I posted this over at MyTractorForum.com - Tractor Forum & information, Discussion Board and Heavy Equipment Information
but I figured you guys would enjoy it too. I have Sirius satellite radio and I decided to get it for a few different reasons, one of which was the fact that they have five stations devoted to country and bluegrass. I gotta say that I'm continually dissapointed by the "New Country" station. I mean, there's been "Pop" country here and there for a long time, but now it seems like its just gotten out of hand. Let me start out by saying that I'm only 26 by the way!
-Rascal Flatts- Are these guys a boy band, a pop group, or what? You can't take New Kids on the Block, give them a fiddle and call it country!
-Keith Urban- This guy should go be a pretty face on a TV show or something.
-Sarah Buxton- No one wants to hear about your bad day.
-Toby Keith and Brad Paisley- Now Toby's always been a little corny, but he really needs to quit it with the sappy stuff. He's asking me to "love him if I can?" No offense Toby but I liked it better when you were singing about how much you loved that bar. Same thing with Brad Paisely. How does a guy go from writing a beautiful pain filled song with Alison Krauss (Whiskey Lullabye) to singing about checking people for ticks and being cooler online!?
-Garth Brooks- What happened to him!? The guy who wrote "Friends in Low Places," "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)," and bunch of other great songs about love, pain, and bullriding has now lowered himself to poppy garbage.
-Jason Aldean- Please don't use Johnny Cash's name as a song title unless it's actually about him. On second thought, just don't use it. Oh and by the way, someone from a "Hicktown" ought to know that no one takes a Bronco to a truck pull (You bring a Powerstroke
) and you certainly wouldn't jack it up if you did!
-Tim McGraw and Faith Hill- Are you two in love? Gee I hadn't heard.
-Craig Morgan- Haphazardly throwing the words "tractor" and "barn" into a song (Little Bit of Life) don't make it country. I really wanted to like "International Harvester" when I heard the title for obvious reasons, but I gotta say it was a b-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-big letdown.
I hope I don't sound like too much of a smarta** here, but I just feel like country has no soul anymore and has been hijacked by the record companies. Luckily Sirius has Prime Country, which is older stuff, The Roadhouse, which is REALLY old stuff, Outlaw Country (my personal favorite), and Sirius Bluegrass.
I feel like the other channels are just a little more raw with much more feeling. I like to hear the bitterness and vengence in Hank Jr.'s voice when he sings about "spittin beech nut in that dude's eye" and shootin him with his 'ol .45 (Country Boy Can Survive), and getting chills when I hear Johnny Cash sing about how sooner or later "God's Gonna Cut You Down." You can't argue that Steve Earle doesn't sound like his heart is in it when he "smelled the whiskey burnin down Copperhead Road." Likewise, you can't beat the weathered sound of David Allen Coe lamenting the fact that country DJs ignore him because he plays in joints "Where bikers stare at cowboys, who are laugin at the hippies, who are prayin they'll get out of here alive." Finally, Billy Joe Shaver actually means what he says when he sings "If You Don't Love Jesus Go To Hell."
That's just a short list of folks who I think are true to their roots. I also think the following people are (hopefully) going to keep country from going totally into the toilet.
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Sugarland (Ok, a little poppy at times, but Jennifer Nettles' voice is amazing)
David Allen Coe
Lynyrd Skynyrd/Van Zandt
Drive By Truckers
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Little Big Town
Here's to more pain, cheatin, drinkin, and cryin songs. Enough with all this poppy garbage!