You’re gonna want to listen to Taylor Alexander’s ‘Good Old Fashioned Pain.’ You’re gonna want to add it into your heavy rotation, where it will reside for many months and maybe years to come. If and when vinyl copies are made available, you’re gonna want to purchase one, even if it just sits on the shelf, simply to assure yourself it’s there
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For years, St. Louis Cardinals lead off man and franchise face Matt Carpenter has been helping to spread the goodness of the Turnpike Troubadours by featuring their song “Long Hot Summer Day” as his walk up music when he goes to bat. Now he’s added songs by Cody Jinks and the Band of Heathens.
Earl Thomas Conley, one of the most successful country music artists through the 80’s decade, and known for his “thinking man’s country” style of country where heartbreak, story, and character played a critical role in creating the deep appeal for his music, has passed away. He was 77-years-old.
Miranda Lambert spoke about the prospects of new music, and seemed to confirm studio time is in her immediate future, and to expect the stuff she’s working on to be bold. She also alluded that we might get to hear some of the new stuff as early as June. “I feel like I’m taking some risks and not being afraid.”
From his important work with the throwback country outfit BR549, to his long and productive solo career, to numerous causes and enterprises behind-the-scenes few catch wind of, Chuck Mead has on the front lines of helping to save country music for a quarter century. On June 28th, the country throwback will release his fourth album.
It’s not just wishful thinking, and it’s not skewing the numbers to paint a sunny picture. With his new album ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine,’ “King” George Strait is back at the top of the country genre, and in multiple ways. And that’s not all George Strait fans have to celebrate. He’s showing surprising traction on radio as well.
Without embellishment or hyperbole, California native Molly Tuttle can be presented with almost universal consensus throughout the music community as one of the greatest living instrumentalists of our time, and in any genre or discipline you’re inclined to discuss. Her skills are beyond simple mastery of a given technique or style.
“This dude puts out a song with kind of quasi country lyrics? Something about a horse, boobies and some shit? Don’t create controversy and expect that to give you a hall pass. We need great songs. Go listen to Kris Kristofferson, and then go listen to that song, and if you tell me they have anything to do with each other.”
Spearheaded by the positively Wallen received for his Jason Isbell “Cover Me Up” cover, he’s just released a studio version of the song, and surprisingly, it’s lossless in quality compared to the original acoustic version. Tastefully produced and arranged with sparse accompaniment, it’s arguably even better.
Keith Urban walked away with the biggest trophy of the night for Entertainer of the Year, and Dan+Shay walked away with the most trophies with three. But it was Kacey Musgraves who arguably won the 2019 ACM Awards Sunday evening (4-7) as she walked away with both Album of the Year for Golden Hour, and Female Artist of the Year.
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the Saving Country Music 2019 ACM Awards LIVE blog. As the presentation transpires over the evening we’ll be leaving real time quips and observations, snark, praise, disapproval, and whatever else is fancied in real time and completely unscripted.
Very excited to share the latest additions to the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist, which includes songs from some great records and artists that need to be on your radar. Ben Jarrell’s debut LP ‘Troubled Times’ has been setting people’s hair on fire, and there’s nothing better to get the blood pumping at the top of the playlist.
All the information on the 54th Annual, 2019 ACM Awards in one place, including the presenters, the performers, the collaborations, the nominees, and other things to watch for. Will Chris Stapleton have another big night? What do traditional country fans have to look forward to? And awards that have already been handed out.
It’s been a busy week in the land of country music traditionalist Cody Jinks, and it was crowned by a ringing endorsement from wrestling personality turned entrepreneur and podcaster Stone Cold Steve Austin. Plus Cody released two new videos, some tour dates, and a juicy hint about new music on the way.
This tour will be an all female affair, with Miranda Lambert’s supergroup with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, a.k.a. The Pistol Annies opening up select tour dates, along with Elle King, Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes, Maren Morris, and Ashley McBryde. Each date will feature three openers, with a revolving cast for each stop.
Out of all the mischaracertizations, malfeasance, hidden agendas, outright lies, and sheer ignorance behind Lil Nas X’s viral hit “Old Town Road” and its disputed place in the country genre, perhaps the most idiotic and out-of-touch development of them all has been this ludicrous notion that Billy Ray Cyrus is in any way relevant to country music.
Reba McEntire has nothing to gain by making a strong country record at this point in her career. But she did it anyway because she wanted to. And that sense of deliberate passion and comes through in the twelve inspired songs of ‘Stronger Than The Truth.’
We’re just lucky to still have Charley Crockett around at this point. While the 34-year-old was getting ready to have surgery for a seven-year-old hernia condition he’d been suffering from, but didn’t have the funds to address, he was diagnosed with a major heart condition. Now after a few months on the mend, he’s ready to get back on the road.
Judged among its peers and the patterns that Blake Shelton has carved for himself in now nearly 20 years of releasing music, “God’s Country” is unexpected, expressive, passion-filled, and hard not to feel the power of. But it won’t be interesting enough to assuage Johnny Cash hipsters to pay attention to commercial radio.
Pink isn’t exactly the perfect color for NASCAR, but when it’s presented in partnership with country music legend Dolly Parton, even the burliest of motorsports aficionados stand down, if not pump their fists when they see it coming around the turn. NASCAR’s Tyler Reddick driving for Richard Childress Racing will be sporting a Dolly Parton paint job.
We’d love to think that legendary golf pro Phil Mickelson hauled off and told Jake Owen “Go fuck yourself” recently for putting out garbage country music songs like “Beachin'” or for saying he’s collaborating with Lil Nas X on a hip-hop song. But the truth of the matter is the spat had to do with Phil’s primary occupation, not Jake’s.
Hot damn son! Wondering where the hell all the hard charging, kick ass, phase guitar and pedal steel-filled good ol’ Outlaw country music has gone in 2019, and without skimping on the songwriting, thank you very much? Well it all seems to have been sucked up and put to good use by Alabama native Ben Jarrell.
Jenny Pagliaro, the lead singer and co-founder of Los Angeles-based country rock/Americana band Roses & Cigarettes, has died. She passed away Friday, March 26th from complications due to Stage IV Breast Cancer. She was 35-years-old. Pagliaro formed Roses & Cigarettes in 2013 with Angela Petrilli .
Oh the irony of so many people demanding all music sound the same in the name of “diversity.” The only reason we’re even having a discussion of where Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” should be placed on the charts is because you can’t tell the difference between most any given piece of popular music anymore.
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