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Aug
30

Developer Willing to Work with Institution to Preserve Studio ‘A’

August 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  2 Comments

Friday (8-29) evening, local internet traffic in Nashville buzzed with the news that the recent buyer of the city’s historic Studio ‘A’ building had concluded an assessment of the building and decided that bulldozing would be a more cost-effective fate for the building compared to renovations. Bravo Development pulled the West Wing tactic of releasing the information on a Friday afternoon…

Aug
6

What About A Public Or Private Institution Purchasing Studio ‘A’?

August 6, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  3 Comments

So now the question is, who, if anyone, would be in a position to purchase the property with the intent of preserving the Studio ‘A’ space, and potentially the building it occupies? As Bravo Development has stated, the building is in poor shape. All indications are that financially, the most feasible move for most any developer would be to demolish the building and build on the property footprint.

Aug
1

Ben Folds Being Forced Out Of Historic Studio ‘A’

August 1, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  8 Comments

The saga to save Nashville’s historic Studio ‘A’ and other Music Row landmarks sees another setback as Ben Folds says he’s being forced out of the space he’s spent over a decade renting and spent over $1 million on in renovations. Because of raised rent of 124% from the new ownership, Ben Folds says he’s planning to vacate Studio ‘A’ by November.

Jul
6

Independent Labels Back Down YouTube in Rights Fight

July 6, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  6 Comments

Amid the blow back YouTube was experiencing from fans, artists, and labels, they are now second guessing their strategy. In this high stakes game of music streaming chicken, the independents won, at least for now, as YouTube and Google executives head back to the drawing board and negotiating table to hammer out how to include everyone in the new service.

Jun
25

Independent Music Makes Its Case to Congress

June 25, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  21 Comments

On Wednesday, The United States House of Representatives’ House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet took up the issue in an open hearing, specifically taking up the matter of music licensing Under Title 17 – Part 2 of the current law. Multiple members of the independent music community came to testify, including Rosanne Cash.

Jun
24

Ben Folds Is Trying to Save Nashville’s Historic Studio ‘A’

June 24, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  3 Comments

Singer, songwriter, and record producer Ben Folds is trying to save what is arguably the most important, and most historic studio in the history of country music. RCA’s famed “Studio ‘A'” located on Music Row in Nashville is were many of country music’s finest classic records were recorded by a dizzying list of the genre’s stars.

Jun
9

Larry & His Flask Have Van & Gear Stolen – UPDATED

June 9, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  6 Comments

Bend, Oregon-based roots band Larry & His Flask had their van and trailer with all of their musical gear and many personal possessions stolen in Cayce, South Carolina, just south of Columbia, on Saturday, June 7th after playing a show at the New Brookland Tavern in Columbia. The theft happened at the Riverside Inn at roughly 4 AM in the morning after the band had gone to sleep.

May
11

Mike & The Moonpies Van & Gear Stolen in Dallas

May 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  9 Comments

Mike and the Moonpies, a staple of the Austin Honky Tonk circuit, had their van , trailer, instruments, and gear all stolen sometime Sunday morning, May 11th in Dallas. Folks are being asked to keep a lookout for the gear (list & pictures below), and a fund has been set up for folks who want to help the band get back on their feet.

Apr
2

Justin Moore Responds to ACM Eligibility Controversy

April 2, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  16 Comments

One of the big stories leading up to the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday April 6th has been the ineligibility of Justin Moore for the New Artist of the Year award that he’s nominated for, and is considered a front runner to win. Now Justin Moore has responded to the concerns, and the issue has gone all the way to making the front page of Fox News.

Mar
7

Open Letter to ACM’s Bob Romeo On Justin Moore Eligibility

March 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  19 Comments

Dear Bob Romero, It is in the spirit of wanting to keep the viability and the storied nature of the ACM’s in tact that I write you to address a concern that I, as well as other country music writers and fans have voiced over the eligibility of Big Machine Records artist Justin Moore for the New Artist of the Year award at the 49th Annual awards set to transpire in a month from now.

