In the immortal words of Tom Petty, it’s Christmas … again. That’s means we have a bunch of seasonal releases from a slew of your favorite country and roots artists to round up just in case Christmas music is your thing. Here’s a run down of all the best releases, as well as a playlist to listen to the best selections.
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed on all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now. It’s available on most all streaming formats (see below), or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to. New songs have just been added.
Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers officially announced “A Good Look’n Tour” earlier this week, with 36 dates across North America starting in February. And though tickets don’t officially go on sale until Nov. 8th, the AEG-promoted tour is using the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program. Proceeds will also benefit the Special Forces Foundation.
“Hayden [Nicholas] and I originally wrote this song for ‘Killin’ Time.’ 30 years & 8 special guests later, I am so proud of what we created to honor the Grand Ole Opry, and some of the proceeds will go to the Opry Trust Fund!” says Clint Black. The song is part of an upcoming live album from Clint called “Still Killin’ Time.”
When they finally get around to opening a proper brick and mortar Red Dirt Music Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma, you can be assured it will be seeded with a bust of Stoney LaRue. Though many modern day artists love to cite Red Dirt as a sound and influence to their music, it’s only a select few who can say they’re founding members.
One of the biggest adversities to a grassroots artist is success. As Chris Stapleton once said after he’d risen out of obscurity, “I have completely no street cred anymore.” Tyler Childers is the perfect example of this. He released his latest album ‘Country Squire’ earlier this year, and a small but boisterous contingent of fans love to say he “sold out.”
Texas country artist Cody Johnson will get the distinct honor and worthy exposure of singing the National Anthem at the World Series Game 7 Wednesday night (10-30) pitting the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals in Houston. The game and National Anthem will be broadcast live on FOX.
On NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Monday night (10-28), a contestant named Jake Hoot performed Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up” as part of the singing show. Taylor Swift, who was acting as a coach on the episode, even remarked “I love Jason Isbell,” when Jake Hoot said he was covering “Cover Me Up.” It’s more evidence the song has become a standard.
There is a reason the indefinite hiatus of the vaunted Turnpike Troubadours hit fans so hard, almost like losing a relative. The way you leaned on the band’s music to make it through hard times, and celebrate the good ones, it’s tough to fathom a world without the voice and songs of Evan Felker backed by the boys from Oklahoma.
After screwing with us for a few days, letting word of the upcoming Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers tour leak out via posters hung up at venues and other prominent places in the markets where the our will stop, we finally have a formal revelation of the dates and locations. And like the rumors were alluding to, this will be an arena-level tour.
An album by Cody Jinks has come in #1 in album sales for the second consecutive week. After hitting #1 with ‘After The Fire’ last week, Jinks has pulled off the same feat again this week with his album ‘The Wanting.’ The albums were released on October 11th and 18th respectively.
But what Kalie Shorr has also done in Open Book is what every true artist wishes to do whenever the make a record, which is capture raw emotions in bold strokes that resonate deeply with an audience and connect us with our shared humanity. But just like the career of Kalie Shorr, the question is, “Who is the audience?”
Once again, Sturgill Simpson is screwing with all of us. This time it has to do with the revelation of his upcoming tour dates behind his new album and anime film, Sound & Fury. We already knew that Sturgill was going to be touring with fellow Kentuckian Tyler Childers. Now he’s revealed the dates and cities, but not in the conventional way.