The 2023 Grammy Award nominees were announced on Tuesday (11-15), with some big surprises, some worthy nominees, and a some disappointment in some categories as it seems the Recording Academy continues to be obsessed with nominating familiar names.
Many of the venues that once established Austin, Texas as the Live Music Capital of the World have been shuttered in recent years as the city deals with rapid growth and soaring real estate prices. But if the city and others have their way, the historic dancehall The Broken Spoke will not be one of those casualties.
Alan Jackson is being honored as the 2022 recipient of the Country Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the top honors in country music, the Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 2012 with Willie Nelson as the inaugural recipient. Alan Jackson will be on hand at the CMA Awards.
From performers, to songwriters, to executives and producers, to the strong scene of bluegrass entertainers from New York that have gone on to define the very highest reaches of the discipline, these Jewish contributors deserve our recognition and appreciation.
Andy Statman, Asleep at the Wheel, Barbi Benton, Bela Fleck, Ben Hoffman, Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, Charley Crockett, David Grisman, Doug Stone, Eric Church, Eric Silver, Garth Brooks, Gene Lowinger, Glen Campbell, Jerry Garcia, John Michael Montgomery, Kinky Friedman, Mickey Raphael, Nefesh Mountain, Nudie Cohn, Old and In The Way, Paul Burch, Paul Cohen, Peter Rowan, Ray Benson, Scott Siman, Shel Silverstein, Si Siman, Steve Goodman, The Grateful Dead, Victoria Shaw, Wheeler Walker Jr., Willie Nelson
There’s a reason Williams waited five years before releasing his second record. Now a seasoned journeyman who’s paid his dues on the road and tacked some skins on the wall, Williams was ready to write, sing, and perform with the kind of conviction you need to sell your songs to the audience.
Concept albums have been an integral part of country music history, with the release of certain projects completely reshaping the country music paradigm, including in recent memory. Just in case you need an illustration of the breadth and importance of concept albums in country music
Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Chris Stapleton, Dave Cobb, Drive By Truckers, Earl Scruggs, Emmylou Harris, Eric Clapton, George Jones, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams III, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Joshua Ray Walker, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, Kris Kristofferson, Kyle Nix, Lindi Ortega, Maddie & Tae, Mamma Coal, Marty Robbins, Marty Stuart, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Pam Tillis, Paul Kennerley, Peter LaFarge, Porter Wagoner, Slackeye Slim, Sturgill Simpson, Terry Allen, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Woody Guthrie
The Grammy Awards officially open the initial round of voting for nominees today, and due to the propensity for the Grammys to often overlook key contributors in the country music and roots space, here are some simple suggestions of what Grammy voters should make sure they don’t ignore for the 2023 awards.
49 Winchester, American Aquarium, Arlo McKinley, Ashley McBryde, Brennen Leigh, Brent Cobb, Caroline Spence, Charles Wesley Godwin, Charley Crockett, Grammy Awards, Ian Noe, John Prine, Jon Pardi, Kaitlin Butts, Lyle Lovett, Molly Tuttle, Sturgill Simpson, Tommy Prine, Vince Gill, Wade Bowen, Willi Carlisle, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
What we consider as the foundational sound of the Countrypolitan or Nashville Sound era was very much sung and arranged by Anita Kerr. Along with the The Jordanaires, The Anita Kerr Singers—selected and arranged by Anita Kerr—contributed most all the chorus singing that was set behind country songs.
Anita Kerr, Anita Kerr Quartet, Anita Kerr Singers, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Burl Ives, Chet Atkins, Ernest Tubb, Eurovision, Faron Young, Floyd Cramer, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Owen Bradley, Pat Boone, Patsy Cline, Perry Como, Queen, Ray Charles, Red Foley, Roy Orbison, The Jordanaires, The Smothers Brothers, Webb Pierce, Willie Nelson
There are few places more synonymous with country music in Texas than Luckenbach, and there are few places more synonymous with an individual artist than Luckenbach is with Jerry Jeff Walker. When Walker recorded his album Viva Terlingua! in Luckenbach’s legendary dance hall.
