There have been busier release days in the past year or so with 20+ albums on the Saving Country Music radar hitting the shelves all at once. But it’s who is releasing albums, and what those albums are that makes Friday, February 24th feel like an especially important release day that is worth highlighting.
Mile 0 Fest has established itself as one of the premier destination events in all of country and roots music, especially if you’re into the Texas/Red Dirt side of things. Now after six years, Mile 0 Fest has its own traditions, it’s own nucleus of loyal patrons and regular performers, and a heap of fond memories.
Adam Hood, Alden Hedges, American Aquarium, Band of Heathens, Ben Danaher, Bobby Texas, Bri Bagwell, Bryon White, Caleb Melo, Chase Satterwhite, Chris Canterbury, Cody Canada, Corb Lund, Courtney Patton, Dalton Domino, Dierks Canada, Drew Harakal, Drew Kennedy, Ed Jurdi, Elysha, Heather Stalling, Ian Munsick, Jack Ingram, Jacob Stelly, Jade Marie Patek, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, Jeremy Plato, Jesse Daniel, Jodi Lyford, John Fullbright, John Goolsby, Jordan Nix, Josh Grider, Kaitlin Butts, Keio Stroud, Kevin Fowler, Kristi Grider, Kyle Carter, Kylie Frey, Lauren Morrow, Lucas Jagneaux and The Roadshow, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Morgan Wade, Muscadine Bloodline, Parker Ryan, Pat Green, Roger Creager, Shane Boeker, Shane Smith and the Saints, Shelby Stone, Slade Coulter, Stoney LaRue, Sunny Sweeney, The Damn Quails, The Randy Rogers Band, The Red Clay Strays, Then Dirty Roses, Topo Chico Cowboys, Wade Bowen
In 2022, something happened at the Grand Ole Opry that is only fair to label as historic. More so than any other year in its nearly 100-year existence, the coveted Grand Ole Opry debut was doled out to deserving artists from across the panorama, checking off bucket list items, populating glowing resume points…
49 Winchester, Aaron Raitiere, Adam Hood, Brian Kelly, Carlos DeFord Bailey, Channing Wilson, Chapel Hart, Corb Lund, Dan Auerbach, Dan Rogers, DeFord Bailey, Drake Milligan, Grand Ole Opry, Hogslop String Band, Jason Eady, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Joshua Ray Walker, Kaitlin Butts, Kimberly Kelly, Kolby Cooper, Leigh Nash, MIke and the Moonpies, Miko Marks, Morgan Wade, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Randall King, Texas Hill, The Beach Boys, The Goldens, The Shootouts, Tyler Hubbard
Welcome ladies and gentlemen to Saving Country Music’s most comprehensive guide to music in a given year, known as the Essential Albums List. Starting with the first 20 albums that are deemed the “Most Essential”—meaning they were right on the bubble of being Album of the Year nominees…
49 Winchester, Adam Hood, Alex Williams, Alma Russ, American Aquarium, Benjamin Tod, Brennen Leigh, Courtney Patton, David Quinn, Hellbound Glory, Jenny Tolman, Kelsey Waldon, Kimberly Kelly, Matt Daniel, Stacy Antonel, Sunny Sweeney, Teague Brothers Band, The Wilder Blue, Tony Logue, Willi Carlisle
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 in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats, or you can just use the song, artist, and album recommendations.
Adam Hood is a songwriter’s songwriter, doing it for the love of the craft as opposed to the commercial application of whatever he comes up with. Similar accusations can be made of his buddy Brent Cobb who came on as a producer. Add Blackberry Smoke to the cast as the album’s backing band.
Things in country music are changing, and across the board, even at an old relic like the Grand Ole Opry. Of course, it’s days of launching stars overnight are long gone. But you ask any artist in country music, and they’ll tell you that making their Grand Ole Opry debut is a lifetime bucket list achievement.
The final months of 2022 are here, and just like the first portion of the year, it is jam packed in an increasingly cluttered environment for new releases. Instead of being overwhelmed, use this guide to help you navigate through the crush of titles, with the first 20 albums listed considered some of the top releases.
Adam Hood, Ags Connolly, Alex Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, Blackberry Smoke, Brennen Leigh, Brent Cobb, Brit Taylor, Caitlin Rose, Caleb Caudle, Channing Wilson, Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, Courtney Patton, Dailey & Vincent, Dale Watson, Dierks Bentley, Dropkick Murphy's, Emily Nenni, Flatland Cavalry, Gabe Lee, Hellbound Glory, Hillgrass Bluebilly Records, Jake Worthington, James Hand, Jason Hawk Harris, John Fullbright, Johnny Cash, Johnny Falstaff, Jordan Nix, Julie Roberts, Kendell Marvel, Lainey Wilson, Marty Stuart, Miranda Lambert, Nikki Lane, Paul Cauthen, Randy Rogers Band, RL Burnside, Shooter Jennings, Slackeye Slim, Sturgill Simpson, Sunny Sweeney, Town Mountain, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
this is like getting a new Adam Hood album, and Adam Hood/Brent Cobb collaborative album, and a Blackberry Smoke side project all rolled up into one. Many people in the Adam Hood orbit who respect the songwriting of the Opelika, Alabama native answered the call to make ‘Bad Better Days’ a career effort.
