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Is country music dead?
Fox News ^ | 05/16/2014 | Collin Raye

Posted on 05/16/2014 8:01:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

As a platinum-selling country music artist and, more importantly, a lifelong fan of the genre, I’d like to send out this heartfelt plea to the gatekeepers of the industry:

Enough already.

I’d like to think that I am expressing what nearly every artist, musician and songwriter (with perhaps a few exceptions) is thinking when I contend that the Bro’ Country phenomenon must cease.

It has had its run for better or worse and it’s time for Nashville to get back to producing, and more importantly promoting, good singers singing real songs. It’s time for country music to find its identity again before it is lost forever.

~snip~

But as someone who grew up loving and being forever affected by the true greats of country music, I simply have to offer up this plea to the Nashville country music industry to reclaim the identity and poetic greatness that once was our format. The well-written poetic word of the country song has disappeared.

~snip~

Willie Nelson once wrote in his early song, "Shotgun Willie," that “you can’t make a record if you ain’t got nothing to say.” Apparently, that’s not the case anymore.

Disposable, forgettable music has been the order of the day for quite a while now and it’s time for that to stop.

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Am I the only one who can watch a show like the Country Music Awards and wonder what the HELL I'm looking at?

Cause it sure ain't County Music.

1 posted on 05/16/2014 8:01:45 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Garth Brooks Killed it with his Rocklike concerts in the 90s...

IMHO


2 posted on 05/16/2014 8:02:54 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (Avenge me Girls AVENEGE ME!!!! ( I don't have any son's))
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s bubblegum pop in blue genes with an accent.


3 posted on 05/16/2014 8:03:19 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Acht Breaky Heart.” Now THAT’S music!

< |:/~


4 posted on 05/16/2014 8:03:50 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Responsibility2nd
There appears to be not even the slightest attempt to “say” anything other than to repeat the tired, overused mantra of redneck party boy in his truck, partying in said truck, hoping to get lucky in the cab of said truck, and his greatest possible achievement in life is to continue to be physically and emotionally attached to the aforementioned truck as all things in life should and must take place in his, you guessed it...truck.

I didn’t mind the first two or three hundred versions of these gems but I think we can all agree by now that everything’s been said about a redneck and his truck, that can possibly be said. It is time to move on to the next subject. Any subject, anything at all.

Oh gosh, yes. Please.

5 posted on 05/16/2014 8:04:20 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: martin_fierro; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

whoops. “Achy.”


6 posted on 05/16/2014 8:05:23 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Ich bin ein tippfehler)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Country Music died a long time ago when Nashville producers started packaging canned music around pretty faces instead of identifying and marketing real singing talent, like in the old days.


7 posted on 05/16/2014 8:05:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I still like Austin country, or Red Dirt as I think it is termed now. Nashville is selling artificially colored and flavored, genuine faux imitation naugahyde country.


8 posted on 05/16/2014 8:05:32 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Country music is alive and well. You just won't find it on the FM dial.

I don't know what you call that stuff.

9 posted on 05/16/2014 8:05:54 AM PDT by uglybiker (nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-BATMAN!)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Is country music dead?

This question is about 30 years old (or too late).

10 posted on 05/16/2014 8:06:21 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Never liked country much as a youth.

Started to get interested in it about a decade or so ago. Just as I did, it started going down the toilet.

What killed it for me is Taylor Swift. She’s like nails on a chalkboard far as I’m concerned.


11 posted on 05/16/2014 8:06:28 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

As a lifelong fan of Country Music...way back when it was Country and Western Music...all I can say is AMEN!


12 posted on 05/16/2014 8:06:48 AM PDT by pgkdan (ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF THE ANTICHRIST!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

A lot of what passes for “country music” today sounds to my ears an awful lot like ‘70s rock, particularly the Eagles and Lynyrd Skynyrd.


13 posted on 05/16/2014 8:06:56 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

It’s utter crap. All the same tempo with 3-4 word lyric bites, stupid sing song up down up note arrangements and now Rap and Hip Hop are sneaking in.

I would rather listen to cats fornicate.

