Maybe the indie music world's New Year's Resolution for 2016 should be getting over its insane prejudice against country music. Speaking from personal experience as one of those people that used to dismiss all non-Johnny Cash country music out of hand, we need to wake up because some of the best records of last year fell under the "country" banner in one way or another: Jason Isbell, the Lone Bellow, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Stapleton just to name a few. And speaking of Mr. Stapleton, he made his Saturday Night Live
debut over the weekend in triumphant fashion.
Doing rousing renditions of "Parachute" and "Nobody To Blame" off of last year's Traveller
, Chris Stapleton (who swept last year's CMAs) should stake his claim to be another unashamedly country artist for people who say they don't like country music to like. He's bluesy and soulful, and as far as I can tell, he doesn't have any songs about tractors or dead dogs. My hype levels for being able to catch him live at Coachella in April are reaching maximum.
SNL also paid tribute to the late David Bowie
by playing his now iconic 1979 performance of "The Man Who Sold The World" which is less of a traditional SNL musical performance and more avant-garde performance art. But, of course, that's why we all love Bowie.