30 years ago, the independent record label Bloodshot Records was founded in Chicago by Rob Miller and Nan Warshaw, and quickly became one of the focal points and instigators of the independent country music revolution we’re currently enjoying the fruits of today.
Sarah Shook and the Disarmers
What if you could see many of these fast rising names all in one place, along with other great names in the country, roots, and Americana realm? That is the experience the Wild Hare Music Festival is offering in Canby, Oregon this summer on July 15th and 16th.
Charles Wesley Godwin, Dalton Domino, Jaime Wyatt, Jenny Don't and the Spurs, Lowdown Drifters, Lucero, Marcus King, Red Shahan, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, TK and the Holy Know Nothings, Tylor and the Train Robbers, Vincent Neil Emerson, Wild Hare Music Fest, Zach Bryan
Officially the third record from Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, ‘Nightroamer’ is distinctly more of an indie rock or power pop-influenced album compared to Sarah’s two previous ones, but with a few strong country tracks to ground the effort in the roots as well.
“Took me about 15 years to write this song,” Brent Cobb says. “Finally finished it up a few days ago. Next time you’re trying to tell your friends about all the cool country artists you listen to just send them to this song. I got as many as I could in there. Proud to know these folks.”
Aaron Watson, Blackberry Smoke, Brandi Carlile, Brent Cobb, Charley Crockett, Cody Jinks, Jason Isbell, MIke and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Sturgill Simpson, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers
Out with 2021 and on to 2022, which means getting you ready for the new albums and songs that are about to break out in country music for the new year. What better way than giving the ‘ol Top 25 Current Playlist a refresh with the best stuff to get 2022 started.
Welcome to 2022, and another (hopefully) exciting year for albums releases in the greater country and roots music world. In the spirit of trying to keep you informed, you can find a detailed list of confirmed album releases for 2022, and the always-exciting “Rumor Mill.”
Bonnie Whitmore, Brent Cobb, Cactus Blossoms, Eleanor Whitmore, Matt Castillo, Muscadine Bloodline, Noah Guthrie, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, The Whitmore Sisters, The Wooks, Tony Logue
Look alive boys and girls, because word just came down about what will be one of the most anticipated albums in independent country in 2022. The punk-infused and honky-tonk heavy outfit from North Carolina called Sarah Shook and the Disarmers have let it be known…
pound for pound, the 2021 Old Settler’s Fest lineup conveyed as much entertainment value as any other event you’d find out there, with smart and studious curation that resulted in a stellar lineup and experience for 2021 Old Settler’s goers.
Bonnie Bishop, Casey "Pickle" McBride, Cedric Burnside, Della Mae, Elle Townley, Fruition, Grace Rowland, Hogslop String Band, Jade Bird, James McMurtry, Jamestown Revival, Jean Spivey, Jeremie Albino, Kelsey Waldon, Logan Ledger, Old Settler's Fest, Po' Ramblin' Boys, Robert Ellis, Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Sierra Ferrell, Steve Poltz, The Deer, Tomar and the FCs, Tony Kamel, Wood and Wire
After numerous false starts and postponements due to the pandemic, the 34th Annual Old Settler’s Festival finally got underway on Thursday, October 21st for early revelers in the campground, and on the main stages on Friday the 22nd, with Sarah Shook opening, and Jade Bird headlining.
None of this might be happening right now if it wasn’t for Bloodshot Records. And when I say “this,” I mean this website, you reading it, many of the artists featured here, a.k.a. the independent country music movement that has given rise to so many of your favorite artists.
Like so many other festivals over the last 1 1/2 years, Old Settler’s fest just outside of Lockhart, TX has been attempting to hold what will be its now 34th annual installment. Normally conducted in the spring, and postponed entirely in 2020, they have finally set a date and lineup for 2021.
Bonnie Bishop, Carrie Rodriguez, Cedric Burnside, Della Mae, Folk Family Revival, Hogslop String Band, James McMurtry, Kelsey Waldon, Logan Ledger, Old Settler's Fest, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Sarah Jarosz, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Sierra Ferrell
On Monday, July 20th, all artists currently signed to independent music label Bloodshot Records received a letter written by the principal employees of the 25-year-old Chicago-based record label explaining in detail how the label is currently up for sale, and how they likely have been unfairly compensated by one of the owners.
