A pretty universal consensus from the country fans who did suffer through the presentation to see the extended Alan Jackson tribute at the end was that in 2022, the CMA Awards seemed to do a 180-degree turn, and started going back in the right direction toward featuring more actual country music.
Not since the emergence of Miranda Lambert have we seen a woman surface in mainstream country music with such promise and passion that carries a wide appeal through an infectious personality, and at an advantageous time when everything is aligning to allow her to be utterly successful.
It was revealed previously that between 2007 and 2014, Loretta Lynn had been making regular visits to the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN originally built by Johnny Cash, and recording tracks with her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash acting as producers.
Congratulations CMA Awards, you had an opportunity to save your relevance. And instead, just like much of the press, you have ignored the biggest cultural phenomenon in country music in 2022. But the CMA nominations aren’t all bad. Lainey Wilson leads all nominees with six.
In 2015, we couldn’t imagine artists not supported by mainstream country radio selling out arenas, and minting multiple Platinum singles without the help of Music Row. Here in 2022, Tyler Childers is considered one of the top artists in the entire country music industry, and now we have Zach Bryan.
Aaron Watson, Blackberry Smoke, Carly Pearce, Gary Overton, Hailey Whiters, Jada E. Watson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Josh Abbott Band, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Hill, Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Midland, Morgan Wallen, Orville Peck, Paige Davis, Palomino Fest, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, tomatoGate, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Wheeler Walker Jr., Whiskey Myers, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
For 10 years now, Dixon, California native Jon Pardi has been a bright spot in the mainstream of country, doing his damnedest to keep it real with ample fiddle and steel guitar, and songs that go a little deeper than many of his mainstream counterparts.
“It’s always going to evolve, but it seems to return to its roots, and I think that’s what’s happening now.” This was the assessment of country legend and “Class of ’89” member Clint Black during a recent appearance on Tracy Lawrence’s “Honky Tonkin'” radio show.
If Kane Brown loves his woman like he loves country music as he says in his new song, that means he’s sleeping with her sister and gave them both a case of chlamydia that he contracted from some floozie he picked up in a bar. “Toxic” to say the least.
“Tomorrow Me” is not a world beater. Luke Combs songs rarely are. But it’s just the latest sign that country music continues to trend more country, and more quality. Luke Combs has been a focal point for this trend since the start of his career.
Genre is not really the big issue with “Humble Quest.” It’s the energy, or lack thereof, and the generally uninspired matter-of-fact approach to the lyrics and really the music too that make Humble Quest just kind of pedestrian, especially for pop country.
Shit!No, not necessarily these nominations. Well, kind of the nominations as well. But the fact that by some obligatory sense of duty by the powers vested in me as the owner/operator of a country music website, I must convey the nominees of the 2022 ACM Awards, which have fallen so far down in relevancy they’re […]
ACM Awards, Ashley McBryde, Brooks and Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Caitlyn Smith, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Elvie Shane, Gabby Barrett, Lady A, Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Walker Hayes
Many independent country music fans and Americana nerds will never admit to it, but the simple fact is that mainstream country music has been on a painfully slow, but palpable improvement track since about 2015 when Bro-Country hit its peak.
Ashley McBryde, Buy Dirt, Carly Pearce, Ernest, Florida Georgia Line, Flower Shops, George Strait, Grand Ole Opry, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Kane Brown, Lainey Wilson, Michael Ray, Morgan Wallen, Sam Hunt, Whiskey and Rain, Whiskey Sour
The Grand Ole Opry is currently facing sharp criticism for allowing Morgan Wallen to perform on Saturday night’s Opry on January 8th. The first detail that everyone must understand is that Morgan Wallen was not a scheduled performer for Saturday evening’s Opry.
Allison Russell, Amythyst Kiah, Carly Pearce, Dan Rogers, Ernest, Flatland Cavalry, Grand Ole Opry, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jimmie Allen, Lady A, Lauren Alaina, Mandy Barnett, Morgan Wallen, Rhonda Vincent, Rissi Palmer, The Black Opry, The Isaacs, Valerie June, Wendy Moten, Yola
The annual Essential Albums list is Saving Country Music’s most comprehensive guide to the music of a given year. Drawing from the over 100 album reviews published during the year, this is where you come to find what you might have missed in a very busy year for releases.
Alan Jackson, Bela Fleck, Bobby Dove, Carly Pearce, Charlie Marie, Emily Scott Robinson, Flatland Cavalry, Hayes Carll, Hope Dunbar, Jesse Daniel, John R. Miller, Kiely Connell, Margo Cilker, Rob Leines, Sierra Ferrell
If 90% of mainstream country music is bad, then it stands to reason that 10% of it must be good, or at least decent. So under the philosophy of celebrating what stands out in hopes it sustains, the idea that mainstream country fans deserve good music too, and to not be independent music music snobs […]
Alan Jackson, Canaan Smith, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Eric Church, Hailey Whitters, Jack Ingram, Jon Randall, Lainey Wilson, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Parker McCollum, Riley Green, Travis Tritt
Nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, November 23rd from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, with some big names receiving some important nominations, a few obvious omissions, and the “who” being nominated as opposed to the “what.”
These are pop stars using the country format for attention and notoriety. And no different than Bebe Rexha, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and other pop stars who collaborated with more native country acts and usurped attention from country’s women, their appearance on country radio is problematic.
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.
Aretha Franklin, Ashley McBryde, Beyonce, Billy Strings, Brittney Spencer, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Emily Scott Robinson, Jason Eady, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake, Madeline Edwards, Mickey Guyton, MIke and the Moonpies, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson
“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.’”
‘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.
A Grammy Awards screening committee who must make the tough decisions of which albums are considered “country” in the ever-mutating world of popular music has deemed that the latest album from Kacey Musgraves called Star-Crossed should not be eligible for ‘Best Country Album.’
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 use the song, artist, and album recommendations.
Apparently, Carly Pearce did not get the memo. The script says that if you’re a mainstream country starlet that shows early promise in maintaining a little bit of country roots in your sound, as soon as you see some initial success, you’re supposed careen straight into full blown pop.
Well ladies and gentlemen, all the down time of the quarantine is catching up with us with an extra busy final portion of 2021 when it comes to the release of new albums. So to help you stay on top of it all, find this handy dandy guide to the albums you should be on top of.
Alison Krauss, Billy Strings, Carly Pearce, Charley Crockett, Cody Jinks, Dori Freeman, Emily Scott Robinson, Hayes Carll, Johnny Cash, Joshua Ray Walker, Legendary Shack Shakers, Randy Travis, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Robert Plant, Side Pony, Turnpike Troubadours