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I feel like this board is full of 35-65 year olds who need some musical inspiration. I'm going to provide that here.

Living in Nashville is weird because even though the Nashville sound is largely associated with the crap being pumped out on mainstream country radio, fact remains that a majority of the recording that goes on by serious and aspirational artists still goes on in Music City.

And as a result, I get exposed to a lot performers that many people wouldn't ordinarily hear So, I'll post things here that I like. Feel free to ignore. Here's a couple to get started.





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I have heard some of TT before and they are not bad. I think these two videos are more country than country music fans like to hear. I think country music fans of today, mainly peeps 30yrs old or less, like that country pop that is out there in addition to the country faux rap shit. Some of it is more country rock as well. there really isn't much true country music over the air waves IMO.

I really like Blackberry Smoke. Aside from streaming sites, you don't hear them on the radio. They do not fit into one genre. The can be country, rock, country rock and bluesy.
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Otis Day wrote: Thu Dec 07, 2023 4:40 pm I have heard some of TT before and they are not bad. I think these two videos are more country than country music fans like to hear. I think country music fans of today, mainly peeps 30yrs old or less, like that country pop that is out there in addition to the country faux rap shit. Some of it is more country rock as well. there really isn't much true country music over the air waves IMO.

I really like Blackberry Smoke. Aside from streaming sites, you don't hear them on the radio. They do not fit into one genre. The can be country, rock, country rock and bluesy.
Oh yea man, Blackberry Smoke is great. They lie somewhere between Black Crowes and Drive-by Truckers.

I've seen them I think three times now, including just last month as they were with Turnpike down in Alabama, so the wife and I took the trip down.

Here's some more goodness:





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Good stuff Burl. Some of the similar groups I have gotten into are the Band Of Heathens, Dirty Guvnahs, Bishop Black and Gasoline Gypsies. Thank goodness for youtube.
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Thoughts on Avett Brothers? Too commercial?
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I never get stuck in one genre of music, but country (current and old) along with heavy metal are my go to.

George straight, Alan Jackson, Garth, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Luke combs etc to go with Metallica, AC/DC, white zombie, scorpions, puddle of mud, theory of a dead man, etc. and everything in between.

Being it is Christmas I got tortured with 6.5 hours of Christmas music in the car with my wife yesterday. Since she was going for a colonoscopy I let it slide, but dang that gets painful after hour 1.
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dplank wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:04 am Thoughts on Avett Brothers? Too commercial?
Im not an Avett hater, I think they've got some good songs and are clearly talented musicians. If I have a criticism they're maybe a little on the emo side for my personal taste, but different strokes.





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southdakbearfan wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:15 am I never get stuck in one genre of music, but country (current and old) along with heavy metal are my go to.

George straight, Alan Jackson, Garth, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Luke combs etc to go with Metallica, AC/DC, white zombie, scorpions, puddle of mud, theory of a dead man, etc. and everything in between.

Being it is Christmas I got tortured with 6.5 hours of Christmas music in the car with my wife yesterday. Since she was going for a colonoscopy I let it slide, but dang that gets painful after hour 1.

I am probably the odd ball, but I love Christmas music. it has to be the classic stuff - Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I start listening after Thanksgiving, probably at least an hr or 2 of it a day.

Wrinkle Neck Mules, love L A County Blues.

Have never heard of the Avett Bros. Will check them out.
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American Aquarium. I think a lot of guys (and gals) can probably relate to this song.
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southdakbearfan wrote: Fri Dec 08, 2023 11:15 am I never get stuck in one genre of music, but country (current and old) along with heavy metal are my go to.

George straight, Alan Jackson, Garth, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Luke combs etc to go with Metallica, AC/DC, white zombie, scorpions, puddle of mud, theory of a dead man, etc. and everything in between.
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Seems like a good place for a nod to one of Chicago's greatest adopted sons.

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Just heard this group this morning. Pretty damn good.
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Not certain where any of these fall into this thread's realm, but here's what I dig:













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Edit: These are a couple contemporary country song staples that Post Malone does a fantastic job with. Hope the guy makes a bluegrass/country album at some point.

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Post is a natural at country music. he did a helluva job with Hardy and Whalen on the CMAs. They did a tribute to Joe Diffie.

I know who the guy is, but can honestly say I have never heard a Post Malone song in my life.
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Otis Day wrote: Fri Dec 15, 2023 2:43 pm Post is a natural at country music. he did a helluva job with Hardy and Whalen on the CMAs. They did a tribute to Joe Diffie.

I know who the guy is, but can honestly say I have never heard a Post Malone song in my life.
Wasn’t for me. It’s very much a sound for the current generation and despite my best efforts I can’t get into it. He can do anything, though. Incredibly versatile performer.
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Otis Day wrote: Fri Dec 15, 2023 2:43 pm Post is a natural at country music. he did a helluva job with Hardy and Whalen on the CMAs. They did a tribute to Joe Diffie.

I know who the guy is, but can honestly say I have never heard a Post Malone song in my life.
I beg you to try Post Malone.

Start with the Hollywood's Bleeding album then move into the new release Austin.
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I love Phosphorescent, believe their considered alt country

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Not bad Plank.
Try this on for size:

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Fuck yeah, The Gourds!

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That's Max Johnson on fiddle (Michelle Shocked's brother, fwiw). Max also played the tunes of one of the greatest American songwriters ever in one of Chicago's and the world's all-time greatest bands.







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Just one more, because they're so unspeakably great. Here they take a wry Nick Lowe song about a relationship fuckup of indeterminate magnitude and turn it into something more terrifying than anything Slayer, Deicide, Varg Virkenes, or any of those other self-conscious gadabouts ever put on tape.

If you haven't dug in, you really should.

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Sticking with my theme of great, Chicagoan, not necessarily new stuff. One of these is my personal anthem.







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Burl wrote: Sun Dec 17, 2023 11:44 am Not bad Plank.
Try this on for size:

Love it! And love this thread…
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A couple favorites:




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I'm gonna stick with bands that should've been big--respected, at least, and capable of making their living through their genius--but weren't. Kind of a touchy subject with me but what the heck.

No tears for Lisa Marr, but she's brilliant. There's a line in the first of these that makes me laugh like only a few Mark E. Smith songs do, and it's a song that invites us to meet the protagonist on the way up (or to assuage ourselves that that's what's happening since we're about to fuck her) after she's gotten used to life beating the shit out of her. It's one of the half-dozen best songs ever written IMSO, and more narratively and ethically complex than anything Bob Dylan ever coughed up. Marr's first film was an autobiography called Learning to Fail. And she was in the fantastic Cub ("My Chinchilla" might be the perfect '90s video), the even-better Buck (get it?), and the actual supergroup The Beards.





And what the hell, a song by Buck, though it's flat-out rawk. She's super-nice and super-talented, and the more Lisa Marr the better.

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I didn't set out to post four bits of Can-Con in a row here.
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Going back a ways. Like this version of the Lou Reed classic, Sweet Jane.

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Steve Earle never seemed to be put into one genre or another. He had some classics though.

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Aaaaaand I can't believe I omitted the original cowpunks (anyone who got into Americana through Uncle Tupelo or Wilco owes 'em, too). Jason's a Northern Illinois guy who moved to Nashville, so I'd like to think it fits. And it kicks tons of ass, which is pretty good, too.

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BMFS!












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