Saving Country Music
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One sign that mainstream country music continues to improve is the decrease in "country" songs that were worthy of rants in 2019 compared to previous years. However there were a few exceptions in 2019, and songs worthy of taking out back to the woodshed. Our full-throated opposition to these monstrosities misappropriated as "country."
On Thursday, September 13th, Whitey Morgan and the 78's played a show at The Apollo near Rockford, Illinois when they had an unexpected visitor stop by in the form of Cheap Trick Rick, a.k.a. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rick Nielsen. "Apparently he is a fan," Whitey Morgan tells Saving Country Music. "He's a great dude."
It's time. In fact, it's well past time. And the people calling the shots shouldn't make the same mistake they did with Chris Stapleton's rendition of "Tennessee Whiskey." We're talking of course about Morgan Wallen's cover of Jason Isbell's song "Cover Me Up." It's time to release it as a proper radio single.
The Opry Entertainment Group and Gray Television have officially partnered together to launch The Circle Network, which will include broadcasts of The Grand Ole Opry. But the big question for many country music fans has been where and when can they watch the network? Though some of this is still being determined, here is what we know so far.
Built around recording sessions captured in the barn of Elijah Ocean's parent's home in Maine back in 2017, 'Back to the Lander' finds Elijah Ocean in a deeply reflective mood, rattling off memories like turning pages in a travelogue, fondly recalling the people, places, and moments of the last many years.
Shooter Jennings and Lukas Nelson got together to recreate the magic of their famous fathers on a new rendition of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," originally written and performed by Ed Bruce with his wife Patsy. But of course you only get a teaser version of the song in the opening segment of 'The Ranch.'
As first reported by Saving Country Music in October, The Grand Ole Opry will finally be returning to television via the recently-announced Circle Network owned by the Opry Entertainment Group---or at least portions of the show will be, along with expanded specialty programming tied to the iconic country music institution.
Ryman Hospitality Properties, which owns The Grand Ole Opry, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as well as numerous other important music properties in Nashville and beyond, has struck a deal to purchase the 37-story, full city block-sized mixed-use complex in downtown Austin along second street known as Block 21.
All country albums, regardless if they emanate from a major label or receive radio play, are considered for Saving Country Music's Album of the Year nominations. But not every year does a mainstream album make it. Even though one didn't make it to the top of the heap in 2019, we had a bumper crop of quality mainstream country releases.
There are a few ways you can attempt to achieve country music perfection. With The Country Side of Harmonica Sam, it is to so expertly recreate the classic era of country music when artists like Lefty Frizzell and Webb Pearce were topping the charts, the results are downright jaw dropping. We're not talking about close approximations.
If you're going to be in Tulsa this New Years, let me just say on behalf of all the country and roots fans that won't be, we hate you and your ugly stupid face. It's completely unfair that you'll get the opportunity to take in some of the best lineups of performers this side of the big festivals.
In the immortal words of Tom Petty, it's Christmas ... again. That's means we have a bunch of seasonal releases from a slew of your favorite country and roots artists to round up just in case Christmas music is your thing. Here's a run down of all the best releases, as well as a playlist to listen to the best selections.
n a recent interview, the long-time marijuana advocate revealed that he is no longer smoking pot due to his continued breathing issues. The news came as a shock to some, if not many in the marijuana community, and others that see Willie Nelson's name as synonymous with marijuana.
The SteelDrivers have about all you need from music: The drive and instrumentation of bluegrass, the grit of country, the energy of rock, the soul of the South, the songwriting of Americana, and four Grammy noms and a win that prove they do it all better than most. They're the best elements of American roots music wrapped into one.
In 2019, an interesting new destination festival popped up just outside of Whitefish, Montana called Under The Big Sky. With acts such as Dwight Yoakam, Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, and Amanda Shires on the bill, it got the attention of true country fans, but the question was if it would be worth the trek.
When populating your list of insurgent acts from Kentucky helping to turning country music right side up, don't forget to key in Dillon Carmichael. In fact he might be one of the most important names to remember since he's right in the thick of the mainstream as a signee to Riser House Records, working from the inside out.
Luke Combs doesn't need any help selling tickets on his currently sold-out "Beer Never Broke My Heart" tour. He's arguably the biggest artist in all of country music at the moment. But he's calling in the cavalry for his show Saturday night at San Antonio's 18,000-capacity AT&T Center anyway. Combs has tapped the fast-rising Flatland Cavalry.
In the official autopsy and toxicology report obtained by Saving Country Music, Medical Investigator Lori Proe of the New Mexico University School of Medicine confirms Kylie Rae's degree of inebriation, and that she died due to blunt force trauma during the accident. No other drugs or intoxicants were found in Kylie Rae's system.
Austin, TX is losing yet another music legend. The latest to join the stampede out of the Live Music Capital of the World is Grammy winner and guitar-playing legend Redd Volkaert. Renown throughout the country music world and beyond for being one of the greatest Telecaster players in history, Volkaert once played in Merle Haggard's band.
A Saving Country Music Song of the Year candidate is not just your favorite ditty that gets stuck in your head. These are songs that change hearts, change lives, rest in your head for years to come, open up new ideas, or unlock memories or emotions you haven’t felt in years. Song of the Year nominees are the reason you’re a music fan.