Country music: It's all the same these days

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    There's been at least one real murder in country music. In 1961, Western swing band leader Spade Cooley murdered his wife, who had had an affair with Roy Rogers (so she claimed) among others. Spade himself was hardly monogamous. According to their daughter, he beat his wife's head on the floor, stomped on her stomach, and put a lit cigarette to her skin to see if she was dead. Would have made a good song.
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    I think the opposite is happening in aggregate - we have an expansion of genres due to the democratization of music distribution and production. It was pretty hard to get your 4-track demo to the masses in 1980.

    When you refer to pop music, I think that's largely due to Clear Channel's impact on radio.
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    I think you're right. There's as much good music being created now as there's ever been. Maybe more. And because of the Internet, you can find out about it more easily than every before.
    But the question is whether it gets airplay. And with all that great music out there, why country radio (or rock or pop ...) insist on playing the most shallow, repetitive of it.
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    That's basically what I meant, pop music, of which country is part of. Of course there still will be klezmer revivalist bands with audiences in the hundreds, or Finnish Viking Doom Metal. Pop is basically genreless now.
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    Generally I can see the appeal of different genres to its afficionados. I can see why lots of people love rock, others love country, others love jazz, others love rhythm and blues, others love gospel, others love classical, etc. But the vast appeal of rap continues to escape me. I just don't get it.
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    Liking rap is essentially the demarcation between being over age 45 or under age 45. There are exceptions of course, but mainly, liking rap is a matter of when you were born.
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    Personally, I think what's killing Country music is quite simply, sex.

    Somewhere along the line, the *'necks* in Nashville realized that the thing about rock & roll (and its prodigy--e.g. pop, and rap) was that it was all about getting laid. Once they realized this, that's all she wrote.

    Good music doesn't come from wanting to get laid. Getting laid is as easy as rhyming words, and looking cool.

    Soul, thinking, and feeling the music becomes more cumbersome than effective, when the goal is simply getting laid.

    And so, with the advent of the video in Nashville....country music is suffering the same fate that rock n roll suffered long ago.

    ...and rap remains king--for getting laid. Which is why you see country going rap.

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    Well, Jimmie Rogers was singing this in 1927:
    Hint: "getting women" meant having sex with them in 1927 too.
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    Did the song need a sexy video to sell it?

    Or did the song stand on its own musical merits?
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    No music videos then, but he did a short film called "The Singing Breakman," so it certainly helped move product for Columbia. The record business hasnt changed all that much.

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