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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
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.
Are the Turnpike Troubadours post hiatus truly an arena act? Down in the Ark-La-Tex, the answer has definitely been certified as “yes.” That all changes when they play Friday, May 5th at the Capitol One Arena in Washington D.C., with Old Crow Medicine Show and Lucero set to open.
Is 30-year-old country music really one of the hottest things going in country music today? A new festival down in Key West, Florida called Key Western Fest put that hypothesis to the test last week, and discovered mostly positive answers for ’90s country stars and their fans.
Aaron McCune, Asleep at the Wheel, BlackHawk, Clay Walker, Cliff Cody, Cling Black, Deana Carter, Doug Gray, Doug Stone, Duane Allen, Jamie Lin Wilson, Joe Bonsall, Kendell Marvel, Key Western Fest, Kyle Carter, Larry Stewart, Lily Pearl, Lisa Hartman Black, Little Texas, Lonestar, Lucas Jagneaux and The Roadshow, Marshall Tucker Band, McBride and the Ride, Mike Harmeier, Mile 0 Fest, Neal McCoy, Pam Tillis, Paul Overstreet, Porter Howell, Ray Benson, Restless Heart, Richard Sterban, Richie McDonald, Sara Evans, Sawyer Brown, Suzy Bogguss, T. Graham Brown, Terry McBride, The Frontmen, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Outlaws, Tim Rushlow
Key Western Fest has just concluded in Key West, Florida, wrapping up a week of revitalizing the country music from the ’90s for today’s fans. One of the things you heard some people murmuring about during the week was how the women of the era have held up better.
Mile 0 Fest has established itself as one of the premier destination events in all of country and roots music, especially if you’re into the Texas/Red Dirt side of things. Now after six years, Mile 0 Fest has its own traditions, it’s own nucleus of loyal patrons and regular performers, and a heap of fond memories.
Adam Hood, Alden Hedges, American Aquarium, Band of Heathens, Ben Danaher, Bobby Texas, Bri Bagwell, Bryon White, Caleb Melo, Chase Satterwhite, Chris Canterbury, Cody Canada, Corb Lund, Courtney Patton, Dalton Domino, Dierks Canada, Drew Harakal, Drew Kennedy, Ed Jurdi, Elysha, Heather Stalling, Ian Munsick, Jack Ingram, Jacob Stelly, Jade Marie Patek, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, Jeremy Plato, Jesse Daniel, Jodi Lyford, John Fullbright, John Goolsby, Jordan Nix, Josh Grider, Kaitlin Butts, Keio Stroud, Kevin Fowler, Kristi Grider, Kyle Carter, Kylie Frey, Lauren Morrow, Lucas Jagneaux and The Roadshow, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Morgan Wade, Muscadine Bloodline, Parker Ryan, Pat Green, Roger Creager, Shane Boeker, Shane Smith and the Saints, Shelby Stone, Slade Coulter, Stoney LaRue, Sunny Sweeney, The Damn Quails, The Randy Rogers Band, The Red Clay Strays, Then Dirty Roses, Topo Chico Cowboys, Wade Bowen
There are few places more synonymous with country music in Texas than Luckenbach, and there are few places more synonymous with an individual artist than Luckenbach is with Jerry Jeff Walker. When Walker recorded his album Viva Terlingua! in Luckenbach’s legendary dance hall.
Channing Wilson, Clete Shiels, Django Walker, Gary P. Nunn, Hondo Crouch, James Otto, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Luckenbach, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Susan Walker, Tim Flannery, Wade Bowen, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Those intimately familiar with the name Courtney Patton will need no coaxing to pay attention to a new album from her. No long-winded critical assessment is necessary, they pre-ordered this thing weeks ago, and much attention and love will be given to it for the weeks and months to come.
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
Now celebrating five years of gathering in festival form, KOKEFest attracts a huge crowd of local KOKEheads, as well as people from across the country who want to get the genuine Texas country experience, including those who regularly listen to the station remotely online.
Aaron Watson, Alden Hedges, American Aquarium, Bill Corbin, BJ Barham, Brooks & Dunn, Bryon White, Clint Black, Eric Raines, Evan Felker, Hank Early, Jake Watson, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason "Rowdy" Cope, KOKEFEST, Kyle Nix, Kyle Nix and the 38s, Larry Fleet, Muscadine Bloodline, Randall King, RC Edwards, Robert Earl Keen, Ronnie Dunn, Ryan Engleman, Shane Boeker, Tanner Usrey, The Damn Quails, The Steel Woods, Triston Marez, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Powers, Wes Bayliss, Willie Nelson
There are now two consecutive country music festivals planned for Key West, Florida for the Winter of 2023: The 6th Annual Mile 0 Fest featuring Red Dirt, Texas, and Americana, and the 90s-centric Key Western Festival, happening the very next week.
