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Friday, January 31, 2020

Country music is dead

I can't say I ever paid any attention to it, but based on recent observations, it's hard to argue with Loretta Lynn's opinion:
Loretta Lynn voiced her displeasure with current country music during a recent podcast, and she didn’t hold back. The 87-year-old country music pioneer told Martina McBride that she thinks country music is “dead.”

“I think it’s a shame,” she said on the ‘Vocal Point with Martina McBride’ podcast, according to WhiskeyRiff.com. “I think it’s a shame to let a type of music die. I don’t care what any kind of music it is. Rock, country, whatever. I think it’s a shame to let it die.”
Inclusivity kills every form of entertainment. The case for the prosecution is conclusive.

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123 Comments:

Blogger Al K. Annossow January 31, 2020 1:33 PM  

Just because he has a few rings on his fingers doesn't mean the guy in the photo is not country.

Separately ...
I loved it when Dolly Parton replied to a late night talk show question about her plastic surgery: "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap." Despite quite long finger nails, she could still play the guitar.

Blogger The Cooler January 31, 2020 1:43 PM  

https://www.americanheritage.com/country

Blogger [Redacted] January 31, 2020 1:43 PM  

Is Blazing Saddles being remade alongside the new Willy Wonka? Was "Blazing Saddles" always so homoerotic?

Blogger Jeff aka Orville January 31, 2020 1:46 PM  

Seeing that picture I thought I was still on the Wonka thread. The heir to Willie and Waylon, not!

Blogger carnaby January 31, 2020 1:49 PM  

The death of country music appears to have started and ended with Billy Ray Cyrus and his various natural and adopted demon offspring.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) January 31, 2020 1:56 PM  

so we went from The Man In Black to The Twink In Pink?

is FRE a corollary to WRE, or what?

Blogger Timmy3 January 31, 2020 1:56 PM  

I listen to it although I don’t buy it. As a genre, it can die like Rock n Roll. The problem is Latinos are talking over everything. Country’s biggest star, Taylor Swift, went pop. Carrie Underwood is it’s biggest female star. The ranks aren’t replenishing. Does “Old Town Road” count as country music? It was a big hit.

Blogger Azimus January 31, 2020 2:00 PM  

The infestation is complete, however there is still an old guard who remains popular and puts out actual country music not just sex hip-hop with a twang. Would that they were the kings and they could throw these debasers out

Blogger Storm Rhode January 31, 2020 2:00 PM  

Music changes with the changing social engineering agendas of the time.

Blogger MichaelJMaier January 31, 2020 2:01 PM  

Never a big country fan, but I liked it some. From my POV, Country had been a walking corpse for two decades. Garth Brooks was the first crap pop country artist I noticed, then Faith Hill and Shania Twain opened the flood gates. Now it's all gay pop garbage. I used to think country twang was stupid. Now I miss it.

Blogger MagnusStout January 31, 2020 2:01 PM  

I didn’t begin to appreciate classic country (Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, etc...) until I started remodeling work. The messages (ex: “ God`s Gonna Cut You Down”) are powerful & emotional, and spiritual. Most pop music seems to follow a boring secular recipe & will not pass the test of time. Truth and beauty are inseparable. Perhaps it’s no coincidence modern art is so ugly (and hostile to those concepts)?

Blogger Noah B. January 31, 2020 2:05 PM  

Is he trying to look like a Sno Ball?

Blogger BriarRabbit January 31, 2020 2:07 PM  

There are some folks keeping it alive! Check out these folk:

Tyler Childers
Ben Tod (Lost Dog Street Band)
Colter Wall
The SteelDrivers (country and bluegrass)
Chris Stapleton

But mainstream blows. I heard a song recently about a man with a wife and both have a blue twitter checkmark and adopted a Ugandan baby. I jest you not.

Ben Tod and Tyler Childers do most of theirs with a guitar and that's it. Authentic.

Country, real country, embodies suffering and struggle. Facing the death of the body, the struggle to keep one's soul, the costs of saying "No" to the grabblers. Giving an over-reaching government the finger.

For instance, if you want addiction encapsulated in under four minutes, give Ben Tod's "Using Again" a listen

Long live the outlaws willing to speak truth about a fallen world.

Blogger Roy Stalin January 31, 2020 2:10 PM  

Country music was killed when the men from Los Angeles took over.

Blogger phil g January 31, 2020 2:10 PM  

Meh let the current Nashville machine driven drivel die. The more interesting music is coming from Americana, roots, new grass, jam grass, a new outlaw country movement, etc.
Jack White is a good example of new forms of "country".

