Genius of Lil Nas X: 20 year old rapper topped country charts, then controversy burned

Because of technology, we live in an age where, if you’re an artist, you can’t just be talented or hard-working. You also have to know how to work the system. A rapper from Atlanta, 20 year old Lil Nas X, did all of the above, and now he’s the topic of many a conversation in the music industry. How did a rapper get a song to the top of country Billboard before it was removed from country? Was this racist? Continue reading “Genius of Lil Nas X: 20 year old rapper topped country charts, then controversy burned”

Music City quirk: Nashville honky-tonks form PAC as mayoral race approaches

Tootsies Nashville
No trip to Nashville is complete without a trip to Tootsies Orchid Lounge. The CD Baby conference was about 2 blocks away. (Photo: Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies)

The Golden City of country music is about to hold a race for mayor, and although it’s an interesting race, national media have given it scant attention. The race follows a major sex scandal revolving around Nashville’s previous mayor. Amid the campaigning, a daily newspaper even noted “honky-tonk” owners in the city have formed a PAC. Seems like all this would be great fodder for national stories considering Nashville’s importance in country music. Continue reading “Music City quirk: Nashville honky-tonks form PAC as mayoral race approaches”

Lefty Frizzell, who died young, gets a slice of immortality from the LOC

The US Library of Congress selects 25 sound titles each year for special preservation because of their importance to our culture and history. Among the diverse titles selected in 2019 are works by artists like Cindy Lauper, Jay-Z, and Richie Valens. What prompted me to write about this, however, was the induction of Lefty Frizzell, one of the greatest influencers on country music in my lifetime. If you’ve ever heard “Long Black Veil” covered, you can thank Frizzell. Continue reading “Lefty Frizzell, who died young, gets a slice of immortality from the LOC”

Texas singer dies in accident evoking martial arts legend’s son

Texas country singer Justin Carter died on March 16 when a gun discharged while he was filming a music video. Details in various media have been cloudy, but it appears Carter died in a manner similar to that of Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts star Bruce Lee. Carter was only 35 years old. Fans believe he was about to make it in the industry he loved. Continue reading “Texas singer dies in accident evoking martial arts legend’s son”

Historical Society of Orange Park celebrates woman who gave back to gem of a city

How much do you know about Orange Park? Personally speaking, I learned a lot after Rebecca told me she will play a set for the Historical Society of Orange Park’s Carrie Clarke Day celebration on Saturday. We came close to settling in Orange Park after moving to Florida years ago, but I didn’t know much about the history. I still don’t know much, but what I did learn is very interesting. Continue reading “Historical Society of Orange Park celebrates woman who gave back to gem of a city”

Fans shocked as queen of country music announces secret marriage

Fans aren’t the only people shocked by the queen of country music announcing on social media she had secretly married “the love of my life”.  I was so surprised I scoured the Web to make sure there were multiple establishment media reporting the same. I did that even after visiting the singer’s Twitter page. Continue reading “Fans shocked as queen of country music announces secret marriage”

South Florida Country Music hails return of country to SunFest

SunFest is a big music festival held annually in downtown West Palm Beach (FL) on the waterfront. Of late the festival was heavy on pop, rock, and reggae. The 2019 SunFest adds a genre—country music. The country act is most definitely high profile. Florida’s country music advocacy group South Florida Country Music hailed the return.  Continue reading “South Florida Country Music hails return of country to SunFest”

How can Dwight Yoakam leave the Sunshine State off his tour?

The website Saving Country Music said Dwight Yoakam is heading off on tour in 2019. The website said they have “hard confirmation” about this matter. What I don’t understand is why there isn’t anything scheduled in Florida. Continue reading “How can Dwight Yoakam leave the Sunshine State off his tour?”

Shania Twain joins critics of radio content

Shania Twain Now Tour poster
Shania Twain tour poster from her page: facebook.com/ShaniaTwain/

If you read here at Indie Art South, you know how I feel about radio content. Regardless of genre, it all sounds the same to me. Country, pop, rock, and rap have all been homogenized in the interest of profit. That’s perfectly legal, but also perfectly boring. Now Shania Twain has added her voice to those of other high profile critics, although her focus is country.  Continue reading “Shania Twain joins critics of radio content”

Loretta Lynn keeps on keeping on despite inaccurate news

Country music icon Loretta Lynn is recovering at home after what her daughter Peggy described as a “horrible stomach flu.” Lynn missed an awards ceremony in mid-October, and that led to all sorts of speculation among media. Lynn’s daughter had some advice for media.  Continue reading “Loretta Lynn keeps on keeping on despite inaccurate news”