Held on the same grounds as the massive Rocklahoma gathering, Born & Raised boasted one of the best lineups all year on an incredibly crowded weekend. Just the Friday night lineup alone was worth the effort, with some of the best songwriters and performers in all of country music booked one after another.
Things in country music are changing, and across the board, even at an old relic like the Grand Ole Opry. Of course, it’s days of launching stars overnight are long gone. But you ask any artist in country music, and they’ll tell you that making their Grand Ole Opry debut is a lifetime bucket list achievement.
The final months of 2022 are here, and just like the first portion of the year, it is jam packed in an increasingly cluttered environment for new releases. Instead of being overwhelmed, use this guide to help you navigate through the crush of titles, with the first 20 albums listed considered some of the top releases.
Adam Hood, Ags Connolly, Alex Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, Blackberry Smoke, Brennen Leigh, Brent Cobb, Brit Taylor, Caitlin Rose, Caleb Caudle, Channing Wilson, Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, Courtney Patton, Dailey & Vincent, Dale Watson, Dierks Bentley, Dropkick Murphy's, Emily Nenni, Flatland Cavalry, Gabe Lee, Hellbound Glory, Hillgrass Bluebilly Records, Jake Worthington, James Hand, Jason Hawk Harris, John Fullbright, Johnny Cash, Johnny Falstaff, Jordan Nix, Julie Roberts, Kendell Marvel, Lainey Wilson, Marty Stuart, Miranda Lambert, Nikki Lane, Paul Cauthen, Randy Rogers Band, RL Burnside, Shooter Jennings, Slackeye Slim, Sturgill Simpson, Sunny Sweeney, Town Mountain, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
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.
Adam and Amy Pope, Adam Odor, Cleto Cordero, Courtney Patton, Emily Nenni, Felicity Urquhart, Flatland Cavalry, John Baumann, Josh Abbott, Josh Cunningham, Luke Bell, Memphis Kee, The Panhandlers, Ward Davis, William Clark Green
No ladies and gentlemen, the Panhandlers weren’t just a lark. The supergroup of Texans consisting of Josh Abbott, William Clark Green, songwriter John Baumann, and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry has just released a boot-stomping, hard country tune called “Where Cotton Is King.”
Headlined by Zach Bryan on Saturday, and the Turnpike Troubadours on Sunday, other fast-rising names such as Charles Wesley Godwin, Flatland Cavalry, 49 Winchester, and Larry Fleet also round out the lineup. Greenville Country Fest also makes sure to include some native Carolina blood.
49 Winchester, Carter Faith, Charles Wesley Godwin, Ernest, Faith Schueler, Flatland Cavalry, Greenville Country Music Fest, Larry Fleet, Marshall Tucker Band, The Piedmont Boys, Turnpike Troubadours, Zach Bryan
Well, we certainly didn’t see this coming, but it’s very hard to argue with. In the midst of the Grand Ole Opry’s ongoing effort to finally induct worthy artists as official members after having been passed over for many years, Charlie McCoy and Don Schlitz have both been invited.
Allison Russell, American Aquarium, Carley Pearce, Charlie McCoy, Dan Rogers, Don Schlitz, Flatland Cavalry, Grand Ole Opry, Jamey Johnson, Jason Boland, Joshua Ray Walker, MIke and the Moonpies, The Isaacs, Vince Gill
Fans of Kaitlin Butts have been waiting like patience on a monument for a new album. But maybe the release of ‘What Else Can She Do?’ will finally be her moment. Taking a critical assessment of the record, it’s hard to argue why it shouldn’t be.
At or near the top of the list of country music women who keep true to themselves and true to country music—and could really set the country music world on fire if they were just given a chance—is Oklahoma native and current Nashville resident Kaitlin Butts.
If you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to catch the Turnpike Troubadours on their reunion tour and got locked out of the first round of shows due to the crazy run on tickets, the opportunities to see them live just got a lot more lucrative.
