Jenn Bostic sets up online show before UK tour—only 32 tickets left

Vinyl "Revival" by Jenn Bostic
Image: jennbostic.com

Jenn Bostic isn’t a household name in the US. Yet. She should be. Continue reading “Jenn Bostic sets up online show before UK tour—only 32 tickets left”

Indie musicians can help Loretta Lynn not let country music “die”

(Photo credit Loretta Lynn: Scott Schram)
(Photo credit Loretta Lynn: Scott Schram)

Loretta Lynn, as my grandma used to say, upset the apple basket. She joined country superstar Martina McBride on her podcast and said something that freaked out many media and many a country fan as well as some top country performers today. Continue reading “Indie musicians can help Loretta Lynn not let country music “die””

Will CMT decision on equal play for females impact radio?

TV screenshot CMT video channel
TV screenshot CMT video channel; photo Indie Art South

News stories are breaking about equal play for female artists on CMT and associated music channels. An announcement at Wide Open Country summed up the new initiative.

I’m glad to see steps being taken to increase the presence of women, but CMT aside, we have to ask whether this will have any impact on broader country radio programming. Continue reading “Will CMT decision on equal play for females impact radio?”

South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list

Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook
Luke Combs photo from @LukeCombs on Facebook

Votes have been tallied in the South Florida Country Music Awards contest, and Luke Combs took top honors for 2019 Entertainer of the Year.

The awards list is peopled with celebs like Combs, but up-and-comers closer to the organization’s home base state are also favorites.

One top award winner, Eli Mosely, served in the US Marines, and with lines like “You’re my trailer park princess,” his work stands out as authentic country rising to the top in a music genre where pop has blended itself into mainstream country. Continue reading “South Florida Country Music Awards votes are in: Luke Combs tops list”

Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?

Yoked oxen Library of Congress photos 1860
Today most young people probably couldn’t describe a yoke if asked to. This image of two yoked oxen is from the US Library of Congress, 1860.

When I read the sad news that singer-songwriter David Olney had passed away, and I saw how he died, I resorted to an old ‘Southernism’ my grandmother used to say about someone who died while doing what he or she loved—He died in the yoke.

I hadn’t thought of that saying in quite some time. Continue reading “Musician David Olney ‘died in the yoke’; what does that mean?”