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You want to sing along with them, even if I can’t figure out that he’s singing ‘whatever it is,’ with the way he sings. It’s like, ‘What is he saying?’ Goodddly, badddado – I have no clue what you’re singing?’ But it sounds so good that I’m just joining in. And then I realize it’s really good lyrics as well. ●
– – Keith Urban has apparently been listening to Zac Brown Band’s “Whatever It Is” with his ears full of cotton.
Jason Aldean Has Rockin’ “Country” Success ●
– – I was hoping the quotation marks were intended as a snide comment on Aldean’s alleged countryness, but it turns out they’re just referencing one of his song titles. Boo.
I realize this is not the best song for summer barbecues and tailgating parties and such. It’s a thinker – and a bit of a downer. But so are a lot of solid country songs. And in this genre, there’s room for them all. ●
– – Alison Bonaguro likes her first downcast song (Miranda’s “Dead Flowers”). Hypothetical soccer moms nationwide are appalled and currently seeking new leadership.
I need to use the gift I was given in other ways than just telling people what they want to hear. For me to feel comfortable riding around in a bus that costs more than most people’s houses, I need to do that s**t. ●
– – Steve Earle feels a moral imperative to preach his political message.
Nevertheless, Dungan wanted to sign him and was pleased to learn that Rucker had about 150 country songs that he had already written. But they were mostly traditional country ballads and swing shuffles. Problem was, as a country songwriter, Rucker was too country for today’s country music industry. So, all those patiently crafted songs would have to remain in Darius’s drawer-at least for the time being.
In preparation for his first country album, Rucker started writing new songs, and his co-writers were mostly veteran Nashville tunesmiths. ●
– – This is still the most tragic aspect of Rucker’s country success to me. When do we get to hear those songs in the drawer? Since his compromise is paying off so handsomely, probably never. I wonder if they’re any good.
I think every artist has the right to come to town and sing whatever their idea of what country music is. Play it all on the radio together and let the fans decide that which they like the best. The only thing I’ve said about it is, don’t try to stop me from getting my music out there to those people. If you’ll play everything else, you have to play this stuff, too. . . . I don’t stand in anybody else’s way of accomplishing their dreams, and I don’t like people standing in my way, either. That seems like a hostile thing to do. ●
– – Jamey Johnson and I just want a level playing field.
While these songs’ lyrics tend to celebrate the special and idiosyncratic nature of the rural South, the music itself is often as distinctive as the Applebee’s restaurant out by the interstate that runs next to so many ‘small towns.’ ●
– – Peter Cooper comments on the ‘songs about being country’ trend in a very interesting article from the Washington Post’s J. Freedom du Lac. Recommended reading… and it’ll help you make sense (or not) of the next three quotes.
It’s become a staple of the format. There always seems to be at least one on the radio. The one thing we really have to be careful of — and we’re really bad at this in country music — is that it can become very cliche. ●
– – Eric Church comments on the trend in the same article. Kudos to him for at least being aware of the cliche. I’m pretty sure Jason Aldean sees himself as a trailblazer.
Yes, [the lyrics of “Chicken Fried”] might make the hipsters du Lac knows turn up their nose, but to most Americans, they are laudible sentiments, even if the musical genre is not your cup of tea. ●
– – Watchdog group for liberal media bias rather mysteriously takes issue with du Lac’s article. And I only say ‘mysteriously’ because I don’t get it. If someone can explain what they think they’re talking about to me…
He won’t write those critiques about rap, of course. “J. Freedom Du Lac” doesn’t care about “divisiveness” or “exclusionary practices” or “narrowcasting” or any of that. He doesn’t care if blacks, mexicans or asians do exactly the same thing. He is against predominately white people engaging in something they enjoy listening to. “J. Freedom Du Lac” is an anti-white, it’s as simple as that. ●
– – Ever get the “feeling” that you read a completely different “article” than a commenter? Also, frequent use of “air quotes” is a winning argumentative strategy.
Q: What about Jamey Johnson and his old-school, outlaw country sound?
A: I played with Jamey a while back at one of his first shows, before he got his record deal. He’s a piece of work. He’s the real deal. There’s nothing fake about him. You marry Waylon to Hank and throw in a little extra weird stuff, and you’ll have Jamey. He’s definitely one of a kind. ●
– – What’s this extra weird stuff? Does anyone else get the feeling that Duane Propes (bass player for Little Texas) saw Jamey bite a head off of a dove or something backstage? Also, apparently Little Texas still exists.
Well, I am against that whole thing. I just don’t want my hero’s name over that pile of sh-t. I love Hank Williams’ music. Why would I want his name over the “new” Grand Ole Opry? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. They are too commercialized. ●
– – You’d think Wayne Hancock would be on the Reinstate Hank bandwagon, but you’d be wrong. It’s not that Hank deserves the Opry; it’s that the Opry doesn’t deserve him. Interesting take on the issue.