Why would any fan vote for the ACM New Artist or Entertainer of the Year this year? Their votes didn’t count for the Entertainer award last year, and this year, the front runner for New Artist of the Year isn’t new, and isn’t qualified to receive votes by the ACM’s rules. The whole fan voted element seems to be more about creating attention for the awards, and generating traffic for ACM’s web properties.
All the fears, all the warnings sounded by concerned music fans and observers of media by the passing of the Telecommunications Act in 1996 and the revisions in 2003 that heavily laxed the laws regulating radio station ownership in America, and when Billboard changed their chart rules in 2012 to boost crossover songs, have now come to fruition.
Blake Shelton has some explaining to do about the direction of the current marketing campaign for his upcoming “Ten Times Crazier Tour” staring in June. Soon after tickets are put on sale for some of the tour’s whistle stops, stories are showing up in the press about how the concert is “sold out.” However a simple check of Ticketmaster’s website shows many tickets still available for these shows.
Destitution and heartbreak are the theme of Dust Bowl Hangover, however the music itself is a very enjoyable experience, with great melodies, catchy hooks, smart and engaging arrangements, and a remarkable amount of spice and variety in the instrumentation to really elevate this album to something much higher than the band’s humble, unknown status.
Whereas 2013 seemed to be dominated by country rap singles, 2014 has so far been the story of EDM, or Electronic Dance Music. Though EDM and hip hop can sometimes be mistaken for each other, especially to the country consumer’s ear and because the two disciplines have numerous similarities, there are also many clear differences between the two disciplines.
Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Bubba Sparxxx, Colt Ford, country rap, Cowboy Troy, Daft Punk, Dirt Road Anthem, Drink To That All NIght, EDM, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Jerrod Niemann, Luke Bryan, Moonshine Bandits, The Lacs, Tim McGraw
Slain country music artist Wayne Mills will be remembered in a new exhibit at The Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama called “Alabama Outlaws” to be unveiled in special ceremony February 9th. The artifacts were personally collected from the stage display at Wayne’s funeral on December 8th, 2013 by another Alabama country music artist, Jamey Johnson.
So we haven’t even had time since the 56th Grammy Awards to sort out if Madonna had the authority to preside over a mass wedding, or if Pharrell’s hat was indeed copyright infringement against the Arby’s logo, and here only a few days later we’re asked to crunch a fresh batch of data dealing with the nominees for the 2014 ACM Awards on April 6th.
2014, ACM Awards, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Jason Aldean, Joey + Rory, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Nominees, predictions, preview, Rhett Akins, Shane McAnally, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw
A long-planned, and even longer-rumored album and grouping of Willie, Merle, and Kris called “The Musketeers” has been in the works for years. Saving Country Music first reported on the potential supergroup in January of 2011 when the three men were assembled as part of Merle Haggard’s recognition by the Kennedy Center Honors. We’re working on one now,” says Willie Nelson.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards transpire tonight at 7 PM Central, 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific on CBS. This is your rundown for things to watch for, the country performances and collaborations, a rundown of the nominees and my picks and prognostications.
56th Annual Grammy Awards, Blake Shelton, Brandy Clark, Darius Rucker, Dolly Parton, Grammy Awards, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Jason Isbell, Kacey Musgraves, Kenny Rogers, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Brice, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Old Crow Medicine Show, predictions, Sarah Jarosz, Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson
One year ago, after receiving numerous tips from readers that in a previously-aired GAC special about country artist Blake Shelton had some disparaging things to say about classic country music fans, Saving Country Music found the quotes, cued up an article and posted Shelton’s comments verbatim. What happened next was one of the biggest awakenings of classic country fans….
Mid January is the season that most of the big mainstream country music acts unveil their touring plans for the year. Country music critical favorite Kacey Musgraves announced she would not be touring with one of her country music bunk mates, but of all people, the buxom purple-haired pop star Katy Perry. ome Kacey Musgraves’ supporters were disappointed…
Blake Shelton, Bobby Bones, Brandy Clark, Brantley Gilbert, Florida Georgia Line, Jamey Johnson, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Kenny Chesney, Ralph Peer, The Carter Family, Tour, Tyler Farr
Recently when Keith Urban was interviewed by Michigan Live and was asked if definitions like “country,” “rock,” and “pop” are important or meaningless, Urban replied, “Totally meaningless to me. I make music and people decide what it is. That’s it. I don’t think about it any more than that.”
Hard to pigeonhole, and certainly not what one would traditionally consider mainstream country music, their ability to appeal to mainstream fans, Southern rock fans, and even some independent and underground fans with a sound that despite whatever lack of depth is hard to not label as authentic and gritty, The Cadillac Three could be a band who finds themselves at the nexus of of the “bro-country” phenomenon, and its backlash.
American Bang, Bang Bang Bang, Ben Brown, Big Machine Records, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, Eli Young Band, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Jaren Johnston, Keith Urban, Kelby Ray, Llama, MIke Eli, Neil Mason, Rhett Akins, Scott Borchetta, The Cadillac Black, The Cadillac Three, The South, Tim McGraw
Membership to the Grand Ole Opry is seen a one of the most prestigious accolades a country music artist can be bestowed, and the recognition is sought after by performers both big and small, mainstream and traditional because it is one of the hardest gets in music. But the cavalcade of mainstream pop country music stars recently added as members are not fulfilling the Opry obligations.
