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Old March 23 2013, 11:02 PM   #22
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Re: Good Music thread...

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The Taylor Swift Why the Hate thread has left me thinking. Many people we clamoring for "talking about what you like, not tearing down what you don't." So I thought we could put up songs that we like and let other members see what good music is. Obviously, commentary is welcomed to let us know why you like it.

My first song is from a country artist that doesn't have much on the internet. It's hard to find his songs for this thread, but the lyrics, when it's good, are second to none. So here's a bit of a morbid rendition of The Dance by Garth Brooks.
The River By Garth Brooks
We Shall Be Free by Garth Brooks

Earlier I posted some links from the Swift Thread. They are here:
Various Country Songs
That's ironic. For a lot of fans of more traditional country, as well of "outlaw" or "alt" country, Garth Brooks is seen as being one of the main progenitors of the sad state of the genre since the 1990s.

Some of Brooks' songs are admittedly pleasant, but for my money, "good" country is guys like: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams (I, II and III), Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and, of more modern artists, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and James McMurtry (some of whom are admittedly country rock or alt country).
Well, I have never been a fan of traditional country music. I grew up in the era you describe as watered-down country. I think cuing up some steel guitar doesn't make it good music. I prefer the songwriting of today. I think the music was at its apex about 5 years ago. 2008 was a great year for music. Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, Jason Aldean, and Lady Antebellum were all new. Sugarland, Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Kenny Chesney all had new music. The artists are so varied. It was a great year and one I will always treasure.
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