Anything other than true classic country is Garbage.

Fortunately TX has a pretty good roots type country ingrained-guys like Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Thomas Michael Riley and Cory Morrow.


14 posted on 05/16/2014 8:08:47 AM PDT by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: DManA

now this is music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uQztudzJIQ&feature=kp


15 posted on 05/16/2014 8:08:51 AM PDT by john316 (JOSHUA 24:15 ...choose you this day whom ye will serve...)
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To: Fido969

Yeah. Was just thinking this week how almost everything on country radio right now is so interchangeable. Any one guy could be singing any of the songs. I don’t mind some of the music, but in total, it’s really bad for the genre. There’s no depth whatever to the music or lyrics. Just music execs vying to be this summer’s beach party anthem.


16 posted on 05/16/2014 8:09:02 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: Fido969

Yes...let’s move on to the poor Reba McIntyre singing about how her husband won’t buy her a washer and dryer! IMO that is what wrong with “country music”...stereotypes are lousy songs. George Jones is gone!


17 posted on 05/16/2014 8:09:06 AM PDT by gr8eman (There's no "R" in Warshington!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdvQzptbeo8


18 posted on 05/16/2014 8:09:07 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Free Vulcan
There are still some great turns of lyric from time to time. I'm sure if you thought about it you could name a few.

Also, musical twists - I like: "Whose bed have your boots been under" I love the meter, altrhough I get a sense of deja vu when I listen to that, was that a retread?

"I wish I didn't know now, what I didn't know then" while a fairly bland cookie-cutter song, has that classic country turn of phrase.

There are a few others.

19 posted on 05/16/2014 8:09:38 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: DManA

now this is music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uQztudzJIQ&feature=kp


20 posted on 05/16/2014 8:09:54 AM PDT by john316 (JOSHUA 24:15 ...choose you this day whom ye will serve...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Nowadays it’s just pop rock with a twang.


21 posted on 05/16/2014 8:10:14 AM PDT by circlecity
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22 posted on 05/16/2014 8:10:28 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DManA
It’s bubblegum pop in blue genes with an accent.

My wife's the country music fan in the house, I'm still a rock 'n roll guy (Zeppelin, Rush, etc.. music from that era.)

I keep calling the crap she listens to "Pop Country." I personally cannot stand it. Older country music like the author of this article refers to I can "tolerate" ... actually, if it's live REAL country I kinda like it. But this new crap is just that --- crap.

IMO, Blake Shelton is absolutely positively the WORST country music has to offer.

23 posted on 05/16/2014 8:10:39 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: ilgipper

Just like movies made in Hollywood. It all follows 4 different templates...if it isn’t in the template, it doesn’t get promoted.


24 posted on 05/16/2014 8:10:53 AM PDT by gr8eman (There's no "R" in Warshington!)
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To: Fido969

“The perfect country song” :)

You Never Even Called Me By My Name

Written By Steve Goodman
As Recorded By David Allan Coe

WELL, IT WAS ALL
THAT I COULD DO TO KEEP FROM CRYING’
SOMETIMES IT SEEMED SO USELESS TO REMAIN
BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME DARLIN’, DARLIN’
YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME BY MY NAME

YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME WAYLON JENNINGS
AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME CHARLIE PRIDE
AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME MERLE HAGGARD/ANYMORE
EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE ON MY FIGHTING’ SIDE

CHORUS:
AND I’LL HANG AROUND AS LONG AS YOU WILL LET ME
AND I NEVER MINDED STANDING’ IN THE RAIN
BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME DARLIN’, DARLIN’
YOU NEVER EVEN CALLED ME BY MY NAME

WELL, I’VE HEARD MY NAME
A FEW TIMES IN YOUR PHONE BOOK (Hello, Hello)
AND I’VE SEEN IT ON SIGNS WHERE I’VE PLAYED
BUT THE ONLY TIME I KNOW
I’LL HEAR “DAVID ALLAN COE”
IS WHEN JESUS HAS HIS FINAL JUDGMENT DAY

