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Feb
28

The Wayne Mills Murder Trial – A Complete Preview

February 28, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  8 Comments

Country music artist Wayne Mills was shot in the back of the head at a far range by Chris Ferrell on the morning of November 23rd, 2013 at the Pit & Barrel bar in Nashville, TN. The shooting happened near 5:00 AM. Both men were at the Pit & Barrel attending an after hours party held after the memorial ceremony and concert held for George Jones at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville.

Feb
26

Dierks Bentley’s ‘Hot Country Knights’ Makes Its Debut in Nashville

February 26, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  35 Comments

Last night (2-25) as part of Country Radio Seminar festivities in Nashville, Dierks Bentley, aka Douglas “Big Rhythm Doug” Douglason, showed the depth of his commitment to his alter-ego 90’s country band called Hot Country Knights by taking the stage at “The Stage” on Lower Broadway and launching into renditions of big late 80’s & 90’s country hits.

Feb
26

Party Down South Rap Sheet – The Cast’s List of Legal Offenses

February 26, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  11 Comments

In just the two short seasons of Party Down South, the cast has accrued a laundry list of unlawful offenses. And no, we’re not just talking about a few trumped up pot charges and other crimes of questionable concern. We’re talking burglary, rape accusations, and one cast member is even in trouble for not using his hefty CMT salary on proper child support.

Feb
25

Robert Belfour’s Undying Commitment to the Blues (RIP)

February 25, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  7 Comments

It was the summer of 2012, and I was stationed behind a double axle flatbed trailer dubbing as a festival stage in the capacity of a volunteer stage manager at the Muddy Roots Festival in Cookeville, TN. Dealing with the remnants of a tropical storm that had made its way into the middle Tennessee region, it had been a wet afternoon and early evening.

Feb
25

Aaron Watson Talks Hitting #1 with “The Underdog”

February 25, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  86 Comments

“My name is Aaron Watson. I’m not played on country radio. And I have the #1 record in country music this week. I do exist.” This was Aaron Watson’s reaction to the comments of Sony Records Nashville CEO Gary Overton, who said earlier this week, “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.” But overall the Texas country star took a much more humble, appreciative, and inclusive tone.

Feb
23

Really? Steel Magnolia’s Meghan Linsey to Try Out for ‘The Voice’?

February 23, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  52 Comments

We had confirmation that NBC’s The Voice was looking to stack the deck this year when it was revealed Americana music star Jason Isbell was approached to participate. Now we’ve received word that another established star Meghan Linsey, the female half of the once Big Machine-signed duo Steel Magnolia, and a solo artist in her own right, will be participating on the newest season of the singing competition.

Feb
23

‘Boyhood’ Still Marks The Grand Creative Achievement of Austin

February 23, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  6 Comments

With a win for Best Picture and Best Director at the 2015 Golden Globes, and considered by many movie pundits as the favorite for Best Picture at the 2015 Oscars, it was a shock to many that Boyhood did not walk away with Sunday night’s top prize. Nonetheless, the independent and low-budget Boyhood arguably defines the grandest achievement of the great Austin, TX creative experiment.

Feb
16

The Road to Recovery Leads through Austin for Chelle Rose

February 16, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  13 Comments

For the first time since her recovery, Chelle Rose opened up to Saving Country Music about her trials and tribulations over the last two years and what her plans are now that she’s back on a healthy path. After taking more than a decade between her debut ‘Nanahally River’ album (2000) and her critically acclaimed and Ray Wylie Hubbard-produced ‘Ghost of Browder Holler’ album (2012)…

Feb
16

Metro-Politan: Country Music’s New Cancer

February 16, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  113 Comments

The next menace was country rap, symbolized by Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” becoming the biggest country single in all of 2011. Then country rap gave way to Bro-Country—the most dominant torment to country music arguably in the genre’s entire history. Now what looks to depose Bro-Country as the next malevolent hyper-trend? Let’s just call it “Metro-Politan.”

