As the concert ended, the friends of Cory Barron couldn’t find him. They searched the entire ballpark, hung around to see if he would show up, called friends to confirm he didn’t leave with someone else, with no clue of where he’d disappeared to. By Saturday morning, a missing persons report was filed.
The Pill. THE PILL! Even before the unfortunate passing of the great Loretta Lynn on October 4th, there was nothing that exposed one more as a political apparatchik larping as a journalist within the country music space than shoehorning a reference to Loretta Lynn’s “The Pill” into your misguided think piece.
The 2022 Americana Music Awards transpired at the Ryman Auditorium Wednesday Night, September 14th, with Billy Strings, Brandi Carlile, Allison Russell, Sierra Ferrell, and The War and Treaty all walking away with big awards. There were also a few surprises.
Adia Victoria, Allison Russell, Americana Music Awards, Billy Strings, Brandi Carlile, Buddy Miller, Chris Isaak, Don Was Lery Campbell, Don Williams, Garth Fundis, Indigo Girls, James McMurtry, Jason Isbell, JP Harris, Little Feet, Lucinda Williams, Lukas Nelson, Luke Bell, Lyle Lovett, McCrary Sisters, Milk Carton Kids, Neil Francis, Phosphorescent, Robert Plant, Ryman Auditorium, Sierra Ferrell, The Fairfield Four, The War and Treaty
At 26-years-old, Tommy Prine is the youngest son of John Prine. He learned how to fingerpick from his father, first picking up a guitar at the age of 10. But interestingly, it wasn’t his father’s music that first inspired Tommy to get into singer/songwriter material at the ago of 17. It was Jason Isbell’s opus ‘Southeastern.’
At their last possible breaking point before absolute annihilation and the resignation to go get regular jobs, BJ Barham and American Aquarium pushed all their chips to the center of the table, bet hard in a last dying gasp, and won in their 2012 album “Burn. Flicker. Die” released 10 years ago today.
Though the film means well, and is generally well-made with superb cinematography and high production value, the approach and information conveyed in the film is problematic to say the least, actively participating in erasing the legacy of Black country artists in a film that purports to be championing them.
Aaron Vance, AHI, Allison Russell, Amanda Martinez, Amythyst Kiah, Anita Pointer, Ben Hunter, Big Al Dowling, Blanco Brown, Breland, Brittney Spencer, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chapel Hart, Charley Crockett, Charley Pride, Chet Atkins, Darius Rucker, DeFord Bailey, Dom Flemons, Earl Thomas Conley, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, For Love and Country, George Jones, Jason Isbell, Jimmie Allen, Joshua Kissi, Joy Oldokun, Kacey Musgraves, Kaia Kater, Kane Brown, Ken Nelson, Leyla McCalla, Lil Nas X, Linda Martell, Mickey Guyton, Miko Marks, Milton Patton, O.B. McClinton, Ray Charles, Rissi Palmer, Shy Carter, Stoney Edwards, Sunny War, Tammi Savoy, Tex Ritter, The War and Treaty, Thomas Benton, Tony Jackson, Tre Burt, Tyler Childers, Valerie June, Wendy Moten, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
The bigger issue here is that people just want more Tyler Childers, and you can’t blame them for that. If he was playing two hours sets on his own tour, most everyone would be leaving satisfied. But he’s not, even though it feels like he should be.
Bloodshot Records, David Allan Coe, Hank Williams III, Jason Isbell, Paula Nelson, Raelyn Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shooter Jennings, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic, Zach Bryan
In 2015, we couldn’t imagine artists not supported by mainstream country radio selling out arenas, and minting multiple Platinum singles without the help of Music Row. Here in 2022, Tyler Childers is considered one of the top artists in the entire country music industry, and now we have Zach Bryan.
Aaron Watson, Blackberry Smoke, Carly Pearce, Gary Overton, Hailey Whiters, Jada E. Watson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Josh Abbott Band, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Hill, Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Midland, Morgan Wallen, Orville Peck, Paige Davis, Palomino Fest, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, tomatoGate, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Wheeler Walker Jr., Whiskey Myers, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
The new award will give one more opportunity for Americana artists (and some country artists by proxy) to be nominated and win in what has become one of the most crowded categories in all of the Grammy Awards. But the problem remains that anything can be called Americana.
The paradigm continues to shift, and the possibilities for country artists without the support of mainstream radio and major awards continues to increase with the continued success of Tyler Childers, and specifically the songs from his 2017 album “Purgatory.”
Zach Bryan has officially ensconced himself as an independent country music superstar, doing what only a select few other non radio-supported artists have done through grassroots support in the past, which is score a #1 album in country music.
