The synthesis of the past, present, and future was so much of what country music was about in 2010. Country was still fairly male-dominated in the era, although the changing winds, wherein women would create the most forward-looking music, were already beginning to blow.
This was a major year for country music. With Lil Nas X, the world saw the shift. But others are helping to move country from near homogeneity to a diverse pastiche.
Willie Nelson's Ride Me Back Home continues a hot streak of recent records that are every bit as good as anything he's recorded. And, yes, that includes Red-Headed Stranger and Stardust.
The debut BeachLife Festival adds another unique event to the California concert calendar with three days of musical fun in the sun curated for the classic laid back lifestyle of the City of Angels.
The annual Farm Aid benefit festival was held in Connecticut for the first time and included performances from Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves and more.
Outlaw Music Festival shows that America's musicians remain one our nation's best cultural weapons against the ever cunning forces of avarice and tyranny.
Remastered and re-released as Teatro: The Complete Sessions, Willie Nelson's late '90s resurgence is lovingly presented in both sound and vision, providing a holistic experience that is essential for any Nelson fan.