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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by ndcaster, Aug 9, 2018.
I was really surprised to see how many names were listed before these two.
Jamie Lin Wilson is the best female vocalist this side of Emmylou Harris
Wayne Hancock wrote a modern classic:
Sunny Sweeney? I can't imagine anyone has expressed this better:
Chris Stapleton is modern country that doesn’t suck. Pretty much anything produced by Dave Cobb is damn good.
Some great country tunes blended with some southern rock.
+1 on the Old 97s. I think they have just a touch of punk and folk in their sound too. Rhett has penned some great tunes.
A bunch of other great recs in this thread too. I’m partial to Sturgill.
Great thread. Great artists.
+1 Slaid Cleaves (Grew up in Maine & lives in Austin so Country....??? Sure, why not) and Dwight Yoakum.
I don't know if The Civil Wars are (or rather were) Country; if they are/were then I'd say they don't suck.
No one mentioned Brad Paisley yet?
Radney Foster too.
There are quite a few internet stations for Alt Country - Honky Tonk - Classic
Most cable or satellite TV services have at least one of these music stations.
There are some really good artists on these stations.
+1 on Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. I've seen them a couple of times this past year. They play medium to smaller venues where you can see them for $35 or $40. No gimmicks, just 4 incredible singers and players. Some of the best sound I've ever heard from a 4 piece band for sure.
This girl is the business:
While not new artists by any stretch but have released some somewhat recent recordings Dale Watson and Bill Kirchen come to mind when looking for some honest country music.
There used to be some pretty real artists in the red dirt Oklahoma and Texas music scene til every garage band jumped on the band wagon writing songs you could tell weren't honest.
Mo Pitney. I can't share from my phone, but any live video will show the best singer I've heard in years!
yep really nice baritone, and his sister Holly is great too
Haven't heard Holly, I'll check her out. Thanks, ndc!
It's interesting that virtually every non-sucking country act is non-mainstream, alt, or of non-superstar status. The country-pop-product machine -- records, concerts -- imposes a formula that pretty much eliminates anything meaningful, musical, or creative in country music. Actually, it turns it from country, or country-western, or folk, into a particularly smarmy, greasy form of commercial pop. I have a deep background in string instrument music, including folk, bluegrass, country, and I can no longer bear country music in the least. (I mention my background not to pretend to be an expert, but to show that I do not innately and reflexively hate country. I've learned to despise it.) Even guys like Brad Paisley, clearly a nifty guy with monster skills, does nothing with any real human value to it anymore. Fortunately, there's all that non-mainstream country for people who prefer real music.
Here are my current picks
Not everybody likes the same thing. Give these a chance and watch the whole video before you decide if they appeal to you. Millions of people think they are pretty damn good.