REPEAT CHORUS

RECITATION:
WELL, A FRIEND OF MINE NAMED STEVE GOODMAN WROTE THAT SONG
AND HE TOLD ME IT WAS THE PERFECT COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG
I WROTE HIM BACK A LETTER AND I TOLD HIM IT WAS NOT THE PERFECT COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG BECAUSE HE HADN’T SAID ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT MAMA,
OR TRAINS,
OR TRUCKS,
OR PRISON,
OR GETTING’ DRUNK
WELL HE SAT DOWN AND WROTE ANOTHER VERSE TO THE SONG
AND HE SENT IT TO ME,
AND AFTER READING IT,
I REALIZED THAT MY FRIEND HAD WRITTEN THE PERFECT
COUNTRY & WESTERN SONG
AND I FELT OBLIGED TO INCLUDE IT ON THIS ALBUM
THE LAST VERSE GOES LIKE THIS HERE:

WELL, I WAS DRUNK THE DAY MY MOM GOT OUT OF PRISON
AND I WENT TO PICK HER UP IN THE RAIN
BUT BEFORE I COULD GET TO THE STATION IN MY PICKUP TRUCK
SHE GOT RUN NED OVER BY A DAMNED OLD TRAIN

CHORUS:
AND I’LL HANG AROUND AS LONG AS YOU WILL LET ME
AND I NEVER MINDED STANDING’ IN THE RAIN
NO, A’ YOU DON’T HAVE TO CALL ME DARLIN’, DARLIN’
YOU NEVER EVEN CALL ME
WELL I WONDER WHY YOU DON’T CALL ME
WHY DON’T YOU EVER CALL ME BY MY NAME


25 posted on 05/16/2014 8:11:53 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: john316
I'll see your Johnny C and raise you with this.
26 posted on 05/16/2014 8:11:57 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What about Western?


27 posted on 05/16/2014 8:12:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Responsibility2nd

Remember “County “Music” Television” is OWNED by “Viacom(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viacom_Media_Networks)";. The SAME A$$HOLES who inflict “MTV” on us!


28 posted on 05/16/2014 8:12:45 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Responsibility2nd; LUV W

Today’s country music really makes me appreciate my set of CDs from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

Good stuff.


29 posted on 05/16/2014 8:12:46 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: usconservative

I took a ride with a guy who has satellite radio. The Outlaw Country channel has some pretty good stuff.


30 posted on 05/16/2014 8:13:12 AM PDT by DManA
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To: chrisser
What killed it for me is Taylor Swift. She’s like nails on a chalkboard far as I’m concerned.

The Taylor Smith joke is that one day she's going to write a song where it's HER fault, she admits she screwed up, and apologizes.

Another bitchy song - Miranda Lambert - "White Liar" where she reams a guy up and down for being a dirty liar, then her "revenge" is she's been lying, too. OK, slut, you're the same slimeball you've been complaining your man is, who can be proud of that? Man, what what a sleazy song.

31 posted on 05/16/2014 8:13:50 AM PDT by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My opinion is Rascal Flatts destroyed the music. Every new song, every new song is some version that sounds just like them, and I did not like them.


32 posted on 05/16/2014 8:14:41 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

That’s because “country” is the only place to go that will accept 70’s style music. Pop music has gone totally down the flusher.


33 posted on 05/16/2014 8:14:43 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Classic country lyrics would have a tough time navigating our current uber-PC culture IMO.


34 posted on 05/16/2014 8:14:51 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Responsibility2nd
Am I the only one who can watch a show like the Country Music Awards and wonder what the HELL I'm looking at?

Country music has been disintegrating for a generation. We now have imitations of the imitators who were imitating the early imitators.
Last time I listened to a radio station which plays today's country I heard a song with sounded like hip hop.

35 posted on 05/16/2014 8:14:58 AM PDT by oldbrowser (This looks like a make it or break it point for America.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Today’s country music really makes me appreciate my set of CDs from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.

Now you're talkin'.

AHHH-HA!

