What do you think about country music?

Roosh

Cardinal
I recently stumbled on country singer Jason Isbell and his newest album Southeastern. There is actual weight to his lyrics without talk about pickup trucks and beer. At the same time he doesn't cross over into overtly beta territory, though he songs do reflect life's pains.



I'm finding it hard to identify with the themes in pop music and hip hop. They're not so realistic.
 
I'm a country music fan; it's a very broad genre and I've made a few posts about it. One of my friends who is the most mobile and discerning renaissance man I know (and also black) put me onto it a few years ago. Can't get everything from a single genre is what I say.
 

soup

Owl
Gold Member
That's because pop music these days deal with real problems- most it is stuff like girls complaining about being texted while they are dancing; they have nothing to say. Good country music lyrics are some the best across all genres.
 

speakeasy

Peacock
Gold Member
I'm not too familiar with country music but those songs above were pretty good.

I like singer/songwriter folksy music with a hint of country or blues (think Josh Rouse or Ray LaMontagne), but that full-blown twangy honky-tonk stuff is not for me.
 

Mikev75

Robin
Some country music has lyrics that are truly funny or other times, even poetic. I like it in small doses. It's what I call "warm" music. Like if I were in my house by myself and it were cold and dark outside, that's when I would listen to it.

I'm no expert, but I generally prefer the older stuff, say pre-90s
 

Tuthmosis

Peacock
Gold Member
Keep the links coming.

I should like country music--especially the stipped-down kind with heavy folk and/or bluegrass influence (that is, not the over-produced top-40 shit). It has all of the elements I like in my music. A big part of the problem is simply ignorance; I don't know it very well. I tend to like a lot of neo-country hipster music like this.


Or this (Neko Case):


This bitch has pipes. Period. Very blue-grass sounding:

 

Dr. Howard

Peacock
Gold Member
Country music is...well not good. Fortunately, Jason Isbell and some of the other bands I'll post below get put into a category called "americana" which I guess you could also call 'southern folk music'. I think its a pretty small genre, most of the bands below all play together on tours.

Lucero

Cory Branan
some of the best lyrics written "they say I'm a bad man, and they're right. I think a bad man would do you good"

American Aquarium

Will Whitmore

Justin Townes Earle

Edit: fixed broken link
 

Haig

Woodpecker
hey, I quite like country music, and I feel it draws a lot of similarities to Scottish/European folk songs for the story telling point of view(I'm not a 100% sure but American Country has to be an off-shoot/ evolution from that sort of music)

Also there can be a lot of historical information in the lyrics.
 

Dr. Howard

Peacock
Gold Member
Haig said:
hey, I quite like country music, and I feel it draws a lot of similarities to Scottish/European folk songs for the story telling point of view(I'm not a 100% sure but American Country has to be an off-shoot/ evolution from that sort of music)

Also there can be a lot of historical information in the lyrics.
You're right actually. Tennessee (well the east) was settled by scots irish aka ulster irish aka scots who supported william of orange.
 

AnonymousBosch

Crow
Gold Member
I like country music in theory, but, to be honest, it all sound like computers nowdays.

I'm more into the 'Hipster Americana' side of things.


 
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