Channing Wilson, Clete Shiels, Django Walker, Gary P. Nunn, Hondo Crouch, James Otto, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Luckenbach, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Susan Walker, Tim Flannery, Wade Bowen, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
It was revealed previously that between 2007 and 2014, Loretta Lynn had been making regular visits to the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN originally built by Johnny Cash, and recording tracks with her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash acting as producers.
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
One of the most interesting and accomplished characters to ever grace the history of country music has unfortunately passed away. Eddie Pleasant just about did it all. He was a performer and musician. He wrote songs. He worked as the right-hand man for Hank Williams Jr.
Big Al Halterman, Buddy Lee, CJ Undeen, Conway Twitty, Eddie Pleasant, Garth Brooks, Gary Allan, Hank Williams III, Hank Williams Jr., Hank3, L.E. White, Mary Jane Thomas, Reba McEntire, Stoney Cooper, Vernon Derrick, Willie Nelson, Wilma Lee
A new Johnny Cash compilation, as well as a 10th year Anniversary/Deluxe Edition of the James Hand studio album ‘Mighty Lonesome Man’ is coming from the Austin, TX-based independent record label Hillgrass Bluebilly Records. The releases are part of a last hurrah and Grand Finale from the label after releasing multiple original albums, compilations, and reissues over the past 15 years.
Amanda Jo Williams, Austin Lucas, Bob Log III, Charley Crockett, Charlie Parr, Chuck D, Cris Burns, Darren Hoff and the Hard Times, Delaney Davidson, Hank Williams, Hillgrass Bluebilly, James Hand, Johnny Cash, Karen Jonas, Leadbelly, Left Lane Cruiser, Los Duggans, Master of Depression: 10th Anniversary of Mighty Lonesome Man, Restavrant, RL Burnside, South Filthy, Ten Foot Polecats, Tom VandenAvond, Willie Nelson, Willy Tea Taylor
‘Rolling Stone’ published a list of the The 100 Greatest Country Albums of All Time this week, and as per usual, it has many arguing its merits, omissions, and inclusions. There was a time when whatever Rolling Stone said was taken as the definitive word in music. These days it’s more polarizing.
Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Brandy Clark, Chet Flippo, Cody Jinks, Dolly Parton, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, John Hartford, Loretta Lynn, Lucinda Williams, Maddox Brothers & Rose, Margo Price, Noah Shactman, O Brother Where Art Thou, O.B. McClinton, Patsy Cline, Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Albums of All Time, Stoney Edwards, Taylor Swift, The Carter Family, The Dixie Chicks, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Childers, Wanted The Outlaws, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
As reported by Saving Country Music in July, a new 6-part, 12-hour documentary named ‘They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes, and the Rise of Renegade Troubadours’ is on the way, featuring over 90 interviews and 75 live performances, with Jessi Colter executive producing.
Andrew Combs, Billy Joe Shaver, Charley Crockett, Charlie Daniels, Chris Gantry, Chris Shiflett, Chris Stapleton, David Allan Coe, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Geadelmann, Gary P. Nunn, Gram Parson, Guy Clark, Heartworn Highways, Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jessi Colter, Johnny Cash, Jonny Fritz, Kacey Musgraves, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Margo Price, Matthew McConaughey, Miranda Lambert, Nathaniel Rateliff, Nikki Lane, Parker McCollum, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Richie Albright, Rodney Crowell, Scott Borchetta, Shelly Colvin, Shooter Jennings, The Byrds, They Called Us Outlaws, Tom Hiddleston, Tom T. Hall, Townes Van Zandt, Tyler Childers, Willie Nelson, Willis Alan Ramsey
He was one of the most authentic and magnetizing artists to grace the country music art form in the modern era. And those who knew Luke Bell, they know this assessment is in no way hyperbole or flattery. Even though he released only one album, in that single volume, Luke Bell captured a bygone era, aura, and mood.
