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Thumbs up/Thumbs Down #4 (Sept. 23, 2008)

Posted by sjyokel on Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thumbs down: Nashville.  Seems like somewhere around the mid 70s, country music wasn't worth listening to anymore, and for me, it's only gotten worse since then.  To me it's over-produced, over-packaged, and patronizing--the way it tries to applaud my "NASCAR values" like someone trying too hard to be your friend.  A lot of bluegrass seems to be following the same example.

Thumbs up: Asheville.  Lately it seems like the real spirit of country music is alive and well in North Carolina.  I've mentioned the band Dehlia Low before as a good example, but take a look at The Biscuit Burners, Chatham County Line, if you need some more evidence that North Cackalacky is the new capitol of country.

2 comments on “Thumbs up/Thumbs Down #4 (Sept. 23, 2008)”

banjotef Says:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @1:26:22 PM

I agree.  "Country" music is more like 70's rock with a fiddle.  I do see a banjo sneaking in now & then,  but they are always in the background.     I like bluegrass because you can get people together with their instruments, and it sounds good with only acoustics,  no studio effects needed.  It's pure, natural music.

FiddlerFaddler Says:
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @2:12:31 PM

Rock musicians who can't earn a living as such become "country music" musicians.  Well, no surprise that the genre has been corrupted.

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