Long-Time Love Affair: Country Music & The Pick-Up Truck

Never knew my old man's truck could even run like that Should've known better than to take that curve so fast Daddy pulled up, I was down in a ditch He asked me why I did what I did I was out of my mind, she was out of this world There was this girl As almost 30-year...

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Midland’s “Burn Out” Is My New Favorite Country Song

  Had the world on a string And then I lost everything And that's how I wound up here Watchin' cigarettes burn out 'Til all the neon gets turned ou Midland is a Texas trio that plays traditional Country music, with attitude.  A great bar band. Almost two years ago,...

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A Country Music Drinking Song That Doesn’t Sound (Too) Country

This is a rare event: a #1 Country hit crossing over to #14 on the Adult Top 40 charts, and also getting spins by a handful of mainstream Top 40 outlets. Even though “Tequila” by Dan & Shay definitely sounds “Country” the story line (and the video) are set in snowy...

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All Hail the Honky-Tonk!

If honky-tonks didn’t exist, County music would have had to invent them, because they are one of the genre's most popular tropes, a cycle supported by the writers and singers who write and sing about honky-tonks, and the listeners who listen. Enter "Down To The Honky...

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Shock! A Pro-Sober Country Song!

I've been sober since you broke my heart in two 'Cause drunk me can't get over you "Drunk Me," by native Nashville songwriter Mitchell Tenpenny is an intense, emotive Country song that  touts sobriety, bucking the genre's long-standing tradition of endorsing drinking...

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He’s No Steve Earle, But Dierks Bentley Will Have To Do

Dierks Bentley has had 17 #1 Country hits. Obviously talented, he's also ruggedly handsome, projects a bit of an outsider image, and sounds very "Country." If you like modern Country music, or Country music in general, or are just curious, then you'll probably want to...

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BIGGER & LOUDER vs. Old Fashion & Simple

  We live in an age of High! Tech!  Events are Bigger, Louder and Ever More Spectacular!! Simplicity isn’t even in the conversation! Except… that… Florida Georgia Line is whistling and strumming their way up the Country chart with " Simple” described by one half of...

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Location, Location, Location.

There’s always a place at the Country music table for men crying in their beer after losing a good woman--it’s just a question of modernization and packaging. And just like real estate, a lot has to do with location, location, location. For George Strait it was that...

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The More Things Change, The More They Change

At one time Country music’s image was of rugged, tanned drunks who loved their mothers and then went to prison. Today’s Country is much fluffier—if hit-bound “Hotel Key” by Old Dominion, one of Nashville’s most popular, talented, and successful bands, was a color, it...

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