New Country for Young Men (and Women)

I did a post a few years ago when I started getting into country music. Well, this is a post how I’m getting out of country music. At least the kind on the radio.

I’m getting so frustrated with the country on the radio now. Literally every single song is the same. Don’t take my word for it.

Kinda funny. Kinda ridiculous. Very sad. Not every song in that video is terrible, but it’s all so played.

You know who else is sick of country singers on the radio? COUNTRY SINGERS ON THE RADIO!

Zac Brown said Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night”  is the worst song he’s ever heard. “If I hear one more tailgate in the moonlight, daisy duke song, I’m gonna throw up.” – Zac’s words. Not mine.

I get it. It sells. Once Florida Georgia Line came out and started killing it with only those types of songs, everyone jumped on. Country people like it because it reminds them of their life, and non-country people like it because they can pretend they live like that. And again, it sells. It’s still getting old. Don’t be satisfied with it. Demand more.

If you’re getting a little tired of the same old country songs on the radio, or if you’re just simply looking for more music, you should check these bands and songs out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Turnpike Troubadours

Matt Carpenter’s walk up music currently, these guys are from Oklahoma and are simply phenomenal. My favorite band the last 6 months. I’d throw them with Country, Alternative, Rock, Red Dirt, and a little Bluegrass. Don’t be scared of the genre “bluegrass” either. It’s not just your uncle’s banjo ramblin’ on constantly. Okay, maybe a little, but the genre has evolved with modern music beautifully. They’re coming to St. Louis in July after I tweeted at them and told them to. I’ll be there front row.

Songs (links open in new tab): Gin, Smoke, LiesLong Hot Summer Day (Carp’s Walk Up); 7 & 7Every Girl.

Railroad Earth

These guys are more bluegrass, but again, don’t be afraid. They have plenty of alternative rock in them. I saw them in January and they can shred! It was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. I’ve had over 10 songs featured on my favorites in Spotify for a full year. Out of about 70 favorites total. Unprecedented for my music library.

Songs: Mighty River, Lone Croft Farewell, Hard Livin’.

Pat Green

Most of you country fans have probably at least heard of Pat Green, but he doesn’t get near the attention he deserves. You’ll know Wave on Wave and probably Carry On. I pretty much survived my last college semester on Carry On.

He’s like your cool uncle that will tell you crazy stories from college, then turn around and give you some of the best damn life advice ever. I rarely tweet out song lyrics, but I make exceptions for Pat. The lyrics just speak to me. Need motivation? In It For The Money. Ready to party? Here I Go (he’s probably sober in this video). Beautiful Sunday afternoon? Poetry.

In conclusion, the internet and streaming music has greatly enhanced our ability to listen to a whole plethora of new music. While I’m still am a huge fan of free AM/FM radio, it gets too repetitive.

Don’t be satisfied with it.

Open your ears to the wonders around you. That’s what I think I think you should do.


Honorable Mentions: Josh Abbott Band, Randy Rogers Band, Casey Donahew Band (lotta “bands” right?), Donna the Buffalo (they’re weird, but awesome), Stoney Larue, Rob Baird, Jason Isbell, I could go on and I’m probably missing some of my favorites.

I got to give a shout out to my buddy Kevin who’s from Oklahoma. Not sure if I would have discovered the magic of red dirt country without him.


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