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Even country music is constantly renewing itself! Hank Williams's great-grandchildren and Willie Nelson's grand-nephews carry the flame of an eternal kind. Roots or rock'n'roll, surprising or inhabited, pop or surly, here are some artists in their twenties and thirties who prevent country from going in circles. From Jason Isbell to Margo Price via Chris Stap...See more
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Chris Stapleton, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Tim James, ComposerLyricist - Vance Powell, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dave Cobb, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kendell Marvel, ComposerLyricist - Gena Johnson, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - J.T. Cure, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Derek Mixon, Drums, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 2017 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Jason Isbell, Composer - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, MainArtist - Southeastern Records Publishing, MusicPublisher
(C) 2017 Southeastern Records (P) 2017 Southeastern Records
Tchad Blake, Mixer - Pete Matthews, Engineer - Paddy Ryan, AssociatedPerformer - John Moreland, Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Calvin Abney, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Weinheimer, Engineer - Toby Vest, Engineer - Aaron Boehler, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Moreland, AssociatedPerformer
2017 4AD Ltd 2017 4AD Ltd
Luke Laird, Producer - Matt Stanfield, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmie Lee Sloas, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Leslie Richter, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ilya Toshinsky, Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Baritone, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Mendelson, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Russ Pahl, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kacey Musgraves, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dave Levita, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ryan Gore, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Brocco, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Fred Eltringham, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Osborne, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Shane McAnally, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Josh Osbourne, ComposerLyricist - Bucky Baxter, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kyle Ryan, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Misa Arriaga, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Trinko, Accordion, Tambourine, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Schroeder, Cello, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 2013 Mercury Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Alex Munoz, Producer - Margo Price, MainArtist - Matt Ross-Spang, Producer - Peach Pit (SESAC)/Fisheye (SESAC)/The Fredson Files (ASCAP), MusicPublisher
(C) 2016 Third Man Records, LLC (P) 2016 Third Man Records, LLC
Rick Lonow, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kevin Bartley, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marc Ford, Producer, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Executive Producer, Mix Engineer, Steel Guitar, Unknown, Other, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ryan Bingham, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jeff Lewis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ferguson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Standefer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Matt Smith, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Carlton Moody, Producer, Additional Producer - Anthony Arvisu, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Krepinevich, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shawn Howard, Producer, Assistant Producer - Lucas Hogue, Producer, Assistant Producer - Corby Schaub, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Kettledrums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeb Venable, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Stepahne Beaussard, Banjo, AssociatedPerformer
℗ 2007 UMG Recordings, Inc.
Dave Cobb, Producer - Colter Wall, Composer, MainArtist, MusicPublisher - Check Your Pulse Music Publishing/Rick Rubin Entertainment, MusicPublisher
(C) 2017 La Honda Records marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers (P) 2017 La Honda Records marketed and distributed by Thirty Tigers
JOACHIM COODER, Producer - Sam Outlaw, MainArtist
(C) 2015 Six Shooter Records Inc. (P) 2015 Six Shooter Records Inc.
Jack Grelle, MainArtist
Big Muddy Records Jack Grelle Music/Big Muddy Records
Jason Boland & The Stragglers, MainArtist - Hell Pony Music, MusicPublisher
(C) 2015 Proud Souls Entertainment (P) 2015 Proud Souls Entertainment
Sturgill Simpson, MainArtist
(C) 2014 Loose Music under exclusive license from High Top Mountain Records (P) 2014 Loose Music under exclusive license from High Top Mountain Records
Jake Sinclair, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Lyman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Trent, Producer, Drums, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Shovels & Rope, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Cary Ann Hurst, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Joel T. Hamilton, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer
(C) 2013 Dualtone Music Group, Inc., under exclusive licence to Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd ℗ 2012 Dualtone Music Group, Inc.
Robert Johnson, Composer - The Devil Makes Three, Artist, MainArtist - Handle Bar Music o/b/o Standing Ovation Music (SESAC), MusicPublisher
2016 New West Records 2016 New West Records
ROBERT ELLIS, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Vasquez, Composer - Matthew Logan Vasquez (BMI), MusicPublisher
2016 New West Records, LLC 2016 New West Records, LLC
Parker Millsap, MainArtist
(C) 2014 Okrahoma Records (P) 2014 Okrahoma Records
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Composer, Artist, MainArtist - Tasjan Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher
2016 New West Records, LLC 2016 New West Records, LLC
The Cactus Blossoms, MainArtist - Jack Torrey, Composer - Hello Central Music ASCAP, MusicPublisher - Jumping Gemini ASCAP, MusicPublisher
2016 Walkie Talkie Records 2016 Walkie Talkie Records
Amanda Shires, MainArtist
© 2016 Amanda Shires under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC ℗ 2016 Amanda Shires under exclusive license to BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Daniel Romano, Artist, MainArtist - New West Independent Music Publishing, MusicPublisher
2015 New West Records, LLC 2015 New West Records, LLC
Dori Freeman, MainArtist
Free Dirt Records Dori Freeman/Free Dirt Records
Guy Clark, Writer - Richard Bennett, Acoustic Guitar - Michael Rhodes, Bass - Jon Randall, Writer - Ashley Monroe, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Dennis Crouch, Upright Bass - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel Guitar - Vince Gill, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals - JUstin Niebank, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Drew Bollman, Assistant Engineer - Greg Morrow, Drums - STEVE GIBSON, Acoustic Guitar - Tony Harrell, Accordion - Matt Rausch, Assistant Engineer
© 2013 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2013 Warner Records Inc.
