What on God’s wide creation would compel a cantankerous country music critic who normally would rear up like an infuriated grizzly bear on its hind legs whenever some washed up rocker or crumbling pop princess decides that country music is the nursing home of their career and actually call for a pop star to crossover into country?
May the ghost of the great Sam Cooke kick Thomas Rhett’s ass eternally for ripping off the iconic rhythm and cadence from the classic American standard “Chain Gang” in such an open and arrogant manner that even a villainous bystander like Vanilla Ice would give this the hairy eyeball. “Evolution” in today’s country music is simply a code word for filching something from another genre.
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.
Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Don Kelley, Dwight Yoakam, Grady Martin, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, Jesse McReynolds, John Hartford, Johnny Paycheck, Keith Whitley, Kenney Vaughan, Kenny Chesney, Mac McAnally, Mac Wiseman, Pete Drake, Ralph Mooney, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Redd Volkaert, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap, Sam Bush, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, The Oak Ridge Boys
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN has announced what will be their next major two-year exhibit to replace the current Bakersfield Sound exhibit in the museum’s largest revolving exhibit space. It will be called Dylan, Cash, & The Nashville Cats, and it will primarily focus on folk songwriting icon Bob Dylan, Country Music Hall of Famer and Legend Johnny Cash, and the “Nashville Cats.”
Ben Keith, Bob Dylan, Buddy Spicher, Charlie Daniels, Charlie McCoy, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Briggs, Fred Carter Jr., Grady Martin, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Jerry Reed, Johnny Cash, Kenny Buttrey, Lloyd Green, Mac Gayden, Nashville Skyline, Neil Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Norbert Putnam, Pete Drake, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Johnny Cash Show, The Nashville Cats, Wayne Moss, Weldon Myrick
Michael Goodman smoothly takes you on a musical time warp to the roiling 50’s to both cut a rug and cry in your beer in a time when music was much better across the board and became immediately timeless. Like walking into Sun Studios circa 1956, he takes you back to a time when the music of American was uncorrupted, the sentiments were sincere, and the promise was unending.
Brian Setzer, Carl Perkins, David Allan Coe, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, JD McPherson, Jerry Reed, Johnny Cash, Maddox Brothers & Rose, Michael Goodman, Million Dollar Quartet, NIck Curran, Reverend Horton Heat, Review, The Michael Goodman Experience, Unbreakable Heart, Waylon Jennings
This isn’t an album of truckin’ songs that you sit back and listen to nostalgically, this thing takes a big arm cocked at a 90-degree angle like it’s about to give a hearty yank of the air horn, and instead grabs you by the gruff of your neck and pulls you right up into the cab of a serious diesel machine for one sensational ride. It might be one of the best Dale Watson albums to date.
Well apparently Jake Owen isn’t just a man of talk, he’s a man of action, and one country artist from Arizona is set to be the beneficiary of Owen’s good nature, and desire to see more substance in the format. Tony Martinez is a well-seasoned traditional country artist and touring sideman for multiple projects, and by a strange twist of fate, will be playing on Jake Owen’s Days of Gold arena tour.
Arizona, Dana Armstrong, Days Of Gold Tour, Eli Young Band, Hank Williams III, Hank3, Jake Owen, Jerry Reed, JP Harris & The Tough Choices, Junction 10, Ray Lawrence Jr., Robert Perez, The Bluegrass Inn, The Cadillac Three, Tony Martinez, Valley Fever, Waylon Jennings
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
If you need any more proof that corporate country music has become so milktoast that the backlash against its homogenized format and fashion plate stars has become an indelible and easily-identifiable element of American culture, then look no further than the recent blockbuster video game Grand Theft Auto 5 from Rockstar Games.
