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 :)
Thats a great post Raider Sam. I was born in Post. A lot of the ‘country’ that comes from the Nashville music machine is pop-centric mush with a hook. There are a few exceptions. They get guaranteed air time from the PR machine and create their own market thru repetition. They are very good at it. Glad to see your list of original artists. Sounds similar to mine and many others here in Texas.
Many thanks to wardaddy for pointing out this one ...
Angel Flight - Radney Foster
I like leaving the politics outside when it’s time to play songs, as it sounds like you do, too. Yes, I have some very first hand experience of being told what the “formula” is. Just this week as a matter of fact and by some of the top folks. It’s OK with me that I probably never will fit into that box. A younger guy asked me about my songwriting and I said, “I just try to write songs I won’t feel stupid singing”. I did not write at all for 20 years and only went back to it in ‘07, but you can hear stuff of varying production qualities at http://emmettgrayson.avenuehifi.com
Radio is in the business of selling commercials and the music is just to fill in the space in between. Let me know where I can hear some of your stuff, OK?