It may not be as obvious of an example as the little shop down the street in a strip mall selling handmade scented candles and hippie soap, but your favorite independent music artists are all most certainly small businesses as well. So are many of your favorite locally-owned music venues, local festivals…
On Saturday night, November 12th, the wild popularity that the boys from Oklahoma have been enjoying ever since they came back from an indefinite hiatus was given it’s ultimate test. Not only did the Turnpike Troubadours fill Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center, they sold it out.
The boys from Oklahoma who will be returning home from touring all around the United States this year after officially reuniting in April at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. Consider it a true homecoming for a band that has earned it, and may just be getting started on what they have in store for the future.
“American Heartbreak” by Zach Bryan has been showing all indications of being one of those “sticky” albums, selling another 24,803 in albums and equivalents again last week. Even more interestingly, the album retook over the #2 spot from the new Luke Combs album “Growin’ Up” two weeks ago.
There are many festivals out there now catering to independent country and Americana. But in three short seasons and amid a pandemic, Under The Big Sky Fest has quickly made the case for being the biggest and most important of all off the strength of its lineups.
Adia Victoria, Austin Tripp, Cameron Duddy, Chris Claridy, Cody Jinks, Cole Swindell, Cowboy Eddie Long, Dave Simonett, Erin Vaincourt, Evan Felker, Hannah King, Helnore Highwater Band, Hogslop String Band, Jaime Wyatt, Jeremy Ivey, Jess Carson, Lainey Wilson, Leah Blevins, Lord Huron, Luke Cutchen, Margo Price, Mark Wystrach, Michelle Rivers, Morgan Wade, Nick Shoulders, Paul Cauthen, Shakey Graves, Sierra Ferrell, Sierra Hull, The Black Pumas, Tim Helnore, Trampled by Turtles, Tre Burt, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Fest, Warren Zeiders, Zach Bryan
Yes, just a day after Saving Country Music posted a long-winded rant about why trying to court mainstream country radio is a fool’s errand, not one, but two interesting anomalies have popped up on the format that are worth remarking about, and keeping a close eye on.
Well damn, we were all saying right after the Turnpike Troubadours announced their return and tickets were selling out immediately wherever they announced shows, that the boys from Oklahoma could probably sell out arenas at this point, or at least in certain markets.
In what is quickly becoming both one of the biggest and most important festivals in independent country and Americana in just its third year, Under The Big Sky Fest in Whitefish, Montana has announced its 2022 lineup for July 15-17, and once again it’s a doozy.
American Aquarium, Cody Jinks, Emily Clark, Hannah King, Jaime Wyatt, Jamey Johnson, Lainey Wilson, Leah Blevins, Lord Huron, Michelle Rivers, Midland, Morgan Wade, Nick Shoulders, Paul Cauthen, Sierra Ferrell, The Lil Smokies, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Fest, Zach Bryan
If you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to catch the Turnpike Troubadours on their reunion tour and got locked out of the first round of shows due to the crazy run on tickets, the opportunities to see them live just got a lot more lucrative.
Aaron Lewis, Chris Colston, Darci Carlson, Ella, Flatland Cavalry, Gordys Hwy 30 Music Fest, Granger Smith, Jackalope Jamboree, Jesse Daniel, Koe Wetzel, Kolby Cooper, Lainey Wilson, MIke and the Moonpies, Miranda Lambert, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wade, Pecos and the Rooftops, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rob Leines, Sam Hunt, Sam Riggs, Shane Smith and the Saints, Tim McGraw, Turnpike Troubadours, Under The Big Sky Festival, Willie Nelson, Windy City Smokeout, Zach Bryan
Floydfest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and just off the Blue Ridge Parkway has formally announced their 2022 lineup, and it’s a doozy. Not exclusively a country or roots festival, they consider themselves more a “world” festival, but they always include a healthy dose of cool country.
