As prolific as Willie Nelson has been in the studio now well into his 80’s, he’s also been busy as an author and contributor, doing what he can to capture his wisdom in the written word, and share it with the rest of us. His latest installment will be called ‘Letters To America.’
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Loretta Lynn’s landmark album Van Lear Rose from 2004 is the latest important album from the country music catalog to get pulled from digital streaming and download services. Produced by Jack White, it is considered by many to be one of Loretta’s best records.
Pony Bradshaw from north Georgia isn’t here to pass judgement on anyone, either his fellow Southerners, or those who may castigate them from afar. His new album ‘Calico Jim’ is more a deep and involved character study into Southern archetypes, reinstalling the complexities of persona.
There’s a new performer on the way, and he’s one that has a legitimate claim to arguably the most important bloodline in country music history. That’s right, the son of Hank Williams III is getting ready to emerge, and to do so under the moniker “IV.”
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Current 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. New songs have just been added.
If you’re looking for somewhere to turn to fill your Turnpike Troubadours fix amid the Red Dirt band’s continued indefinite hiatus, a new option is getting ready to present itself. Long-time Turnpike side project RC and the Ambers has just finished up a studio album.
The prevalence of these country protest songs over the years has resulted in a reluctance to try and showcase them all, and a fair bit of fatigue and apathy from the public over them. But something about this particular effort has really resonated.
“Every time I need an escape, I go to Marfa TX,” she says. “Jack Ingram and Jon Randall come. We recharge. We get inspired by its beauty. We write songs. ‘Tin Man’ was the 1st we shared with you. ‘Tequila Does,’ the 2nd. In between, we’ve written 13 more. It’s about time to share them with y’all.”
At the time of Rowdy’s death, The Steel Woods were in the midst of preparing to release what they believe to be their magnum opus, written and recorded with Rowdy called ‘All Of Your Stones.’ To honor Jason “Rowdy” Cope and to bring his final work to life, they are soldering forward.
March 3rd, 2021 is an important anniversary in the world of Dwight Yoakam and country music. It marks 35 years since Dwight Yoakam’s debut album Guitars, Cadillacs Etc., Etc. was released. But unless you have a physical copy, you won’t be able to celebrate by listening.
Deluxe editions of albums are often repositories for whatever might have been left on the cutting house floor after the original track list was finalized. But with Hailey Whitters’ ‘Living The Dream (Deluxe Edition),’ it’s so much more.
After nearly 3 decades of service and eleven studio albums, the influential and wickedly fun alt-country outfit The Bottle Rockets are officially calling it quits. The news comes as the band’s front man, guitarist, and songwriter Brian Henneman has decided to move on.
On Sunday (2-28), Tyler Childers released a video of himself performing his song “Nose On The Grindstone” acoustic and alone, standing at center stage at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. The video was posted a year to the day that Childers performed at the Rupp
It’s that time of year again to consider who might be in the running for the precious few spots as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A secret committee commissioned by the CMA is going over their final ballots and whittling down the names to the few who will make it.
Country Music Hall of Fame, David Alan Coe, Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Paycheck, Keith Whitley, Kenny Chesney, Larry Gatlin, Linda Ronstadt, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Ralph Stanley, Ray Charles, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, The Stanley Brothers, Tompall Glaser, Travis Tritt
Move aside all you pop country prima donnas of both the the male and female persuasion, because a bona fide redneck warrior princess has just shown up looking to shake up the mainstream scene with unapologetic and boisterous modern country songs served with unabashed attitude and honesty.
Along with picking one of the hottest and most well-respected producers from the independent side of country for his comeback record, Tritt has also called on some of the best songwriters and performers at the moment. Don’t expect a dated retrospective from Tritt.
There was a big Evan Felker sighting on Saturday, February 27th, as longtime frontman and songwriter of the Turnpike Troubadours turned up playing with The Teague Brothers at a benefit concert. Evan Felker performed “7&7,” “Gin, Smoke, Lies,” “Good Lord, Lorrie,” and “Every Girl.”
With a wife and three daughters, and a life well lived already, Johnny Paycheck’s son Jonathan is not exactly looking for your adulation to help support a fledgling career as he couch surfs and cuts his teeth at open mics. Nonetheless, he’s here to leave his own mark on music.
Didn’t we just endure an installment of the ACM Awards just a few short months ago? Well yes we did. But thanks to COVID-19 the last cycle was protracted, and here it has come back around again. Whoopee. Get ready for (mostly) the same parade of names that get nominated every year.
The third installment of Charley Crockett’s Lil G.L.’s series is a significantly more personal one. Having become friends with James “Slim” Hand during the latter stages of his life and career, Slim’s passing on June 8th, 2020 was a big blow for Crockett. Charley knew was so few others do.
Stay calm folks. No, Zach Bryan is not dead. No, he hasn’t quit music. No, he wasn’t cancelled or anything else traumatic. And no, he hasn’t turned in his name in for a number to become an international crime-fighting anti-terrorist extra-juridical assassin for the CIA.
Ever since honky tonk sweetheart Charlie Marie sent hearts swooning with her self-titled five-song EP in 2019, we’ve been we’ve been waiting for something new, and for the moment that hopefully might be her big country music breakout. Well ladies and gentlemen, this could be it.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the band and re-establish their Southern roots, Georgia-based Southern rock badasses Blackberry Smoke will be releasing their latest record called ‘You Hear Georgia.’ They’ve also added a couple of new members to the band recently.
Alan Jackson: Mustache, jeans, dirty blonde hair, and a cowboy hat. ‘Nuff said. Ain’t nobody who’s had so much success in country music that has kept it as country as Alan Jackson. Part and parcel with all of that is the rarity to ever see Alan Jackson without a cowboy hat on.