Adam Hood, Clint Black, Cody Jinks, Courtney Patton, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, Jesse Daniel, John Fullbright, Kaitlin Butts, Key Western Fest, Mark Chesnutt, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Pam Tillis, Randy Rogers Band, Sammy Kershaw, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sunny Sweeney, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Red Clay Strays, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen
Based in Texas, but affecting audiences well beyond, the songwriting of Courtney Patton is cherished among many distinguishing and attentive listeners for the poetry and insight it contains, and Courtney Patton’s often stunning delivery. She’s also revealed herself to be a badass boss lady.
Almost six years to the day that they announced their hiatus, The Damn Quails will be returning with a new album called “Clouding Up Your City.” The new album was actually originally announced as a Bryon White solo album, but Gabe Marshall has returned.
Bryon White, Clouding Up Your City, Gabe Marshall, Jamie Lin Wilson, John Calvin Abney, John Fullbright, John Moreland, Kierston White, Michael Trepagnier, Parker Millsap, Samantha Crain, The Damn Quails, Turnpike Troubadours
Even if you have to sell an internal organ to swing it, you still may want to consider how to get your ass to the Born & Raised Festival on September 16th, 17th, and 18th in Pryor, Oklahoma, just east of Tulsa in 2022. After experiencing the festival in 2021 on the Rocklahoma site…
Born and Raised Fest, Charles Wesley Godwin, Cody Jinks, Jamie Lin Wilson, Josh Abbott Band, Joshua Ray Walker, Kendell Marvel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, MIke and the Moonpies, Nick Shoulders, Randy Rogers Band, Riddy Arman, Wade Bowen, Whitey Morgan, Zach Bryan
No, not all country radio stations suck. Some are downright badass. KOKE-FM out of Austin, TX is one of them. They’ve also put on a kickass festival now for five years where devotees to the KOKE world congregate.
Live music in 2021 saw its return after the worst moments of the pandemic, but only in fits and starts, with multiple postponements and cancellations wrecking many plans, yet a few important moments still going off in the windows when they could.
Billy Strings, Blackberry Smoke, Born & Raised Festival, Cedric Burnside, Cody Jinks, Courtney Patton, Drew Kennedy, Dwight Yoakam, Hogslop String Band, Jade Bird, James McMurtry, Jamie Lin Wilson, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, MIke and the Moonpies, Mike Harmeier, Mile 0 Fest, Old Settler's Fest, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sierra Ferrell, Steve Poltz, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Zach Bryan
“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
The listening room saying “Shut up and listen” was coined for guys like Jason Eady. It would be a cardinal sin to sully a performance from this sage of singer/songwriter country with something as meaningless as idle chatter. Jason Eady doesn’t deliver songs. He delivers sermons.
With ZZ Top and Cody Jinks at the top of the card, Blackberry Smoke, Randy Rogers Band, Parker McCollum, and Robert Earl Keen filling out the top slots, and an impressive undercard that includes hard-to-get names like Zach Bryan, Born & Raised Fest will hit the bullseye of appeal for many.
Blackberry Smoke, Born & Raised Festival, Chloe-Beth, Cody Jinks, Holly Beth, Jamie Lin Wilson, Kaitlin Butts, Kat Hasty, Kylie Frey, Lucinda Williams, Nikki Lane, Parker McCollum, Randy Rogers Band, Robert Earl Keen, With ZZ Top and Cody Jinks at the top of the card, Zach Bryan, ZZ Top
The singing Texas troubadour, and the Godfather of the Sequestered Songwriters Jason Eady will be back with his eighth studio album called “To The Passage of Time.”It was produced by Jason Eady’s longtime friend Gordy Quist of Band of Heathens.
It could have been a disaster, or it could have not happened at all. When Mile 0 Fest rescheduled their 2021 festival from late January to late April, a lot of dominoes had to fall their way for them to pull it off. It was a risk. But they pulled it off with flying colors.
American Aquarium, Blackberry Smoke, Cody Canada, Courtney Patton, Drew Kennedy, Hayes Carll, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland, Kyle Nix, Lucinda Williams, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Randy Rogers Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Reckless Kelly, Roger Ray, Shane Smith and the Saints, The Steel Woods, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen, Whight Lighters
Shots in arms and loosening restrictions have life slowly but surely getting back to a reasonable semblance of normalcy for most of us, and Texas-based songwriting demigod Jason Eady is letting loose on some new material to help celebrate and ease the transition. His first taste of new music recorded last fall is called “Back […]