08/11/star-studded-concert-event-honoring-lynrd-skynyrd-announced/#sthash.QstrliJd.dpuf

Aug
11

Sirius XM’s “Fresh Female Voices” Looks to Return Girl Power to Radio

August 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  34 Comments
Brandy Clark

Brandy Clark

The virtual disappearance of female country music stars on American radio is a dilemma that has now stretched out for nearly half a decade. Despite the efforts of many well-meaning taste makers in both the media and the industry to make sense of the problem and solve it, nothing so far has significantly penetrated the male blockade dominating country radio. When you take away Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood, there are no other female country stars who have received any significant chart success with songs since 2010.

Now the senior director of music programming at SiriusXM is looking to try and do something about the problem and hopefully create interest around some of country music’s undiscovered and worthy female talent. SiriusXM’s John Marks has launched a new feature on the satellite radio station’s major mainstream channel The Highway called Fresh Female Voices that three times an hour will feature female artists from both the up-and-coming ranks of the mainstream, and the independent music world. The feature will run all this week while John Marks monitors sales data and social network chatter to see if the program is having a significant impact and which female stars resonate the most.

Female artists who’ve been mentioned as part of the program include Brandy Clark, Sunny Sweeney, First Aid Kit, The Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley, Kelleigh Bannen, and Leah Turner. Fresh Female Voices will add an estimated 200 additional spins for female country acts beyond the coverage The Highway regularly gives to the women of country.

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

Interestingly, it was a similar John Marks program that is given credit to the rise of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise”, and songs from Chase Rice and Cole Swindell before they were signed to labels. Marks hopes a similar fate awaits the ladies he’s looking to feature.

“It’s a fan question and an industry question that everyone is asking right now,” John Marks says. “Where is the female talent in country music?  With ‘Fresh Female Voices,’ we will be introducing our national audience to a wide variety of female talent that is out there right now working hard and trying to connect with fans.  We hope to be a conduit by exposing a wide variety of types and styles of country music – while spotlighting up and coming female country music talent.”

“We’re pulling in a wide swath of female talent to gather up what the listeners will respond to,” Marks tells Brian Mansfield of USA Today about the program. “For me, it’s turning into a quest to find the one that finally rings the bell for the country consumer.” 

Marks also says the problem isn’t male listeners dominating the country marketplace, it is female listeners not responding to female talent. “The females typically lead in not liking female talent,” he says. “The trick is going to be how you get the females to like the females.”

Fresh Female Voices marks one of the first programs specifically targeting the country listening audience on radio to try to solve country’s female problem, and one that can have a national impact because of the subscription service’s reach.

Aug
9

3 People Stabbed at “WE Fest” Country Music Festival in Minnesota

August 9, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  31 Comments

The annual “WE Fest” country music festival in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota was marred by a triple stabbing in a campsite adjacent to the festival early Thursday (8-7) morning. The three-day music festival at the Soo Pass Ranch began Wednesday and featured headliners such as Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, and The Zac Brown Band.

According to the Becker County Sheriff’s Department, at 1:45 AM Thursday morning, a heavily-intoxicated concert goer at the Hilltop Campground across the road from WE Fest began shocking people with a handheld Taser. When the man was confronted by people in the campground, he brandished a knife, stabbing three men from Canada who were trying to stop him. All three men were transported to a local hospital via ambulance.

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Aaron Williams

The accused stabber is 32-year-old Aaron Williams from Minot, North Dakota who was immediately arrested. “He took out a knife and started slashing them, and three of them received cuts on the arm,” Sheriff Kelly Shannon of the Becker County Sheriff’s Department told Detroit Lakes News. The three Canadian victims all received treatment at the hospital, and were later released.

Aaron Williams was arraigned in a local court Friday afternoon, pleading not guilty to the assault charges, and was released on bail. He is due in court again for a hearing on August 25th.

As of late Friday afternoon, the festival had also seen three other assaults, six DWI charges, five disorderly conduct charges, and 12 people arrested on warrant charges. However while the theme of many of the summer’s country music festivals and concerts in 2014 has been a spike in the amount of arrests, violence, and alcohol-related hospital visits, Becker County Sheriff Kelly Shannon tells InForum that the amount of incidents at WE Fest were actually down this year compared to previous years, despite the triple stabbing. Sheriff Shannon cites in part the strong police presence local authorities dispatched to the festival. At any time, 25 sheriff’s officers or Minnesota State Police were on the site, and police had a command center set up near the east gate of the fest.

Sheriff Shannon also says that the festival does a great job assisting law enforcement and concert goers by being conscious of safety and offering emergency medical services and chaplain crews for people in need. “They’re invaluable for everything they do for us,” Shannon told InForum.

