Country music television doesn’t have to be terrible.

It chooses to be terrible.

There are enough good country songs, good country videos, and smart country writers, performers, musicians, producers, and engineers with interesting things to say about their art to keep a channel going around the clock. That’s just not the choice that has been made.

To illustrate the point, here’s a video playlist of some official videos and other performances – mainstream and not, but just about all from quality albums released this year – that are playing on Country California Television, in an alternate universe where such a channel exists.

(Which reminds me, if anyone wants to give me my own music channel…)

Featured: Alan Jackson, Ashley Monroe, Jason Isbell, Dailey & Vincent, Brandy Clark, Chris Stapleton, The Steeldrivers, Kacey Musgraves, Peter Cooper, Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, Steep Canyon Rangers, John Moreland, Gary Allan, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Slaid Cleaves, Miranda Lambert, Randy Travis, Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott, Joey + Rory, Sturgill Simpson, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

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