Kacey Musgraves didn’t fail because country radio ignored her. She succeeded because she ignored country radio. This is the lesson of Kacey Musgraves, ‘Golden Hour,’ and the 2018 CMA Awards. Of course country radio sucks, and is inequitable when it comes to women. But what are you going to do about it?
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Two brand new songs from the original Years sessions at Manifold Recording in Pittsboro, NC have been released as a 7-inch recording. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers have also just released a slew of new tour dates for 2019 taking them well into March.
It was a good night for Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban, who all picked up significant trophies. But the ratings for the 52nd Annual CMA Awards took a nosedive in the overnight numbers, dropping over 1/3rd from the previous year among key audience numbers, and falling to the lowest head count […]
Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and the man who introduced millions to the gift, beauty, and humor of country music, Roy Clark, has died. Clark passed away at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday (11-14) due to complications with pneumonia. He was 85-years-old.
It’s almost becoming an annual tradition for Eric Church: Show up to a country music awards show, and share the mic and the moment with a woman that the rest of us need to know about. In 2018 at the 52nd Annual CMA Awards, it was a familiar face to many of Eric Church’s most devoted fans, but a new face to much of America.
The snark machine is up and running, the censors have been bound and gagged in the back room, and we’re ready to get the 2018 installment of the Saving Country Music CMA Awards LIVE blog up-and-running. So as you watch along with the awards, keep your refresh fingers at the ready.
Leave it to Garth to do the most Garth-y thing when it comes to the 2018 CMA Awards. Instead of just accepting a performance slot from the CMAs and performing a relevant song like everyone else is expected to do, he once again has used his celebrity status to strong arm an organization to get his way.
Everything you need to know about the 2018 CMA Awards, including the performers, collaborations, songs, tributes, presenters, nominees with predictions, early winners, and what to watch for. All the information about the 52nd Annual CMA Awards in one place.
The 32nd Annual Old Settler’s Music Festival is set to transpire April 11th thru 14th in Central Texas once again, and they just released their initial lineup. Taking place just outside of Lockhart, TX and within easy driving distance of Austin and San Antonio, it will be the festival’s 2nd year on their new permanent site
The hit HBO Western Series Deadwood is receiving a reboot of sorts, only in feature film form, and Americana singer and songwriter Jason Isbell is playing a part in the production. Just exactly what he’s doing is for Jason Isbell to know at the moment, and the rest of us to find out in the future.
William Michael Morgan has been keeping us on our toes lately, releasing three separate songs without a ton of fanfare, leaving us guessing to which one may materialize into a bona fide new single. Well it turns out there is a method to this William Michael Morgan madness: he’s testing us.
The Pistol Annies have the power of the purse behind their latest effort, lifting their third record ‘Interstate Gospel’ above all competition during its debut week, and putting them at #1 on the Country Albums charts. Combining the talents of performers Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley together
Blackbird Presents is at it again planning another huge tribute for a country legend, and this one might be the biggest of them all. Often working with Willie Nelson via tributes to others, as well as his multi-city “Outlaw Fest” tours each summer, now Blackbird Presents is putting together a tribute for Willie himself.
Alison Krauss, Blackbird Presents, Derek Trucks, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi, The Avett Brothers, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson
The newest additions to the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist don’t include a lot of boot scooters, but it may contain some of the best-written songs released all year. As we near the end of the year, it’s time to start considering the best songs and albums of all of 2018. Some of them could be on this playlist.
Country interloper Kane Brown just released his second record called Experiment, and since most of music media has devolved into nothing more than a promotional arm of the mainstream industry, the album’s arrival has been dutifully met with a host of fawning puff pieces filled with over-hyped tripe.
Boy, you thought witnessing the never-ending drama and identity crisis roiling The Band Perry was dizzying to the point of hilarity, and then began to feel downright sorry for them as matters got even worse as they grappled for mainstream relevancy. Well now Zac Brown has just said, “Hold my beer and watch this.”
Songwriter Will Hoge has spend his career canonizing the common man and singing about his struggles, becoming sort of a more thoughtful, alt-country version of Mellencamp with music that carries the tone and meter of Heartland rock. But with his most recent album, Will Hoge leaves all nuance and allegory behind.
Hayes Carll will have new music in 2019. His sixth record will be called ‘What It Is,’ and will be released on Dualtone Records. It will feature the return of Hayes working with producer Brad Jones, who also produced Carll’s 2008 breakout ‘Trouble In Mind,’ and his 2011 followup ‘KMAG YOYO.’
The Tumbleweed Music Festival set to take place just outside of Kansas City May 30th through June 1st has just announced their initial lineup of headliners, and it appears the 2019 installment will have a strong Southern rock flavor to it. If nothing else, the 2019 Tumbleweed Music Festivasl will be LOUD.
If artists such as Luke Bell and Pat Reedy suit your fancy, Nick Shoulders will slide right into your wheelhouse. But where these artists perhaps own a deeper arsenal of original songs at the moment, Nick Shoulders distinguishes himself by possessing an incredible, world-class high voice and yodel the likes of which we’ve rarely heard.
The future of one of country music’s longest-running, biggest, and most beloved festivals has once again been put into question by its current owners, LiveNation. The 41-year-old Jamboree in the Hills located in Morristown, Ohio has been put on hiatus by the company, sending many annual attendees into panic and shock.
I don’t give a damn who you voted for, if Blackberry Smoke is rolling through your town, pony up for a baby sitter, save up a sick day from work, and get your ass to the venue. The Southern rocks gods have just released the dates for the second leg of their “Find a Light” tour.
That’s right, I’m going here. And no, it’s never cool to put your hands on another man’s shit, so don’t @ me because that’s not what I’m getting at. But the idea that somehow Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and his wife Brittney are victims is ridiculous.
Jason Isbell has ascended to being considered the King of Americana by making all of the right moves at the right time. Isbell’s Ryman Auditorium residencies over the last few years have become a thing of legend all to themselves. But the simple truth is that ‘Live From The Ryman’ is a rare misstep by Isbell and his crew.