I’m Encouraged By County Music Popularity

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  1. sax4blues

    sax4blues Poster Extraordinaire

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    I like seeing large crowds of young people loving live music with electric guitars as the primary driver. I’ve never paid much attention, I’m a fan of other music, but as a guitar player, seeing guitars and amps on stage makes me smile.
     
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    Same. I started listening to modern/contemporary country radio over the last year because for any faults that it may have--bro'ey lyrics, overproduction, rock guitar in place of country guitar--it still puts a premium on musicianship and vocal talent. And if I hear one more [email protected]@#%&%d Smashing Pumpkins song on the radio, I'll drive my car off of a bridge.
     
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    Country has been popular for decades. It wasn't always considered a good thing to admit you were a country music fan. In the days before Soundscan, the music's true popularity was hidden by the powers that be. Once the true #s actually reflected such, the fan base for CM seems to have grown.

    BTW, I like the Smashing Punkins... ;)
     
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    I was Country...when Country wasnt cool! ;)
     
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    After a long flirtation, I first really got into country in the early nineties cuz it was the only music on the radio with melody.
     
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    I like a lot of modern country...lots of great guitar work...great tones...good catchy lyrics...good dance beats. Yessir!
     
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    I came here because I didn't know what "County Music" was....
    Still don't. ;)
     
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    I was surprised when I realized I liked country. George Jones, Buck Owens, Patsy Cline, and more.

    When I was a teen I used to say I liked everything but country. Not anymore.
     
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    So, y'all like country stuff?



    FWIW, I'm more of an old school country music liker.
     
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    I thought it was this:
     
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    The bro-country stuff is a hard no for me.
    Also, songwriters trying to sound like other songwriters.
    I totally hear you about Pumping Smashkins. Fleetwood Mac and ACDC too.
     
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    That is awful. Holey sheepdip...
     
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    I'm not a fan at all of most stuff that passes for country these days: formulaic topics, over-produced harmonies, contrived vocal twang, sing-along choruses, and big goofy hats. Which is everything Toby Keith (and others) does.

    This recent release has all that, but it also has a pretty badass riff.

     
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    I agree that seeing guitar bands is a huge plus for me, but I just don't care for country much. I do, however, appreciate obvious talent coming from any stage regardless of genre and I often offer up guys like Roy Clark & Glen Campbell as examples of ace musicians.
     
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    I have picked up listening to it of late, in particular Cadillac 3 and Brothers Osborne
     
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    Maybe I need greater exposure. Most the country music I've been exposed to as of late didn't have any real resemblance to country music.

    A drummer friend even sent a link to a country song he seriously wanted to do. It was a performance at some country music awards show. There were a bunch of people on stage but nobody was really playing thier instruments. It was a computer music rap song. Even the drums were done on a computer. I just said no. It was horrible and there was no way for a guitar oriented band to play that garbage even if we wanted too.

    That is not to suggest that all country music has gone that way buts its concerning when that is what's happening on the big stage of a country music awards program.

    Thank God there are now avenues for actual musicians playing real music to get around the so called music business.
     
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    I love hearing the great playing and musicianship in the bits of modern country songs I manage to catch.

    Most of the rest of the songs are a wasteland of terrible songwriting though. Greats licks don't make a great song, for me. So a particular audience that actually *likes* those songs are being conditioned to expect guitars along with the terrible songs.

    Not trying to offend anyone and I'm probably not trying hard enough, but it's so unengaging. But those licks can be very tasty :)
     
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    Maybe I’m not hearing the good stuff. What I hear (usually while grocery shopping) sounds a lot like the mundane Pop music I hear, perhaps with some element of twang.

    When it comes to Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Dwight Yokum, et al, I love that stuff.
     
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    That's pretty much how I feel about it.
     
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    This is pandering.....impure and simple. :(
     
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