Playlist: country you need to get with
Yes, this is really happening.
Remember when you were in high school and people would ask you what kind of music you listened to? And you’d reply, “oh, everything except country lol.” But we were being ridiculous, considering that country music is an ENORMOUS genre full of talented musicians.
Sometimes they sing sad songs, sometimes they sing about getting drunk and partying, sometimes it’s about love, loss, friends, children, other artists, sometimes it’s something totally ridiculous that makes you laugh out loud. Country encompasses more than just twangy songs about trailer parks (“Queen of My Double Wide Trailer” by Sammy Kershaw fills this square for you, go ahead and giggle at the lyrics, they’re hilarious); it’s a varied group of sounds that somehow come together beautifully, ranging from steel guitars to standing bass to violins, acoustic and electric, rockabilly, bluesy, upbeat, poppy.
It’s a kind of outlaw genre, where anything goes as long as you don’t stray fro the roots of country music - working hard, loving a lot, and staying true to yourself. It’s also a place where vocalists shine. Check out “Bandida” by Audra Mae, the harmonies in “Beautiful Mess” by Diamond Rio, and Josh Turner’s “Would You Go With Me.”
Included in this playlist are artists from across the decades, ranging from Dolly Parton to The Civil Wars. Surely, you’ll find some subgenre of country that touches you (or makes you laugh).
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