Five Reasons That Country Music Isn't Entirely Bad
Submitted by xfanatic50 on Tue, 12/02/2003 - 11:29
- Ryan Adams- I know his most recent albums aren't really that country, but his work with Whiskeytown and his early solo work are brilliant. (Listen to "To Be Young (Is to be Sad, Is to Be High)" from his album "Heartbreaker" if you don't believe me.)
- Shelby Lynne- She's also shying away from country music now, but her album "I Am Shelby Lynne" is one of the most elegant, raw and beautiful albums I've ever heard.
- The Dixie Chicks-They also now claim to be moving away from country music. (Are you sensing a pattern here?) They did, however, maintain a fairly traditional country sound on their last two albums, which yielded the very pretty anti-war ballad "Travelin' Soldier", and the feminist rocker "Goodbye Earl".
- Wilco-Their last album, "Yankee Foxtrot Hotel" was unbelievably good. The band sounded like the missing link between Radiohead and the Grateful Dead. And the song "Reservations" makes me cry no matter how many times I hear it.
- The White Stripes- Country music seems to have heavily influenced the White Stripes' sound. Jack White has played with Loretta Lynn and admits to her being a huge influence on him, and the band does a wonderful cover of Dolly Parton's song "Jolene".
I wrote this list because a lot of people I talk to cannot stand Shania Twain, or Faith Hill. There's more to country music than that.