If there was an ideal time for Billy Strings to hop off the bluegrass train, it would be right now. So what does he do to codify his dominance of the live music space? He goes off and records the most straightforward album of bluegrass and country standards as possible, and invites his father.
We knew it was bound to happen sooner or later. Though we all have fallen in love with bluegrass phenom Billy Strings as he’s taken the roots music world by storm to the point where his popularity has spilled out into the greater music landscape, you knew that sooner or later he would jump the bluegrass tracks…
The International Bluegrass Music Awards, or IBMA’s announced the nominees earlier this week, and it felt anything but perfunctory. In previous years you had the usual suspects up for all the major awards. It feels completely different here in 2022, and for good reason. Billy Strings, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, and more.
Certain events and venues take on an exceptional status in music, simply from the moments that happened there, the memories made, and the artists discovered. Such is the case for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which celebrated its 49th Anniversary in 2022.
Bela Fleck, Big Richard, Bryan Sutton, Chris Thile, Edger Meyer, Grateful Dead, Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Jack Black, Jerry Douglas, Joy Adams, Leah Song, Leonard Podolak, Michael Cleveland, Molly Tuttle, Paul Hoffman, Phil Lesh, Rhiannon Giddens, Rising Appalachia, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Tenacious D, The Duhks, The Lil Smokies, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
To sing country, you have to live country, and that’s what makes the music of Mike Kuster so much more meaningful. It comes with that real life, lived-in and loved aspect that you just don’t get from the antiseptic and formulaic notions of big radio singles.
Make no mistake though, if you want to hear the absolute pinnacle of bluegrass in 2021 when it comes to just sheer blazing imagination and artistry, then accept no substitutes. Béla Fleck and ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ are it, period. ‘My Bluegrass Heart’ is a masterwork
Bela Fleck, Billy Strings, Brian Sutton, Chris Thile, David Grisman, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, Michael Cleveland, Molly Tuttle, My Bluegrass Heart, Noam Pikelny, Review, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Tony Trischka
I know what some will say: Bluegrass has always been here. And that’s most certainly true. But for these subgenres of country music to sustain, they need fresh blood every few years, both in the form of exciting new performers, and new fans. And in 2021, bluegrass is enjoying both.
The 2020 IBMA Awards will go forward as scheduled, sans audience of course, but with an exceptional list of nominees for 2020. Leading all nominees is fiddle player Michael Cleveland with seven nominations total, and entirely worthy after releasing the weal-received album Tall Fiddler. He’s followed by the wondrous Billy Strings.
It’s been a long road for Tanya Tucker, but she has finally received distinction from the Recording Academy. In fact, she received a few of them during the 2020 Grammy Awards Premier Ceremony Sunday (1-26) afternoon before the televised portion of the program for Best Country Song and Best Country Album.
If you’re looking for some fresh selections for your extended 4th of July holiday weekend listening, you’ve come to the right place. The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is meant to keep you in tune with the best songs and albums being released right here, right now, and it has just been reprovisioned .