Here are the greatest country and roots albums of the last decade in Saving Country Music’s estimation. Albums were regarded primarily on quality, and how they held up over the decade, as well as the influence they had on country music, and music at large. These are the albums that should not be overlooked over the last 10 years of music.
Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, Caitlin Rose, Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks, Emily Scott Robinson, First Aid Kit, Hellbound Glory, Jack Ingram, James McMurtry, Jason Eady, Jason Isbell, John Moreland, Joseph Huber, Kacey Musgraves, Kellie Pickler, Lindi Ortega, MIke and the Moonpies, Miranda Lambert, Olds Sleeper, Roger Alan Wade, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Slackeye Slim, Sturgill Simpson, Sunny Sweeney, Tami Neilson, The Mavericks, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Zephaniah OHora
“I think that they’re completely losing it. And I think that’s a sad situation because we should never let country music die. I think that every type of music should be saved, and country is one of the greatest. It’s been around, as far as I’m concerned, longer than any of it,” says Loretta Lynn.
Two important independent festivals that are working hard to support and expand Texas, Red Dirt, Americana, and independent country music beyond its traditional borders will not be happening in 2020. Both the Tumbleweed Festival near Kansas City, and the Wild Hare Country Festival in Oregon have cancelled for 2020.
Blackberry Smoke, Bri Bagwell, Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson, LiveNation, MIke and the Moonpies, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, The Scooter Brown Band, Tumbleweed Festival, Whiskey Myers, Whitey Morgan, Wild Hare Country Festival
Forget that in less than two months from now, Tyler Childers will be taking off on a national arena tour with fellow Kentuckian and producer Sturgill Simpson that is already some 25% sold out, Tyler Childers is selling out arenas on his own right at the moment, at least one near his hometown, and on consecutive nights.
Those who don’t know the name soon will. Those who do know the name have probably been wondering why it’s been so long getting here. But the moment has arrived for Jason Hawk Harris to go from an obscure country songwriter and performer, to a name to look out for.
The Tumbleweed Music Festival set to take place just outside of Kansas City May 30th through June 1st has just announced their daily lineups for 2019, and the festival will have a slightly different complexion from previous years by putting all the performers on one main stage.
Blooshot Records co-owner Nan Warshaw is officially out at independent record label Bloodshot Records in the aftermath of a sexual harassment scandal. This is the news coming from the label Saturday afternoon (3-9) as the company prepares to trek to SXSW this upcoming week where they have been one of the fixtures of the event.
Bloodshot Records, Jason Hawk Harris, Laura Jane Grace, Lydia Loveless, Mark Panick, Nan Warshaw, Rob Miller, Robbie Fulks, Ruby Boots, Ryan Adams, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, SXSW, The Vandoliers, The Waco Brothers, William Elliot Whitmore
The reigning Saving Country Music Album of the Year winners Sarah Shook and the Disarmers have just added a slew of new tour dates to their 2019 itinerary. As recent attendees to Sarah Shook concerts can attest, she brings the party, and many of her recent tour dates have been selling out.
The Tumbleweed Music Festival set to take place just outside of Kansas City May 30th through June 1st has just announced their full lineup for 2019, and this year’s installment will have a strong Southern rock flavor to it. A strong contention of women will also be on the lineup.
Alabama, Ben Haggard, Blackberry Smoke, Chelsea Nolan, Jackson Taylor and the Sinners, Jaime Wyatt, Randall King, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Senora May, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Steel Woods, Tommy Ash, Whiskey Mysers
As we get near the end of the year and the amount of new releases begins to slow down, it allows us to look forward at what might be ahead for 2019. One artist and album that is already emerging to be on the lookout for is Charles Wesley Godwin’s ‘Seneca’ that is due to be released on February 15th, 2019.
In the humble estimation of Saving Country Music, 2018 has been the second bumper crop year in a row for excellent, top shelf efforts in country music. To reflect that, the number of nominees for Saving Country Music’s vaunted Album of the Year recognition has been pushed to its capacity of 10 once again.
American Aquarium, Blackberry Smoke, Caitlyn Smith, Cody Jinks, Colter Wall, Courtney Marie Andrews, Dillon Carmichael, El Coyote, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Eady, John Prine, Kacey Musgraves, Lori McKenna, MIke and the Moonpies, Pistol Annies, Randall King, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, Tom Buller, Whitey Morgan and the 78's