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Jul
8

Dale Watson’s “The Truckin’ Sessions Vol. 3″

July 8, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  9 Comments

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.

Jul
4

Americana, We Want Jim Lauderdale Back (“I’m A Song” Review)

July 4, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  21 Comments

Look, with all due respect to my great friends over in the Americana world, I want to annex Jim Lauderdale back to the cause of country music. By the (self-imposed) power vested in me, I plant a flag in his graying, shoulder-length hair and hereby decree he is country music’s property, only graciously on loan to Americana as an estranged and exiled refugee…

Feb
7

10 Badass Merle Haggard Moments

February 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  65 Comments

Of all the country music greats, Merle’s story might be the most symbolic of the American experience: from growing up in California as the son of Okie parents during The Depression, to spending time in prison, to becoming a rags to riches story. When it comes to influencing country music itself, few this side of Hank Williams can say they’ve left a bigger footprint.

Oct
1

Album Review – Hank3’s “Brothers of the 4×4″

October 1, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  66 Comments

Few things get people talking in the independent channels of country music like a Hank3 release. From his neotraditional days in the early 2000’s when he had traditionalists singing his praises, to his magnum opus Straight to Hell from 2006 that saw his punk and metal influences bleed over into a hard country approach, to his last few releases that have become a polarizing subject with many fans….

Aug
25

Larry & His Flask Guide The Yearning Soul “By The Lamplight”

August 25, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  5 Comments

Larry & His Flask is an interesting music specimen. The biggest advice I could give to an underground roots band right now would be, “Get away from underground roots if you want to grow,” and Larry & His Flask’s success is the perfect example why. Their 2011 stint on the Warped Tour and taking the time to do things right on the business side….

Aug
5

Tom Petty Slams Modern Country As “Bad Rock with a Fiddle”

August 5, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  128 Comments

If it seems like Saving Country Music is running a story every other day about an artist speaking out on the state of country music, it is because we are, and it’s because they are more and more frequently as modern pop country strives to set a lower standard for itself seemingly every day. Tom Petty is the latest. Following up on an anti modern country rant Petty delivered from the stage of the Beacon Theater in New York City…

Jan
7

Marijuana, Music, and Marketing

January 7, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  18 Comments

The irony of Bieber’s situation is that many music entertainers do the opposite of what he’s done, purposely using marijuana in their public image and music for marketing purposes. Artists who want to appeal to certain demographics or want to portray themselves in a certain way will many times integrate marijuana into their lyrics or logos of their public brand.

Jan
17

Al Jourgensen of Ministry’s “Buck Satan & 666 Shooters”

January 17, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  38 Comments

So Al Jourgensen, the Cuban-born front man and founder of the Industrial band Ministry has made himself a country album under the pseudonym “Buck Satan & The 666 Shooters”. An overall take on this album would be that it is a rushed, tracked-out, wank-off, studio vanity electronico side-project with little heart.

May
12

Is There Too Much Free Music?

May 12, 2011 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  45 Comments

We all like free stuff, right? Beats paying for it. Unless taking something for free is silently eroding something we’re perfectly willing to pay for. The amount of music out there right now that’s being either given away, or offered for unlimited free listens, is astonishing when you consider what normal was only a few years ago. If it is not expected of artists to at some point make their albums or songs completely available to fans for free, then it will be within months, if not days.

Jun
30

Eric Church’s New Pot Anthem “Smoke A Little Smoke”

June 30, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Down with Pop Country  //  60 Comments

By his own account, pop country’s so called ‘New Outlaw’ Eric Church doesn’t mind ruffling feathers. With his new pot anthem “Smoke A Little Smoke,” he’s doing […]

Jun
29

Who Will Be Country’s Next Savior?

June 29, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  82 Comments

When it boils right down to it, what is it going to take to Save Country Music? Hard work, education, and grass roots efforts are one way, […]

May
24

Vintage Album Review – Workingman’s Dead

May 24, 2010 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  18 Comments

Those that have been around here for a while know that I like to come out of left field with my vintage album suggestions. You already have […]

May
11

Poodie Locke – Stories from the Road

May 11, 2009 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  2 Comments

Death has been busy lately in the world of country music. When Vern Gosdin passed away, I hated to admit that for all my country music geekness, […]

Aug
28

More Mudding Videos to Come & More Hank III Criticism

August 28, 2008 - By Trigger  //  Free Hank III, News, Reviews  //  1 Comment

More Mudding/Long Hauls Videos Coming Soon !!! Just wanted to let you guys know, it has come to the attention of the Outlaw Country Blog that there […]

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