Chart placements, annual sales and streaming numbers, and glowing reviews aren’t the true testament to the importance of a piece of music. Time is. Over time, the fortitude of a song or album is tested rigorously.
It might have been one of the most important moments for women in country music in the genre’s history, and maybe one of the most important moments in country history, period. But you rarely hear mention of it.
Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, Kitty Wells, Lorrie Morgan, Martina McBride, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pam Tillis, Patsy Montana, Patty Loveless, Rose Maddox, Suzy Bogguss, The Maddox Brothers and Rose, The Women of Country, Trisha Yearwood
The 2023 CMT Awards could very well go down in country music history as a significant moment, but it won’t be for the reasons the producers of the presentation or their proponents in the media hoped for, or will purport it to be. And no, we’re not just talking about the polarizing political moments…
Alanis Morissette, Ashley McBryde, Billy Gibbons, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, CMA Awards, CMT Awards, Cody Johnson, Darius Rucker, Gwen Stefani, Jelly Roll, Justin Timberlake, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Megan Moroney, Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen, Patty Loveless, Shania Twain, Slash, The Black Crowes, Warren Haynes, Wynonna Judd
It was Kentucky that seeded the roots of country music in its earliest incarnations, it was Kentucky that gave rise to some of the most important artists of bluegrass in the 40s and 50s, and mainstream country music in the 90s, and it’s Kentucky that is fueling the country music revolution of today.
A pretty universal consensus from the country fans who did suffer through the presentation to see the extended Alan Jackson tribute at the end was that in 2022, the CMA Awards seemed to do a 180-degree turn, and started going back in the right direction toward featuring more actual country music.
Alan Jackson, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Katy Perry, Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Luke Combs, Marcus King, Old Dominion, Patty Loveless, Pillbox Patti, Ricky Skaggs, Sonya Isaacs, The War and Treaty, Thomas Rhett
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
Susan Lucci is the name people love to cite when it comes to someone who’s accrued a long string of nominations for a certain award without ever actually winning it. But legendary country music steel guitarist Paul Franklin actually has Susan Lucci beat, and by more than a decade.
Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, Clint Black, Derek Wells, Dire Straits, George Strait, Ilya Toshinskiy, Jenee Fleenor, Jerry Reed, Kane Brown, Kathy Mattea, Lauren Alaina, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Bryan, Mac McAnally, Mark O'Connor, Megadeth, Mel Tillis, Patty Loveless, Paul Franklin, Pedabro, Peter Frampton, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Susan Lucci, The Time Jumpers, Toni Braxton, Vince Gill
Though you won’t see any press releases about it, or social media posts about it from their personal accounts, both Tyler Childers and Chris Stapleton have been spotted in the region with their boots on the ground in Kentucky directly helping local residents after the historic flooding.
Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Strings, Chirs Stapleton, Country Music Highway, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, Healing Appalachia, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn, Paintsville, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, T. Graham Brown, The Judds, Tom T. Hall, Tyler Childers
Most certainly, country music has always been a bastion for more conservative and traditional viewpoints, for the most part. But there has always been exceptions and counter-balances within that narrative, expressing a lot more open-mindedness in the industry.
Anthony Armstrong Jones, Carol Channing, David Lee Murphy, Jimbeau Hinson, John Conlee, Kathy Mattea, Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson, Mel Street, Patty Loveless, Porter Wagoner, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Rita Coolidge, Steve Earle, Tammy Wynette, The Oak Ridge Boys
In 2015, when Mickey Guyton released her debut single “Better Than You Left Me,” she symbolized hope in the mainstream of country music for a host of reasons. Similar to how we regard artists such as Lainey Wilson and Carly Pearce today, Mickey Guyton was a bright spot.
Apparently, Carly Pearce did not get the memo. The script says that if you’re a mainstream country starlet that shows early promise in maintaining a little bit of country roots in your sound, as soon as you see some initial success, you’re supposed careen straight into full blown pop.
