9/23/18 RIAA Mid-Year Revenue Report

There’s a ton of data in here for all of us nerds to digest: 2018 RIAA Mid-Year Report.

“According to Nielsen, more than 70,000 different albums were released by mid-year.”

“Shipments of physical products decreased 25% to $462 million in 1H 2018, a higher rate of decline than in recent years. Revenues from CDs fell by 41% in the first half of the year, more than offsetting a 13% increase in revenues from sales of vinyl albums. Revenues from shipments of physical products made up 10% of the industry total in 1H 2018.”




9/22/18 Riley’s Tavern’s 85th

Riley’s Tavern  acquired the first liquor license in Texas after alcohol prohibition in 1933, and is throwing a big party for the 85th anniversary of that occasion. Be sure to check out the many country musicians on the lineup. Riley’s Tavern was added this year to the National Register of Historic Places.

Since we’re on the subject of Texas country, here’s a Texas Music Pickers article highlighting many recent songs.

In unrelated news, I’ll mention that AXS TV lists 5 hours of coverage of Farm Aid. It’s a football Saturday, so I’ll save this to watch later.

9/21/18 New Albums

Y’all know the routine. Let’s dig in:

Bri Bagwell, Silo Road, Frank Foster, Amy Helm, Kris Jordan, Rock Bottom String Band (3-song EP from San Marcos), Mandy Barnett, Rosenwall, Kari Arnett, Kristina Murray, Dave Colvin, Scott Joss, Ashleigh Flynn, The Jellyman’s Daughter, John Howie, Jr, Jeff Mamett, Hopalong Andrew, Robert Keelin, Maggie Rose, Frank Trousdell, Almost Pioneers, Twangover, Pony Creek, Lauren Balthrop, Kitty Macfarlane, O&O, and Brooks Forsyth.

NPR First Listen of Loretta Lynn’s album “Wouldn’t It Be Great?” As with her last album, there are some remakes of her earlier hits, but also some new material, including three songs she wrote with Shawn Camp and a couple of songs she wrote with her daughter Patsy Russell, who co-produced the album with John Carter Cash.

9/20/18 Canadian Streams

Spotify is just one of many audio streaming services, but it’s the easiest one to search for listener data. I’ll also include YouTube official artist channel subscriptions, even though that doesn’t necessarily reflect everything that’s going on with YouTube user habits. For this exercise, I’ll refer to “Spotify monthly listeners” as “Spotify,” and “official artist page YouTube subscriptions” as “YouTube.” I collected all data within the last two days, so this is just a snapshot of rivers of video and audio data:

Shania Twain : YouTube, 1,148,306 ; Spotify, 4,166,840

Colter Wall : YouTube,13,305; Spotify, 401,954

The Dead South : YouTube, 356,959 ; Spotify, 309,798 (One of their videos has over 74 million views on YouTube)

Terri Clark: YouTube, 48,730 ; Spotify, 318,460

Lindsay Ell : YouTube, 57,823 ; Spotify, 274,363

Lindi Ortega: YouTube, 8,253 ; Spotify, 167,432

Tenille Townes : YouTube, 1,948 ; Spotify, 270,788

Tenille Arts YouTube, 8,558 ; Spotify, 116,766

The Deep Dark Woods YouTube (no official channel, 185 on their “topic” channel), Spotify 208,667.

Meghan Patrick : YouTube, 4,727; Spotify, 95,638.

Corb Lund : YouTube, 13,961; Spotify, 77,114

Blake Berglund : YouTube,741; Spotify, 596. Check out his recent video, Interloper

Belle Plaine : YouTube, 140  ; Spotify 415.

9/19/18 The American Music Awards

Another day = another set of awards. Not to be confused with “Americana,” The American Music Awards generally favors pop music. I’ve posted about all the other gazillion awards, so I might as well throw this one on the pile.

Lee Ann Womack will receive the ASCAP Golden Note Award.

Here’s this week’s Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart. Notice how very different this list is from the current Top 50 Americana Albums Airplay chart.

Here’s the latest on the Music Modernization Act.

9/18/18 Irish Post Country Awards

Here’s the full list of winners of yet another recent set of awards: Irish Post Country Music Awards 2018 winners

Ireland has a robust and growing country music scene. The opening to the awards show was a fine medley of American country classics by Cliona Hagan, Johnny Brady, Lisa McHugh & Derek Ryan, kicking off with Cliona Hagan’s cover of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

Yes, a country show started with actual country music. Imagine that.


9/15/18 The Down Stream

I mix in a variety of lesser-known acts alongside the “big names.” Here are some artists with fewer than 150 monthly listeners on Spotify (and I looked up these numbers mid-afternoon Tuesday), who are featured on my 2018 New Country Playlist on YouTube, which passed 5,000 views on Tuesday, and is now up to 200 songs (one song per artist).

Ronnie Eaton has 61

Countryside Ride has 33.

Damian O’Grady has 130.

The High Country Cowboys have 137.

Jodee Lewis has 85.

Sara Morgan has 70 and her song Sick of Sayin’ Goodbye is the closer on my YouTube list.

Chuck Cusimano has 35.

The dancing fiddler Hillary Klug has 24.

Scottie Beardsley and the Lost Travelers have 4.

Marty Howard Chambers has 3.

This is just a small sample of the artists I feature, but this should give you an idea just how little known some of these acts are, compared to even most of the “under the radar” acts that more popular blogs and country sites promote.


9/14/18 New Music

I posted 110 new albums the last two weeks. I don’t have that many this week, but there are some well known names. Here we go…

New albums:  Carrie Underwood (Spinning Bottles makes the playlist), Whisperin’ Bill Anderson (CMHOF & Opry member’s 72nd album), Willie Nelson (third album this year, if you count last week’s 1975 live album), Asleep at the Wheel , Gary Morris, Terri Clark (Canadian member of the Grand Ole Opry) , Cory Morrow (album release show at Gruene Hall), Steve Forbert, Gareth Leach, Cahoots, The Hollands, River Dan, David Nail, John Reid, Caroline Keller, Troy Kaszas, Sydney Anderson, Ashton Lane, Alejandro Escovedo, Cowtown Country Club, Malcolm Holcombe, Band of Heathens, The Jaydees, Pushing Chain, Richard Thompson (album was available on NPR First Listen), Sidewalk Frank, Garrett Ford, Royce Johns, Chris Turner, Brandon Lee Adams, and Loudon Wainwright III.

There are also new songs and videos:

Loretta Lynn’s new original, Ruby’s Stool is classic Loretta humor.

Meghan Patrick’s new video: Walls Come Down video.

Better With Time is the new song from Emily Scott Robinson, whom we saw at Threadgill’s during South by Southwest.

Erin Enderlin has a new one, “These Boots.”

I mentioned the Druid City Songwriters Festival the other day in the post about Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Here’s Things That Change from festival organizer Megan McMillan.

Eric Church has a new video for Monsters. This is my favorite of his last few songs.

I watched a recent episode of the RFD-TV show Larry’s Country Diner, and Mo Pitney was the featured guest. He played a couple of songs from his next album, which sound really good, so keep an ear out for that project.