Second generation country performer Justin Townes Earle passed away tragically on August 20th, 2020, but strong efforts are underway to make sure his legacy doesn’t go forgotten, especially after the ownership of the label that released his first five albums was sent in flux.
Far and away, the best performance of the night was turned in by an artist entirely outside of the country music fold when Jennifer Hudson took the stage to sing Willie Nelson’s “Night Life,” leading into “You Are My Sunshine,” with assistance from Chris Stapleton on guitar.
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the 2021 CMA Awards LIVE blog. For the entirety of the decreasingly-relevant broadcast, thoughts pointed remarks, keen observations, outright snark, and probably a few swear words and errant typos will be presented in real time.
Grabbing from a wide array of country music influences and regional dialects, and splicing them all together seamlessly with some 70’s coolness, Tennessee native Mose Wilson has just dropped this infectious and entertaining self-titled debut album.
Combining the two Texas passions of barbecue and country music, the inaugural Troubadour Festival in Celina, TX went down on Saturday, November 6th. Randy Travis showed up and became the guest of honor at the festival.
“I feel like I’m just getting started. ’29’ is the album I’ll always look back on in my career and say that was the turning point for me in the way I want to be looked at in country music. I hope when people look at my music and my little legacy, I hope they say, ‘She was a country music purist.’”
At about 10 a.m., Billy Strings pulled into the parking lot of the Twin Rivers Elementary School in Muir, Michigan in his tour bus, followed by a U-Haul truck. In the U-Haul were no less than 208 acoustic guitars of various age appropriate sizes—one for each student at the school.
It’s one of those opportunities you wish to experience from your favorite artists, but very rarely get to. But on Sunday evening (11-7), some lucky bastards in Little Rock got a last minute, intimate acoustic performance that Jinks announced just hours before the doors opened.
Steve Poltz has morphed into an bonafide underground folk hero. His songs work like kids songs for adults, similar to the songwriting legacy of John Prine. Poltz’s storytelling skills in the live setting rival or surpass the very titans of the craft such as Todd Snider.
All of the songs and artists featured in the Season 4 episodes of the Paramount Series “Yellowstone.” It once again promises to use its platform to help promote many of the independent country artists we all love.
‘An Old Time Christmas’ has always been considered one of the better bets for Christmas albums from country legends. That is how it achieved its Certified Gold status by the RIAA—something many of Randy’s 90’s and early 2000’s studio albums didn’t achieve.
Scrunch in and make room on your 2021 “Best Of,” “Greatest Discoveries,” “Favorite Songwriters,” “Badass Country Chicks” lists, because Margo Cilker has just arrived with this late year entry that has folks singing her praises, and will have you crowing right along.
“How The Mighty Fall” refuses to be complacent in its approach. A host of sounds are pulled from to fulfill its dozen tracks, not just Appalachian country. What makes it country and Appalachian is Charles Wesley Godwin, and the stories he tells.