Adam Hood, Bad Days Better, Blackberry Smoke, Brent Cobb, Charlie Starr, Courtney Patton, Dave Kennedy, Davis Nix, Frank Liddell, Miranda Lambert, Oran Thornton, Pat McLaughlin, Rob Snyder, Warren Haynes
There are now two consecutive country music festivals planned for Key West, Florida for the Winter of 2023: The 6th Annual Mile 0 Fest featuring Red Dirt, Texas, and Americana, and the 90s-centric Key Western Festival, happening the very next week.
Adam Hood, Clint Black, Cody Jinks, Courtney Patton, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, Jesse Daniel, John Fullbright, Kaitlin Butts, Key Western Fest, Mark Chesnutt, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Pam Tillis, Randy Rogers Band, Sammy Kershaw, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sunny Sweeney, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Red Clay Strays, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen
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 in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats. New songs just added.
Instead of weighing down good songs with excessive production and stylistic shifts in attempts to appeal to disparate constituencies, Dispatch to 16th Ave. strips it back, slows it down, and lets the weight of the moments, and the strength of the writing get exposed.
Rep. Matt Gaetz has sent an open letter to Ron DeSantis claiming that the festival is requiring “vaccine passports” from attendees, which would be against Florida law that forbids such requirements. But no such requirement is being made by the festival.
Certainly, when you first dive into ‘Mercy,’ there is sort of a Groundhog Day feel to it all. But the deeper you listen, and the more times you cycle through, the songwriting and the passion behind Mercy begin to reveal themselves more definitively, as does the album’s appeal.
It’s not that Luke Combs is ideal, because he isn’t. Hell, who is? And for many independent fans, he will never compete with the likes of Cody Jinks or Tyler Childers in their hearts. But who would you rather have being the face of mainstream country at the moment?
“Set In Stone” feels like a really solid and inspired mid career selection from Tritt, well-produced by Cobb, with some great instrumental performances, and no signs of rust or heavy wear from the time away. Undoubtedly though, this is a Boomer record, and in more ways than one.
Along with picking one of the hottest and most well-respected producers from the independent side of country for his comeback record, Tritt has also called on some of the best songwriters and performers at the moment. Don’t expect a dated retrospective from Tritt.
Ha! This is great. So at some point during the last installment of Mile 0 Fest in Key West, FL in early 2020, a bunch of independent country artists primarily from the Texas scene took the time to read bad reviews of their music. It’s like a mean Tweets segment featuring some of your favorite artists.
Well well well. Get ready to grow your mullet out, bust out your old pair of Levi’s nut huggers from high school, and be ready to party like it’s 1989, because after a pretty astounding 13-year hiatus of no proper single, one is headed our way.
“Battle” is about the perfect last name for Wayd. Eternally situated between sin and redemption, rich and poor, sauced and sober, successful and forgotten, this is where you’ll find Wayd’s soul and songs, with these weighty forces constantly fighting for supremacy, and Wayd stuck right in the middle narrating it all.
A new original studio album is on the way from Travis Tritt, finally. Announced Wednesday morning (3/11), the 90’s country legend who’s sold more than 30 million records worldwide has signed with the Los Angeles-based record label Big Loud Noise, and will be releasing a Dave Cobb produced record in 2020.
From the realm of news to get your country music pants going crazy, Travis Tritt just “Travis T guarantee’d!” that he will have a new album later this year. A new album from a beloved artist is exciting enough. But from Travis Tritt, it’s exceptional, especially if it’s a studio album. It’s been since 2007 and Tritt’s album ‘The Storm.’
Want to feel old? Then try to wrap your head around the fact that it’s been over 20 years since Red Dirt country music legend Jason Boland released his iconic debut album ‘Pearl Snaps.’ But if there’s any consolation, it’s that Jason Boland and the Straggglers will be heading out on a 20th Anniversary Tour to celebrate the milestone.
If you’re going to be in Tulsa this New Years, let me just say on behalf of all the country and roots fans that won’t be, we hate you and your ugly stupid face. It’s completely unfair that you’ll get the opportunity to take in some of the best lineups of performers this side of the big festivals.
Adam Hood, BJ Barham, Cain's Ballroom, Cody Canada, Colter Wall, Gary Braun, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jesse Daniel, Kaitlin Butts, Micky Braun, MIke and the Moonpies, MIke McClure, Wade Bowen, William Clark Green