Zach Bryan and his new album American Heartbreak are having a moment, and when all is said and done and the dust settles, it’s likely to ensconce the singer/songwriter among the very top artists in country music. But it’s not just because the album has 34 songs.
If you were looking or hoping for someone who could help carry the Prine me and legacy into the future for further generations, you just may be in luck. Though it’s all still in it’s nascent stages, John Prine’s youngest son Tommy Prine has decided to enter the family business.
Willie Nelson’s traveling Outlaw Fest will once again hit the road in 2022 with 19 dates all across the eastern United States, and with an expanded and revolving list of openers that will include some really cool names for amphitheater shows.
Allison Russell, Billy Strings, Brittney Spencer, Brothers Osborne, Charley Crockett, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Larkin Poe, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Outlaw Fest, Particle Kid, Steve Earle, The Avett Brothers, The War and Treaty, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan, ZZ Top
By the time Willie Nelson lit into “On The Road Again,” he was in top form and didn’t want to stop. He ended up going beyond the time originally allotted for his set, of course finishing with a Gospel medley where numerous other performers.
49 Winchester, Allison Russell, Ben Nichols, Bendigo Fletcher, Bob Livingston, Bobbie Nelson, Charley Crockett, Danielle Ponder, Delta Spirit, Dolly Parton, Gary P. Nunn, Japanese Breakfast, Jason Isbell, Jonathan Terrell, Lily Meola, Lost Gonzo Band, Lucero, Luck Reunion, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, Michael Martin Murphey, Sadler Vaden, SG Goodman, Tami Neilson, Vincent Neil Emerson, Willie Nelson
If you were writing a detailed history on country music, compiling a timeline of significant moments in the genre, or a list of firsts experienced over the years, you would be remiss if you did not at least give mention to Patrick Haggerty and his band Lavender Country.
Blackberry Rose, Bobby Dove, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Jimbeau Hinson, KD Lang, Kristen Hall, Lavender Country, Melissa Carper, Orville Peck, Review, Sarah Shook, The Highwomen, Trixie Mattel, Tyler Childers
The continued success of independent singles proves that there is a path forward for country artists without the crutch of radio, at least for the right song from the right artist, of which these newly-minted singles from Tyler Childers and Jason Isbell most certainly were.
“Took me about 15 years to write this song,” Brent Cobb says. “Finally finished it up a few days ago. Next time you’re trying to tell your friends about all the cool country artists you listen to just send them to this song. I got as many as I could in there. Proud to know these folks.”
Aaron Watson, Blackberry Smoke, Brandi Carlile, Brent Cobb, Charley Crockett, Cody Jinks, Jason Isbell, MIke and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Sturgill Simpson, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
It’s too bad that Aaron Lewis has made himself such a polarizing guy in country music—one of those dudes that when you mention his name, many people immediately start making faces like they just swallowed something rude.
Just like so many of the characters in today’s popular music space, Jason Isbell has transformed from one of the most universally-revered independent artists of our time, to being reviled by large swaths of the listening population for his active and often ostentatious displays.
Adia Victoria, Allison Russell, Amanda Shires, Amythyst Kiah, Brittney Spencer, Charley Pride, Drive By Truckers, George Jones, Jason Isbell, Jennifer Nettles, Joy Oladokun, Kristen Hall, Lucinda Williams, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Patterson Hood, Ryan Adams, Shemekia Copeland, Shonna Tucker, Sugarland, The Highwomen
Second generation country performer Justin Townes Earle passed away tragically on August 20th, 2020, but strong efforts are underway to make sure his legacy doesn’t go forgotten, especially after the ownership of the label that released his first five albums was sent in flux.
Ben Nichols, Bloodshot Records, Emmylou Harris, Exceleration Music, Jason Isbell, Johnny Two Bags, Justin Townes Earle, Lucero, Lucinda Williams, Mike Ness, New West, Old Crow Medicine Show, Recording King, Steve Earle
Nominees for the 2022 Grammy Awards were announced on Wednesday, November 23rd from the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, with some big names receiving some important nominations, a few obvious omissions, and the “who” being nominated as opposed to the “what.”
Slightly off the country music page (though not entirely), yet still pretty damn exciting, it’s been announced that Martin Scorsese’s next film project will be a Grateful Dead biopic with Jonah Hill set to portray Jerry Garcia. Scorsese knows his way around the nexus of film and music
Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Grateful Dead, Jason Isbell, Jerry Garcia, Jonah Hill, Killers of the Flower Moon, Martin Scorsese, Mickey Hart, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Old and In The Way, Phil Lesh, Sturgill Simpson, The Band, The Last Waltz