The truth is, Hank Williams at the time was in the twilight of his life, whether he knew it or not. Having suffered chronic back pain throughout adulthood that aided his alcoholism, by late 1952, Hank had turned thin, frail, incontinent, and had lost most of his hair, even though he was only 29 years old.
It is the end of an era for the Steve Earle’s legendary backing band The Dukes. The husband and wife duo of lead guitar player Chris Masterson and fiddle/mandolin player Eleanor Whitmore have decided to depart the band. The duo also fronts their own band called The Mastersons.
Yeah yeah, we get these tribute albums to country legends coming down the pipeline every few weeks or so it seems. But when you can get “King” George Strait to show up and participate in one of them, now you’re making some serious news. This song was really the linchpin to Billy Joe Shaver’s entire career.
Allison Russell, Billy Joe Shaver, Dripping Springs Reunion, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earle, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Willy and the Wandering Gypsy
August 16th, 2022 would have been Billy Joe Shaver’s 83rd birthday, but unfortunately, he passed away on October 28th, 2020 at the age of 81, leaving a legacy of songwriting that set the very foundation for Outlaw country music that is still just as influential and resonant today.
Allison Russell, Amanda Shires, Billy Joe Shaver, Charlie Sexton, Edie Brickell, Freddy Fletcher, George Strait, Live Forever: A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver, Lucinda Williams, Margo Price, Mickey Raphael, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nikki Lane, Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham, Steve Earle, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
Country music is country music, and the best definition of what country music is, is that you know it when you hear it. It’s self-evident. But the genre has birthed many subgenres, many stylistic movements over the years, and at times has seen a splintering and Balkanization.
Aaron Watson, alt-country, Americana, Ameripolitan, Bill Monroe, Bill Woods, Billy Mize, Billy Sherrill, Blackberry Smoke, Blake Shelton, Bloodshot Records, Bob Childers, Bob Wayne, Bob Wills, Bobby Bare, Bonnie Owens, Buck Owens, Cedric Burnside, Chancey Williams, Chet Atkins, Chris LeDoux, Cody Canada, Cody Johnson, Colt Ford, Colter Wall, Country Blues, countrypolitan, Cross Canadian Ragweed, CW McCall, Dale Watson, Dan + Shay, Dan Auerbach, Dave Dudley, David Allan Coe, Dick Curless, Don Rich, Dwight Yoakam, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Florida Georgia Line, Franklin County Trucking Company, Gene Autry, George Jones, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Greensky Bluegrass, Hank Williams III, Jason Aldean, Jason Boland, Jody Rosen, John Hartford, Johnny Cash, Junior Brown, Kane Brown, Koe Wetzel, Kolby Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Kyle Park, Leftover Salmon, Linda Rhonstadt, Lucinda Williams, Luke Combs, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Marty Stuart, Merle Haggard, Mike Ness, Ned LeDoux, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Old 97's, Owen Bradley, Patsy Cline, psychobilly, Randy Rogers Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Red Dirt, Red Sovine, Robert Earl Keen, rockabilly, Roy Rogers, Sam Bush, Sam Hunt, Steve Earle, Stoney LaRue, Texas Country, Th Reverend Horton Heat, The Allman Brothers, The Byrds, The Eagles, The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Grateful Dead, The Knitters, The Nashville Sound, The Rolling Stones, The Stone Poneys, The Stray Cats, Uncle Tupelo, Wade Bowen, Waylon Jennings, Wayne 'The Train' Hancock, Whiskey Myers, Whiskeytown, Willie Nelson
It’s always exciting when one of your favorite country artists like Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, or Sturgill Simpson decides to cut a bluegrass album. It’s pretty rare to have a bluegrass outfit decide to flip the script and make a country album. But that’s exactly what long-time bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent have decided to do.
Ashley Monroe, Dailey & Vincent, Darrin Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Grand Ole Opry, Jamie Dailey, Jimbeau Hinson, Jimmy Fortune, Karen Staley, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Earle, The Sally Mountain Show, Vince Gill
An oral history on the life of songwriting legend Billy Joe Shaver will be released on July 21st. Called ‘Live Forever: The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver,’ it is about Shaver’s life and songs told through his peers, friends, and disciples. Authored by Courtney S. Lennon…
Billy Joe Shaver, Bobby Bare, Dale Watson, Dallas Moore, Elizabeth Cook, James McMurtry, Jessi Colter, Live Forever: The Songwriting Legacy of Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Benson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Rodney Crowell, Scott H. Biram, Steve Earle, Waylon Jennings
There may not be another collection of voices more commonly featured via the recordings and live performances of country and roots artists than The McCrary Sisters—from the top reaches of mainstream commercial country, to the most revered Americana performers.
Allison Russell, Bob Dylan, Carrie Underwood, Deborah McCrary, Eric Church, Gregg Allman, Margo Price, Martina McBride, Mary Gauthier, Miranda Lambert, Paul Cauthen, Paul Thorn, Sean McConnell, Steve Earle, Stoney LaRue, The Fairfield Four, The McCrary Sisters, Whiskey Myers
Jerry Jeff Walker died on October 23rd, 2020, but not before becoming a folk hero from the song “Mr. Bojangles,” and helping to set up the conditions in Austin, TX that would ultimately make it the Live Music Capital of the World, and an alternative to Nashville.
