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.
The Brother Brothers
Folk Alliance International is the annual gathering of the tribes for those individuals too stubborn-headed to worry about the major commercial applications of performed music, and instead do it for the spirit of the art, the community it creates, and/or to preserve primitive musical art forms in their most pure state.
Alex Cuba, Anna Tivel, Birds of Chicago, Cecile Doo-Kingue, David Wax Museum, Dawn Landes, El Coyote, Folk Alliance, Gangstagrass, Hoot and Holler, Ian Noe, Jim Lauderdale, Kim Taylor, Los Texmaniacs, Lula Wiles, Mipso, Parsonsfield, Raye Zaragoza, Rising Appalachia, Rosie and the Riveters, Sarah Jane Scouten, Shakura S'Aida, Smokey and the Mirror, The Brother Brothers, The Damn Tall Buildings, The Dimpker Brothers, The Lasses, The Sentimentals, The Slocan Ramblers, Willi Carlisle
Identical twins Adam and David Moss have done something that is not just remarkable in roots music, but in modern music in all its incarnations. They have re-connected with that original magic that compels you to stop, take a deep breath, shove everything else to the side, and truly give yourself to a listening experience.
Starting off the newest additions to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Playlist is singer and songwriter Lauren Morrow, formerly of the Georgia-based band The Whiskey Gentry. Now relocated in Nashville, she’s launching a solo project, and doing it in style with the song “Viki Lynn” off her just-released EP.
In the late 80’s, there was a commercial for Pace Picante Sauce that featured a bunch of cowboys sitting around a campfire eating a chuck wagon dinner. When the cowboys ran out of Pace made in San Antonio (by folks who know what Picante sauce is supposed to taste like, the commercial proclaimed), the cook […]
Adam Matta, Andy Gibson, Brooklyn Country Cantina, CC and the Boys, Cliff Westfall, Crossover Touring, Galea, Greg Garing, Hank Williams III, Hank3, Hill Country Barbecue, Jim Campilongo, Karen and the Sorrows, Moot Davis, Nora Brown, Phoebe Hunt, Skinny Dennis, Sxip Shirey, The Brother Brothers, The Defibulators, The Little Willies, The Wiyos, Vinyl Ranch, Zephaniah OHora
Getting to see singers, songwriters, and string aficionados Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, or Aoife O’Donovan live in concert individually is probably justification enough to spring for the babysitter and call in sick to work the next morning. Stack them together as the bluegrass supergroup known as I’m With Her, and it makes the decision even easier.
The original concept of South By Southwest was not to be a funnel for corporate brand recognition through music, or as a springboard for superstars to increase their street cred on social media. It was a place for artists and industry to come together in the discovery process so worthy talent could find support for their music.
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Alice Wallace, Billy Strings, Caroline Rose, Colter Wall, Elijah Ocean, Emily Herring, John Baumann, Joshua Hedley, Luck Reunion, Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Nikki Lane, Ruby Boots, Sarah Shook, The Brother Brothers, Tyler Childers, Willie Nelson, Wood and Wire
Zephaniah Ohora is quickly revealing himself as one of the greatest country music discoveries in 2017, and so there’s no better place for him at the moment than leading a collection of the Top 25 Current Songs for Saving Country Music’s official Spotify playlist.
Apologies if you came here looking to replenish your 3rd generation iPod with a fresh platoon of booty shakers. That’s not what this practice is all about. Feel good songs are just fine and help fleet us through the tiresome days, but when we talk about the “Best Songs,” were talking about songs that deliver moments that can change entire lives.
For the last two years, it’s felt like a lull for projects that really set themselves apart and set the pace for creativity and cultural importance. 2017 is a different story. It feels like this has been a banner year already, with some of the year’s biggest projects still in the offing.
It’s the charge of country and folk musicians to sing about the struggles of the common people that often go woefully unheralded by the rest of popular culture. But sometimes it’s not just people, but places that deserve the dignity of poetic adulation.
Based out of Brooklyn, The Brother Brothers is the closest thing you can find to Simon & Garfunkel in this century, yet with a primitive country sound. Incredible singing, some of the sweetest fiddle playing and cello accompaniment I’ve heard, and songs that are amazing in their simplicity, and their ability to put rhyme and reason to complex human emotions.
Adam Moss, Ana Egge, Cactus Blossoms, Church Sisters, David Moss, Natalie Hemby, Session Americana, The Blue Hit, The Brother Brothers, The Defibulators, The Malpass Brothers, The Quebe Sisters, The Secret Sisters, Tugboat