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Thanks for the Music 2015

This year, we  once again continue our annual November tradition of surveying people across the Texas/Red Dirt/Americana genres about a musical topic they are thankful for.  This year, we asked folks:  what song, album, artist, show or moment are you most thankful for this past year?  … Read the rest

Country Music?

Preface: I’m not a journalist & I’m not pretending to be one. I barely consider myself a writer. Maybe late at night, a couple whiskeys in. Also, I’m going to be constantly referring to “country music” in this article. By that, I mean mainstream country.Read the rest

What Does It Mean?


Last month, country music writer Grady Smith posted some astonishing sales numbers with regard to critically acclaimed artists, of which one was Chris Stapleton.  Those numbers were:

Sturgill Simpson – 151K

Kacey Musgraves – 127K

Willie Nelson/Merle Haggard – 106K

Jason Isbell – 97K

Chris Stapleton – 88K

In light of last night’s triumph, one has to think that Stapleton’s numbers are going to grow rapidly.  … Read the rest

The Bones of Payola

**Our good friend Dan Adams Band has a very thoughtful rant about Bobby Bones being a “co-writer” in Nashville.

Music industry rant – sorry it’s long but I think a worthy discussion, and I hope you’ll chime in Music Friends:

On my drive into Austin this morning, I was listening to nationally syndicated country radio show “The Bobby Bones Show”.… Read the rest

Staggering Sales


Esteemed country music journalist Grady Smith released some truly staggering sales numbers on Twitter last night.  There was no source provided, but Smith is as good as they come.  We have reproduced his list of total album sales below.  It’s impressive and intriguing.… Read the rest