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In this post I will be posting my 7 favorite songs since the year 2000.


For the most part, the 2000's were a dark period in Country music history.  A lot of pop influence was mixed with the music, and we're just now starting to get back to real Country music.  But there were some diamonds mixed in with the coal. 


I won't say anything about the songs, just posting a video and I hope you listen, and feedback would be appreciated.


Note- Some songs that would make the list will be left off to post some lesser known songs.


1. Lightning- Eric Church


2. Country Heros- Hank Williams III


3. That Lonesome Song- Jamey Johnson


4. Murder on Music Row- Alan Jackson and George Strait


5. Wagon Wheel- Old Crow Medicine Show


6. Get off on the Pain- Gary Allan


7. If I Don't Make it Back- Tracy Lawrence


Hope you enjoy

August 13, 2012  09:24 PM ET

Got some great songs there Outlaw .................

August 13, 2012  10:40 PM ET

How did the Levitating Elephants not make the list?

August 13, 2012  10:44 PM ET

How did the Levitating Elephants not make the list?

Love 3 Shades of Black. Great song. Never heard of the Levitating Elephants.

August 14, 2012  11:49 AM ET

Awesome!!! For such a young have great musical taste! :)

August 14, 2012  09:06 PM ET

Long Black Train
Chasing Airplanes
Long Slow Kisses

August 14, 2012  09:06 PM ET

Waiting on a woman

August 14, 2012  09:38 PM ET

Long Black TrainChasing AirplanesLong Slow KissesGoneStay

I'm just not a huge fan of today's mainstream Country.

August 14, 2012  10:10 PM ET

I'm just not a huge fan of today's mainstream Country.

Todays Country is a little more Pop than it used to be.

Of course, its better than mainstream R&R (Beiber, boybands, singers who can't spell)

August 14, 2012  10:13 PM ET

Todays Country is a little more Pop than it used to be.Of course, its better than mainstream R&R (Beiber, boybands, singers who can't spell)

There's a few out there that I consider to be true Country. Eric Church, Jamey Johnson(Though he doesn't get much radio time), Chris Young, Justin Moore, etc.

Overall, I like Underground Texas Country today more than Nashville Country though. Guys like Hank 3, Kevin Fowler and Unknown Hinson.

August 15, 2012  01:35 AM ET

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August 15, 2012  08:41 AM ET

Hey Outlaw, really liked the Eric Church tune. Not one that I was familiar with; Smoke a Little Smoke is one of my favorites from him. Lightning had a bit of a Jim Croce sound here and there but I liked it.

Hank III. Still haven't heard enough by him but I do like the "family tradition" that he's holding on to.

Jamey. Love his music. I like his take on Nashville with Somewhere Between Jennings and Jones. I saw him on the big George Strait tribute a couple years back and he had some interesting stories. Made it clear that George giving him a chance as a songwriter may have saved him. I was surprised when I heard that he wrote George's Give It Away.

Hadn't heard that one by Alan and King George. I don't think you can go wrong with either of them. I like that Alan can mix things up a bit and mix in a bit of that unique Gulf Coast sound; something similar to what Mary Chapin Carpenter used to do as well.

Old Crow Medicine Show. Heard them for the first time about a week ago. I need to give them more opportunity for appreciating them.

Gary Allan. That's one of my favorites. Another who gets some play but not enough to become a headliner on the current country music scene. He carries just enough edge in his music though that you can't help but enjoy it.

Tracy. I like a lot of his music and am glad to see him making a surge again. The first song I heard by him coming back was You Find Out Who Your Friends Are. It was the one without Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney; just Tracy but it was the video and it still had cameos (I distinctly remember George Jones in it.) Paint Me a Birmingham is another great from him.

You've really re-introduced me to a lot of good stuff. I find myself listening to Outlaw Country on Sirius more and more. I'm really growing tired of the same ol same ol on The Highway. Definitely broadens my appreciation for what I'd forgotten about. Thanks.


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