A couple of the mainstays of Texas music in retailer Lone Star Music and the radio resource Texas Music Chart have just released their 2014 tabulations, and they give a good glimpse into what Texas music fans in Texas and beyond are listening to. Check out the top selling albums, and the most played songs on Texas radio.
In 2014, Saving Country Music reviewed more albums than ever before, and correspondingly the much-anticipated Essential Albums list has also been expanded all the way to the half century mark. Yes, there are still some album that were reviewed or not reviewed that are still worthy of acclaim, but as with all things, a line must be drawn somewhere.
This past weekend from October 9th thru 12th was the inaugural gathering of Outlaw Fest at Edge Hill Farms in Oakland, Kentucky. Despite passing rain showers throughout the weekend and the linchpin of the festival Marty Shine having a health setback that sidelined him for most of the event, according to festival goers a good time was had by all.
2 Country 4 Nashville, 2014, Big 'G', Billie Gant, Buck Thrailkill, Gordon Ames, JB Beverley & The Wayward Drifters, Joshua MOrningstar, Kyle Wilson, Mr. Bandana, Outlaw Fest, Pure Grain, Raelyn Nelson, The Dallas Moore Band, The Steeldrivers, The Urban Pioneers, Tom Ghent, Waylon Jennings, Whey Jennings, Willie Nelson
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Saving Country Music 2014 Americana Music Awards LIVE Blog! Emanating from the Mother Church of Country Music, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, The Americana Music Awards looks to recognize the finest artists in the Americana industry as part of the greater Americana Music Conference transpiring this week.
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.
2014, 25th Annual, Blue Highway, Del McCoury, Del McCoury Band, Detour, Flatt Lonesome, IBMA, INternational Bluegrass Music Awards, Music City Roots, Nominees, The Boxcars, The Spinney Brothers, Town Mountain, Volume Five
The Canadian Country Music Association has just released their nominees for their 2014 CCMA Awards, and unlike their American award show counterparts, worthy names who may not have a huge commercial impact but deserve critical praise made the list. Lindi Ortega comes in with three nominations. In the roots category, she will be competing with Canadian country favorite Corb Lund.
The middle point of 2014 finds so called “bro-country” in full throat, with its death grips around the neck of the country music genre and threatening to throttle the very life out of it with no prayer for resuscitation. As you can expect, the assailants are the usual suspects of putrid country music specimens selling out to the lowest common denominator for commercial success.
2014, Bad Country Songs, Beachin, Billy Ray Cyrus Achy Breaky Heart 2, Bottoms Up, Brantley Gilbert, Carrie Underwood, Chillin' It, Cole Swindell, Donkey, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Lookin For That Girl, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Somethin' Bad, Tim McGraw, Worst country songs
On Monday April 12th, The Americana Music Association announced the nominees for their 2014 Americana Music Awards to be held September 17th at the Ryman Auditorium as part of their annual Americana Music Conference. The ceremony was emceed by performer and Sirius XM DJ Elizabeth Cook, and was simulcast on Sirius XM and streamed on Music City Roots.
2014, Americana, Americana Music Awards, Brian Sutton, Buddy Miller, Devil Makes Three, Elizabeth Cook, Fats Kaplan, Hard Working Americans, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Jason Isbell, Lake Street Dive, Larry Campbell, Milk Carton Kids, Nominees, Parker Milsap, Patty Griffin, Robert Ellis, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Sarah Jarosz, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers
Superstar country music group Rascal Flatts has confirmed that they indeed lip synced their performance Sunday night on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music awards. The Big Machine Records trio lit up twitter when they took the stage, with observers wondering why the performance looked so wonky and wondered if lip syncing was the answer.
Dearly beloved, welcome to the gathering of old souls and independent-minded country fans on the occasion of the ACM Awards to collectively commiserate and contemplate what the hell has happened to our fair genre known as country music as the pomp and circumstance of the ACM Awards transpire right before our shocked and disgruntled eyes.
Tuesday, February 18th was the inaugural Ameripolitan Music Awards at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Austin, TX. To see a complete list of winners, a play by play account of the night, and more pictures, please check out the 2014 Ameripolitan Awards LIVE Blog. Here are some photographs of the night from photographer C. C. Ekström of the excellent website Almost Out Of Gas.
2014, Ameripolitan, Ameripolitan Music Awards, Big Sandy, Dale Watson, Dawn Sears, Earl Poole Ball, Elizabeth Cook, James Hand, Jason Roberts, Jim Heath, Johnny Bush, Mike Bernal, Mojo Nixon, Pearls Mahone, Redd Volkaert, Reverend Horton Heat, Rosie Flores, Sarah Gayle Meech, Tonya Watts, Wayne Hancock, Whitey Morgan
Welcome to Saving Country Music’s LIVE blog of the inaugural Ameripolitan Awards transpiring at the Wyndham Garden Hotel and Woodward Conference Center in Austin, TX! I’ll be feverishly working to bring you photos and keep you up-to-date on winners, and do my best to put you in the spirit of the moment with the idea that music is best when it’s shared.
2014, Ameripolitan Awards, Dale Watson, Dawn Sears, Elizabeth Cook, Heybale, James Hand, James Intveld, Johnny Bush, Johnny Knoxville, Ray Benson, Roger Alan Wade, Rosie Flores, W.S. Holland, Wayne Hancock, Whitey Morgan
This week in Nashville is the annual CRS or Country Radio Seminar where executives and personalities in country radio gather with executives and artists in the country music industry to hobnob, network, and attend workshops and presentations about the direction and future of radio and country music. This year the backdrop of CRS most certainly will be the Country Music Media Arms Race…
It’s that time of year again when we’re on the verge of hearing who the next class of inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame will be. Though the date seems to be getting later and later each year (last year it stretched all the way to April 10th—2012 was announced on March 6th), as soon as spring starts to break, you can be assured an announcement is coming soon.
2014, Alan Jackson, Bobby Bare, Brooks & Dunn, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Dottie West, Garth Brooks, Gram Parsons, Hank Cochran, Hank Williams Jr., Inductees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, John D. Loudermilk, John Hartford, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers, Lynn Anderson, predictions, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Tompall Glaser
So we haven’t even had time since the 56th Grammy Awards to sort out if Madonna had the authority to preside over a mass wedding, or if Pharrell’s hat was indeed copyright infringement against the Arby’s logo, and here only a few days later we’re asked to crunch a fresh batch of data dealing with the nominees for the 2014 ACM Awards on April 6th.
2014, ACM Awards, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Joey + Rory, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Nominees, predictions, preview, Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw
Kacey Musgraves was the big winner of the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, but her success does not exist in a bubble. You put this next to George Strait’s win for Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards in November, and so many of the other positive signs for country music that have been transpiring recently, and you begin to understand that things are changing.
Unfortunately for Taylor Swift, she didn’t walk away with any hardware at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards held on Sunday night (1-26) in Los Angeles, but for the night’s top prize, the coveted Best Album award, Taylor Swift was very, very close. So close in fact when the award winner was announced, it had Taylor Swift and her entourage leaping out of their shorts.