Charlie Feathers, Clear Channel, CW McCall, Dancing Outlaw, Grand Theft Auto, Grand Theft Auto 5, Hank Thompson, Hasil Adkinds, Ivan Pavlovich, Jerry Reed, Jesco White, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Rebel Radio, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
A big battle ground in country music right now is the presence of so many songs about trucks. Though this recent popularity trend seems especially sinister in its simplistic, incessant nature, it is not necessarily unprecedented in country. From the early 60’s into the mid 70’s, songs about semi-trucks and truck drivers were all the rage, with big names like Merle Haggard, Del Reeves, and Buck Owens getting in on the action.
Aaron Tippin, Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Wayne, Buck Owens, C.W. McCall, Commander Cody, Dale Watson, Dave Dudley, Del Reeves, Dick Curless, Jerry Reed, Junior Brown, Merle Haggard, Red Simpson, Red Sovine, Tom T. Hall, truck driving songs, trucker songs, Webb Pierce
JJ Cale passed away yesterday evening (7-26-13) from a heart attack. He was 74. His influence on music was great. His influence on country music was unfairly unheralded and understated, but important nonetheless. the first established country artist to really do country funk right was Waylon Jennings in 1974 with the song “Louisiana Women” by JJ Cale.
Cody Canada, dead, Eric Clapton, Heartworn Highways, Hutchinson Brothers, If You're Ever In Oklahoma, Jerry Reed, JJ Cale, Larry Jon Wilson, Louisiana Women, Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Yonder Mountain String Band
Grammy Award winning Country/Americana artist Rodney Crowell took to his social network feeds late last week to voice his displeasure at the current state of mainstream country music. “Pop culture is a disposable culture, therefore it stands to reason that those who want the big bucks and the power are inclined to produce slick and disposable music.”
Amber Digby’s gift is being able to hand select classic country songs from the past that never became full-on classics, but should have. And then with her band Midnight Flyer, Amber makes these songs classics by the power of her pure country voice. It’s part album making, part archeology dig, and then she adds a few newer offerings and self-penned songs to the mix for good measure.
Amber Digby, Connie Smith, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Jerry Reed, Johnny Paycheck, Justin Trevino, Lloyd Green, Lynn Anderson, The Grand Ole Opry, The Warren Brothers, The World You're Living In, Vince Gill
2012 was a high profile year for Halls of Fame. From the kilted screecher Axl Rose pulling like a Sex Pistol and telling the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to kiss off, to the Baseball Hall of Fame not inducting a single member as the steroid era falls like a shadow on the eligibility timeline. The Country Music Hall of Fame has kept its legitimacy and honor over the years by being an exclusive get…
2013, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Candidates, Chet Flippo, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Dottie West, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr., Inductees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, John Hartford, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers, Lynn Anderson, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Mike Curb, Ricky Skaggs, Toby Keith
Over the years I’ve been a big Bob Wayne proponent, and to some folks he’s been a very hard sell. I’ve always counseled to look beyond the persona to the songwriting. With his new album Till The Wheels Fall Off, Bob Wayne frankly makes that task much harder. At the same time, he’s put out his most enjoyable album yet.
One of the reasons the the Country Music Hall of Fame is one of the most revered and respected Halls in all the land and specifically in music is because it is so hard to get into. It is always better that you look at a list of Hall inductees and wonder why certain names are not in, instead of looking and wondering why certain names are.
Buck Owens, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Don Rich, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, Gram Parsons, Hank Garland, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Reed, John Hartford, Johnny Gimble, Johnny Paycheck, June Carter Cash, Kenny Rodgers, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Ralph Mooney, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Rolling Stones, Wynn Stewart
Old Highs and Hellbound came into my music world at the same time, so attention for their first major release from 2008, Scumbag Country, got pushed aside for the more up-to-date project. But having recently seen the band at South by Southwest, it spurned me to go back and really delve into the recorded versions of these songs. And I dare say, as much as I’ve showered Old Highs with praise, Scumbag Country might even be better…
How to Order Damn Right Rebel Proud on Vinyl I have had a ton of people asking me about this, so please help me spread the word. For those of you that haven’t heard, Hank III’s new album Damn Right, Rebel Proud is going to be released in limited quantities in a record version. The […]