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.
It’s rather remarkable reflecting back 10 years at just how far independent country, roots music, and Americana have come in finding a seat at the table with their mainstream country counterparts.
He’s known as one of the hardest working artists in country music, and for good reason. Not only has he been releasing albums at a 2-per-year clip for years now, he tours harder than most anyone else. This will be the case once again in 2023 as Charley Crockett has just released a slew of new tour dates.
Jon Pardi is calling it the “Mr. Saturday Night World Tour,” but let’s just go ahead an label it the “mainstream country that doesn’t suck and actually sounds country” tour. That’s been Jon Pardi’s calling card for a while now, and he even kicked it up a notch with his recent album “Mr. Saturday Night.”
Similar to Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert has been one of those mainstream artist that delineates herself from most mainstream contributors by following her heart, sometimes to the detriment of her commercial appeal or success, while then sliding right back into the good graces of the industry.
Love him, hate him, find yourself among the population of the very few who feel indifferent about him, Morgan Wallen is the biggest thing in mainstream country, and at this point, by such multiples of scale, it truly is difficult to comprehend. We’re talking Garth-level, generational, genre-defying popularity.
Lo and behold, when in London, England recently, Tyler Childers stopped by a local record store and was digging on the debut Jesse Daniel record while someone snapped a photo. The photo started making the rounds thanks to Vinyl Cup Records in Des Moines, Iowa.
The only thing more cool than your favorite country music performers is when your favorite country music performers come together to collaborate in a supergroup. Some of these collaborations have gone on to become just as legendary as the individual performers themselves.
Black Tie, Brokedown in Bakersfield, Chicks With Hits, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Flying Burrito Brothers, I'm With Her, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt, Miranda Lambert, Old Dogs, Pistol Annies, Poco, Rodney Crowell, Run C&W, Sister Sadie, Stregnth in Numbers, supergroup, Texas Hill, The Eagles, The Earls of Leicester, The Flatlanders, The Frontmen, The Highwaymen, The Highwomen, The Knitters, The Local Memories, The Lost Highwamen, The Million Dollar Band, The Notorious Cherry Bombs, The Panhandlers, The Punch Brothers, The Sky Kings, The Wilder Blue, Thexas Tornadoes, Trio, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, Western Centuries, Willie Nelson
Comedian Rob Schneider’s daughter has hauled off and made herself a country record. And just like Elle King herself, it’s a little much and all over the place. That’s not to say there isn’t any entertainment value to be had. On the contrary. Elle King turns in some real quality songs.
On July 1st and 2nd, NASCAR Cup Series will be holding their “Chicago Street Race” as part of the greater July 4th weekend, and have booked some major acts to play full sets as part of the festivities, including Miranda Lambert, The Black Crowes, The Chainsmokers, and yes, Charley Crockett.
Not all of us will end up making it to 90. But we’re all the beneficiaries of the fact that Willie Nelson (almost) has. On April 29th, Willie will officially turn 90 years old, and on that day and the next one, a massive cavalcade of stars will converge on the Hollywood Bowl in California.
Allison Russell, Beck, Billy Strings, Blackbird Presents, Bobby Weir, Charley Crockett, Chris Stapleton, Edie Brickell, Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Orville Peck, Particle Kid, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, The Chicks, The Lumineers, Tom Jones, Tyler Childers, Warren Haynes, Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley
As we look back on 2022 and before we look forward to 2023, it’s important we take the time to pay tribute to the important individuals in country music who left us over the last year, and who left a mark on the country and roots music world that will never fade. 2022 saw some absolute titans of the music leave us.
Alabama, Anita Kerr, Blake Mevis, Bobbie Nelson, Bobby Flores, Brad Martin, C.W. McCall, Charlie Gracie, Dallas Frazier, Dallas Good, Deborah McCrary, Don Edwards, Eddie Pleasant, Gary Adams, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Ian Tyson, In Memoriam, Jake Flint, Jeff Carson, Jeff Cook, Jerry Allison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Miller, Jimbeau Hinson, Jody Miller, Joe Chambers, Joe Gilchrist, Larry Petree, Lavender Country, Loretta Lynn, Luke Bell, Mary Jane Thomas, McCrary Sisters, Mickey Gilley, Miranda Lambert, Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton John, Patrick Haggerty, Peter Cooper, Ralph Emery, Ray Edenton, Robert Gordon, Roland White, Ronnie Hawkins, Scotty Wray, The Band, The Crickets, The Judds, The Sadies, Thom Bresh, Warner Mack, Western Centuries
Every year to make sure the best titles in mainstream country don’t get overlooked, and to encourage the quality in the mainstream to rise to the top, we run down the best mainstream country albums to compliment the Album of the Year nominees. Some years there is overlap.