Even country music is constantly renewing itself! Hank Williams's great-grandchildren and Willie Nelson's grand-nephews carry the flame of an eternal kind. Roots or rock'n'roll, surprising or inhabited, pop or surly, here are some artists in their twenties and thirties who prevent country from going in circles. From Jason Isbell to Margo Price via Chris Stapleton or Colter Wall, here’s a short tour of the new voices to follow ...
The Women of Nashville
by Marc Zisman
It's not easy to elbow your way through the macho Music City scene, the birthplace of country music, when you're a woman. Over the years, some of them have nevertheless managed to shift lines and attitudes, like these ten pioneers and revolutionaries who have put – even stamped – their boots on Nashville's table.
It is worth recalling that before being a planetary star of modern pop and collaborating with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran and Future, Taylor Swift was first a country star. Unlike her elder sisters Loretta, Dolly and Tammy, she did not grow up abused, among 15 siblings, in a log cabin in a Pennsylvania forest, but alongside a father who worked in finance and a mother in marketing, a fan of James Taylor (hence the name). Initially addicted to musicals, she took singing lessons and wanted to follow in the footsteps of her idols Shania Twain and Faith Hill. She headed to Nashville with her parents who were determined to support her in her dream. Quickly spotted, quickly offered support, she took care of her writing first and foremost. Her self-titled debut album was released in October 2006 and everything is already laid out there. At the age of 16, Taylor Swift, who writes or co-writes all her songs, was already striking beautiful sparks with a pure country pop sound that would remain in the Billboard top 100 for 157 weeks! A bit girly but never over-the-top, she was already playing "confessional" songs with a lot of deft fingerwork and displaying real maturity. Two years later she hit the big-time with Fearless, grabbing all the statuettes possible (which angered Kanye West who stormed onto the stage of the MTV Video Music Awards for a legendary rant), and becoming the new queen of country-pop, setting tills ringing and tongues wagging in the country community, especially among purists... Very quickly, Taylor Swift's music moved away from the old-fashioned Nashville canon: it's not a few banjo lines here and there, nor a pair of boots worn on stage, that make a country girl. With albums like Red (2012), 1989 (2014), Reputation (2017) and Lover (2019), she moved out of Nashville and onto the world stage. But Taylor never stopped dipping her pen in the same inkwell as the older cowgirls, mastering romance, heartbreak, introspection, socio-political commentary and personal experience. Like when she evoked her mother's cancer on Soon You'll Get Better... In 2020, she changed gear by releasing two confined albums, Folklore and Evermore, produced by Aaron Dessner, guitarist from The National, whom she considers one of her idols. She then boosted her credibility with a more indie audience, adding to it by inviting Justin Vernon of Bon Iver as well as the Haim sisters and Marcus Mumford of Mumford & Sons. This showed a new facet of an artist who still has much creative potential left to explore.
Originally from Aledo, Illinois, Margo Price was lucky to have been spotted by a certain Jack White who signed her to his label, Third Man Records. The favour of the former White Stripes frontman would bring her into the limelight, which she well deserved... Midwest Farmer's Daughter, her first solo album released in 2016, was not a first attempt for the then 32-year-old singer. Arriving in Nashville after high school in 2003, she met her future husband, bassist Jeremy Ivey, with whom she formed the obscure band Buffalo Clover. Three self-produced albums later and a tsunami of misfortunes hitting her head-on (the death of her son, a stint in prison and struggles with the bottle and depression), Margo Price finally went it alone with this record which she conceived in the Mecca of rock, the mythical Sun Studios in Memphis. A beautiful album logically nourished by the misery she experienced. Midwest Farmer's Daughter – a clear nod to Loretta Lynn's Coal Miner’s Daughter – is travelling a path broken by country music's immortal grandes dames. Loretta: but also Dolly Parton and Tanya Tucker. Musically, her approach is quite purist and richly evokes the country music of the glorious seventies, when Waylon and Willie were terrorising Music City. A little honkytonk, rockabilly, twang and blues and Queen Margo intones her songs with conviction and sincerity. Later, notably on her 2020 album That's How Rumors Get Started, she would move more towards classic rock, unfurling Zeppelin-esque guitars, gospel choirs and sounds that were often influenced by rock, sometimes by soul, and always very seventies and very Fleetwood Mac.
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