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Coronavirus Will Create Overcrowded Fall Season for Live Music

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:04
This is bound to create a problem in the already-crowded festival and touring space. Even before Coronavirus, we saw many festivals cancelling or postponing 2020 plans due to the inability to secure talent or due to competing festivals moving into their markets. Now you will have spring festivals competing with fall ones.
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Chris Stapleton Lends “Our Song” to Willie Nelson

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:58
"Our Song" reminds us that the most important thing in our lives is each other. "You make it right when everything's wrong," Willie sings, which is a message that rings true as many sit virtually locked down with our loved ones due to the Coronavirus. A song like this may seem a little too sappy coming from some, but it's welcomed from Willie.
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Did Dalton Domino Just Quit Music?

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 13:20
The fans of much-beloved Texas music songwriter Dalton Domino were disappointed to scroll through their social media feeds on Saturday (3-14) to see a missive from the Lubbock, TX native that seemed to imply he's done with music. Finito. Game over. "Thank you. From the bottom of my heart. Thank you," Dalton posted.
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Album Review – Anna Lynch’s “Apples in the Fall”

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 10:44
If you're apt to fall in love with the albums and songs from sincere and critically-acclaimed songwriters such as Lori McKenna, Emily Scott Robinson, and Caroline Spence, take a listen to this new EP from Anna Lynch called Apples in the Fall that is likely to nestle quite smartly into your tastes and sensibilities.
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On Tim McGraw & Reba McEntire Switching Labels

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 13:05
When it comes to saving country music in the mainstream, Tim McGraw and Reba McEntire both have played important roles recently. During Tim McGraw's time at Big Machine, he showed a somewhat unexpected but welcomed turn to his roots, and Reba's "Stronger Than The Truth" was one of the best mainstream albums in years.
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Newest Adds to Saving Country Music’s Top 25 Current Playlist (#59)

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 10:43
The Saving Country Music Top 25 Playlist is built to keep you informed on all the best songs and albums coming out right here, right now in country and roots music. It’s available on most all streaming formats, or just use the song, artist, and album recommendations to find something new to listen to. New songs just added.
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The Grand Ole Opry on Saturday Night Will Endure

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 12:02
Well here we sit on the eve of the Ides of March, just a few days removed from live music Armageddon the likes we've never seen before in history, in a moment we're sure to remember keenly for generations to come. Fears of the spread of the Coronavirus have now reached every sector of music. But the Grand Ole Opry endures.
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Hellbound Glory Preps New Album “Pure Scum”

Sat, 03/14/2020 - 10:15
Get as hot and bothered as you want about the newest names hitting the independent country scene, but those who know their stuff know that Leroy Virgil and Hellbound Glory are the some of the original country insurgents of the modern era who helped turn country music upside down, and open the doors for many of today's heavy hitters.
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Album Review – Gabe Lee’s “Honky Tonk Hell”

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 10:14
'Honky Tonk Hell' isn't just a great record. It verifies that Gabe Lee will be one of the next great artists in country and roots music that we'll hopefully be hearing plenty from and enjoying for years to come. Gabe Lee will continue to fly under-the-radar for many because he's just too damn good, but it should win him the bigger audience he deserves.
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Ray Wylie Hubbard Signs to Big Machine (Yes, You Read That Right)

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 20:36
Well, if you thought you were already swimming through an upside down world where the NBA and NHL seasons have just been suspended along with pretty much every major music tour and festival to speak of at least until April, well try this development on for size: Ray Wylie Hubbard has signed with Big Machine Records.
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Song Review – Margo Price’s “Twinkle Twinkle”

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 13:15
Margo Price will release her latest record called That's How Rumors Get Started on May 8th after moving on from Jack White's Third Man Records to Loma Vista, an imprint of Concord Records. Margo released her first taste of new music in mid January with the song "Stone Me." Now we get the first proper single.
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Chris Stapleton & Cody Jinks Hit with Coronovirus Cancellations

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 12:03
The big concert set to officially open the brand new Globe Life Park stadium in Arlington, TX on Saturday, March 14th has been postponed due to Coronaviurs concerns, as well as the show in Austin. Cody Jinks flew into New York, only to find his shows in the area postponed.
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Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers, Mike & Moonpies Dates Postponed

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 20:29
The amount of cancellations tied to the Coronavius outbreak can be dizzying to keep up with, even within the confines of independent country and roots. But a few important cancellations are worthy of note, including two dates on the Sturgill Simpson / Tyler Childers tour, and the Mike & The Moonpies Europe tour.
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Travis Tritt Readies Dave Cobb-Produced Comeback Album

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:30
A new original studio album is on the way from Travis Tritt, finally. Announced Wednesday morning (3/11), the 90's country legend who's sold more than 30 million records worldwide has signed with the Los Angeles-based record label Big Loud Noise, and will be releasing a Dave Cobb produced record in 2020.
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Dierks Bentley’s Hot Country Knights Revive the Humor in Country

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:42
When Dierks Bentley announced that his next album cycle would surround his screw off side project with his road band called Hot Country Knights and that they'd actually signed to UMG Nashville, we really didn't know what to expect. We knew he was getting silly, but we had no idea he'd be getting funny too.
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SXSW Organization On The Brink After 2020 Cancellation

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:31
SXSW has not just been canceled for 2020 due to concerns over the Coronavirus. The declaration by the City of Austin of a "local disaster" on March 6th has put the entire organization on the brink, and looking at an uncertain future. SXSW was forced to slash 1/3rd of their full-time workforce.
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Merle Haggard Drummer Biff Adam Has Died

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 20:19
Another one of The Strangers has reunited with Merle Haggard in the big honky tonk in the sky. Biff Adam---the long-time drummer for Merle Haggard's backing band passed away in his sleep Saturday evening, March 7th, due to congestive heart failure. He was 83-years-old.
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Album Review – Brandy Clark’s “Your Life is a Record”

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 11:10
"Your Life is a Record" is a little bit of a different approach for Brandy. Where usually her songs follow more of a proven methodology in the use of double entendres and witty turns of phrase and perspective to render themselves enjoyable, this record strikes a more personal chord.
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Miranda Lambert Honors First Responders on Wildcard Tour

Sun, 03/08/2020 - 14:16
Miranda Lambert has been spending the first part of 2020 on her Wildcard tour. As part of the tour, Miranda has been doing something unique to pay tribute to the first responders who rush into burning buildings and respond to 911 calls when trouble strikes.
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Album Review – Porter Union’s “Loved & Lost”

Sun, 03/08/2020 - 13:00
Comprised of husband and wife Cole Michael Porter and Kendra Porter, they met in their hometown bar and soon became fast friends and singing partners. But this isn't a Captain and Tenille bit where they gaze lovingly into each other's eyes while singing other people's songs. Both Cole and Kendra are respected singer/songwriters.
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