Officially Declaring September 30th a Country Music Holiday
The amount of album releases these days can be dizzying. And it can be even more daunting when you have a release day with some super big titles that suck up all the attention when some of the other releases from smaller and more independent artists are just as important or enjoyable. Friday, September 30th is one of those days. So to make sure nothing that might resonate with you slips past your radar, Saving Country Music is officially declaring a country music Holiday, and has compiled this handy guide to help you navigate through the most important releases.
Tyler Childers – Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven
Tyler Childers is going back to his religious upbringing in his latest album, which is actually a collection of three albums in a unique concept where all eight songs are rendered three different ways. The 8X3 = 24 tracks of Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven will be released in three distinct movements: the Hallelujah version, the Jubilee version, and the Joyful Noise version. With the way Tyler’s 2017 album Purgatory continues to be stuck in the Top 20 of country five years after its release and the influence he has in the country genre, this is definitely an important release.
Sonically, what makes Take My Hounds to Heaven special compared to Tyler’s previous works is he’s employing his long-time backing band The Food Stamps to help him render these three separate interpretations of theses songs. With his two recent studio records (not including Long Violent History), producer Sturgill Simpson worked with outside studio players on Tyler’s songs. Tyler Childers co-produces this album himself.
Ashley McBryde – Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville
This might turn out to be one of the most unique, interesting, and important albums released by a major country music label in years. Written during a week long songwriting retreat in a cabin outside of Nashville, Ashley McBryde’s name is on the cover, but it’s a highly collaborative effort of songwriters coming together to bring to life an entire town of characters. Helping McBryde along the way are Aaron Raitiere, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Connie Harrington, Benjy Davis, Pillbox Patti (Nicolette Hayford), and Brothers Osborne, with John Osborn producing the effort. The town is named after songwriter Dennis Linde.
“A few years ago, Aaron Raitiere, Nicolette Hayford and I were on a write,” McBryde explains. “We wrote this song called ‘Blackout Betty,’ and I realized we had written previous songs called ‘Shut Up Sheila’ on Never Will and ‘Livin’ Next to Leroy’ on Girl Going Nowhere. Aaron had a song called ‘Jesus, Jenny,’ and I thought, ‘We should keep these characters together and give them a place to live!’”
John Fullbright – Liar
John Fullbright was the well-beloved songwriting wunderkind nominated for a Grammy who we all thought was the bright future of Americana, who then turned elusive performer only a few knew exactly what happened to. But now the early member of the Turnpike Troubadours is back after an eight year hiatus.
Liar takes a very Tulsa-centric approach since that’s where he’s found his musical comfort zone. The new album was recorded at Steve and Charlene Ripley’s farm-to-studio compound in northeastern Oklahoma shortly after Steve’s passing, with Fullbright and Charlene acting as producers. They also brought in famous Tulsa musicians Jesse Aycock, Aaron Boehler, Paul Wilkes, Stephen Lee, and Paddy Ryan as the album’s wrecking crew. (read more)
Hellbound Glory – The Immortal Hellbound Glory: Nobody Knows You
Before the collective country music population was losing their minds over independent country revolutionaries such as Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, and Zach Bryan, it was Leroy Virgil of Hellbound Glory that was reading the mainstream their rights, and releasing one insanely good country song after another out of Reno, Nevada.
2008’s Scumbag Country and 2010’s Old Highs and New Lows still hold up as underground country standards, and if you want something with a bit more rock edge, check out the Shooter Jennings-produced Pinball from 2017 that launched the viral hit “Hellbound Blues,” or 2020’s Pure Scum. Now Shooter Jennings and Leroy Virgil are back for the new album. (read more)
Dropkick Murphys – This Machine Still Kills Fascists
The Dropkick Murphys may be best known for their loud and aggressive Celtic punk music, but for their next album, they’re taking an entirely different approach, and one that has numerous ties to the independent country realm. The album features 10 songs that were specifically curated by Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie. Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours and Nikki Lane also contribute vocals on the album, and Dom Flemons makes numerous instrumental appearances.
“Woody Guthrie, he’s the original punk. He went against the grain, he fought the good fight, he spoke up and sang about his beliefs. I’m motivated by reading what he wrote and am inspired by his courage. One man and a guitar—it’s powerful stuff,” says Ken Casey. (read more)
David Adam Byrnes – Keep Up with a Cowgirl
When you go to list off some of the greatest new country music traditionalists, make sure you don’t forget David Adam Byrnes, who proved his worth with his last album Neon Town, and by minting seven straight #1 songs on Texas country radio in the run up to his newest effort, Keep Up with a Cowgirl. It’s to be released by Reviver Entertainment Group, and Byrnes co-produced the effort with Bart Busch.
