10/15 Some Positive Thoughts

This post is inspired in part by reading a post on Twitter by Keith Urban, recommending Travis Meadows’ new album. As much as it is human nature to form “us-vs-them” cliques, whether it is about music or sports or politics or religion or anything else, it’s nice to see people supporting each other. I also read Lee Ann Womack’s post about Kendell Marvel’s new album, and Meadows and Marvel posted about each other’s albums. So, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like the nucleus of a feel-good article.
Often, the “big names” support lesser-known counterparts by including them as openers, recording their songs, or doing guest spots on their albums. Miranda Lambert’s recently announced tour includes a lot of independent acts, including the Steel Woods, who opened for Dwight Yoakam when I saw them last month. Chris Stapleton’s albums feature songs he wrote with songwriters he collaborated with for many years before he got his big break. Jason Eady & Courtney Patton opened for Sturgill Simpson at a recent tour stop near Houston, and Sturgill donated proceeds of the concert to hurricane victims. Eric Church provided a guest vocal on Ray Wylie Hubbard’s latest album. Bluegrass bands don’t get many opportunities to play for huge audiences, but I watched the Steeldrivers open for a sold-out Alabama concert a couple years ago in Tuscaloosa, and very recently, the Zac Brown Band had the O’Connor Band for a few dates. I could go on and on, but I just wanted to put some positive vibes out there.


3 thoughts on “10/15 Some Positive Thoughts

  1. At one point I was more in the “real country” crowd, but over time (especially the last year) I’ve just been happy liking whatever strikes my fancy in the Country realm. It’s nice to see artists of all shapes and sizes looking out for each other. Just the other day I saw The Cactus Blossoms showing their love for JD McPherson’s new album (he produced their last album).

    Similarly, it’s cool how we bloggers find each other and read each other’s posts. This was a good post and something we surely needed in this age.

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    1. Thanks. I saw the Cactus Blossoms at Americanafest this year. I enjoyed the sibling harmonies. The Secret Sisters were later that evening, too. I haven’t seen JD McPherson in person yet, but he was part of a Bob Dylan tribute in Oklahoma that my second cousin’s husband (whom I’ve never met) helped organize last year. JD is playing in this area in a few days, but I won’t be able to get free.


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