Officially declare July 15 a country music holiday


By authority vested in me by the institution of country music, I hereby declare July 15th in the year of our Ford 2022 an official country music holiday due to the incredible volume of major releases country and roots music debuting that day. This proclamation grants all rights and privileges of an observed federal holiday to all true fans of country music, and this statement may be printed and presented as legal tender similar to a doctor’s note to excuse lateness, absenteeism , distraction or any other compromise in his productivity when it comes to employment, civic or family duties.

Please see the daunting list of major album releases that all happened on July 15, which resulted in this statement.

Arlo McKinley– This mess we’re in

The last time Arlo McKinley released a record, the damn thing worked and won Saving Country Music Album of the Year. All the more reason not to dampen the enthusiasm for his second album on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records.

“I’m deprived of a lot of things that I go through, but in my songs I’m honest about everything. So I started writing as a way to get stuff out. McKinley said. “For me, ‘This Mess We’re In’ is a growth record. I was navigating a pretty bad time, but there was also the realization that it was time to really change. My last album was me who was deciding to stay or leave from a very confusing place in my life. This one is trying to improve me – as a musician, as a human being, as a friend. (Read more)

Willi Carlisle– Individual, Missouri

Those who have seen Willi Carlisle, a whimsical and captivating storyteller of Arkansas country folk, swear by the natural acting he exudes, the enchantment of old traditional songs and tall tales he unearths. , and the magnetism of the original songs he composes. .

Willi Carlisle is like few things you will experience in music. His songs are heavily literary with rich characters, and his delivery is deeply compelling. And whether he makes you laugh, cry, feel unsettled or infinitely satisfied, Carlisle always leaves a lasting impression. (Read more)

Tami Neilson– KINGMAKER

At Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion in mid-March, Canadian-New Zealand-born country soul artist Tami Neilson was scheduled to perform early in the day. Those who knew Tami, they knew how to arrive early to catch her set. Little did we know while watching Tami perform that we would have the rare pleasure of seeing Willie Nelson himself appear on stage to sing a duet with Neilson. Titled “Beyond The Stars”, the song was written as a tribute to Tami’s father, and was the first taste of her new album. KINGMAKER.

If “Beyond The Stars” is any indication – or the other early songs “Careless Woman” and “Baby, You’re a Gun” – the new album will be yet another excellent selection from this soulful country powerhouse with a howitzer for a vocal. , and a penchant for telling it like it is. (Read more)

Zach Bryan – summer blues

Yes, Zach Bryan just released a 34-song album in May titled American grief. Yes, it’s been in the top 3 spots on the Billboard Country Albums chart ever since and is one of the biggest country music releases of the year, cementing Zach Bryan as one of music’s biggest artists. country right now. Yes, Zach Bryan is set to release a brand new 9-song album titled summer blues the 15th of July. And yes, he calls it an “EP,” but at nine songs, it’s as long as most albums these days.

The album includes some songs already familiar to many die-hard Zach Bryan fans. One of those tracks is called “Oklahoma Smoke Show” which he performed live recently, as well as the title track “Summertime Blues”, which nope, isn’t the old Eddie Cochran track in fact. of fussing and shouting that was once covered by Alan Jackson (and countless others). (Read more)

Local Honeys – Eponym

An integral part of the Kentucky-based independent country music revolution, The Local Honeys release this album through La Honda Records, which is also the home of Colter Wall and Vincent Neil Emerson, and it was produced by “The Professor” Jesse Wells of Tyler Childers’ support group, The Food Stamps. Other Food Stamps members also participated, including bassist Craig Burletic. “Who better to record an album that defines your sound than the the people who helped you find your sound, the people who understand where you come from, how you listen and who you are? » says The Local Honeys.

Their sound starts out stripped down and rooted in their Kentucky and Appalachian roots, but then grows electrified when the mood calls for it, all fiery with exquisite harmonies and a blue-collar attitude.

