After first stopping by The Longhorn Saloon in the town’s historic Stockyards District, the comedian sauntered into nearby Filthy McNasty’s to take in a songwriters night that featured up-and-comer Skylar Payne, Clete Bradley of Clete Bradley and the Mood, and songwriter Zach Coffey.
Swedish Sister Duo First Aid Kit will be making their way to the United States and parts of Europe as part of the extensive Rebel Heart Tour in 2018. The sisters will be in the United States in June, and then again in September through October. In July and August they will be touring in Europe.
“Beautiful Crazy” is much more similar to what we were hoping from Luke Combs when he first emerged on a major label. Full of steel guitar and fiddle, and ramping up to be a quality showcase for his barrel-chested country voice, “Beautiful Crazy” is easy to love regardless of your country music alignment.
Now celebrating 20 years hacking away at blending country, punk, soul, blues, and R&B smothered in Memphis gravy, the band is readying the release of their latest studio album, ‘Among The Ghosts.’ It features 9 new songs written by Ben Nichols and was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis.
Somewhere on the highways and byways of Heaven, Jerry Reed is driving a semi truck full of Coors on a delivery for Jesus, slapping the dashboard maniacally with a big ol’ Georgia peach-eatin’ grin screaming “Hot damn son, get after after it!” as the tunes of Brent Cobb’s new album ‘Providence Canyon’ come blaring out of the speakers.
It comes up so often in the realm of music criticism: “If you don’t like something, just don’t listen.” But they’re missing the point. The point is not just about what music you like or you don’t like. And in some respects, the point is not about music at all.
It’s easy to pawn off the fault for the inappropriate moment on Kane Brown, but Kane is surprisingly saying he wasn’t on board with the moment either, and it was the ACM choreographers and producers who insisted on it. “It was super awkward. Lauren was like, ‘Might as well go ahead and grab his butt too!'”
If there’s any hope for the future of mainstream country music, it lies in songwriters like Lori McKenna. Whenever you see a quality song from a major label country artist, it’s uncanny how often Lori McKenna’s name comes up in the songwriting credits. True country fans know that if you want to find the best music, you have to go straight to the source.
It doesn’t matter if you’re playing your music with an acoustic or electric guitar. Are you testifying? Is it washed in the blood? Are you conveying your true emotions in all their ugliness? If the answer is “yes,” then it’s still roots, and righteous. And Other Arrangements is downright righteous, whatever you want to call it.
Country music in 2018: “Man Artist feat. Woman Artist.” Wash, rinse, repeat. This is one way to get Miranda Lambert back on the radio I guess, releasing Jason Aldean’s “Drowns The Whiskey” as a single. Too bad Jason Aldean has to be involved, and the only way virtually any woman gets on country radio these days is being “feat.”
Texas music and independent country continue to gain market share and offer a better, and more healthy alternative to the mainstream, and we’re continuing to see this reflected in the ever-expanding festival space. A new festival in Oregon is gearing up to offer the Pacific Northwest their first taste of the Texas festival experience.
We’re supposed to be avoiding discussion of Taylor Swift in country music. That wasn’t just the hope of traditional country fans who were glad to see her finally come out a few years ago and say that she wanted to be considered pop and pop only henceforth. That was the wish of Taylor Swift herself and the entire point of her “I’ve gone pop” declaration.
The best bands don’t begin as business ventures. They begin as groups of friends who get together to play a little music, and end up melding so well there’s no other choice but to start playing that music for others. Similarly, their success is organic, almost accidental. Even they may not know know it all happened exactly.