Live music in 2021 saw its return after the worst moments of the pandemic, but only in fits and starts, with multiple postponements and cancellations wrecking many plans, yet a few important moments still going off in the windows when they could.
Shane Smith and the Saints
Listen ladies and gentlemen, it’s not just a hypothetical that when a song gets featured on Paramount’s Yellowstone series it’s a big deal. What’s going on at the moment is a musical phenomenon helping to support independent country music.
If you need an illustration to help put into perspective how the shifting dynamics in entertainment are causing a tectonic-level reorganization of media, and how this is all weighing upon already deepening trends in country music, this might be one of the best.
It could have been a disaster, or it could have not happened at all. When Mile 0 Fest rescheduled their 2021 festival from late January to late April, a lot of dominoes had to fall their way for them to pull it off. It was a risk. But they pulled it off with flying colors.
American Aquarium, Blackberry Smoke, Cody Canada, Courtney Patton, Drew Kennedy, Hayes Carll, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland, Kyle Nix, Lucinda Williams, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Randy Rogers Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Reckless Kelly, Roger Ray, Shane Smith and the Saints, The Steel Woods, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen, Whight Lighters
The Texas, Red Dirt, and Americana-oriented Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida will be moving forward in 2021, and they have just announced the festival’s preliminary lineup. Usually occurring in late January/early February, they have moved the date later in the year due to COVID-19 concerns.
Blackberry Smoke, Bruce Robison, Jaime Wyatt, Kyle Nix, Lucinda Williams, MIke and the Moonpies, Mile 0 Fest, Pat Green, Randy Rogers Band, RC Edwards, Reckless Kelly, Ryan Engleman, Shane Smith and the Saints, Shovels & Rope, Turnpike Troubadours, Wade Bowen
Texas-based Southern rock band Whiskey Myers is set to launch their own personally-curated festival and annual gathering for their fans called the Firewater Festival, and they have just announced the inaugural lineup. The event has been cleared by state and local officials to move forward.
Neal McCoy’s tour bus “Old Glory” is the latest to go up in flames in an early morning fire. Luckily, McCoy and all his crew were able to vacate the vehicle before the blaze overtook it, and much of their gear stowed in a separate trailer was also spared. But it is the latest close call involving touring musicians, and fires.
2019 was a stacked year for top live performances. This was supposed to be a list of the top 10 live performances, but due to such a crowded field, things boiled over. And yes, there are three #1 acts. All should be considered equals at the very top level of live performance. They were all so great, it seemed unfair to put one over the other.
Amanda Shires, Billy Strings, Bri Bagwell, Cedric Burnside, Charles Wesley Godwin, Courtney Marie Andrews, Jack Ingram, Kaitlin Butts, Logan Ledger, Lukas Nelson, MIke and the Moonpies, Raul Malo, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sierra Ferrell, Tami Neilson, The Brother Brothers, The Mavericks, The Tender Things, Tyler Childers, Whitey Morgan and the 78's, Yola
Thursday, November 21st couldn’t have gone any worse for the Austin-based Texas music band Shane Smith and the Saints. But as word trickled out to the public of what had happened, and the harrowing pictures got passed around the internet, Shane Smith and the Saints let it be known that the show would still go on, and go on it did.
All members of Texas music band Shane Smith and the Saints are safe and accounted for, but their bus and gear trailer are completely destroyed, along with most all of the contents after it caught fire Thursday (11-21) en route to a show Thursday night in Lubbock. However, the show must go on, and they’re still planning on playing the show.
The commonality of criticizing country radio within the ranks of country music’s classic and independent fans is pretty severe, and for good reason. Generally speaking, country radio is a blob of nationalized playlists and unimaginative music, and no curation by the DJs on the ground in local markets. But this doesn’t mean all radio is bad.
Canaan Bryce, Chris Colston, Cody Johnson, Copper Chief, Eric Raines, Joe Diffie, Kody West, Koe Wetzel, KOKE, KOKEFEST, Kylie Rae Harris, Parker McCollum, Randall King, Read Southall, Shane Smith and the Saints, Turnpike Troubadours, Willie Nelson
The Turnpike Troubadours may be on indefinite hiatus at the moment, but you’ll get to see the band’s hot shit guitar player Ryan Engleman soon at a Reckless Kelly show near you. After the departure of long-time Reckless Kelly guitarist David Abeyta in February, it has been a revolving cast of characters filling the big […]
Charley Crockett, David Abeyta, Dustin Schaefer, Evan Felker, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jeff Crosby, Kyle Nix, Matt Gracy, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Reckless Kelly, Ryan Engleman, Shane Smith and the Saints, Turnpike Troubadours
Like the landscapes and experiences one may encounter on a lengthy journey, ‘Hail Mary’ guides the audience through a wide range of moods and moments, from fears to euphoria, with Shane Smith composing involved stories and lessons in songs that are made to feel even more monumental by the earnestness of the music.
