Take the Country Music Red Pill

Take the Country Music Red Pill

To me, country music ain’t only about dirt roads, trucks, beer drinking, and sexually harassing girls in provocative clothing. Country music is songs that evoke emotion, tell a story, and paint a perfect picture in your mind. Growing up listening to greats like Waylon, Willie, Hank Sr, George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard has shaped how I view country music. As I got older, a new style of country music began to take over the airways, a style with repetitive pandering lyrics, auto tune, drum machines, snap tracks and little to no pedal steel guitar or fiddle. And most of all, it has no soul. For years I avoided all modern day country, dismissing it all as tractor-rap- trash; that was until I took the country music red pill. In 2015, I heard Chris Stapleton for the first time, and that was the moment I began to realize there are ridiculously talented artists out there that don’t get radio play or recognition by the big wig record executives in Nashville. 


Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here is a list of country artists and bands you won’t hear on the radio that will begin your journey into discovering what the suits in Nashville don’t want you to hear: 


Turnpike Troubadours

Songs to listen to: 

  • Good Lord Lorrie
  • 7&7
  • Diamonds and Gasoline 
  • Pay No Rent

Tyler Childers 

Songs to listen to:

  • Feathered Indians 
  • Whitehouse Road
  • Shake the Frost
  • Lady May

Cody Jinks

Songs to Listen to:

  • Loud and Heavy
  • Must Be the Whiskey 
  • Mamma Song
  • No Words

Flatland Cavalry

Songs to Listen to:

  • A Life Where We Work Out
  • Come Back Down 
  • Missing You
  • Honeywine 

Chris Stapleton 

Songs to Listen to:

  • Whiskey and You
  • Either Way
  • Up to No Good Livin’
  • The Devil Named Music

Sturgill Simpson 

Songs to Listen to:

  • Turtles All the Way Down 
  • Oh Sarah
  • Living the Dream
  • Water in a Well

Whiskey Myers

Songs to Listen to:

  • Stone 
  • Bury My Bones
  • Broken Window Serenade
  • Rolling Stone

 





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