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.
How many times have you been told to go see an artist in smaller venues when you still have a chance? Well that warning is going out right here, right now for Jesse Daniel who has become a country music success story both personally and professionally.
American folk and rock music legend David Crosby has died at the age of 81. Most famous for his roles in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, and Nash (later ‘& Young’), he was right there in the middle of the counterculture revolution of America that very much became the mainstream culture in the mid and late 60s.
When your music has been covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Judy Collins—and when your legacy is so vast that the folk, country, and Western worlds all vociferously claim you for their own—you know you have forged a legacy that will withstand the rigors of time.
This week’s debacle with the sale of tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming “The Eras Tour” has already caused such an uproar, United States Senators and Congressmen are calling for investigations, while the Justice Department has reportedly opened a probe into the matter.
Maybe you’re not intimately familiar with the name, but you’re most definitely familiar with the licks he played, and the songs that he helped turn into country hits and standards over decades. One of the most prolific and respected session guitarists in country music history, Ray Edenton, has died.
Buddy Spicher, Charlie McCoy, Chris Scruggs, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Grand Ole Opry, Joe Maphis, Kitty Wells, Leon Russell, Lloyd Green, Lynn Anderson, Neil Young, Old Dominion Barn Dance, Ray Edenton, Reba McEntire, Red Foley, Roger Miller, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Webb Pierce
This news hits harder than most, not just because of how young Dallas Good was, and how unexpected this news is. It’s because few, if anyone could do was Dallas Good could do, and nobody could do what he did with his brother Travis. It was not of this world. And now, it no longer is.
Something tells me is that if you put Joe Rogan, Neil Young, and Jordan Peterson all together, standing in front of the Robert’s Western World stage, enjoying a fried bologna sandwich, a Moon Pie, and a PBR, the brotherhood of man would prevail.
Ben Keith, Brennen Leigh, Chris Stapleton, Don Gibson, Don Kelley, Ellis Bullard, Gary Clark Jr., Jewel, Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Killer Mike, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Morgan Wallen, Neil Young, Robert's Western World, Sarah Gayle Meech, Shooter Jennings, Snoop Dogg, Sturgill Simpson, Susanne Santo, The Don Kelly Band, The White Horse, Waylon Jennings
There are few tours that are more legendary to the history of country music than the six-week tour that Gram Parsons embarked on in 1973 behind his album GP. Yes, there were certainly bigger tours with higher grossing receipts, or tours that featured a more scintillating lineup.
Alvin Crow, Armadillo World Headquarters, Billy Walker, Charlie Louvin, Emmylou Harris, Faron Young, Fingerpistol, Gram Parsons, Grand Ole Opry, Jean Shepard, Joe Sun, Johnny Paycheck, Linda Ronstadt, Marcia Ball, Neil Flanz, Neil Young, Webb Pierce, Wilf Carter
The Willie Nelson camp has released the particulars for the 33rd Annual Farm Aid benefit concert, this year taking place September 22nd in Connecticut at the Xfinity Arena in Hartford. This will be the first time the longest-running concert for a cause in America will be held in Connecticut, which is home to 6,000 farms.
Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Farm Aid, John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Neil Young, Particle Kid, Sturgill Simpson, Tim Reynolds
Scranton, Pennsylvania will be the host of the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival to be held at the Pavilion on Montage Mountain on Sunday, September 18th, with headliners Willie Nelson, Neil Young, and Willie’s son Lukas Nelson’s band Promise of the Real backing up Neil Young on stage.
Willie Nelson, along with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews are the board members for the Farm Aid organization first launched in 1985, and all four will be performing at this year’s event being held in Bristow, Virginia at Jiffy Lube Live on September 17th. Along with the four headliners, this year’s Farm Aid features an impressive list of country music talent.
Carlene Carter, Dave Matthews, Farm Aid, Jamey Johnson, John Mellencamp, Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Neil Young, Sturgill Simpson, Tim Reynolds, Willie Nelson
Ahead of a comeback album called It’s About Time scheduled for release on January 15th, 2016 through Scott Borchetta’s NASH Icon label, Hank Williams Jr. has issued a rendition of the oft-covered “Are You Ready For The Country,” originally penned by Neil Young, and covered by Waylon Jennings some years later.
Well well well. In yet another bid for you to firmly affix your eyeballs to the boob tube on Wednesday, November 4th for the 49th annual CMA Awards, it has been announced that critic’s favorite and thrice-nominated SteelDriver turned songwriter turned performer Chris Stapleton will be performing with former ‘N Sync member turned solo superstar Justin Timberlake. Though if you’ve been reading Saving Country Music, you probably already knew this.