Originally from Arkansas, Byrnes left home in 2008 to make it big in Nashville, TN where he landed a job writing songs and recording for the publishing outfit Better Angels beside guys like Josh Thompson and Ward Davis. But right after things were beginning to take off, his publishing deal fell through. Then in 2013 after catching wind of what was happening in Texas and how he wouldn’t be forced to write Bro-Country to stay alive, Byrnes started pointing his nose in that direction, writing and performing more traditionally-oriented stuff, and eventually moving to Fort Worth in 2018.
Mary Bragg – Self-Titled
Mary Bragg has been impressing many with her songwriting for years. But always watch out when an artist releases a self-titled album in the middle of their career, because it’s often a defining stamp upon their artistry and expressions. For Mary Bragg, it comes after a tumultuous time where her 10-year marriage ended in divorce, and other changes lent to a complete redfining of life.
“A lot of beauty and a lot of pain. A lot of discovery and a lot of loss. I’m the kind of writer who’s always writing, for better or worse,” Bragg explains, “So naturally a lot of the songs on this album are an extension of the grief that I was experiencing. But at the same time, they’re much bigger than that. These songs are about all the different ways people love each other, and just how complicated that can be.”
Mayeux and Broussard – Cosmo Oil Co.
This country/blues/Americana band from Austin has always flown under-the-radar, while being an integral part of the Austin, TX music scene. Along with guitarist and singer Tate Mayeux who wrote eight of the eleven tracks, and lead guitarist Brian Broussard, the new album also features drummer Taylor Englert, who you may also know as the newest member of Mike and the Moonpies, as well as James Moritz on bass.
Cosmo Oil Co. also features a cover of the Corb Lund song “Roughest Neck Around.” Formed in 2011, this is the country rock band’s first full-length release since 2015. Mayeux and Broussard are also frequent collaborators with others in the central Texas music scene including Katheryn Legendre, and Garrett T. Capps.
Other September 30th Releases:
The Young Fables – Pages
Matthew Check – Without a Throne
Gregg Allman – All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs & Voice of Gregg Allman
David Beck – Bloom and Fade
Rachel McIntyre Smith – Glory Daze EP
Ben Burgess – Tears The Size of Texas
Hayes Carll – You Get It All (Deluxe Edition)
Have Gun, Will Travel – Silver Sounds EP
Zach Williams – A Hundred Highways
The Cactus Blossoms – If Not For You (Bob Dylan Vol. 1) EP
September 28, 2022 @ 9:12 am
Well, guess I’ll be broke this weekend. After rent and buying these albums, I’ll be eating ramen til next payday. If you own a bar in Eastern Oklahoma, get in touch with me. I’m going to need to pick up some extra singer/songwriter gigs to cover these costs.
September 28, 2022 @ 9:43 am
Garrett T Capps has a new one too, looking forward to it along with Hellbound Glory.
September 28, 2022 @ 9:56 am
Has he given a release date on it yet? Nevermind, just found it on Bandcamp. October 21st.
September 28, 2022 @ 12:45 pm
Firewater festival this weekend, you going?
September 28, 2022 @ 12:53 pm
No, unfortunately. I’m still trying to catch up with the world after attending two festivals the same week a couple of weeks ago.
September 28, 2022 @ 9:50 am
No Turnpike Troubadours release so not quite a holiday.
September 28, 2022 @ 11:55 am
I am getting really impatient! Can’t wait for new songs
September 29, 2022 @ 2:58 am
Turnpike featured a cover of Black Sky in the most recent episode of Reservation Dogs, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets dropped as a single soon.
September 28, 2022 @ 11:03 am
While I’m happy that Ashley has some new music coming out, there are a lot of amazing songs in her current set list that probably won’t see the light of day until next spring. I saw her in concert earlier this month and she said her label told her she had to wait until next spring to release her new album. She told the crowd not to worry because she does have some new music coming out this month. I’m sure I will like the Lindeville project, it seems ridiculous that Ashley has a new album of material ready to go, but it can’t get released for another 6-8 months.
September 28, 2022 @ 11:51 am
The Lowdown Drifters final chapter for their album Cheating On A Memory will be out Friday as well
September 28, 2022 @ 1:11 pm
Ashley McBryde’s album is kind of along the same lines as Marty Stuart’s “Pilgrim”. Should be interesitng.
