Despite lackluster support from radio, Ashley McBryde continues to increase her fan base, and keep her foot on the pedal when it comes to touring. That’s why she’s just announced a new slew of dates.
The quality of talent was never the concern about FairWell Fest, and the weekend was one killer set after another. The concern was always about a big out-of-town promoter coming into local-oriented Central Oregon and taking over.
49 Winchester, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Bella White, Caitlin Rose, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Drayton Farley, FairWell Fest, Gary Clark Jr., Kenzie Sue Miracle, Lucius, Luke Grimes, Micah Nelson, Molly Tuttle, Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway, Morgan Wade, Nathaniel Rateliff, Shane Smith and the Saints, Stephen Wilson Jr., Sullivan Tuttle, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Fest, Willie Nelson, Wyatt Flores, Yola, Zach Bryan
The appeal for independent country has become so robust, we now have megafestivals sprouting up all across the country to cater to the fans of this music. But the first, and still the biggest of these events is Under The Big Sky Festival.
Archertown, Bella White, CAAMP, Charley Crockett, Colby Acuff, Colter Wall, Cristina Vane, Drayton Farley, Elle King, Gabe Lee, Hank Williams Jr., Izaak Optaz, Jamie Wyman, Kat Hasty, LeAnn Rimes, Marcus King, Nikki Lane, Radio Ranch, Ryan Bingham, Shane Smith and the Saints, The Dead South, The Helnore Highwater Band, The Local Honeys, The Texas Gentlemen, Under The Big Sky Fest, Vincent Neil Emerson, Whiskey Myers, Yellowstone, Zach Bryan
You don’t make it 50 years unless you’re doing something right. 30 years ago the Telluride Bluegrass Festival was already considered legendary from the careers launched, the friendships forged.
Alison Krauss, Béla Fleck, Béla Fleck reunited the Flecktones, Bella White, Caitlin Cannon, Charles Wesley Godwin, Emmylou Harris, Gabe Witcher, Greensky Bluegrass, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jackson Emmer, JD McPherson, Leftover Salmon, Mary Chapin Carpenter, NIckel Creek, Peter Rowan, Robert Plant, Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, Sierra Ferrell, Stuart Duncan, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The String Cheese Incident, Tim O'Brien, Town Mountain, Two Runner, Watchhhouse, Younder Mountain String Band
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist isn’t turning into the “Bluegrass” Top 25 Playlist. It just happens to be with all the bluegrass musicians kicking ass these days, it’s beginning to feel that way.
Every discussion about the music of Bella White invariably begins and ends with her highly affected, and highly affecting voice. All great music finds that balance between the familiar and the unexpected, and Bella’s unique phrasing brought to a yodel-like projection makes for a novel listening experience.
Now Central Oregon will have their own country and roots festival, and it may have one of the best lineups of any independent country event all year. Called the FairWell Festival, they have just announced their inaugural lineup for their July 21-23 festival at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond.
49 Winchester, Bella White, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Drayton Farley, FairWell Festival, Jackalope Jamboree, Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway, Morgan Wade, Pickathon, Shane Smith and the Saints, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Wild Hare Festival, Willie Nelson, Yola, Zach Bryan
There are bigger festivals, and maybe in someone’s opinion, better festivals. But few festivals in the roots space are as prestigious as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in beautiful Telluride, Colorado. Celebrating its 50th year in 2023 of hosting bluegrass and bluegrass-adjacent music in the beautiful mountains…
Alison Krauss, Bella White, Charles Wesley Godwin, Del McCoury, Emilie Rose, Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paige Anderson, Peter Rowan, Robert Plant, Sierra Ferrell, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Earls of Leicester, Town Mountain, Two Runner, Zach Bryan
Once again, Under The Big Sky Festival outside of Whitefish, Montana has wowed us all with their lineup announcement, and it underscores once again why this is arguably the premier event in independent country and Americana. With two stages, some 20,000 fans, and a curiously excellent curation of headliners…
49 Winchester, Bella White, Charley Crockett, Christina Vane, Colter Wall, Drayton Farley, Hank Williams Jr., Kat Hasty, Molly Tuttle, Ryan Bingham, The Red Clay Strays, Under The Big Sky Fest, Vincent Neil Emerson, Whiskey Myers, Zach Bryan
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.
Alex Key, Autumn McEntire, Bella White, Cahalen Morrison, Hannah Blaylock, Hellbound Glory, Jonathan Terrell, Josh Morningstar, Kelsey Waldon, Leroy Virgil, Parker McCollum, Sunny Sweeney, Vince Gill, Wade Bowen
One of the very first festivals that saw the value and rising swell in independent country and roots was Pickathon just outside of Portland, Oregon. This was the place where the very careers of landmark artists such as Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and many more were launched.
Bella White, Catlin Rutherford, Cedric Burnside, Frank Farifield, Gabe Lee, Kassi Valazza, Lake Street Dive, Margo Cilker, Meredith Axelrod, MIke and the Moonpies, Mike Harmeier, Omar Oyoque, Pickathon, Riley Dowling, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, The Deslondes, The Onlies, Tobacco City, Tyler Childers, Valerie June, Vivian Leva, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, Zachary Moulton
A couple of the most promising up-and-coming performers and songwriters in independent country music have recently signed to Rounder Records, and its cause for celebration for these two artists who will now hopefully receive a higher level of interest in their craft moving forward.