The broken rays – where did i go wrong

This album will be your opportunity to get on board with this traditional country outfit from Houston, TX, known as one of the hardest working bands in H-town and beyond, who bring classic country goodness to every show. Throwback to the 50s, The Broken Spokes fit right in with the Dale Watsons, Wayne “The Train” Hancock’s and Derailers of the world, while bringing their own unique twist to Golden Era country songs.

Led by vocalist and songwriter Brent McLennen, The Broken Spokes are your next favorite authentic Texas honky tonk band., playing all the great classics, and their own original tunes right next to them. Bring your shoes to two steps.

Wade Sapp- radio check

Wade Sapp has been touring the independent country music scene for many years now, touring across the country, opening shows for the likes of Elizabeth Cook and Colter Wall. Originally from Florida, he cut his teeth in Atlanta before moving to Nashville in 2016 and pursuing his country music dream at full throttle. Strangely enough though, he never released a full album, until now.

This 11-song album includes all of Wade Sapp’s originals except Rocky Bill Ford’s “Beer Drinkin’ Blues.” It also features Colter Wall on the track “The Boys We Were”. It’s pure Nashville honky tonk music.

Parker Twomey– All this life

You may have seen this ambitious young man play in the groups of Vincent Neil Emerson, Paul Cauthen or Leah Blevins in recent years. At 21, he’s now ready to jump in and make a name for himself with his debut album. All this life co-produced by Beau Bedford and Matt Pence, and with contributions from The Texas Gentlemen and house band Grand Ole Opry.

Hailing from Dallas, Parker Twomey’s (pronounced too-mee) sound embodies folk-inspired country, with an emphasis on songwriting and Parker’s distinctive voice. He’s a young man you’ll want to keep an eye on.

Merle Jagger- Trash picking up the guitar

Merle Jagger remains one of country music’s most overlooked and underappreciated projects. It’s all in the name. Led by super-talented guitarist and vocalist Mark Christian, this Southern California country rock project takes vintage country and classic rock influences and smashes them together. The new album is produced by Michael Dumas, who worked on many of Dwight Yoakam’s early records.

“My vision for ‘Trash Talking Guitars’ was drawn from my love for country, rock and 70s country/rock sounds” said Christian. “It was a time when recording technology and freedom of artistic expression were at an all-time high.”

Nick Dittmeier and the Sawyers – Heavy denim

If you’ve been reading Saving Country Music for a while, you’ve probably mentioned Midwestern rebels Nick Dittmeier and the Sawdusters. They’ve definitely been part of the country music insurgency over the past few years, but don’t expect another same old, same old to come out of them with Heavy denim. While the songs are still definitely Nick Dittmeier, the sound on this album takes a risk, including drum machines, loops, synth beats and everything in between.

“In the roots and country music, theThere are a lot of weird and stupid rules,” Dittmeier said. “Unspoken things you just don’t do – or at least theyou look bad. I realized that there were blind spots in my development. Maybe I had built theI am myself, maybe theYou were just my own perception. But I knew that, as long as I had time, I wanted to learn and explore—to apply new technology to our sound, and find different ways to play together as a group.

Alright then, but we’ll keep an open mind and listen to him.

Tom Skinner Science Project – First series

Red Dirt pioneer Tom Skinner died in 2015, but it was one of his last wishes that his musical collaborators carry on and continue his weekly Wednesday night showcases he founded. Tom Skinner’s longtime music partner Don Morris has done just that, and the band are gearing up to release their debut album titled First seriesdedicated to helping preserve the legacy of Tom Skinner.

Don Morris is joined in the project by guitarist Brad James (Medicine Show, Stoney LaRue, Steve Pryor, Brandon Jenkins), drummer Rick Gomez (Reba McIntyre, Roy Clark, Red Dirt Rangers, Jana Jae, Okie Soul, Tweed) and bassist Dylan Layton (Whirligig, Steve Pryor, Brandon Jenkins).


Whitney Locker- Long way to California
We Banjo 3 – Open the road
Bishop Plainview – The fire of the sun PE
Acoustic Syndicate – Just now

and probably more…


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