Country music: It's all the same these days

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  1. gatorchamps0607
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    They still get some airplay.
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    The new male vocalists and groups, now look alike and sound alike.
    The female vocalists are all good looking and that takes helps for them sounding similar.
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    There's good music out there ....

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    I think that just comes with going for mass appeal to sell records. Still need to get airplay and attention and that which gets the most is often more homogenous sounding, especially when there is some crossover appeal.
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    There were some news stories and columns a few years ago about how country music allegedly respected the old guard- Jones, Cash, Jennings, Haggard ... - but country radio wouldn't play them.

    I remember when a Jax station announced it was going classic country. I was thinking Hank, Webb Pierce, Kitty Wells, Merle ... turns out they were talking about Reba McIntire and Randy Travis.
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    Could be worse; could have music that says let's rape a woman or stick yourself with a needle to get high or drive around until you cap a guy.
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    yeah, wouldn't want that.

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    Getting high/drunk and murder was pretty standard subject matter in country music from about 1920-1980.
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    yep. now it's been replaced by partying.
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    Yeah, had to laugh about that. Country definitely handled some of the darkest subject matter for a very long time.
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    It coincided with the release of the movie Urban Cowboy. Lots of Jr. Cowboys were suddenly coming out of the woodwork, including yours truly.
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    I went to quite a few country concerts at the Jax arena a few years ago. Crowd often had a large number of teenage girls wearing straw cowboy hats and boots that probably came out of the closet only for those shows.
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    I don't think that's a particularly new phenomenon, though.
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    Could well be right. I don't know what they were like 20 years ago.
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    Relatively new, I would say. The change in subject matter in music pretty much coincides with a more suburban/youthful demographic. Country is pretty much just Top 40 rock now, with a tinge of twang.
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    Well 20 years ago I was 11 so don't take my feelings on this as anecdotal. I just think it boils down to a well-worn impression that people were fundamentally different "back then" than they are today.
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