For years Cody’s huge beard has been a signature feature of the Ft. Worth-based singer and traditional country artist. It was just one of many bushy faces sported by a fraternity of performers that have all become close friends over the years, including Jamey Johnson, as well as regular tour mates Whitey Morgan, Ward Davis, and others.
Country music legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis has suffered a minor stroke. The 83-year-old suffered the episode on Thursday night (2-28), but is expected to make a full recovery. Lewis is not expected to miss any touring commitments due to the health ailment, but doesn’t have a public appearance scheduled until April.
Jon Pardi continues to prove that more traditionally-styled country music can be wildly successful in the mainstream when give a chance, and now he’s got more Platinum hardware to prove it. Jon Pardi’s album California Sunrise has now been Certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Texas and Red Dirt music isn’t just for folks in Texas and Oklahoma. The title of the music may imply that it’s a regional thing, but the appeal is international, and the talent is world-class. No matter where you are, Texas/Red Dirt is a much more healthy alternative to the mainstream.
Brass Tacks, Bri Bagwell, Cody Johnson, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Kaitlin Butts, Micky and the Motorcars, MIke and the Moonpies, Scooter Brown Band, The Dirty River Boys, The Lowdown Drifters, The Piedmont Boys, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Whitey Morgan and the 78's, Wild Hare Country Fest
Memphis, Tennessee was overrun this weekend with throwback hillbillies, Outlaw roughnecks, and Rockabilly Daddy-O’s/Susie Q’s as part of Dale Watson’s 6th Annual Ameripolitan shindig and awards show. The event culminated in the 6th Annual Ameripolitan Awards.
Country Music Hall of Famer, Bluegrass Hall of Famer, performer, executive, songwriter, and general country music advocate Mac Wiseman has passed away. He was 93-years-old, and was one of the last living links to country music’s golden era. He died on Sunday, February 24th.
Ronald Todd Milsap, the son of Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap and a man who worked behind-the-scenes in the music business, has died at the age of 49. He was found dead on his houseboat at the Four Corners Marina on Percy Priest Lake just east of Nashville Saturday morning (2-23).
In October of 2017, traditional country fans were all giddy to read that a proper museum for Merle Haggard was on the way in Nashville’s Lower Broadway district where similar museums for Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Patsy Cline hold court, finally giving fans of the Hag a Mecca to herd to after his death in 2016.
A “moment” is something that used to happen more often in music, when an artist would take the stage in front of a national audience, or have a big showing at an awards show, and completely stun audiences across traditional divides of taste and culture, capturing the zeitgeist in a way that permeated the populace […]
Austin-based Texas/Southern/Red Dirt/Alt country rock band Reckless Kelly is probably best known for being the home of brothers Willy and Cody Braun. But if there was a third member that fans most identify with as one of the most important members of the band over the last 20 years, it would be lead guitar player David Abeyta.
You get the sense that Tyler Chiders is sitting right on the cusp. When you mention his name, there is an energy behind it that charges the air, like you know he’s someone ready to break out in the biggest way at any moment. When he releases a new record, it could be a monumental event, and have reverberations throughout country music.
Though it may seem like a strange pairing on the surface, remember Marty Stuart is still currently touring behind his latest record Way Out West, which tracks the lineage of country music on the West Coast from the Bakersfield Sound to the psychedelic influences of the 60’s and 70’s.
Alt-country singer and songwriter Lydia Loveless has come out with a statement saying that independent, Chicago-based insurgent country label Bloodshot Records did not properly address the behavior of an individual associated with the company who regularly sexually harassed and groped her.
Some very big names, and some names to discover are included in the newest additions of the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist. Fresh off her four wins at the Grammy Awards including for Album of the Year, Kacey Musgraves has released her first proper radio single from ‘Golden Hour’ in the form of “Rainbow.”
If you enjoyed Dolly Parton’s two original films based off her song “Coat Of Many Colors” for NBC (and if the ratings were any indication, you probably did), then you will get eight more chances to delve into the magic behind some of Dolly Parton’s most iconic songs in a new 8-part film anthology that is coming to Netflix.
Yes, there was yet even more drama with a Turnpike Troubadours performance, and another show that was almost cancelled. But this time it was in no way the band’s fault. In fact they were the ones that insisted the show go on, and pushed through the issues to offer attendees a full performance, and give fans a happy ending.
You have to go all the way back to 2002’s ‘Tanya’ to find the last time country icon Tanya Tucker released a proper album of new material; her classic covers album from 2009 notwithstanding. That’s 17 years to save up songs and inspiration, and now Tanya is ready to make a roaring return.
Not that daily updates upon the doings of the Turnpike Troubadours are necessary, but with the recent “touch and go” nature of their tour schedule, and the band’s timid efforts at communication, many fans and ticket holders for upcoming shows have a vested interest in staying up-to-date with just how they’re doing.
Reba McEntire has a new album coming out on April 7th called ‘Stronger Than The Truth,’ and she’s promising fans that it will be the most country record she’s done in a long time, if not in her career. That says a lot considering just how country many of Reba McEntire’s earlier albums were.
Miranda Lambert was involved in an incident in Nashville on Sunday evening (2-10) at the Stoney River Steakhouse on the west side of the city, where she reportedly dumped a plate of food in someone’s lap, and eventually the police were called. Neither Miranda Lambert, nor anyone else was arrested, and no charges have been filed.
Four the last four year, the Hinterland Festival in Iowa (just south of Des Moines) has boasted some of the best country and Americana lineups in the Midwest, and 2019 is no different. Set to take place August 2nd thru 4th, the festival just got an additional boost by the results of the 2019 Grammy Awards.
They Grammy Awards have much greater implications than just some trophies to collect dust on the mantles of artists for years to come. In 2019, the recipients of some of the biggest awards and screen time were worthy country artists, and that has translated into some big sales and streaming boosts.
Pop star turned country music carpetbagger Bebe Rexha made headlines last Thursday evening (2-7) during a Spotify party held in Los Angeles to honor all of the women up for the Grammy’s New Artist of the Year award, when she stopped down her performance of “Meant To Be,” and went on an expletive-fueled tirade.