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Country Music Blog Rodeo: For the Love of Country Music


It seems everywhere you look these days country music has got the market cornered. From award shows, to T.V. sitcoms and dramas, to magazine covers, reality shows and more, country music is definitely more popular than ever. For a lot of us hardcore country fans we take pride in the fact that we were country when country wasn’t cool (thanks Barbara Mandrell for that ever so catchy line). We remember the days when listening to country music made you the odd man out, or people made comments about it having too much twang. However, for the most part, a lot of that stigma has changed. Country music is now something many more people embrace. The question is… what has caused the shift? What has made the mainstream media fall in love with country music?

To me the answer is somewhat simple and involves a debate that is often had among country fans. Country music itself has become more mainstream. It is encompassing so many different styles within one genre. This has caused its fan base to grow, thus catching the attention of the mainstream media. Country Weekly recently did a whole spread on the “Blake Shelton Debacle” along with how country music has changed over the decades. In the article they discuss how 2000’s country has such a diverse sound and frankly I couldn’t agree more. We have traditional players like Easton Corbin and Josh Turner, the pop-infused sounds of Taylor Swift, Hunter Hayes and bands like Lady Antebellum, and even a bit of rap with Colt Ford. Country Weekly said, “It’s difficult to properly define just what exactly country music is today, especially without offending anyone.” With this said, country music’s rapid growth and popularity makes perfect sense. With a diverse sound there is basically something for everyone.

With more people jumping on the country music bandwagon the mainstream media has perked up their ears. They see that more people than ever have turned their attention to country music and have decided if that’s what people want then they, the media, want to be a part of it. This is why we have seen things like the show “Nashville,” country artists such as Blake Shelton and Keith Urban being included on popular shows like “American Idol” and “The Voice” and ABC bringing us coverage of the CMA fest while also adding in the televised “Country Christmas” special. The media has realized country music is big right now and so they want to capitalize on it.

Is this is a good thing? I say yes! Due to country’s diversity more people have been introduced to the genre. From the get go country music has always been the people’s music. It is real and tells the tale of the lives we all live. This is country’s niche and now more people than ever have been able to experience what country music has to offer. In addition, with mainstream media jumping on the country train us fans get to see the music we love featured more often than in past decades. The great songwriter Harlan Howard once said, “Country music is three chords and the truth.” Right now the truth is the diversity of country music has broadened the demographic of fans and caught the mainstream media’s attention making country music HOTTER than ever!


Blog Rodeo Roundup: See What Everyone Else Is Saying!

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: New Music Brings Excitement Right to the Fans

Randy Houser Gary Allan Set You Free LeAnn Rimes
tim mcgraw two lanes of freedom Ashley Monroe  Darius Rucker- True Believers

2013 is going to be an exciting year in country music. From tours, to award shows, to festivals and much more… this year country music is ready to dominate. However, while it is hard to chose just one, we feel the MOST exciting thing to happen in country music in 2013 will be all the amazing album releases! We have Randy Houser, Darius Rucker, Gary Allan, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe, Thompson Square and many more!

While this may seem like a less obvious choice than some of the huge arena concerts and things of that nature, the choice is simple…it is all about the FANS! Country music fans are the best. They love their country artists and the artists love the fans right back. New music releases are something that brings the music to ALL the fans. It is something everyone can get excited about and a chance for the artist to be in everyone’s hometown and touch everyone’s lives at the same time. Country albums unite people, they excite people and they provide fans with a new soundtrack for their memories. As cheesy as that may sound, tell me it isn’t true? Every year a new song or album defines those moments in your life that you will remember forever.

The anticipation of new music for a country fan is like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. We LOVE our new music. We spend months wondering things like, “Will it live up to the hype?”  “Could it possibly top their last album? “What song will be the first single?” We tweet about it, we Facebook about it, we blog about it and we talk about it. With the amazing reach of social media sometimes the artists even tweet us back, eager to thank the fans for the feedback. With new music also comes with a ton of artist promotion. We get to see more of our favorite artists hitting up late night television, chatting it up on the daytime talk shows and stopping by our local radio stations to talk about their new project.

Lastly it is important to remember that not everyone can always afford huge festivals, or can get the time off work to head to CMA fest, but new albums are accessible to everyone and they bring the excitement to the fans no matter where you live. From Nashville, to Los Angeles, to New York or to London, new music knows no boundaries and there is a TON coming your way this year….so get EXCITED!


Blog Rodeo Roundup: See What Everyone Else Is Saying About Country Music in 2013!

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