WE Fest began in 1983 in a barn and drew approximately 9,000 people. Since then it has become one of the biggest country music festivals in the United States, and one of the biggest that offers camping as a major part of the experience. On Friday, the crowd swelled to nearly 50,000 attendees.

News of country concerts getting out of hand have been in the headlines this summer. Last weekend a drunk driver ran over a police officer at a Jason Aldean concert, and 30 concertgoers were taken to local hospitals. 55 people were arrested, and 22 taken to hospitals at a Keith Urban show at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass. Later it was also revealed that an alleged rape happened in the venue’s lawn section while as many as 15 people stood and watched and took video of the incident. There was also a report of a gang rape at the Faster Horses Festival in mid July. An annual event in Pittsburgh became a national story when pictures of trash and drunken patrons went viral in late June. And a 22-year-old man was found dead in a dumpster in late July after a Jason Aldean concert in what is thought to be an alcohol-related incident.

READ- How We Got Here: The Subversion of Country Music

Aug
6

2,000 Waylon Jennings Items / Famous Motorcycle to be Auctioned

August 6, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  18 Comments

Waylon_ Approved by JessiIf you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of Waylon Jennings, you’re about to get your chance.

Guernsey’s Auctions out of New York City is getting ready to liquidate a massive 2,000-piece collection of items owned by Waylon Jennings from his Arizona estate, with the proceeds from the auction going to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The items are being offered for sale by Waylon’s widow, Jessi Colter, who was married to Waylon for over 30 years. The auction is set to transpire on October 5th at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix.

What can collectors expect from this rare chance to own a piece of authentic Waylon Jennings memorabilia? Well for starters, there’s a pair of ornate leather boots once worn by Hank Williams that are adorned appropriately with a Phoenix on the front, and an ‘H’ in the middle for “Hank”. There’s also an authentic set of Willie Nelson’s famous Indian braids given to Waylon in 1983 by his long-time Outlaw friend to celebrate Waylon’s newly-found sobriety. There’s also the original contract signed by Waylon that officially formed The Highwaymen supergroup with Willie, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash, and a letter to Waylon from John Lennon. There’s also a leather-clad Telecaster being sold (though not the main one Waylon played). But the crown jewel of the collection will be the Ariel Cyclone motorcycle previously owned by Buddy Holly, and given to Waylon Jennings as a birthday present in 1979.

waylon-guitar-auctionWaylon Jennings played bass for Buddy Holly right before he died in the plane crash in 1959 that was later memorialized in the Don McLean song “American Pie”. Waylon was supposed to be on that flight, but gave his seat up to The Big Bopper. 1 1/2 years before in May of 1958, Buddy Holly and his original Crickets flew in to Dallas’s Love Field airport on a connecting flight back to Lubbock after a big tour. But instead of flying, the three decided to purchase motorcycles and drive back.

“Then they went over to Miller’s Motorcycles, which specialized in English bikes,” Waylon recalled in his biography with Lenny Kaye. “There, Joe B, and J.I. (Allison) bought a Triumph each, a TR6 and Thunderbird, respectively, while Buddy picked out a maroon and black Ariel Cyclone, with a high compression 650cc Huntsmaster engine. They paid cash, bought matching Levi jackets and peaked caps with wings on them, and rode home through a thunderstorm.”

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.

“What else could I do? I swung my leg over it, stomped on the kickstarter, and it burst into roaring life. First kick. It was midnight, and it sounded twice as loud bouncing off the walls of that hotel room. I knew Buddy wouldn’t mind.”

The motorcycle was eventually put on display at Waylon’s home in Arizona.

FULL STORY: Waylon Jennings’ Birthday Present from Buddy Holly

Though Waylon was originally from Littlefield, TX, his Phoenix history runs deep. Waylon got his start as a solo performer at JD’s in Phoenix. Owner Jimmy D. Musiel pattered his club around Waylon and his Waylors as the house band. Waylon’s Arizona estate in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler is where he spent much of his time, and where he passed away on February 13th, 2002.

An auction catalog with detailed descriptions and pictures of each item is expected to be made available to the public for $32 from Guernesy’s later in August, and the items in the auction will be available for preview in Phoenix at the Musical Instrument Museum starting on October 3rd. Out of the 2,000 items, there will also be 500 lots, or groups of items that will be auctioned together. Telephone and online bidding will also be available.

Along with making the Phoenix Children’s Hospital lots of money, let’s hope some of the more important items end up where they can enjoyed not just by the high bidder, but by all of Waylon’s fans.

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See Additional Pictures of Auction Items from The New York Times

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