Second generation country performer Justin Townes Earle passed away tragically on August 20th, 2020, but strong efforts are underway to make sure his legacy doesn’t go forgotten, especially after the ownership of the label that released his first five albums was sent in flux.
September 24 and 25th at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg, the Healing Appalachia concert will happen with a healthy slate of headliners and openers, all working to support a prosperous Appalachia free from addiction, led by Tyler Childers.
Arlo McKinley, Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle, Dave Lavender, Don Rigsby, Healing Appalachia, Hope in the Hills, Ian Thornton, Jeremy Pinnell, Kathy Mattea, Lucero, The Marcus King Band, TK and the Holy Know Nothings, Tyler Childers
Cinematic in scope and approach, you feel like you’re pixelated into the very frames of a dark, graphic novel rendered in anime—one where daybreak never comes, and the resolution isn’t some epiphanous moment of light and love, but simply a moment of rest from the endless struggle.
2020 is in the books and it’s time to look forward to the bright promise of 2021, and specifically the album releases in the country and roots world we have to be excited about. This includes the most anticipated releases, a complete release radar, as well as the always-fun rumor mill.
Aaron Watson, Barry Gibb, Cody Canada, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Frank Sinatra, Lucero, Pony Bradshaw, Steve Earle, The Divorcees, Travis Tritt, Vivian Leva, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, Willie Nelson
Wildly-influential alt-rock band Lucero will be releasing their 10th album on January 29th, 2021 called Where You Found Me through their own label Liberty and Lament, distributed by Thirty Tigers. The first single from the album called “Outrun The Moon” has just been released.
Natural Disasters is quite a bit more on the up-tempo and agreeable side from its predecessors in the Matt Woods catalog, but in a good way. Leaning more in the rock direction will cause some to miss the steel guitar and such that has textured his music in the past, but the energy and attitude embedded in the 10 tracks give it power.
2018 has been incredibly busy with new albums in the country and roots realm, and the 2nd half of the year looks to be just as busy. So to help you keep track of it all and perhaps help separate the wheat from thew chaff, here is a handy guide to some of the top releases to anticipate, a more expansive list of confirmed releases, and a rumor mill.
AHI, American Aquarium, Coco O'Connor, Cody Canada and The Departed, Cody Jinks, DeviDriver, Dillon Carmichael, Hank3, Jim Lauderdale, Karen Jonas, Kinky Friedman, Lori McKenna, Lucero, mmhmm, Rhyan Sinclair, Shooter Jennings, Tami Neilson, Tyler Childers, William Clark Green
Now celebrating 20 years hacking away at blending country, punk, soul, blues, and R&B smothered in Memphis gravy, the band is readying the release of their latest studio album, ‘Among The Ghosts.’ It features 9 new songs written by Ben Nichols and was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis.
The 5th Annual Medicine Stone Music Festival focusing on the best of Red Dirt music and sponsored by the Turnpike Troubadours, and Jason Boland & The Stragglers will once again commence at the Diamondhead Resort in Talequah, Oklahoma. This year the event will be held on September 21st-23rd, and they have just revealed the fest’s initial lineup.
Bri Bagwell, Charley Crockett, Dalton Domino, Dave Kay, Flatland Cavalry, Jacob Tovar, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jonny Burke, Kaitlin Butts, Lucero, Medicine Stone, MIke McClure, Randy Crouch & Flying Horse, Red Shahan, Shane Smith and the Saints, Shinyribs, Sunny Sweeney, the Red Dirt Rangers, The Washitas, Thomas Trapp, Turnpike Troubadours
Where would the current generation of alt-country and Americana artists be today if it weren’t for Ben Nichols and Memphis-based alt-country band Lucero? Lucero’s journey puts them in that sweet spot where right as many of today’s emerging Americana stars were learning their licks, it was Lucero they were leaning on.
“The No-Hit Wonder” is old school country rock at its finest, with exquisitely-crafted, cunning lyrical runs that make you laugh, amazing insight enhanced by brilliant timing and pentameter, and musical clothing that enhance each song’s strengths and endear them to the audience, pointing them the way to the album’s enjoyment. This is the album Cory Branan needed to release.