Once again it is a television series that is stepping up to deliver what mainstream country radio and other conventional music mediums often don’t, which is the music from independent artists that is resonating with the public despite commonly being overshadowed.
Released in 2014, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” was Sturgill Simpson’s breakout release, and helped put him on the map in country music and beyond. Metamodern Sounds wasn’t just well-received by critics, it helped further stimulate a cultural revolution in country music.
Not every season of Austin City Limits these days is worth stopping down for, or has such close ties to the country and roots scene like it did back in the program’s heyday. But the first portion of Season 47 sure does. Set to premier on Saturday, October 2nd.
Embracing and the cliché nature of what is otherwise an excellent country song, switching out some honky tonk piano at the start and then revisiting the fiddle start off later in the song allows Tyler Childers to smear his own DNA on the track, while still being respectful to the original composition.
“Turns out I did in fact unfortunately hemorrhage / rupture my vocal chords after all. I am currently getting the best treatment available and should fully recover, but its gonna be a long hot minute before I can return to stage,” Sturgill said in post late Wednesday night (9/29).
On Friday, the mercurial artist announced that an upcoming five-night residency at Webster Hall in New York September 28th to October 2nd, as well as a three-night run at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville November 18th to 20th, would also be victims of the ongoing vocal issues.
Many Sturgill Simpson fans in Charlotte, North Carolina and beyond are still disappointed after it was announced last minute and right before his set time that Sturgill Simpson would not be appearing. Tyler Childers has been tapped to perform for Sturgill in Georgia.
Mountain Stage’s longtime host Larry Groce is not going anywhere just yet, so there’s no call for misty eyes and career retrospectives. But after having co-founded and hosted the show since 1983, it was announced last week that Larry will be seceding weekly host duties to Kathy Mattea.
“You will be happy to hear that I have never received the amount of unsolicited positive feedback as I have from this show,” Dave Parker reports. “I have since expanded it to three hours, and now commit a consultant’s daily sin of featuring it in our middays. I am guardedly encouraged…”
No matter what happens subsequently, Sturgill Simpson has left such an indelible mark on the legacy of country music, and music at large with his five album contribution over the last eight years (along with two bluegrass side projects), you can’t help but feel the need to tip you hat.
Everyone recognizes what Sierra Ferrel has, and wants to be a part of it. It’s like Janis Joplin in the 60’s. A lioness. Sierra isn’t just a singer and songwriter. She’s a force of nature who melds gypsy jazz and mountain music into an alluring and intoxicating concoction.
Once or twice a year, you have one of these mega release days in country music where the albums are so important, and the amount of releases so daunting, you need a field guide, or a Sherpa to help shepherd you through it all. Luckily you have little ol’ Saving Country Music.
Adrian + Meredith, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Anderson East, Billy Law, Chris J Norwood, Connie Smith, Darrin Bradbury, Garrett T. Capps, James McMurtry, Jay Nash, Joe Troop, John Scott Sherrill, Karen Jonas, Malcolm Holcombe, Sam Williams, Sierra Ferrell, Sturgill Simpson, Wanda Jackson, Ward Hayden and the Outliers
The independent music revolution in both country and in the greater music ecosystem in many was born off the back of vinyl record purchases. Where many mainstream fans only cared enough to stream the latest single, independent fans made that extra financial commitment and connection with their favorite artists by purchasing vinyl copies, or sometimes […]
Though we don’t have any songs from Sturgill Simpson’s new album at the moment—and don’t have any further information on it beyond the track list and album art—we can actually glean quite a bit from the title, including that this album will be a very personal work.
Sierra Hull leads the 2021 nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards with 5, tying her with the retiring Doyle Lawson who picks up 5 himself, while Balsam Range, Justin Moses, and Billy Strings also pick up multiple big nominations, and Molly Tuttle comes in with 2.
Alison Krauss, Billy Strings, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Gary Brewer, Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers, IBMA, Lynn Morris, Molly Tuttle, Po' Ramblin' Boys, Sierra Hull, Sturgill Simpson, The Stoneman Family
Sturgill Simpson has officially announced his 5th album named ‘The Ballad of Dood & Juanita,’ and according to the hashtag accompanying the announcement, it will be “Yer Pawpaw’s country music.” Sturgill has always espoused that he would release only five albums.
Many had their suspicions since Sturgill Simpson released his dystopian rock album ‘Sound & Fury’ in 2019, but on the July 6th episode (#1679) of of the wildly-popular Joe Rogan Experience, Joe Rogan himself fessed up: it is indeed him who can be heard on the radio spouting conspiracy theories.
Along with his eight appearances on Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour throughout September, and a stop at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina on September 16th, Sturgill Simpson has set a five-night residency at Webster Hall in New York City.
The chemistry of this band is just so perfect, not just unto itself, but for this very time and place. They’re classic, but cool. That’s the reason they aren’t about to compromise anything they do just for a quick step up the ladder.
.357 String Band, Catlin Rutherford, Charley Crockett, Cody Jinks, Colter Wall, Hank Williams III, Jason Isbell, Kyle Ponder, MIke and the Moonpies, Mike Harmeier, Omar Oyoque, One To Grow On, Rachel Brooke, Sturgill Simpson, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Zachary Moulton
Now the ball is in Post Malone’s court to wear a bootleg T-shirt of Tyler Childers wearing a Post Malone T-shirt of Post Malone wearing a bootleg Tyler Childers T-shirt, and soon we’ll be starring into infinity like when you stand between two mirrors on opposing walls.
One of the most iconic and longest-lasting traditions in country music will be taking a second year off: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic. But Willie Nelson has plotted his return to live music with a select run of shows, and the Outlaw Music Festival Tour.
Cody Jinks spent the better part of May sequestered in the studio at the infamous Sonic Ranch just outside of El Paso, TX with his band the Tone Deaf Hippies, recording his next album ahead of hitting the road again with the full band after a long period away.
Before the pandemic, whenever an important artist in country and roots music passed away, it was customary for folks to gather in a remembrance in Nashville. For obvious reasons, that couldn’t happen in a timely fashion for John Prine, who died on April 7th, 2020.
So often when an artist or band announces or releases an album with a star producer assisting them, it’s the star producer whose name preempts the actual artists themselves in headlines and promotional copy. That’s never happened with the projects the Grammy-winning David Ferguson has produced.