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Tue Feb 17, 2015, 05:44 AM

I Wish Country Music was still good

Bring back the days of Johnny, Waylon, Hank, and Cline! Today's country has bad lyrics, fake singing, and all-around awfulness. Country used to have soul. Now it's "hop in my truck you purty thing and hand me a beer while I sing about dirt roads and all things Southern".

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Reply I Wish Country Music was still good (Original post)
Dpm12 Feb 2015 OP
olddots Feb 2015 #1
cemaphonic Feb 2015 #2
Lochloosa Feb 2015 #4
liberal N proud Feb 2015 #3
DinahMoeHum Feb 2015 #5
pipi_k Feb 2015 #6
bigwillq Feb 2015 #7
Dpm12 Feb 2015 #9
Dpm12 Feb 2015 #8
Dpm12 Feb 2015 #10
panader0 Feb 2015 #11
47of74 Feb 2015 #12
sakabatou Feb 2015 #13
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #14
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #15
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #16
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #17
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #18
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #19
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #20
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #21
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #22
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #23
struggle4progress Feb 2015 #24
Dpm12 Feb 2015 #25
Manifestor_of_Light Feb 2015 #26
Are_grits_groceries Feb 2015 #27
IDemo Feb 2015 #28
ghostsinthemachine Feb 2015 #29
OriginalGeek Feb 2015 #34
blueknight Feb 2015 #30
Tom Ripley Feb 2015 #32
alarimer Feb 2015 #31
IcyPeas Feb 2015 #33
OxQQme Feb 2015 #35
DeSwiss Feb 2015 #36

Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 06:41 AM

1. clear channel tryed to destroy all music

 

but music can't die as long as people live .

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:31 AM

2. It's out there. The good country gets tagged as "Americana" and mostly isn't on top40 country radio

Sturgill Simpson's album is freaking awesome. If you ever wondered what Waylon would have sounded like if he was a total acidhead, here you go:


Old Crow is still doing their thing (and just won a Grammy). Fun catchy prison sex song:


Dave Rawlings Machine doing a fine Zeppelin cover (with John Paul Jones playing mandolin):


Jason Isobel (pretty much anything associated with Drive-By Truckers is great, although more Southern Rock than Country)


Just discovered the Allen Thompson Band a couple weeks ago. Thoughtful lyrics, good singing and a sort of 70s Cali country-rock vibe:


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Response to cemaphonic (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 09:34 AM

4. My latest find...Nikki Bluhm and The Gramblers...kind of an alt country..blues..rock combo

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:54 AM

3. Try playing it backward

You will get your truck, dog, wife and house back.

Sorry I couldn't resist

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 09:39 AM

5. Saving-Country-Music-dot-com

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 12:03 PM

6. OK so...

I'm going to agree with you here.

Country music has gone straight into the toilet.








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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 12:51 PM

7. Country music is to me what rap is to others.

 

I just don't like it, even some of the old timers you listed.

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Response to bigwillq (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:35 PM

9. With the exception of Eminem,

modern rap sucks too. RUN-D.M.C. and Sugarhill Gang are fucking awesome. Tupac Shakur wasn't half-bad. But, just like country, rap has become a very, very BAD self-parody of itself.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:32 PM

8. I don't know WHAT THE FUCK this is

but it sure as hell isn't country:
[youtube]https://m.[/youtube]

THIS is country:
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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:46 PM

10. Some Jerry Lee Lewis

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Tue Feb 17, 2015, 10:51 PM

11. I like these guys- I talked my band buddies into doing them







I am a blues guy, but I gotta admit, there's a lot of good country songs out there. The "old country" you refer too is well known to me.
In the little town where I moved to in '78, that's all that was on the local radio we listened to as we laid block homes in a row.
Country music changed when they got "hippie" guitar players and the sound got morphed. Hell, we also cover "Folsom Prison",
"Lonesome Fugitive" (Merle) and others. I don't play out much anymore (64), but around here, you had to know some country to play.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:01 AM

12. Plus you have morons like Hank Jr who pretty much puts on Klan robes any chance he gets.

 

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:43 AM

13. Sometimes you have to look outside the US

but if you want country, I dunno.

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:54 AM

14. Riley Puckett

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:56 AM

15. Vernon Dalhart

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:58 AM

16. Don Richardson

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 12:59 AM

17. Samantha Bumgarner

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:00 AM

18. Uncle Dave Macon

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:02 AM

19. Al Hopkins

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:03 AM

20. Charlie Poole

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:09 AM

21. Gid Tanner

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:11 AM

22. Jimmie Rodgers

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:13 AM

23. The Carter Family

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Wed Feb 18, 2015, 01:15 AM

24. Fiddlin John Carson

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Wed Feb 18, 2015, 02:32 AM

25. Some more real country

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Wed Feb 18, 2015, 03:10 AM

26. I can't stand people that whine, scoop up to the note, and commit pedal steel guitar abuse.

I like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson because they have good voices and don't whine.

And this new country crap is just the same negative whines with a bit more electric guitar thrown in. Yuck.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 07:16 AM

27. You have to pick through the dreck.

Kacey Musgraves is great. Miranda Lambert isn't bad and The Pistol Annie's are a hoot.

There are waaaay too many country/pop cute boys with minimal talent. A few, very few, have some real talent but they choose to waste it. Unfortunately, they have taken over the charts.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 12:28 PM

28. Alternative Country, 'Newgrass', there's better stuff to be found





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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 04:26 PM

29. Time to turn off the radio....(and turn on your mind)

lot of great country out there. Just not being played on the radio.

Strugill Simpson is an amazing "true" country artist. Shooter Jennings (Waylon's kid) is amazing. Lukas Nelson, (who rocks out a lot) is seriously talented. Brokedown in Bakersfield. if you want old school country it now labeled as Americana more than country. It's out there, just not on commercial radio stations.

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Response to ghostsinthemachine (Reply #29)

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 02:55 AM

34. Lukas Nelson is awesome

The Promise of the real. He delivers. I like Shooter too. And their daddies.


But yeah, like pretty much every other genre, if it's on commercial radio, it's probably shit.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 05:29 PM

30. i asked my aunt who was a country singer

and is in the KY music hall of fame as well as performed every night for years at the grand old opry. before she died i asked " what has happened to country music, what i hear isnt even country"? she replied, " country is whatever Nashville Says it is" so there you have it. if the music industry in Nashville likes it, we are force fed it

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Response to blueknight (Reply #30)

Fri Feb 20, 2015, 11:02 AM

32. ^^^THIS^^^

 

Out of all American popular music forms, country music has always been more sharply defined by the recording industry.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Thu Feb 19, 2015, 08:10 PM

31. Check out Jason Isbell.

Also Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham.

Not one of them is played on country radio anymore, but they are a damned sight better than that crap.

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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Sat Feb 21, 2015, 01:34 AM

33. THE MAVERICKS

They have won a few Country music awards. Their sound is somewhat varied. I love them and I am not a big country music fan. Check them out.


The Mavericks are an eclectic American band, combining neotraditional country music, Latin, and Rockabilly influences.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mavericks






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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Sun Feb 22, 2015, 12:13 AM

35. Is This Country Music Mashup Amazing Or Shameful


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Response to Dpm12 (Original post)

Sun Feb 22, 2015, 12:46 AM

36. You just have to know where to look.....

 





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