American Country Music

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I have a question. Do other countries listen to American country music, or do they have their own version of country music?

Today, for the drive to the grocery store, on a whim, I grabbed an Alan Jackson CD to listen to. It got me to thinking about country music in general, hence the above question. I like all kinds of music (except opera), but country music has a special place in my heart. I love the good old classic style of country, please don’t mix any rock in with my country. I’m a country music purist, it has to have twangy guitars, a catch in the voice and must include beers, bars, and cheatin hearts. I’m also a purist when it comes to church. I want it dark, somber, with candles and robes and pipe organs. I’m a simple girl, I want my country, and my church..churchy.

The best country is the good old country, my favorites are Hank Williams (senior, not junior), Tammy Wynette, and the ultimate, the best, the queen, Patsy Cline. I could listen to Patsy 24/7. I’ve been known to replay her CD, until my family cries “uncle”. Seriously, I could play “Walkin’ After Midnight” thirty times in a row and never get tired of it.

What do you listen to?

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  1. says

    Well, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams are good. I also enjoy the collaberations of Hank Williams SR with Hank Williams Jr and Hank Williams 3.

    And from the last 30 or 40 years, you simply can not go wrong with George Jones, Johnny Cash, George Strait, Allan Jackson or Merle Haggard.

    And it ain’t country music unless most of the melodies have steel guitar.

  2. says

    Amen sister!
    I absolutely cannot stand what has happened to country music in the last few years.
    Let the songwriters write the songs and the singers sing them.
    (I know there are a few exceptions when they can do both, but not many these days).
    Keep it simple.
    And the steel guitar statement was brilliant, redforever.

  3. says

    I would tell you that in general I don’t like country music. I went through a phase though, where I liked more of it, and my CD’s by: Kathy Mattea, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken II, some Garth Brooks, and the Man in Black, Johnny Cash get fair rotation in my playlists.

    And I could listen to some of that old stuff, the more Western stuf, but nobody around me is interested in hearing it.

  4. says

    I’m a peculiar duck. I stopped turning on the stereo in 1984, so I could always listen to my kids. And I’ve never listened to the radio in the car on less than a 1 hour drive; I want to hear the car running and the road sounds, to know that all is well. And I like anything older than 1980, by and large, except jazz and swing. Opera? Only if I’m there.

  5. says

    Patsy forever at my house. I used to wake my youngest up for school by singing “crazy” It worked every time. She would do anything not to have to listen. I like Johnny Cash also but I can only listen to him in bits and pieces.

  6. Anonymous says

    I LOVE Country Music and I LOVE all types except for Bluegrass. The funny thing is I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where the majority of New Yorkers HATE Country Music yet it is my favorite type of music to listen to.

    I will definitely say that I miss the PURE Country Music that used to be on the radio. Now all we have is George Strait, Alan Jackson (though I am not a HUGE fan of Alan Jackson but I do like some of his songs)

    George Strait, Phil Vassar, Neal McCoy, Toby Keith, Joe Nichols, Collin Raye, John Michael Montgomery, Brian White, Emerson Drive, Shania Twain, Deana Carter, Sugarland, Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, and Faith Hill, Lila McCann, are my FAVORITE Country Singers.(I feel Phil Vassar and Neal McCoy are one of the most underated Country Singers and Emerson Drive is one of the most underated Country Bands)

    My opinion is that Country Music should have 2 different formatted Country Stations. One should be called Country Music and another formatted station should be called Country Pop/Rock. Let listeners be able to choose their style of Country Music to listen to. I personally like both style but sometimes I just want to listen to 100% PURE Country Music.

    What Country Music needs is a for all our Country Music needs.

  7. says

    Ah, I’m the rogue vote … I like it all. Country, both old and new is music to my ears, folk music makes me think about stuff, rock stuff from the 60’s and 70’s is probably my favorite, and stuff like U2 and REM from the 80’s and 90’s is great…I even like old classics from the 40’s, and won’t change the dial if some do-wap from the 50’s comes on. I do draw the line, though, at some of the stuff that’s out there now with rap or hip/hop or whatever it’s called. Of course, that’s what is popular with my kids’ age group, so we’ve instituted some restrictions on what they can listen and dance, too. I guess I’m no different from parents of other generations in that way, but gosh, some of these lyrics are, well, really raunchy. UGH.

  8. says

    Right now I have Willie Nelson and Ray Price on pandora…before that was Johnny Cash…now another Willie tune. They’ll throw in Tammy after a while. I think I’ve had Patsy on this station too…but not a lot. I’ll have to add her. Asleep At the Wheel, Nanci Griffith, Merle, George Jones and Strait, Rhonda Vincent bluegrass…(I know her new guitar player, Darrell Webb), Dolly, Conway, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs. Have you heard Darius Rucker’s new songs? I will be buying that cd..comes out Tuesday.

  9. Anonymous says

    To answer your first question about other countries. Yes, we do listen to country music (here in Ireland). We also have our own version of country music, sometimes known as “country and irish” but I much prefer the music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (saw him live earlier this year in Belfast). Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson and several others are regularly on tour over here.

  10. says

    I like the old stuff best too. I don’t like the direction, the women are going at all. I don’t think Carrie Underwood is country….country Pop maybe…and Taylor Swift may appeal to the younger but I don’t think she can sing very well. I do like Kellie Pickler’s CD,,it was country to me.
    George Strait will always be my love,,,,Merle Haggard was the first country I heard and why I started listening.
    I like some of the new but I can’t take country rock or alt country..and Gone Country is a stupid show and so was the latest Nashville Star….So there, I said it. I am a country fan but….

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