As the concert ended, the friends of Cory Barron couldn’t find him. They searched the entire ballpark, hung around to see if he would show up, called friends to confirm he didn’t leave with someone else, with no clue of where he’d disappeared to. By Saturday morning, a missing persons report was filed.
The 2023 Grammy Award nominees were announced on Tuesday (11-15), with some big surprises, some worthy nominees, and a some disappointment in some categories as it seems the Recording Academy continues to be obsessed with nominating familiar names.
Written by Tyler Childers some 10 years ago, and cherished to the point of being worn out via video renditions by many dedicated Childers fans, “Jersey Giant” is a unique composition for Childers since it features a bridge within the verse/chorus structure.
Not since the emergence of Miranda Lambert have we seen a woman surface in mainstream country music with such promise and passion that carries a wide appeal through an infectious personality, and at an advantageous time when everything is aligning to allow her to be utterly successful.
According to numerous journalists, artists, and activists, after MIranda Lambert’s appearance on stage at the Bridgestone on Friday evening with Jason Aldean, all of her good will and Miranda’s active efforts to make country music a more inclusive place deserves to be called into question.
Allison Russell, Billy Dukes, Brandy Clark, Brittany Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Country Universe, Holly G, Jason Aldean, Lorie Liebig, Luke Lambert, Marcus K. Dowling, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Morgan Wallen, Shane McAnally, The Black Opry, Waylon Payne
Yeah yeah, we get these tribute albums to country legends coming down the pipeline every few weeks or so it seems. But when you can get “King” George Strait to show up and participate in one of them, now you’re making some serious news. This song was really the linchpin to Billy Joe Shaver’s entire career.
Allison Russell, Billy Joe Shaver, Dripping Springs Reunion, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earle, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Willy and the Wandering Gypsy
Adam Hood is a songwriter’s songwriter, doing it for the love of the craft as opposed to the commercial application of whatever he comes up with. Similar accusations can be made of his buddy Brent Cobb who came on as a producer. Add Blackberry Smoke to the cast as the album’s backing band.
The final months of 2022 are here, and just like the first portion of the year, it is jam packed in an increasingly cluttered environment for new releases. Instead of being overwhelmed, use this guide to help you navigate through the crush of titles, with the first 20 albums listed considered some of the top releases.
Adam Hood, Ags Connolly, Alex Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, Blackberry Smoke, Brennen Leigh, Brent Cobb, Brit Taylor, Caitlin Rose, Caleb Caudle, Channing Wilson, Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, Courtney Patton, Dailey & Vincent, Dale Watson, Dierks Bentley, Dropkick Murphy's, Emily Nenni, Flatland Cavalry, Gabe Lee, Hellbound Glory, Hillgrass Bluebilly Records, Jake Worthington, James Hand, Jason Hawk Harris, John Fullbright, Johnny Cash, Johnny Falstaff, Jordan Nix, Julie Roberts, Kendell Marvel, Lainey Wilson, Marty Stuart, Miranda Lambert, Nikki Lane, Paul Cauthen, Randy Rogers Band, RL Burnside, Shooter Jennings, Slackeye Slim, Sturgill Simpson, Sunny Sweeney, Town Mountain, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
As reported by Saving Country Music in July, a new 6-part, 12-hour documentary named ‘They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes, and the Rise of Renegade Troubadours’ is on the way, featuring over 90 interviews and 75 live performances, with Jessi Colter executive producing.
Andrew Combs, Billy Joe Shaver, Charley Crockett, Charlie Daniels, Chris Gantry, Chris Shiflett, Chris Stapleton, David Allan Coe, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Geadelmann, Gary P. Nunn, Gram Parson, Guy Clark, Heartworn Highways, Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Jonny Fritz, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Margo Price, Matthew McConaughey, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nikki Lane, Parker McCollum, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richie Albright, Rodney Crowell, Scott Borchetta, Shelly Colvin, Shooter Jennings, The Byrds, They Called Us Outlaws, Tom Hiddleston, Tom T. Hall, Townes Van Zandt, Tyler Childers, Willie Nelson, Willis Alan Ramsey
this is like getting a new Adam Hood album, and Adam Hood/Brent Cobb collaborative album, and a Blackberry Smoke side project all rolled up into one. Many people in the Adam Hood orbit who respect the songwriting of the Opelika, Alabama native answered the call to make ‘Bad Better Days’ a career effort.
Adam Hood, Bad Days Better, Blackberry Smoke, Brent Cobb, Charlie Starr, Courtney Patton, Dave Kennedy, Davis Nix, Frank Liddell, Miranda Lambert, Oran Thornton, Pat McLaughlin, Rob Snyder, Warren Haynes