“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.
Country music as a genre is unique in how it has its own dedicated award show organizations, and two of them as a matter of fact, and both of which that have been around for well over 50 years. But neither of them is the CMT Awards.
Ever since Billboard tweaked their formula for how songs are slotted on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2012, it has given rise to heavyweight tracks that sit atop the chart for weeks and weeks on end. All the more reason that the current song to get stuck at #1.
Fans who attended Cody Johnson’s show Saturday night, January 29th at the Appalachia Arena in Pikeville, Kentucky got a full show and then some. What could have been a catastrophe turned out to be one of the most memorable performances Cody Johnson has ever given.
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
There is just something that makes the elements of country music exceptionally complimentary to Christmas carols and Holiday music. The sense of comfort and home that is conferred by country music is similar to the one many feel listening to Christmas songs.
April Verch, Brian Callihan, Chris Canterbury, Christmas, Cody Johnson, Cody Webb, Cowboy Mouth, Curtis Grimes, Darryl Worley, David Adam Byrnes, Doug Stone, Drake Milligan, Eric Strickland, Erin Enderlin, Holly Tucker, India Ramey, Jay Bragg, JD Shelburne, Jenee Fleenor, Joe Newberry, Jordan Robert Kirk, Josh Turner, Lainey Wilson, Lori McKenna, Makenzie Phipps, Mary Sarah, Mikayla Lane, Morgan Wade, Nashvillains, Nefesh Mountain, Pistol Annies, Randall King, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Rhonda Vincent, Skip Ewing, Steve Warnier, Tami Neilson, Tammy Rogers, Thomm Jutz, We Banjo 3, William Michael Morgan
Luke Combs didn’t just put Zach Bryan, Morgan Wade, and Cody Johnson on a poster. He put out a whole promotional video featuring these artists as part of the announcement, and splattering it all over social media. Even if people don’t attend these events, the damage is done.
Cody Johnson is what mainstream country music in 2021 should be: country, but widely appealing and pragmatic, while being unafraid to make you think and feel a little too. Perhaps more than any other Cody Johnson record, Human: The Double Album feels organic.
For years, any time a country music artist lashed out about the direction of country music or the quality of its current stars, they received pretty loud applause for their bravery and leadership from the true country music community. That’s still the case, but things are changing as well.
Aaron Watson, Alan Jackson, Alexandra Kay, Ashley McBryde, Blackberry Smoke, Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson, Drew Parker, Eric Church, Loretta Lynn, Luke Combs, Randy Travis, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers
Commonly we see mainstream country stars bring in a pop star or hip-hop artist for a timely remix. Cody Johnson has chosen to go the star duet path with “Dear Rodeo,” but instead of selecting someone outside the genre, they’ve gone with a country legend in Reba McEntire.
There should be no shame in major music outfits taking money through the government’s Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, to keep their road crew and support staff financially stable, despite it being characterized as the cash grab of millionaires by some, aided by certain embellished and misleading headlines in the media.
A heart pounding, half time beat with a heavy emotional component is where Parker McCollum does his greatest damage, and that’s what you get with “Like A Cowboy.” It also comes with the additional wrinkle of having been written by Chris Stapleton with Al Anderson, which is unique in itself.
The amount of cancellations tied to the Coronavius outbreak can be dizzying to keep up with, even within the confines of independent country and roots. But a few important cancellations are worthy of note, including two dates on the Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers tour, and the Mike & The Moonpies Europe tour.
Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Coronavirus, Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi, Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Luck Reunion, Luke Bryan, MIke and the Moonpies, Old Settler's Music Festival, Rodeo Houston, Sturgill Simpson, SXSW, Tyler Childers, Zac Brown Band
Two important independent festivals that are working hard to support and expand Texas, Red Dirt, Americana, and independent country music beyond its traditional borders will not be happening in 2020. Both the Tumbleweed Festival near Kansas City, and the Wild Hare Country Festival in Oregon have cancelled for 2020.
Blackberry Smoke, Bri Bagwell, Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson, LiveNation, MIke and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, The Scooter Brown Band, Tumbleweed Festival, Whiskey Myers, Whitey Morgan, Wild Hare Country Festival
It’s been 10 years since Country Music Hall of Famers Brooks & Dunn hit the road for a proper national tour. That will all change this summer and fall when the duo hits the road on the REBOOT 2020 Tour. Who will the opening acts be? According to the duo, there won’t be any. But there will be “special guests.”
Releasing a live record is seen as a rite of passage for many artists. And with the energy she brings to a live show, you would think Miranda Lambert would be a good candidate for one. Many fans have been requesting a live record, and now some 15+ years into her career, you would think she’s about due. But she says it’s not going to happen.
All country albums, regardless if they emanate from a major label or receive radio play, are considered for Saving Country Music’s Album of the Year nominations. But not every year does a mainstream album make it. Even though one didn’t make it to the top of the heap in 2019, we had a bumper crop of quality mainstream country releases.
The good news for good country music keeps coming, and this time it comes in the form of upsurging Texas country throwback artist Randall King signing to Warner Music Nashville, and readying the release of a debut major label album. As part of the resurgence of interest in 90’s country, Randall King fits the bill just about perfect.
Texas country artist Cody Johnson will get the distinct honor and worthy exposure of singing the National Anthem at the World Series Game 7 Wednesday night (10-30) pitting the Houston Astros against the Washington Nationals in Houston. The game and National Anthem will be broadcast live on FOX.
In many respects, the CMAs did that this year with their 2019 nominations, or at least better than many years. But the Album of the Year nominations were especially easy to pick apart in 2019. The biggest reason to second guess these nominations is that this current awards shows cycle has been exceptional for excellent mainstream albums.
The commonality of criticizing country radio within the ranks of country music’s classic and independent fans is pretty severe, and for good reason. Generally speaking, country radio is a blob of nationalized playlists and unimaginative music, and no curation by the DJs on the ground in local markets. But this doesn’t mean all radio is bad.
Canaan Bryce, Chris Colston, Cody Johnson, Copper Chief, Eric Raines, Joe Diffie, Kody West, Koe Wetzel, KOKE, KOKEFEST, Kylie Rae Harris, Parker McCollum, Randall King, Read Southall, Shane Smith and the Saints, Turnpike Troubadours, Willie Nelson
The Texas music and Red Dirt movement is growing. There is no doubt about that. The appeal and participation in the music is no longer regional, despite what the names might imply. It’s just as much of a genre at this point as a collaboration of local scenes, offering a much more healthy alternative to the mainstream of country.
Bri Bagwell, Cody Johnson, Eli Howard, Jacob Bryant, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Joshua Allen, Kaitlin Butts, Micky and the Motorcars, MIke and the Moonpies, Miller Campbell, Scooter Brown Band, The Brass Tacks, The Lowdown Drifters, The Piedmont Boys, Tyler Hatley, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Whitey Morgan and the 78's, Wild Hare Country Festival
Independent country is getting a huge boost in 2019, and sometimes from some unlikely places. Not only are worthy artists who’ve been working hard for years for recognition finally receiving their due from important independent record labels, even the major labels are getting into the game.