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Why You Should Give Country Music A Chance

If you have started reading this, it means you got past the title, and therefore I might have a chance of changing your opinion. So hear me out. When people summarize their favorite music, a common answer I hear is, “Anything but country.”  Well, I think it’s time to change that unfair prejudice against country music, by focusing on the aspect of the genre that doesn’t fall under the my-wife-left-me-and-my-dog-died umbrella.

I used to be one of those people who scoffed at country music. It wasn’t because of unfamiliarity, born and raised in Virginia, I heard my fair share of those swooners born below the Mason-Dixon line. I did not necessarily dislike the genre, but it definitely was not my favorite. That all changed, when during my senior year of college, I lived with two girls who listened almost exclusively to country artists. Despite my kicking and screaming, by graduation, I had cultivated an appreciation for their favorite songs, and there was no turning back.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are aspects of some songs that I do not agree with, such as jingoism and bigotry. I will not name any specifics here, but when certain songs start playing on the country radio station, I have to change the channel. However, I want to stress that not all country music is about those topics. The genre appeals to me because many of the songs focus on the simple aspects of life (not as cliche as that might sound), and there actually are great musicians who inhabit the realm of country.

I dare you to listen to Zac Brown Band’s ‘Knee Deep’ and not wish you were on a tropical beach with a cold drink, without a care in the world. In my opinion, Jennifer Nettles of the band Sugarland has one of the best voices out there, and most of their songs are worth a listen. Anyone who has experienced a night where they drank a little too much can chuckle at the lyrics of Brad Paisley’s ‘Alcohol’.  We get some ideas for excessive repercussions against a straying boyfriend in ‘Before He Cheats’ and Carrie Underwood instills us with a little bit of girl power. Don’t even get me started on Josh Turner’s irresistible baritone in ‘Would You Go With Me’. George Strait’s ‘Here For A Good Time’  is all about living in the moment and not sweating the small stuff. Hootie and the Blowfish fans will appreciate Darius Rucker’s solo stylings. And I think we can all dance to Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’.

These are just a few examples of the (mostly recent) songs and artists that have forced their way into my heart. I haven’t even scratched the surface of some of the older tried and true classics. Just like any other genre, country music has a rich history of changes in sound and style over the years, from Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift. My hope is that you will give at least one of them a chance, and maybe add a few of these songs to your rotation.

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  • Amalia Pantazi

    I love country music! To my eyes, country captures, along with blues, the essence of the american south and it talks straight to my heart, even though I’m not even American. I definately prefer the older ‘classic’ country stuff, Cash, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson. I also discovered Blaze Foley recently and he’s already in my Best list. Out of the ‘moderns’, two of my favourite country tracks are “Back down South” by Kings of Leon and Daughtry’s “Tenessee Line” :)

  • Sarah Taynor

    I have been fighting the give country music a chance fight all my life. There are some terrible country songs out there, but for every terrible one, there are at least 5 awesome ones to cancel it out. My boyfriend likes Johnny Cash, but that’s it. I will have him read this article and hopefully he will be willing to give it a chance!

  • Jennifer Louise O’Neill

    YAY country!

  • Emily Eyre

    I love me some good country music, especially the ones you mentioned. I have to add Keith Urban to the list…he can rock that guitar, he’s amazing in concert, and he’s not too bad to look at either. 😉

  • Catrin Morgan

    I love country music and always find it strange when people make that statement. I’d much rather country music than rap (no offense to anyone :) )

  • Em Watson

    Yes! The Band Perry need to be added to this list!
    I am a relatively newcomer to country, but I love it so much that I’m coming from Australia for cma fest in June!
    Oh, Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum are well worth a listen too.

  • Molly Farrar

    Thanks for reading everyone :) The artists I mentioned weren’t meant to be an exhaustive list, just a place to start!

  • Lizzy Hopkinson

    That’s a damn good write up on country music, y’all!

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