Feb
15

Steve Earle & Brandy Clark Talk Saving Country Music

February 15, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  34 Comments

Steve Earle says it wasn’t his politics that held him back from greater mainstream country success. It was more the oligarchy who was afraid of artists who call their own shots. Steve Earle is not the only one talking about saving country music lately. Brandy Clark amidst her Grammy Awards success said recently, “My name is said in the same breath as people like Kacey [Musgraves] and Sturgill Simpson, Ashley Monroe…

Feb
11

2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Picks & Prognostications

February 11, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  53 Comments

It’s about that time of year again to start considering who the Country Music Hall of Fame will include in their list of 2015 inductees. That said, this announcement seems to inch later, and later (and later) each year. Nonetheless, if you want your opinion to amount to anything, you better get it out there early in the year as the people who make the picks for the final ballots and eventually inductees are doing their homework.

Feb
10

Johnny Cash’s Note to June Voted Greatest Love Letter of All Time

February 10, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  5 Comments

To get everyone geared up for the impending Valentine’s Day festivities on Saturday the 14th, the Beagle Street Insurance Company out of Great Britain commissioned a poll to see what wordsmith was worthy of being lauded by the distinction of writing the “Greatest Love Letter of All Time.” And forging ahead and beating a field of stiff competition was America’s Man in Black.

Feb
10

Vince Gill & the Time Jumpers Give Special Moment to Joe Hannigan

February 10, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  13 Comments

“The surgery has a 95% chance it will fix it. It’s pretty heavy duty though. By the third month they gave me the heart-sinking words that I’d officially lost my hearing in my left ear. So I was one of the 5% that lose their hearing as a result of the surgery. I wanted to throw all of my guitars away. It was the most depressing time.”

Feb
9

The 5 Grammys & 5 Lives of John Hartford’s “Gentle On My Mind”

February 9, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  18 Comments

In every sense, “Gentle On My Mind” has become an American standard by sharing the sentiment of a generational mood ever present in the human experience. And its 2015 Grammy is just more validation for the song’s timeless impact, and the timeless impact of the song’s writer, John Hartford.

Feb
9

Taylor Swift Inc. Implements Cost Saving Measures (An Essay)

February 9, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  67 Comments

Taylor Swift right now is at that same juncture as your favorite little company that has grown so big their founding philosophy begins to flounder, and they start to alienate the same customers and principles that got them to where they are. The problem with money is that you can always have more of it, and for many, the more money they have, apparently the more they think they need.

Feb
8

A 57th Annual Grammy Awards Complete Preview

February 8, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  29 Comments

All you need to know about the 2015 Grammy Awards. Despite the country genre rising to become arguably the biggest genre in popular music right now, there’s just not a whole lot of country to be featured on the show this year. This year’s country performance slots are cut in half, with the only collaboration being between Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam.

Feb
5

“Bro-Country” Defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as a New Word

February 5, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  66 Comments

“Bro-Country”—the much-maligned sub-genre of country music that is defined most purely by acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and a host of others, was recently featured on the Cambridge Dictionary’s “New Words” blog as a neologism, or newly-coined word. And it couldn’t come at a better time since many of Bro-Country’s perpetrators profess ignorance at the word’s meaning.

Feb
5

Matt Woods Debuts New Video for “Ain’t No Living”

February 5, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  9 Comments

Fans have waited since October of 2013 from a new Matt Woods video he’s been teasing for a while, and today he premiers the visual accompaniment to “Ain’t No Living”—the opening track from his critically-acclaimed album With Love From Brushy Mountain released in 2014. It’s being released in conjunction with Woods embarking with Southern rock band Fifth on the Floor as the opener on their farewell tour…

Feb
3

Why Does Marty Stuart Wear So Many Scarves?

February 3, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  25 Comments

You would think there would be much more important business to attend to in the lives of country music fans than to worry about what clothing accessories Marty Stuart chooses to adorn his wardrobe with, but you may not find a another topic of more intrigue or discussion amongst some country listeners than why Marty decides to indulge in neck finery as part of his public fashion.

Jan
30

DJ’s Opening for Sturgill Simpson?!? A Chat with Electric Western

January 30, 2015 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  11 Comments

Sturgill Simpson’s current national tour has been selling out dates left and right, and has most everybody in country music talking about his continued meteoric rise. But something causing some fans quite a bit of curiosity was the inclusion of a DJ outfit called Electric Western to open some dates in the Midwest & the West Coast. Were Sturgill fans all of a sudden being asked to sit through EDM and hip-hop sets?

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