The 56th Annual Grammy Awards transpire tonight at 7 PM Central, 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific on CBS. This is your rundown for things to watch for, the country performances and collaborations, a rundown of the nominees and my picks and prognostications.
The River & The Thread is an album that was worth waiting for. Produced and co-written with Rosanne’s husband, accomplished musician John Leventhal, this album is exhaustive, thematic, all-encompassing, and compromises nothing when it comes to desiring the highest degree of quality in songwriting and production.
Allison Moorer, Americana, Derek Trucks, John Leventhal, John Paul White, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Review, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, The Civil Wars, The River & The Thread, Tom Waits, Tony Joe White
What made Johnny Cash the ultimate badass was his ability to bridge people together regardless of taste in music, cultural differences, or political ideology. Johnny Cash could tackle some of the most difficult issues facing a tumultuous American society as it saw the emergence of rock and roll and the counterculture because they man had such an air of respect about him.
AP Carter, Bitter Tears, Bob Dylan, Cowboy Jack Clement, Folsom Prision, Graham Nash, hurt, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, NIN, San Quentin, Shel Silverstein, Sunday Morning Coming Down, The Johnny Cash Show, Trent Reznor, United Nations Humanitarian Award, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is in many ways a microcosm of the American experience. He grew up during The Depression, had a rough and tumble youth, battled through familial and financial problems for years, struck it rich, and reformed himself from his violent past to become one of the world’s most well-known and greatest pacifists and advocates for the poor and social justice.
Bill Monroe, Buck Owens, Charlie Rich, Dennis Hopper, Dottie West, Farm Aid, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Larry Trader, Loretta Lynn, Luck, Luck TX, Mark Rothbaum, Neil Young, Poodie Locke, Red Headed Stranger, Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Country music legend Ray Price has passed away his ranch in Mount Pleasant, TX after a prolonged battle with pancreatic Cancer and side effects from Cancer treatment. Ray was 87-year-old. Ray returned to his ranch in Mount Pleasant after an extended stay at the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, TX to receive hospice care. Janie Price says Ray chose to spend his final days on his “beloved ranch.”
You can listen exclusively to Dale Watson’s “Christmas Time In Texas” from the “Angels Sing” soundtrack ahead of the release. And if you leave a comment telling us your favorite Dale Watson song, it will make you eligible to win one of 5 digital copies we are giving away of the soundtrack! Plus find out where you can see, or how you can purchase the “Angels Sing” movie.
Angels Sing, Angels Sing movie, buy, Connie Britton, Eloise DeJoria, Guy Forsyth, Harry Connick Jr. Dale Watson, Joel Guzman, Kat Edmonson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Miss Lavelle, Ray Benson, soundtrack, The Trishas, theaters, watch, When Angels Sing
Some of the new “Outlaws” in country music will have you believe that getting some mud on their tires or drinking a little too much is tantamount to years of paying dues and sewing your true Outlaw oats like the original Outlaws did. So here’s ten reasons why today’s “Outlaws” will never live up to the legacy of one of the biggest country music Outlaws, Waylon Waymore Watashin By God Hoss Tecumseh Jennings.
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way, Billy Ray Cyrus, Buddy Holly, Chet Atkins, Clint Black, CMA Awards, Jessi Colter, Kris Kristofferson, Married With Children, Neil Reshen, RCA, Sesame Street, Tom Snyder, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
The annual dirge of Christmas movie releases is enough to turn your stomach like a glass of expired eggnog. But there is one movie out this year that may be worth your time, if for no other reason than the cast is built around country music royalty, including Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, and appearances by Dale Watson, The Trishas, Ray Benson, & more.
Austin, Christmas Movie, Connie Britton, Dale Watson, Eloise DeJoria, Guy Forsyth, Harry Connick Jr., Joel Guzman, Kat Edmonson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Marcia Ball, Miss Lavelle, Ray Benson, Sarah Hickman, SXSW, The Trishas, When Angels Sing, Willie Nelson
2013 very well may go down as the year when referencing marijuana and other drugs in your songs is no longer cool as much as it is conformist—a lyrical hook, a well-recognized buzz word made for marketing an artist or song just as much as anything else. There has ceased to be either the generational gap, or the exclusivity of drug references in music to make them “cool.”
