When bandying around the biggest names coming up in independent country and roots music, you can’t forget about Billy Strings. Billy is the bluegrass representative of this movement that spans from honky tonk to Americana, and just like his counterparts, we’re seeing that same pattern where Billy’s having to double up on show dates.
Tyler Childers just released his major label debut Country Squire on Friday, August 2nd, and if you can’t get enough of it, you’ll have multiple opportunities see him perform live in the coming days via the magic of mass media. Childers will make his broadcast television debut and stream his official album release show.
You now can argue that one of the biggest songs in country music in the last decade was originally written and released nearly 40 years ago, and this time around, wasn’t even released as a single. Of course we’re talking about “Tennessee Whiskey,” and the soulful version of the song released by Chris Stapleton.
When we look back at the first week of August 2019, we might count it as a week for the ages in country music. Not only did we have Tyler Childers drop a new landmark album, Mike and the Moonpies came out of left field with their own. We’ve also had a bunch of new announcements for highly-anticipated records recently.
“Linda could literally sing anything,” Country music legend Dolly Parton says in the recently-released trailer for the film (see below). Dolly performed with Linda along with Emmylou Harris in the award-winning country supergroup, Trio. “When we heard our voices, it was light a high you’ve never felt.”
As if true country music fans didn’t have enough on their plates Friday (8-2) with Tyler Childers releasing a new record Country Squire, formidable Texas honky tonk outfit Mike and the Moonpies came out of left field with a new record of their own, completely by surprise both in its arrival, and in its approach.
Adam Odor, Catlin Rutherford, Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold, Gary P. Nunn, John Carbone, Kyle Ponder, MIke and the Moonpies, Nikki Lane, Omar Oyoque, Pickathon, Season Ammons, Shooter Jennings, Zach Moulton
Tyler Childers is getting ready to release his major label debut Country Squire on Friday, August 2nd, and ahead of the release, he’s doubling down on both his distaste for much of modern country, and his criticism of Americana as a distraction from the deeper issues facing the country genre.
The wait for the sophomore record from Jason James hasn’t exactly been like ‘Chinese Democracy,’ but it’s been painstaking for his fans nonetheless. How can you blame the bellyaching when the Texas native is able to evoke the sounds and themes of classic country in a way you just can’t hear these days unless you dust off your old vinyl records?
Traditionally-leaning Canadian country music artist, Warner Music Canada signee, and reigning Canadian Country Music Awards Female Artist of the Year recipient Meghan Patrick was headlining the Hagersville Rocks Music Festival Saturday night (7-27) in Ontario when some smart ass in the crowd thought they would get cute.
Somerset, Kentucky-based singer and songwriter Jordan Foster was playing a show Saturday, July 20th at Champions Sports Bar & Grill in Richmond, Kentucky when no other than Cody Jinks walked in the door. Jinks was in town playing two sold out shows at the Eastern Kentucky University’s Center for the Arts only a couple of blocks away.
The Turnpike Troubadours may be on indefinite hiatus at the moment, but you’ll get to see the band’s hot shit guitar player Ryan Engleman soon at a Reckless Kelly show near you. After the departure of long-time Reckless Kelly guitarist David Abeyta in February, it has been a revolving cast of characters filling the big […]
Charley Crockett, David Abeyta, Dustin Schaefer, Evan Felker, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jeff Crosby, Kyle Nix, Matt Gracy, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Reckless Kelly, Ryan Engleman, Shane Smith and the Saints, Turnpike Troubadours
Miranda Lambert is back with a big new single called “It All Comes Out in the Wash” ahead of a new album out this fall, and the big question on a lot of people’s minds once the single was released was if radio would play it. But “It All Comes Out in the Wash” makes its entrance with its first week on radio like it was shot out of a canon.
In March, legendary country music duo Brooks & Dunn were announced as the newest inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame in the Modern Era category. Now the duo will receive the honor of having their legacy and contributions to country music commemorated in an official exhibit at the museum.
Training camps are just getting started all across the NFL, and playlists full of music to get players amped up will be blasting out over Bluetooth speakers in locker rooms or streaming through earbuds, and NFL superstar Christian McCaffrey says his primary fix comes from surging country music artist Tyler Childers.
Crockett is also readying the release of his fourth album in two years called The Valley, and many of the songs chronicle Crockett’s struggles with his serious health condition, and the re-evalation of life such an experience can inspire. Recorded just a week before he went in for surgery, The Valley will be released via Son of Davy/Thirty Tigers.
Part music conference and part fan festival, artists, fans, and independent music industry will come together in scores of venues across Nashville for hundreds of performances and showcases spanning six total days. From country and bluegrass, to folk, blues, roots rock, and everything in between, from up-and-comers to legends.
A new dramatic film called Patsy & Loretta is on its way that follows the careers of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn as they intertwined in the early 60’s. A trailer just released for the film shows that the subject matter will not be all rosy, and the story will delve deep into the complicated relationships the two women faced.
Songwriting legend John Prine has been forced to cancel numerous performance dates this summer due to ongoing health concerns. Prine has been advised by his doctors that he is at an elevated risk for stroke, and will be having surgery this week to hopefully remedy the issue.
It’s a sad time for the roots music community in Arkansas and beyond after multi-instrumentalist and music guru “Smilin'” Bob Lewis of the Ben Miller Band, Tyrannosaurus Chicken, and other projects passed away Friday evening, July 19th after suffering from Stage 4 Cancer.
The upcoming Linda Ronstadt documentary called Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice will soon be headed to a theater (hopefully) near you. Produced in part by CNN Films, there was at least the notion the film might be broadcast on the cable news station only. But Greenwich Entertainment and 1091 have co-acquired the North […]
Sturgill Simpson has a new album coming this fall called ‘Sound & Fury,’ and it will be accompanied by an anime film of the same name to be released on Netflix. This was the news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con panel Sturgill Simpson participated in on Saturday (7-21) evening.
Some great new songs have just been recruited for the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist meant to keep you up to date with the latest songs and album releases. Starting us off is the First Couple of Texas Country Bruce Robison and Kelly Wills putting their spin on the old country class “One Dime At A Time.”
If you’re itching for some new music from Canadian country artist Corb Lund, well you’re in luck, even if this new record won’t contain any new original material … that’s coming later. But for now, Corb is preparing for the release of an album called ‘Cover Your Tracks.’
There are few moments that are more significant in the lives and careers of country and roots musicians than making their debut appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. Often it’s artists in their 20s and 30s who are the ones who get that special opportunity, but at 72, Ray Wylie Hubbard finally got his turn.