Blogger Bryan January 31, 2020 2:17 PM  

I was never really in to country and she may be right for all I know, but I've stumbled into Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks & Jamey Johnson ... and whatever you call what they're doing, Country or otherwise, I enjoy.

Blogger Rusty Shackleford January 31, 2020 2:18 PM  

Mainstream country is dead. It has been for a while.

There is still some great authentic country music coming from guys like Tyler Childers, Sturgill Simpson and lots from the red dirt movement in Texas/Oklahoma.

Blogger Justin Bailey January 31, 2020 2:19 PM  

I don’t think Hank done it this way.

Blogger The Course of Empire January 31, 2020 2:20 PM  

I think he would be the prime candidate as Wonka, as long as he declares that he is a transgender female. ;)

Blogger weka January 31, 2020 2:22 PM  

They don't know Junior and don't know Hank.

Charlie Pride respected country. But the woke have killed commercial stuff. They are aiming at worship music.

Blogger Lazarus January 31, 2020 2:23 PM  

Al K. Annossow wrote:Despite quite long finger nails, she could still play the guitar.

Used open tuning and her finger as a slide. Not exactly virtuoso material.

Blogger Solemn Sentinel January 31, 2020 2:23 PM  

Nashville country has been dying since the 90's. Thankfully Texas country is alive and well.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) January 31, 2020 2:24 PM  

3. [Redacted] January 31, 2020 1:43 PM
Was "Blazing Saddles" always so homoerotic?



you think Gene Wilder is not homoerotic?

Blogger Stilicho January 31, 2020 2:26 PM  

Playing taylor swift on country stations doesnt help.

Another case of abandoning your customers in the hope of "expanding your market"

Blogger Balkan Yankee January 31, 2020 2:34 PM  

That brain my damaged.

Blogger Sterling Pilgrim January 31, 2020 2:40 PM  

Nashville’s ex mayor Briley wanted to make it the “LA of the South”. It is currently filling with californicators and vibrants. Culture reflects the population.

Of course though, music is really hard to kill. I think Vox has highlighted some Mongolian troubadours here not too long ago singing very old nationalist tunes.

Blogger Aeroschmidt January 31, 2020 2:50 PM  

There's a lot of trash, for sure, but it's not dead.

Chris Stapleton is still making country music.

Blogger Up from the pond January 31, 2020 2:50 PM  

Country anything was always a combination of crypto redoubt and profitable gaslighting of the survivors of Reconstruction. The transformation of the model of the American South from Robert E. Lee to "Hee-Haw" was driven by people who privately preferred to wear hats smaller than the ones they usually wore publicly.

Blogger Barbarossa January 31, 2020 2:51 PM  

Oh, come on now. I'm a big fan of the reggae-mariachi-showtunes-bluegrass fusion. Good stuff. Very diverse. Like listening to cat with its tail caught in a fan.

Blogger Happy Housewife January 31, 2020 2:51 PM  

Grady Smith has a good video about the beat that killed country music.

https://youtu.be/aT9iox7jH1g

Blogger widlast washere January 31, 2020 2:58 PM  

The 21,683rd sign of the Apocalypse, flaming gay colored country music wannabe.

Blogger Goodnight January 31, 2020 3:00 PM  

My 13 year old and his buddies have all gotten into old country on their own - mostly Marty Robbins and Hank Williams. If you mention any country music from this century, they roll their eyes. Gen Z may turn out ok after all.

Blogger TheGhostlyOne January 31, 2020 3:03 PM  

“Seeing that picture I thought I was still on the Wonka thread. The heir to Willie and Waylon, not!”

That’s an actual “recording artist?”
That’s hard to even comment on. It’s over, sadly.

Blogger Paradise Lost January 31, 2020 3:07 PM  

I recently heard a rap country song. Country is dead. Rap is just one step above log pounding.

Blogger Brett baker January 31, 2020 3:09 PM  

I'd bet you're not going to like the Porter Wagner Jr. Show.....

Blogger Keith January 31, 2020 3:09 PM  

Charlie Pride was oddly prophetic.

Blogger mrpinks January 31, 2020 3:14 PM  

Everything that has a beginning has an end. Only God is eternal. Bye bye country music. Bluegrass still lives!

Blogger Steve Canyon January 31, 2020 3:14 PM  

Nope. Wokeback Mountain.

Blogger JACIII January 31, 2020 3:17 PM  

Do not ask questions of hill women unless you are fully prepared for the answers. I learned this the hard way.

