It’s pretty telling of how busy of a news week it is in country music when you have a controversy involving Miranda Lambert that stimulates Whoopi Goldberg to walk off the set of ‘The View’ in disgust, and it’s the second biggest story.
One of the reasons independent acts have been rising in popularity to rival and even surpass their mainstream counterparts in popularity is due in part to events like the Jackalope Jamboree.
Aaron McDonnell, Buffalo Kin, Charles Wood III, Corb Lund, Dirty Laundrery, Eli Howard, Eli Howard and the Greater Good, Hamley's, Jackalope Jamboree, Jade Jackson, Jeremy Ivey, Jesse Dayne and the Sagebrush Drifters, John Cannon, Joshua Fleming, June Clivas and the Ditty Boys, Kaitlin Butts, Kelsey Waldon, Mac Cornish, Mareil Buckley, Margo Cilker, Margo Price, Michelle Moonshine, Pendleton, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Raina Wallace, Rob Leines, Ryan Bingham, Shane Smith and the Saints, Summer Dean, Tannery Usrey, The Lowdown Drifters, The Texas Gentlemen, Vandoliers
What Two Step Inn got right was that you can mix today’s independent country with country legends from the 80s and 90s, and even some of the cool up-and-comers in the mainstream, and have an event that breaks down barriers and cross-pollinates fans bases because it’s all great country music.
Al Torrence, Alana Springsteen, Ben Burgess, Blanco Brown, Cactus MOser, Calder Allen, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charlie Robison, Diplo, Doug Stone, Drake Milligan, Elvie Shane, John Michael Montgomery, Kaitlin Butts, Kathryn Legendre, Madeline Edwards, Midland, Nicolette Hayford, Pam Tillis, Paul Cauthen, Pillbox Patti, Priscilla Block, T Pain, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd, Travis Tritt, Two Step Inn, Tyler Childers, Uncle Cracker, Wynonna Judd, Zach Bryan
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
For two days before the awards show transpired, performances took place at the stately Guesthouse at Graceland in Memphis showcasing some of the greatest up-and-coming and independent talent from country, roots, and rockabilly—or “Ameripolitan” as we call it in this instance.
Ameripolitan, Bloodshot Bill, Brennen Leigh, Celine Lee, Coleman Williams, Croy and the Boys, Cullen Fox, Dale Watson, Dallas Burrow, Dallas Moore, Emily Nenni, Garrett T. Capps, Hannah Juanita, Hi-Jivers, Ichi-Bons, James Intveld, Jane Rose, Jenny Don't and the Spurs, Jeremy Pinnell, Jerry Zinn, Kaitlin Butts, Kathryn Legendre, Katie Shore, Kinky Friedman, Kristina Murray, Kyle Eldridge, Melissa Carper, Mitch Polzak, Mose Wilson, Rachel Brooke, Rosie Floes, Sarie Gessner, Saudia Young, Scott H. Biram, Sean K Preston, Sean Mencher, Sierra Ferrell, Summer Dean, Tammy Savoy, The Rhyolite Sound, The Shootouts, The Waymores, Timbo, West of Texas, Wild Earp, Willi Carlisle
Well it wasn’t just a lark apparently, and competing egos ended up not getting in the way, because the Texas supergroup epicentered around Lubbock called The Panhandlers have announced they’re ready to release their second official album called “Tough Country.”
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.
2 Live Crew, Aerosmith, Asleep at the Wheel, B.B. King, Bob Wills, Brennen Leigh, Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Edwin Cabaniss, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, George Strait, Hank Thompson, Jack Ruby, James Brown, Joshua Hedley, Joshua Ray Walker, Kaitlin Butts, Little Richard, Longhorn Ballroom, Loretta Lynn, Lucero, Merle Haggard, Morgan Wade, Nat King Cole, Old Crow Medicine Show, Patsy Cline, Ray Benson, Ray Charles, Ray Price, Tex Ritter, The Kessler Theater, The Sex Pistols, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
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
It’s all happening for Kaitlin Butts, and it’s about damn time. Upon the release of her latest album What Else Can She Do, the country music world is finally waking up to what they’ve had in their midst for a while. Lots of folks are jumping on the Kaitlin Butts rocket ship.
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…
49 Winchester, Aaron Raitiere, Adam Hood, Brian Kelly, Carlos DeFord Bailey, Channing Wilson, Chapel Hart, Corb Lund, Dan Auerbach, Dan Rogers, DeFord Bailey, Drake Milligan, Grand Ole Opry, Hogslop String Band, Jason Eady, Jon Wolfe, Josh Ward, Joshua Ray Walker, Kaitlin Butts, Kimberly Kelly, Kolby Cooper, Leigh Nash, MIke and the Moonpies, Miko Marks, Morgan Wade, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Randall King, Texas Hill, The Beach Boys, The Goldens, The Shootouts, Tyler Hubbard
Similar to the Song of the Year category in 2023, the top finalists for Saving Country Music’s Album of the Year were so close, it only seems fitting to count them down from #4 to #1 just to take another opportunity to reinforce the best stuff once again. But there is a #1, and it’s one for the ages.
2022 is a very unique year when it comes to albums to consider, since there are no clear front runners as we’re used to. No specific album or albums feel like undeniable masterpieces, but the albums at or near the top of the heap are so numerous, it’s painstakingly hard to delineate them from each other.
