Beloved and influential country music songwriter Phil Thomas passed away Saturday, January 5th. With prominent songs recorded by artists such as Johnny Paycheck, George Strait, Randy Travis, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell, and more, his fingerprints are all over the sound and style of country from the late 70’s into the early 2000’s.
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Starting on November 4th, Kevin Welch has been #1 on the Music Row Songwriter Chart, and will likely be at or near the top of the chart for a while as “Millionaire” continues to climb. And that’s not the only accolade for the tune. The song is up for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards.
Southern rock gods Blackberry Smoke have just added even more dates to an already-stacked 2019 tour schedule, but these come with an interesting wrinkle. Piggy backing off of the release of their Southern Ground Sessions EP, they’ll be playing a series of acoustic-only shows.
Before we get too far into 2019, let take time to remember the country music great we lost along the way in 2018, from bona fide legends like Roy Clark, to those taken tragically too soon like Daryle Singletary, Red Dirt’s Brandon Jenkins, to George Strait drummer Mike Kennedy.
Brandon Jenkins, Burt Reynolds, Daryle Singletary, Dave Rowland, DJ Fontana, Ed King, Floyd Parton, Freddie Hart, Glenn Snoddy, Hazel Smith, Herb Remington, Jerry Chesnut, Jimmy Work, Joe Osborn, Kenny O'Dell, Lari White, MIke Kennedy, Randall Clay, Randy Scruggs, Rich Hall, Ronnie Prophet, Roy Clark, Sammy Allred, Tony Joe White, Wayne Secrest
Now that 2019 is off and running, it’s time to get ready for some of the most anticipated releases in the early portion of the year, and we’re doing so by adding some songs from these important albums to the playlist.
The 6th Annual Ameripolitan Awards will be transpiring on Monday, February 25th, 2019, but with 50 acts playing over four total days involving six separate venues, it’s become like its own festival, with many opportunities to see your favorite performers with a prominent roots influence.
Ameripolitan, Big Sandy, Billy Matta, Brennen Leigh, Caroline Sills, Cheryl Desere'e, Cindy Walker, Dale Watson, Dallas Moore, Gary P. Nunn, James Hand, Jesse Daniel, Jim Heath, Larry Collins, Pat Reedy, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Roger Alan Wade, Rosie Flores, Roy Head, Sophia Johnson, Teri Joyce, The Reeves Brothers, Tommy Ash, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, Whitney Rose, Zephaniah OHora
Living on Earth with Dwight Yoakam is a constant exercise in coming to grips with the fact that you will never be as cool as Dwight Yoakam. But that’s okay, because you get to live on the same planet as Dwight Yoakam. He’ll be heading out on tour in 2019, and hitting up the usual haunts of casinos and theaters.
Numerous upcoming performances by Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Bobby Bare are being rescheduled for the fall, but rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. According to Bobby Bare’s management, the shows will hopefully be rescheduled for the fall.
The release of the Rodeo Houston main stage lineup is always a highly-anticipated event in Texas and beyond, and this year Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours have earned an opportunity to play on arguably the biggest stage in Texas, and native Texan Kacey Musgraves has been selected to open the rodeo in 2019.
Here we are with a nice, tidy little bow wrapped around 2018, with the barrage of end-of-year lists finally published and in the past, the confetti from New Year’s celebrations all swept up, and the promise of an exciting new year of country music on the way. But how good or bad really was country music in 2018?
Brent Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
Josh Turner does a great job on I Serve a Savior to make Gospel music that is accessible, not just from the passion that you can feel coming through his performances, or his voice that puts signature touches on old standards such as “I Saw The Light,” and the super low tones he perfects on “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a split decision. In a year when it feels like a criminal act to choose the best song over so many worthy contenders, even whittling it down to just two feels like a grave offense. But it is two songs that just can’t be denied this year, and it would be a discredit to the process chooing one over the other.
2019 is here ladies and gentlemen, and soon your ears will have a fresh new bounty of new releases in the country, roots, and Americana world to feast upon. In such a crowded landscape and with so many releases to choose from, having a road map certainly helps. So in that spirit, here are Saving Country Music’s top picks.
Aaron Watson, Alice Wallace, Charles Wesley Godwin, Cody Johnson, Dale Watson, Flatland Cavalry, George Strait, Hayes Carll, Joshua Ray Walker, Randy Houser, Ray Charles, Ryan Bingham, The Cactus Blossoms, The Steel Woods, Yola
50 years ago today, New Year’s Eve 1968, Johnny Cash took time from whatever revelry the night might’ve had in store for him to write a letter to himself. It was Cash’s capstone to what he considered the most important year of his career and personal life, and many Cash fans and historians would probably concur.
Jason Isbell is one of numerous performers for the event, all of whom are from Alabama. Also scheduled to perform are St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Commodores, Moon Taxi, and multiple local bands yet to be named on a 2nd stage.
Last Saturday (12-22), as many people were hanging out with family and preparing for the Christmas holiday, Tyler Childers was at the Roy F. Collier Community Center in Inez, Kentucky in a Carhartt coat and toboggan to personally deliver 500 cases of water for residents of Martin County.
2018 was another stellar year for great country and roots records, and this is reflected in Saving Country Music’s 2018 Essential Albums List, which has expanded once again to include a total of 78 albums, each of which was reviewed in-depth during the year.
Saving Country Music unapologetically leans towards the independent and traditional side of country music. But that doesn’t mean the mainstream of country doesn’t get it right every so often. It’s important that we highlight those positive albums and artists too.
Mile 0 Fest taking part in Key West, Florida January 29th to February 2nd has just released it’s final lineup, expanding to a total of 68 names. With the expanded names, and with most performers playing multiple shows across the island, this will bring the sum total of performances to well over 100.
It should be the imperative in every sector of society that the most skilled, the most resonant, and the most inspiring works are hoisted to the forefront, not to turn society into some sort of endless skills competition, including between creative types, but to celebrate examples of human achievement to motivate us all.
“Twelve Days of Country Radio Christmas” as set to the final verse of “Twelve Days of Christmas,” orig. composition 1780, England. Modern composer © Frederic Austin circa 1909. Current composer Kyle “Trigger” Coroneos © 2018.
Late 90’s-early 2000’s country star Mark Wills will be the 193rd member of the Grand Ole Opry. This was the news coming out of the Opry Friday Night (12-21) when Vince Gill invited Wills to join the historic country music institution near the end of the evening’s presentation.