Blogger A rebel without a General January 31, 2020 3:19 PM  

It’s true it became more and more pop over the years and the genre has no creativity anymore I still remember the year of “listening to the radio in my truck” songs I knew the genre was dead.

Blogger Newscaper312 January 31, 2020 3:20 PM  

I was sort of sympathetic to his song being included in the country charts as a sort of fusion that still seemed respectful... but the gayer-then Midnight-Cowboy-meets-Elton-John outfits for the Grammy's changed my mind. This crap is about mockery and destruction, not extending the boundaries a bit.

Blogger Silent Draco January 31, 2020 3:21 PM  

"Oh, WHHYYYYYYYY, Emm Ceeeee, Aaaaaaaay,
Did Ah eeever buy a Foooowrd ..."

Blogger JaimeInTexas January 31, 2020 3:25 PM  

That is Nashville country music. Texas Country music is not the same.

Blogger Vince January 31, 2020 3:27 PM  

It didn't die. It was killed. There's a difference.

Blogger Jeroth January 31, 2020 3:28 PM  

The Cooler wrote:https://www.americanheritage.com/country

Just make 100% sure to keep Jewish money out, and it can survive.

Blogger Pat V January 31, 2020 3:32 PM  

Well, they can still have cucktry music.

Blogger sammibandit January 31, 2020 3:38 PM  

Bo Burnham - Country Song

Blogger Randomatos January 31, 2020 3:39 PM  

Didn't Nate already nail this a few years back? Something to the effect that while Records and networks try to cram pink prancing pedos onto the stage, the real Outlaw Country music just ignores them and keeps making music off by itself. Jackson Taylor and the Sinners kind of stuff, if memory serves.

Blogger Paulito January 31, 2020 3:42 PM  

He's ready for a ride up Brokeback Mountain.

Blogger Emmanuel January 31, 2020 3:43 PM  

Is that a picture of Corn Pop ?

Blogger VD Bear January 31, 2020 3:44 PM  

You’ve obviously never listen to what that guy with the rings on his fingers considers “country”

Blogger Rex Leroy King January 31, 2020 3:52 PM  

Dwight Yoakam's new album is good.

Blogger Dark Hobbesian January 31, 2020 3:59 PM  

Well, not "dead," exactly, because there are still tons of people still writing it and playing it.

But dead as a popular commercial genre? Yes. Even though people still love it (compare the sales figures for the back catalogs of old country artists to, say, famous jazz musicians), the authentic stuff can't be permitted because it runs contrary to the wishes of the woke corporate class.

Blogger Steve Canyon January 31, 2020 4:00 PM  

Corporate Country is dead and has been for a while. Pop sung with a twang has replaced it.

You need to get out of the pop charts to find the good stuff. Look up "Daddy was a badass" by Jesse Dayton or anything by Whitey Morgan.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) January 31, 2020 4:03 PM  

you'll notice that Billy Ray Cyrus is an integral part of the major music video release of 'Old Town Road'.

this is the same man who ((( raised ))) Miley Cyrus.

Blogger Jacob January 31, 2020 4:11 PM  

George Jones asked, "Who's gonna fill their shoes?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxHjRqnY7zA&list=RDvxHjRqnY7zA&start_radio=1&t=0

Blogger BriarRabbit January 31, 2020 4:11 PM  

Best comment.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 31, 2020 4:13 PM  

@Dr. Caveman
The corona virus threads are still active.
Post it there.

Blogger RJ January 31, 2020 4:14 PM  

It was over when all the music industry types moved from LA to Nashville and pop-music'd it up. Luke Bryan and Florida-Georgia Line aren't country...

Blogger The Depolrable Podunk Ken Ramsey January 31, 2020 4:19 PM  

The Coal Miner's Daughter ought to forget Nashville and come back to her roots in the hollers.

Bluegrass. The old High And Lonesome is still kicking and swinging and stomping, often at breakneck speed if you're not careful.

If you've got Sirius/XM check out the Bluegrass Junction. That and Willie's Roadhouse (for the memories of what Nashville used to be).

(Wouldn't hurt to stock up on some moonshine while yer at it)

Blogger OvergrownHobbit January 31, 2020 4:20 PM  

Haven't seen any songs about loose cattle on the highway, but this is fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePjFAZKWKVo

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 31, 2020 4:22 PM  

The music is fine. The marketing genre is dead. This is what happened to Rock. 4 or 5 (((media companies))) get control of production, and start producing what they want, instead of what the existing market wants. They use their control of production, of radio (easy thanks to clear channel), of advertising dollars, to shape the market to their own preferences. This is why 3 producers make literally 80% of pop songs.

