Whatever we’re calling this post Bro-Country era in popular country music, the bespectacled Hardy has a heavy hand in it, both as a primary song contributor to Morgan Wallen and others, as well as a performing career that continues to swell in popularity.
On Sunday morning (1-8), the country music internet was all abuzz from a story in TMZ about Morgan Wallen pouring a drink down the front of the blouse of a woman at a Nashville bar. The incident allegedly happened Friday night, January 7th, at an unnamed bar on Nashville’s Lower Broadway.
Over the Christmas/New Year holiday, Morgan Wallen’s “You Proof” set a rather landmark achievement by becoming the first radio single in country music history to spend 10 weeks at #1—a record that despite the song’s country lyricism as a heartbreak drinking song, can only be regarded as dubious.
Morgan Wallen basically dominates everything. But what we’re concerned with here is digging through the raw data to determine if our hypothesis that non radio-supported artists such as Tyler Childers and Zach Bryan really are as big as we think they are, and if a country music revolution is underway.
Luke Combs said it best while accepting the trophy for Entertainer of the Year Wednesday night (11-9) at the 2022 CMA Awards: “This is my fifth or sixth year being at this awards show, and country sounded more country than it has in a long time tonight.” In truth, the CMA Awards righting the ship goes back even further.
Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Chris Stapleton, CMA Awards, Cody Johnson, Darrell Scott, Elle King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Lainey Wilson, Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Luke Combs, Marcus King, Maren Morris, Mickey Gilley, Morgan Wallen, Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton John, Patty Loveless, Pillbox Patti, Ricky Skaggs, Sonya Isaacs, Taylor Swift, The War and Treaty, Zach Bryan
Zach Bryan is currently crossing the final frontier yet to be conquered by an artist not groomed by Music Row. We’re speaking of course about country radio. For months now, Zach Bryan’s single “Something in the Orange” has been either the #1 most streamed song in all of country music, or #2 or #3.
A couple of weeks ago, HARDY announced a new album called ‘The Mockingbird and THE CROW’ to be released on January 20th, 2023, and released three preview songs with it. One of them is called “here lies country music,” and similar to ERNEST’s “Flower Shops,” it’s a straight ahead traditional country song.
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
The new triple album from Tyler Childers ‘Can I Take My Hounds to Heaven?’ debuts at the highest mark for the Kentucky-based artist on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, but fails to top the Billboard Country Albums chart, or best his top debut sales peak set by his previous major studio release.
Zach Bryan is arguably the 2nd biggest thing going in all of country music at the moment behind Mullett Boy, but of course you couldn’t tell that by piping up your country radio, unless you have one of those cool radio stations in your area that actually play what they want. But all of that might be changing.
The album ‘Purgatory’ by Tyler Childers will go down in history as one of the most important and successful releases by any country music artist in the last ten years, and perhaps in history. But now it’s time for Tyler’s ‘Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven?’ to attempt to grip our attention.
Ever since video leaked of Morgan Wallen using the ‘N’ word on camera on January 31st, 2021, the situation has been broadly mischaracterized by the media and others looking to exploit the situation as opposed to giving it the accurate portrayal such an important incident deserves.
Congratulations CMA Awards, you had an opportunity to save your relevance. And instead, just like much of the press, you have ignored the biggest cultural phenomenon in country music in 2022. But the CMA nominations aren’t all bad. Lainey Wilson leads all nominees with six.
On Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, Florida Georgia Line played its final show as a duo at the Minnesota State Fair. “This is our last official concert as Florida Georgia Line… let’s see what we got left in the tank,” Tyler Hubbard said at the start of the performance, goading the crowd. It’s been a long, slow, painful death.
Brian Kelley, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks, Dave Cobb, Florida Georgia Line, Joey Moi, John Marks, Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, Nelly, Nickelback, Sam Hunt, Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Hubbard, Zach Bryan
Never has the story of a deceased independent country artist been so compelling to the point where it is covered so overwhelmingly across the entirety of American media, and beyond. And yes, the results of all this attention is translating into people listening to Luke Bell’s music.
Tyler Childers continues to rack up the milestones and the precious metal as the popularity of his album ‘Purgatory’ continues to defy odds. Released five years ago last week, ‘Purgatory’ continues to be one of the most popular titles in all of country music, and it continues to rack up the certifications.
“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.
No rest for the weary, and no time to ruminate upon and digest the 34 tracks Zach Bryan released just a couple of months ago via his massive #1 album ‘American Heartbreak.’ Make room on your plate, because here are nine more in what Zach Bryan is calling an EP.
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.
In 2015, we couldn’t imagine artists not supported by mainstream country radio selling out arenas, and minting multiple Platinum singles without the help of Music Row. Here in 2022, Tyler Childers is considered one of the top artists in the entire country music industry, and now we have Zach Bryan.
Aaron Watson, Blackberry Smoke, Carly Pearce, Gary Overton, Hailey Whiters, Jada E. Watson, Jamey Johnson, Jason Isbell, Josh Abbott Band, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Hill, Lainey Wilson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Midland, Morgan Wallen, Orville Peck, Paige Davis, Palomino Fest, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, The Avett Brothers, tomatoGate, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Wheeler Walker Jr., Whiskey Myers, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
It’s a cool program the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion has put together, with local bands opening for big-named acts all summer. But apparently when the team for Maren Morris caught wind that there would be a local act playing on the Hazy Little Stage, they cited a “no local openers” clause.
Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Hazy Little Stage, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Morgan Wallen, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Paige Davis, Sam Hunt, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson
“It’s always going to evolve, but it seems to return to its roots, and I think that’s what’s happening now.” This was the assessment of country legend and “Class of ’89” member Clint Black during a recent appearance on Tracy Lawrence’s “Honky Tonkin'” radio show.
Zach Bryan has officially ensconced himself as an independent country music superstar, doing what only a select few other non radio-supported artists have done through grassroots support in the past, which is score a #1 album in country music.
Zach Bryan and his new album American Heartbreak are having a moment, and when all is said and done and the dust settles, it’s likely to ensconce the singer/songwriter among the very top artists in country music. But it’s not just because the album has 34 songs.