Country music: It's all the same these days

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    The old country was great. Now I mostly listen to oldies. I feel fortunate to have grown up in the late 60s-70s when every genre of music was at it's best. Country had Haggard,Jones, Cash, etc. Pop has Beatles, Stones, Elvis etc. You just can't beat that era in regards to great music.
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    I'll never forget the first Buck Owens song I ever heard on radio: "I've Got the Hungries for Your Love (and I'm Waitin' in Your Welfare Line)." I remember hearing Elvis Presley's "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" on a jukebox. I had no idea who the singer was (it was back in his Sun Records days), I just loved it. They don't write 'em like that anymore. Perhaps my two favorites are "You're the Hangnail in My Life and I Can't Bite You Off" (Hoyt Axton) and "If Fingerprints Showed Up on Skin (Wonder Whose I'd Find on You)" (Freddie Hart).
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    Now there you go.

    That's . . . country music.
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    Hank Williams also recorded as Luke the Drifter, and as I recall those songs were spoken, not sung. Was he the first country rapper?
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    There was more variety in pop in the 80s than now. It's not even close.
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    I don't think that's true, honestly. The 80s were no more homogeneous than top 40 today. Probably less so, honestly.
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    I don't listen to much country besides some old Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson stuff. Though there is a current artist by the name of Robbie Fulks that I like. He may be more crossover/alt country though he's wicked good.

    Well, I did also listen to Kenny Rodgers growing up and have a no-longer-secret affinity for Dolly Parton.
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    Exactly. You have college educated suburbanite pretenders writing formulaic music and lyrics riddled with buzz-words that are market tested to resonate with the NASCAR crowd, being sung by suburbanite pretend 'rednecks' whose voices and faces have been market tested to resonate with middle class suburban pretend rednecks--who are mostly still in high school (and therefore purchase the music on mom & dad's middle class/suburban nickel).

    It's so transparently canned, it's nauseating.
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    music snobs...:rolleyes:

    I'd be interested to know how many of you complaning about country music today, listen to country music today.
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    They strike out at rock, then put on a cowboy hat and learn to sing through their noses.
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    I really like Zac Brown Band right now. There are a few good country singers but its mostly crap. I can still listen to it but I really like the 80's-90's country the best.
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    I'm relatively young(28) but agree with you on both points. Contemporary Christian is as nauseating as modern country music. However, there are a lot of alternative country-ish groups out there churning out some decent country-tinged stuff. Some of Ryan Adam's stuff in particular has a very "old country" sound, and I believe he had Willie Nelson produce one of his albums, and he produced one of Willie's.

    Some of you may know the song, "When The Stars Go Blue," which is sung by Tim Mcgraw, but was actually written and previously performed by the much more talented Ryan Adams.

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    I've been subjected to it long enough to know I don't want to listen to it, same as rap.
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    The popularity of rap (not to mention the popularity of today's "country music") has convinced that I am simply out of it. I have no connection to modern American popular culture other than the fact that I am surrounded by it. I have never watched American Idol, I don't watch Duck Dynasty, I don't vote for any of the bastards who run for federal perks, I practically don't do anything that I am supposed to do. I will confess that I do watch Masters of Sex, because I like to see Lizzy Caplan in the nude. But that's as far as I'll go.
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    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=plpp&v=dfYUCSaZSTQ&list=PL0223C6BA11F07A02
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    Good link, Gatormb. But wouldn't you rather hear a young church group scream something "contemporary"?

    BTW a couple of Swaggart's singers are pretty hot (Jill Swaggart, wife of his grandson Gabriel, and Grace Larson, who sang a terrific "O Holy Night" during Christmas).
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    If we listened to it, we wouldn't be complaining about it. I tolerate a few minutes of it every now and then--enough to be reminded how awful the product is....then move on down the dial.
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    Do George Strait and Alan Jackson still get any airplay, or are they too old now for the young folks?

    I think the duet they did a few years ago, "Murder on Music Row," pretty much says it all.

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