Not all playlist updates are built the same. Sometimes you’re hunting and pecking for new songs that are worthy to add, and sometimes you can wait to share a stacked draft class of some of the finest country music you can find in the modern era. This particular update is the latter kind.
Carly Pearce just continues to prove that she’s a bright spot in the mainstream of country, and is making us proud once again. The only problem with the EP she released earlier this year entitled 29 was just that: it was only an EP. Well now she’s doubling down on that approach.
American Aquarium and frontman BJ Barham have never been true country. But now they’re not just dipping their toes in the country water, their taking a full on plunge into the genre with the surprise release of a slew of country music covers.
Let’s be honest. Do we really need yet even more new versions of old country songs? But the wildcard here, and what makes this record worth turning your attention to is that you have the once-in-a-lifetime voice of the great Josh Turner gracing these classic songs.
Allison Moorer, Bruce Robison, Chris Janson, Country State of Mind, George Jones, Hank Williams, John Anderson, Josh Turner, Keith Whitley, Kris Kirstofferson, Maddie & Tae, Patty Loveless, Review, Runaway June, Vern Gosdin, Waylon Jennings
Jan Howard’s death was marked with obituaries enumerating her many accomplishments in country music, including her hits, her collaborations with John Anderson, and her long tenure at the Grand Ole Opry. But when it comes to Jan Howard, it was just as much about the work she did off the stage, and out of the spotlight.
Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Connie Smith, George Strait, Grand Ole Opry, Hal Ketchum, Jan Howard, Jean Shepard, Jimmy C. Newmann, Keith Urban, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mack McKenzie, Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless, Stonewall Jackson, Terri Clark
As tax season approaches and we get the opportunity to tie a bow around the doings of 2019, it’s always interesting to look back on the year at the Grand Ole Opry to see which performing members are paying their proper dues to country music’s most historic institution, and which one’s aren’t.
Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Chris Janson, Dan Rogers, Dustin Lynch, Gene Watson, Grand Ole Opry, Hal Ketchum, Kelsea Ballerini, Loretta Lynn, Lorrie Morgan, Luke Combs, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Rhonda Vincent, Ronnie Milsap, Stonewall Jackson, Tom T. Hall
Any frustration you might have experienced with The Mavericks for not releasing an original album this year is chased pretty quickly when they light into their version of “Swingin'” made popular by John Anderson, and then “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” written and recorded by Waylon Waymore Watasha Jennings.
Bluegrass legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, who passed away on June 23rd, was laid to rest Tuesday evening (6-28) after a public service that included words and performances from Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Jim Lauderdale, Ricky Skaggs, and other close friends and well-known performers in front of the crowd assembled at the Hills of Home Park in Coeburn, VA.
Brandy Clark is one of the revered and decorated ringleaders of the new school songwriting-by-committee process. Though the results may always be more appealing than the next tractor rap the “Peach Pickers” pull out of a corn field bro off, it sometimes can still smack more of product than the raw inspiration set to words country music used to be known for.
“White Mansions” couldn’t be made today. That’s one of many reasons it’s so remarkable and such a country music treasure. It’s not that the production costs would be too high or the talent couldn’t be assembled. But you couldn’t put present day top-tier music talent on an album that someone might construe as harboring sympathies for the Civil War South without creating an uproar.
Dave Cobb, Eric Clapton, Glyn Johns, Jessi Colter, John Dillon, Marty Stuart, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Patty Loveless, Paul Kennerley, Review, Southern Family, Steve Cash, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, White Mansions
I’m sure Danielle is a super sweet girl and that her hair smells ravishing, but her latest single “Friend Zone” is a techno-loaded disaster that takes the worst attributes from Iggy Azalea’s id and shoehorns them into a meager, non-country composition, stinging the ear drums like flying battery acid.
A collective rolling of eyes ensued when the ACM’s announced earlier this month they would pair some of today’s country music spares with legends from the past as part of their “Party For a Cause” concert centered around the ACM’s 50th Anniversary. Punctuating the ridiculousness of the duet roster was the unfortunate marriage of country legend Dwight Yoakam and country/EDM star Sam Hunt.