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What would it take to bring back Country music?

Joe C asked the question:


Johnny Cash is dead, (RIP buddy!), Waylon is dead (RIP also!), Merle Haggard is fighting cancer, and Willie Nelson is getting older and hopefully will live forever, but…

Who is going to take on country music? Will it be a lost genre like traditional easy listening (Frank Sinatra for example)? People can tell me country will be taken on by singers like “Taylor Swift” but she isn’t country at all. Country should be what it was founded on, not what people want it to be.

Will traditional country die? Or are there artists we don’t know about that are keeping it alive?

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15 Responses to “What would it take to bring back Country music?”

  1. Erika B on February 7th, 2009 2:02 am

    A super awesome country singer. Miley was almost there. Taylor Swift need more publicity. But if would have to start with her, so she can get teens into it. Then the next generations.

  2. tashacraig4 on February 9th, 2009 9:30 am

    I LOVE country music and too me it is still alive. Have you seen the CMA Awards? Its the country music awards with Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and many more country artists. It may not be the DEEP southern country but it definitely has a country taste. If you check out more CMA award singers I can bet you a million that you will definitely find a DEEP country singer. Glad to answer your question.

  3. Future Citizen of Forvik on February 10th, 2009 6:33 am

    While I loved outlaw country as much as anybody, the genre has to stay fresh and relevant to people for them to keep it going as a business. Artists of all types are out there, performing. What I think you are seeing is that Big Radio is limiting the play lists and not letting new talent shine. Stop listening to Big Radio and they will open it up again.

  4. Sherry on February 11th, 2009 10:48 pm

    Have you heard the song “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band? They are awesome, and have a traditional twang. I also think Miranda Lambert represents the country ladies really well.

  5. The Venusian on February 14th, 2009 3:44 am

    I love Johnny Cash and Brooks and Dunn and all those classic country singers but thats it just the classics because this new country crap sucks and I dont really care about counrty ebough for it to come back.

  6. bananaz on February 14th, 2009 5:45 pm

    That’s a good question. I believe people like Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, are country, but a new, more modern kind of country. It is true, the old kind of country could be lost forever and be taken over by this new make-up-for-it kind, not that it isnt good, its just not traditional. I dont think anyone knows that, and I think it might be an age thing where these younger people are just not as traditional because that wasnt their time. They are forming anf new definition for country music. The only person I can think of is George Strait, whom even he himslef is becoming kind of modern.

    Praise the “King”, Let traditional country live on!

  7. kathy b on February 16th, 2009 8:40 am

    Taylor Swift is not bringing back country music , her and her peers are changing traditional country into bubble gum country . We still have George Strait , Trisha Yearwood , Garth Brooks ,and a number of up and coming new ” country ” stars . Check out Joe Nichols. Aaron Watson and some other true country stars coming out of Texas.

  8. blakree on February 18th, 2009 8:20 pm

    Very few can sing the traditional/classic country. songs.
    Alan Jackson,Randy Travis , George Strait , Reba do have the traditional sounds.But not enough to keep traditional country in the fore front.
    Taylor Swift,Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts , Darius Rucker are progressive-alternative - pop country.They all sound good but their music is not the traditional sounds.
    Any of these people could sing the traditional music but they are being lead by the record companies with what they want to hear.
    Will Traditional country die,not as long as true country fans can play and listen to their favorite traditional-classic country artist.

  9. ♥Fancy♥ on February 20th, 2009 10:15 pm

    Hopefully it will be taken by Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and Gary Allan. Theyre about the best in the business right now that are actually being played. Taylor Swift will not be the one to save country music. She is just another pretty face Nashville hired to make money for them. Nashville sold itself out. They don’t care about traditional country music because they’re more into who they can put on a magazine and sell. Eventually Taylor Swift’s looks will fade and her teenage fans will outgrow her lyrics. Her fans won’t relate to her music forever. They will grow up and not care about who liked who in the 6th grade, which is what Taylor Swift mostly writes about. True that country music should be what it was founded on, but Nashville only sees dollar signs and the money that rolls in is based on what the fans like, not what country was all about in the past. If you can turn on a pop station and hear it, then it is not country.

  10. dancin4jesus23 on February 21st, 2009 11:46 pm

    i totally agree!
    i think we will just have to wait to see what happens. i think Garth Brooks will keep it alive.

  11. Ted B on February 22nd, 2009 4:41 pm

    JOHNNY CASH IS IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME.How can one be traditional country and BE IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME?!

    WAYLON changed traditional country by adding ROCK AND ROLL AND POP SOUNDS TO IT.WILLIE DID THE SAME.PLUS THEY WERE ALL HOOKED ON DOPE. They all CHANGED country music and it HAS CHANGED EVER SINCE.Yes, country will survive like it ALWAYS HAS.

    You people need to learn what TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC is. It is NOT THE ARTIST YOU LISTED. It IS artists such as PATSY CLINE-ROY ACUFF-JHONNY HORTON-BILL MONROE-BOB WILLS-TENNESEE ERNIE FORD-PATTIE PAGE-ERNEST TUBBS-HANK WILLIAMS SR-KITTY WELLS-SONS OF THE PIONEERS-HANK SNOW———————See the difference? The artists you listed has NOTHING IN COMMON WITH TRUE TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC ARTISTS.

    The artist YOU listed ,in fact, helped KILL OFF TRUE TRADITIONAL COUNTRY BY BRINGING ROCK AND POP INTO IT.

    FACT!!!!!!

    I hope this helps you in learning what traditional country music is.

  12. Sandy R on February 23rd, 2009 11:00 am

    I don’t think it ever will… We’ll just have to keep the likes of Cash Jennings, and Horton alive. BTW… The first “Rock Stars” Were Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and so on… They were the pioneers of “Rock and Roll” AND Classic Country…

  13. isawmarty on February 26th, 2009 9:15 am

    I hate to say this, but the ONLY thing that will bring back country music is MONEY — as in album sales. As long as the garbage they’re packaging sells, they’ll keep packaging it and selling it.

    Now, the funny thing is that the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou” proved beyond any doubt that there is a very hungry audience out there for traditional country music. That soundtrack sold EIGHT MILLION COPIES. But you know what? People in Nashvegas dismissed that as a “fluke” and didn’t even CONSIDER pursuing that avenue.

    Meanwhile, imports of classic country artists (namely, Bear Family Records out of Germany) keep raking in the profits because they will do what the U.S. record labels will not: give us COUNTRY music.

  14. meg09 on February 28th, 2009 10:49 pm

    There are some artists out there today that will keep it alive for awhile, like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, and Ashton Shepherd. However, these artists don’t get half of the attention that pop singers like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood get. Unfortunately, traditional country may be lost forever soon because of this.

  15. birdman89@verizon.net on March 1st, 2009 11:28 am

    im from springfield mass and on the country station they said recently country is getting bigger and bigger. i think its because of guys like kenny chesney, toby keith and brooks and dunn!