It's been a while since I've seen a blog for this group, and I'm bored, and I have and idea, so I guess I'll take a crack at a new blog.
The probably won't be the longest of blogs, I usually don't have as much to say as Kagan, but I hope you read this and enjoy this even if you're not a fan of Country music.
First let's start with a little history. Let's go back to say 1995. The several years before that were the second coming of the Honky Tonk Country sound, you had Alan Jackson, George Strait, Tracy Lawrence, Mark Chesnut, Garth Brooks and several others churning out good Country music.
In 1993 Kenny Chesney came along, and by 995 he was a big name, and the Country started turning Pop. It wasn't long after that when Keith Urban and Rascal Flats came along, and it seemed like all of the new Country singers were all just Pop stars with a southern accent.
Over the years, Country has gone through many style changes. Hony Tonk in the 50's and 60's. Bakersfield Sound in the 60's, Outlaw Country in the 70's, more traditional in the 80's, return of the Honky Tonk in the early 90's, and then Country in the late 90's and 2000's. The Pop Countrystyle isthe only real style that I can honestly say I didn't like.
The end result i we lost a good 15 years of Country Music.
But today, I can say that I can tell real Counry is making a come back. A lot of thenewer guys coming out are staying true to their roots and you can tell they have major Waylon, Hank and Johnny influences.
To me, Country music should hav meaning, and it should make you feel something, Pop Country lacks these qualities.
This blog is going to highlight afew of the new Country singers tt areturning out ral Country these days for what is hopefully the next phase of Country music that will lst for a while.
The first artist I want to highlight is Eric Church.
Eric is from North Carolina, and he's paid his bar room dues to make it to the big time. He's a true Country boy that is a hellof a song writer, and his songs have meaning.
Here's a couple of his songs that I think highlight this.
The last vrse where Merle Haggard makes an appearence is my favorite.
Love gone wrong songs make up some of the best songs in Country history. And here's one to keep the tradition going.
The next artist is Jamey Johnson
Like Hank Williams Sr, Jamey hails fom Montgomery, Alabama. Personaly, I think of Jamey as the second coming of both Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Jamey has an outlaw edge to him like both, and he has a great voice like Waylon, and one of the best songwriters of all time like Willie. Jamey was already an established song writer before he was a singer writing songs or the likes of George Strait.
Here's a couple of his songs.
A son about drug addiction and how it changed his life. Jamey claims this song to be the story of his life before he made it big in Nashville.
As far as I'm concerned thi is the best song of the last decade any genre. The lyrics are amazing, and the story told really gets to me.
Next on the list is my dream girl who unfortunately just got married. Here's Miranda Lambert(Shelton now, hopefully Rich someday)
Miranda has it all, good looks, a great voice, a Tanya Tucker wildness, and an outlaw sound. The pistols tattooed on her arms drive me crazy.
A song about planning to kill an abusing boyfriend. You beat her, and you'll be staring at the barrel of a 12 gauge.
Traditional song about catching her boyfriend lying abou where he's been, and a shocking plot twist in the last verse with "Here's a bomb shell just for you, turns out I've been lying too."
Next we have Justin Moore
He's kind of hard to describe. Some of hissongs are outlaw country and some are traditional. Basically he's a mix between Hank Williams Jr and George Jones. He's got a southern drawl and knows how to use it
This is the best song currently on the radio IMO. This song has a lot of meaning, and it doesn't matter where you live, you will rlate to this song.
This song was never made into a single, but it's off his first album, and I can't stop playing it. It's one of the best love songs made since Conway Twitty died.
Next on the list is Chris Young
I was slow to warm up to his music, but it's pure COuntry gold. He has the perfect voice for Country, and at only 23 years old, he writes and sings stuff that you woul think would take more time to develop.
The second best song currently on the radio IMO. This woman has caused him a lot of heart break, but he justcan't stay away.
This was his first number 1 single, and it's a dandy. Lt's get this date over with so we can get home and get down to business.
Last but not least I give you Brantley Gilbert
This guy's a product of where I'm from. He grew up just around 30 minutes from me. He's been a ig name in Georgia the last several years, but now he's finally got a song on the national radio. You might have hearda few of his songs that Jason Aldean ripped off, but I assure you, Jason Aldean can't touch Brantley Gilbert. My Kind of Party and Dirt Road Anthem were both Brantley's songs.
A song about running moonshine. This song is a tribute to his great-grandfather who was a big shine runner.
Just to show you I wasn't lying earlier. This song is basically about taking a irl to a party.
There are others that I didn't mention, but these are the cream of the crop IMO.
I hope you enjoyed, and I would love some feedback.
Note- Internet Explorer does something to my keyboard that caused keys not to register sometimes, so I appologize for an typos.