The music is fine

Blogger Blaidd January 31, 2020 4:29 PM  

Can confirm. Grew up listening to country against my will. As soon as my mother wasn't driving me everywhere I stopped listening to it. Now I enjoy hearing the songs I grew up with and the few times I hear modern "country" makes me appreciate the old songs even more. Country has suffered from the same problem as NASCAR, trying to appeal to an audience that harbors only contempt while alienating their actual audience.

Blogger teslawasframed January 31, 2020 4:42 PM  

Tyler Childers, Colter Wall and Chris Stapleton all get a big +1 from me...I'll have to add the others to my listen-to list.

Blogger White Knight Leo #0368 January 31, 2020 4:42 PM  

I grew up in the 90s listening to country. The turn toward pop really got started in the early 2000s - I first noticed it with Big&Rich.

2006 is about when I stopped listening.

Blogger Thomas Howard January 31, 2020 4:43 PM  

Agree. Red dirt Texas country has taken up the flag. Pat Green, Cory Morrow, Kevin Fowler, Josh Abbott, and Randy Rogers are still making music that isn't run through a synthesizer and set to a hip-hop beat.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 January 31, 2020 4:54 PM  

I'm sure there are great country music bands and singers out there.

But you won't find them in the mainstream.

The Gatekeepers has locked out too many people at this point.

Blogger Ska_Boss January 31, 2020 5:04 PM  

Not dead, just pozzed. A parasite needs its host to stay alive to benefit from it.

Blogger Dr Caveman January 31, 2020 5:08 PM  

@58 Thx, reposted

Blogger Starboard January 31, 2020 5:09 PM  

Sturgill Simpson's Sound and Fury is a good album.

Blogger Al K. Annossow January 31, 2020 5:09 PM  

I don't understand what is taking Vox Day so long in getting a new country music platform up and running for streaming play and for downloading. How else can quality be preserved from the ravages of convergence!

Blogger sammibandit January 31, 2020 5:11 PM  

When I worked in the country there were two stations that broadcasted in the area. We got city radio but I'm talking regional-specific radio. A pop country station and a Native Country station. The former played the same 4 tracks all the time, though I liked "Diane" a lot. The Native Country station played a lot of old, almost bluegrass gospel style.

Cam - Diane

Blogger James Dixon January 31, 2020 5:15 PM  

George Strait and Allan Jackson said it best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK1Vrur_ewM

> Country’s biggest star, Taylor Swift, went pop.

Taylor Swift was never a Country star, awards to the contrary.

> Carrie Underwood is it’s biggest female star.

See above.

> It didn't die. It was killed. There's a difference.

Yep.

> But dead as a popular commercial genre? Yes.

Just like rock, and for the same reasons. But they're both still being made. Just not by the big names.

Blogger David Ray Milton January 31, 2020 5:23 PM  

Colter Well
Whiskey Myers
Eric Church
Whitey Morgan
Ryan Bingham

There’s a few artists still worth listening to. Still my favorite genre of music even though I agree it is mostly sold out and converged.

Give a listen to “Johnny Boy’s Bones” by Colter Well. I’ve been listening to it on repeat this week. If you’re from the South, the lyrics bypass the mind and go straight to the heart.

Blogger tuberman January 31, 2020 5:37 PM  

Owen's take on this is that this is the way it gets before they crash and burn. All this rush to undercut everything is a sign of desperate weakness, and not strength. Couldn't agree more.

Blogger jarheadljh January 31, 2020 6:24 PM  

Emmanuel wrote:Is that a picture of Corn Pop ?

...Yes.

Steve Canyon wrote:Corporate Country is dead and has been for a while. Pop sung with a twang has replaced it.

You need to get out of the pop charts to find the good stuff. Look up "Daddy was a badass" by Jesse Dayton or anything by Whitey Morgan.


Even the corporate stuff is starting to show some signs of life:

A white girl discussing marriage and family(automatically a country song in this era just due to the subject matter) Ingrid Andress - More Hearts than Mine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_A8Zjwr9m0

Also, country artists are *very* aware of the problem. Luke Combs - Can I get an Outlaw? :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkeBNVAGnhI

So is Kelly Clarkson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49dNj7V5pWo


And for more information, here's the webpage SavingCountryMusic
https://www.savingcountrymusic.com/

There is no real "pop" music any longer. It's been surrendered to the dark skin girls encouraging young women to ride the dick bicycle. Rock is simply dead. That sort of leaves pop-country to be the soundtrack of the American Nation. Only it's going to be decentralized even further thanks to the intertubewebs because Nashville is now just as much enemy territory as LA.

