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.
Under The Big Sky Fest
One thing was clearly evident after traveling to Whitefish, Montana to experience the massive Under The Big Sky Festival with its incredible lineup and expansive grounds: the independent country and roots music we all enjoy has officially arrived. This is no longer a boutique subgenre.
Badger Hound, Billy Strings, Brothers Osborne, Charley Crockett, Colter Wall, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Evan Felker, Hannah King, Hogslop String Band, Jade Bird, James Hand, Jason Isbell, Jesse Daniel, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, Lilly Hiatt, Mary Meyer, Michelle Rivers, Nikki Lane, Orville Peck, Paul Cauthen, Ryan Bingham, The White Buffalo, Tyler Childers, Under The Big Sky Fest, Whitney Rose, Yellowstone
When Childers rolled up to the Under The Big Sky Fest in Whitefish, Montana Sunday night (7-19) to play his first show in some 16 months, it wasn’t to warm the stage up for the big mainstream band that had blown in from Nashville in the Brothers Osborne, it was vice versa.
There are just some places where its better to see certain artists, where they are truly in their element. For Colter Wall, that ideal location would be out on the plains, or in the valley, with the mountains looming in the distance, where the cattle graze and the cowboy roams free.
Even at 64-years-old now, Dwight is still squeezing into tight jeans, and moving around on stage like he’s 17, swinging hips, thrusting his haunches behind his guitar, and spinning around on his boot heels. Dwight Yoakam doesn’t play music, he makes sweet love to it, and his voice is still caramel.