A honky tonk sweetheart and certified heartbreaker originally from Canada, for the second record in a row, Whitney Rose has eased off her original traditional country sound that pegged the honky tonk meter at “10” to add a little more old school rock ‘n roll flavor and fervor to her music.
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The empire Zac Brown built during his big run in the 2000’s continues to be threatened among critical takes on his new music, and dwindling tour revenue due to the Coronavirus. Now Brown has listed his iconic Southern Ground recording studio in Nashville on the market.
In some ways, bass singers are like the superheroes of music. The rarest of all the vocal ranges, they can doing things the rest of us just can’t do. But when nobody’s looking, when we’re behind the wheel or home alone, we try and pretend we can. Because singing bass is super cool. It’s the air guitar of vocal ranges.
The Saturday night Grand Ole Opry tradition continues even during the COVID-19 pandemic with two official Opry members—one older, and one new—taking the stage together Saturday, April 25th, keeping the circle unbroken once again. This week Luke Combs and Craig Morgan will do the honors.
Lucinda Williams just released a new record called ‘Good Souls Better Angels,’ and Jason Isbell is about to release a new one called ‘Reunions’ on May 15th. And in lengthy interviews with both artists published recently, the subject of their (once) mutual friend Ryan Adams came up in pretty in-depth manners.
The first solo effort from Pam Tillis in some 12 years deserves the serious attention of a true comeback record. It finds the 62-year-old and Grand Ole Opry member looking for a spark of inspiration, and finding it in reigniting her zest for music by adding a splash of soul and classic rock to the country mix.
Friday, April 24th was supposed to be a big day in country music, with the long-anticipated release of the first Dixie Chicks record in 14 years called ‘Gaslighter,’ and a much-anticipated new record from Willie Nelson called ‘First Rose of Spring’ leading a stacked day of new album releases.
It’s Maddie & Tae’s 15-song foray into the various stages of love and relationships, from the heartbreaking to the euphoric, to everything in between. And it comes at a time when arguably one of the greatest songs of the set called “Die From A Broken Heart” is finally finding traction in the radio charts.
This new Trolls movie is very explicitly lashing out against the monogenre, and the intrusion of other musical forms into other genres, just like what Saving Country Music has been actively advocating against for a dozen years now.
You know you’ve stumbled upon a great songwriter when the music gets in the way. You know you’ve stumbled upon an even better one when they don’t allow it to. You know you have something special when no matter what style or instrumentation brought to a song, it still doesn’t feel like it does it justice.
Any hardcore Waylon Jennings fan worth their salt knows all about what’s been affectionately coined over the years as “The Outlaw Performance” where Waylon Jennings held court at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville in 1978. However obtaining a full copy of the concert has been difficult.
Bringing the grit and guts of grassroots influences from his hometown of Owensboro, Kentucky, and a blurred lines approach between country and rock akin to what most are used to hearing from Texas music or Red Dirt, Andy Brasher takes some new songs and some old favorites, and folds them into a new record called “Myna Bird.”
A heart pounding, half time beat with a heavy emotional component is where Parker McCollum does his greatest damage, and that’s what you get with “Like A Cowboy.” It also comes with the additional wrinkle of having been written by Chris Stapleton with Al Anderson, which is unique in itself.
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed on all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats, or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to.
The Grand Ole Opry tradition continues now for the sixth week in a row during the Coronavirus outbreak, as 15-time Grammy winner and Opry member since 1982 Ricky Skaggs will take the stage, along with one of the institution’s more recent members, bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent who were inducted in early 2017. “Sure is […]
Pairing with independent songwriter Brent Cobb who had his own fast-rising career put on hold due to COVID-19, and well-regarded Nashville singer/songwriter Rob Snyder who rumor has it is finally releasing a debut album later this year, Luke Combs may have just delivered the quarantine song of the spring called “Six Feet Apart.”
These Opry performances during the Coronavirus have held a unique gravity due to the circumstances, and you can feel that weight in each song and moment. But sticking out like a sore thumb through the process has been the presence of pop country radio personality Bobby Bones.
Ray Wylie has parleyed his many years of peddling mad influence in country and roots music into a collaborative album hosting a heavy dose of cool names. Called “Co-Starring,” it is preceded by the new song “Bad Trick” that itself sees Ringo Starr, Don Was, Joe Walsh, and Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes all show up to support Hubbard.
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Ashley McBryde, Bad Trick, Big Machine Records, Chris Robinson, Co-Starring, Don Was, Elizabeth Cook, Eric Church, Joe Walsh, Pam Tillis, Paula Nelson, Peter Rowan, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ringo Starr, Ronnie Dunn, Scott Borchetta, The Cadillac Three, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown
A baritone who performed in numerous Gospel groups throughout his career, including The Statesmen, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, The Bill Gaither Trio, and The Gaither Vocal Band, Gary McSpadden was also a solo singer and songwriter, television host, and pastor throughout his nearly 60 year career.
John Prine is back in the charts, but this time for a much more somber reason. As fans and fellow artists took to remember John Prine through his music, songs and albums of the musical legend who passed away on April 7th at 73-years-old spiked on a number of charts in both Rock and Country.
Representing the small but mighty country music scene of the Seattle region and the Pacific Northwest, Western Centuries is one of the most well-beloved and well-regarded bands of the region, with a listenership that extends well beyond the rainy West Coast from their reputation for releasing excellent country music songs and albums.
The Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Boland, and the Medicine Stone Festival held annually in Oklahoma have all filed suit against their former management, Cory McDaniels Enterprises LLC, for what they claim are irregularities in accounting and the handling of financial affairs, and to be released from their management contracts.
With the recent death of John Prine at the hands of COVID-19, the question has been posed by many about the legendary songwriter’s prospects of ever being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s an interesting discussion point for sure, and one with a few important qualifiers.