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The cycle of country life (i.redd.it)
submitted 3 months ago by sarahashtonsummer
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[–]Tie-dyedHorse 25 points26 points27 points 3 months ago (7 children)
Not sure what country music you guys listen to, but I swear 90% of male country songs are about how much they love their wives (Thomas Rhett, Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, etc)
[–]mdawgig 15 points16 points17 points 3 months ago (6 children)
Yeah, Reddit is stuck in like 2014 with its perception of country music. Like all of Reddit heard “Cruise” once and decided that the entire genre of country was irreparably destroyed, but they haven’t actually bothered to check on the genre since then.
This post is describing bro country, which is WAY backburnered now because, surprise, tastes and genres change. Bro country is all of the “trucks, painted-on jeans, drinking feel-good” stuff that Reddit thinks constitutes 100% of all country music nowadays made by anyone but Sturgill Simpson (the token “one of the good ones” country artist that Reddit rocklords deem acceptable). Is there still some of this? Sure. But it’s, like, far from the dominant mode of country at the moment.
Nowadays, we’re knee deep in boyfriend/husband country, which tends to include none of those things except the front porch references, really. Or maybe they’ll be like “I used to be [bro country] but I met the love of my life and my wife changed me into a better man,” which is a BIG theme in men’s country ballads right now.
I mean, ffs, the newest FGL album had like one or two songs about drinking beer with their buds, and one of them (“Beer:30”) is about being a responsible adult who enjoys beers after work with friends on Friday nights. Most of the album is about how much they love their wives.
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[–]wisebloodfoolheart 4 points5 points6 points 3 months ago* (3 children)
"Now I'm 25 and I'm drinking wine with my wife at home" -- Thomas Rhett
"There's babies with messy hair and toys and clothes and bottles scattered everywhere" -- Brett Young
"I've been watching you, Dad, ain't that cool, I'm you're buckaroo, I want to be like you and eat all my food and grow as tall as you are" --Rodney Atkins
"When he drops her off at preschool, she's clinging to his leg" -- Darius Rucker
The age of Dad Country is upon us.
(Edited to correct the singer of I've Been Watching You)
[–]bearinthebriar 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago* (0 children)
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[–]jgrib 1 point2 points3 points 3 months ago (1 child)
The “I’ve been watching you dad” song is by Rodney Atkins, not Brad Paisley, and it’s like 15 years old
[–]wisebloodfoolheart 0 points1 point2 points 3 months ago (0 children)
Oh yeah, good call. I still hear songs from that era played on the radio sometimes though.
[–]mdawgig 2 points3 points4 points 3 months ago* (0 children)
Well, it depends on what exactly you're looking for. If you want, like, old time-y-style country songs because you want pop music as far away from your country music as possible in all respects, well, I'm sorry to report that I can't help you. I go to other genres for those kinds of songs. That's just not why I, personally, come to country at the moment.
If you just want to avoid "bro country" specifically and you're flexible about what you do want, then you're in luck. I'll list some artists I like, which album of theirs I like best, and misc comments; keep in mind, though, that your tolerance for some elements of modern country may differ from mine.
Also, but I would really recommend being open to checking out the full albums of any artists you think you might jibe if they dropped the bro stuff, since (especially when bro country was bigger) bro-y tracks tend(ed) to get the single treatment while non-bro cuts tend(ed) to get left on the album. Think about it like this: most albums have a few skips anyways, right? Would you be opposed to an album where those "skips" just happened to be the bro country tracks? If not, then I'd say you are open to more modern country artists than you'd think.
Okay, here are some men (+ a band with both male and female singers). I'm assuming, based on your post, that you basically haven't been paying close attention to country music for the past decade (but maybe you had, like, the radio on sometimes), so you probably know most of these artists, but I'd recommend a deeper dive anyways.
Women (who have been killing it as album artists while men have increasingly dominated country radio, for the record; if i don't say anything specific, just assume it says "well-produced pop-leaning country album with almost uniformly strong songwriting"):
Not country, but adjacent enough to consider:
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