Blogger BriarRabbit January 31, 2020 6:37 PM  

Try Tyler Childers, Lost Dog Street Band and Colter Wall.

Blogger Akulkis January 31, 2020 6:39 PM  

Country music's slide started around 1980. "Swingin'" would have never charted if it had been released 10 years earlier.

"It was over when all the music industry types moved from LA to Nashville and pop-music'd it up"


Listen to the music that was popular in the 1950's and the 1960's, and you can tell WHERE a band was from just from the sound. If you're familiar with a few groups from that era, and where they are from, you can hear music that you don't know, and make accurate guesses as to where they came from. Rock bands from New York City sound different than those from Boston and Philadelphia which all sound different from Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans bands. By the late 1960's, San Fransisco had developed a unique sound - lots of harmonies -- evident in Jefferson Starship, but not so much in the early days when they called themselves Jefferson Airplane.

There are exceptions, of course: The Trashmen (famous for "Surfin' Bird) emulated the Southern California beach sound, but they were from Minnesota, which is where their recording studio (Garret) was.

For years, I couldn't figure out why so much music from the 70's was utterly bland and awful compared to both the 60s and the 80s. Was working in a place where management piped in music from some subscription service, and the rotation was replaced by a new one consisting of all 70's songs. After a few weeks of that, it hit me -- they all sounded like music meant for audiences of all musical tastes, to play during the opening credits of a movie. So this is why talented, but in no way monumental bands like The Carpenters stood out. In a desert plain, a small bush is as much of a landmark as a towering tree would be in another environment.

This is when Motown moved to Los Angeles; their product soon stopped having a Detroit sound because it was all replaced by the LA sound. And what I call the LA sound not to be confused with, and is totally different from the 60s California surf sound, or even the late 60s Hippie and Folk Rock sounds. It's like elevator music, but with vocals.

I'm not sure exactly what happened, but most everything coming out of the LA recording studies became emotionally subdued (compare the high-charting songs from 1974 with those from 1970)... Is this all from the massive amount of tranquilizers and sedatives, such as quaaludes and even PCP -- a horse tranquilizer -- flooding the black market at that time?

While Hollywood (at least until recently) was good at, and all telling stories, an opening credit song is all about NOT telling a story, but instead, just manipulation of the listener's emotions, setting a tone, put the viewer into a certain state of mind before beginning the story.

It's not surprising that the music people from L.A. recording studios where the emphasis is mood and storytelling is to be avoided, if moved to studios used for a form of music which has been based on story telling, would totally destroy that aspect of it (along with turning the whole thing into "bouncy pop with very nasal/twangy vocals").
Compare it with the authentic country music (pre 1970) which has little to no twang...

I still don't have it all sorted out, but those are my observations and thoughts about how this is all part of a larger picture, going back for half a century.

Blogger BriarRabbit January 31, 2020 6:39 PM  

Or a whole moonshine stil..uhm.."water distillation device".

Blogger Mad Italian January 31, 2020 6:45 PM  

Proof That All Country Music Sounds the Same?
http://www.cmt.com/news/1747657/proof-that-all-country-music-sounds-the-same/

TL/DR

https://youtu.be/FY8SwIvxj8o

Blogger HouellebecqGurl January 31, 2020 6:53 PM  

Yes, it's the RINGS on the fingers of the gay black kid who sings about "LEAN all in his bladder."
If your Boomer brain doesn't know what Lean is, it's promethazine cough syrup poured over jolly ranchers and ice and numerous rappers and their young fans have died from drinking huge ass bottles of narcotic cough syrup like it's KOOL AID.
You're either too old or way too young to grasp the situation. Honestly,I just can't tell.
BTW, this is the stuff that gives Lil Wayne his occasional seizures he blames on various other things, including the one that nearly killed him a couple of yrs back as well as a current favorite of young popular white rapper, Post Malone. There's a reason you will see them in videos or candid out and about shots carrying a double styrofoam cup or a red solo cup with a styrofoam cup liner 8nstead of a bottle of liquor or beer.
Ask Lil Peep and Mac Miller how drinking this crap with an oxy chaser turns out. You end up dead before 25 & your fans end up emulating you.

Blogger Warunicorn January 31, 2020 6:54 PM  

I still love classic country, bluegrass especially. Today's dreck? No.

