It turns out that the people of country music chose Morgan Wallen to be the inaugural People’s Choice Country “Artist of 2023” and other major awards. But you would have no clue this happened by watching the awards.
Grand Ole Opry
Yes, there was actually a country music awards show on Thursday night (9-28). But unless you are a massive Dan + Shay fan or just a glutton for punishment, you probably didn’t even notice or know about it.
There is still a point of contention that comes up regularly whenever the name of the Grand Ole Opry is evoked in certain circles—the strained relationship between the Grand Ole Opry and the Hank Williams legacy.
It is a mournful week in country and bluegrass as we’ve lost two mandolin playing legends, two influential titans of the bluegrass discipline, and the two oldest members of the Grand Ole Opry in a span of five days.
There’s just about nothing bigger for a girl from Kentucky than being recognized by the Bluegrass State’s Governor and playing the Grand Ole Opry. Brit Taylor is about to experience both in as many weeks, and it’s well deserved after earning worthy praise for her recent album ‘Kentucky Blue.’
In the media business, you’re not supposed to acknowledge your supposed competition, unless you’re lambasting them for doing something wrong or bad. You’re supposed to pretend they don’t exist, lest your readers/listeners/fans figure out they have other options, and jump ship.
Nothing has ever happened on the Grand Ole Opry stage, good or bad, that tops the moment that the recently-minted Country Music Hall of Famer and the even more recently dearly departed Jerry Lee Lewis enacted when he made his Grand Ole Opry debut 50 years ago.
During a special Facebook Live presentation on Friday night (1-6) from backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, radical preservationist and Opry member Marty Stuart invited comedians Henry Cho and Gary Mule Deer to both be the next official members of the Grand Ole Opry … the first time in nearly 50 years.
In 2022, something happened at the Grand Ole Opry that is only fair to label as historic. More so than any other year in its nearly 100-year existence, the coveted Grand Ole Opry debut was doled out to deserving artists from across the panorama, checking off bucket list items, populating glowing resume points…
49 Winchester, Aaron Raitiere, Adam Hood, Brian Kelly, Carlos DeFord Bailey, Channing Wilson, Chapel Hart, Corb Lund, Dan Auerbach, Dan Rogers, DeFord Bailey, Drake Milligan, Grand Ole Opry, Hogslop String Band, Jason Eady, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Joshua Ray Walker, Kaitlin Butts, Kimberly Kelly, Kolby Cooper, Leigh Nash, MIke and the Moonpies, Miko Marks, Morgan Wade, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Randall King, Texas Hill, The Beach Boys, The Goldens, The Shootouts, Tyler Hubbard
Ashley McBryde will be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. Announced very awkwardly and unconventionally on the CBS This Morning TV show Thursday morning (10-6), she was invited by Garth Brooks via satellite link. Ashley McBryde was in the television studio in New York, being interviewed.
It was revealed previously that between 2007 and 2014, Loretta Lynn had been making regular visits to the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN originally built by Johnny Cash, and recording tracks with her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash acting as producers.
There are many artists whose life experiences have been interwoven into their music, and resulted in the purest form of what has gone on to be recognized as “country” around the world. But few, if any—especially from the feminine perspective—had the same grace, the same truth, the same impact as songs of Loretta Lynn.
Maybe you’re not intimately familiar with the name, but you’re most definitely familiar with the licks he played, and the songs that he helped turn into country hits and standards over decades. One of the most prolific and respected session guitarists in country music history, Ray Edenton, has died.
Buddy Spicher, Charlie McCoy, Chris Scruggs, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Grand Ole Opry, Joe Maphis, Kitty Wells, Leon Russell, Lloyd Green, Lynn Anderson, Neil Young, Old Dominion Barn Dance, Ray Edenton, Reba McEntire, Red Foley, Roger Miller, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Webb Pierce
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.
On August 11th, 1952—70 years ago today—one of the most notorious moments in country music history occurred. The original King of Country Music, and the genre’s first undisputed superstar, Hank Williams, was unceremoniously fired from the institution that he helped bring to prominence.
The fact that this tribute starts off with an unheard recording of John Prine who’s been gone now for two years now speaks to just how long it takes to put something like this together. It’s also one of the multiple reasons this is not just ‘another’ tribute record. A lot of love went into this one.
Ashley McBryde, Bobby Bones, Dan Auerbach, David Ferguson, David Rawlings, Easy Eye Sound, Eric Church, Gillian Welch, Grand Ole Opry, John Anderson, Luke Combs, Natalie Stovall, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers
It’s always exciting when one of your favorite country artists like Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, or Sturgill Simpson decides to cut a bluegrass album. It’s pretty rare to have a bluegrass outfit decide to flip the script and make a country album. But that’s exactly what long-time bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent have decided to do.
Ashley Monroe, Dailey & Vincent, Darrin Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Grand Ole Opry, Jamie Dailey, Jimbeau Hinson, Jimmy Fortune, Karen Staley, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Earle, The Sally Mountain Show, Vince Gill
Don’t look now, but we’re gonna have to stop complaining about how how all the losers in the country music industry keep criminally overlooking Kaitlin Butts, and start recognizing that she’s finally getting the recognition she has deserved for years thanks to the strength of her 2022 album “What Else Can She Do.”
It’s not exactly the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but down in Texas, it might as well be. Whenever a band becomes a regular at the “World’s Largest Honky Tonk” Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, it’s customary for them to be added to the venue’s legendary Wall of Fame with the hand prints of the artists…
Sunny Sweeney is starting a new gig. And don’t worry, it doesn’t mean she’s ending her old one as a badass performer of country music. Getting ready to release a new album on September 23rd called ‘Married Alone,’ this week Sunny Sweeney also launched a brand new radio show on Sirius XM.
Charlie Monk, Dallas Wayne, Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Sealy, Paul Cauthen, Paula Nelson, Ranger Doug, Ray Benson, Riders In The Sky, SiriusXM, Sunny Side Up, Sunny Sweeney, Willie Nelson, Willie's Roadhouse
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