SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times

Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it's been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)
Country star Eric Church extended his Double Down tour because it’s been so popular. (Snip: Facebook page @ericchurch)

Eric Church’s Double Down Tour is so successful, he’s extended it. Again. Via the website Saving Country Music, it looks like a song from his album released in late 2018, Desperate Man, will soon be released as a radio single. The song “Monsters” was new to me; I hadn’t heard it yet. After listening, I came to the conclusion now is a perfect time to release it. Continue reading “SCM: Church single ‘Monsters’ reportedly to be released as single; perfect for the times”

Lil Nas X pundits: Egg on their faces on Old Town Road

The Lil Nas X brouhaha continues as pundits at certain publications change their tune on coverage of the ‘Old Town Road’ Billboard controversy by an influential country music website Saving Country Music. I’ve covered this in my own way, but what struck me about the latest developments is the refusal of some pundits to correct the record even when facts prove them wrong. Continue reading “Lil Nas X pundits: Egg on their faces on Old Town Road”

Click farms target aspiring musicians and you

It’s happened to me and I’d bet it’s happened to you. You’re listening to the radio or to your favorite stream service and a top charted song plays. You may think this top song isn’t all that great, and it’s by an up and comer. You ask yourself how that song even got released much less moved quickly to the top of the charts. As with so much else in life, it starts with dreams. Then come schemes and streams. Is it acceptable? Should this be disclosed?  Continue reading “Click farms target aspiring musicians and you”

‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley

California will welcome indie musicians to Grass Valley October 19-21 for the Grass Roots Festival. At a time when packaged music dominates airwaves and streams, the organizers of this festival view it as a “ragtag roots artist insurgency.” What, exactly, does that mean?  Continue reading “‘Ragtag roots artist insurgency’ set for Grass Roots Festival in Grass Valley”

Saving Country Music notes negative impact on musicians from Facebook changes

I’ve told every musician and artist I know to not make the mistake of relying on one social media site to connect with fans. Now a major music site is pretty much doing the same, and if you’re an indie artist, read this article. It’s well worth your time. After Facebook changed its algorithm, musicians are among the hardest hit. How hard is the hit?  Continue reading “Saving Country Music notes negative impact on musicians from Facebook changes”

Should there be an aesthetic standard for country music duos?

Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash 1969
Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash by Joel Baldwin, 1969. US Library of Congress; gift from Cowles Communications (Look Magazine)

I enjoy reading at the site Saving Country Music, and I came across an article today that set me thinking. The article is about a couple who make music together, and the writer opined:

“Somewhere, the spirit of the country music duo got lost. This isn’t just about the conjoining of two voices. It’s about the mixing of two perspectives on the same theme, telling a story from two angles, making the yearning in the heart that much more aching by adding two sob stories, or uplifting joy that is magnified that much more because it’s shared with someone else.”

This sounded reasonable to me at first, but the more I thought about it, the more I questioned it. Continue reading “Should there be an aesthetic standard for country music duos?”