Saving Country Music
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The 2020 Ameripolitan Awards were handed out on Monday night. Meant to recognize American music with a strong roots influence that often gets lost in the realm of popular music, as Nick 13 of Tiger Army said when presenting an award, "The music that the mainstream has forgotten, that's the music we remember."
It's very simple. Uproxx is not an independently-owned media entity that just happened to luck upon exclusively landing the most explosive interview of Sturgill Simpson's career. Uproxx is owned by The Universal Music Group. Uproxx is owned by Sturgill Simpson's record label. Steven Hyden is an employee of Universal Music Group.
We've already run down the Greatest Country Albums of the Decade, and in there, albums in the mainstream were given fair competition to be included, and some made the cut. But in the spirit of inclusiveness and impartiality, let's make sure the great records from the mainstream get their due as well.
Willie Nelson will release his triumphant 70th studio album called First Rose of Spring come April 24th via Sony's Legacy imprint. Seceding much of the songwriting to others on this effort aside from a couple of tunes, the title track comes from the pen of Randy Houser, Allen Shamblin, Mark Beeson, and has been released ahead of the record.
Jon Pardi continues to show leadership in helping to return an element of twang and substance to country radio. After the debut single and title track from his latest record Heartache Medication went #1, making it the first mainstream country radio song in nearly eight years. Now he's going to release "Ain't Always The Cowboy."
Set to perform at the sold-out Ameripolitan pre-party show was Dale Watson and His Lonestars, along with throwback legend Chuck Mead, and James Intveld from California. But the assembled crowd got a lot more than they paid for when country legend and recent Grammy winner Tanya Tucker walked in the door.
This "shitting out of his mouth" to use Sturgill's own words is not something to be condoned, neither is taking a ho hum attitude towards a tour that fans who don't have the luxury of telling their bosses off will be spending their hard earned money to attend. This is all disappointing, and very injurious to the grassroots side of the music industry.
Somewhere the idea of penning really good songs, and then heading into the studio to record them with your road band in a way that does the inspiration behind the compositions justice got sifted down the ladder of priorities. But this is exactly what you'll find with the latest record from Nora Jane Struthers.
There is no doubt that by any objective assessment, when it comes to the world of creative types in the realm of music or otherwise, their ranks tend to veer more towards liberal ideals when it comes to politics. But that in no way excludes the gift of creativity from people who happen to be more conservative or independent of mindset.
It may not exactly be the Grand Ole Opry, but earning an opportunity to debut on the Austin City Limits stage for an appearance on the longest-running TV music program in American history is still a distinct honor, and one now Tyler Childers and Luke Combs will be enjoying during the upcoming season.
If you think a bunch of boys from the Pacific Northwest can't bring serious heartbreaking twang to country music, then your ears have never rested upon the musical contributions of the much beloved songwriting collective known as Western Centuries. As supergroup (of sorts) assembled from parts and pieces of other projects...
The snarky, anti Bro-Country anthem "Girl in a Country Song" is what put the country music duo Maddie & Tae on the map, but "Die From A Broken Heart" might end up being what makes their career. Despite the lack of radio support, "Die From a Broken Heart" was recently certified Gold by the RIAA. Now it's finding life on radio as well.
"If it ever gets to be too much for you, there are a lot of great songwriters out there who agree with you politically. Oh wait, no there aren’t," Jason Isbell responded to a Twitter user. But this assessment severely discounts to work of conservative songwriters who've contributed to the American songwriting canon.
Daniel Lee Martin always knew he wanted to be famous. He launched a country music career where he would write songs with Keith Urban, open for Willie Nelson, and have MLB pitching ace Bronson Arroyo invest in him. He would star in reality TV shows. But now, Daniel Lee Martin is famous for all of the wrong reasons.
Reprising a touring concept that was first dreamed up in 2019 that seemed a little offbeat but worked very well according to attendees, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives will be joining The Steve Miller Band out on tour in 2020. Comedian and musician Gary Mule Deer will also play a supporting role on the tour.
George Strait has minted yet another career milestone that puts him in an elite class of musical performers, not just in country music, but anywhere in the world. He's now officially sold over 10 million tickets to events since first reporting touring revenue officially, only the 2nd country artist to ever do so.
There's no pulling of punches or production elements here. Co-written with Marcus King about the wild circus that is lower Broadway in Nashville, and employing a Southern rock band behind him in the studio, "Honky Tonk Hell" opens up and entirely new audience for Gabe. But the new record isn't all fire and brimstone.
The new vice president and executive producer of the Grand Ole Opry said this week in an interview that Hank Williams will not be reinstated to the institution he helped popularize. But while casting aside the idea of Reinstating Hank, he inadvertently mentioned the reason why the case for Hank's reinstatement is warranted.
If word comes down that Tami Neilson is making her way to your town, pitch the tent, prop up the podium, assemble the pews, pass out handbills and burn up the telephones lines to put everyone on alert that the new queen of rockabilly herself is coming to testify and save souls with her earth-shattering shouts and dulcet coos.
Canadian country and Western singer Corb Lund recently announced he will be releasing a new album called 'Agricultural Tragic,' and ahead of the record, he's released a new song called "90 Seconds of Your Time." Corb alluded with the release of the song that it was based on a true story, and now we know just how true that story is.