I put together a little playlist to showcase that, despite what you may think by listening to “country music” radio, watching CMT or seeing the CMA Awards. Honky Tonk & Outlaw Country are alive and well.
I posted this rant on Instagram while listening to this great album from two Country Music legends and then seeing a post on Facebook about Luke Bryan. It’s fueled by a couple glassed of sweet tea & bourbon, but the sentiments are true.
There is a reason that Django and Jimmie debuted at no. 1 on the billboard charts — fans are dying for authentic and true country music. If you’re a fan crying out for the country music of yesterday and missing the spirit of outlaw country. We need to hold on to albums and moments like this, because sadly we don’t have much more time with the Willie Nelson’s and Merle Haggard’s of the world. The thing is, real country music is not dead, it just doesn’t get played on the radio these days. As the so-called “country music” radio stations are focusing on garbage like Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and a whole host of garbage… You just need to know where to find it. While George Jones lamented “Whose Gonna Fill There Shoes?” REAL country music is still out there. Dale Watson, Whitey Morgan, Sturgill Simpson, Cody Jinks, Lydia Loveless, Robbie Fulks, Jason Isbell, Hank III and a whole host of others I didn’t mention are still carrying the torch. They all sound different too. It’s out there — radio programmers just don’t seem to care Turn off CMT and “Country Music Radio” and go look for the real thing… It’s out there. #MerleHaggard #WillieNelson #DjangoandJimmie #RealCountryMusic #CountryMusic #OutlawCountry #PopCountrySucks #FuckPopCountry #Ameripolitan #AmeripolitanMusic #DaleWatson #WhiteMorgan #SturgillSimpson #CodyJinks #shooterjennings #brocountry #fuckbrocountry #brocountrysucks
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I am a country music fan, for the most part outlaw & traditional country. However I do have to admit that I have seen Toby Keith in concert (twice) and Kenny Chesney as well (also twice.) So while I love Hank III and am still pissed off at Blake Shelton for his idiotic ‘old farts and jackasses’ comment — I am not the biggest anti-pop country guy out there.
Alan Jackson, who throughout his career has walked that line between honky tonk and mainstream country, without ever going full on “pop,” had this to say recently in an interview with the Baltimore Sun.
“It’s always been that constant pop-country battle. I don’t think it’s ever going to change,” Jackson said. “What makes me sad today is that I think the real country, real roots-y traditional stuff, may be gone. I don’t know if it’ll ever be back on mainstream radio. You can’t get it played anymore.”
I have to take exception to that statement, at least to a part of it. I don’t believe that real country music is gone at all, its alive and well and living on in artists like Hank III, Wayne Hancock, Dale Watson, Justin Townes Earl, Whitey Morgan and others. It’s the second part of what Jackson said is where sadly he’s right, you can’t hear traditional country music on the radio anymore — but who still listens to regular over-the-air radio?
Here’s just a snippet of some of the great country music you can find out there:
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