Arlo Guthrie, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Charlie Daniels, Cypress Hill, Eric Church, Gram Parsons, Green Day, Hank Williams Jr., Hank3, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Luke Bryan, marijuana, Miley Cyrus, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Pantera, Pistol Annies, pot, Snoop Dogg, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
The inaugural inductees to the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame set to open in the Spring of 2014 have been unveiled. In an event carried live during a 3-day concert in Altamont, TN, the 17 initial inductees were announced in two different categories: Pioneers/Innovators (Pre-1970), and Highwaymen (1970-1990). Along with the official inductees, the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame also announced Guardian Award winners.
Announcement, Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Bare, Chris Gantry, Dallas Moore, David Allan Coe, Hank Williams, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams Jr., Inductees, Jamey Johnson, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Outlaw Country Music Hall of Fame, Outlaw Music Hall of Fame, Sammi Smith, Steve Young, The Carter Family, Waylon Jennings, Wayne Mills, Whitey Morgan, Willie Nelson
Once again the Europeans out class their cross Atlantic counterparts with the newly-launched Country Music Magazine from Team Rock—the same people who’ve brought the UK the long-running and widely-distributed Classic Rock Magazine. Despite the generic name, this magazine is anything but, with 132 extra wide glossy full-color pages, accompanied by a free, 15-track CD with music from Sturgill Simpson and Guy Clark.
Austin Lucas, Bill Kirchen, Blake Shelton, Country Music Magazine, Deniel Romano, Ed Mitchell, Fifth on the Floor, Florida Georgia Line, Guy Clark, Jack Clement, Johnny Cash, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Cantrell, LeAnn Rimes, Patty Griffin, steel guitar player Buddy Emmons, Steve Martin, Sturgill Simpson, Team Rock, Tony Joe White, UK, Wanda Jackson
The last few weeks might go down in history as one of country music’s most feud-laden moments. Though country music feuding may be on a sharp rise here recently, it is not an uncommon or recent occurrence in country music by any stretch. Nothing gets folks talking like a good old artist on artist donnybrook. Here are some of the most infamous over the years.
Billy Ray Cyrus, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Charlie Rich, country music feuds, Curb Records, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Eric Church, Ethan Hawke, feud, Garth Brooks, Gary Allan, Grand Ole Opry, Hank Williams III, Hank3, In A Razor Town, Jason Isbell, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, LeAnn Rimes, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Maines, Porter Wagoner, Rascal Flatts, Ray Price, Scott Borchetta, Shooter Jennings, Stonewall Jason, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tompall Glaser, Travis Tritt, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Zac Brown
Of all the people you could have picked to become an outspoken dissenter to the direction of country music, Rodney Crowell would have been pretty far down the list. Not that he doesn’t have the skins on the wall to say such things and have them carry weight, or that he doesn’t practice what he preaches when it comes to his own approach to music. But he always seemed to be more of a reserved soul.
“That night in my house [was] the first time these songs were heard…” Johnny Cash went on. “Joni Mitchell sang ‘Both Sides Now,’ Graham Nash sang ‘Marrakesh Express,’ Shel Silverstein sang ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ Bob Dylan sang ‘Lay Lady Lay,’ and Kristofferson sang ‘Me & Bobby McGee.’ That was the first time any of those songs were heard.”
A Boy Named Sue, Bing Crosby, Bob Dylan, Both Sides Now, Carl Perkins, David Letterman, Duran Duran, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Graham Nash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Kris Kristofferson, Lay Lady Lay, Marrakesh Express, Me & Bobby McGee, Million Dollar Quartet, Million Dollar Songwriter Circle, Ministry, Nashville Skyline, Shel Silverstein, The Byrds, The Highwaymen, Willie Nelson
“The Last Ride” takes you on the ill-fated road trip beginning in Alabama, and ending in West Virginia where Hank Williams passed away on New Years Day, 1953. Though Hank’s name is never spoken in the movie, it’s taken as a given that you know who he is, and what fate awaits him. The relationship between the superstar on death’s door and the confused young man is the centerpiece of “The Last Ride.”
