Congratulations country music, the woman who will forever be etched into the history books as having the longest-charting #1 in country music’s 90-year history—and who isn’t even a country artist to begin with—has just revealed herself to be a petulant child and a generally bad human being.
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Beyond her efforts as a solo performer, recording artists, and in the country music supergroup the Pistol Annies, Ashley Monroe is also a respected and accomplished songwriter. Now Monroe’s efforts are being rewarded with a new worldwide publishing deal.
Linda Ronstadt may not be able to sing anymore due to a Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis in 2013. But she can still talk and speak her mind, and that exactly what she did in a recent interview with Rolling Stone when prompted to discuss her influence on pop, rock, and country music—all of which she dabbled with in her career.
It will never be the easiest festival to get to for anyone. It’s certainly not the cheapest when it comes to ticket prices, accommodations, or incidentals. But what’s for certain after the second year of Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida, is that this is Texas and Red Dirt’s premier musical event each year.
Adam Hood, Adam Kurtz, American Aquarium, Bonnie Bishop, Carter Sampson, Charlie Robison, Cody Canada, Corb Lund, Courtney Patton, Garrett Bryan, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, John Fullbright, Ken Pomeroy, Kevin Fowler, Kylie Ray Harris, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, The Band of Heathens, The Mavericks, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Wade Bowen
This was supposed to be 90’s country music star Doug Supernaw’s second chapter in a troubled, but accomplished country music career. Instead, he’s now fighting for his life in a Houston area hospital due to a very serious Cancer diagnosis. If anyone’s story has played out like a sad country song, it’s been Doug Supernaw’s.
William Michael Morgan has been dropped by his label Warner Music Nashville, Saving Country Music has confirmed. The 25-year-old from Vicksburg, Mississippi had recently released a succession of five songs he said he was using to test the waters for the direction of new music for an album.
Sturgill Simpson’s incursion into the acting world continues after it was recently revealed he will be part of an upcoming film called “Queen & Slim.” Starring Daniel Kaluuya as “Slim” and Jodie Turner-Smith as “Queen,” the film was first announced in July of 2018 as a independent romance drama.
If come July you’ll be looking to get out of the summer heat, and don’t mind trekking to darn near the Canadian border, the inaugural Under The Big Sky Festival has assembled a pretty impressive lineup that includes Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Amanda Shires, Nikki Lane, and more.
To read the proclamations of the politically-charged entertainment media, the major expression of Kacey Musgraves’ career so far has been the song “Follow Your Arrow” with its pro-pot and pro-gay stances, which we’re told are incredibly evolved and forward-thinking for the stuffy and ultra-Conservative country music environment.
“In country music we found a love for storytelling that translates everyday experiences into universal truths that we can all identify with,” says Ken Burns. “We’re very excited to share this film with the country, in towns large and small, from one coast to the other.”
Cody Jinks continues to be rewarded with bigger opportunities. The legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (or what’s left of it) has just tapped the Ft. Worth native to open select shows in a new round of dates just announced as part of their farewell tour.
The Turnpike Troubadours are not done yet. This was the news coming out of Mile 0 Fest last weekend in Key West, Florida, where the Oklahoma-based Red Dirt country band was scheduled to play, but cancelled the appearance last minute along with multiple other shows.
The country music goodness keeps coming in 2019, and five new worthy songs have just been added to the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist. The newest additions start off with “Love’s Little Lies” by Weldon Henson, who just released an excellent traditional country record called ‘Texas Made Honky Tonk.’
With little prospect for radio play, George Strait appears to just be doing what he wants to do on Honky Tonk Time Machine, which is traveling back in time to when country was country. “I’m really excited to have some new music coming out,” shares Strait. “It’s been about two years since I’ve released a record.”
When it comes to the hottest acts in mainstream country music at the moment, it’s the tale of three names: Kane Brown, Dan+Shay, and Luke Combs. And as a conscientious country music fan, if you had to root for one of them to succeed above the others, without hesitation you would have to go with Luke Combs.
30 minutes before Texas music legend Charlie Robison was scheduled to be paid tribute by his fellow Texas and Red Dirt artists, a line 400 deep snaked around the block of the 200-capacity Key West Theater as part of the 2019 Mile 0 Fest. Some folks had shown up hours before.
Adam Hood, Bri Bagewell, Bruce Robison, Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Jamie Lin Wilson, Keith Gattis, Kelley Mickwee, Micky and the Motorcars, Micky Braun, Mile 0 Fest, Randy Rogers, Shane Smith and the Saints, The Cole Trains
How people feel about the Turnpike Troubadours at the moment depends a lot on who you speak to, and if they’ve been personally caught up in some of the recent cancellations. But when it comes to their fellow artists in the Texas/Red Dirt scene assembled at this week at Mile 0 Fest, it’s love, concern, and respect.
Who would have thought that Clint Eastwood would still be directing and starring in movies at the age of 88? Who would have thought that Toby Keith would write and perform a song as good as “Don’t Let The Old Man In”? Who would have thought that a site like Saving Country Music would be praising a Toby Keith song?
Jamey Johnson will be heading out on a tour staring February 1st sponsored by SiriusXM Outlaw Country, and select dates will feature a couple of worthy openers. The 24 dates are part of a total 38 dates Jamey Johnson has planned for 2019 so far that will take him through the South, Midwest, Texas, and out to the West Coast.
“We aren’t here to talk politics. We aren’t debating anyone’s personal beliefs,” the band says. “But if you’re a federal employee who wasn’t getting paid or put on furlough and need a break from all the bullshit that’s been happening around it, we’d like to invite you out for a night to an upcoming Blackberry Smoke show.
You shouldn’t have to tell anybody how country you are. It should be patently obvious in the first few bars of a song that an artist or song is country. Unfortunately though, with the loss of country instrumentation, the pervasiveness of electronic beats, performers feel the need to explain how they’re country.
Cody Jinks has been covering Randy Travis in concert for years, but the moment became extra special on Friday night, January 25th at Heritage Hall in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Shortly after Jinks performed “Diggin’ Up Bones,” Randy Travis himself surprised Cody Jinks by coming out on stage.
Texas music legend Charlie Robison will be making a rare public appearance since retiring from music in September of 2018 as part of a special tribute being put together at this week’s Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. Mile 0 Fest also addresses the Turnpike Troubadours cancellation.
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