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Old 11-23-2011, 12:22 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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None of the country singers I posted sound like hicks. Lady A, Perry, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown definitely don't match that. Montgomery Gentry and Trace Adkins, as well as Brad Paisley (who doesn't even have much of a southern accent) tend to play up the heavy twang, but even then, I enjoy some of their music. Let's face it, for many in the industry, they feel that a twang makes you more country, especially for those acts that don't have the musical talent to sound country, such as Taylor Swift, so they use their voice to get across the idea that such is country. She grew up in Pennsylvania. It's hard to figure where her twang came from. Or, where Jo Dee Messina's twang came from, being from Massachusetts and all Or, Emerson Drive or Shania Twain, being from Canada. Great Acts, nonetheless.

Thats why I said some. Country started going down hill in the late 90s and took a downright plunge in the 2000s IMO. I understand music does change over time but adding a steel guitar or fiddle to pop/rock music is not country. The lyrics have gotten horrendous as well. Sounds like 10 year olds wrote some of them.
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:51 PM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I actually enjoy some of the more pop-oriented country songs.

If their intention was to make the genre more appealing to a broader audience, then they succeeded. I'm pretty much a strictly Hip-hop/soul/jazz/gospel guy, but I certainly don't mind listening to this---

Rascal Flatts - What Hurts The Most - YouTube

Carrie Underwood - Jesus, Take The Wheel - YouTube
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I actually enjoy some of the more pop-oriented country songs.

If their intention was to make the genre more appealing to a broader audience, then they succeeded. I'm pretty much a strictly Hip-hop/soul/jazz/gospel guy, but I certainly don't mind listening to this---


Rascal Flatts - What Hurts The Most - YouTube


Carrie Underwood - Jesus, Take The Wheel - YouTube

True. But they need to name it something else besides country because it sure isn't country.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Personally theres so much that came out of the south, that this can NOT be random.
Just look on the back of the Tennessee state quarter. We have 3 distinct regions in Tennessee and each is well-known for a particular kind of music: East (bluegrass - Appalachia), Middle (country - Nashville), West (rock and roll home of Sun Records and music legends, jazz/blues - Memphis)

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Old 11-24-2011, 11:06 AM
 
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Just look on the back of the Tennessee state quarter. We have 3 distinct regions in Tennessee and each is well-known for a particular kind of music: East (bluegrass - Appalachia), Middle (country - Nashville), West (rock and roll home of Sun Records and music legends, jazz/blues - Memphis)
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Very true! In fact I was thinking of that when I started the thread!

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Old 11-24-2011, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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The Sex Pistols would have been lynched in the South.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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True. But they need to name it something else besides country because it sure isn't country.
It's just pop music influenced by country.
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Old 11-24-2011, 07:55 PM
 
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The Sex Pistols would have been lynched in the South.
The Sex Pistols were never that popular during their heyday anywhere in the US outside of a few devoted punks in places like New York or San Francisco or other large cities or college towns. By the 90s though the Sex Pistol's brand of punk was considered mainstream. That being said, there were strong punk/New Wave scenes in Athens, GA and places in Texas by the early 80s.
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Old 12-12-2011, 05:12 PM
 
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Collective Soul (Georgia)

REM (Georgia)

Ben Folds Five (North Carolina)
Excellent examples. Not to mention Matchbox 20 (South Carolina via Florida) or my personal favorite, Better Than Ezra (Louisiana). And if we're counting northern Florida then you can throw in Tom Petty as well.

So you see it's not just about roots/origins. In fact there are still way more bands from the South than you might expect, given remoteness, poverty, low density and all that works against them. As a non-Southerner this struck me at an early age. I think it must have something to do with being "closer to the source," that is, the craziness of Southern culture, climate and politics that first inspired the great music way back when.
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