Country artist Luke Bell was officially laid to rest in a private ceremony in Cody, Wyoming on September 9th. But on Saturday, November 12th, friends, family, fellow musicians and fans were given the opportunity to remember and celebrate Luke Bell publicly.
It’s a remarkable achievement that an album like this was even made under the otherwise repressive jurisdiction of the Music Row system in Nashville. No, you should not consider this like a conventional album release by Ashley McBryde, meaning a succession of potential radio singles and album cuts.
Aaron Raitiere, Ashley McBryde, Benjy Davis, Brandy Clark, Brothers Osborne, Caylee Hammack, Connie Harrington, Dennis Linde, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Hot Country Knights, John Osborne, Kacey Musgraves, Nicolette Hayford, Pillbox Patti, Pistol Annies, TJ Osborne
As reported by Saving Country Music in July, a new 6-part, 12-hour documentary named ‘They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes, and the Rise of Renegade Troubadours’ is on the way, featuring over 90 interviews and 75 live performances, with Jessi Colter executive producing.
Andrew Combs, Billy Joe Shaver, Charley Crockett, Charlie Daniels, Chris Gantry, Chris Shiflett, Chris Stapleton, David Allan Coe, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Geadelmann, Gary P. Nunn, Gram Parson, Guy Clark, Heartworn Highways, Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Jonny Fritz, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Margo Price, Matthew McConaughey, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nikki Lane, Parker McCollum, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richie Albright, Rodney Crowell, Scott Borchetta, Shelly Colvin, Shooter Jennings, The Byrds, They Called Us Outlaws, Tom Hiddleston, Tom T. Hall, Townes Van Zandt, Tyler Childers, Willie Nelson, Willis Alan Ramsey
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
As times goes on and today’s consumers continue to grow increasingly frustrated with the lack of creativity, roots, and soul in today’s music, expect to see the back catalogs of guys like George Strait and other older country acts continue to remain popular.
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
Genre is not really the big issue with “Humble Quest.” It’s the energy, or lack thereof, and the generally uninspired matter-of-fact approach to the lyrics and really the music too that make Humble Quest just kind of pedestrian, especially for pop country.
All the appetites of your country music palette are satiated by the end of Jenny Tolman’s ‘Married in a Honky Tonk,’ with your funny bone tickled, you brain stimulated, and your spirit raised. Jennyville is a fulfilling place to spend a few hours, and return to often.
Mickey Guyton has been chosen as the artist to perform the National Anthem at the 2022 Super Bowl on Sunday, February 13th, and it most certainly will be a big moment for Mickey Guyton, and for country music. Not all National Anthem performances are built the same.
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.”
If all you have to prove country music’s intrinsic racism that is regularly cited in conversations and articles is the Lil Nas X anecdote, or the Beyoncé anecdote, or the Morgan Wallen story, then you really don’t have any proof at all.
“I feel like I’m just getting started. ’29’ is the album I’ll always look back on in my career and say that was the turning point for me in the way I want to be looked at in country music. I hope when people look at my music and my little legacy, I hope they say, ‘She was a country music purist.’”
The latest album from Kacey Musgraves called ‘Star-Crossed’ is more pop than country. Nonetheless, in the polarizing time we live in, the recent decision by the Grammy Awards to move Star-Crossed from consideration in the country category has set off a firestorm.
A Grammy Awards screening committee who must make the tough decisions of which albums are considered “country” in the ever-mutating world of popular music has deemed that the latest album from Kacey Musgraves called Star-Crossed should not be eligible for ‘Best Country Album.’
In 2015, when Mickey Guyton released her debut single “Better Than You Left Me,” she symbolized hope in the mainstream of country music for a host of reasons. Similar to how we regard artists such as Lainey Wilson and Carly Pearce today, Mickey Guyton was a bright spot.
‘Star-Crossed’ comes from the aftermath of Kacey’s marriage to fellow performer and songwriter Ruston Kelly. Said to be fashioned to unfold similar to a Greek tragedy in three acts, the album is tragic for sure, but strains to convey any entertainment value or valuable insight.
You may have forgotten about it. After all, it was 10 years ago. But one of the first big breaks for Kacey Musgraves, and one of the biggest songs early on for the Texas-based Josh Abbott Band was “Oh, Tonight” from the band’s February 2010 album ‘She Likes Texas.’
The strategy and reasoning here are pretty obvious. Kacey Musgraves has been a critical darling in country music for years. But the country music industry and especially country radio has never known what to do with her.
After staring long in the mirror, meditating on the subject, counseling with mentors, and rewatching the introduction to The Muppet Movie from 1979, I have resolved in my heart that yes, this a hill I am willing to die on.
Getting into the Texas theme (or at least, a country one), Post Malone threw everyone for a curve ball by borrowing Dwight Yoakam’s band, and busting out a few country songs at Matthew McConaughey’s Texas benefit Sunday night.
Eric Church is one of those rare animals that is able to straddle the line between the independent and the mainstream, commercial success and grassroots support, and put a massive crowd of fans together regardless of how radio is treating him at the time.
Unless you were there in person, you missed it. But now we’ll all get the opportunity to see the tribute concert that transpired on April 6th, 2017, when a hefty list of musical talent all assembled at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville to pay tribute to the legendary Merle Haggard.
Aaron Lewis, Ben Haggard, Billy Gibbons, Blackbird Presents, Bobby Bare, Buddy Miller, Chris Janson, Connie Smith, Dierks Bentley, Hank Williams Jr., Jake Owen, Jamey Johnson, John Anderson, John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Richards, Kenny Chesney, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell, Ronnie Dunn, Sheryl Crow, Sing Me Back Home The Music of Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, The Avett Brothers, Toby Keith, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson
Saturday, October 10th would have been John Prine’s 74th birthday. The revered songwriting legend passed away on April 7th due to COVID-19. But there will still be plenty of remembering and celebration to mark the occasion., including re-airing the popular “Picture Show: A Tribute Celebrating John Prine.”
It’s worth noting that Rolling Stone’s new updated version of their “500 Best Albums of All Time” significantly diminishes iconic titles from the classic country canon. Not only were some titles downgraded, some were eliminated entirely.
Charley Pride, Cody Jinks, Dolly Parton, Eric Church, George Jones, Gram Parsons, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Lucinda Williams, Miranda Lambert, Patsy Cline, Ray Charles, Rolling Stone, Shania Twain, Steve Earle, Taylor Swift, The Byrds, Turnpike Troubadours, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson