When the future looks back at this current moment, it will be with envy about how people got to experience when Zach Bryan, Charles Wesley Godwin, the Turnpike Troubadours, and others all released landmark albums.
Charles Wesley Godwin
Last Thursday through Saturday (Sept. 21-23) over 16,000 thousand people came together at the State Fair Grounds in beautiful Lewisburg, West Virginia to celebrate recovery, raise awareness and promote education…
49 Winchester, Amythyst Kiah, Arlo McKinley, Charles Wesley Godwin, Cory Branan, Emily Nenni, Govt. Mule, Healing Appalachia, Jason Isbell, John R. Miller, Kelsey Waldon, Marcus King, Ritch Henderson, Senora May, Tim Goodin, Trey Anastasio, Tyler Childers, Warren Hanes
It can’t be emphasized enough just how busy the next five weeks will be when it comes to album releases. In the 15-year history of Saving Country Music, nothing has been experienced like this before.
Ashley McBryde, Billy Don BUrns, Blackberry Smoke, Brent Cobb, Charis Stapleton, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Jason Hawk Harris, Jessi Colter, John Baumann, John R. Miller, Margo Cilker, Nick Shoulders, Ross Cooper, The Steel Woods, Tony Jackson, Travis Tritt, Tyler Childers, Willie Nelson
So much damn country music talent will be assembled all in one place, it very well my cause a rip in the country music space-time continuum, and Merle Haggard himself might waltz on out and sing “Mama Tried” one more time.
Whether you love Oliver Anthony or think he’s a fudge rounder, he’s definitely sparked off a ton of national interest in earnest songwriters who can stand in front of a microphone with just an acoustic guitar.
Angela Autumn, Benjamin Tod, Charles Wesley Godwin, Cole Chaney, Drayton Farley, Kelsey Waldon, Logan Halstead, Lost Dog Street Band, RadioWV, Sierra Ferrell, The Local Honeys, Tim Goodin, WesternAF, Zach Bryan
There are a lot of threads and tentacles to talk about and run down when it comes to the ultra viral explosion of Oliver Anthony and the video for his song “Rich Men North of Richmond.”
Big & Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, Charles Wesley Godwin, Dan Bongino, Dave Cobb, Gretchen Wilson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Howerton, Jason Isbell, Joey Moi, John Rich, Kari Lake, Kris Kristofferson, Lil Nas X, Mason Ramsey, Oliver Anthony, Rich Men North of Richmond, Shooter Jennings, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers
It’s such good times in independent country music at the moment, the Top 25 Playlist is busting at the seams and been extended to 29 temporarily just to take in all the great songs and artists demanding to be heard,
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
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 annual Healing Appalachia concert will be happening with Tyler Childers headlining the event. Basically anybody and everybody in the resurgent Appalachian songwriter scene will be there.
Amythyst Kiah, Arlo McKinley, Charles Wesley Godwin, Emily Nenni, Gov't Mule, Healing Appalachia, John R. Miller, Kelsey Waldon, Marcus King, Senora May, Tim Goodin, Tommy Prine, Trey Anastasio, Tyler Childers
What Two Step Inn got right was that you can mix today’s independent country with country legends from the 80s and 90s, and even some of the cool up-and-comers in the mainstream, and have an event that breaks down barriers and cross-pollinates fans bases because it’s all great country music.
Al Torrence, Alana Springsteen, Ben Burgess, Blanco Brown, Cactus MOser, Calder Allen, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charlie Robison, Diplo, Doug Stone, Drake Milligan, Elvie Shane, John Michael Montgomery, Kaitlin Butts, Kathryn Legendre, Madeline Edwards, Midland, Nicolette Hayford, Pam Tillis, Paul Cauthen, Pillbox Patti, Priscilla Block, T Pain, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd, Travis Tritt, Two Step Inn, Tyler Childers, Uncle Cracker, Wynonna Judd, Zach Bryan
Zach Bryan’s popularity just continues to grow exponentially. Hell, he probably could have headlined Coachella in California this weekend. Yet even though the population of Zach Bryan fans continues to swell, the passion of those fans has not waned or been diluted whatsoever.
Friday night (4-7), 49 Winchester rolled into Pittsburgh, a.k.a the Paris of Appalachia, and played the newly renovated Thunderbird Cafe on a hot sell-out streak. After warming up the crowd with the road weary anthem “All I Need” and a soaring rendition of “Second Chance,” the crowd really got rocking…
If you want to hear true traditional country in its most pure form in 2023, listen to Jake Worthington. We’re talking Mark Chesnutt, Daryle Singletary country, where you can’t fit an index card between the true definition of “country music,” and what Worthington turns in here.
One of the hottest up-and-coming artists in all of country music is now signed to the roster of one of the hottest labels in all of country music. Announced Wednesday afternoon (3-29), West Virginia native Charles Wesley Godwin has signed to Big Loud Records, which is the home of Morgan Wallen.
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
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.
It may sound like a mantra at this point, but it bears repeating so often these days: Go see your favorite artists in small and medium venues when you still have the opportunity. This definitely is the case with Charles Wesley Godwin, who is already selling out shows left and right.
Marcus King, Lainey Wilson, Charley Crockett, Charles Wesley Godwin, Ashland Craft, Chris Stapleton, The Black Pumas, The Steel Woods, Brit Taylor, Midland, Nikki Lane, Jake Worthington, Quaker City Nighthawks, Casey Donahew, and Jaime Wyatt are some of the cool names that have appeared in the Tulsa King soundtrack.
Andrea von Foester, Ashland Craft, Brit Taylor, Casey Donahew, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Chris Stapleton, Jaime Wyatt, Jake Worthington, Lainey Wilson, Marcus King, Midland, Nikki Lane, Quaker City Nighthawks, Sylvester Stallone, Taylor Sheridan, The Black Pumas, The Steel Woods, Tulsa King