To me, Tyler Childers is not the messiah some thinks he is. That being said, the Angel Band “The Hallelujah Version” song is pretty good. I like the arrangement more than his voice, but a good song.
September 29, 2022 @ 1:39 pm
Messiah? I saw him last night at Red Rocks. He sounded better than ever. Just an amazing night.
September 29, 2022 @ 4:19 pm
I don’t get Childers or all the hype, but I doubt he thinks he’s a messiah (or anything along those lines). He’s just a talented guy doing what he loves. And after busting his ass for years, he’s reaping the rewards of his hard work. And good on him.
September 29, 2022 @ 5:12 pm
Do not misunderstand. I am all for him. It’s not that he thinks he’s the messiah, it’s all the others that laud him. Same thing with Stapleton. He has corrected those that called him the savior of country music when he got hot. As time went on, he has proved that he is simply an exceptional singer and songwriter. Nothing wrong with that.
For Childers, it’s not the hype he conjures up. It is the hype that everyone who writes about him gushes up. Kind of over the top sometimes.
And yes, the same thing goes for Zach Bryan.
Typical music journalism, or should I say the lack thereof.
But hey, I am for them all.
September 30, 2022 @ 6:13 pm
I misread your comment, Wayne. I thought you said he’s not the messiah he thinks he is. Sorry about that. I agree with your comment, but ‘journalists’ and rag writers tend to overhype everything and set impossible expectations that no artist could ever live up to. It’s all part of the game.
September 28, 2022 @ 6:15 pm
Loving this Country Music Holiday release days, they seem to come pretty often these days!
Also excited for the non country releases that day – new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, and the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot reissue, which sounds interesting as it presents the album in its entirety recorded several ways according to what ive read.
September 28, 2022 @ 10:01 pm
I am curious about this “Ashley Mcbryde” album since there was zero promotion for it, and was only announced a few weeks before it’s release date. The David Adam Byrnes album should be solid, he has put out numerous singles over the last year.
September 29, 2022 @ 7:40 am
I’m not sure of the release date but I would add Caleb Caudle’s “Forsythia” album recorded at Cash Cabin and featuring Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Carlene Carter and Elizabeth Cook.
October 1, 2022 @ 1:39 pm
Caleb Caudle comes out next week.
David Adam Byrnes
September 29, 2022 @ 2:07 pm
I appreciate the love y’all. That’s great company to be a part of there and I’m proud to be one of the two Arkansans in the pic! Glad to see that the great artist of my home state are starting to get recognized!!!
September 29, 2022 @ 4:25 pm
I’d LOVE to keep up with a cowgirl. And most days should be (true) Country Music Days.
September 30, 2022 @ 8:28 am
And what a glorious day it is to be a country music fan. Have mercy, here we go, fam…
Eating’ big time
September 30, 2022 @ 9:09 am
Can’t stop listening to the Tyler album!!!! Tyler & Food Stamps run country music!!!
September 30, 2022 @ 9:36 pm
Yes! Such a cool album….finding the concept resonating with me!
September 30, 2022 @ 6:31 pm
George Strait’s cover of Willy The Wandering Gypsy And Me was released today as well.
October 1, 2022 @ 2:27 pm
David Adam Byrnes “Keep Up With a Cowgirl” is a what country music should be. It’s not pop county like they play on most radio stations but traditional county music that needs to be played also on the major county radio stations. Especially in the major markets like the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
David: The Duke of Everything
October 2, 2022 @ 1:56 am
Just thought I’d drop that a George strait cover of Waylon’s Willie the wondering gypsy and me has dropped. Very good cover of a classic song that was never a single. This may have been mentioned somewhere else on this site but I hadn’t seen it.
October 2, 2022 @ 7:11 am
There’s a story coming up about this momentarily. Obviously, it has been an extremely busy release cycle here, and I’m doing my best to cover as much stuff as I can, while also giving it the care and attention it deserves.
David: The Duke of Everything
October 2, 2022 @ 8:50 am
Look forward to reading it. I generally like your insight. I had just seen it elsewhere and thought others who hadn’t would like to know. As always, I appreciate what you do
David: The Duke of Everything
October 2, 2022 @ 1:58 am
Heck I just look up and saw someone had mentioned it Friday the 30th. Hadn’t had time to check. Sorry
October 2, 2022 @ 8:50 pm
Drop kick Murphys album is pretty darn good