Do You Like Country Music?

by Ryan on October 24, 2009

in Anything Else,Nostalgia,Pop Culture

Well, it seems America does — to the point where traditional Rock n’ Roll is losing its grip on America’s most popular music preference!  The linked article cites album sales, show-bookings, and the meteoric rise of popular acts over the last decade as reasons to indicate that Country music is on the rise.

I’m not a Country fan.  I don’t hate it, but I tend to keep flipping stations if I come across it.  I still enjoy a straight-up alternative-like Rock song with a cool sound, like the kinds I fell in love with as a teen in the early 1990s who once bought flannel on purpose.

I may be going out on a limb here, but it has seemed that since the late 1990s American Rock seems to have stopped evolving.  There’s a noticeable lull out there.  Where’s the new “grunge”, “new wave”, “jock rock”, “heavy metal”, etc.?  Where’s the next “new thing” everyone goes crazy for and defines those teens who fell in love with it first to define their era?  Mind you, there’s still lots of talent and creativity out there (things called “Emo” and “Screamo” have been dominating teen iPods for a while), but the freshness of Rock seems to have gone dormant lately.

So, in steps Country music with a vibrant energy, fresh new stars, a willingness to share the stage with one’s competitors, a more positive (pro-troop) message not stuck into a 14-22 year-old demographic, and Rock has a serious long-term problem.  There’ll always be Rock n’ Roll and it’ll always be popular.  One might even say that modern Country music is really just a sub-genre of Rock anyway, but perhaps the next evolution of Rock n’ Roll is to go in Country’s direction.  Maybe if Country got a little more Rock-ish, I’d give it another listen too.

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