Barbara Mandrell, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Byron Fay, Darius Rucker, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Grand Ole Opry, Hank Williams, Keith Urban, membership rules, Nashville, Neko Case, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pete Fisher, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins
Not since Blake Shelton called traditional country fans Old Farts and Jackasses has a sitting country music star painted such a grim and disparaging picture for traditional country music as Clay Walker, The 44-year-old Curb-Asylum artist says that “Traditional country music died,” and that George Strait’s win for Entertainer of the Year was a “closing of the door” for traditional music in the country format.
So here you go ladies and gentlemen, the worst of the worst that 2013 had to offer in country music. As you might suspect, a list of mainstream country’s worst misdeeds in 2013 is mostly populated by an ear-serrating cacophony of country rap songs. With only a couple of exceptions, country rap has replaced what last year at this time was a parade of laundry list-themed songs.
1994, Accidental Racist, Big Machine Records, Blake Shelton, Boys 'Round Here, Brad Paisley, Colt Ford, Cruise, Darius Rucker, Drink To That All NIght, Florida Georgia Line, Girl Ridin' Shotgun, I'd Want It To Be Yours, It'z Just What We Do, Jason Aldean, Jawga Boyz, Jerrod Niemann, Joe Diffie, Justin Moore, Luke Bryan, Montgomery Gentry, Redneck Crazy, Scott Borchetta, Shine On, That's My Kind Of Night, Titty's Beer, Tyler Farr, Wagon Wheel
2013 was a year defined by massive stories in country music. From historic deaths like the passing of country music writer Chet Flippo, artist and producer Tompall Glaser, producer and songwriter “Cowboy” Jack Clement, Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne and others, to the feuds that erupted as country music continues to be in the midst of a culture war, 2013 was tumultuous to say the least.
Blake Shelton, CMA Awards, Gary Allan Carrie Underwood, George Jones, Jason Aldean Luke Bryan, Old Farts and Jackasses, Randy Travis, Taylor Swift, That's My Kind Of Night, Tom Petty, Wayne Mills, Willie Nelson, Zac Brown
NBC’s hit reality singing competition The Voice is in hot water from country and gospel fans, people of faith, and general haters of censorship when on the Tuesday (Nov. 26th) installment of the show, they purposely censored the word ‘Lord’ out of the iconic country gospel song “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” They also skipped verses mentioning ‘Savior’ and ‘Heaven.’
There still is a very long way to go here, and much more to be revealed. I still remain speculative of the platinum blonde hair and where Jamie Lynn’s heart truly lies, and how easy it would be for her to make the first single one that allows her to slide past the guard of the country music gatekeepers only to later spring a big pop surprise. But I’ll be damned if her first single “How Could I Want More” is not bad at all.
Remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when the big stereotype about country music was that it was all about losing your job, your spouse leaving you, your truck breaking down, and your dog dying? Well now there’s a new set of negative stereotypes being engraved in the face of country music. Songs about beer and trucks are becoming our generation’s vilified country caricature.
Blake Shelton, Deacon Claybourne, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Nashville, Taylor Swift, truck songs, Zac Brown
Outlaw country music singer-songwriter and performer Wayne Mills of the Wayne Mills Band is in “extremely critical condition” currently at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being shot at 5 AM this morning outside of the Pit and Barrel bar at 515 2nd Ave in Nashville. According to Wayne’s manager J.R. Smith, Things arent looking good right now. Please send prayers to Wayne and his family.”
Pop rocker turned county pop star Darius “Hootie” Rucker has decided to cut yet another iconic tune from the American songbook after his massive commercial success with Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” Rucker’s next remake will be what many regard as the most-requested song in this history of American music, Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd’s 14-minute anthemic jam “Free Bird.”
If you’re a male performer in country music right now, you may no longer have a choice. If you want to see your singles and records reach the top of the charts, if you want your songs played on the radio, and if you want to be in contention for the big awards, you better add some hip hop elements into your music. And Saving Country Music isn’t the only one pointing this out.
Once again the Europeans out class their cross Atlantic counterparts with the newly-launched Country Music Magazine from Team Rock—the same people who’ve brought the UK the long-running and widely-distributed Classic Rock Magazine. Despite the generic name, this magazine is anything but, with 132 extra wide glossy full-color pages, accompanied by a free, 15-track CD with music from Sturgill Simpson and Guy Clark.
Austin Lucas, Bill Kirchen, Blake Shelton, Country Music Magazine, Deniel Romano, Ed Mitchell, Fifth on the Floor, Florida Georgia Line, Guy Clark, Jack Clement, Johnny Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Cantrell, LeAnn Rimes, Patty Griffin, steel guitar player Buddy Emmons, Steve Martin, Sturgill Simpson, Team Rock, Tony Joe White, UK, Wanda Jackson