Blogger HouellebecqGurl January 31, 2020 6:54 PM  

Funny comment, but wholly untrue. It was well on it's way before BRC & his mullet briefly had a career 30 yrs ago.

Blogger MadMax1861 January 31, 2020 7:12 PM  

All the old country greats are still on YouTube. Here's George & Tammy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjzP1tAT1H0

Blogger MadMax1861 January 31, 2020 7:24 PM  

Classic country is not dead. You just have to look for it. There are new recordings of George & Tammy being uploaded to YouTube constantly. They both did shows on a series called Navy Hoedown. These were live recordings that were only played once on the radio for Navy recruitment. Here's one that was uploaded last week of George Jones (it aired only once in Sept 1969):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPosy0HM5bI

Blogger Curlytop January 31, 2020 7:38 PM  

I can confirm. Our oldest calls it "Tractor Pop."
His 1st concert was Hank William's Jr at the NRA convention in Atl a few years back.
The stuff he and our other one pull up out of the grave of obscurity is hilarious! Not PC at all.

Blogger bramley January 31, 2020 7:41 PM  

But, but, Country is rebel music. What's more rebellious than a Black pink cowboy poofter? If he were Jewish and disabled too his rebel cred would be through the roof and he would obviously just have to live at the Grand Ole Opry singing about the divorce from his abusive, brutish, racist Gentile husband.

Blogger Gettimothy January 31, 2020 7:45 PM  

not dead at all in appalachia. local cofee shop plays the most soothing instrumental country I have ever heard. young men and women out here love country music.

as you approach the cities, the change in sound is strikingly globohomo monotony and head bangy.

Blogger tublecane January 31, 2020 7:51 PM  

@7- You say Taylor Swift "went pop," but did she really go anywhere? Or did she simply drop slide-guitars and soften her accent?

Popular country music has followed other forms of mass-produced commercial music like rock and roll. It's made quickly and blandly, to be kicked out of the studio for immediate consumption then forgotten. Which isn't even the best way to make money, but it is I guess more reliable than letting talented people try to capture lightning in a bottle.

Blogger Gettimothy January 31, 2020 7:53 PM  

"I'm seeing possum in my tailights tonight "

played on a cell phone at lunch in the factory job; my friend who loves that song invited me to a hog killing...

Blogger God Emperor Memes January 31, 2020 7:59 PM  

I can't wait for the country song where the guy buys a Tesla truck and it leaves him.

Blogger Doktor Jeep January 31, 2020 8:10 PM  

When a genre dies the deepest roots of it live on.
That being said, why does something have to be mainstream to be alive? I know a fellow who is very into the kind of ad long folk you find in hidden places of Nova Scotia. Guess where you have to go to find it.
Hence a dilemma: if it's popular, crowdism and dumbing down kills it. If it's dead, the surviving remnants are all so much better. Look at retrowave for example. It's practically a reenactment of dead music from a bygone era, but it's actually pretty good.
My greatest concern is for how mainstreaming and popularity leads to destruction. The lowest common denominator is death. And in more than just music. This is why every doomsday expectation from Y2K to Mad Max to Corona Chan is more wishful thinking than blackpill. There's no moral way to slough off all those mindless people otherwise.

Blogger Damelon Brinn January 31, 2020 8:17 PM  

Everything that's mainstream enough to be played on the radio is terrible, regardless of genre.

Gen Z may turn out ok after all.

I heard a report the other day that classical stations have tripled in listeners recently, and they're finding that it's mainly youngsters discovering it. Don't know how.

Blogger sammibandit January 31, 2020 8:21 PM  

Paul Brandt - Alberta Bound - Official Music Video

Written by Gordon Lightfoot!

Sign said 40 miles to Canada
My truck tore across Montana
Ian Tyson sang a lonesome lullaby
And so I cranked up the radio
Cause there's just a little more to go
'Fore I cross the border at that Sweet Grass sign
I'm Alberta Bound
This piece of heaven that I've found
Rocky Mountains and black fertile ground
Everything I need beneath that big blue sky
It doesn't matter where I go
This place will always be my home
Ya I have been Alberta Bound for all my life
And I'll be Alberta Bound until I die
It's a pride that's been passed down to me
Deep as coal mines, wide as farmer's fields
Yeah, I've got independence in my veins
Maybe it's my down-home redneck roots
Or these dusty old Alberta boots
But like a Chinook wind keeps comin' back again
Oh I'm Alberta Bound
This piece of heaven that I've found
Rocky Mountains and black fertile ground
Everything I need beneath that big blue sky
It doesn't matter where I go
This place will always be my home
I have been Alberta Bound for all my life
And I'll be Alberta Bound until I die
Oh it doesn't matter where I go
This place will always be my home
I have been Alberta Bound for all my life
And I'll be Alberta Bound until I die

Blogger Nikolai Collushnikov January 31, 2020 8:38 PM  

I claim that Big Country died when "Boot Scoot Boogie" hit the charts.

