2017 brought a lot of positive change for Scotty McCreery. After having his record deal fall through, he found himself an independent artist and nearly starting from ground zero. While his original music tended to lean towards the country-pop side of things, fans and listeners could always tell that there was something more under the hood. McCreery’s voice is just so damn good and he just needs to be paired with the right songs to make the magic happen. Could 2018 be the year that it all comes together?
Cody Johnson, Mo Pitney and William Michael Morgan work to Bridge the Nashville and Texas Country Gap
- Something that is intended to reconcile or form a connection between two things.
It’s something that is much needed in the Texas and Nashville worlds of country music if both are intend to civilly co-exist. Many of us are guilty of the occasional bashing towards Nashville and their sub-par offerings to the mainstream arena, but Nashville is home to some serious talent - not just Texas. While the latter has seen a massive boom in recent years and increased exposure, much of the artists garnered their inspiration from the same idols. It’s the recognition of those similarities that I believe brought Cody Johnson, Mo Pitney and William Michael Morgan together for their acoustic verse swap of Merle Haggard’s, Okie from Muskogee.
Tis the Season! It’s that time of year where everyone get bombarded with Christmas songs and I figured I would join the fray. I wanted to put together a list of some Christmas songs, old and new by mostly Texas artists with some favorite mainstream artists thrown into the mix. Take a look at some of the highlights before you fire up Pitstop4Country’s Soundtrack to Christmas!
In my opinion, collaboration albums tend to be a thrown together jumble, but sometimes they come together so perfectly, such as Deryl Dodd’s outstanding, Long Hard Ride. I have been holding albums to the standard that Dodd set earlier this year when he blew my socks off. A throw back favorite artist of mine is Tracy Lawrence and I was cautiously interested when I saw he had a new collaboration album, Good Ole Days. When I saw all of the mainstream names I flinched, afraid to even give it a whirl. Afterall, many of them who once released solid country music have resorted to egging the very genre that gave their start and initial fame.
My love for country music can be traced back to a few artists, and standing tall at the gateway is Alan Jackson. If there is an artist that I can say had the largest impact on my listening, it’s this man. All of those wonderful years I had, enjoying his songs on mainstream radio seem like a sad, distant memory. If only that could happen again so people today could understand the caliber of his music and the impact he made on the industry. It’s his latest single, The Older I Get that really hit me and the video that accompanies it will have any true AJ fan feeling all sorts of emotions.
Sometimes in our lives, we are quick to start trying to plan everything out. We THINK we have some sort of idea what we will be doing two, five, even 20 years from now. Little do we realize, our daily experiences compile and begin to shape who we are. What we thought we would be doing for work may very well not be the case a few years down the road. The same can be said for many music talents. There are some that know what type of music they want to play, and there are others who have a burning passion to just play music. Their brand of music. Sometimes, they aren’t quite sure where they fit in. Well that is quite alright. And if you need any reassurance, take a look at Steve Moakler. The guy from Pittsburgh that moved to Nashville some 10 years ago and all the while has been building up to his excellent 2017 release, Steel Town.
Just a Massachusetts guy supporting Texas and other independent country/Americana artists.
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