Country Rock Guitarist & Tom Petty Bandmate Tom Leadon Dies1 Comment
In the founding era of country rock, guitarist Tom Leadon was right there witnessing and participating in some of the most important moments and projects. He just happened to be overshadowed in many respects by the bigger names that country rock would launch.
Born & Raised Fest Announces Loaded 2023 Lineup4 Comments
Over the last few years, Born & Raised Fest in Pryor, Oklahoma has distinguished itself as one of the leading festivals in the independent country music space with an emphasis on the Texas and Red Dirt artists that were born and raised in the region. The 2023 installment will be no different.
Lower Broadway vs. 6th Street, Comedy vs. Music, & Joe Rogan20 Comments
There is nothing more hip than complaining about what Lower Broadway has turned into over the last half decade or so. But the situation could be so much incredibly worse. It could be 6th Street in Austin, which is supposed to be the entertainment epicenter of the “Live Music Capital of the World.”
Album Review – Chancey Williams – “One of These Days”13 Comments
If we could wave a magic wand and instantly remake mainstream country music into something much better than what it is today, Chancey Williams and “One of These Days” would not be a bad wish at all. It’s country with steel guitar and fiddle. It’s cool. It’s catchy and hooky, but the songs still say something.
Yes, Eddie Rabbit Cut The First Country Rap Protest Song40 Comments
Not only does Eddie Rabbitt (of all people) deserve credit for cutting one of the first country rap songs, he probably deserves credit for the very first country rap song protesting rap, drum machines, and other things in music, with Paul Franklin playing steel guitar, Brent Mason playing lead…
Brandy Clark Stakes New Direction on Upcoming Self-Titled Album25 Comments
Brandy Clark is one of the most critically-acclaimed country songwriters of our generation, garnering nine Grammy nominations among other accolades, and is a stellar singer and performer to boot. Now she’ll be making another run for critical acclaim on May 19th.
Album Review – Matt Hillyer’s “Glorieta”5 Comments
Austin has 6th Street, but Dallas has Deep Ellum. Houston has the massive Rodeo Houston, but Dallas has the State Fair of Texas. Lubbock has The Flatlanders and Flatland Cavalry, but Dallas has Joshua Ray Walker, The Vandoliers, and Matt Hillyer. It’s easy to overlook the Dallas influence on Texas music…
‘Rolling Stone’ Editor Accused of Covering Up Child Porn Accusations49 Comments
The Editor-in-Chief of Rolling Stone has now been accused of doctoring the story to overplay the angle of governmental overreach, and to hide the true reason James Gordon Meek’s home was raided, namely that Meeks was under federal investigation for being in possession of images depicting child sex abuse.
Super Busy Release Day on March 24th. Here’s Your Guide36 Comments
There may not be a better example of how cluttered and crazy release days have become over the last couple of years than what’s happening on March 24th. A total of 22 albums that have been pre-screened and selected to be considered for review by Saving Country Music are all being released on the same day.
Charley Crockett Loads Up Tour Calendar for 20239 Comments
He’s known as one of the hardest working artists in country music, and for good reason. Not only has he been releasing albums at a 2-per-year clip for years now, he tours harder than most anyone else. This will be the case once again in 2023 as Charley Crockett has just released a slew of new tour dates.
Hilarious Will Thompson Song Eviscerates “Checklist” Country29 Comments
Not only does Will Thompson’s “Checklist” perfectly parody problematic country music found on the radio, it also maligns a lot of the other elements that accompany these kinds of songs, like rap cadences, the rising radio chorus, and Auto-Tuned vocal signals. He’s pretty merciless and thorough.
Police Say No Rules Broken in Mark Capps Killing. Rules Say Otherwise24 Comments
Instead of admitting to any potential mistakes made in the Mark Capps killing, while meeting with The Tennessean’s editorial board, Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake told the paper that SWAT Officers who responded to the home of Mark Capps acted within department policy.
Brit Taylor Honored in Kentucky, Sets Grand Ole Opry Debut7 Comments
There’s just about nothing bigger for a girl from Kentucky than being recognized by the Bluegrass State’s Governor and playing the Grand Ole Opry. Brit Taylor is about to experience both in as many weeks, and it’s well deserved after earning worthy praise for her recent album ‘Kentucky Blue.’