Mar
1

Scathing Jason Aldean Concert Review Censored

March 1, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  132 Comments

For the better part of February, Saving Country Music has been following the saga of a concert review published by Baltimore’s alternative newsweekly called the Baltimore City Paper that painted a pretty unfavorable picture of pop country star Jason Aldean that was censored. In the spirit of free speech, here is the review of Jason Aldean’s Baltimore concert.

Feb
5

Justin Moore Should Be Disqualified from ACM’s “New Artist”

February 5, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  52 Comments

Forget that Justin Moore signed to Big Machine’s Valory Music imprint in 2008, that he had a #1 single in 2009, and a #1 album in 2011; as first pointed out by Windmills Country, according to the Academy of Country Music’s specifically-stated rules of eligibility for the “New Artist” category, Justin Moore should be disqualified because he’s had not one, but two albums certified gold.

Sep
25

Willie Nelson’s Stolen Armadillo – UPDATE: Returned

September 25, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  4 Comments

At Willie’s show on Thursday, September 19th at the Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY (a northern suburb of NYC), the small stuffed armadillo was stolen off the sound desk backstage by a woman who can be seen in low grade surveillance footage from the show. The armadillo is affectionately known as O’ Dillo, and it is the property of Aaron Foye, Willie’s monitor engineer.

Jun
6

Local Waylon Birthday Bashes Unite For Charitable Cause

June 6, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  7 Comments

This year, the amount of local Waylon Birthday Bashes working to help The Waylon Fund has doubled, with 18 separate events in 9 different states set to transpire over a span of 10 days, including some multi-day events like the Waylon Jennings Festival in Whiteface, TX. Funds from the birthday bashes support research at TGen to find new treatments and hopefully a cure for the debilitating disease.

Oct
15

How Billboard’s New Chart Rules Affect YOU

October 15, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  67 Comments

When Billboard announced new rules on how the songs on their “Hot 100″ country chart would be tabulated, it caused a tizzy amongst folks who pay attention to these sorts of things. But the average Joe fans out there may have a little trouble understanding why the issue is something they should care about, and how it could negatively effect the music they enjoy.

Oct
8

Musician & Songwriter Hall Of Fames Swapped at Music City Center

October 8, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  2 Comments

As important as the Songwriters Hall of Fame is, it may not be the most deserving of a spot in Music City Center. If all things were equal, that opportunity would go to the Musicians Hall of Fame that was imminent domained by Nashville and given a week to remove its artifacts before being bulldozed to make way for the new building. And more importantly, the Musicians Hall of Fame was promised the space.

Sep
17

Song / Video Review – Eric Church’s “Creepin'”

September 17, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  46 Comments

In the mainstream of a genre that has grown stale with laundry list cliche songs, gimmicky pop and country rap fare, and droning adult contemporary ballads, Eric Church and “Creepin'” display bold, creative leadership. This song takes chances. There’s few “sensibilities” here. Instead there is striking out in uncharted mainstream country territory.

May
22

Mississippi Blues Legend T Model Ford Suffers Stroke

May 22, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  10 Comments

Mississippi blues legend T Model Ford, who became a roots icon along with R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and many other older blues artists from Mississippi through Fat Possum Records, has suffered a stroke and remains in the hospital. This is not the first stroke T Model has suffered, but the people around him are describing the always-jovial, 90+ years-old blues player’s spirits as “uncharacteristically low.”

May
21

Waylon Birthday Bashes Join to Benefit Diabetes Research

May 21, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  10 Comments

From Nashville to New York , from Detroit to Seattle, fans will be getting together to raise funds for diabetes research and to pay tribute to one of country music’s biggest Outlaws. From Whitey Morgan & The 78’s to Shooter Jennings, from Rachel Brooke to Jackson Taylor, bands and artists will be giving of their time to help out a good cause.

May
8

Stacy Kranitz: “CNN chose the most extreme photographs”

May 8, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  21 Comments

Yesterday Saving Country Music took exception to a photo blog posted by CNN depicting “the everyday lives of Appalachian people” with photos of KKK members, burning crosses, snake preachers, and other subversive subjects taken by photographer Stacy Kranitz. After learning that Kranitz was distancing from CNN’s take on her photos, we reached out to her and she provided us with the statement below.

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