One thing was clearly evident after traveling to Whitefish, Montana to experience the massive Under The Big Sky Festival with its incredible lineup and expansive grounds: the independent country and roots music we all enjoy has officially arrived. This is no longer a boutique subgenre.
There are just some places where its better to see certain artists, where they are truly in their element. For Colter Wall, that ideal location would be out on the plains, or in the valley, with the mountains looming in the distance, where the cattle graze and the cowboy roams free.
The chemistry of this band is just so perfect, not just unto itself, but for this very time and place. They’re classic, but cool. That’s the reason they aren’t about to compromise anything they do just for a quick step up the ladder.
.357 String Band, Catlin Rutherford, Charley Crockett, Cody Jinks, Colter Wall, Hank Williams III, Jason Isbell, Kyle Ponder, MIke and the Moonpies, Mike Harmeier, Omar Oyoque, One To Grow On, Rachel Brooke, Sturgill Simpson, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Zachary Moulton
Now the ball is in Post Malone’s court to wear a bootleg T-shirt of Tyler Childers wearing a Post Malone T-shirt of Post Malone wearing a bootleg Tyler Childers T-shirt, and soon we’ll be starring into infinity like when you stand between two mirrors on opposing walls.
This new album is a combination of simple compositions that convey sweet little vignettes from Texas life, and deep reverberative works and leave one shaken to the core from the impact of their stories. This combination makes Vincent Neil Emerson easy to warm to, but lasting in effect.
Even without a big label or major radio play, Colter Wall continues to swell in prestige and popularity. You want to be on top of these tour dates, because they’re likely to sell out. Though the tour announcement did not include venues, yours truly tediously tracked many of them.
It’s been a while since we loaded up the playlist with new selections, and there have been a ton of superb new songs released over the last few weeks. This results in a massive update of some excellent new tracks that deserve to be on your radar, so look alive.
American Aquarium, Charlie Marie, Colter Wall, Cory Keefe, Dag Erik Oksvold, Jack Ingram, John R. Miller, Jon Randall, Lauren Mascitti, Michael Monroe Goodman, Miranda Lambert, Shelby Lee Lowe, Summer Dean, The Shootouts, The Steel Woods
Helping to introduce Summer Dean to the world outside of the traditional country circles in Texas is Colter Wall, who has featured Summer as an opener for him before, and now does something that he’s never done before—both co-writing and dueting on a song with another artist.
Quickly emerging Texas singer/songwriter Vincent Neil Emerson will be releasing his new, self-titled album produced by Rodney Crowell on June 25th via La Honda Records. It’s the same label home of Colter Wall distributed by Thirty Tigers. The new title looks to pick up where his debut left off.
Wall’s performance on March 11, backed by the Scary Prairie Boys and billed as “Live in Front of Nobody,” was the first proper concert since his most recent album ‘Western Swing and Waltzes’ came out last August, except for a couple of solo livestreams and a few stray songs from his bunkhouse.
If you frequent this dark, moldy corner of the internet, you don’t need anyone to clue you into who Colter Wall is, or convince you of his genius. The reigning Saving Country Music Artist of the Year reigns supreme in your musical ethos already. But despite all the high-profile endorsements, Colter is still a relative unknown.
“You want to hear how authentic this cat is? We tried to get him on the show. We contacted his agent. This is what the agent said: ‘He works as a ranch hand in Texas over the summer. And when he’s done, we’ll get a hold of you,'” Joe Rogan says in a discussion with Tom Green.
Along with recognizing some of the best live performances that happened before the lockdowns, it also feels important to recognize the top achievers in the medium of film, video, instrumentality, and production in 2020, since there were some stellar efforts in that direction in 2020.
Taking some of the most arcane and overlooked entries into the North American songbook, penning songs inspired by such compositions, and singing them with such passion and conviction that the appeal for them far surpasses the otherwise niche audience for such music, Colter Wall is the 2020 SCM Artist of the Year.
Yes, Post Malone. The rapper guy and pop star with all those tattoos on his face. He’s one of the biggest artists in all of popular music at the moment. And apparently, he’s a big fan of independent country music. Over the last few weeks he’s been caught repping guys you could list off as your 1A, 1B, and 1C.
Murder ballads are indelible part of country music history, from the earliest recording from The Carter Family, all the way to today with Ashley McBryde’s latest radio single “Martha Divine.” The roots of murder ballads go back to before country music was a commercial enterprise.
Five years ago today—on November 4th, 2015—the biggest event and paradigm shift in country music occurred most certainly in the last 10 years, likely in the last quarter century, and possibly one of the biggest moments in the totality of country music history.
Many have notice the slow, but palpable shift in the 25-year-old Saskatchewan native Colter Wall’s voice and style since releasing his debut EP ‘Imaginary Appalachia’ in 2015, and recording a live version of “The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie” at Original 16 Brewery that now has over 12 million views.
The Ameripolitan Award-winning independent country podcast W.B. Walker’s Old Soul Radio Show is the latest music-based podcast to receive a takedown notice for using copyrighted audio files despite securing permission from the artists, and will be deleting all of its episodes.
Colter Wall’s latest record ‘Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs’ released on August 28th debuted at #8 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this week, and was #1 in physical sales in country by a wide margin. But this isn’t just about numbers. Colter Wall is doing all of this with your grandpa’s music.
Cowboy and Western artist Colter Wall from Saskatchewan, Canada is not cutting or diluting his music to conform to anything. His songs don’t just veer toward the most authentic and unfettered versions of Western’s music’s legacy, it’s the very embodiment of them. Often, they’re the very legacy songs themselves.
The season finale for the Paramount Network’s signature summer series Yellowstone ended in a cliffhanger Sunday night (8-23), and it also ended another successful run for the series in both the ratings department, and in featuring all manner of cool country and roots artists and songs throughout the season.
Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. By the power vested in me by country music, I am officially declaring the 28th of August, in the Year of Our Ford 2020 as an officially-sanctioned country music holiday, with all the rights and privileges thereof afforded to all self-professed country fans.
Colter Wall, Heidi Newfield, Jacob Tovar, Jesse Aycock, John Fullbright, Justin Wells, Karen Jonas, Moe Bandy, Molly Tuttle, Needtobreathe, Paul Benjamin, Pete Krebs, Red Sammy, Rob Williams, Ruston Kelly, The Allman Betts Band, The Avett Brothers, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The Northern Belle, The Reeves Brothers, Wood and Wire, Zephaniah OHora
With mainstream radio offering no outlet for many of the most talented country artists of our generation, it’s often up to word-of-mouth and social media influencers to help spread the word about artists actually worthy of mass consumption. This worked in Colter Wall’s favor when he received a ringing endorsement from Joe Rogan.