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

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  1. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    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
     
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    Nevermind that, what have happened to metal???

     
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    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.
     
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    turn off corporate radio and don't expect to find real people cultures in a brand market

    done
     
  6. Endless Mike

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    EXACTLY.
     
  7. Endless Mike

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    Dismalhead has the first half of the equation, you nailed the second part.
     
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    All music jumps the shark every few years. Just the way it is.
     
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    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Didn't 'jump the shark' jump the shark about thirty years ago?
     
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    Country music jumped the shark a LOONG time ago. It's just pop with the baseball cap pointing forwards.
     
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    Yes it did, as did jumping the shark about jumping the shark.
     
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    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.
    Really.
    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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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    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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    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

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    I live in one of those corners. Country and Latino music are just part of the culture here.
     
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    Yes you can,it's just called "alt-country"
     
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    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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    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.
     
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