Fans of country and Red Dirt’s Turnpike Troubadours were left forlorn late last month when it was announced that the band would be going on an indefinite hiatus amid a rash of cancelled shows and concerns for frontman Evan Felker, which begs the question of who might be able to step up to fill this important void.
American Aquarium, Charley Crockett, Cleto Cordero, Comanche Moon, Dalton Domino, Drew Moreland, Evan Felker, Flatland Cavalry, James Steinle, Jamie Line Wilson, Mike & The Moonpies, Randall King, Reckless Kelly, Red Shahan, Shane Smith and the Saints, Shotgun Rider, Turnpike Troubadours, William Clark Green
30 minutes before Texas music legend Charlie Robison was scheduled to be paid tribute by his fellow Texas and Red Dirt artists, a line 400 deep snaked around the block of the 200-capacity Key West Theater as part of the 2019 Mile 0 Fest. Some folks had shown up hours before.
Adam Hood, Bri Bagewell, Bruce Robison, Charlie Robison, Jack Ingram, Jamie Lin Wilson, Keith Gattis, Kelley Mickwee, Micky and the Motorcars, Micky Braun, Mile 0 Fest, Randy Rogers, Shane Smith and the Saints, The Cole Trains
Texas music legend Charlie Robison will be making a rare public appearance since retiring from music in September of 2018 as part of a special tribute being put together at this week’s Mile 0 Fest in Key West, Florida. Mile 0 Fest also addresses the Turnpike Troubadours cancellation.
Bruce Robison, Charley Crockett, Charlie Robison, Cody Canada, Jack Ingram, Jamie Lin Wilson, Keith Gattis, Mile 0 Fest, RC and the Ambers, RC Edwards, Shane Smith and the Saints, Turnpike Troubadours
Now that 2019 is off and running, it’s time to get ready for some of the most anticipated releases in the early portion of the year, and we’re doing so by adding some songs from these important albums to the playlist.
Mile 0 Fest taking part in Key West, Florida January 29th to February 2nd has just released it’s final lineup, expanding to a total of 68 names. With the expanded names, and with most performers playing multiple shows across the island, this will bring the sum total of performances to well over 100.
Texas music and independent country continue to gain market share and offer a better, and more healthy alternative to the mainstream, and we’re continuing to see this reflected in the ever-expanding festival space. A new festival in Oregon is gearing up to offer the Pacific Northwest their first taste of the Texas festival experience.
Brass Tacks, Darci Carlson, Greg Payne and the Piedmont Boys, Jaime Wyatt, Parker McCollum, Randy Rogers Band, Redwood Son, Shane Smith and the Saints, Stoney LaRue, Sunny Sweeney, The Lowdown Drifters, Whiskey Myers, Wild Hare Countryfest, William Clark Green
The 5th Annual Medicine Stone Music Festival focusing on the best of Red Dirt music and sponsored by the Turnpike Troubadours, and Jason Boland & The Stragglers will once again commence at the Diamondhead Resort in Talequah, Oklahoma. This year the event will be held on September 21st-23rd, and they have just revealed the fest’s initial lineup.
Bri Bagwell, Charley Crockett, Dalton Domino, Dave Kay, Flatland Cavalry, Jacob Tovar, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jonny Burke, Kaitlin Butts, Lucero, Medicine Stone, MIke McClure, Randy Crouch & Flying Horse, Red Shahan, Shane Smith and the Saints, Shinyribs, Sunny Sweeney, the Red Dirt Rangers, The Washitas, Thomas Trapp, Turnpike Troubadours
Right now, Texas and Oklahoma is being robbed of its female talent from Nashville and the two coasts. And these women are regularly sucked up into a system that absconds with their creative freedom, sexualizes their image, and drops them unceremoniously whenever their commercial viability is perceived to be spent.
American Aquarium, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Joe Shaver, Brennen Leigh, Bri Bagwell, Courtney Patton, Hot Club of Cowtown, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack, Maren Morris, Medicine Stone, Miranda Lambert, Randy Rogers Band, Ryan Engleman, Samantha Crain, Shane Smith and the Saints, Sister C, Stoney LaRue, Sunny Sweeney, The Quebe Sisters, Turnpike Troubadours