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1 Skip Intro  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 10:47:18am

Listen to some Ray Price with Willie Nelson. Shelton is Britney Spears, or worse, compared to Price.

2 steve_davis  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 11:36:32am

That fake country twang is one of the things about country music that just makes me want to puke. I also was prejudiced early in my career when I was helping a friend arrange the vocals for a country song he was doing at some kind of long-forgotten country-music awards deal, and he looked at me at one point and said, “You can’t do that. It’s too complicated for country.” Just can’t really get into music that finds certain stuff “too complicated.”

3 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 11:59:10am

I’ve heard that some of the old timers from the 40’s and stuff resented people like Gram Parsons but I’d hope if they were still around now would realize that the “damned hippies” at least respected the genre and its roots. Anyhow, for some good modern roots and country, I like Gillian Welch. Man can she sing and is a hell of a songwriter too. Love the dynamic her and Dave Rawlings have together.

4 dragonath  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:15:50pm

Some of the older country music has something missing from a lot of music now- sincerity, or at least the illusion of it. I suspect Blake Sheldon will never write a song with deep personal meaning for anybody.

5 Destro  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:43:45pm

Older country music had soul - it was modern day folk tales that made me love America.

Modern country music makes me burn the American flag just out of spite.

6 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:44:18pm

I always tell people (I mean always; I’m sure it’s quite annoying) that actual country music pretty much stopped being made around 1970 or so.

7 Destro  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:45:01pm

re: #2 steve_davis

That fake country twang is one of the things about country music that just makes me want to puke. I also was prejudiced early in my career when I was helping a friend arrange the vocals for a country song he was doing at some kind of long-forgotten country-music awards deal, and he looked at me at one point and said, “You can’t do that. It’s too complicated for country.” Just can’t really get into music that finds certain stuff “too complicated.”

It’s why the GOP prefers modern country music over other music.

Complicated people like Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson would not make it in modern country music.

8 Gus  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 1:08:24pm

I’ve got one word to describe Blake Shelton’s style of country music: garbage. Give me the old styled country music any day be it Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Jerry Reed, Dave Dudley, etc, as opposed to the pop-country cliche of Blake Shelton.

9 Gus  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 1:18:44pm

George Jones and Buck Owens. Fuck yeah. Screw this guy.

10 HappyWarrior  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 1:45:34pm

re: #9 Gus

George Jones and Buck Owens. Fuck yeah. Screw this guy.

Yeah, my Dad recently loaned me his best of George Jones to rip for my iPod. I agree. Good stuff.

11 Skip Intro  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 3:34:52pm

re: #10 HappyWarrior

Yeah, my Dad recently loaned me his best of George Jones to rip for my iPod. I agree. Good stuff.

Mojo Nixon on George Jones: “I can say George Jones sings so good it makes your dick hard”.

12 Skip Intro  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 3:38:56pm

re: #7 Destro

It’s why the GOP prefers modern country music over other music.

I still wonder if Hannity ever figured out what his Martina McBride Independence Day bumper was all about. Does he still use it?

13 Mich-again  Thu, Jan 24, 2013 7:47:47pm

I grew up on Rock and Roll in the ‘70’s and never listened to country music by choice.

But a few years back I “discovered” Hank Williams ( the dad, not Hank Jr.) and was blown away by songs that were recorded before anyone ever heard of Elvis. There is little doubt in my mind that Hank was the most influential songwriter and performer in American history.

The new country music doesn’t hold a candle to Hank. This kid needs to stop whining and STFU. he aint Hank.

14 Slap  Fri, Jan 25, 2013 8:42:00am

re: #9 Gus

Upding for Buck!

15 Jolo5309  Fri, Jan 25, 2013 8:47:19am

I thought modern country music was just failed rock singers…


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