Alright, folks, I need some help, and figure there are people here who can direct me.
I want to start learning and playing some country.
I've never really listened to country...I've always been a rock/hard rock/metal guy (or classical/orchestral); grew up with the Stones, Queen, and Zeppelin, took a hard right turn into metal around the time Master of Puppets and (especially) Rust In Peace dropped, and never looked back.
I've accidentally heard some country or country-ish noises, of course....the Stones had their country-ish period (Little Red Rooster, even Wild Horses to a degree), and of course I love me some Johnny Cash (because it's Johnny Cash and I'm not a monster). I'm also a child of the 80s and early 90s, so I was in high school when the Garth Brooks "arena country/rock" thing happened, and I couldn't help but hear some of that.
Outside of that, I'm not sure where to start. What I'm trying to do is get that "shock" of motivation and inspiration from jumping into the deep end of a genre I know nothing about, and country is the modern genre I know the least about. I'm comfortable truly going deep end....don't feel like you have to bridge the gap for me and make it an easy entry.
Any and all suggestions on where to start, both listening and playing, are appreciated.
Not to be a jerk but I see threads like this and I'm like, what are you trying to accomplish.
Open your browser and look at YouTube. Pick a song, if you like it listen again and learn it. Or turn on Pandora.
I'm hard pressed to learn a new genre if I don't like it unless I'm being paid to do so.
You'll get a list of bands people here like, but you might not.
I played with a guy that liked "country". I'm like cool, Willie, Waylon and the boys. No, it was that gawdaful crap they play at the beach and call country.