49 Winchester, American Aquarium, Amythyst Kiah, Floydfest, Lake Street Dive, Marcus King, Melissa Ethridge, Morgan Wade, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sierra Ferrell, Trampled by Turtles, Turnpike Troubadours
There is just something that makes the elements of country music exceptionally complimentary to Christmas carols and Holiday music. The sense of comfort and home that is conferred by country music is similar to the one many feel listening to Christmas songs.
April Verch, Brian Callihan, Chris Canterbury, Christmas, Cody Johnson, Cody Webb, Cowboy Mouth, Curtis Grimes, Darryl Worley, David Adam Byrnes, Doug Stone, Drake Milligan, Eric Strickland, Erin Enderlin, Holly Tucker, India Ramey, Jay Bragg, JD Shelburne, Jenee Fleenor, Joe Newberry, Jordan Robert Kirk, Josh Turner, Lainey Wilson, Lori McKenna, Makenzie Phipps, Mary Sarah, Mikayla Lane, Morgan Wade, Nashvillains, Nefesh Mountain, Pistol Annies, Randall King, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Rhonda Vincent, Skip Ewing, Steve Warnier, Tami Neilson, Tammy Rogers, Thomm Jutz, We Banjo 3, William Michael Morgan
These are pop stars using the country format for attention and notoriety. And no different than Bebe Rexha, Gwen Stefani, Pink, and other pop stars who collaborated with more native country acts and usurped attention from country’s women, their appearance on country radio is problematic.
Luke Combs didn’t just put Zach Bryan, Morgan Wade, and Cody Johnson on a poster. He put out a whole promotional video featuring these artists as part of the announcement, and splattering it all over social media. Even if people don’t attend these events, the damage is done.
Maybe pigs can fly. Maybe monkeys will fly out of Mike Myers’ butt. And maybe mainstream country radio will play Cody Jinks if it’s just given a chance, or a choice. The effort to bring Cody Jinks to the mainstream country airwaves has already born fruit.
“You will be happy to hear that I have never received the amount of unsolicited positive feedback as I have from this show,” Dave Parker reports. “I have since expanded it to three hours, and now commit a consultant’s daily sin of featuring it in our middays. I am guardedly encouraged…”
In what’s always a promising sign for an artist and often results in extra revenue streams, there has been some big signings recently to publishing deals in the independent country and roots world, with Billy Strings, Wade Bowen, and Morgan Wade all inking new contracts.
The places a song can take you, the realizations a song can impart, this is the reason we cherish music so much, and we cherish songs specifically as the kernel root of all musical experiences that we remember forever. These are the best country and roots songs of 2021 so far.
Alan Jackson, Alice Gerrard, Blackberry Smoke, Charlie Starr, Cole Chaney, Drew Kennedy, Francesco Turrisi, George Jones, Hope Dunbar, Jamey Johnson, Jason Cope, Jason Eady, Katie Jo, Mac Leaphart, Morgan Wade, Pony Bradshaw, Red Shahan, Rhiannon Giddens, The Steel Woods, Vincent Neil Emerson, Vivian Leva & Riley Calcagno
The argument can be made that Ashley McBryde is the best thing going in mainstream country music at the moment. She certainly released a contender for the best mainstream country album in the last couple of years with her record ‘Never Will.’ Now she’s taking the act on the road.
Live music is back folks, so don’t be the loser sitting on your couch watching Law & Order reruns and turning in early when your favorite band comes rolling through town, especially if it’s American Aquarium, and especially with the openers they’re bringing out with them.
Tis’ the season, and the opportunity as the COVID-19 pandemic era comes to a close to start thinking about music festivals once again, and one of the biggest in the roots community has just announced its full 2021 lineup, and it’s a doozy.
49 Winchester, Blackberry Smoke, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Charley Crockett, Hayes Carl, Ian Noe, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Kelsey Waldon, Morgan Wade, Rhonda Vincent, Tanya Tucker, The Steedrivers, The Steel Woods, The Wooks, Yola
For years we’ve been on the hunt for that woman who can rise up from the ranks of independent country artists to be a game changer that challenges the mainstream like we’ve seen from Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, and the like. That is where Morgan Wade enters.
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. New songs have just been added.