As we look back on 2022 and before we look forward to 2023, it’s important we take the time to pay tribute to the important individuals in country music who left us over the last year, and who left a mark on the country and roots music world that will never fade. 2022 saw some absolute titans of the music leave us.
If there was an ideal time for Billy Strings to hop off the bluegrass train, it would be right now. So what does he do to codify his dominance of the live music space? He goes off and records the most straightforward album of bluegrass and country standards as possible, and invites his father.
Though you won’t see any press releases about it, or social media posts about it from their personal accounts, both Tyler Childers and Chris Stapleton have been spotted in the region with their boots on the ground in Kentucky directly helping local residents after the historic flooding.
Billy Ray Cyrus, Billy Strings, Chirs Stapleton, Country Music Highway, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Stewart, Healing Appalachia, Keith Whitley, Loretta Lynn, Paintsville, Patty Loveless, Ricky Skaggs, T. Graham Brown, The Judds, Tom T. Hall, Tyler Childers
A recent petition launched to coincide with Freddy Fender’s birthday, and subsequent media reporting, has stimulated a healthy amount of discussion about the prospects for Freddy Fender being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Clint Black, Country Music Hall of Fame, Crystal Gayle, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Freddy Fender, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Rodriguez, Keith Whitley, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Lynn Anderson, Ray Charles, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, Texas Tornadoes, The Judds, The Mavericks, Vern Gosdin, Veronique Medrano
You have to be happy with this class overall. Certainly, you can look over the elongated list of other potential inductees that grows even longer every year due to the Hall of Fame’s austere approach to induction, and do a healthy level of second guessing.
Brooks and Dunn, Chet Flippo, Country Music Hall of Fame, Irving Waugh, JD Crowe, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Galante, Keith Whitley, Kix Brooks, Lorrie Morgan, Mike Curb, Naomi Judd, Nudie Cohn, Ralph Emery, Ralph Stanley, Ray Charles, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, Wynonna Judd
Amid speculation by the public, inquiries by the media, and a continuing investigation by authorities, the family of deceased country music legend Naomi Judd has revealed that she died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound when she passed away on April 30th at the age of 76.
Since the Hall of Fame continues to not allow for public broadcast of the ceremony, fans of The Judds and other inductees have been mostly resigned to piecing together the events. But luckily, a full video of The Judds induction has emerged.
Naomi Judd struggled publicly with mental illness throughout her life. But instead of hiding it, she tried to use her experience with the disease to share her wisdom, and inspire others to work through their struggles, and spoke openly about suicide and how it is preventable.
Mickey Guyton was all live, and offered up a stirring, spectacular, and respectful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” with just enough flair to let her personality and talents shine through. She nailed it. Whether it’s one for the ages we’ll have to let time decide.
Beginning in the 00’s, songwriting in country music began to change, and by the early 2010’s, the population of country music songwriters had contracted by as much as 90% by some estimates, as the royalties that helped sustain these writers also began to dry up.
Alison Krauss, Buddy Cannon, Don Williams, Garth Fundis, Hugh Prestwood, Jerry Douglas, Jimmy Buffett, John Conlee, Josh Kear, Josh Osborne, Luke Laird, Michael Johnson, Randy Travis, Rumer, Shenandoah, Tanya Tucker, The Judds
One of the most successful and influential duos in country music history can now claim the distinction as Country Music Hall of Famers. Naomi and Wynonna—the mother and daughter combination known collectively as The Judds—have just been named the newest Hall of Fame inductees.
It’s that time of year again to consider who might be in the running for the precious few spots as the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. A secret committee commissioned by the CMA is going over their final ballots and whittling down the names to the few who will make it.
Country Music Hall of Fame, David Alan Coe, Dwight Yoakam, Gram Parsons, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Paycheck, Keith Whitley, Kenny Chesney, Larry Gatlin, Linda Ronstadt, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Ralph Stanley, Ray Charles, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, The Stanley Brothers, Tompall Glaser, Travis Tritt
Country music is usually left off the lineup when it comes Super Bowl time. But there will be at least a sliver of representation in 2021 though as Eric Church has been tapped to perform the National Anthem with Jazmine Sullivan before the game.
Clint Black, Eric Church, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelleigh Bannen, Rhiannon Giddens, Shania Twain, Super Bowl, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Travis Tritt, Valerie June, Who is singing National Anthem with Eric Church
From the Grammy-winning song “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” that became the signature song from The Judds, to Gary Allan’s first #1 hit “Man To Man,” to Ronnie McDowell’s #1 “Older Woman,” songwriter Jamie O’Hara made major contributions to the songbook of country music.
Something that became obvious while watching the Ken Burns documentary is a few of the egregious oversights the Country Music Hall of Fame has been a party to when it comes to its inductees. Unlike other Halls of Fame, The Country Music Hall of Fame is extremely selective of who they let in, only allowing three new members in each year.
Don Maddox, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr., Hazel Smith, Keith Whitley, Ken Burns, Marty Stuart, Ralph Stanley, Rosanne Cash, Rose Maddox, The Judds, The Maddox Brothers and Rose, The Stanley Brothers
If you’re a country music fan and are disappointed that your favorite artist didn’t get enough screen time in the Ken Burns film on country music, well guess what, your favorite genre did, and by the most revered documentary filmmaker of our time, and before rock n’ roll, pop, the blues, soul music, or hip-hop.
Alan Jackson, Allen Reynolds, Bill Monroe, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bluebird Cafe, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Stapleton, Clint Black, Conway Twitty, Dayton Duncan, Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Don Williams, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks, George Jones, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Jamey Johnson, Johnny Cash, Kathy Mattea, Keith Whitley, Ken Burns, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Miranda Lambert, Nanci Griffith, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, Rick Rubin, Ricky Skaggs, Rosanne Cash, Ryman Auditorium, Steve Earle, Sturgill Simpson, Taylor Swift, The Judds, Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill
Contributing essays to the book will be numerous classic and contemporary country artists, including Rosanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, The Judds, Alison Krauss, Bobbie Gentry, Tammy Wynette, and Taylor Swift. Woman Walk the Line is country women writing about other women who’ve inspired them.
Alison Krauss, Aubrie Sellers, Bobbie Gentry, Brenda Lee, Grace Potter, Holly Gleason, June Carter Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Rosanne Cash, Tammy Wynette, The Judds, Woman Walk The Line, Woman Walk the Line: Women Writers on the Female Country Artists Who Marked Their Soul
50-year-old country stars aren’t supposed to make records like these. They’re supposed to be trying to hold onto their glory days or make good use of the last dying gasps of somehow getting on the radio. Or they’re supposed to just give up the ghost and make sure they’re investing their money smartly. But nobody told Wynonna Judd that, or her husband, producer, drummer and songwriter Cactus Moser.
“White Mansions” couldn’t be made today. That’s one of many reasons it’s so remarkable and such a country music treasure. It’s not that the production costs would be too high or the talent couldn’t be assembled. But you couldn’t put present day top-tier music talent on an album that someone might construe as harboring sympathies for the Civil War South without creating an uproar.
Dave Cobb, Eric Clapton, Glyn Johns, Jessi Colter, John Dillon, Marty Stuart, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Patty Loveless, Paul Kennerley, Review, Southern Family, Steve Cash, Tanya Tucker, The Judds, Waylon Jennings, White Mansions