All the presenters, the performers, what they will be performing, nominees, predictions, early winners, and the reasons to watch all in one place. This is the place to get all the information on the 53rd Annual, 2019 CMA Awards. This years awards will put a special emphasis on the women of country music.
The team assembling around viral country songwriter Zach Bryan continues to be stocked with top shelf talent. The Tulsa, Oklahoma native shocked the country music world on August 23rd when he released a completely self-produced and self-distributed solo acoustic record called ‘DeAnn.’ Now he’s working with Dave Cobb.
Miranda Lambert’s latest album Wildcard is the #1 album in country music this week, beating out Luke Combs and a new title from Hootie and the Blowfish (yes, they’re “country” now) to take the top spot. This also marks Miranda’s sixth consecutive #1 album in country, and her sixth consecutive Top 10 on the Billboard 200.
We knew the 8-episode, 16 1/2-hour Ken Burns documentary on country music that aired in mid September on PBS would have a significant impact and reach millions of viewers due to the popularity and prestige Ken Burns enjoys. Now we have the final tabulations on how many total viewers the film reached, and they’re quite impressive.
It’s been over 12 years since Grand Ole Opry member and (potential) future Country Music Hall of Famer Pam Tillis released a solo studio record, but that will all be changing soon as she has announced a new deal, with a new solo record in the works. The 2nd-generation country star was one of the most successful women throughout the 90’s.
Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson has announced that he will be touring extensively in 2020, and has announced the initial round of dates, with more dates to come. The new tour dates include a previously-announced appearance at the Stagecoach Festival, as well as Alan Jackson’s first show in Nashville in 3 years.
A man was arrested, and two police officers injured at the Cody Jinks concert on Thursday night (11-7) at the Albany Civic Center in Albany, GA. As Jinks was playing his song “Loud and Heavy,” a man identified as Ryan Matthew Peacock jumped on the stage. As officers and staff tried to subdue the man, he became violent.
This is what Jason Isbell promised during the closing night of his seven night residency at the Ryman Auditorium. It’s been a slightly more elongated release cycle for Jason Isbell and his last record ‘The Nashville Sound.’ Where he took about two years in between his last four records, ‘The Nashville Sound’ was released now 2 1/2 years ago and counting.
Presale demand for the upcoming Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers A Good Look’n Tour has been so robust that additional shows have been added to the schedule, with the possibility of even more coming in the future. Dates in Knoxville, Asheville, Detroit, Minneapolis, and even Nashville have been doubled up ahead of tickets going on sale.
On October 26th, the Cody Jinks show at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center was canceled on the day of the performance after an unidentified individual called the venue and left a threat against the concert. Officials have yet to confirm the specific nature of the threat, however they do have a person of interest they’re investigating.
It’s been a long, cold, barren winter of six years and counting since Possessed by Paul James graced us with new music. The one-man musical marvel and award-winning full-time public school special educator is considered in the highest amplitude by those who have witnessed what he’s capable of.
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. It’s available on most all streaming formats (see below), or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to. New songs have just been added.
Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers officially announced “A Good Look’n Tour” earlier this week, with 36 dates across North America starting in February. And though tickets don’t officially go on sale until Nov. 8th, the AEG-promoted tour is using the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Proceeds will also benefit the Special Forces Foundation.
“Hayden [Nicholas] and I originally wrote this song for ‘Killin’ Time.’ 30 years & 8 special guests later, I am so proud of what we created to honor the Grand Ole Opry, and some of the proceeds will go to the Opry Trust Fund!” says Clint Black. The song is part of an upcoming live album from Clint called “Still Killin’ Time.”
Clint Black, Cody Jinks, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Grand Ole Opry, Hayden Nicholas, Killin' Time, Michael Ray, Sara Evans, Steve Wariner, Still Killin' Time, This Old House, Trace Adkins, Travis Tritt
Texas country artist Cody Johnson will get the distinct honor and worthy exposure of singing the National Anthem at the World Series Game 7 Wednesday night (10-30) pitting the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals in Houston. The game and National Anthem will be broadcast live on FOX.
After screwing with us for a few days, letting word of the upcoming Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers tour leak out via posters hung up at venues and other prominent places in the markets where the our will stop, we finally have a formal revelation of the dates and locations. And like the rumors were alluding to, this will be an arena-level tour.
An album by Cody Jinks has come in #1 in album sales for the second consecutive week. After hitting #1 with ‘After The Fire’ last week, Jinks has pulled off the same feat again this week with his album ‘The Wanting.’ The albums were released on October 11th and 18th respectively.
Once again, Sturgill Simpson is screwing with all of us. This time it has to do with the revelation of his upcoming tour dates behind his new album and anime film, Sound & Fury. We already knew that Sturgill was going to be touring with fellow Kentuckian Tyler Childers. Now he’s revealed the dates and cities, but not in the conventional way.
Getting to see Chris Stapleton, Willie Nelson, or Jamey Johnson individually is probably worth your country music time. Put them all together on one bill and it’s a no brainer if you’re within driving distance or otherwise. Throw in upsurging country-soul queen Yola from the U.K. whose having a breakout year in 2019, and it’s a bill for the ages.
It’s can be dizzying trying to keep up with all the great releases in country and roots music. The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed of all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now, and you get to listen to cool music while doing it. New songs just added.
Saturday night, October 26th was supposed to see Cody Jinks celebrating his latest #1 record After The Fire at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center in the oldest town in Texas, with Texas country band Flatland Cavalry opening the show. However a serious threat received by the venue targeting the event was alarming enough to cancel the event.
What is “Ameripolitan”? It’s an effort to support artists and bands that are too country for country, and that carry a prominent roots music influence. The nominees for the 2020 Ameripolitan Award have been announced in 13 separate categories. One shakeup for the awards in 2020 is there will be no “Outlaw” categories.
Ameripolitan, Big Cedar Fever, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Charley Crockett, Dale Watson, Dorris Mayday, Duane Eddy, Grace Adele, Jaime Wyatt, Jesse Daniel, Jimmy Dale Richardson, Justin Trevino, Kathryn Legendre, MIke and the Moonpies, Summer Dean, Tammi Savoy, Two Tons of Steel, Whitney Rose, Zephaniah OHora
Devastating songwriter and performer John Moreland recently announced the release of his fifth record called LP5 due out February 7th, 2020, and released a new song as well called “East October.” Along with the new album will come a tour in 2020, with the initial dates just released. He’s gives some new insight into the new album.
“It really is a representation of what we’re trying to do here, which is connecting the greatest music in Austin with country music in a greater sense,” Bruce Robison says about the upcoming compilation. Though all the names and songs are worth getting excited over, it’s Turnpike Troubadours frontman Evan Felker that has many talking.
Bruce Robison, Carson McHone, Cleton Cordero, Evan Felker, Flatland Cavalry, James Steinle, John Baumann, Kyle Nix, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Roger Miller, Ryan Engleman, Shakey Graves, The Next Waltz, The Panhandlers, Turnpike Troubadours, Uncle Walt's Band, William Clark Green, Wood & Wire