Flatland Cavalry is the latest independent country band from Texas to partner with a major label, and is readying the release of their new album called Wandering Star out October 27th.
It’s pretty telling of how busy of a news week it is in country music when you have a controversy involving Miranda Lambert that stimulates Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set of ‘The View’ in disgust, and it’s the second biggest story.
Over the last few years, Born & Raised Fest in Pryor, Oklahoma has distinguished itself as one of the leading festivals in the independent country music space with an emphasis on the Texas and Red Dirt artists that were born and raised in the region. The 2023 installment will be no different.
49 Winchester, Born and Raised Fest, Flatland Cavalry, Gary Allan, Holly Beth, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kaitlin Butts, Kat Hasty, MIke and the Moonpies, Randy Houser, Randy Rogers Band, Red Clay Strays, Ryan Bingham, Them Dirty Roses, Turnpike Troubadours, Whiskey Myers
While on the Red Carper at the 2023 Grammy Awards if February, someone from CBS shoved a microphone into the face of Luke Combs, and asked him “What song can you not stop listening to?” Luke’s answer? “John Prine’s son, Tommy Prine, wrote a song when his dad passed called ‘Ships in the Harbor.'”
Well it wasn’t just a lark apparently, and competing egos ended up not getting in the way, because the Texas supergroup epicentered around Lubbock called The Panhandlers have announced they’re ready to release their second official album called “Tough Country.”
Flatland Cavalry have their work cut out for them in the coming weeks and months. They’ve already been announced as one of the big beneficiaries of the massive stadium tour Luke Combs is throwing this year. But they won’t be sitting on their laurels in between.
On December 18th after Zach Bryan had three of his songs featured on Season 5, Episode 7 of the Paramount series Yellowstone, singer and songwriter Rich O’Toole took to social media to say that Zach’s song “Motorcycle Drive By” had borrowed/stolen the guitar/melody part from his song “Take My Heart” released in 2014.
Zach Bryan and the Paramount TV show Yellowstone rekindled their affinity for each other and in a big way on Sunday night, December 18th. The 7th episode of Season 5 included not one, not two, but three Zach Bryan songs via the official soundtrack, and not through a superimposed backing track.
The amount of country/roots/Americana releases coming at you each week has officially reached critical mass. And it will spill over like a school bus taking a dive into an above ground pool on Friday, October 28th. Luckily, you know about lil’ ol’ Saving Country Music, so at least you have a head start.
Adam Odor, Andy Leftwich, Angela Esterling, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Zdan, Cleto Cordero, Cody Braun, Comanche Moon, Dustbowl Revival, Emily Scott Robinson, Evan Felker, Flatland Cavalry, Gabe Lee, Honey Harper, Joseph Shipp, Julie Roberts, June Star, Kaitlin Butts, Lainey Wilson, LOng Mama, Luke LeBlanc, Memphis Kee, MIke and the Moonpies, MIke McClure, Mike Ryan, Native Harrow, Shooter Jennings, Teague Brothers Band, The Great Divide, The Matchsellers, Tommy Alexander, Trampled by Turtles, Trent Summar
Finally. 14+ years into a 10 year town, and Hailey Whitters is receiving the attention from the mainstream of country music that many fans, critics, and prognosticators have been saying she deserved many years ago, wishcasting her as one of the future bright stars of the genre if she was just given a chance.
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.
American Aquarium, BJ Barham, Born and Raised Fest, Brothers Osborne, Charles Wesley Godwin, Cleto Cordero, Cody Jinks, Cory Kent, Courtney Patton, Dalton Domino, David Abeyta, Drew Harakal, Flatland Cavalry, Gary Rossington, Graycie York, Hank Early, Hold My Beer and Watch This, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland, Joey Spina, Josh Abbott Band, Josh Meloy, Joshua Ray Walker, Kat Hasty, Kendall Marvell, Kendell Marvell, Kody West, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Margo Price, MIke and the Moonpies, Muskrat Jones, Natalie Hemby, Nick Shoulders, Omar Oyoque, Randy Rogers Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Reid Dillon, Rickey Medlocke, Rocklahoma, Summer Dean, Tanner Usrey, Tanya Tucker, Taylor Englert, Tennessee Jet, Them Dirty Roses, Tim Montana, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen, Wesley Hall, Whitey Morgan, William Beckmann, Zach Bryan
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.