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    The Death of Country Music

    I've seen several threads where the talk about the lack of good country music has moved the thread off topic.
    I don't mean to go off on a rant here...

    I think the majority of today's country all sounds the same. I don't really follow the country scene, I listen to the FM radio and just keep changing the station. So, I'm more a guy that likes to listen to older country and would prefer to not listen to the junk that sounds just like the last song. I know what I like and don't care for most of it today.

    Country music has sure changed over the last 10 years or so. What's happened? Have all the good song writers died? Can't anybody sing anymore? Does Autotune own the country music industry? Is it driven by producers than feel they know what I want to listen to? If I wanted to listen to pop music, I'd have those channels programmed in my radio.

    There's a local station here that plays country oldies on Sunday mornings. That's pretty good. Maybe I need to quit my job and start an oldies country station. I think one of the best newer singers is Jamey Johnson. He has some interesting songs, they have some strange lead ins and outs, but he sounds like he could have been one of the Highwaymen. His song "Mowing Down the Roses" might even fit in with GTT.

    I guess I need to buy a newer radio so I can sync it with the 6 gigs of music I have and just stop listening to the radio. Sorry Waylon, I don't know whatever happened to the blues and George, maybe nobody's gonna fill there shoes.

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    I've never been a big country music fan but SEC football has picked up a group called Florida Georgia Line. If I truly said how I feel about them I would likely get banned. I LOVE SEC football but hearing them could actually make me quit watching. They are absolutely horrible and look like a couple of morons. Thank God for DVR and the ability to skip them.

    If FL GA line is the future of Country music it has died a horrible death.
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    I'm not a country music fan; but I have the same problems finding mainstream Jazz on the radio. Fortunately there is a public radio station in Denver that takes care of most of my music tastes; but I tune them out during begathons and on Sundays when they play Latin junk.
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    I have always been sort of eclectic. I mostly listened to rock in the 60's and seventies....but my dad listened to country. So....I started out liking some of both. But as the years went by, it changed to where my preference was country.....and also more blues rock. And if it was acoustic guitar, either genre,was right down my alley.

    But then Garth burst on the scene. And while I liked most of his stuff....it just got overplayed big time. And then came the Garth wannabee's. Sure there was still a lot of good talent around then ,but ,like you say,it started getting to be more and more like pop music. So...its all oldies nowadays for me
    There is one station here called the "Ranch" 104.1 fm. I listen to them or talk radio nowadays. Sad...cuz America had the "best" music" for so long.

    I believe there is almost no incentive to make much money in it anymore...So, unless you have a corporate backer, your songs will be pirated quickly. The ones making money have promoters ..to make you a "star" and target a narrow audience. But...you've got to have the right look, the right marketed formulated music. They 'll make more money in the concerts...and just being famous than selling their music.

    Also...disco killed rock and glitter rock hair bands didn't help. Rap finished off the rest of the younger up and comers. I don't know what killed country....I believe it may have been commercialism brought in by the "big money" being made by Garth.
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    I prefer the 60's and 70's music. I also like the older country music but it's hard to come by.
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    I have never been a big fan of country music. I mostly have my radios tuned to classic rock stations.

    It could just be my age, but I feel most of todays music is not as good as it was 10-30 years ago.
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    I probably shouldn't have replied to this thread, but here goes any way. I grew up with country music; not just any country music, but Faron Young, Hank Williams, Hank Snow, Carl Smith, Webb Pierce, George Morgan, Kitty Wells, Patsy Cline, Marty Robbins, Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, Eddie Arnold, Chet Atkins...any way, you know the era...Late 40's through the '60's. I was (and still am) a country boy who didn't live on a farm, but I did have my guitar and the radio. I learned to play, sing a bit, and loved country music (still do). Growing up, getting an education, raising a family distracted me for two or three decades, and one day I realized that Country Music wasn't country music any more, but some some monotone crap with emphasis on hats, microphones, loud drums and record sales.

    Folks like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift are, in my opinion, painted up, shined up prostitutes who make billions of dollars selling pablum to the masses. It's too much personality, glitz, celebrityville and PR. In this regard, I have to agree with Waylon Jennings (if you don't know what I'm talking about, google "Waylon Jennings comment on Garth Brooks" and when it mentions "Panty hose", you're there). I'm not saying these folks don't have talent (although I have my doubts about Taylor Swift, which is another story altogether), but here again, it's difficult to tell, given the stuff they put out. I do like some of Alan Jackson's stuff, and George Strait (check out their song "Murder on Music Row"...heard they received death threats over it), but there's not enough of it.

    I personally like a Young fellow by the name of Daryle Singletary, he has a magnificent voice and sings in the old style, with fiddles and steel guitar...the kind of stuff that makes you want to open a beer. He is not well known, but that's the way it goes when you buck the system. Thank goodness for Sirius Radio and "Willie's Roadhouse"; I get to hear stuff I haven't heard in years, and even some stuff (some not so good) that I've never heard.

    Country music...old time country music...has meant a lot to me in my time, growing up in the country, listening to it on an old AM radio; XERF, Del Rio Texas at night, 3 minutes of music, 10 minutes of advertising...parking with your girl (on a hill, so if you run the battery down....) and listening to Faron Young and Marty Robbins and Lefty Frizzel...Darn, think I'll get out my guitar and play my rendition of "I Still Miss Someone", or maybe "Four in the Morning".
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    Good thread, Mike. I think the 80s was the last of the good country songs, maybe the 70s. Don Williams, Mel Tillis, Country Eddie Arnold, Randy Travis, George Strait, Reba, etc.....Some still make music, but they're not mainstream anymore. My grand daughter loves "The Voice" and I heard a few good country singers trying to make it, but unless they pick Blade Shelton as their coach, the other judges will try to force pop music on them. And it's hard to win a talent show like that singing pure country, so it tends to move towards the pop sound. Give me a song like, "Coffee black, cigarette, start my day like all the rest..."
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    Thanks 2LaneCruzer, I don't ever remember hearing "Murder on Music Row".
    I also have to agree with "Thank goodness for Sirius Radio and "Willie's Roadhouse"
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    I too grew up with country music. I wasn't hearing the songs of the 40s and 50s on the radio, but dad always picked a guitar and sang. I was joining in by the age of 2 with the singing. My mom always talked about how people would look at her in the grocery store, because at 3, I'd be walking with her, singing Loretta's, "You ain't Woman Enough". She was never sure if they were wondering why a 3 year old would sing that, or if they were shocked a 3 year old would know all the words!! I think it embarrassed mom.

    I pick guitar a little, (very little), but it is always the 3 chord old country that I play. And Amazon knows that I like the old Hanks. That would be Hank Williams and Hank Snow!! It has to be the old country for me, pre-1980s, or Texas Red Dirt music.

    I guess I sound like those people that think Elvis was the downturn, for music, but I believe it was Garth. He has the talent, and had some good songs early in his career, but as he moved from the country style, so did the rest of it.

    When was the last time you heard a female artist belt out a song like Patsy Cline? As was stated, it is about glitz and glamour, not true talent anymore.
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