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Yes I am a borderline old fogey, but country music has jumped the shark.

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by 985plowboy, Oct 2, 2017.

  1. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 5, 2012
    South Louisiana
    I'll be 50 next summer. I grew up on Willie, Waylon and the boys in the '70's. I pretty much stopped listening to country radio about 5 years ago.
    I have three boys early teens on down. It is a challenge to find anything on the truck radio that we can all listen to. I've been giving country another chance. Last week I heard a remake of a Justin Beiber song. Odd part about it, the original is better!

    Hey at least the kids dig BlackBerry Smoke. Just have to Pandora it.

  2. 24 track

    24 track Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Nov 6, 2014
    kamloops bc
    Age is subjective, you can be a guffer just this side of geezer, forever if you want, keep an open mind your kids will rule the world as we know it one day
    JustABluesGuy, MA6200 and Gibson like this.

  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nevermind that, what have happened to metal???


  4. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Corporate Pop, Techno, and Rap are all that record companies push nowadays. There's still good stuff of every genre out there, it just doesn't get mainstream recognition and doesn't gain widespread popularity.

  5. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    turn off corporate radio and don't expect to find real people cultures in a brand market


  6. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

    Nov 2, 2016
    Arlington, Texas

  7. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

    Nov 2, 2016
    Arlington, Texas
    Dismalhead has the first half of the equation, you nailed the second part.
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  8. Lonn

    Lonn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2007
    All music jumps the shark every few years. Just the way it is.

  9. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Dec 29, 2010
    Didn't 'jump the shark' jump the shark about thirty years ago?
    Jakeboy, xafinity, Reggie77 and 5 others like this.

  10. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Country music jumped the shark a LOONG time ago. It's just pop with the baseball cap pointing forwards.

  11. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 13, 2013
    Initech, Inc.
    Yes it did, as did jumping the shark about jumping the shark.
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  12. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I've been listening to, and playing country music since I was 18, in 1975.
    I think country music has died a natural death.
    It evolved, grew, swung, rocked (a little), grew slick, pretty, and popular.
    Then it died, around 2000, IMO.
    It can live in your heart and mind, and you can still play it like you think it should be played, but you can't sell it.
    It doesn't exist.
    America is not simple, or rural anymore.
    It's over, commercially.
    Time to move on.
    knopflerfan, olewaylon, mnutz and 7 others like this.

  13. LeicaBoss

    LeicaBoss Tele-Meister

    Oct 16, 2015
    New Jersey
    Teenage, suburban northern girls claimed Country. I know - I live here in NJ.

    It's not coming back fellas. I know the teenage girls around here. Once they get something, it just ain't coming back.
    mnutz, thegeezer and Telescience like this.

  14. raito

    raito Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
    Personally, I find Willie, Waylon and the boys to be a bit modern for my tastes. At least long-haired Willie.
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  15. Teleguy61

    Teleguy61 Friend of Leo's

    The basic thing is that the social and cultural situation in this nation that produced "classic" country music, post-WWII electric guitar country music, no longer exists, so the music is no longer relevant to a large audience.
    It lives in memory, and in certain corners of the country.
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  16. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

    Nov 2, 2016
    Arlington, Texas
    Hadn't thought of that way. I suppose you're right. But I think people should keep it alive, even if it isn't commercially viable. Country, traditional jazz, and other older forms need to be kept alive. Music being a language, we don't want these kinds of music to become like Latin.

    Or maybe I'm wrong, and there's no point in delaying the inevitable.
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  17. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

    Nov 2, 2016
    Arlington, Texas
    I live in one of those corners. Country and Latino music are just part of the culture here.
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  18. brbadg

    brbadg Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 11, 2008

    Yes you can,it's just called "alt-country"
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  19. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jul 2, 2015
    I had a "moment" about this. I have really broad musical tastes and I've always liked good country music. And most of it was good, at one time. Around 1980 I was listening to a country station on the radio. The song was upbeat, fast, a kind of 'modern' feel, almost more rock & roll but almost a little bit sterile in the slick production. I was already a little dismayed, when...

    suddenly, a Moog synthesizer took a solo. I'm not kidding. Maybe it's not news now, but I shook my head and thought, "Country music is dead."

    Turns out it was a new Hank Williams, Jr. record. Hank Williams Sr.'s records are among my favorites, ever. Though I'm happy for Hank Jr.'s success, I guess the new country is just not my cup of tea.
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  20. cowboytwang

    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 28, 2003
    Sonoran Desert
    There is plenty of great "Country" music being made and played every day, your just never going to hear it on commercial radio, but it is out there.
    brbadg, J Hog, Wallo Tweed and 3 others like this.

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