Country Music Is Not Dead


If you were one of the 15.4 million viewers of last Sunday’s 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show you might have been, like me, wondering “When’s the country going to start?” I’ve never been branded a purists , but I prefer my country on the Lefty Frizzell / Buck Owens / Willie Nelson side of the fence rather than the Fleetwood Mac / Jack Johnson/ Def Leppard style that’s in vogue right now

Music City continues to chase the money by burying it’s legacy as it has since nearly it’s start. Fortunately for us that honor songs over celebrity we have a safe haven, Americana music. Below are a few performers that are keeping heartfelt and real. Post your suggestions in the comments.

8 Replies to “Country Music Is Not Dead”

  1. I had the same thoughts while watching the awards show, and even though I can enjoy some quality country-pop, I thought this year’s show was especially disheartening. As another example, Chris Knight put out a recent excellent country album, but it’s the stuff that gets ignored by the mainstream. Thanks for posting these videos. I didn’t know all of these artists but will check them out.

  2. All these artists are great like Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Sarah Gayle Meech, Corb Lund, Dale Watson, and Hellbound Glory! But you can’t forget all the great FARMAGEDDON RECORDS bands, and the rest of today’s UNDERGROUND bands that play amazing Country, Roots, Bluegrass, Americana, Rockabilly, Old-Time, Folk, Outlaw Country, Alternative Country, Blues, Rock N’ Roll, Psychobilly, Country-Punk, Metal, Punk Rock, and everything in between! Here are some bands for people who like REAL Country music:

    J.B. Beverley and The Wayward Drifters
    Wayne Hancock
    Rachel Brooke
    Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies
    The .357 String Band
    Jayke Orvis and The Broken Band
    James Hunnicutt
    Scott H. Biram
    Joey Allcorn
    Graham Lindsey
    Hackensaw Boys
    The Pine Box Boys
    Bourbon Crow
    Unknown Hinson
    Angry Johnny and The Killbillies
    My Graveyard Jaw
    Ronnie Hymes and Carolina Freight
    Stevie Tombstone
    Matt Andersen
    Ugly Valley Boys
    Ray Lawrence Jr.
    Soda Gardocki
    Rebel Son
    Filthy Still
    Honky Tonk Hustlas
    Walker and Texas Danger
    The Calamity Cubes
    Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
    Nellie Wilson and The Hellbound Honeys
    Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys
    Cranford “Ford” Nix Sr.
    Dan Infecto
    Billy Cook
    Joseph Huber
    Old Crow Medicine Show
    Southern Culture on The Skids
    Lucky Tubb and The Modern Day Troubadours
    Last False Hope
    Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
    Gary Lee and Showdown
    The Shivering Denizens
    Mikey Classic and His Lonesome Spur
    Sean y Zander
    Hangdog Hearts
    Husky Burnette
    Sean K. Preston
    Captain Dano and The Nobodies
    Tales From Ghost Town
    Justin Townes Earle
    Ando Ehlers and The Jolly Barrels
    Eerie Von (of SAMHAIN)
    Coffin Hunter
    Owen Mays
    Ten Foot Pole Cats
    Cletus Got Shot
    Lonesome Wyatt and The Holy Spooks / Those Poor Ba$tards
    Bob Log III
    Austin Lucas
    Dogbite Harris
    Carolina Still
    Joel Kaiser and The Devil’s Own
    Tom VandenAvond
    Working In Shifts
    Danny Kay and The Nightfliers
    Utah Country Swillers
    Triggers and Slips
    Harmed Brothers
    Pine Hill Haints
    Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
    Jamey Johnson
    Gil Correia
    Creech Holler
    William Elliott Whitmore
    Sawyer Family
    Cheatin Hearts
    Reverend Glasseye
    Povertyneck Hillbillies
    Misery Jackals
    Old Death Whisper
    Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy
    Tonya Watts
    Rickett Pass
    The Head Cat (with LEMMY KILMISTER of MOTORHEAD)
    Yonder Mountain String Band

    AND if you like Country styled music mixed with Punk and Metal, then you will like:

    The Goddamn Gallows
    Possessed By Paul James
    Black Eyed Vermillion
    The Reverend Horton Heat
    Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers
    Cranford Nix Jr. and The Malakas
    Cutthroat Shamrock
    Molly Gene The One Woahman Band
    Viva Le Vox
    Mike Ness / Social Distortion
    Hotshot Freight Train
    GG Allin (Country stuff)
    Supersuckers (Country stuff)
    Larry and His Flask (Country stuff)
    Seasick Steve
    Dead Man
    Joe Buck Yourself
    Al and The Black Cats
    Slaughter Daughters
    Hard Money Saints
    The Koffin Kats
    Scott Kelly (of NEUROSIS)
    Earl Lee Grace
    The Stray Cats
    Inheritance (the album featuring Black Eyed Vermillion)
    The Tombstones (with Stevie Tombstone)
    James Hunnicutt and The Revolvers
    The Meteors
    Rustbelt Homewreckers
    Dead Elvis and His One Man Grave
    Reverend Deadeye
    Tiger Army
    Phillip Roebuck
    Blooddrunk Shenanigans
    Munly and The Lupercalians
    Saint Christopher
    Left Lane Cruiser
    Slackeye Slim
    Brown Bird
    The Grannies
    Hot Rod Hillbillies
    Motherf*ck’n Saints
    Rebel Meets Rebel (PANTERA and DAVID ALLAN COE’s metal project)
    Elvis Hitler
    Devil Makes Three
    Three Epileptic Hillbillys
    Bloodshot Bill
    Really Rottens
    Pitbull Farm
    GOAT and Your MOM
    Reckless Ones
    Go Devils
    Hellfire Sinners
    Flat Tires


  3. You’re welcome and we are agreed. Knight was number one on m best of 2012 list.

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  5. It’s curious as to why ryan would post a long list of punk/metal/etc. “country” in a conversation regarding the adulteration of traditional country music. I can no longer listen to my local country radio stations and I hear nothing but poppish ’80’s arena rock or slick overproduced pap. I don’t think gothic-country or any other hyphenated form will lure me back. The classic recordings still exist, many of country’s greatest artists remain alive, but no-one plays this stuff.
    Waylon Jennings, once asked by a “country” DJ for an interview, asked him if he still played his music. After the expected “no”, Waylon stomped off.
    Now we get American Idol teenagers — and metal country (!?) WTF?

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