Blogger Akulkis January 31, 2020 8:45 PM  

"Just like rock, and for the same reasons. But they're both still being made. Just not by the big names."

Those how are still making actual rock and actual country aren't allowed to be big names.

Blogger jarheadljh January 31, 2020 8:49 PM  

tublecane wrote:@7- You say Taylor Swift "went pop," but did she really go anywhere? Or did she simply drop slide-guitars and soften her accent?

What accent? She's a pampered princess that grew up on a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania as the daughter of some investment bankers. She is sharp enough to have recognized that she didn't have the stage chops required of a pop princess, so instead she chose Sad Blond Girl With a Guitar as her genre and Nashville went with it. Make no mistake, Taylor is exactly who she always calculated that she would be and is where she always wanted to be.

sammibandit wrote:Paul Brandt - Alberta Bound - Official Music Video

I'm from Oregon and I love that song. "This Time Around" is a pretty decent album, as good as anything he did in the 90's.

Blogger Akulkis January 31, 2020 8:56 PM  

"Ask Lil Peep and Mac Miller how drinking this crap with an oxy chaser turns out. You end up dead before 25 & your fans end up emulating you."

While evolution is false, natural selection is still a thing. Considering which demographic it's restricted to (those prone to both stupidity and violence for no cause) I'm not seeing much of a downside for civilized society or even ghettos. Self-removal from the gene pool and voting population, without weapons even.

Blogger Engineer-Poet January 31, 2020 9:04 PM  

You can listen to this and tell right away why it isn't in the rotation any more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KOj7Vcq-i8

1.  Implicitly white.
2.  Celebrates family.
3.  Sense of reverence.

"I can't wait for the country song where the guy buys a Tesla truck and it leaves him."

I don't care who you are, that's funny right there.

Blogger jarheadljh January 31, 2020 9:38 PM  

Good channel for info on the current state of country:

Grady Smith
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrwtf5XvBJatBzHKuEnM5Hg

Grady Smith - This beat is killing country music(STOP THE SNAPS)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT9iox7jH1g

Blogger tublecane January 31, 2020 9:42 PM  

@97- Her singing accent, I guess you'd call it. They have to put a little country in the voice to get play in that world. Not necessarily a Southern accent, but at least non-city folk.

Adele was born in London but she sings like she's from the Mississippi Delta because it's the (annoying) style of her music. It's what these people do.

Blogger RedJack January 31, 2020 9:43 PM  

Grew up with old school country my Dad and Grandpas listened to. Cash, Waylan Jennings, Hank.

Now I like Aaron Lewis, but he is one of the few.

Funny thing. Someone mentioned rap music. One guy on my crew loved old school rap. He complained it was to "converged" now, and there were to many white rappers now.

Blogger tublecane January 31, 2020 9:48 PM  

@92- It doesn't have to be mainstream to be alive, but when people refer to "country music" they're usually talking about the mainstream commercial phenomenon. Partly because local, regional, and folk music generally barely exists anymore. Because playing, sunging, and formal dancing aren't part of people's lives like They used to be. More often, they sit back and casually consume music asocially.

Live music exists, of course. As does niche music and "alternative" music. We all know this.

Blogger RedJack January 31, 2020 9:48 PM  

@93 Video games.

Some of my youngbloods saw my play list had Bach on it, and got talking about how great it was. Said it was on a game somewhere.

They got me into Powerwolf, I showed them Vivaldi.

Blogger Sambuca_Ford January 31, 2020 10:17 PM  

You can hear the Grand Old Opry in Nashville Tennessee
It's the home of country music, on that we all agree
But when you cross that old Red River hoss, that just don't mean a thing
Because once you're down in Texas, Bob Wills is still the king

Blogger Sambuca_Ford January 31, 2020 10:27 PM  

I'm forming an alt-country/psychobilly act tinged with arcane rap and strong traditionalist social conscience.
Will be calling ourselves, Lamp Post Malone.