Country music loves to pride itself in supporting the troops and the cause of the military more than any other genre. Though some of it may be bravado meant more for marketing, there are many legends in the country music ranks that served their country as young men. Here’s a list of country heroes who served the county.
Air Force, Billy Don BUrns, Charlie Louvin, Country Music, Earl Thomas Conley, George Jones, George Strait, Hank Thompson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Eady, John Prine, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Kris Kristofferson, Marines, military, Roger Miller, Shel Silverstein, Sturgill Simpson, The Highwaymen, Tompall Glaser, Wayne Hancock, Willie Nelson
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But I’d be lying if I said I’m not becoming very engrossed in the idea of Kacey Musgraves getting big, and very big, and doing it with fresh, new, exciting, substantive material that could shake up the current stagnant climate of country radio and the mainstream in general. All the dominoes seem to be aligned for Kacey
Dale Watson has been throwing around his “Ameripolitan” term for years, but Dale is now working to organize behind the name. The main idea behind Dale’s Ameripolitan at the moment is the formation of an Ameripolitan awards show that would transpire in February 2014 in Austin, TX. The awards would be voted on by three divisions: 1) Fans. 2) Industry. 3) 100 Ameripolitan “captains.”
Ameripolitan, Ameripolitan Music Awards, Charley Pride, Charlie Rich, countrypolitan, Dale Watson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings, The Baksersfield Sound, The Nashviile Sound, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, XXX
The year was 1974, and a two-story stucco office building / studio located two blocks from Nashville’s infamous Music Row at 916 19th Avenue South got christened “Hillbilly Central” by a New York-based music writer. Hillbilly Central was the brain child of Tompall Glaser, a member of the Glaser Brothers, who took the the money he earned from some success in the country music business to revolutionize it.
Billy Joe Shaver, Captain Midnight, Chet Atkins, Hazel Smith, Hillbilly Central, Jack Clement, Jimmy Buffet, John Hartford, Kinky Friedman, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Newbury, pictures, Shel Silverstein, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings
The fight for the purity of country music is almost as old as the genre itself. The conflict between pop and traditionalism, and the fight for creative control for artists runs like a thread throughout country music’s history, defining it as much as the twang of a Telecaster, or the moan of a steel guitar. Here are some of the most iconic images of country music revolution, and the stories behind them.
Andy Gibson, Bill Monroe, Billy Joe Shaver, Buck Owens, burning envelope, Charlie Rich, Dripping Springs Reunion, Earl Scruggs, flipping the bird, Hank3, Hillbilly Central, Joe Buck, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, middle finger, Reinstate Hank, Roger Miller, The Grand Ole Opry, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Jamey Johnson’s Living For a Song is a tribute to his musical hero; a man he met in 2008 when Cochran was already suffering from pancreatic cancer. I’ve always had great respect for Jamey Johnson the man, and his dedication and desire to see this project through elevates him yet another notch. But shoot me that I like my pulse raised when I put on an album.
Alright, so we’ve all now had our yucks over this story of a naked Randy Travis being arrested, and I am certainly not above guilt, but I am seeing some fairly alarming rhetoric surrounding this story that I feel is unhealthy to the country music environment. The details of the story may be funny, but the incident is not. Celebrity or no, Randy Travis is a human being who is clearly going through a moment of crisis in his life.
Bobby Bare, Brantley Gilbert, David Allan Coe, Eric Church, Garth Brooks, Johnny Paycheck, Justin Moore, Kris Kristofferson, Randy Travis, Sturgill Simpson, Taylor Swift, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
There’s never been a question in anyone’s mind if Johnny Cash actually shot a man in Reno just to watch him die. But that lyric, and Johnny’s song “Folsom Prison Blues” have gone on to become an iconic piece of country music history. This language was nothing new in 1955. Murder ballads and gunslinger tales trace back to the very roots of country music and America’s Gothic, violent identity.
The long-awaited movie about the last days of Hank Williams called The Last Ride has finally been granted a theatrical release. It will begin to be shown in select theaters June 22nd, and in a series of historic theaters starting June 1st. The Last Ride is not meant to be a historic portrayal of Hank’s final days, but focuses on the interaction between Williams and his young driver.