Nancy Jones is not happy about a new mural that has popped up in Nashville depicting the legendary story of George Jones riding a lawnmower to the liquor store (see below). The mural was recently unveiled on the side of Colonial Liquors located at 2401 Franklin Pike in Nashville where George Jones used to be a frequent customer.
30 years ago this March, an employee of country music trade periodical Cashbox Magazine was exiting a recording studio on Music Row in Nashville with up-and-coming country music artist Sammy Saddler when an armed gunman approached them and opened fire. It came to be known as the Murder on Music Row.
It’s official. After months of trying to locate buyers and investors for the failing music crowdfunding service and pleading with both performers and the public for patience, PledgeMusic co-founder Benji Rogers announced on Wednesday (5-8) that the company is officially heading for bankruptcy.
Country legend Tanya Tucker has just signed to Concord Music’s Fantasy Records, and is readying the release of her first record in 17 years later this summer. Not just your average album release, Tanya’s new title tentatively called ‘While I’m Living’ is being touted as a comeback record, and was recorded in Hollywood in January.
Willie Nelson turned 86-years-old last week, but don’t expect to see him slowing down anytime soon. If anything, he’s putting his foot down on the gas for 2019, announcing a new album, and recently extending his Outlaw Music Festival dates which will keep him busy well into the summer.
Big changes abound in the latest update to the Saving Country Music Top 25 playlist, including the playlist finally coming to YouTube for people who are unable or unwilling to listen on Spotify, Apple Music, or Google Play. A lot of great discoveries have occurred on Saving Country Music in 2019, but none may be as big as Charlie Marie.
John Starling didn’t set out to be a world-renown bluegrass musician, though growing up in Durham, North Carolina and learning how to play bluegrass guitar, it can’t be too surprising that’s where life took him. But his primary passion was as a physician and surgeon. Happenstance is what led him to becoming a legend in bluegrass circles.
For the benefit of the Bowen Family Foundation, the Bowen MusicFest has raised over $3.25 million for charity just since 2009, and the event raised $500,000 in 2018 alone. Expanding every year since 1998 into one of the premier events in Texas and Red Dirt music, Bowen MusicFest has assembled an impressive lineup.
and William Clark Green, Bowen Musicfest, Brent Cobb, Cheap Trick, Cody Canada, Courtney Patton, Drew Kennedy, Jamey Johnson, Jamie Lin Wilson, Josh Grider, Joshua Ray Walker, Paul Thorn, Shane Smith & the Saints, Shea Abshier, Stoney LaRue, Tracy Byrd, Wade Bowen, Whiskey Myers
The Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Boland and the Stragglers have just announced the lineup for the 2019 Medicine Stone Festival on the grounds of the beautiful Diamondhead Resort in the Turnpike’s home town of Talequah, Oklahoma. The lineup has expanded to 32 names in 2019.
Bri Bagwell, Carter Sampson, Courtney Patton, Heather Stalling, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, John Fullbright, Kaitlin Butts, Medicine Stone, Parker McCollum, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Red Shahan, Todd Snider, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen
Country folk legend John Prine will not be appearing this weekend at the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as scheduled. Originally slotted to appear Saturday, May 4th in the Blues Tent, he has canceled due to health reasons. John Prine is just the latest big cancellation for the festival.
“Yeah, it’s pretty catchy,” Luke Combs says. “But I feel there’s a little bit of sarcasm there I don’t necessarily appreciate. I feel like I’m being poked fun at a bit. Country music is near and dear to my heart, and one of the things that’s most important to me is that the music should be taken seriously.”
The smash HBO television series ‘Game of Thrones’ is currently in the midst of its eighth and final season, and the 3rd episode that aired Sunday night (4-28) had a country music tie-in that you probably missed. Chris Stapleton is apparently a big fan of the show, and had his management reach out about making an appearance.
On Saturday, May 4th, Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member Randy Travis will turn 60 years old. And to commemorate the milestone, the Grand Ole Opry is planning a special tribute to Travis, while the flagship radio station of the Opry, 650 AM-WSM, has named Randy Travis their Artist of the Month.
Phil McCormick, the current lead singer for Southern rock band Molly Hatchet, as well as a singer for the long-time touring band The Roadducks, has passed away at the age of 58. He died Friday night (4-26) according to close friends and band mates. No cause of death has been revealed.
September of 2012 was the last time well-respected country music songwriter and performer Chris Knight released new music in the form of his album ‘Little Victories,’ and in the years since, his devoted fans have been salivating for information on when something new might be coming.
If you weren’t already frothing with anticipation for the return of HBO’s Western Series ‘Deadwood’ in movie form, they’ve figured out how to suck you in even further by activating your country music bone. In the new, official trailer for ‘Deadwood: The Movie,’ appears the unmistakable voice of Canadian songwriter Colter Wall.
In yet another positive sign that the appeal for traditional country music is waxing instead of waning, and that “King” George Strait has weathered the effort by some in the country music establishment to be put out to pasture, the financial disclosures from a couple of his recent shows are not only eye popping, they’re record breaking.
It’s time once again to juice the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist with some new selections, and it starts with a couple of songs from some recent albums receiving positive reviews here at SCM. We begin with the title track of Taylor Alexander‘s new album Good Old Fashioned Pain, which is yet another 2019 […]
In 2018, Jason Eady’s latest album ‘I Travel On’ ended up at or near the top of the heap for many when it came to their favorite albums, and it was nominated for Saving Country Music’s 2018 Album of the Year. If the 11 songs of the original record left you craving more, you’re in luck. Jason Eady is planning on releasing an extended version.
In a curiously under-reported story, country music music icon and now Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Linda Ronstadt is the subject of an upcoming documentary biopic directed by two award-winning filmmakers that will be making its worldwide debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th. It’s called ‘The Sound of My Voice.’
The good news for independent Texas country artist Sunny Sweeney continues, as once again she will be the recipient of some big opportunities opening for arena audiences as part of Bob Seger’s farewell tour. Five new dates have just been added opening for Seger, along with additional headliner dates.
Tracy Lawrence has a new album coming out on August 16th called Made in America, and though we don’t have many details on it at the moment, the 90’s country star who put together seven #1’s and twenty-one Top 10’s into the 2000’s says it’s going to be “very country,” and hopes it’s part of the recent return to country’s roots.
You’ll be hard pressed to present another country music personality more responsible for helping to save country music in the last quarter century than Marty Stuart. Though he never had the big hits as some of his contemporaries, his work both in the public eye and behind-the-scenes to preserve the legacy of country music is unparalleled.
Willie Nelson’s latest album will be called ‘Ride Me Back Home,’ and will once again be produced by Buddy Cannon, with a release date forthcoming sometime in June. This is the news coming out of an exclusive SiriusXM taping that occurred at Willie’s ranch outside of Austin on April 13th in the chapel of his own private Western town, Luck, TX.