I Love Country Music, And I’m Not Ashamed

Earlier I wrote about baseball and the 2010 Toronto Blue Jays. And I had a lot of fun writing the piece. So I figured that I’d keep writing about things that I love. So here’s my next entry to the blogosphere, I Love County Music, And I’m Not Ashamed.

The title really says it all. I love me some country music. There was a time when I didn’t embrace it. I didn’t brag about my Billy Ray Cyrus tapes and my Garth Brooks CDs and I tried to find pop stations on my clock radio so that I could stay in the loop with everyone at school. But as I grew older the lyrics and stories in country music made more of an impact and impression on me. Country music is story telling music. It makes me laugh and smile and think and cry and sing along. In my opinion, there isn’t another mainstream genre of music that does the same. Country also remains much more pure in vocal performances. Auto Tune is not a main fixture in Nashville. And the harmonies are amazing.

Remember this too, country music isn’t the stereotype that it used to be. The songs aren’t all about pick-up trucks, dogs and losing your woman. You’re going to hear songs about parties, sex, love, revenge, God, family and fun. Country is cool again.

After saying that, because I am a proud country music fan, I want to add that I dug country before Shania, Faith and Tim took over. Give me Randy Travis or The Judds or Alabama and I’ll still be singing along.

I also think it’s safe to say that country music is in good hands moving forward. Brooks and Dunn may be retiring and George Strait and Reba may not be pumping out the hits as often as they used to, but that’s okay. The don’t need to. There’s a new generation here. Names like Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner and Dierks Bentley are killing it in the top young female and male vocalist categories. While acts like Sugarland, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band are taking over the airwaves with their songs in the duo and group categories.
If any of those names are unfamiliar to you I suggest that you hit Youtube or iTunes or something and check it out. Actually, let me build you a super easy playlist, ready?

Carrie Underwood – Jesus Take The Wheel, Cowboy Casanova

Miranda Lambert – Famous In A Small Town, House That Built Me

Taylor Swift – Tim McGraw, Our Song

Jason Aldean – Johnny Cash, Why

Josh Turner – Why Don’t We Just Dance, Your Man

Dierks Bentley – What Was I Thinkin’, Settle For A Slowdown

Sugarland – Want To, Stay

Little Big Town – Little White Church, Bring It On Home

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now, I Run To You

Zac Brown Band – Highway 20 Ride, Chicken Fried

Bonus: Sugarland w/ Little Big Town and Jake Owen – Life In A Northern Town

There, if you don’t like anything that you heard on that list I will write you a personal letter of apology. That’s how confident I am. This isn’t pop and it isn’t your grandpa’s country. It’s the new breed. It’s selling, it’s successful and it’s because it’s good.

That’s it my friends. I can’t convince you anymore than that. I’m watching videos on CMT right now and eagerly waiting to find out which of the 23 songs on that playlist is your favourite. And if you already love country and I missed a reason why or your favourite song, add it below so the sceptics can add it to the list.

p.s. Thank God I’m a country boy!

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14 comments on I Love Country Music, And I’m Not Ashamed

  1. Christa says:

    YeeHaw!!!

    I get flack for loving country music and they can kiss my boots πŸ˜›

    I’d like to add that Country music can make you cry one song and then laugh the next.
    Country song writers are funny! (Brad Paisley is my favorite for that one)
    It’s not the super serious genre it used to be.

    My play list of Fun/Funny country songs goes as such…

    Aaron Prittchet – Hold My Beer
    Carrie Underwood – The More Boys I Meet
    Brad Paisley (oh god…so many) – Mr. Policeman, Alcohol
    Rascal Flatts – Backwards
    Rodney Atkins – Cleaning this Gun
    Kelly Pickler – Red High Heels, Best Days of Your Life
    Big and Rich – Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy
    Dierks Bentley – What Was I Thinkin’
    Jo Dee Messina – My Give A Damn’s Busted
    Miranda Lambert – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
    Terri Clark – In My Next Life

  2. Christa says:

    And yes… I do own a pair of Red High Heels…and they are FABULOUS!

  3. Ann Onymous says:

    When I was a little girl life got hard already. Ugly, loud…
    I stopped believing in fairy tales early. Earlier than most I suppose.

    Life didn’t get any easier as I got older either. I’ve been through more “life” than most people I know.

    I’ve had to become hard and jaded to survive I guess.
    But even with giving up on happy endings, princesses being swept up staircases…I do believe in country music.
    There’s a truth to the lyrics. They tell real stories.
    One day, I don’t want to be anybody’s maiden for rescuing, but I do want to be loved like in a country song.

