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You know how we sometimes ridicule people who listen to everything except country and rap? Well, while hip hop is well represented on this board, country music is not… and for good reason. Most of the stuff coming out of Nashville is the equivalent of Britney Spears bubble gum pop, but for blue collar white men rather than 13 year old girls.
HOWEVER, there exists another type of country music that is more robust, dynamic and downright beautiful than the poppy stuff we hear on the radio before switching the station. So called "Alternative Country," it pays homage to country music BEFORE the highly polished Nashville sound. There is simply a wealth of great alternative country musicians out there that people aren't hearing because they associate it with the likes of Garth Brooks and Tammy Wynette.
In an effort to rectify this, I'll be dropping a few good selections of alt-country in the following posts. Many of these will be "entry-level" simply because people may not be familiar with the genre. If you also have some good country to share please feel free to contribute, entry level or otherwise.