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Has The Simplistic, Banal Nature of Bro-Country Affected How Fans Interpret Lyrics?

Credit: Farce The Music

Credit: Farce The Music

Or, perhaps more accurately, has bro-country brought in fans who don’t hold the intellectual capabilities to read beyond the surface?

A contentious statement, maybe, but one that it is important to consider at times like these. Times which, much to countless critics’ dismay, see the IQ level of mainstream country lyrics dropping further and further until they are no better than pop, and in some cases a far uglier, more bigoted beast than the genre’s more commercial sibling. While pop is often content to throw any old lyric over a catchy hook and an infectious beat, because all fans are going to be doing is dancing and singing along while inevitably drunk (as evidenced by Taylor Swift’s “dumbing down” on ‘1989’), country has historically focused on stories, stark reality and poetic confessionals – even if some of the songs were extremely simple, there was beauty and truth in that simplicity that rose into a more profound mode of thinking and emoting.

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Jim Lauderdale To Release Stunning Double Album, “Soul Searching” On September 25

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Grammy Award-Winning Americana Artist and Curator, Jim Lauderdale, Explores Fresh Terrain of Roots Music Landscape with Stunning Double Album, Soul Searching

Two-time Grammy-winning singer and master songwriter Jim Lauderdale is both a “songwriter’s songwriter,” who’s written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who’s enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986 up until now, he’s created a body work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock.  Along the way he’s won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base. Now, on September 25th, Jim treats his fans to a new adventure, exploring the redemptive traditional sounds of Memphis and Nashville with his double album, Soul Searching: Vol. 1 Memphis/Vol. 2. Nashville (Sky Crunch Records).

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Danielle Bradbery ‘Friend Zone’ – Single Review

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Just when you thought that mainstream country couldn’t get any worse, here comes Danielle Bradbery with her new single, “Friend Zone”. Following in the steps of Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, so much so that she’s actually being pitched as the “Female counterpart to Thomas Rhett”, Danielle’s new single reeks of the latest sound to plague mainstream radio. Now on a very shallow level, people will find the beat and the chorus catchy… But don’t be fooled, this song is deeply wrong in several ways.

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Chris Young To Release New Album ‘I’m Comin’ Over’ November 13

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Chris Young’s latest smash single “I’m Comin’ Over” has quickly become the fastest selling single of his career. With more than 5.5 million views for the steamy new music video and nearing RIAA Gold certification, the title track single will lead off his fifth studio album, I’m Comin’ Over, releasing November 13.

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FEATURED: David Adam Byrnes ‘Tell Me I Won’t’ EP

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If you’re looking for some light country listening as the summer comes to a close, look no further than David Adam Byrnes’ ‘Tell Me I Won’t’ EP. The follow-up to this Sherwood, Arkansas native’s debut album ‘Premium Country’, it’s a 5-track collection that opens with the beat-heavy, rollicking, Brad Paisley-esque party anthem ‘Alcoholiday’, which also happens to be the set’s lead single. Complete with a classic country rock riff, pedal steel and his Jason Aldean/Eric Church-style light country vocals, it’s a track guaranteed to get folks singing along and clinking glasses, with more of the true country stylings that are devoid from the vast majority of modern party songs.

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Ladies, You Have Been Diagnosed With ‘Having An Opinion’

Little bit of bonus fun. I just saw this, and while it’s not related to country music, it is related to this blog. NSFW as at the end she swears (although if you use headphones you’re all good). Enjoy!

When A Woman Has An Opinion (Parody)

Posted by SOML on Thursday, 27 August 2015