I’m always looking for new music. Here are some sources:
Unfortunately, this One Country article CMT’s Next Women Of Country: Get to Know The Ladies Behind The Music largely reflects that a huge problem with Nashville mainstream country, regardless of gender, is that most of these people being promoted are pop wanna-bes. I’m not that much of a “country purist,” but when you have supposedly “country artists” saying their career goals are to open for Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, or Coldplay, it’s fair to question how “country” their own music is ? If we’re going to promote “women of country” (or “men of country”), the “of country” part deserves consideration.
Erin Enderlin and Ashley McBryde are good picks. It’s not surprising that they gave solid interview answers. Some of the others ? Well, I hope they have more interest in country music than the short One Country interviews indicate.
Abbie Gardner, “Wishes on a Neon Sign”
Wylie & The Wild West, “2000 Miles From Nashville”
Charlie McNeal, “Runaway Train”
Dusty Rust, “Stolen Horse”
Kristy Cox, “Ricochet”
First Aid Kit, “Ruins”
Lanco, “Hallelujah Nights”
Michael Carubelli “The Hustle”
Brittany Jean, “Wander With Me”
Nicholas Jamerson, “NJ”
Here’s an article about an album of instrumental “lost recordings” from the early 1970s released today by The Swampers of Muscle Shoals. Here’s a couple of the songs, Cruisin’ Jackson Highway and Muscle Shoals Malmo Express Since this is just a collection of instrumentals, this is unlikely to get much coverage, but the Swampers and Muscle Shoals influenced American music across genres, including today’s Americana scene.
Bluegrass Today article about Bluegrass45 inspired this post.
And here’s a bit of yodel-pop: Takeo Ischi, Chicken Attack
Eleven Hundred Springs, “The Finer Things In Life”
Anderson East, “Encore”
Caney Creek, “Cool Kentucky Rain”
The Delta Bombers, “Pressure and Time”
Dalton and the Sheriffs, “After the Parade”
Meghan Patrick, “Country Music Made Me Do It”
Nick Hirsch, “Full Moon Fools”
Sonia Leigh, “Mad Hatter”
Six String Crossing, “Got Me Writing”
Evergreen Shakers, “What Granddad Gave to Me”
The Academy of Western Artists Awards released the top five finalists in each category, including several artists we’ve mentioned here or included in playlists.
Cocaine and Rhinestones is a great country music history podcast. I don’t generally get into “podcasts,” but this one posts the transcripts, and I’ve read every episode.
Ameripolitan Awards released a schedule of showcase performers.
Today’s featured bit of history is Sylvester Weaver’s Guitar Rag from 1927, which was later adapted as “Steel Guitar Rag,” and widely popularized by Bob Wills and others. Numerous versions have been made ever since – some instrumental, and some with lyrics. Here’s Johnny Cash – Steel Guitar Rag Teea Goans has a version on her 2017 album. Of course, one might wonder if there were even earlier tunes than Weaver’s version, but in any capacity, this is a quite old tune that continues to stand the test of time.
I haven’t had the chance to listen to all of these, but most of these are song releases ahead of 2018 albums…
Wherever You Are by Scotty McCreery
Good People (official video) by Josh Grider
Buzzard’s Bluff by Jodee Lewis (album in March)
Burnt Out by Alayna
My brother and I were just watching the MTV talent show “Amazingness,” and one of the acts was a guy clapping his hands insanely fast while accompanying musicians played fiddle and bass fiddle. I couldn’t quite place where I had seen the guy before, so I looked him up. Sure enough, Eli Bishop is a fiddle player I saw at the New Monday show (traditional country and bluegrass) at Nashville’s Station Inn. Here’s a clip of him playing fiddle with Ashley Campbell playing banjo and here’s the hand clapping
In other news, I see that the Eleven Hundred Springs album is listed for 1/16/18 on Amazon. I saw them a few months ago. This is good Texas honky tonk music.