    Country music has given me hope through some dark times.
    It’s given me something to sing along with, something to cry to, something to relate to and something to look forward to.

    Country music IS my fairy tales

  4. Joshua says:

    * non-country artists that have “gone country”

    – Sheryl Crow
    – The Eagles
    – Bon Jovi
    – Kid Rock
    – Uncle Cracker
    – Darius Rucker
    – Jessica Simpson

    That’s a lot of sold records that realized country was where it was at.

    And with the exception of Jessica Simpson it worked out pretty alright.

  5. Katie says:

    Heyo,

    Here’s some more songs to check out:

    “Stars Tonight”, “Love Don’t Live Here”, “American Honey” – Lady A
    “Got Whatever It Is” – Zac Brown Band
    “Settlin'”, “Something More”, “All I Wanna Do” – Sugarland
    “Boondocks” – Little Big Town
    “Lucky For Me” – Aaron Pritchett
    “Celebrity”, “Mud on the Tires”, “Online” – Brad Paisley
    “If You’re Leavin'”, “How Far Do You Wanna Go”, “Wild At Heart”, “Lead Me On”, “The Way It Goes” – Gloriana

    …And pretty much anything Dixie Chicks or Rascal Flatts.

    Happy Listening!

  6. Joshua says:

    Big shout out to my 2 favourite tractor songs after a little back and forth w/ @shaleshay

    Kenny Chesney – She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy

    Jason Aldean – Big Green Tractor

  7. I did not expect to be posting again, but let me just indicate, that as well as my love for the Blue Jays, my second love is Country music (what a combination eh) I’m actually a writer myself, so fall in love with a new song on a daily basis! Your playlist is great and you have made some great recommendations. I’m trying to think whether to recommend the tear jerkers or the “hey y’all lets party” songs.

    Here’s some of the songs I like:

    My Little Girl — Tim McGraw
    Grown Men Don’t Cry — Tim McGraw
    Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
    Teardrop on My Guitar – Taylor Swift
    The Baby – Blake Shelton
    Convoy – Paul Brandt et al
    Alyssa Lies – Jason Michael Carroll
    I Breathe In – Chris Cagle
    The Good Stuff – Kenny Chesney
    There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

    Well I could go on forever… if you want some more of my favourites, just twitter me. You know where I’m at.

    Enjoy the songs! Good work!

  8. Meade says:

    Nice article. But why would have to put “and im not ashamed”. Why would that even be an issue? You should be proud to appreciate good music. I dont understand why there is such an issue people have with Country Music.

    1. Joshua says:

      The “And I’m Not Ashamed” line came from a few places. 1: I grew up a country kid trying to deny that I liked my mom’s country music. I later realized that was just silly. 2. Country music still isn’t mainstream in all major city centers, like Toronto. There are still a lot of haters. 3. It does great things for people finding this post. There are often people searching terms like “I’m not ashamed of country music” that find my post. And that makes me happy.

  9. Zarko says:

    Where is Jamey Johnson?

    1. Joshua says:

      @Zarko – I wrote this post in summer 2010, I don’t think I knew who Jamey Johnson was at the time… but I do now.

      1. Zarko says:

        OK I thought You’ve had missed him. πŸ™‚

        I am a great music listener and one of the musical style that I like the most is Country music and I’m not ashamed to say that. And I can confirm with facts that country music is great
        .
        And why ashamed? Watch this:

        James Hetfield, covering country song from Waylon Jennings:

        Robert Plant, he has gone country long time ago:

        Mark Knopfler, also long time ago:

        Elvis Costello too:

        Than, Jack White:

        Kid Rock:

        And Sebastian Bach:

        And Bret Michaels:

        Not to mention those rockers on CMT Crossroads.
        And I think that there are more musicians gone country:
        Beck also:

        Keith Richards and Nora Jones are also showing in a lot of tributes to a country musicians.
        Even Leonard Cohen have song and in that song lyrics he is asking for the answer from Hank Williams:
        http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leonard+cohen/tower+of+song_20082815.html

        Does all of this people should be ashamed?
        Just because of the stereotypes?

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I Love Country Music, And I’m Not Ashamed

So I figured that I’d keep writing about things that I love. So here’s my next entry to the blogosphere, I Love County Music, And I’m Not Ashamed. P.s. Thank God I’m a country boy!

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