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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by JoeBbass, Mar 1, 2014.
I've recently been exposed to a bit but I don't know where to start.
Anything Zac Brown. His band is awesome and his bassist, John Hopkins, writes some cool bass lines.
I have played some country but have never been a fan. I think a lot of the music is good but the lyrics are cheesy and I can't stand the twang in the voice that every singer seems to have. I can tolerate a few country artists but not many.
If you are looking for modern country I would suggest Tim McGraw, Brooks and Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Lee Greenwood, Lo Cash Cowboys, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Zac Brown.
If you want more traditional country check out Hank Williams, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, George Strait, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings, Reba McEntire.
I to am only recently getting into country.
As of right now, my favorite country group is Lady Antebellum (I wouldn't recommend their debut album, though.)
...you "none" guys don't like Mark O'Connor?
The New Nashville Cats, for example?
You may want to check out "Americana" as a category if you like Mark O'Connor. Americana tends to spread out in both jazz & bluegrass directions, but is firmly centered in the singer/songwriter tradition with solid country roots. As for specific "albums", I wouldn't know where to begin either. ...lots to browse on the net these days. though.
Lyle Lovett. "Step Inside This House"
I don't care for the modern ****** light pop stuff but you can't go wrong with Johnny Cash or Hank Williams.
Some of my favorites
But then I'm pretty old school compared to whats popular nowadays.
For you guys across the pond, also pretty darn good
Pure Prairie League - "Two Lane Highway".
Lovett is good. Encomapsses a lot wider range than just country tho. His "Large Band" always contains some of the most supportive and tasteful musicians around.
On bas for example this guy
Or this guy, Barry Bales
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Country music is such a wide category that it is very difficult to make recommendations without knowing something about what you already like.
Good country music is always more about the song.
Other good Texas singer songwriters to listen to are Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and Hayes Carll.
IMO, if you wanna understand country music listen to the classics and forget most of the modern fluff out of Nashville aimed at high school kids.
Hank Williams Sr.,Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash would be good starting points.
Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakum. I would say these guys transcend the country genre.
The Derailers, Dale Watson, Mike Ireland, Wayne Hancock if you want some more current guys with a classic country sound.
I'd stay away from what people call "modern country". It's the equivalent of 80/90s hair metal.
While you're researching Country, don't forget to overlook the other kind of music
Don't forget THIS CW gem: