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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.

May 26, 2011  08:32 PM ET

First comment. Let's get some comments in here please.

May 26, 2011  08:36 PM ET

Not a huge country fan but nice job....

May 26, 2011  09:01 PM ET

like i told you, im a josh turner fan (love the voice), and i love shania (pop, yes i know). alan jackson, classic. as is montgomery gentry, alabama. pass on miranda. but i like leann rimes and gretchen wilson.

May 26, 2011  09:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

like i told you, im a josh turner fan (love the voice), and i love shania (pop, yes i know). alan jackson, classic. as is montgomery gentry, alabama. pass on miranda. but i like leann rimes and gretchen wilson.

The pass on Miranda breaks my heart.

Leanne Rimes sued her dad, never forgave her for that.

But, I love Alabama.

Thank you for commenting.

May 26, 2011  09:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The pass on Miranda breaks my heart.Leanne Rimes sued her dad, never forgave her for that.But, I love Alabama. Thank you for commenting.

but leann rimes is twangy, if you like that.

i do like rascal flatts, too. im guessing you and i have opposite tastes on our country music.

May 26, 2011  09:07 PM ET

If you like Josh Turner's voice, you would like Chris Young.

May 26, 2011  09:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

but leann rimes is twangy, if you like that. i do like rascal flatts, too. im guessing you and i have opposite tastes on our country music.

The lead singer of Rascal Flatts is a big time bow hunter. I do like that, but the music doesn't sound close to Country to me.

We are both Garth fans.

May 26, 2011  09:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If you like Josh Turner's voice, you would like Chris Young.

i'll have to take a listen.

May 26, 2011  09:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Thank you for commenting.

i am such a good friend!

May 26, 2011  09:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The lead singer of Rascal Flatts is a big time bow hunter. I do like that, but the music doesn't sound close to Country to me.We are both Garth fans.

garth and shania, top two hands down. also, some martina mcbride. but she doesn't compare.

May 26, 2011  09:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

garth and shania, top two hands down. also, some martina mcbride. but she doesn't compare.

Martina has a new song out. It's catchy, but not that good.

May 26, 2011  09:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

i'll have to take a listen.

Let me know what you think of Chris Young.

May 27, 2011  02:33 AM ET

Excellent choices UH. Justin Moore's stuff is especially good. Thanks for pointing them out.

May 27, 2011  09:58 AM ET

I'll go along with the Garth sentiment here. I was lucky enough in October to see his show in Las Vegas, and it was good, definitely recommend it to any Garth fan....if you can get tickets.

Alan Jackson was alright to me, until he was caught cheating on his wife, not for the second or third time, and then released a bunch of songs about how much he loved her. It just seems insincere to me and more like a "See I love my wife" PR stunt.

And let me add Jason Aldean to a good new(er) acts list. Yes he tends to blend Southern Rock into Country, but it seems like the old southern rock of the 70's is being rolled into classic country radio now anyway.

May 27, 2011  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I'll go along with the Garth sentiment here. I was lucky enough in October to see his show in Las Vegas, and it was good, definitely recommend it to any Garth fan....if you can get tickets.Alan Jackson was alright to me, until he was caught cheating on his wife, not for the second or third time, and then released a bunch of songs about how much he loved her. It just seems insincere to me and more like a "See I love my wife" PR stunt.And let me add Jason Aldean to a good new(er) acts list. Yes he tends to blend Southern Rock into Country, but it seems like the old southern rock of the 70's is being rolled into classic country radio now anyway.

I hate Jason Aldean. He can't write a song to save his life, and then he turns around and rips off Brantley Gilbert's songs and then says he's proud of them.

Josh Thompson and Easton Corbin would have gone on here, but room was an issue.

May 27, 2011  11:15 PM ET

1995 isn't history. I'm still living there.

May 27, 2011  11:16 PM ET

I'm voting for that dude that won American idol. Scotty something.

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May 29, 2011  12:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Excellent choices UH. Justin Moore's stuff is especially good. Thanks for pointing them out.

I'm glad you listen, and I'm glad I've turned somebody on to one of my favorite singers.

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