Memphis, Tennessee was overrun this weekend with throwback hillbillies, Outlaw roughnecks, and Rockabilly Daddy-O’s/Susie Q’s as part of Dale Watson’s 6th Annual Ameripolitan shindig and awards show. The event culminated in the 6th Annual Ameripolitan Awards.
The 6th Annual Ameripolitan Awards will be transpiring on Monday, February 25th, 2019, but with 50 acts playing over four total days involving six separate venues, it’s become like its own festival, with many opportunities to see your favorite performers with a prominent roots influence.
Ameripolitan, Big Sandy, Billy Matta, Brennen Leigh, Caroline Sills, Cheryl Desere'e, Cindy Walker, Dale Watson, Dallas Moore, Gary P. Nunn, James Hand, Jesse Daniel, Jim Heath, Larry Collins, Pat Reedy, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Roger Alan Wade, Rosie Flores, Roy Head, Sophia Johnson, Teri Joyce, The Reeves Brothers, Tommy Ash, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, Whitney Rose, Zephaniah OHora
Naming the best live performances of a given year is not the same exercise as naming the best songs, albums, or artists, because it is specifically dependent on the experiences of the individual making the list. But it’s still an important exercise.
Billy Strings, Brandi Carlile, Charley Crockett, Cody Jinks, Colter Wall, Courtney Marie Andrews, I'm With Her, Jaime Wyatt, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jesse Daniel, Joshua Hedley, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, MIke and the Moonpies, Molly Tuttle, Randall King, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Whitey Morgan and the 78's
Every year Saving Country Music travels to the West Coast during the summer to scout for musical talent that is often overlooked in the Nashville and Texas music echo chambers. In 2018 the biggest discovery was singer, songwriter, and recovering punk musician Jesse Daniel of Santa Cruz, California.
As support continues to swell for independent country music, so do the events with local, regional, and national impact looking to create sustainability for the music and an alternative to the mainstream in markets big and small.
Ameripolitan, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Billy Don BUrns, Carolyn Sills Combo, Darci Carlson, Grass Roots Music Festival, Hellbound Glory, Jenny Don't and the Spurs, Jesse Daniel, Miss Lonely Hearts
For so many artists and fans, country music is their compass in life. It conveys a sense of home and comfort like nothing else can. No matter how crazy the world gets, no matter how far one strays from their roots—musically or otherwise—country music is always there to welcome them back with open arms.