Willie Nelson’s traveling Outlaw Fest will once again hit the road in 2022 with 19 dates all across the eastern United States, and with an expanded and revolving list of openers that will include some really cool names for amphitheater shows.
Allison Russell, Billy Strings, Brittney Spencer, Brothers Osborne, Charley Crockett, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Larkin Poe, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Outlaw Fest, Particle Kid, Steve Earle, The Avett Brothers, The War and Treaty, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan, ZZ Top
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
Well if it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it. And with the extended Rolodex of influences and acolytes Ray Wylie Hubbard has assembled, why not release a sequel? That’s what Ray Wylie will do on March 18th, 2022 with another list of excellent collaborators.
Ann Wilson, Cody Canada, Dalton Domino, Eliza Gilkyson, Hayes Carll, James McMurtry, Kevin Russell, Lizzy Hale, Randy Rogers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ringo Starr, Steve Earle, Wade Bowen, Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd
Blood harmonies and sister singers set the very foundation for American roots music, and country music specifically. There’s just something so elemental to the intimacy of this sound that it awakens dormant emotions untouchable by other sonic instruments and musical practices.
Texas-based country performer Paul Cauthen is supposedly putting this country music trend of telling people how country you are on blast in his new song “Country As *uck.” But like certain other parody songs, it’s guilty of the same crime it’s supposedly criticizing.
Second generation country performer Justin Townes Earle passed away tragically on August 20th, 2020, but strong efforts are underway to make sure his legacy doesn’t go forgotten, especially after the ownership of the label that released his first five albums was sent in flux.
Ben Nichols, Bloodshot Records, Emmylou Harris, Exceleration Music, Jason Isbell, Johnny Two Bags, Justin Townes Earle, Lucero, Lucinda Williams, Mike Ness, New West, Old Crow Medicine Show, Recording King, Steve Earle
This new album is a combination of simple compositions that convey sweet little vignettes from Texas life, and deep reverberative works and leave one shaken to the core from the impact of their stories. This combination makes Vincent Neil Emerson easy to warm to, but lasting in effect.
Legendary songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker passed away on October 23rd, 2020 due to throat Cancer, but never got a proper send off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event sold out within minutes of being announced, but if you’re a die hard Jerry Jeff fan and still want to participate, you can.
John Lomax III continued in the family business, but in a way that ultimately had major impacts in country music through the many Texas-born songwriters that would shake country music up as part of the 70’s Outlaw movement, and later in the emergence of alt-country.
At 84-years-old and having suffered health issues recently, it’s hard to blame Kris Kristofferson for wanting to hang it up. His service to art, film, music, and America as an Army Ranger and helicopter pilot is unparalleled and unprecedented, and it’s about time he decided to take it easy.
Carlene Carter, Dale Watson, Folk Uke, Jim Lauderdale, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard, Outlaw Country Cruise, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Shooter Jennings, Steve Earle, The Strangers, Waylon Payne
2020 is in the books and it’s time to look forward to the bright promise of 2021, and specifically the album releases in the country and roots world we have to be excited about. This includes the most anticipated releases, a complete release radar, as well as the always-fun rumor mill.
Aaron Watson, Barry Gibb, Cody Canada, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Frank Sinatra, Lucero, Pony Bradshaw, Steve Earle, The Divorcees, Travis Tritt, Vivian Leva, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, Willie Nelson
Singer, songwriter, and second generation performer Justin Townes Earle died of an accidental drug overdose, the Medical Examiners Office in Nashville has ruled, and the family of Justin Townes Earle revealed on Tuesday (12/1). Justin Townes Earle was found dead at the age of 38 on August 23rd.
A once-in-a-lifetime event happened on January 12th, 2019 when a wide-ranging assemblage of talent from country music and beyond came together at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville to pay tribute to Willie Nelson. Called ‘Willie: Life and Songs of an American Outlaw,’ it’s being released on CD and DVD.
Amanda Shires, Blackbird Presents, Bobby Bare, Chris Stapleton, Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, Don Was, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, George Strait, Jack Johnson, Jamey Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Margo Price, Micah Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Ray Benson, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow, Steve Earle, Susan Tedeschi, The Avett Brothers, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Willie: Life and Songs of an American Outlaw
“The record is called J.T. because Justin was never called anything else until he was nearly grown. Well, when he was little, I called him Cowboy,” says Steve Earle. “For better or worse, right or wrong, I loved Justin Townes Earle more than anything else on this earth.
It’s been a hard few weeks down in Texas and beyond as Texas music and Outlaw country have lost three titans of the golden era, with Johnny Bush, Jerry Jeff, Walker, and now Billy Joe Shaver all passing away in rapid succession. It has left the country music world reeling in an already unprecedented year.