It may not be as obvious of an example as the little shop down the street in a strip mall selling handmade scented candles and hippie soap, but your favorite independent music artists are all most certainly small businesses as well. So are many of your favorite locally-owned music venues, local festivals…
American Aquarium, BJ Barham, Cameo, Courtney Patton, Evan Bartels, Gretchen Peters, James McMurtry, Joe Pug, Kaitlin Butts, Kip Moore, Morgan Wade, Old 97's, Rhett Miller, Sean McConnell, Sunny Sweeney, Will Hoge
It’s been a couple of years since the Dale Watson-founded Ameripolitan Awards and the corresponding weekend of events have occurred due to COVID-19. But 2023 promises to be a rousing comeback with a stellar lineup of musicians slated to perform February 17th to 19th in Memphis, Tennessee.
Ameripolitan, Ameripolitan Music Awards, Blake Shelton, Brennen Leigh, Brit Taylor, Dale Watson, Dallas Burrow, Dallas Moore Band, Emily Nenni, Garrett T. Capps, Hannah Juanita, James Intveld, Jenny Don't and the Spurs, Jeremy Pinnell, Kaitlin Butts, Kinky Friedman, Kristina Murray, Melissa Carper, Rachel Brooke, Summer Dean, The Rhyolite Sound, The Shootouts, The Waymores, Vincent Neil Emerson, Willi Carlisle
With Zach Bryan and Tyler Childers headlining Saturday and Sunday, and other names from the independent country world like Charles Wesley Godwin, Kaitlin Butts, Paul Cauthen, and Austin’s Kathryn Legendre playing, it speaks to the independent aspect the festival organizers want the festival to take on.
Blanco Brown, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charlie Robison, Diplo, Elvie Shane, John Michael Montgomery, Kaitlin Butts, Kathryn Legendre, Lonestar, Mavis Staples, Midland, Niko Moon, Pam Tillis, Paul Cauthen, Priscilla Block, T Pain, Tanya Tucker, Tracy Byrd, Travis Tritt, Two Step Inn, Tyler Childers, Wynonna Judd, Zach Bryan
The amount of country/roots/Americana releases coming at you each week has officially reached critical mass. And it will spill over like a school bus taking a dive into an above ground pool on Friday, October 28th. Luckily, you know about lil’ ol’ Saving Country Music, so at least you have a head start.
Adam Odor, Andy Leftwich, Angela Esterling, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Zdan, Cleto Cordero, Cody Braun, Comanche Moon, Dustbowl Revival, Emily Scott Robinson, Evan Felker, Flatland Cavalry, Gabe Lee, Honey Harper, Joseph Shipp, Julie Roberts, June Star, Kaitlin Butts, Lainey Wilson, LOng Mama, Luke LeBlanc, Memphis Kee, MIke and the Moonpies, MIke McClure, Mike Ryan, Native Harrow, Shooter Jennings, Teague Brothers Band, The Great Divide, The Matchsellers, Tommy Alexander, Trampled by Turtles, Trent Summar
The Grammy Awards officially open the initial round of voting for nominees today, and due to the propensity for the Grammys to often overlook key contributors in the country music and roots space, here are some simple suggestions of what Grammy voters should make sure they don’t ignore for the 2023 awards.
49 Winchester, American Aquarium, Arlo McKinley, Ashley McBryde, Brennen Leigh, Brent Cobb, Caroline Spence, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Grammy Awards, Ian Noe, John Prine, Jon Pardi, Kaitlin Butts, Lyle Lovett, Molly Tuttle, Sturgill Simpson, Tommy Prine, Vince Gill, Wade Bowen, Willi Carlisle, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
Things in country music are changing, and across the board, even at an old relic like the Grand Ole Opry. Of course, it’s days of launching stars overnight are long gone. But you ask any artist in country music, and they’ll tell you that making their Grand Ole Opry debut is a lifetime bucket list achievement.
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
Don’t look now, but we’re gonna have to stop complaining about how how all the losers in the country music industry keep criminally overlooking Kaitlin Butts, and start recognizing that she’s finally getting the recognition she has deserved for years thanks to the strength of her 2022 album “What Else Can She Do.”
Songs are the most important unit of measurement in music, and the specific moment a life can change, a perspective can shift, a deep emotion that has gone dormant is re-awakened, and life is enhanced positively henceforth. When we talk about potential “Song of the Year” nominees, were not looking for the toe tappers.
49 Winchester, American Aquarium, Arlo McKinley, Caroline Spence, David Quinn, Ellis Bullard, Ian Noe, Joshua Hedley, Kaitlin Butts, Logan Halstead, Lyle Lovett, Molly Tuttle, Ryan Culwell, Tami Neilson, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
Here at the halfway pole of the musical year, it’s time to run down the best albums that have been released in 2022 so far. There have already been some excellent releases, and the first albums highlighted should be considered early candidates for Saving Country Music’s Album of the Year.
When this playlist was first started as a simple collection point for the top songs in the current moment in country, who knew it would still be around nearly five years later, and garner over 7,700 followers on Spotify alone? Since then it’s helped launch songs and artists.
Fans of Kaitlin Butts have been waiting like patience on a monument for a new album. But maybe the release of ‘What Else Can She Do?’ will finally be her moment. Taking a critical assessment of the record, it’s hard to argue why it shouldn’t be.