As a guy who lives there, writes songs (which don’t fit the formula for the “hits) and plays little venues around town, I have to agree. Put on a hate, get yourself some boots and write songs about pickup trucks, fishing and the troops. Do a lot of, “Ma’m, I’m just so country” - and bore the dog doo out of me.
Seriously. I spent college in Lubbock and we got Cross Canadian Ragweed, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Stoney LaRue, Steve Earle, Willie, and the like. Some of those are libs, somes might be conservative. It dont matter, they are good. There is passion in the music and lyrics.
TK, Paisley, Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins and so on all have the same damn songs out there. And I dont think I can take another “inspirational” song like Mountains from Lonestar or another “family song” like LoneStar and Daryl Worley make anymore. It just seems disingenous.
Btw, I have Larry Mahan boots and wear wranglers, but it is because they are comfortable and I do stuff outdoors.
It is getting to be where Nashville music is as formulaic as rap (are Lil Jon and Timberland the only rappers who can structure a synth beat with ABABCB song styles?)
Id like to hear what you write (I write my own as well) because the independents tend to have better music/lyrics.
Thank you for indulging my rant :)
Haven’t seen you for a while...Good to read your post and hope you’re doing well. Pretty spot on analysis of the cookie cutter Nashville scene, which is why I haven’t been down to Bobby’s etc. lately. Depressing to hear that even Toby Keith has gone over to the bad side. Maybe he can cut ‘mama bush’ for his next cd. I can just hear him singing “condoleeeza..how do you sleep at night”. I know you know who I’m talking about. I leave the room whenever that particular moonbat takes the stage. Look forward to seeing you soon. I’ve got a new hat, and a bunch of new pickup truck/fishing songs I want you to hear. Just remember, Tn. is still a red state.