Willie Nelson is set to be honored by The Library of Congress and the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song on Wednesday, November 18th at Constitution Hall in Washington. The concert will be recorded and broadcast nationwide through PBS on Friday, January 16th, 2016. “It is an honor to be the next recipient of the Gershwin Prize. I appreciate it greatly,” Nelson says.
Alison Krauss, Billy Joel, Buckwheat Zydeco, Carole King, Edie Brickell, Gershwin Prize, Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Raul Malo, Rosanne Cash, Stevie Wonder, The Mavericks, Willie Nelson
Announced today in press release fashion, the 49th Annual, 2015 CMA Awards will be opened by newly-signed NASH Icon recording artist Hank Williams Jr. singing Waylon’s interpretation of Neil Young’s “Are You Ready For the Country?” first released on an album of the same name by Waylon in 1976. Hank Jr. will be joined by Eric Church in the rendition.
Are You Ready for the Country, Chris Stapleton, CMA Awards, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Maddie & Tae, Meghan Trainor, Merle Haggard, Miranda Lambert, NASH, NASH Icon, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Though decibel levels might be set-in-stone benchmarks, they can’t measure the historic precedent a music venue like Gruene Hall presents, or the spirit of the live performance, reading a crowd, and seizing the moment to deliver a memorable performance. It was Hank Williams playing six encores in 1949 on the Grand Ole Opry stage that launched his career, and country music itself, to superstardom.
In the windup to Sunday night’s Grammy Awards presentation, Bob Dylan was the honoree at a Friday evening event (2-6) naming him the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year. During Dylan’s 30-minute acceptance speech, he laid out much praise for his fellow songwriters, while unceremoniously lashing out at others, including Tom T. Hall and Merle Haggard. Merle has since responded.
Rejoice Southern rock fans. If you’re looking for a refill of your favorite poison, Atlanta, Georgia’s formidable Southern rock outfit Blackberry Smoke has just announced they have a brand new album on the way called “Holding All The Roses.” “I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we’re about,” says singer, frontman, and songwriter Charlie Starr.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN has announced what will be their next major two-year exhibit to replace the current Bakersfield Sound exhibit in the museum’s largest revolving exhibit space. It will be called Dylan, Cash, & The Nashville Cats, and it will primarily focus on folk songwriting icon Bob Dylan, Country Music Hall of Famer and Legend Johnny Cash, and the “Nashville Cats.”
Ben Keith, Bob Dylan, Buddy Spicher, Charlie Daniels, Charlie McCoy, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Briggs, Fred Carter Jr., Grady Martin, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Jerry Reed, Johnny Cash, Kenny Buttrey, Lloyd Green, Mac Gayden, Nashville Skyline, Neil Young, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Norbert Putnam, Pete Drake, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, The Johnny Cash Show, The Nashville Cats, Wayne Moss, Weldon Myrick
Yes, yes, it’s the age-old complaint that music doesn’t sound as good as it used to, and that the singers of today aren’t nearly as good as the ones we grew up with. Though there is certainly a bit of “old man syndrome” that creeps into this endless debate about the direction of popular music, there is also very specific and irrefutable data that backs up these claims that music isn’t as good.
Fans of Lee Ann Womack have been waiting not-so-patiently since 2008’s Call Me Crazy for new music from the multi-Grammy and multi-CMA Award winner, and on September 23rd they’ll finally get their wish. After years on major labels, Womack has teamed up with renown label Sugar Hill Records to release The Way I’m Livin’ this fall.
Bruce Robison, Buddy Miller, Chris Knight, Don Williams, Frank Lidell, Hank Cochran, Hayes Carll, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Mando Saenz, Marty Sturat, Mindy Smith, Neil Young, Paul Franklin, release date, Roger Miller, Sugar Hill Records, The Way I'm Livin'
In February it was announced that the the era-defining album “Wrecking Ball” released in 1995 by Emmylou Harris was getting the reissue treatment, with a remastering of the original album, a new disc of demos and outtakes, and a DVD delving into the making of the album, all set to be released on April 8th. You may wonder why this was the album picked out of the choir for a reissue, and why now.
It’s been my contention for years that if genre bending pioneer Beck ever made a straight up country record, it could have a similar effect as when The Byrds, heavily influenced by Gram Parsons, released Sweetheart of the Rodeo, allowing young hip listeners outside of country’s borders to realize the virtues of the genre.”I’m hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young,” says Beck.