Ameripolitan, Dale Watson, Dwight Yoakam, Erin Rae, Hank Williams Jr., Hole in The Wall, Kristina Murray, Leo Rondeau, Logan Ledger, Luke Bell, Martha Spencer, Matt Kinman, MIke and the Moonpies, Pat Reedy, Pickathon, Ramsey Midwood, The White Horse, Thirty Tigers, Willie Nelson
Friends of country artist Luke Bell are raising concerns after he went missing over a week ago on Saturday, August 20th near 4th Ave. in Tucson, Arizona. Bell hasn’t been seen or heard from since. There is a possibility he is still in the area, or he could have left the Tucson area and Arizona entirely.
Calling it a “country song” doesn’t seem to do it justice, and almost inadvertently downgrades the impact and importance of the artistic work known as “Pancho & Lefty,” because few other songs can make us feel like this one can. It’s transcendent of country, or song, or even music. It’s “Pancho & Lefty.”
Though the film means well, and is generally well-made with superb cinematography and high production value, the approach and information conveyed in the film is problematic to say the least, actively participating in erasing the legacy of Black country artists in a film that purports to be championing them.
Aaron Vance, AHI, Allison Russell, Amanda Martinez, Amythyst Kiah, Anita Pointer, Ben Hunter, Big Al Dowling, Blanco Brown, Breland, Brittney Spencer, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chapel Hart, Charley Crockett, Charley Pride, Chet Atkins, Darius Rucker, DeFord Bailey, Dom Flemons, Earl Thomas Conley, Elamin Abdelmahmoud, For Love and Country, George Jones, Jason Isbell, Jimmie Allen, Joshua Kissi, Joy Oldokun, Kacey Musgraves, Kaia Kater, Kane Brown, Ken Nelson, Leyla McCalla, Lil Nas X, Linda Martell, Mickey Guyton, Miko Marks, Milton Patton, O.B. McClinton, Ray Charles, Rissi Palmer, Shy Carter, Stoney Edwards, Sunny War, Tammi Savoy, Tex Ritter, The War and Treaty, Thomas Benton, Tony Jackson, Tre Burt, Tyler Childers, Valerie June, Wendy Moten, Willie Nelson, Zach Bryan
On May 7th, the Willie Nelson camp announced they were cancelling his headlining set at the annual New Orleans Jazz Fest on Sunday May 8th along with other shows “due to a positive Covid case in the Willie Nelson Family band,” leaving just who had tested positive ambiguous.
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
Now celebrating five years of gathering in festival form, KOKEFest attracts a huge crowd of local KOKEheads, as well as people from across the country who want to get the genuine Texas country experience, including those who regularly listen to the station remotely online.
Aaron Watson, Alden Hedges, American Aquarium, Bill Corbin, BJ Barham, Brooks & Dunn, Bryon White, Clint Black, Eric Raines, Evan Felker, Hank Early, Jake Watson, Jamie Lin Wilson, Jason "Rowdy" Cope, KOKEFEST, Kyle Nix, Kyle Nix and the 38s, Larry Fleet, Muscadine Bloodline, Randall King, RC Edwards, Robert Earl Keen, Ronnie Dunn, Ryan Engleman, Shane Boeker, Tanner Usrey, The Damn Quails, The Steel Woods, Triston Marez, Turnpike Troubadours, Tyler Powers, Wes Bayliss, 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
A new country music documentary is on the way, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and executive producer Jessi Colter. Delving deep into the Outlaw era of country music like never before, They Called Us Outlaws will be a six-part series spanning 12 total hours.
Billy Joe Shaver, Country Music Hall of Fame, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Eric Geadelmann, Guy Clark, Jack Ingram, Jerry Jeff Walker, Jessi Colter, Kris Kristofferson, Margo Price, Matthew McConaughey, Miranda Lambert, They Called Us Outlaws, Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson