Saving Country Music
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"Bloodbath" is how some radio business insiders are describing the big round of layoffs for employees and on-air personalities affecting America's largest owner of radio stations, iHeartMedia. It wasn't the percentage of employees, but who received pink slips that has left so many radio professionals and their local listeners in shock.
Those who've been paying attention knew this was coming. It's not just Tyler Childers, Cody Jinks, and other hot shot country artists turning the tables on Music Row. Billy Strings from the bluegrass realm is doing the same thing, and we're seeing it reflected in the amount of sold out shows he's posting for his upcoming winter/spring tour.
It's never too late to revitalize your career, or to train wreck it. Tim McGraw saw all the hubbub being made over "Old Town Road" and decided he could mumble rap about pure nonsense and call it country too. Bad for him though, none of the Gen Z'ers with their Tik-Tok apps know or care who Tim McGraw is.
"We feel like it is beginning to turn back to the traditional," says Mary, the wife of Randy Travis. "It's almost like fashion and everything else, there is an ebb and a flow. There are so many young artists that study Randy, and study some of the traditional [style], and they're singing it."
Shirking the bubblegum pop sensibilities that seem to sugar coat most of the new "country" music emanating from Music Row these days, Tenille Arts took a year full of spills in a bad breakup, and put them into the 12 songs of this surprisingly deep and smart record with Tenille herself taking a hand in co-writing every track.
Dolly Parton's approach to archiving songs for a future she's no longer living in is something completely unique. “I’m one of those people that believe in being prepared. I don’t want to ever leave my stuff in the same shape like Prince or Aretha or anybody that don’t plan ahead ... I’ve got hundreds, hundreds, even thousands of songs."
It's the job of a drummer to be heard and not seen. Naming the "greatest" of anything is always a subjective exercise. But this isn't just a skills competition. Influence, importance to culture, and intangibles beyond drumming all factored into the selection of the below names, and why they should be regarded as the greatest.
Dale Watson celebrated Elvis Presley's 85th birthday in style at his brand new historic honky-tonk Harnando's Hide-A-Way in Memphis. Hernando's got a big endorsement on Wednesday when none other than Priscilla Presley stopped by to see what Dale has done to the legendary spot.
We keep talking about how one of the hottest trends currently in mainstream country music is actual country music, and listening to Scotty McCreery, he concurs, and wants to help to keep things trending in that direction. And with undeniable appeal of his deep, twangy voice, it would be more than welcome if he does.
Grammy nominated, CMA-winning, and well-respected and admired songwriter Brandy Clark is prepping the release of a new album called 'Your Life Is A Record.' Brandy says the album is country, but can also live in Americana, and is much more personal than her previous works. She also released a new song, "Who You Thought I Was."
Want to feel old? Then try to wrap your head around the fact that it's been over 20 years since Red Dirt country music legend Jason Boland released his iconic debut album 'Pearl Snaps.' But if there's any consolation, it's that Jason Boland and the Straggglers will be heading out on a 20th Anniversary Tour to celebrate the milestone.
Over 112 artists and counting have been confirmed as victims of a sweeping intellectual property theft by having their recordings directly stolen and repurposed by fake artist accounts operating on all major streaming services, including Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play, YouTube, and others. The theft includes at least 831 songs.
This is the data from the Saving Country Music investigation into the presence of fake accounts on streaming services such as Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music, Google Play, and YouTube, including the names of the artists affected, the names of the fake accounts, and the specific songs taken.
Announcing a farewell tour is simply a gimmick to drive ticket sales, sort of like that local furniture store that's always going out of business. Now Rascal Flatts is doing the same, but this one seems even more circumspect than normal if you actually listen to what Rascal Flatts is saying.
Brent Cobb will be reissuing his often-overlooked and hard-to-find debut album "No Place Left to Leave." It finds Brent in his most nascent state, but already sharing songs that would withstand the test of time and be recorded by others, including the Oak Ridge Boys, and Whiskey Myers.
There are those highly-anticipated albums that are hinted at for years by artists or labels, yet it seems like it takes forever for them to ever see the light of day, or albums whose release dates keep getting pushed back. And then there's the very curious case of Garth Brooks and his latest album simply entitled "Fun."
Country music is also one of the few constants in a world of change. The onslaught of technology and the incursion of automation into our lives hasn't made country music less relevant, it's made it even more imperative. These are the themes and reminders you will find throughout the latest record from Noel McKay and Brennen Leigh.
The only thing better than a badass Texas music songwriter from the Panhandle is four of them combining their powers in a country music supergroup. That's what you have with The Pandlandlers, which sees William Clark Green, Josh Abbott, John Baumann, and Cleto Cordero of Flatland Cavalry coming together.
Look, it's real easy to get into the weeds when discussing genre these days. But in a recent interview in the end-of-year installment of the country radio trade periodical 'Country Aircheck,' Luke Bryan was a veritable quote machine of misnomers, saying a few things that deserve a spirited rebuttal.
Dwight Yoakam is ready to hit the road once again in 2020 with appearances at theaters, arenas, and his favorite haunt of casino performances halls, as well as a couple of exclusive festival performances, including the Shaky Boots Festival in Atlanta, and Ontario, Canada’s Big Sky Music Festival in July. Yoakam has released tour dates […]