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Modern "Country"

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by bigboy_78, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. I’ve just somehow ended up in a band playing modern country (and classic rock, apparently there are no guitar players who can gig without playing a Santana tune…..). Country isn’t real big in my area, but a young fella just moved into my town from the bush and he is country to the bone…anyway.

    I had a look on youtube, and from I can tell Modern Country is what we used to call “soft-rock”, but with a banjo hidden in the mix to make it country. Anybody doing the modern Nashville tunes without a banjo/fiddle/steel player. It’d just be rock music, eh?

    The artists I had a listen to were Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Blake Shelton, some other dude singing about jack-up trucks and hot girls.
    Is this what country fans are into these days? Do they still want Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks? I really dig the new stuff, some great party tunes.
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  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    Again: New Country = Rock n' Roll with a twang
  3. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Modern country is just 80's hair metal version 2.0 if you ask me.
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  4. I feel like most modern country is basically pop music. I like older country, but new country just doesn't do it.
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I'm in a band that does a lot of modern country. Just me, drums, guitar, and vocalist playing some sax/flute/acoustic. I spend as much time playing unison lines with the guitar as some metal tunes. It's rock with a black hat.
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  6. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    I like new country. It's just fun.
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  7. You have a flautist in your modern country band? Are you sure? :D

    Yeah, I think modern country is just pop rock with some twang and redneck subject matter. (And that's not a derisive comment toward the musicians or rednecks...I'm just sayin'.)

    I'm really more of an alt-country guy.
  8. Lazylion

    Lazylion Goin ahead on wit my bad self!

    Jan 25, 2006
    Frederick MD USA
    Check out a band called Halfway To Hazard. Heavy-duty!
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    We do Can't You See, and the flute covers some keyboard lines. With a small band, you get creative.
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  10. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Modern Country isn't country...I'm not sure what it is.
    Rock and Roll with a cowboy hat...
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  11. Zephrant


    Dec 10, 2013
    Spokane, WA
    One branch of country is heavy in harmony vocals, like Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, etc... That's where my band is focusing, as I've got great male and female leads, with two more males than can do lead too.

    I enjoy it, because it is not as tired as 80s pop/rock, the lyrics are not all about drugs and sex, and there are just a lot of fun songs.

    Not for everyone for sure, but I get a kick out of it. Nothing like girls doing their Daisy Duke impression on the dance floor...

    It is also what the bar bands pay for around here, although classic rock is still kicking too. Not much call for old country, unless it is mixed in.

    Local band was trying to start up last winter on "nothing as new as Garth Brooks". They are still trying to form and find gigs.
  12. Bassdokes


    Feb 15, 2013
    I agree. Modern country has felt like stylized pop music for the last 10 years.
    Another segment is just rock n roll with a little country flair. Ie Keith urban. Have you ever been to one of his concerts. Rock star guitar solos, long hair etc.

    This is the part in the conversation where somebody says something about how the Eagles were classic rock, until the 80s and 90s when country music started sounding like the eagles and other classic rock bands.

    Seems like a pattern.

    So in ten years from now, will country music sound like today's rock n roll?
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  13. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    I don't knock it as its about the only guitar based music that has a mass audience anymore.
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  14. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I've never disliked a style of music more than modern country. Lyrically, it's like musical mad libs, only with a set list of approved words. "Girl" "Truck" "Pickup" "Listening to the Radio" "Listening to the radio with my girl in my pickup truck." It's completely uninspired garbage. I was watching the Tonight Show a few months back and some male country singer was on (it literally doesn't matter which one it was) and I turned to my girlfriend and said "I bet the first words out of his mouth are the above mentioned words." The first line of the song "It's just a beat up truck..."

    There are plenty of other formulaic musical styles out there, but I really think that modern country is one of the worst.
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  15. Classic Rock is tired, the pubs don’t want it, the patrons tolerate it, but good-luck convincing any guitarists to play pop-tunes. This modern country thing is gold. 3 (and a bit) chords, Classic Rock style arrangements, plenty of guitar solo wankery, but still poppy enough for girls to dance to. No-one around here is playing it. Not sure if its because no-one wants it, or if its just because of the “country music” stigma for a serious musician. LOL “Not playing country, better do another SRV cover……

    I’m off to buy a pair of jeans a size smaller than comfortable and get my country on. Yeeee-haw.
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  16. I play in a band doing this sort of stuff.
    You can do it without fiddle/pedal steel/banjo. ... Just be sure the (rock) guitarist can pull off some County licks.
    We struggled to get a regular gig for a while, but once we found the right venue.... All the punters know the words and we have a fortnightly gig there.
    It is a stock standard formula tho.
    Intro-v-Chorus-intro-v-ch-Solo-m8-ch x 2 .... All do the same thing. Que se ra
  17. Yeah I’m thinking once we find the right venue, there’s a crowd for it. I live “in the country”, not outback, but there’s enough cowboys around that I think we could find an audience. I’m always surprised by the complete absence of country bands around here.
  18. Lol........"Duh….Whaddaya mean MAJOR pentatonic…………theres only one Pentatonic……"
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  19. Swizzledoop


    Oct 10, 2007
    That stuff isn't really country, it's re-packaged pop music. Check out Sturgill Simpson for some authentic new country music. Unless you're looking for pop... In that case, carry on.

    Last edited: Jul 1, 2014
  20. IPYF


    Mar 31, 2011
    I always assumed Australian country fans were into Adam Brand, Keith Urban etc.
    I don't listen to country because I think it objectively sucks. I've been called wrong before though, incorrectly of course.

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