Aaron Lewis, Chris Colston, Darci Carlson, Ella, Flatland Cavalry, Gordys Hwy 30 Music Fest, Granger Smith, Jackalope Jamboree, Jesse Daniel, Koe Wetzel, Kolby Cooper, Lainey Wilson, MIke and the Moonpies, Miranda Lambert, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wade, Pecos and the Rooftops, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rob Leines, Sam Hunt, Sam Riggs, Shane Smith and the Saints, Tim McGraw, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Festival, Willie Nelson, Windy City Smokeout, Zach Bryan
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
New for 2021 are the Single of the Year nominees, which are songs whose primary litmus test is simply the enjoyment they convey. The Single of the Year are more well-rounded offerings that have proven infectiousness.
Bobby Dove, Cleto Cordero, Dallas Moore, Flatland Cavalry, Hailey Whitters, Jesse Daniel, Jim Cuddy, John R. Miller, Kaitlin Butts, Mac Leaphart, Margo Cilker, MIke and the Moonpies, Rob Leines, Tyler Childers
A couple of deserving bands from the Texas and Red Dirt side of country are finally receiving their due with upcoming opportunities to step into the hallowed circle at the Grand Ole Opry. It’s just the latest sign things are opening up a bit under the new Opry management.
“This is the best festival I’ve ever been a part of,” Cody Jinks said as he took the stage Sunday night (9-19) in Pryor, Oklahoma. Not faint praise from Cody, who’s played some big fests over the years, including his own personally curated one. And the praise was deserved.
AEG, American Aquarium, Blackberry Smoke, Born and Raised Fest, Bri Bagwell, Chloe-Beth, Cody Canada, Cody Jinks, Flatland Cavalry, Holly Beth, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kaitlin Butts, Kolby Cooper, Kyle Carter, Kylie Frey, Parker McCollum, Randy Rogers, Rocklahoma, Stoney LaRue, Wade Bowen, Zach Bryan, ZZ Top
It’s the 4th of July weekend! Don’t risk tanking your festivities by turning on some terrible corporate country radio station. Take a listen through the Top 25 Playlist that’s just been reinforced with a bunch of great new tunes from a bunch of top independent country artists.
Welcome to Countryland is a worthy introduction and a resounding pronouncement for an important band coming into their own. It’s a step up, a stepping out, and an effort worthy of the buzz and adulation Flatland has been garnering for five years now. Well-written and executed, heartfelt…
One of the most important young bands in Texas country is back with a new song out, and a new album on the way. The song is called “Some Things Never Change,” and the album is called “Welcome to Countryland.” It comes as the band looks to take their music to the next level.
Featuring a bold and confident vocal performance from Kaitlin and superb steel guitar, “How Lucky Am I” is enough to get even the heartbroken and socially distanced to crack a smile and tap their toe. It was inspired by her love of Flatland Cavalry frontman Cleto Cordero.
While many clubs are still shuttered, and arena shows are still likely months away even as restrictions ease, the “Biggest Honky Tonk in the World” makes for about the perfect intermediary where they can offer safe and socially distanced shows, yet still accommodate big names.
Billy Bob's Texas, Casey Donahew, Dwight Yoakam, Easton Corbin, Flatland Cavalry, Hank Williams Jr., Josh Abbott Band, Midland, Miranda Lambert, Randy Rogers, Robert Earl Keen, Sammy Kershaw, Scotty McCreery, Tennessee Jet, The Gatlin Brothers, Wade Bowen
The Next Waltz project helmed by Bruce Robison will be issuing their 3rd compilation volume on November 27th. Featuring songs from Flatland Cavalry, The Panhandlers, Charley Crockett, Jack Ingram, and more, the volume comes on the heels of Vol. 2 reaching #1 on Americana radio.
In a bid to start attempting to get back to some semblance of normal, two important and iconic venues in the country music world are opening their doors once again, but under strict protocols and to limited audiences. The Ryman is opening to streaming concerts, and Billy Bob’s to limited crowds.
The Panhandlers aren’t just bound by their ties to the region. The geography and people of the upper portions of West Texas is what this music is all about. From falling water tables to failing farms, this is an account of an unforgiving land nobody would ever choose to call home. Yet people still do.
The only thing better than a badass Texas music songwriter from the Panhandle is four of them combining their powers in a country music supergroup. That’s what you have with The Pandlandlers, which sees William Clark Green, Josh Abbott, John Baumann, and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry coming together.