Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This is Country Music

I just wanted to share a song we've been jamming to for the past couple of months.

I'm a big fan of country music, and if I had to choose an artist who consistently produces great songs it would be Brad Paisley. He's had a couple of duds, but overall it's easy for anyone to acknowledge that Paisley is at the top for a reason.

This song is one of his newest. It's released as a single at this point, and he debuted it the CMA awards a couple of months ago. This song proudly embraces all that some might consider cheesy and lame about country music and rolls it out in heartfelt two step rhythm. If you don't like country music, then it would make sense why you wouldn't like this song. But all the same, Paisley does a great job of laying out some of the basic reasons that country music appeals and connects with people.

The first lines are great:
"You're not supposed to say the word 'cancer' in a song;
And tellin' folks that Jesus is the answer can rub em wrong
It aint hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns and momma!
But This is Country Music and WE DO!

The country music industry is definitely a business, and in my opinion, there are some country stars who are nothing more than products of the Nashville machine. But Paisley is authentic, creative and super talented. His guitar skills are ridiculous; one guy I used to work with called him the Eddie Van-Halen of country music, and I think that is a good description. Listen to his songs and notice that he is the one playing the most complicated riffs -not some paid studio musician. And he's also written most of his own songs which is sweet.

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