With the independent country landscape heating up, we’re seeing it work it’s way here in New England as well. It’s exciting to see the shows continue to be added and I hope to try and attended a bunch of them. It’s my goal to review these shows as I attend to help these artists gain some fans up here with my growing readership. Check out this list I compiled on the ones I have been watching.
Well I have to admit, Luke Combs has a lot going for him. He comes across as an incredibly likeable guy, and someone that most genuine people can get behind. The type you can shoot the breeze with and have a beer. I have some family and friends that were aware of him quite a bit before he made it to radio since he performed a lot in the North Carolina area. Like many mainstream albums, they tend to be a mixed bag to me. There are some solid songs and then some offerings that I skip over. It's something that I still have a hard time with seeing how so many independent artists put out such strong full albums, but it is what it is.
I don't look at my little website as any sort of news site per say. I do this because I want to help give many of the smaller artists a voice while still covering many of the larger independent (and occasionally mainstream) acts. When something big does happen however, I want to spend a little time to discuss such an event. I'm an unapologetic huge supporter of Aaron Watson. It's artists like him that pulled me away from mainstream when I started to realize the path it was going down. He and a few others, got me out of the bro-country trap and into the style of music I had been looking for the whole time. It's with incredible elation, that I get to say our boy Aaron Watson has an official Top-30 Country radio song with Outta Style.
Well it’s about time I give you a short list of some of my favorite albums of 2017. This year continues to display the momentum the independent country underground has been gaining. This represents just five of my favorite albums thus far. I chose them for not only their content, but their marketability in some cases, which could impact the mainstream audience.
The farther that I have immersed myself into the world of Texas Country Music, the bigger picture I begin to put together. I went from moving slowly away from mainstream country to nearly exclusively listening to Texas and Red Dirt music. As I have stated on multiple prior accounts, I find it to be a consistently higher quality melting pot for music. It satisfies the variations in genres such as country, folk and southern rock without me having to change the station if I’m streaming a Texas Red Dirt radio station. However, I have noticed an attitude among some of the music fans that I find bothersome and confusing that I believe could hurt the spread of good music all around.
Well this past Weekend I headed up to my grandfather's house way up in Maine for a nice long weekend of relaxation and family time. While I listen to a lot of country music, you may have observed the name of this "whole thing" as being Pitstop for Country. Well, that hints that I am a fan of racing – in particular NASCAR and have followed it for most of my young life. I listen to Sirius XM NASCAR daily to keep up with all the news and commentary in the NASCAR world. On the ride up I listened per usual and on of my favorite shows, The Morning Drive, Jeff Gluck and Pete Pistone interviewed country artist Carly Pearce. For this weekends Brickyard 400, Carly had the honor of singing the National Anthem at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this very special race.
Once a powerful part of our society, radio has experienced some changes that many likely never could forecast. It's one of those communications that is just a given. Radio. A simple word that unlocks the hidden channels to hear music, politics, religion, or sports at home, at the office, in the car. It leaves room for the imagination. Before the digital switch in 2009, some television stations even had their own radio stations and you could listen in to tv shows, news, etc. I vividly remember countless times driving home from camping on Cape Cod on a Sunday night in the summer with The Wonderful World of Disney coming through the speakers of my dad's truck. Kids nowadays have no idea what that's like. Some of us may be sentimental about radio, but should it continue to wither and die? Country radio especially has been experiencing some difficult changes with how we take in music.
Guest POst By: Doug Palmer
I'll tell ya, this weekend is shaping up to be a good one! This year has been a great year for me to attend Texas Country concerts up here in New England and New York. So far I've seen Whiskey Myers, Stoney Larue, Casey Donahew, Kylie Frey, Randy Rogers, and this coming weekend I'll be seeing Cody Jinks, Sunny Sweeney and Paul Cauthen. This show is in Cambridge, MA so it is just above Boston which will entail the train tickets and such. Is it ideal? Nope. I would much rather go to a nice bar and watch them all perform, but considering the music venues in New England, I'll take what I can get.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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