36 posted on 05/16/2014 8:15:54 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: pgkdan

37 posted on 05/16/2014 8:15:56 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: DManA
I took a ride with a guy who has satellite radio.

As bad as FM Radio in the Shitcago market has become, I refuse to pay to listen to radio, period. I spend less than 20 minutes in my gas guzzling SUV a day -- wind noise is preferable to anything on the radio these days.

38 posted on 05/16/2014 8:16:38 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

What a song. What a singer.


39 posted on 05/16/2014 8:17:24 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs (.)
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To: Fido969
The Taylor Smith joke is that one day she's going to write a song where it's HER fault, she admits she screwed up, and apologizes

I LOL'd reading that.
40 posted on 05/16/2014 8:17:43 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: DManA
The Outlaw Country channel has some pretty good stuff.

If you like country-western "oldies," surf over to Willie's Road House on Sirius Satellite Radio.

41 posted on 05/16/2014 8:17:50 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Responsibility2nd

A country song has to include at least one southern town name and preferable 2 or 3.

WELL, I WAS DRUNK THE DAY MY MOM GOT OUT OF PRISON in Houston City.
AND I WENT TO PICK HER UP IN THE RAIN
BUT BEFORE I COULD GET TO THE STATION in muskogee
SHE GOT RUN NED OVER BY A DAMNED OLD TRAIN from New Orleans.

There, that’s better.


42 posted on 05/16/2014 8:17:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Responsibility2nd

It was ruined by letting rock and roll invade country. It’s final indignity was having winners of American Idol singing their version of country.


43 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:01 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: usconservative
"Then one day I'll be sitting with another, and suddenly a smile will cross my face. When she asks what's so funny, I'll just tell her, another story, another time another place."

That's poetry to me.

Or, "I sold the farm to take my woman where she longed to be. We left our kin and all our friends back there in Tennessee."

I haven't listened to country in a long time.

44 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:09 AM PDT by saminfl
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To: Izzy Dunne

Call...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9eHp7JJgq8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMSWAUAKJn0&feature=kp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VExw77xJsBQ&feature=kp


45 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:20 AM PDT by john316 (JOSHUA 24:15 ...choose you this day whom ye will serve...)
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To: musicman

There is a movement afoot in Nashville to bring together artists that don’t fit the new pop profile of country. It is being called Americana and it takes me back to old country, with a measure of blues/folk mixed in. I saw a show on PBS called Nashville 2.0 and was greatly encouraged.

Some of the artists: Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Shovels & Rope, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison, The Milk Carton Kids, Old Crow Medicine Show, Holly Williams, Dr. John with Dan Auerbach, Duane Eddy, John Fullbright, Stephen Stills with Richie Furay and Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Alabama Shakes, The Avett Brothers, Billy Bragg, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rosanne Cash, The Civil Wars,The Mavericks and Dwight Yoakam.

Good stuff.


46 posted on 05/16/2014 8:18:58 AM PDT by MWestMom (We are not designed to sacrifice for the state, we were designed to sacrifice for each other.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I generally don’t pay much attention to it, or any other modern music. But when I’ve heard of country music in the last few years always seems really, really strained. Almost comically so. Like an overdone litany of down-home/redneck cliches in the lyrics, and a calculatedly overdone ‘accent’ in the vocal department. Altogether it seems more than a bit farcical and more than a bit phony.

The stuff from the 1950s/60s seems so much more ‘real’ and reflective of genuine life and living. Adult and unpretentious. Even the so-called over-orchestrated material that was long the subject of derision by some country fans.


47 posted on 05/16/2014 8:19:01 AM PDT by greene66
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To: 5Madman2

Fortunately TX has a pretty good roots type country ingrained-guys like Kevin Fowler, Roger Creager, Thomas Michael Riley and Cory Morrow.

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48 posted on 05/16/2014 8:19:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Bob Wills is an icon of what I call “hard country”!

You appreciate the really good stuff, sir! ;)


49 posted on 05/16/2014 8:19:32 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL Vets, too!l)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hell, Kid Rock is more country than most country singers these days.


50 posted on 05/16/2014 8:19:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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