Blogger weka January 31, 2020 10:29 PM  

Too much whiskey, not enough coffee.

disclosure: I like first, but most South Islanders we a Subaru for hauling stuff from the hardware and getting to ski fields.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash January 31, 2020 10:57 PM  

weka wrote:disclosure: I like first, but most South Islanders we a Subaru for hauling stuff from the hardware and getting to ski fields.

weka also wrote:Too much whiskey, not enough coffee.
I'll say!

Blogger jarheadljh January 31, 2020 11:25 PM  

God Emperor Memes wrote:I can't wait for the country song where the guy buys a Tesla truck and it leaves him.

It will be either Hardy or Brad Paisley, and will be just as funny lyrically as it is in concept.

Blogger jarheadljh February 01, 2020 12:05 AM  

Here's a guy that doesn't get any airtime that I can tell, I think because he's from Michigan and used to be the front man for STAIND. Here's the thing,this Yankee former rock band singer actually deserves the airtime that Luke Bryan is getting.

Aaron Lewis - "Country Boy" (Official Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsQzw_Ax8Cw

Aaron Lewis - That Ain’t Country (Official Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0K4JHf0DFM

Aaron Lewis - Northern Redneck (Acoustic) // The Bluestone Sessions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDEWBIjy03A

Aaron Lewis - Granddaddy's Gun (Acoustic) // Country Rebel HQ Session
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDzpvmICSHw

Blogger John Galley February 01, 2020 12:11 AM  

I believe the there has been a rotten seed in the music intended for the heartlands ears for a long time. Just listen to Gary Stewart's shes acting single from 1975 it is literally a song about being a cuck and every boomer I know loves it.

Blogger Dire Badger February 01, 2020 12:37 AM  

I know people think boot scoot boogie killed Country, but that was just a bloodletting after Dolly took the first stab.

Blogger tublecane February 01, 2020 1:07 AM  

@104- There's also much classically-inspired heavy metal/hard rock, as well as classical pieces in movies and t.v. shows. And YouTube videos featuring amateurs playing the Four Seasons on kazoo or accordion. It's exceedingly easy to get sidetracked into a vortex of classical music performance videos online.

In the old days, you had to read sheet music, collect records, or wait for pieces to show up on the radio. Much easier to browse at your leisure now, as with everything online.

I haven't noticed youngins at concerts. Except once when the Minnesota Orchestra hosted a somewhat famous conductor and featured popular works like Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( according to the 13th Amendment, Slavery is neither Cruel nor Unusual: MSAGA ) February 01, 2020 1:57 AM  

A Quick Death In Texas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Sj76eCy6ag

Blogger rumpole5 February 01, 2020 8:37 AM  

I suggest a listen to young musician Mo Pitney. Country music may be taking a few detours but it's not dead.

Blogger justthinkin February 01, 2020 9:02 AM  

Loretta is partly to blame for this, ever since "the pill".

Blogger James Dixon February 01, 2020 9:13 AM  

> Just listen to Gary Stewart's shes acting single from 1975 it is literally a song about being a cuck

"Just to See You Smile" is even worse.

Blogger Scuzzaman February 01, 2020 10:41 AM  

Credence Clearwater Revival was the last gasp of Country as a musical endeavour.

Since then it’s been all sluts and homos.

IMHO, although I’m not at all clear which category the thing in the picture belongs. Possibly both?

Blogger Johnny Reb February 01, 2020 11:03 AM  

Nashville Country is most definitely dead. Traditional country has been making a comeback in the past few years, but in the Nashville scene, country is dominated by the gay, boy band sound (Dan and Shay ft. Justin Bieber, "10,000 hours" is higher on the billboard chart than Riley Riley Green's "I Wish Grandpa's Never Died" or Luke Combs' "Even Though I'm Leaving".)
It has surprised me how traditional-sounding some of these Mainstream artists songs have been. However, I suspect that Nashville is merely doing this to a) make money off of the resurgence of traditional country, and b) attempt to get "country purists" to shut up about the corporate destruction of the genre.

Blogger James Dixon February 01, 2020 12:01 PM  

> Credence Clearwater Revival was the last gasp of Country as a musical endeavour.

Mistaking Southern Rock for Country is never a good idea. :)

But then people do it all the time with Charlie Daniels, so, whatever...

Blogger Seth S February 01, 2020 12:27 PM  

Country music is alive and well.

Blogger JaimeInTexas February 01, 2020 7:28 PM  

go to youtube and search: red dirt texas country music

Blogger William Marron February 02, 2020 11:25 AM  

More like the boomers don't understand the new distribution channels and still watch the Grammy Awards like the last 30 years did not happen.

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