The perpetual lowering of the bar?

Sometimes I think that’s what’s going on in regards to people and what they expect of country music anymore, especially when I read things like this:

“The Outsiders”…no matter what genre it is, its something new and doesn’t say one word about a jacked up chromed out chevy cruisin down a dirt road with a cold one in hand and a 5 foot tall country barbie doll sittin in the passenger seat.

Yeah, and…? Is that all it takes to be seen as good, is not to be singing another song about the eternal summer tailgate party?

Look. I’m as heartily sick as everyone of what’s polluting the country genre. But why just settle for some other bad segment of what the mainstream is peddling? That’s like having a plate of toe jam put in front of you and saying, “Well, at least it’s not the turd that’s been put on my plate for the last couple of years.” As it was put elsewhere on Saving Country Music by the Triggerman himself:

“You don’t need to settle for Eric Church just because it doesn’t suck as bad as Luke Bryan. There’s an entire world of music much much better than this.”

Who? Well, for starters, Hayes Carll, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, Aaron Watson, and Kacey Musgraves, and that’s just for starters. (I am given to believe that Musgraves is actually meeting with success on the radio and at music stores, which is quite encouraging. Whether it’s an outlier or the beginning of a trend, we shall see…) I know it may well be too much to expect that radio start playing all those other people — but as as been said before, terrestrial radio isn’t the only option out there anymore, even if it’s not available to as many people as terrestrial radio is. The music’s out there, and people ought to go for it. Defending the likes of Eric Church just because he’s not singing another truck song strikes me as just giving up.

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