Take a breather from bad Christmas music to get a head start on some of the best music that’s coming out ahead of the new year. Some of the best stuff in 2023 was released in the final weeks and months.
Joshua Ray Walker
Joshua Ray Walker is one of the greatest singers, and one of the greatest songwriters of the new generation of country music performers. Throughout 2023, Joshua Ray Walker has been suffering through some health issues.
Pay attention, festival promoters. This is how you throw an independent country music festival. Up and down the roster you see names that other fests often overlook, and they booked Mike and the Moonpies as a headliner.
You can add “I Opened For The Killers And All I Got Was Appendicitis” to the list of completely unexpected but killer live releases from important independent country artists in 2023.
The Turnpike Troubadours, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and Charles Wesley Godwin have have all released landmark albums in 2023. They’ve decided to join forces to help kick off 2024.
The Longhorn Ballroom was one of the most important venues in country music for many years. When it opened in 1950, it was known as Bob Wills’ Ranch House, and was one of the major venues in Western Swing. It was also once operated by Jack Ruby.
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…
Concept albums have been an integral part of country music history, with the release of certain projects completely reshaping the country music paradigm, including in recent memory. Just in case you need an illustration of the breadth and importance of concept albums in country music
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.
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.
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…
There’s a reason whenever a true country performers gets this opportunity, they always reminisce back to when they were a young kid. It’s because it’s a dream come true, and a life goal met, and one that’s well deserved for both Randall King and Joshua Ray Walker.
Those with their ears to the ground don’t need to be told that Joshua Ray Walker has quickly become one of the most revered up-and-coming songwriters in country music. That’s also what’s won him the opportunity to make his late night television debut on ‘The Tonight Show.’
The benchmarks a Song of the Year winner must meet, and the stress test it must endure is more strenuous than any other in music. We’re not looking for some infectious fanny shaker here, or even a song that might stir an emotional moment.
What is the litmus test for a Song of the Year nominee? Simply put, it’s something that very well might wet the eye. These are songs that have the power to change hearts and change lives, open you up new ideas or ways of thinking, or unlock memories or emotions you haven’t felt in years
Charley Crockett is one of the hardest working men in country music, and he is continuing his relentless touring schedule by heading out West, and then making his way back east to close out 2021. He’s also bringing along some great openers that are worth seeing all by themselves.
Thursday evening (10-28), Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller helped organize the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Breathe Easy” CF Concert Series featuring a host of cool artists from the country, alt-country and roots world raising money to help find therapeutics and a cure for the disease.
Sunday, October 24th was the running of North America’s only stop on the Formula 1 racing series at the Circuit of the Americas just outside of Austin, TX, and Dallas native and reigning Saving Country Music Song of the Year winner Joshua Ray Walker sang the National Anthem.
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 use the song, artist, and album recommendations.
As soon as the fiddle melody hits your ears on the very first song “Dallas Lights,” you feel as at home as Joshua Ray Walker does under Big D’s truly splendid urban skyline. The next two songs “Three Strikes” and the well-written “Cowboy” are exactly what you want and expect…
Well ladies and gentlemen, all the down time of the quarantine is catching up with us with an extra busy final portion of 2021 when it comes to the release of new albums. So to help you stay on top of it all, find this handy dandy guide to the albums you should be on top of.
The sadder the country song, the sweeter the relief. How and why this is the case is one of the great mysteries of music, and that magic should never be impinged upon by trying to use science to explain it away as simple chemical reactions in the brain or something else.
Eschewing the hipness of east Nashville and Austin to instead walk the culture hungry streets of Dallas, Texas, Joshua Ray Walker is a big man with a high lonesome voice and heartfelt songs who is quickly rising up the independent country music depth charts. A songwriter and honky-tonker with a head full of words and […]
Keeping up with all the releases in the country and roots realm is hard enough. COVID-19 has made it even more difficult with numerous delays and postponements on big titles, along with many artists waiting to announce their new records with all the uncertainty in the marketplace. But there are still many important records coming up in 2020.