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.
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
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
Unfortunately, as life got in the way for the folks running Keep Austin Country, it just sort of faded out over time. But now Austin-based artist manager Kurt Whitley is looking to revitalize the effort, and will be officially relaunching Keep Austin Country on June 1st.
So who is the newest Moonpie on the backline? His name is Taylor Englert, the band has announced. “Can’t say enough good things about this dude. Happy to have him tearing it up on the drums for us. Y’all help us welcome him to the Mike and the Moonpies family.”
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 just use the song, artist, and album info to find something new to listen to. New songs just added.
Shaky Boots is returning as a replacement for the EDM/hip-hop festival, Shaky Beats. The rock fest Shaky Knees will still be held in 2020 the week before in Atlanta’s Central Park. Also as part of the return is more of an emphasis on independent country and Americana artists, as can be seen in the lineup.
What is “Ameripolitan”? It’s an effort to support artists and bands that are too country for country, and that carry a prominent roots music influence. The nominees for the 2020 Ameripolitan Award have been announced in 13 separate categories. One shakeup for the awards in 2020 is there will be no “Outlaw” categories.
Ameripolitan, Big Cedar Fever, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Charley Crockett, Dale Watson, Dorris Mayday, Duane Eddy, Grace Adele, Jaime Wyatt, Jesse Daniel, Jimmy Dale Richardson, Justin Trevino, Kathryn Legendre, MIke and the Moonpies, Summer Dean, Tammi Savoy, Two Tons of Steel, Whitney Rose, Zephaniah OHora
Very excited to share the latest additions to the Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist, which includes songs from some great records and artists that need to be on your radar. Ben Jarrell’s debut LP ‘Troubled Times’ has been setting people’s hair on fire, and there’s nothing better to get the blood pumping at the top of the playlist.